Ladies and Gentlemen, I just don't know how anyone can take this Obama character seriously.
Apparently, a number of people are (taking him seriously...that is.)
In my mind, I say that these have to be ignorant or otherwise TOTALLY STUPID people...
people that were educated in the current editions of our Government Schools that apparently teach propaganda and Green BS instead or readin', writin', and 'rithmatic with a good dose of accurate World and American history thrown in for good measure.
Take the speech he delivered yesterday in Independence, Missouri, the transcript of which is available here via the Washington Post website.
For someone running for president, Mr. Obama sure has a weak grasp on the historical details of the documents on which our Nation was founded. When considering someone for the office of President of the United States I expect his prepared public statements to be accurate and his staff to precisely fact check the content even if the candidate insists on writing his own transcripts (something I seriously doubt happens in the Obama campaign.)
Case in point, here is a sample of one of the points made several minutes into yesterday's campaign process:
"I remember, when living for four years in Indonesia as a child, listening to my mother reading me the first lines of the Declaration of Independence
Sorry Mr. Obama, but the first lines of The Declaration of Independence read as follows:
"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
Now I know that I'm picking nits here, but that paragraph does in fact contain "the first lines of the Declaration" followed in the SECOND PARAGRAPH with the lines referenced by the Senator's speech.
I, personally, say that it is in fact the lines that follow these famous words that matter more in today's world, in today's perverted, mutated version of my beloved nation:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
Interesting stuff, right?
Let's look at the sentences of that paragraph that the good Senator failed to address in his political pontifications:
"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it."
Can you say "US Civil War?"
Oh yeah, that's right, although it was good enough for the founding fathers in 1776, in the ninety years following between then and 1886 things changed a good deal on the political landscape.
People started down the long path to ignorance and stupidity that we're still perfecting today.
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes."
Light and transient causes?
What about government involvement with everything from "health care" to "gun laws" to "Gay marriage" to taxing the ass of 1/3 of the population to pay the cost of living, retiring, and dieing for the other 2/3's of the population?
What about talking about abolishing the electoral college and the effects of the direct election of Senators by the electorate--leaving the individual states unrepresented in the Federal governmental process?
Oh, yeah, that's right...serious stuff that people are too ignorant and/or stupid to take care of themselves.
We need GOVERNMENT to do it for us...
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
I guess rather than staging a revolution or Civil War the old dudes wearing the powdered wigs actually meant electing the likes of YOU, Senator Obama?
YOU, an empty suit, progressive, product of Government Schools and the "Ivy League" that is highly educated but knows nothing of value to me, my family, and my peers in society.
Finally, Obama delivers this gem of a historical mis-statement:
"As we begin our fourth century as a nation, it is easy to take the extraordinary nature of America for granted."
Try not to be confused, it must be a function of some kind of new math...2008- 1776=400 years plus, not 232 years in Obama's world.
Historically, politicians--especially Democrats-- rarely let the real numbers and facts get in the way of an idea...just like Obama inflates his own experience and credentials when it comes to being even remotely qualified to be the leader of the most powerful Nation on Earth.
Can you believe this CRAP made it into a speech in a Presidential campaign?
Don't expect to hear it from the lamestream media outlets, I would have missed it if it weren't for the guys over at Powerline.
How in the world can you overlook things like this and other serious errors in the good senator's oratory and still consider placing him on the world stage as your representative and national leader?
(I know, your busy working to pay for gasoline and the War in Iraq...don't bother you with DETAILS. )