I am sick and tired of Obama. He has proven over the last month or so that he has no platform, does not stand for anything, is disingenuous and not nearly as inspiring as his cadre of devotees claim him to be. From not keeping his word on using public election financing, to his on again, off again support for free trade, to his seeming approval for the Supreme Court’s decision in the Heller case, while also having a record of staunch gun control, and his support of the FISA compromise, it’s clear Barack Obama will say and do anything to pander to voters in the hopes of being elected.
His glad handing of Hillary Clinton, following the nasty primary race where he was claiming some faux mantle of change, is just another case in point. As is his supposedly “hopeful” speeches where he talks about big oil companies robbing the consumer, medical care that he believes is completely broken and not worth salvaging, and his package of higher taxes for all tax paying Americans. Not so hopeful, but certainly audacious and I don’t mean that in a good way.
The height of Obama’s chutzpah, was when earlier this week he held a speech on patriotism. This, after a member of his own staff made light of McCain’s service record saying, “I don’t think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president.” Obama’s speech was given in front of several American flags, and with Obama sporting a flag pin of all things. My favorite quote: “I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign. And I will not stand idly by when I hear others question mine.” Never mind that it was his own staff questioning McCain’s patriotism that prompted the whole thing.
I am sick and tired of the media. They have made a collective decision to abandon their jobs in favor of a candidate whom they’ve fallen in love with. Judging by the media’s recent behavior, any comment that can be construed as racist towards African Americans is extremely bad. But reverse racism is justified, as are false claims of whites being racist (the Clintons) and apparently any form of ageism is absolutely A-OK (the media’s number one comment about McCain)! CNN recently published on their political ticker, that “The Illinois senator now has 231 electoral votes — 39 shy of winning the presidency” – nevermind that there is still an election to carry out. This is CNN mind you!
From Chris Matthews leg chill, to not challenging Obama on a single policy claim, or delving into his many flubs, or his association with the Countrywide CEO by way of his VP selection committee, the Obama campaign’s flippant use of charges of racism against anyone who disagrees with him, and most importantly his total lack of a cohesive platform (pandering is not a platform), the media has chosen their guy, and like most Obamamaniacs, simply does not want to hear anything different. It’s to the point where any news show has been reduced to the old joke, “Enough about Obama, what do you think about Obama?”
My non-scientific perception of most news hours lately comes out to a 80/20 breakdown between Obama’s coverage and McCains. OK, perhaps that’s a bit extreme, they do talk about McCain, as in how badly he is doing against Obama. After all, according to CNN, Obama only needs 39 more electorial votes to win the presidency! Was the media tough on Obama regarding Rev Wright? Somewhat, but then they loudly proclaimed that it didn’t matter and went about their business. Had the race roles been reversed, Obama’s answers on Wright (that he “never heard” those things, that he “didn’t realize”, and that he denounced the words but not the man) would not have been satisfactory. Don’t believe me? Just ask Hillary and Bill.
I am sick and tired of McCain’s seemingly tepid campaign. On numerous occasions, McCain has had an opportunity to really expose Obama for the charlatan that he is. Yet McCain seems to continuously burden his own chances for the presidency by making statements like, he doesn’t know much about the economy, or that we might be in Iraq for 100 years, and that is fine by him. Those of us not given to extreme cases of hyperbole understand McCain’s points on these issues. But then again, these same people are probably already voting for McCain. I can’t tell you how many independents I’ve spoken to, voters who would possibly vote for McCain, cite the 100 years comment, or the lack of economic knowledge, for perhaps voting Democrat this year.
McCain seems to have an identity problem. Is he a maverick? Is he a steadfast Republican? A Bush third term? Is he an environmentalist or generally against tax cuts? Is McCain the real “post-partisan” candidate that Obama claims to be? I know what I thought going in, that McCain was truly “change we could believe in.” Just look at his legislative history – full of bi-partisan compromises and working-across-the-aisle goodwill (not nearly all of which I agreed with). I’m not so sure what McCain is anymore, and I have a feeling that view is shared by many Republicans and Independents. Not too inspiring.
I am sick and tired of Republicans who got all excited about voting for George W. Bush, not once, but twice. They stuck by the GOP throughout 2 tough wars, through a recession and the beginnings of another recession, through corporate scandal and government scandal, through crisis of fuel and homes. And in 2008, some of these same people would stay home from voting in order to let the Dems have their own failures? They’d bicker about the quality of the GOP candidate because he isn’t totally pro-life or totally pro-tax cuts? These people are starting to resemble the Bush deranged liberals who actively wish for this country to fail so they can relish an “I told you so” moment. How petty.
I am sick and tired of the glossy eyed American people, so many of whom have bought in wholesale, like lemmings, into the ideals of wealth redistribution, and larger government who takes care of our every need. These same Americans who seemed to have forgotten the lesson of 9/11 and actually allowed themselves to be convinced that Bush, or any American president for that matter, was responsible for that tragic day, as opposed to our terrorist enemies who actually are responsible.
I can’t tell you how many have looked me in the eye and said Obama will end the war in Iraq. No, he will end our involvement in Iraq (at least for now), not quite the same thing. Others tell me with a straight face that perhaps we should be paying a lot more in taxes if that is what it takes to fix the problems of government. Since when were the American people so willing to part with their hard earned money to pay into ill conceived government programs? Since when did the concepts of capitalism seem so foreign, and socialistic ideals seem so appropriate? And why is this happening now, during of all times my prime earning years?
What really gets me annoyed is when Obama supporters refer to the man as “Barry” – he doesn’t even refer to himself as Barry. If you are an Obama supporter, and you don’t like the name Barack, perhaps you should deal with that issue yourself. Nothing drives me more crazy that these Obamabots who try to make Obama seem more palatable by calling the guy Barry. Sheesh!
Sure, we have problems. The economy is in a downward cycle. Gas prices are really high. We are fighting a relatively hot war in Iraq and our success there is anything but guaranteed. Afghanistan seems to be regressing. Healthcare is expensive. Almost all of the problems we do have, the ones I just mentioned, nearly all are the result of our Government and partisan politics. If we want to ensure that we have more of these problems, then we should elect the biggest government liberal there is. And Obama fits that description well.
The simple truth still remains about America (at least for the next few months): If you work hard, and you work smart, you will raise yourself up, you will earn money. No, you can’t work on an assembly line with no college degree for 30 years and expect to retire with a pension anymore. But we all knew that long ago, long before Bush and long before Obama. And unless we want to partake in the same quality of life of people in other countries that do have manufacturing jobs, it’s time for us as a people to show some good old American ingenuity and move on to greener pastures. Just like when horse cart makers lost their jobs when automobiles became the thing. Some businesses, some professions, don’t last. Things change. It’s not the government’s fault if you expected to be building tube TV’s for the rest of your life at 30 dollars an hour union wage – time for some career planning.
This election season has brought out the ugliest side of all of the candidates. And we’ve found that some are more ugly than others. I think Obama happens to be the ugliest candidate to come along in a long while. Unfortunately, it seems to me that it’s also brought out the ugly side of the media, and the populace in general. I will be voting for McCain in November, but my vote might not mean a whole lot.