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Obama: Who is that masked man?
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Thomas Sowell ends one of his great columns with:
Back in the 18th century, Helvetius said, "When I speak I put on a mask. When I act, I am forced to take it off." Too many voters still have not learned that lesson. They need to look at the track record of Obama's actions.

Back in the days of "The Lone Ranger" program, someone would ask, "Who is that masked man?" People need to start asking that question about Barack Obama.
Of course, I'd be willing to bet the vast majority of the public won't bother, as hopey changitude is more than enough for them.

One of the things that will mostly be ignored is the fact that Obama had been a senator for all of 143 days before he began his quest for the presidency. 143 days. That's just a little longer than John Kerry was in Viet Nam.

So it should come as no surprise when he says things like this when called to task by his base for seeming to soften his stance on the war in Iraq:
“I am absolutely committed to ending the war,” Obama recently declared. “I will call my Joint Chiefs of Staff in and give them a new assignment and that is to end the war.”
As Dean Barnett points out, while most critics concentrated on the first part of the statement (the absolute committment to defeat), few paid attention to the last part.

Folks, the JCS are not in the chain-of-command. They are, for the most part, an advisory group. They don't issue orders to commanders in the field. If Obama wants to end the war the order is issued to his CENTCOM commander to wrap it up and bring them home. While not a huge thing, it is indicative.

Ignorance of how the system works as an obvious result of inexperience. Do we really want an OJT president?

Then the RNC takes aim at Obama's past position on Iraq and he and his campaign's rather poor attempts to say he was saying what he's saying now all along:

And much the same thing is happening with other issues such as trade, abortion and gun rights.

Who is this masked man? A community organizer, a state senator and a US Senator with 143 days of experience who doesn't know where he stands on the war, much less how to end it - that's who.
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Change you can finally believe in :)
Written By: capt joe
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Well people wanted and got change in the 06 election. Hows that working out for us? I guess their hoping for a better result this time around.
Written By: tonto
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Just what the heck is a community organizer, anyway? What do they actually do? Is that something like a ward heeler?
Written By: timactual
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Just what the heck is a community organizer, anyway? What do they actually do?
Well it involves a lot of hope, and a lot of change...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Obama’s ill-preparedness, lack of consistency and plain ignorance on matters of great importance to our nation are maddening and frightening, to say the least.

But when it comes to revealing — heck, flaunting — his overall lack of judgment, he won’t top this public regretting of the poor decision he made just last week to hawk his young daughters out for an interview with Access Hollywood, of all things.

What to do in Iraq and about Iran and with regard to trade and the economy and what-have-you are all complex decisions requiring due consideration of many competing opinions and volumes of detailed information. Comparatively, whether to have your kids on TV and how to handle any misgivings you may have after the fact are quite simple, private matters of not much greater difficulty or import than what color shirt to wear. A presidential candidate ought to be able to handle it without going out of his way to flip-flop all over the place like some kind of hapless fish.

Is there anything this guy Obama can do without having to call a press conference to regret it or explain it or disown it or all of the above a couple of minutes later?
Written By: Linda Morgan
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Well, he certainly did cave in on your precious surveillance and immunity, didn’t he? Why is it that conservatives in other countries have a staunch record of opposition to Big Brother-ish policies, while here in America, conservatives trip over themselves to increase the government’s power? They are joined by many of the more moderate Demmycrats, like Barry here, in their craven pursuit of government control over every part of our lives except taxes.

And you really can’t look at what the Dems have done in Congress when Bush vetoes every bill that doesn’t get filibustered.

Obama has little experience, yes. I’m hopeful that he will surround himself with experienced people. Otherwise, we get John McCain, who will appoint big moralistic government, authoritarian judges. And probably invade Iran. And expand the unitary executive. Although Barry’s not looking so hot on that one right now either.
Written By: Libertyman13
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Bush has used the veto pen exactly 10 times, compared to 37 for Clinton, 44 for GHW Bush (in one term, no less), 78 for Reagan, 31 for Carter - anyone but the terminally innumerate should get the point. I don’t have any desire to defend any or all of the vetos Bush exercised, but this "Bush keeps Congress from getting anything done" excuse is unbelievably lame. No, it’s just a lie, repeated by fools.
Written By: Phil Smith
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I notice you had nothing to say about conservative authoritarianism.

The combo of the filibuster and veto has been pretty effective to prevent Democratic bills from passing, you have to admit that. Bush hasn’t vetoed many bills because the executive stranglehold on power was never really opposed by the Republican Congress of the first six years of his tenure. 9 of the vetoes have been exercised since the Dem takeover. Not to mention the 39 filibuster attempts of the Republicans. So in less than 2 years, the Republicans have attempted to block 48 measures of the Democratic majority. That’s not counting other procedural measures taken, either. But you’re right, they simply haven’t done anything.
Written By: Libertyman13
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Mit Freunden mögen Sie dieses, das Feinde benötigt
Written By: Neo
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The combo of the filibuster and veto has been pretty effective to prevent Democratic bills from passing, you have to admit that.
But those weren’t available or used by the Democratic minority or Democratic presidents in the past, were they?

Good grief - "conservative authoritarianism" indeed.
Written By: McQ
Back in the days of "The Lone Ranger" program, someone would ask, "Who is that masked man?" People need to start asking that question about Barack Obama.
"I know the Lone Ranger and you, sir, are not him."

(Nor Robin Hood, neither).
Written By: Achillea
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