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Obama….NO JFK

Posted by Stephen on June 13, 2008

It’s easy to get caught up in the speech and passion of Barack Obama when he stands at the podium. Make no mistake about it though, he is no John F. Kennedy.

I’ve often said that had I been a young man in the early 60’s I would have probably been a JFK supporter. He was an incredible speaker. He supported civil rights, though he was slow to act, he supported a strong military to combat communism if necessary but also was opened to dialog and in his inaugural speech he stated that the United States of America would “bear ANY burden” and pay ANY price, to assure the triumph of freedom anywhere on earth,” and he took a revolutionary step for his party by cutting taxes.

Senator Obama, on the other hand…

…will have a hard time explaining away his close relationships with people clearly standing at the door step of racial division, has a military plan centered on cut and run which will lead to humiliation and defeat at a time when even the media has begun to acknowledge impressive progress in Iraq, and he will raise taxes to a level that will stifle the free market and place us one step closer to the socialist agenda of the radical liberal left.

Oh, but to give credit where credit is due….Obama is a great speaker.

I’m a sucker for great speakers. They inspire me. I still pop in a VHS of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches and they still inspire me. T.R., Wilson, FDR, Lincoln, Reagan were all great speakers that inspired people like me for generations.

At the end of the day it’s important to be able to step away from the emotion and determine the substance of the delivery. For example, about four years ago John Edwards hit the national scene with a two America’s speech that caught my attention. He was passionate and hit a cord with me as he spoke of bringing America together. I even had occasion to speak about the North Carolina Senator, touting him as a new kind of politician. As it turns out, he was nothing more than a far left tax and spend liberal touting socialized medicine, a trillion dollar health care program, higher taxes, and a “government will fix all that ails you,” approach that is disingenuous at best.

You have to find a way to break out of the haze of rhetoric and the pied piper syndrome that surrounds the manipulation of a public leader that speaks to your emotions but provides no plan on how to accomplish their lofty goals. If they do have a plan it is important to determine its effect on the free market economy that separates us from the rest of the world and on the civil rights and personal freedoms that men like Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Lincoln and others fought to provide every American citizen.

For example, had I taken a few minutes and studied the voting record and the cost of the rhetoric John Edwards was espousing I would have found a far left record consistent with an agenda tied to the pilfering of as much of your household income as he can possible obtain.

Today, Barack Obama paints the same picture with an even wider brush. All I need to know is that Obama is left of Teddy Kennedy who is left of John Edwards, who is left of Hillary Clinton who is so far left I can’t find her with my telescope.

Make no mistake about it, Barack Obama will redefine how far left the Democratic Party can travel. It just so happens he will do so in a very eloquent way. After all….he is a great speaker.

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpionts.


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