The Obama Nobody Knows

Obamania. The Obamessiah.  The One.  Barack America!  Such has been the praise and adulation bestowed upon Barack Obama in recent weeks.  The Media swoons, commentators have funny feelings running up their legs, and reporters follow him around like a bunch of groupies.  Fans faint in his presence.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently called him “a leader that God has blessed us with at this time.”

As Rush Limbaugh says, quite truthfully, Obama does not have supporters, but followers.

In a recent poll, however, 48 percent responded that they were tired of hearing about Obama.  But the leftwing-dominated media continues to heap mounds of praise upon him and dares not criticize.  The tilt toward Obama is so blatantly obvious that it can scarcely be believed.

Brent Bozell’s Media Research Center recently studied the matter and produced a special report entitled “Obama’s Margin of Victory:  The Media,” available on its website (  The report concludes that Obama could not have won the Democratic nomination over Hillary Clinton without the help of ABC, NBC, and CBS.  It details some startling statistics.  For instance, these three networks ran 462 positive stories on Obama, compared to just 70 that were critical.  The ratio for NBC Nightly News was 179 to 17 and ABC was 156 to 21.  His gaffes and misstatements were downplayed, as well as his controversial relationships with Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, and William Ayers, but positive events like his major speech on race in Philadelphia drew far more positive coverage.

Such a discrepancy is also evidenced in print media as well, as Time has Obama on the cover this week, the seventh such instance this year alone.  McCain has graced the cover just twice.

But no, the Left screams, there’s no such thing as media bias!

But who is this man, Barack Hussein Obama?  Since the news media has failed to do its job, causing Sean Hannity to rightly wonder if 2008 is the year journalism died, its up to the so-called “alternative media” to flesh out the truth about the Illinois Senator.  An anti-Obama press is now running at full speed ahead. 

Several new books have emerged that take a critical (and more truthful) look at Barack Obama – Jerome Corsi’s The Obama Nation:  Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality; David Freddoso’s The Case Against Barack Obama:  The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media’s Favorite Candidate; and the soon-to-be-published book by Brad O’Leary, The Audacity of Deceit:  Barack Obama’s War on American Values.  In addition, Dick Morris’s newest book, Fleeced, includes an entire chapter analyzing a possible Obama presidency and what it would mean for the country.

These important books, as well as an upcoming documentary, should help erode the carefully crafted public persona that Barack Obama and his campaign team has sold to a large portion of the American public, attempting to pass him off as our savior, the only one who can fix what is wrong with America. 

During his televised speech on the night of the last primary, when he was assured of enough delegates for the nomination, Obama made some eye-opening statements, which tell you a lot about his arrogant mindset. 

“We will be able to look back and tell our children,” he said, “that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless.”  I guess nobody even thought to do any of that until Barack Obama arrived!

“This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”  Yes, the savior will personally stop the rise of the oceans and heal the planet.  Wow!

The Democratic nominee then traveled to Germany soon after and reminded his foreign admirers, in Berlin, that he was also their savior.  Identifying himself as a “citizen of the world,” Obama spoke of the need to pull down the walls that separate nations.  He wants us all to be citizens of the world and have no allegiance to our nation.  “People of Berlin – people of the world – this is our moment. This is our time,” he continued.  “Our moment” and “our time” to heal the planet, to feed the poor, to share the wealth, to give hope to those left behind, and to rid the world of nuclear weapons, he told them. 

This is the basic liberal mantra we’ve heard all our lives but now expanded on a global scale.  And don’t forget Obama’s Global Poverty Act, his plan to greatly increase our foreign aid payments to the rest of the world, more than $800 billion over the next decade.

Many Americans had a chance to see Barack Obama on the national stage recently at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Forum, answering some tough questions on morals and values.  But his answers were sorely lacking and somewhat awkward.  The reason for Obama’s strange answers at Saddleback is very simple:  he’s trying to mask who he really is.  Barack Obama does not want you to know who he truly is and what he really believes, for if he did, his defeat would be assured.

