Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Audacity Of Hope vs. The Plain Truth

I was listening to a well known talk radio show today while driving along Skyline Drive. The commentator was discussing Barack Obama and theorizing as to why Sen. Obama is so popular. One of the reasons put forth was that Barack Obama gives people hope in a time when many problems exist within our society.

I agree that hope is good to have when times are bad. Hope helps us to keep trying and waiting for the times to improve. However, hope must not be blind to reality and the truth. It is easy to make promises to give people hope but it is quite another thing to then fulfill those promises. In the 1930's, Adolf Hitler gave hope to a German populace who were downtrodden and overcome by debt from losing World War I. Many promises were made and some were even kept. But, Hitler had stated many of his intentions in his book Mein Kampf (My Battle). In this book, Hitler outlined many of his plans that were brought to fruition after he rose to be Chancellor of Germany. His actions changed not only Germany, but the entire world for generations to come.

Senator Obama is NOT Adolf Hitler! I am not intending to characterize Sen. Obama as the next Hitler. My point is that, in his books and in his actions as the most liberal Senator in the current U.S. Senate, Barack Obama has made it very clear that he is planning liberal changes for this country that many of us, probably a majority, are not going to like. But many voters are still planning to vote for the Obama/Biden ticket because Sen. Obama is a gifted orator who gives people hope of better times to come.

But that hope is not going to solve our foreign or domestic problems. We need a leader who will tell you where he stands on an issue and then back up that talk with consistent action. Simply put, we need a leader who says what he means and does what he says. Senator Obama does not appear to be that man.

A very recent example of Sen. Obama supporting each side of an issue, depending on the group he is addressing, occurred reference to the World Series. While in Philadelphia a few days ago, Sen. Obama stated quite clearly that he was rooting for the Phillies, since the White Sox were not in the competition. Less that 48 hours later, he wowed the crowd at Tampa Bay when he announced his undying support for the Devil Rays. On a bigger issue, Barack Obama has portrayed himself as being a man of the people who understands and sypathizes with the problems of the common man in this country. But, when he leaves that crowd of everyday citizens of this country, and appears before his elitist group of rich friends in San Francisco, he derides the same ordinary citizens, saying that "they cling to their guns and religion" because they are afraid of anyone who does not look like them.

It is apparent to most people, even those who won't admit it, that the majority of the mainstream media is completely in the tank for the Obama/Biden ticket. Perhaps someone should ask the members of the media if they would check out the stories of William Ayres, Tony Rezko and ACORN at least as thoroughly as they have checked out Sarah Palin and Joe, The Plumber. It won't happen , of course, but it is something to think about.

There are two last points I ask you to consider. First, more than a few non-partisan experts have all agreed that there is no feasible way that Barack Obama can accomplish most of the agenda he has set forth without severely crippling or bankrupting the economy of this nation. The Wall Street Journal referred to his 95% tax cut plan as being, I believe, a 95% fantasy. Socialism has never succeeded as an economic system in this world and it never will. My second point is that Obama says he is the agent of change. That may be...he certainly has changed his mind about many commitments, statements and promises made from the past. The public campaign finance promise he pledged himself to is one of the most notable. As to the other "changes" , remember that change is not always a good thing. I myself have been an agent of change during the last 30 years. At the age of 24, I weighed in at a reasonable 200 lbs. Today, I weigh 485 lbs. That is certainly a major change!



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