The Obama train pulled out of Super Tuesday with a head full of steam, and proceeded to make the case for Democrat frontrunner status with Saturday and Tuesday's primary sweeps. The Democrats hottest property is winning voters in rural areas and the south, and giving Hillary Clinton a serious run for specifically her own money.
Senator Obama has been able to impress the voting public with a very powerful message, a promise to "build a coalition for change that stretches through Red States and Blue States," and to basically cure every ill that ails us. However, the more policy minded among us have not been swept off our feet.
In many of my previous writings, such as "Dishonest Dems," "The Obnoxious American Loves Hillary," and "The Real Debate," where I attack the underlying policies of the left, people who disagree with what I've written tend to refer to the articles as hit pieces or claim the arguments used are "straw men." (Other, more salacious nouns have been used to describe me as well). Everything and anything has been thrown in my direction to avoid actually debating the points raised. So I figured I'd beat my detractors to the punch and titled this article as such.
But this isn't really a hit piece. The media, the Democrats, and even independents and Republicans have given Obama a free pass on talking about his policy. After 8 years of Bush, Americans are so blown away by the idea of a president that can actually speak, that all other considerations have been dashed, at least for now.
As far as the common complaints about Obama, let me say that I don't care about his race, or whether Hillary made racist remarks about him (or not), or whether he is black enough, or experienced enough or anything unquantifiable like that. This article is based entirely on Obama's own statements and policies taken from his website. This isn't an attempt to trash anyone, especially not a person who might become the next President of this great country. But I do have some serious reservations with the policies put forth by both Democrat candidates and especially those of Mr. Obama. The candidate's stance on the issues have not been widely discussed so this article will dissect Obama's positions.
On Changing the State of Politics
The one word many associate with Obama's candidacy is that he would truly be the "change" candidate. We've all heard that he would approach Washington politics in a new way, stop partisanship, reach across the aisle, and so on. But all of this is pretty clearly a lot of election talk. Obama has a 95% rating from Americans for Democratic Reform, which ranks congressional members based on how liberal they are. The full support of Ted Kennedy adds to Obama's liberal creds.
It's not just about the support of one of the most liberal members in the history of the Senate, nor a ranking from some left wing advocacy group. Obama's rhetoric and policies are a stretch for any right-leaning centrist like myself, not to mention a more dyed in the wool Republican. Obama has been able to smoothly sail from one primary victory to another selling the high level idea of change, of a new working paradigm to Democrats and surprisingly even some Republicans. Not delving too deeply into the details of his platform, and how he'd actually accomplish some of the change he talks about has worked very well for him thus far. However, once you actually do dig deeper, a treasure trove of liberalism is found, making it extremely hard to believe the sincerity of these claims to work in a more bipartisan fashion in Washington.