September 22, 2007
We’re Back to Conservatism Vs. Liberalism
By Vincent Gioia
With the selection of Sarah Palin as Vice President Candidate on the Republican ticket, the presidential race is less about Democrat vs. Republican, than it is about Liberal vs. Conservative. Democrats and Republicans both agree that Washington is “broken” and both sides want “change.”
Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe that government is the answer while John McCain and Sarah Palin believe that government is the problem. Clearly, change can be for good or for bad.
The speech by Sarah Palin marks the well-defined line in the sand that conservatives have wanted for months to have John McCain draw. It was interesting to watch Palin (and the warm-up acts of Romney, Huckabee, and Giuliani) frame the battle for the oval office. It was a reminder, once again, that conservatism is the road to better government and a healthier America.
Thomas Jefferson said, “Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.” Nothing could be clearer in this election than that it is sheer common sense we don’t need a bigger government; we need a smaller government as envisioned by Jefferson, Monroe and all the others who are responsible for our country’s constitution.
At the Republican convention the point was made that no candidate in the last 100 years was less qualified to be president than Barack Obama. As David Freddoso wrote (The Case Against Obama), “Barack Obama doesn’t represent ‘change’ in American politics at all. In reality, he is a shameless product of Chicago’s corrupt political Machine and a far-left liberal in the mold of Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Al Gore, Mike Dukakis, and Walter Mondale but with charm and political savvy that rival those of Bill Clinton.”
What kind of president would Obama make, after only 150 days experience in the U.S. Senate, and a history of avoiding taking unpopular stands in the state Senate by voting “present” about 130 times or simply by absenting himself from tough votes altogether?
Obama is one of the most cynical presidential candidates ever to aspire to national office and his rise to the nominee of the Democrat Party is a lesson in deliberate political ambition. First, Obama cooperated with Chicago’s Democratic Machine, and then he developed relationships with the likes of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and unrepentant ’60s bomber Bill Ayers. He also engaged in an exchange of favors and payback with corrupt developer (and convicted felon) Tony Rezko.
Obama’s rise to prominence is no accident. According to David Freddoso, Obama won his first election (to the Illinois State Senate) “by having his lawyers knock all his opponents including the black, female incumbent off the ballot on technicalities, so he could run unopposed.” Chicago insiders know the “Chicago Machine” made a U.S. senator” out of Obama.
But worst of all, Obama has very bad ideas that would permanently change America. If he is elected President, America will be a very different place from the one we know now, both militarily and economically, and under the thumb of a Supreme Court full of judges who believe in the notion of a “living, breathing Constitution” that says whatever they want it to say.
Along with too many other elected politicians Obama opposes school choice through vouchers or tax credits while sending his own children to an elite private school.
If you are in favor of killing unborn children, Obama is your man. He voted to deny medical care to babies born alive after abortion in a bill too extreme even for Nancy Pelosi. Obama also vowed to Planned Parenthood in July 2007 to end all restrictions on government abortion funding.
Obama seems to believe democratic elections are not for everyone. He wants, and has voted, to abolish secret-ballot elections in the workplace when Union leaders coerce employees to sign Union cards, thus allowing unions to intimidate and harass workers who don’t support them.
The “change” Barack Obama’s calls for in his campaign as the cure for ills of society is higher government spending, weaker national defense, continued tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, and support of gay marriage.
Obama claims to give us “new politics” but in less than four years as a U.S. Senator, Obama has voted for some of the worst special-interest legislation to move through the Congress.
If you vote for Obama, you are voting for the most liberal member of the United States Senate in 2007. According to the respected National Journal, Obama beat out Barbara Boxer, Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and the previous title-holder, John Kerry. Is this who you want for our next president?
Vincent Gioia writes for Right Side News and is a retired patent attorney living in Palm Desert, California.
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