One important issue raised at the forum was abortion, lying almost dormant in the last few election cycles, which has now risen to the forefront.  But make no mistake, despite his efforts to dodge and weave on the abortion question, Senator “above my pay grade” Obama is an abortion extremist, with one of the most radical records ever recorded, even more so than Barbara Boxer it would seem, if that’s possible. 

Obama, despite his statements to the contrary, has never voted or supported any legislation that would limit abortion, even partial birth abortion.  He also opposed a bill in the Illinois legislature that would have protected infants who were born alive due to botched abortions, the only senator to do so.  Obama did not support the proposed law, which would have prevented babies from being allowed to die on the table!  This is infanticide, pure and simple!  However, since he has gained the nomination, Obama’s new position is that he would have supported it, if it had been like the federal law.  But now we have discovered that it was, in fact, identical to a law passed by Congress.  So Obama lied to hide his extreme position on abortion.

Obama also has many questionable ties to some shady characters, like Tony Rezko, Jeremiah Wright, and William Ayers. 

Tony Rezko is now a convicted felon facing serious prison time for bribery and corruption charges, yet Obama has known the man for decades and has provided $14 million in Illinois funds to Rezko and his slum business while serving in the state senate.  Rezko was a strong supporter of Obama and raised a lot of money for his campaigns.  But why did Obama continue to remain his friend, knowing full well he was a corrupt slum lord bilking taxpayers for millions?

Jeremiah Wright was Obama’s pastor for more than 20 years in Chicago.  Yet instead of using his church to promote the teachings of Jesus, which you might expect in a Church of Christ, Wright promoted a radical ideology known as Black Liberation Theology that would be as vile as any racist teachings, if whites were conducting it.  Can you imagine White Liberation Theology?  Wright continually trashes the United States, the “US of KKKA,” as he has referred to it, screaming “God D— America” in his sermons.  This man claims the U.S. government created the Aids virus to exterminate blacks and is the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world.  But he also married Obama and his wife Michelle, as well as baptized his two daughters.  So why would Obama continue to reside in this church for more than two decades, leaving only when the political heat became too much?

William Ayers was a member of the Weather Underground, a radical anti-American group who carried out bombings of the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol, and a New York City police station in the 1960s.  He was arrested but a mistake by the prosecutors office allowed him to go free.  Ayers has never been punished for his crimes and to this day he is unrepentant, writing on September 11, 2001 that he did not believe he had done enough!  Barack Obama continues to maintain his friendship with Ayers, serving on boards with him and giving speeches.  Would any decent citizen remain friends with a unforgiving terrorist?

These are questions for which we may never know the true answer.  And all we have gotten from Obama about these strange relationships is a standard answer:  that’s not the man I knew!  It’s not too much of a stretch to believe that John McCain or any Republican would never get off so easily!

Never has a presidential candidate for any major party had this much baggage.  And no self-respecting American citizen would ever associate with such a cast of characters.  So why does Barack Obama?  Do we really want a president who is good friends with someone serving serious prison time for corruption, an unrepentant terrorist, and a radical preacher who hates the United States?

But the bottom line for me is this:  the possible election of Barack Obama to the presidency will mean more than simply having a liberal Democrat in the White House; it will tell me far more about the state of the nation.  Should a majority of our people, or even a strong plurality, cast a vote for this man, with a razor-thin resume, an extreme leftist voting record, and a cast of friends that decent people would not be caught dead with, then our nation is in far worse shape than simply having to endure wrong-headed policies for the next four years.  If a majority of our people can vote Obama for president, then stick a fork in the United States of America, we are done!

The Nightmare That Has Become The American Dream

Have you ever considered the journey of a dollar as it runs the gauntlet that is the tax system in this country?  Studies have been done on how much the government actually ends up with by the time a dollar, or your yearly salary, emerges on the other side and it is staggering.  In some cases the government, on every level, can take more than 80 percent.

