Monday, February 04, 2008

What The World Needs Now... someone like Barack Obama to run for President of the United States.

But... Wait a minute... Barack Obama is running for president. You do realize that, right?

Indeed. I said "someone like Barack Obama". The things that are appealing about Obama to me (and I suspect to a lot of other people as well) is the packaging and the bows and ribbons, not necessarily what's inside the box. Frankly, he is fun to listen to. His soaring oratory lifts the soul. He is young, ambitious, charismatic and inspiring. The idea of America transcending its racially divided past and putting a man with black blood raised in a white man's world into the oval office is just too delicious.

Someone like Obama would take away the ammunition of international snob class that discounts Americans as redneck racists. How sweet that would be.

Problem is Obama is a dyed-in-the-wool socialist. I could never support anyone so far to the left. Give me a straight up centrist with Obama's appeal and we can talk. Obama has a voting record to the left of Hillary, and has, as a matter of fact, of voting card more to the left than Teddy Kennedy's.

For all his "refreshing" qualities his solutions to what ails America are stale and already proven losers. He would, if left to his own devices replay the failed measures of LBJ's Great Society. Try to remember what the late 70's looked like after LBJ social prescriptions, Nixon's wage and price fixing and Carter's complete incompetence. These young people that are so energized by Barack do not know what it was like in the 70's. The 2000's after Bush II look like the Renaissance compared to the 70's. We don't want to go back.

Where is that centrist who looks and sounds like Obama? I realize that as a fiscal conservative this country is not ready for a right-winger after George W. On the other hand I can guarantee you our prosperity and continued national strength is not ready for a left-winger in the person of Barack Obama.