If I were for Hillary Clinton, I would be sending the column below all over the Web. Apparently that is exactly what her campaign is doing.
It is by Kenneth or Ken Blackwell a columnist for a small New York paper called The Sun. Nothing wrong so far.
What is radically wrong is what Mr. Blackwell says. If he were merely distorting Barack Obama, I would not use the term lies. A liar knows she or he is lying. That is my assumption about Mr. Blackwell. He is lying and he knows it.
Anyone who types the figures 92 or 102 into the BLOG SEARCH field for this blog will come upon direct quotations of almost all of Barack Obama’s positions. They are true.
Mr. Blackwell’s superficial characterizations are false. I am quoting his article below (indented) and offering my refutations below each section.
Beyond Obama’s Beauty
By KENNETH BLACKWELL
February 14, 2008
“[C]ivilizational war is real, even if political leaders and polite punditry must call it by another name.” — Robert D. Kaplan in the December 2001 issue of the Atlantic Monthly
It’s an amazing time to be alive in America. We’re in a year of firsts in this presidential election: the first viable woman candidate; the first viable African-American candidate; and, a candidate who is the first frontrunning freedom fighter over 70. The next president of America will be a first.
We won’t truly be in an election of firsts, however, until we judge every candidate by where they stand. We won’t arrive where we should be until we no longer talk about skin color or gender.
Now that Barack Obama steps to the front of the Democratic field, we need to stop talking about his race, and start talking about his policies and his politics.
The reality is this: Though the Democrats will not have a nominee until August, unless Hillary Clinton drops out, Mr. Obama is now the frontrunner, and its time America takes a closer and deeper look at him.
This was written in February. I am writing this on the eve of Barack’s achieving the delegates necessary to nominate him. America will take a much closer look. Hopefully farther than this piece does.
Some pundits are calling him the next John F. Kennedy. He’s not. He’s the next George McGovern. And it’s time people learned the facts.
It IS time people learned the facts. Barack Obama is neither the next JFK nor the next George McGovern. Specifically, he is not a peace candidate who is destined to be faced down by a winning GOP and end up with the electoral votes of Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.
He will pobably win more than 300 electoral votes as you can see by scrolling to the bottom of my Obama Vs. McCain Page.
Barack Obama is a unity candidate who combines an almost conservative centrist strain with a highly progressive strain and he is the presumptive nominee because this signals a seismic change in our politics. He is like JFK in one major respect, however. His dominant appeal is to a new generation of leadership.
Because the truth is that Mr. Obama is the single most liberal senator in the entire U.S. Senate. He is more liberal than Ted Kennedy, Bernie Sanders, or Mrs. Clinton.
Liberal is a spin word and will be used as such by the hapless GOP. But it will be seen, in a careful examination of Obama’s record, that it is studded with achievements which speak of his ability to create agreement across the political spectrum. Obama as nominee will leave little doubt that he is as described above — a unity candidate practicing unity politics.
Never in my life have I seen a presidential frontrunner whose rhetoric is so far removed from his record. Walter Mondale promised to raise our taxes, and he lost. George McGovern promised military weakness, and he lost. Michael Dukakis promised a liberal domestic agenda, and he lost.
Yet Mr. Obama is promising all those things, and he’s not behind in the polls. Why? Because the press has dealt with him as if he were in a beauty pageant.
Barack Obama has promised to suspend the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest. To CUT the taxes of the middle class. And to ELIMINATE the taxes of seniors whose income is less than $50,000.
He has consistently favored a pay as you go approach — meaning he will not spend without effecting a saving or creating an income offset.
He is for cutting costs, something the Bush administration has consistently failed to do on its way to creating record deficits.
George McGovern was impaled on the spear of Republican wimp charges and Democrats should have known instantly that fear politics would become the staple of Republican Presidential politics. Mike Dukakis was impaled and skewered.
Barack Obama is the first candidate to have not only recognized, but single out, this nefarious ploy and call it what it is. He is no apostle of weakness, only of reasonable prioritizing of what will make us secure and prosperous as a nation.
Mr. Obama talks about getting past party, getting past red and blue, to lead the United States of America. But let’s look at the more defined strokes of who he is underneath this superficial “beauty.
I am not aware that Barack Obama has used aesthetic categories to describe his vision. I prefer common-sense. Practical. We shall see where this goes.
Start with national security, since the president’s most important duties are as commander-in-chief. Over the summer, Mr. Obama talked about invading Pakistan, a nation armed with nuclear weapons; meeting without preconditions with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who vows to destroy Israel and create another Holocaust; and Kim Jong Il, who is murdering and starving his people, but emphasized that the nuclear option was off the table against terrorists — something no president has ever taken off the table since we created nuclear weapons in the 1940s. Even Democrats who have worked in national security condemned all of those remarks. Mr. Obama is a foreign-policy novice who would put our national security at risk.
