Obama Vs. Liberalism?
As a conservative, I’m getting quite sick of seeing Obama further desecrate the term, “Liberal”. The far-left has been pushing liberalism further and further to the fringe for decades, but Obama just took it on a giant leap. I’m equally sick of seeing my Liberal friends look at Obama and question their very core values simply because they share the label. Obama is not a Liberal.
Let me explain what I mean by that.
2 a: often capitalized : a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity b: a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard c: a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties.
See any Obama policies in there? Neither did I. But just in case, let’s take a closer look:
1. a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity
Nope. What religious path did Obama choose instead? Reverend Wright.
2. a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard
This describes economic Liberals. In the U.S., conservatives are economically liberal. Needless to say, Obama is not a conservative. While he has flip flopped a total of 4 times (and counting) on free trade, untold times on taxes, his voting record has always been against free trade and for higher taxes.
3. a political philosophy based on belief in progress,
Obama made very clear in his historic speech on race that America was still full of racism. Obama isn’t just someone who “believes” in progress, he denies that it is possible when he’s looking right at it.
4. the essential goodness of the human race
Obama: “So it’s not surprising then that they [people in small towns] get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
5. and the autonomy of the individual
I think Michelle Obama described her husband’s approach best: “Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed”.
And, from Obama’s own website:
Require 100 Hours of Service in College: Obama and Biden will establish a new American Opportunity Tax Credit that is worth $4,000 a year in exchange for 100 hours of public service a year.
6. standing for the protection of political and civil liberties.
Obama won’t even stand up for the lives of infants, let alone any of the issues he is supposedly for. How else can we explain his present votes on abortion and his claim that holding a concrete position on the subject is “above his pay grade”.
Indeed, how else can we explain any of his failures to fit with any of the many different possible forms of Liberalism except that he simply is NOT A LIBERAL.
So then, what is he? A socialist of the worst sort, and maybe, just maybe, the future leader of the free world. Let’s hope not.