Let’s say you have worked all your life to better your situation.  You went to school, maybe taking night classes, all the while working a job or two.  But you eventually move up the social latter, now earning six figures.  Maybe you have your own business or have achieved a high position with a top company.  You buy a house, some land, maybe even a little farm in the country.  Because of your hard work, your children enjoy a better life than you had at their age.  They can attend college full-time and can enroll at a better school than you could afford.  This can be very satisfying, to leave your children and grandchildren with a better life.  Isn’t that the goal of every decent American?

Now consider the high taxes you must tolerate to do this.  On the federal level, the top rate can run anywhere from 35 to 40 percent, depending on who is in office.  You must also pay Medicare and Social Security taxes, which can be high, especially if you are self-employed.  State governments may also have an income tax of varying degrees, but let’s just say an extra 10 percent.  Most states also impose sales taxes on every thing you buy, even food.  Local governments levy property taxes, which can be down-right crippling, and can also tack on a few percentages to the sales tax, generally to promote “tourism.”  Additional federal excises are imposed on things like tires, health care, phone bills, and gasoline.  This is why a six-figure salary, in some parts of the United States, may very well be considered poverty, as there’s scarcely little to actually live on when the taxes are paid.  And though they’ve taken it away from you and your family, much of it goes to others, less fortunate they say, but those who won’t work at any rate, while still more is thrown away on stupid projects like “bridges to nowhere.”

Yet all of this does not take into account what you have to do if you own a business of your own, the taxes and regulations that border on the ridiculous. 

But after all this hassle, with the little dab you have left, you manage to put something extra away for retirement.  Maybe you scrimp and save, working extra jobs, to invest in an IRA, more land, and the like.  After a lifetime of work, you manage to create an estate valued at more than a million dollars, or more, all the while hordes of government bureaucrats hang all over you.  But even though Uncle Sam has his greedy, outstretched hand right there beside you, he never once lifted it to help you during your 60-hour work weeks.

So at the end of your life, when you’ve done all that could be expected of any honest citizen, the Lord finally calls you home.  You’ve worked hard, paid an enormous amount of taxes to support the government, but more importantly you’ve given your children and grandchildren a brighter future.  You pass away peacefully one morning.  But the tax man cometh still.  After your spouse receives a nice Social Security benefit of less than $300, the government takes 55 percent of your estate!  Even in death, thieves continue to take.  In many cases, children end up selling the family estate to pay the bill. 

After considering all this legalized theft, stop to consider what is the biggest obstacle to achieving the American Dream?  No it’s not racism, or sexism, or any of the many other “isms” we have crafted in this age of liberalism!  It’s government, on all levels!  Oh what people in the country could achieve if we had a government that stayed out of our hair!

This is not what the Founders of this nation intended.  They envisioned a place where men could live free and pursue happiness, whatever that happiness may be.  But we have taken that wonderful gift, purchased with their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor,” and are on the verge of completely destroying it.

So contemplate on these things and ask yourself which candidate will best protect and restore what the Founders bestowed on all of us and which nominee will make the nightmare one in which we will never wake up!  The answer should be obvious!

McCain and Obama on History

As a historian I like to know the views of each presidential candidate on American history, which can provide valuable insight into their real thinking. 

For instance, what is their stance on the Constitution?  Do they believe in applying original intent or do they believe it is a living document? 

Another valuable piece of information is who they regard as their favorite president, although this can sometimes be misleading.  But if one chooses Thomas Jefferson or Ronald Reagan you know they believe in smaller government and low taxes, generally speaking.  If they pick someone like FDR, well that tells you quite a bit about their ideas on government’s role in your life.

Both candidates were recently asked by Newsweek about their favorite presidents.

McCain answered, “On the obvious plus side, Lincoln, TR and Reagan are people who are in many respects my role models.”

