Obama: A sheep in wolf’s clothing
What America needs is a wolf. We need someone with guts, someone that’ll stand up for America’s interests in foreign policy, make hard choices to fix our economy, work across the aisle even as the extreme wing of their party screams at them, someone not afraid to lead the pack rather than merely follow it, someone who is more than just a lot of fluff.
John McCain and Hillary Clinton are tough. No one doubts that. No one in their right mind doubts that they would be able to make hard decisions or stand up for America’s interests. The question is whether Obama can.
Obama doesn’t help himself very much with this question. When he gets asked hard questions, he runs away – literally. When asked for a solution to terrorists, he says he’ll cut our military and then ask them to stop. When prompted on the economy, he says he’ll raise taxes on the middle class, the absolute worst thing he could do in the middle of an economic slowdown. He claims to be against anti-Americanism and racism, but he won’t even stand up to it when he finds it within his own pastor. When tough votes on things like abortion, crime, etc are placed in front of him, he votes “present” instead of yes or no.
Actions like these paint a picture that isn’t pretty for Obama – a coward, a follower, not a leader. His campaign is aware of this image, so Obama tries to shake it. After scouring the political landscape, looking for an issue he can stand up to, what great social malefactor does he invest his resolve against? Flag pins. Yes, when Obama actually does take a stand, it’s against flag pins. Well, as it turns out, Americans don’t really care very much about whether someone wears a flag pin or not, so they have trouble understanding Obama’s vehement disdain for the flag.
Hmmm, well, since the flag pins didn’t work, what else can Obama do to shake his image as a coward – a sheep? Bomb our allies. That’s the only logical choice. After all, all those grownups like John McCain and Hillary are talking about fighting back against people that want to kill us, why not one-up them and demand we start bombing people who don’t even want to kill us, and who better to bomb first than Pakistan? Well, as it turns out, the American people don’t think bombing our allies is such a great idea. Guess it’s back to the drawing board again for the Obama campaign.
Toughness is something that can’t be faked. One of the essential elements of resolve, is that you stand on PRINCIPLES in that resolve. That leads to moderation and control. Obama doesn’t seem to have any principles in particular to stand on, so when he attempts to appear tough, he goes from one extreme to the other. He just can’t seem to figure out a way to appear tough.
If Obama wants to overcome his reputation as a sheep, he needs to start being a wolf. Merely wearing the fur isn’t going to fool most voters. If he wants to show that, yes, he can be tough, he needs to actually be tough. He needs to take a stand for something important, regardless of the popularity of such a decision. John McCain has done this, with the surge, immigration and a myriad of issues. Hillary has done this, when she defied her party bosses and almost the whole media by running for so long. As inconsistent and as short as Obama’s resume may be, one thing is certain, he is a sheep who needs to be a wolf, but he isn’t going to get there unless he demonstrates real change – the very thing he’s been promising as the basis of his campaign.