None of the statements above are true. As expressed, they are lies of convenience. They enable a mindless opposition to settle into the lassitude of prejudiced certainty. Here is what is true:
Barack Obama has said we should be open to chasing down Osama Bin Laden. This is surgery, not invasion. Obama’s entire foreign policy is vastly more nuanced than your false sentence states. You would prefer shock and awe of a threat to obliterate a nation?
Barack Obama has never said he would meet any leader without preparation, but this is not a convenient idea to those who wish to paint him as impulsive and irresponsible.
Among the three remaining contenders, Barack would earn the award for being the cool, no drama person. I will not even seek to argue the point. It is obvious.
Next, consider economic policy. For all its faults, our health care system is the strongest in the world. And free trade agreements, created by Bill Clinton as well as President Bush, have made more goods more affordable so that even people of modest means can live a life that no one imagined a generation ago. Yet Mr. Obama promises to raise taxes on “the rich.”
Barack is not raising taxes, he is rolling back huge tax cuts on the most wealthy. Warren Buffett endorsed Barack because he agrees with this position. If we are the strongest health system in the world why are we ranked at the bottom of the following ranking by the World Health Organization?
3 San Marino
18 United Kingdom
26 Saudi Arabia
27 United Arab Emirates
36 Costa Rica
37 United States of America
One area where Obama and Clinton are in agreement is regarding the need to renegotiate trade agreements prejudicial to American workers and oppressive to workers in the lands from which we import goods.
How to fix Social Security? Raise taxes. How to fix Medicare? Raise taxes. Prescription drugs? Raise taxes. Free college? Raise taxes. Socialize medicine? Raise taxes. His solution to everything is to have government take it over. Big Brother on steroids, funded by your paycheck.
Now we come to Mr. Blackwell’s silly season, where he gives up all pretense of either accuracy or interest in substantiating what he is saying.
Here is exactly what Obama is saying and it is the linchpin of his governing commitment — pay as you go. Or: “Obama [will press for] budgeting rules which require new spending commitments or tax changes to be paid for by cuts to other programs or new revenue.”
Finally, look at the social issues. Mr. Obama had the audacity to open a stadium rally by saying, “All praise and glory to God!” but says that Christian leaders speaking for life and marriage have “hijacked” — hijacked — Christianity. He is pro-partial birth abortion, and promises to appoint Supreme Court justices who will rule any restriction on it unconstitutional. He espouses the abortion views of Margaret Sanger, one of the early advocates of racial cleansing. His spiritual leaders endorse homosexual marriage, and he is moving in that direction. In Illinois, he refused to vote against a statewide ban — ban — on all handguns in the state. These are radical left, Hollywood, and San Francisco values, not Middle America values.
The paragraph above is so mean-spirited that it adds to the act of lying the act of malice. Here, for the edification of Mr. Blackwell, is Barack Obama stating exactly what he thinks about the issues mentioned and how he wishes to create some common ground across the political spectrum.
The real Mr. Obama is an easy target for the general election. Mrs. Clinton is a far tougher opponent. But Mr. Obama could win if people don’t start looking behind his veneer and flowery speeches. His vision of “bringing America together” means saying that those who disagree with his agenda for America are hijackers or warmongers. Uniting the country means adopting his liberal agenda and abandoning any conflicting beliefs.
It’s a funny thing. The Obama and Clinton proposals are about 95 percent similar. So it really does come down to who can win and even more who can lead and uplift the country. The false statements continue, with the assertion that Obama has cast his opponents as hijackers and warmongers. Obama’s treatment of his opponents has been most charitable, given the kitchen sink of Hillary Clinton and the patronizing lectures offered by John McCain. He is in fact the one who CAN lead the country in a new and better direction.
But right now everyone is talking about how eloquent of a speaker he is and — yes — they’re talking about his race. Those should never be the factors on which we base our choice for president. Mr. Obama’s radical agenda sets him far outside the American mainstream, to the left of Mrs. Clinton.
With the exception of the last sentence which is false, it is true that neither eloquence nor race is an acceptable criterion for choosing a Commander in Chief. Nor are these qualities reasons for disqualifying anyone.
It’s time to talk about the real Barack Obama. In an election of firsts, let’s first make sure we elect the person who is qualified to be our president in a nuclear age during a global civilizational war.
Evidently this is a campaign piece for Hillary Clinton. Written in February. I wonder if, during the intervening months, Mr. Blackwell has detected in Barack Obama anything that he can admire, trust, commend or otherwise not lie about.
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