I figured by now there would be a whole body of “Obama jokes”. However, it seems that perhaps, as his Democratic Party rival Mrs. Clinton is discovering, he is currently untouchable in terms of criticism. (To date, any criticism of Obama by Mrs. Clinton has backfired on her.) Nevertheless, recently I heard the first one:
Chelsea Clinton recently interviewed a soldier in Afghanistan and asked him, “What do you fear the most?” The soldier replied, “Osama, Obama, and yo’ mama.”We hope that his “popularity” among Democrats is based on “feelings” and not on any serious consideration of his “positions”. For example, his position in favor of child abuse is certainly appalling. This disqualifies himself de facto from authentic leadership and from votes of conscious citizens. To his credit he consistently and unabashedly maintains that he is in favor of raising taxes across the board. For many this apparently is of no concern. Unfortunately “bigger federal government” is what many rest their hopes on.
Obama seeks to appeal to everyone. He wrote in his book The Audacity of Hope (Crown 2006): “I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views”. Of course, appealing to others is vastly different from having no set agenda. He does.
Last week I wrote that I have never in my lifetime seen a major presidential candidate whose rhetoric is so far removed from his policy record. Little did I know that he would give me a perfect illustration of that point the very next day. [Obama spoke about an individual's right and the liberty of Second Amendment. At the same time he said that he supports a Washington, D.C. gun ban.] This is what Americans can expect from a President Obama. He'll wax eloquent about your rights, but then say government can take away whatever part of them — or all of them — that it wants. It's a disturbing pattern that's starting to emerge in Mr. Obama when he announces a principle or a goal, but then endorses policies that are the exact opposite. It's political doublespeak. It's Orwellian. In fact, it's Clintonian.
Look for this pattern across the board. This is how he'll empower private markets, by increasing government control. He'll preserve our private market health care system, by having government take it over. He'll lower taxes, by raising them. He'll cut government, by increasing government spending. He'll create jobs, by raising taxes and fees on business.
He'll protect our results in Iraq, by abandoning that country. He'll defeat the terrorists, by stopping attacks against them and sitting down to negotiate. He'll support our allies in Pakistan, by invading them with military force. He'll do whatever it takes to stop threats to our nation, by immediately announcing that he'll never use our ultimate weapons and by stopping our government from listening in on terrorists' phone calls.
Hopefully, America will not discover too late that rhetoric and reality are vastly different.