Posted by Godefroi on March 10, 2008
Not mine, unfortunately (not directly, at least) but rather those of Victor Davis Hanson, over at Front Page.
I post them here as further example that I’m not an addle-brained neo-con wannabe in my distrust of Senator Obama.
Mr. Obama still continues to talk in platitudes of hope and change. His delivery is excellent and so far how he speaks rather than what he says is what has mesmerized crowds. Indeed, if Mr. Obama were honestly to articulate in any detail what he has stood for, his long laundry list of new taxes and social programs might not be so warmly received.
There is surely a reason why various monitoring groups have given Mr. Obama an almost-perfect liberal ranking based on his Senate votes.
He favors re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and threatening to raise some trade barriers, on the premise the United States cannot compete abroad — and that other countries won’t follow suit and retaliate.
His version of the war on terror is largely a story of lost civil liberties and eroding the Constitution, not that we’ve done something right these past 6½ years to prevent another attack such as the one on September 11, 2001.
He has spoken of the surge as a failure —- not a success that has stabilized Iraq and paved the way for downsizing the U.S. troop presence there soon.
And he believes Iran has grown into a threat not just because of its desire to spread radical Islam, acquire the bomb, destabilize its neighbors and destroy Israel, but also largely due either to our presence in Iraq or to our diplomatic failure to talk and engage with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
In a broader sense, the pessimistic Obama theme is that elites have stacked the deck against the average Joe, who can’t get a doctor, pay for his children’s college education or pay his mortgage. Therefore, we must take back more income from the better-paid and hire a lot more people in government like Barack Obama to more wisely administer the money.
Mr. Obama’s overall message — to the extent we know from cross-examination and position papers — seems very different from Bill Clinton’s, who reformed welfare, advocated free trade, held the line on government growth and spending, advocated strong international engagement, and emphasized crime fighting. Indeed, at home and abroad it’s more reminiscent of George McGovern’s hoped-for changes.
The irony is that Mr. Obama really does offer a change — not just in matters of youth, race and eloquence, but also in that we have not seen such a leftish philosophy on the national scene in over a generation.