|03-05-2008, 12:01 AM||#1|
AKaholic #: 10067
Join Date: Dec 2007
The following article from "American Thinker" should make us re-examine what it truly means to be "American". Abraham Lincoln called America the "last great hope of the earth". America is the only nation in history who sends her willing sons to die on behalf of those who are unable to throw off the bonds of tyranny themselves. Why? What other nation in history that has had the power to conquer and subjugate its enemies, ever walked away from the spoils of war and left them to those whom she defeated? Why has America been the destination of peoples around the world? What is it about America that has propelled her to the status of the strongest, most free and prosperous country that has ever existed on the face of the earth?
Barak Obama, the "global candidate", is the resulting personna of 40 years of socialist indoctrination and sensationalistic media. The rockstar status of this "epiphany" reflects a population which is educated in "pop" culture and the sports arena, and ignorant to its own identity, heritage and purpose . Those who are about to take the blind "leap of faith" and "hope" in massive support of the man Obama, understand nothing of how socialist dictators are made, yet would ridicule those who project a faith in a Creator God.
Critical thinking has evolved in our culture from "Why is it so?" to "Who is going to fix it?" One large cause of this is that real history is no longer taught, but revised 'info' bytes are given with no context or bearing. John Quincy Adams left a message for us. "Posterity: You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it." The message of JFK has been perverted into "Ask not what you can do for yourself, (or your country), but what can your country do for you?".
Samuel Adams summed it up in this vivid warning: "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude (more) than the animated contest of freedom — go home from us in peace..... Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!"
As the rhetoric heats up during this election cycle, let us be reminded that if there is to be a single person who will improve your life, look in the mirror to find him/her. Watch the mob and go the opposite way. It's not about "D" or "R", it's about America's soveriegnty.
I fear for my country.
Obama's Global Tax
Lee Cary - Feb 19, 2008
Senator Barack Obama's sponsorship of Senate Bill 2433 aligns with the emerging core theme of his general election campaign. The change he promises will bring much-needed relief, not just to America's victims of economic injustice, but to victims worldwide.
On December 7, 2007, Obama introduced the Senate version of the Global Poverty Act of 2007 (S.2433). On February 13, the bill cleared the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, on which Obama and 6 (Biden, Dodd, Feingold, Hagel, Lugar, Menendez) of the bill's 9 co-sponsors serve. The House version of the bill (H.R.1302) passed by a unanimous voice vote last September 25.
Here's an abstract of the proposed legislation:
"To require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the [U.N.] Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day."
If enacted, how much of a financial commitment would that represent to taxpayers?
One estimate is 0.7% of gross national product, or an additional $845 billion over 13 years in addition to existing foreign aid expenditures. So far, this proposal is barely on the MSM radar, but we're likely hear more about it as a full Senate vote approaches.
Here's how Senator Obama's website frames the bill:
"With billions of people living on just dollars a day around the world, global poverty remains one of the greatest challenges and tragedies the international community faces," said Senator Obama. "It must be a priority of American foreign policy to commit to eliminating extreme poverty and ensuring every child has food, shelter, and clean drinking water. As we strive to rebuild America's standing in the world, this important bill will demonstrate our promise and commitment to those in the developing world. Our commitment to the global economy must extend beyond trade agreements that are more about increasing corporate profits than about helping workers and small farmers everywhere." (emphasis added)
In other words, other nations will like us better if we give them our money. And, our trade agreements should not be about business profit, but benevolent social action.
The Global Candidate's sponsorship of the Global Poverty Act thematically aligns with the oft-told story of his life as a child of international parents, as well as with his elliptical juxtaposition of hope and change. He not only offers hope to his U.S. audiences, but to poor children, workers, and small farmers across the globe. George W. Bush's grand theme of spreading democracy globally evolved after 9/11. Obama's grand theme is to spread America's wealth to the world's poor, as the onetime community organizer from the streets of South Chicago goes global.
