President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was a study in irony and disingenuousness. Propoganda at it’s finest, including glittering generalizations and soaring prose. Perhaps the most striking example of ironic disingenuousness was his complaint about the role that money plays to influence public policy and legislation. The President said: “If you turn away now, if you buy into the cynicism that the change we fought for isn’t possible, well, change will not happen. If you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voices will fill the void, the lobbyists and special interests, the people with the $10 million checks who are trying to buy this election and those who are trying to make it harder for you to vote, Washington politicians who want to decide who you can marry or control health care choices that women should be making for themselves.” Somehow, that didn’t seem like such a terrible thing when the Obama Administration was buying off public officials through gimmicks like the “Louisiana Purchase” and the “Cornhusker Kickback” to ram Obamacare down the throats of an unwilling populace. (http://www.weeklystandard.com/keyword/Cornhusker-Kickback).
In addition, it is a remarkable “coincidence” that in the Obama economic stimulus program’s Department of Energy loan portfolio, companies owned and operated by Obama contributors and friends (Solyndra’s George Kaiser is one example) received more than $16 billion of the $20.5 billion awarded.
But there was much more. Consider Mr. Obama’s statement about income taxes: “I want to reform the tax code so that it’s simple, fair and asks the wealthiest households to pay higher taxes on incomes over $250,000 — the same rate we had when Bill Clinton was president, the same rate we had when our economy created nearly 23 million new jobs, the biggest surplus in history and a whole lot of millionaires to boot.” So my question here would be: “Where have you been on this for the last 3 and one half years, Mr. President?” The fact is that really knotty issues such as the Federal income tax rate have gone unaddressed throughout the life of this Administration, as have Social Security and Medicare. Now that Paul Ryan is engaged at a national level, these issues have been placed squarely on the table, and the 800 pound gorilla in the room can no longer be ignored. In my opinion, anyone who is serious about parity, fairness and effectiveness in the area of Federal income taxes supports a flat tax with no exemptions. I recommend a universal rate or 17% with no tax returns to file – just mandatory withholding by all employers. (http://sensiblethought.com/2011/what-we-need-from-washington)
Then there was the shot Mr. Obama took at Mr. Romney on foreign relations: “My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy. But from all that we’ve seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost America so dearly. After all, you don’t call Russia our number one enemy — not al- Qaida, Russia — unless you’re still stuck in a Cold War mind warp. You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can’t visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally.” Keep in mind that President Obama didn’t need to visit Great Britain to launch his own unique brand of insults. One of his first acts as President was to return a bust of Winston Churchill to London from the White house (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/4623148/Barack-Obama-sends-bust-of-Winston-Churchill-on-its-way-back-to-Britain.html), and his gaffe of presenting the Queen with an iPod containing songs he thought she would enjoy. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/apr/02/barack-obama-presents-queen-ipod) A master of foreign relations; Mr. Obama is not.
Finally, there was the Obama-approved language change combination in the Democratic Party Platform, removing both Jerusalem and God from the platform language altogether. While this continued slide toward atheism and consequential abandonment of Israel certainly did not surprise me (http://biblicallythinking.com/2011/which-political-party-is-more-%E2%80%9Cevil%E2%80%9D-a-facebook-exchange), it certainly seemed to shock many of the Democratic Party faithful. Even after 3 voice votes on the floor of the convention, the party’s delegates never did produce a two-thirds majority to put Jerusalem and God back into the platform language. The vote became irrelevant and the changes were affirmed over loud protestation. This speaks volumes about the direction and velocity of the party, and about the leadership of President Obama. After all of this, the President displayed his now infamous level of unmitigated gall by saying: “Our commitment to Israel’s security must not waver, and neither must our pursuit of peace.”
The truth is that I don’t believe we hear much rock-bottom truth about core beliefs from either candidate – Republican or Democrat. Governor Romney’s flip-flops on a range of issues from Government mandated health care to abortion rights is legendary. But no Republican in history has brought such a lack of experience to bear, or done so much damage to the economy (8+% unemployment and $16 trillion in debt), plotted such a damaging foreign relations path (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/03/26/Obama-to-Putin-Ill-Surrender-After-Reelection) or pushed such a destructive social agenda on this country as President Obama. Four more years? I am praying for America, which means that I am praying this doesn’t happen.
What do you think?