When asked who he does not want to be like, McCain stated:  “One I was thinking about very recently because of this anti-free-trade, protectionism sentiment that understandably is being bred by our severe economic problems is Herbert Hoover.  In 1930, he signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act and there were other actions that the administration and Congress took that sent us from a recession into a deep depression.  And my study of history is that Herbert Hoover was at least acquiescent, if not very active, in taking all the wrong steps, which again not only didn’t help the situation but exacerbated conditions which led to the most severe depression in the history of this nation.”

This is a constant theme with McCain.  He continually thunders against the dangers of protectionism, yet all three of his role models, including Reagan to some degree, were protectionists. 

But it is really Teddy Roosevelt that McCain admires most, as a recent interview in the New York Times indicates.  During the interview he failed to mention any conservative stalwarts, like Reagan or even Barry Goldwater, as role models.  “I count myself as a conservative Republican, yet I view it to a large degree in the Theodore Roosevelt mold.”  But TR was no traditional conservative.

In the same interview, McCain also laid out his basic philosophy of government.  “I believe less governance is the best governance, and that government should not do what the free enterprise and private enterprise and individual entrepreneurship and the states can do, but I also believe there is a role for government.  Government should take care of those in America who can not take care of themselves.”  Save for the last section, this sounds more Jeffersonian than Rooseveltian. 

TR believed much different, however, and can not be considered a Jeffersonian conservative.  “I don’t think that any harm comes from the concentration of power in one man’s hands,” he once said.  This statement speaks for itself.

Most of TR’s biographers get so caught up in his outgoing personality and charisma, like the mainstream media does with Obama, that they fail to see, or refuse to see, many faults.  A book by Jim Powell, of the Cato Institute, Bully Boy: The Truth About Theodore Roosevelt’s Legacy, describes the consequences of TR’s presidency and what he really stood for.

The United States, TR believed, should engage in “the proper policing of the world.”  McCain would obviously concur with that sentiment, as he has stated on more than one occasion that “there will be other wars.”  It’s quite obvious that he is more hawkish than President Bush.

TR also greatly increased the power and influence of the presidency.  He issued 1,007 executive orders during his administration, the most ever until the administrations of Woodrow Wilson and FDR.  He believed that Congress should obey the president in all matters. 

But Teddy’s view of the Constitution is downright scary.  The conservative interpretation of the Constitution is that, in addition to being a compact among the states, it is a check on executive power; that the federal government can not act unless specifically authorized to do so.  TR rejected this notion and favored the opposite.  He wrote in his autobiography that “it was not only his [the president’s] right but his duty to do anything that the needs of the Nation demanded unless such action was forbidden by the Constitution or by the laws.”  That’s a recipe for tyranny.

“Roosevelt failed to recognize the dangers of political power and war,” writes Powell.  He “recklessly intervened in the lives of Americans and in the affairs of other nations, and we have seen the policy backfire.”

This is McCain’s role model?

As for the Constitution, McCain claims to believe in strict construction, the opposite of Roosevelt, and will appoint like-minded judges to the federal bench.  Yet some of the positions he has taken during his years in Congress, like his campaign finance reform bill, a blatant violation of the First Amendment, cause conservatives to wonder.  McCain once told Don Imus that he would rather have a clean government than one where First Amendment rights are respected!

And remember McCain also supported the bill giving the president a line-item veto, which might be a good idea but where I went to school we learned there is a method for amending the Constitution and Congress cannot do it alone.  The Supreme Court wisely struck down the law.  Only a properly enacted amendment can change the Constitution.

By contrast, Obama’s answers to Newsweek were not nearly as in depth as McCain’s, demonstrating that he probably does not possess a vast knowledge of American history.  “When I think about presidents, I start with Lincoln, and not just because I’m from Illinois.  I think he embodies those qualities that are the very best in America:  upward mobility, an embrace of the future and an ability to stand fast on principle while acknowledging the other side of the debate.”  Upward mobility?  But how can Americans achieve upward mobility when Obama’s tax program, if enacted, will crush anyone who ascends up society’s ladder?  The higher you climb under a President Obama, the harder the government will come down on you!