The species of hope that Barack Obama preaches is a first cousin of disappointment. He speaks to his followers as though they are victims, and it resonates with them because victimhood is a latent element of their collective self-image. Most of the younger ones in his audiences face historically unprecedented educational and vocational opportunities. Within the reasonable grasp of their individual initiatives is a future that is the envy of most of the world's youth. Yet they look longingly for someone from the government to offer them hope.
He says, "It's not too late to claim the American dream," and they cheer wildly, and some even cry.
Don't they know that the American dream isn't a wish granted by a politician, or an entitlement from the government? Do they need a political seer to tell them what to hope for, and dream of, because they are unable to find it for themselves?
In his most recent victory speech, delivered in Madison, Wisconsin on February 13, Obama named some of those guilty of creating America's victims. They included:
Exxon, turning record profits from high pump prices;
Wall Street, whose agenda smothers Main Street;
NAFTA, where the American worker has no voice at the negotiating table; and
Lobbyists, who drown out the peoples' voice.
At the end of the list, he did what he will do for the next eight months if he is the Democrat nominee: he linked John McCain to Bush-Iraq and the past, while he, Obama, is the future. How do you debate a self-proclaimed personification of the future?
Those who feel like victims want the guilty exposed and loathed. In Texas, the Obama campaign is airing radio ads where their candidate claims that "some CEOs make more in 10 minutes than some American workers make in a year." The claim may be literally accurate, in that "some" need only be more than one. It does make an emotional appeal to fairness, but the math doesn't work. In 2005, the combined income of the CEOs of the 500 largest U.S. companies was $5.1 billion. Their average pay for 10 minutes work, based on a 40 hour work week, was $961.50. The minimum wage yields an annual salary of about $12,000. Sure, the gross disparity between CEO and average worker pay is a valid issue. And, for a relatively few CEOs and other mega-earners like Oprah Winfrey, top professional athletes, and major Hollywood movie stars, Obama's claim may be mathematically accurate. But as a blanket assertion, it's a level of derogatory rhetoric that only works when adulation kills critical thinking.
In the days ahead, the Global Candidate will cite multinational corporations as the leading exploiters of the world's poor, with Wall Street's favorites leading the pack. He'll call for America to spread its wealth abroad, rather than its weaponry. He'll summon us to dispatch across the globe the young workers of the Peace Corps, instead of the young warriors of the Marine Corps, as lions lay with lambs, and we beat our swords into plowshares.
All the while, the adoring crowds will grow larger, and more will cry.
"Hope is a good breakfast, but a bad dinner." Sir Francis Bacon
|03-05-2008, 12:30 PM||#2|
Curio & Relic
AKaholic #: 6044
Join Date: Jun 2006
One needs only to consider his supporters......
Young idealistic college age kids...disaffected blacks...
and my ex-wife.
My (ex) step son...who, dispite a VERY ugly divorce, I am VERY close to...called to tell me that his mom (my EX) has drunk the cool-ade VERY deeply and is some sort of mid level O 'bama campaign worker.
Knowing her as I do...this speaks VOLUMES about what sort of people are backing this guy.
I DO fear for my country.
|03-05-2008, 12:43 PM||#3|
Pair of Noids
AKaholic #: 5310
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: out there
i think i'll leave it at : Me too.
all glory to the hypnotoad
all glory to the hypnotoad
|03-05-2008, 12:46 PM||#4|
Curio & Relic
AKaholic #: 6044
Join Date: Jun 2006
ESPECIALLY yesterday when I heard a pundit (news bunny) exclaim yesterday...that there was a "chink in O' Bama's armor".
I didn't laught out loud...but I think I pulled out my back from holding it in so hard.
|03-05-2008, 01:16 PM||#5|
AKaholic #: 7448
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: St.L Mo
read the news today
Clinton as the Dem with Obama as a running mate.As much as it frigthens me for our gun rights-the reality is that if that happens McCain is done-hate to say it but i wont vote if it happens.
The turn out for the Hilary/Obama ticket would be unreal.Not a McCain fan more of a Ron Paul guy.This is the worst set up we have had to choose from in my memory.
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