Tuesday, July 15, 2008


It has been some time since I watched Sen. Obama speak. I have watched the man give many speeches since his debut on the national scene at the Democrat convention in 2004. But, I haven't seen him speak since winter.

Well, last night, I sat at Republican Headquarters and watched his speech to the NAACP. I watched because he was in Cincinnati and because I haven't seen him in some time.

I was unimpressed. The man inflects his voice well and he looks nice enough, but the words matter. The words he spoke are old-line, standard, liberal pablum. The Democrat view of the world is to blame government and to offer a socialist government solution to everything. His plans to change America are not a change at all. It is a return to the old-style liberalism that Americans have rejected for a generation. Government is best when it is limited and gets out of people's way so they can make it in America. Sen. Obama and his ultra-liberal friends like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Ted Kennedy would take America radically to the left.

Sen. Obama's campaign reminds me of the Howard Dean candidacy of 2004. Had Howard Dean not been a little whacko with his scream after his third-place finish in Iowa, he very likely could have been the Democrat nominee. His anti-war, big government rhetoric was quite popular in the Democrat Party. Sen. Obama is Howard Dean sans scream!

Despite my view that Sen. Obama is too liberal, I certainly can respect his candidacy and the excitement he generates on the left and in the African-American community. For that reason, I believe we should go after his ideas, not after the man. I hope the left can do the same to John McCain.

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