On bad presidents, Obama stated:  “You know, I have to admit that I don’t spend a lot of time reading about failed presidents.  There is a long list of presidents who did not rise to the times – Hoover, Buchanan, Andrew Johnson.  Many of them are people who did not see, for example, the fault lines of slavery, or the dangers of depression.”

But one must wonder if Obama sees the dangers of depression today, for his policies would commit many of the same mistakes as President Herbert Hoover.  Most history classes that cover the Great Depression claim, erroneously, that Hoover was a true laissez faire capitalist who repeatedly stated that economic storms, like natural ones, should be allowed to blow themselves out.  But this is a complete lie.  Hoover greatly increased government spending to fight the Depression.  His major tax increases, moving the top rate to over 60 percent, had a tremendously negative effect on the economy.  Hoover’s intervention was so large that during the 1932 campaign FDR criticized him and promised to balance the federal budget!

Obama has written much more extensively than McCain on issues of history.  In his book The Audacity of Hope he has an entire chapter on the Constitution, which gives us a lot of insight into his thinking on the supreme law of the land.  Boasting in the book, as he has on the campaign trail, that he was once a “professor” of constitutional law at the University of Chicago, Obama, who incidentally never held the title of professor, takes a typical left wing position, with the likes of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.  “Professor” Obama wrote that while he was “not unsympathetic to Justice Scalia’s position” of strict construction, it was his belief that the Constitution “is not a static but rather a living document, and must be read in the context of an ever-changing world.”  It’s a rationale for which he spends several pages attempting to defend, unsuccessfully in my opinion.

Why, then, would our Founders bother to write the Constitution down on paper for all to see if it could be changed at the whim of a federal judge or the Supreme Court?  Remember the British constitution was not written down, therefore the King could interpret it as he pleased.  Our Founders were not about to repeat the same mistake.  As Joseph Sobran is fond of saying, the Constitution “is written on paper, not rubber.”

But “Professor” Obama claims this is the way its always been done, that even the Founders disagreed passionately on what they had just written, even before “the ink on the constitutional parchment was dry.”  This is partly true but when you understand the history of the period, and the motivations behind many of those involved, you quickly understand why. 

Many Federalists, like Alexander Hamilton, were nationalists who wanted a strong, central government.  They were not happy with the final product in Philadelphia.  In fact Hamilton had argued for a lifetime appointment for the president, the right of the president to appoint all state governors, and for the national government to have a veto over all state actions it did not agree with.  He and his ilk sought to change the Constitution through various means, including judicial interpretations.  It was the Republicans who stood up to him and finally succeeded in their goal, as Mr. Jefferson said, to “sink Federalism into an abyss from which there shall be no resurrection for it.”  And as a result, Jefferson and Madison saved the Revolution.

Studying “Professor” Obama’s grasp of American history, one quickly concludes that he possesses a warped, leftwing view of it.  He incorrectly claims that Jefferson, the great libertarian and foe of governmental power, “helped consolidate the power of the national government even as he claimed to deplore and reject such power.”  How Mr. Jefferson was responsible for this Obama does not bother to say.  He simply takes a shot at a great president who did not believe government was the best solution to our problems, as Senator Obama does.

But as bad as Obama might be with respect to a true understanding of history, McCain can be just as erroneous.  Both men lack true understanding of the nature of our Founding, a continuous mistake that has crippled our republic to the point of destruction.  One problem we face is that we have too many lawyers and not enough statesmen who truly understand our history, our heritage, where we came from, and how we got where we are.  Likewise, many of our people have also forgotten these important lessons.  And now our once great republic is in a state of decline.  Either we return to our proud history of liberty and capitalism, or march into the darkness of socialism and imperialism.