As I do with some of my posts, let me preface this with an apology to a couple of people who I consider my friends. They would be Wickle, at A True Believer and Kerry, over at One Mom. I have really hesitated to even put these thoughts down on paper, because I do not want to offend them in any way. That being said, I feel I have to do my part to let people know just how much of a danger Barack Obama is to our country.
As the Republican primaries finished up and it became clear that Mike Huckabee would not be the Republican nominee in 2008, there was a lot discussion about what the Huckabee supporters would do in the general election. Some of them decided to vote third party or not vote at all for President because they simply could not support John McCain. Some of them went the other way, deciding that McCain would be a lot better than Barack Obama. At least one strong Huckabee supporter is actually voting for Obama himself, although I can’t understand how a supporter of Mike Huckabee can swing so far to the left.
I started off thinking I would vote third party for the same reasons some of the rest gave. I didn’t really care for McCain and I wondered at how bad an Obama Presidency could really be. As I began to research his policies more, I came to the realization that he was a much greater danger than McCain, so I decided to vote against Obama and for McCain. It’s not a good position to be in, voting against, rather than for someone, but my fear of what Barack Obama would do to our country is so great, that it has put me in this position.
One of the main arguments that I hear to not vote for McCain is how our country survived Bill Clinton for eight years and Obama would be no worse. I beg to differ with that assumption. Let’s look at some facts, shall we? These are not necessarily in order of importance, but just as they come to mind.
Taxes and Healthcare
Barack Obama has made it a cornerstone of his campaign to proclaim how he will give 95% of Americans a tax cut and how he will provide healthcare to those of us who do not have it. What he fails to explain is how those tax cuts are actually tax credits to Americans who do not pay taxes in the first place. That’s where his plan to spread the wealth comes in. He also fails to explain that small business owners will be forced to provide healthcare for their employees or pay a penalty for not doing so. I was speaking to the man who owns the business where I work and he says he has looked at the figures with his accountant and if Obama’s plan is put into effect, he will probably have to lay off at least three people to be able to meet the healthcare requirements and to pay for the extra 18% tax increase the business will see. Does that sound like it will help the economy to you? It sounds like a plan for disaster to me.
I know pro-life voters run the risk of being called one issue voters, but that is not the case. However, supporting life is very important to me and others. Despite John McCain’s support for stem cell research, he is entirely better than Barack Obama. On this issue, there is no comparison. Barack Obama is very much of a supporter of abortion rights, so much so that he has said his first act as President would be to push for passage of the Freedom Of Choice Act. What this legislation would do is to make Roe v. Wade the law of the land and repeal any restrictions on abortion, including late term abortion. This is more than supporting women’s rights, this is supporting the choice to murder an innocent human life, one that has to have someone speak for them. Not only that, but Obama also voted three separate times against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act and lied about his reasons for doing so. If a man or woman has so little regard for human life, they have no business in the White House.
You may ask the question, how much effect does the President actually have on this issue? Let’s think back to Mike Huckabee and what he planned to do. It was something we all applauded him for and that was to use the bully pulpit of the President to be able to speak directly to the American people. It is something that Ronald Reagan did with great impact and Mike Huckabee would have been able to do the same thing. If effect, it would have given pro-life causes the greatest spokesperson we could have ever hoped for. In regards to the abortion and pro-life issues, that is exactly the impact Barack Obama will have. If he wins this election, he will have access to that same bully pulpit and will no doubt use it to greatly effect negative change towards pro-life issues. The next President will also likely have the opportunity to appoint at least two justices to the Supreme Court and that will effect a host of issues itself.
Barack Obama’s record on the 2nd Amendment speaks for itself. He wants to proclaim how he is for the 2nd Amendment, but his voting record makes him out to be a liar. He has consistently voted for gun control and we all remember his statement about some of us bitter folk clinging to our God and our guns. What makes anyone think he will be any different as President is beyond me.
Obama has also shown a high disregard for 1st Amendment rights. When he is faced with accusations about his voting record or his past associations, his first response is to threaten litigation against those who would dare question his record and his statements. Media outlets in Ohio and Missouri have been threatened with lawsuits if they didn’t stop running ads from the NRA that questioned his voting record. Instead of simply presenting his case to the American people, he instead resorts to using his money and his host of lawyers to prevent a message different than his own from even being broadcast. It looks like his idea of freedom of speech is freedom for himself and no one else.
I could go on for several more paragraphs about why I believe Barack Obama poses a very real danger to our country. My feelings about this have nothing to do with his name or his supposed Muslim faith. They do have everything to do with his record, his ideals, and his past associations with people of questionable character. We may have survived eight years of Bill Clinton, but I really believe our country may not survive even four years of Barack Obama. The threat he poses is very real and we need to consider it carefully.
That’s my take!