By Richard Larsen
Published – Idaho State Journal, 10/26/08
There are reasons to not vote for either presidential candidate, based on my personal belief system, and a system of logic based on what has made America so unique among nation states and what has and hasn’t worked throughout history. Senator Obama has, based on his voting record and public statements, compiled for me the more extensive list of why he should not be the leader of the free world.
Protection of life, especially innocent life, is not just moral but it is also legal. Yet the Senator has vowed to sign into law the Freedom of Choice Act, allowing abortions at any stage of development, including the gruesome and immoral partial-birth abortion. The Act would also repeal the Hyde Amendment which will allow for taxpayer money to support the abortion industry.
Obama has said he would appoint justices like Ruth Bader Ginsberg and John Paul Stevens. In other words, he will appoint judges who think their role is to legislate from the bench rather than rule based on constitutionality. As an example, Stephens often votes on the court based on international law precedence, not constitutionality. That is not the role of a Supreme Court Justice.
As I wrote two weeks ago in greater depth, Obama’s economic policies are the same as Hoover’s which led to the Great Depression. That’s not what our nation needs now.
Obama proved through his exchange with “Joe the plumber” last week that he is a socialist and wants to take your money and “spread the wealth around.” The head of the American Communist Party hasn’t publically endorsed Obama, but admits he’s “excited at the prospects of an Obama presidency.” If the Senator wants to be president of a socialist country, I would suggest he move to Cuba. He can duke it out with Raul.
Obama has surrounded himself throughout his life with friends, associates, and colleagues who are ultra-liberal, anti-American, socialists, and terrorists. These are not just casual relationships, but have been the political alliances that endeared him to the Chicago political machine and launched him onto the political stage. According to Stanley Kurtz in the Wall Street Journal Obama sought out those alliances when he moved to Chicago. And remember, he’ll be taking 3,000 of that kind of thinking to Washington with him.
Although Obama has said recently that he opposes a redefinition of marriage, there are plenty of times he’s spoken in favor of it, including last year’s highly visible address to NARAL. If Proposition 8 fails in California, it’s easy to imagine Obama leading a national effort to redefine marriage. It will be taught in schools and inculcated into children as early as kindergarten and will lead to an assault on freedom of speech and religion. Why else would Kevin Jennings, founder of GLSEN -- the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, now be serving as a fundraising co-chair for the Obama campaign?
ACORN, the unofficial election fraud wing of the Obama campaign, will be at the table in an Obama administration. You can see a video of him making that promise on the internet.
Pelosi, Reid and Obama create a frightful triumvirate driving the country to the far left. Left-leaning party rule with no checks or balances is dangerous. Look at the states that have become dominated leftist ideology: Michigan, Louisiana (until recently), New York, California, all on the verge of bankruptcy. Out-of-control government spending and entitlement spending, and exorbitant taxation are their common characteristics, and companies are fleeing their states, according to Investor’s Business Daily.
Obama was befriended in Chicago by Rashid Khallidi, a former PLO spokesman, who is anti-Israel. Obama returned the favor by granting funds from the Woods Fund that he directed, to Khallidi’s pro-PLO group, the Arab American Action Group, which has been under investigation for terrorist funding. Khallidi glorifies anti-Israel violence as contributing to “political enlightenment”and admires those who carry it out. This makes it extremely difficult to believe Obama when he says he’s “pro-Israel.”
Obama has said we just can’t, as a nation, “set our thermostats for 72 degrees, drive our SUVs, eat as much as we want, and consume as a nation as we have done.” So what is he proposing, that the government tell us what to set our thermostats to, what to drive, and what to eat? Does that sound like America to you?
Obama supported the DC gun ban and questions the legitimacy of the 2nd Amendment guaranteeing us gun rights. Better hold onto your guns.
According to Joe Biden, Obama will be tested by international events in the first six months of his administration and we won’t like how he handles it. That doesn’t instill a great deal of confidence. And why would the President of Iran and the leader of Hamas “endorse” Obama? What would the sworn enemies of America have to gain from an Obama presidency? The prospects cause me to shudder.
The Senator had served in the U.S. Senate just 143 days before announcing his candidacy for the Presidency. How many corporate employees do you think are ready to head a corporation after working for a company for 143 days? Does experience really not count for anything anymore?
And finally, Obama has stated that illegal aliens should be granted drivers licenses, Social Security benefits, Medicaid, amnesty, and U.S. citizenship.
Those are the major obstacles that would preclude me from seriously considering Obama as President. To me, the position is just too important for someone of negligible experience, extreme liberal positions in key social areas, failed economic policies, and questionable political alliances.