I listened to Obama’s speech last night. When I saw the transcript, I was surprised that it was so short. The speech itself carried on for about 20 minutes.
But, it wasn’t the slow dramatic delivery that bothered me. It wasn’t the orgasmic genuflection of the audience, especially the blonde who was standing immediately behind Obama, that rubbed me the wrong way.
It was what the man said. It was not only politically unpalatable, but towards the end of the speech, his words disturbed me on a spiritual level as well.
“And while Washington is consumed with the same drama and division and distraction, another family puts up a For Sale sign in the front yard. Another factory shuts its doors. Another soldier waves goodbye as he leaves on another tour of duty in a war that should’ve never been authorized and never been waged.”
As much as the dems want to return to sept 10, 2001, ignoring jihadism just doesn’t work. Been there, done that. It’s just so Nineties…
“It’s a choice between having a debate with the other party about who has the most experience in Washington, or having one about who’s most likely to change Washington. Because that’s a debate we can win”
Experience vs change? Hmm, yup I think we will accept that debate. The National security issue will be big next fall.
“And if I am your nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq; or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran; or that I support the Bush-Cheney policy of not talking to leaders we don’t like. And he will not be able to say that I wavered on something as fundamental as whether or not it’s ok for America to use torture – because it is never ok. That is the choice in this election.”
No, you were in the Illinois Legislature when that vote was taken. And, if you had the opportunity to review the same intelligence documents and reports that the rest of the Senate saw, is it possible that your opinion might have been different?
If not, then why not? Every international intelligence estimate supported the decision to stop Saddam’s threat to regional stability and the threat to the global economy. How can you justify doing nothing, especially so soon after 9/11/01?
You won’t have to worry about answering the torture question if you face McCain.
“The Republicans running for President have already tied themselves to the past. They speak of a hundred year war in Iraq and billions more on tax breaks for the wealthiest few who don’t need them and didn’t ask for them – tax breaks that mortgage our children’s future on a mountain of debt at a time when there are families who can’t pay their medical bills and students who can’t pay their tuition.”
Nobody has spoken about a hundred year war in Iraq. But, if you think that the American military has no business having bases around the world, then that’s an issue we can debate.
As far as the tax cuts for the rich meme, I’ve already discussed that in detail. Maybe I need to do it again.
I’ll be the President who ends the tax breaks to companies that ship our jobs overseas and start putting them in the pocke“ts of working Americans who deserve it. And struggling homeowners. And seniors who should retire with dignity and respect.”
We’ll have the President who nails the “going out of business” sign on the IRS. Tax fairness through the Fair Tax.
“I’ll be the President who finally brings Democrats and Republicans together to make health care affordable and available for every single American.”
Health care is already available for every single American. Affordability is now, and has always been the crux of the issue. It’s time to have this debate, and take the demogoguery off the table.
“We will put a college education within reach of anyone who wants to go,”
What country do you live in? A college education is available to anyone who qualifies to go. These days, that just boils down to being able to fill out an aplication for admission, and an application for financial aid.
“Instead of just talking about how great our teachers are, we will reward them for their greatness, with more pay and better support. ”
That sounds like merit pay. Glad to have you on board. Of course, paying teacher’s salaries is a state expenditure. Maybe you’re getting the Illinois Legislature confused with the federal government.
“And we will harnesses the ingenuity of farmers and scientists and entrepreneurs to free this nation from the tyranny of oil once and for all.”
You’re going to, what? Harness the ingenuity? Bwahaha.
How’re you gonna do that Barry? Do you know something about a miracle fuel that nobody else knows? But, if you get elected, you’ll share the secret, and harness the scientists to make the miracle fuel, the entreprenuers to market it, and the farmers to grow it? Gee, what a guy!
“And when I am President, we will put an end to a politics that uses 9/11 as a way to scare up votes, and start seeing it as a challenge that should unite America and the world against the common threats of the twenty-first century: terrorism and nuclear weapons; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease.”
Please listen carefully.
The surprise attacks of 9/11 had nothing to do with poverty, climate change, nukes, or disease. Get it? Got it? Goooood.
The fact that you would bring up 9/11 as an issue to win votes, but then criticize anyone who would do the same thing is a little inconsistent, ya’ know?
“We need you to stand with us, and work with us, and help us prove that together, ordinary people can still do extraordinary things.”
Most of us, who have lived long enough, have gotten over the grandiosity of youth. But, if you still need proof that ordinary people can do extraordinary things, then I have a suggestion. Read your Bible.
Or, if reading the Bible offends your sensibilities, then read any American History book published before 1970.
“I was a young organizer then, intent on fighting joblessness and poverty on the South Side, and I still remember one of the very first meetings I put together. We had worked on it for days, but no one showed up. Our volunteers felt so defeated, they wanted to quit. And to be honest, so did I.”
The best cure for joblessness and poverty is …….wait for it …… a job. Not meetings, rallies, causes, rants, and raves. Just a plain old job.
C’mon Barry, this really isn’t that tough to get.
“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. We are the hope of those boys who have little; who’ve been told that they cannot have what they dream; that they cannot be what they imagine.”
We are, that we are…
Sounds blasphemous to me.
“We are the hope of the father who goes to work before dawn and lies awake with doubts that tell him he cannot give his children the same opportunities that someone gave him.”
“We are the hope of the woman who hears that her city will not be rebuilt; that she cannot reclaim the life that was swept away in a terrible storm.”
“We are the hope of the future; the answer to the cynics who tell us our house must stand divided; that we cannot come together; that we cannot remake this world as it should be.”
Good grief. He’s not running for President. He’s running for Messiah.
It is heresy for anyone who claims to be a Christian to make these statements.
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