Sep 23, 2008

Knowing the facts: Barack Obama

by Tony Stimson

There are many attributes that voters look for in a presidential hopeful. The most important among them are moral values, strong decision-making, proficiency in foreign affairs and a love for one’s country. These qualities have been called into question when it comes to Sen. Barack Obama.

“You know I’m a Christian man,” Obama said, in a CBS interview with Bob Schieffer.

Despite Obama’s Christian claims, his voting record states other wise. On July 18, 2006 he voted “yes” on a bill that called for federal funding to be given to stem cell research on embryos that would be discarded, according to the Project Vote Smart Web site. This means aborted and manufactured embryos.

The term “embryo” is defined by the Meriam-Webster dictionary as “an organism at any time before full development, birth, or hatching, a beginning or undeveloped state of something, up until the third month where it is then considered a fetus.”

However, this “organism” has five fingers and five toes long before three months. The fact is, an embryo is a conceived, living and growing human being.

Also, on June 7, 2006 Obama voted “no” in favor of a bill that would be a Federal amendment to the constitution, stating marriage is between one man and one woman. Considering this, along with his positive stance on embryonic stem cell research, it would seem that Obama takes his Christianity loosely.

While some potential voters question Obama’s moral fiber, others question his qualification. Obama’s main qualifying experience is his law degree from Harvard. His most recent political claim to fame (excluding presidential nomination) came in November 2004, when Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate. He has only been serving from 2005 to date.

Since 2005, the time Obama has had to perform his senatorial duties has been a short-lived balancing act, with two of those three years spent on the campaign trail. This left little time for Obama to garnish leadership skills on a national scale. With such a lack of experience, Obama is not a very qualified candidate to be the Commander in Chief of our great country.

During Obama’s CBS interview with Bob Schieffer, he was asked, “Well, what do we do? Let’s suppose a civil war breaks out. What should American troops do? Whose side are they on?”

Obama then replied, “You know, I’m not a military expert. What I know is, is that this year should be the year in which we start withdrawing our troops.”

I encourage you to examine Obama’s statement carefully. He claims he is not a military expert, and he exhibits a weakness in his leading abilities. As a potential future Commander in Chief, by his own admission, Obama is not fit for the job. Yet he tries to make a claim that does not answer the question at hand and his only solution is to back out.

Also, one might find it interesting to know that our presidential candidate on June 27, 2006 voted “no” on a bill to allow congress to ban desecration of the American flag. Of the times that Obama chose to vote, the issues demoted patriotism and killed our nation’s future children. He simply would not take a stand on many other bills before him. A man that stands for nothing cannot bring change.


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