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Let's Talk About Flip Flops...Okay?

It is truly amazing how McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate has changed the political landscape. Obama seems to be more concerned with Palin, than McCain. I guess he has forgotten that McCain is actually the one he is running against.

I found a quote on Political Punch made by Obama regarding Palin. Obama was speaking at a rally in Flint, Michigan when he began attacking the new McCain-Palin add which touts Governor Palin’s claim that she stopped the “Bridge to Nowhere”. He said,

“Well, now, let’s get the facts clear here. When she was mayor, she hired a Washington lobbyist to get earmarks — pork barrel spending –- all the things that John McCain says is bad, she lobbied to get! And got a whole lot of it. When it came to the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’, she was for it until everybody started raising a fuss about it, and she started running for governor, and then, suddenly, she was against it!

You remember that? For it before you were against it’? I mean you can’t just make stuff up. You can’t just recreate yourself. You can’t just reinvent yourself. The American people aren’t stupid.”

Yes, Governor Palin was for the “Bridge to Nowhere” before she was against it. I’m sure Charlie Gibson will ask her about this issue, as will every other interviewer she speaks to from now to the election. However, I look forward to hearing her explain why she changed her position rather than listen to the speculators, her enemies and the Obama-Biden camp tell me why. However, if this is the only thing she changed her position on, then we’d be lucky to have her in the White House.As for the accusation that Sarah Palin made stuff up and recreated and reinvented herself, does he think we ARE that stupid? I guess he does…or maybe he just knows the mainstream media won’t call him on his memory lapses about his own flip flops…which there are many.

First, Barrack Obama has stated that he was against the War in Iraq from the beginning. During this campaign, he has critcized John McCain for his support of the war. However, I guess he doesn’t really find support for the war that objectionable since he added Joe Biden to his ticket. Joe Biden was a staunch supporter of the Iraq War. In early 2002, Biden stated that,

“Saddam Hussein was a threat to national security, and that there was no option but to eliminate that threat. “

Then in October, 2002 he was one of 77 Senators (23 of them Democrats) who voted in favor of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq which justified the Iraq War.

I guess Obama didn’t think that putting a senator who supported the war he is so adamantly opposed to might appear inconsistent?

Second, in 2002, Illinois State Senator Obama gave a speech on the Illinois Senate Floor in which he acknowledged that Saddam Hussein had WMDs. He said,

“He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity.”

He then stated that he opposed going to war in Iraq because it is,

“…the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income, and to distract us from corporate scandals.”

Today, Obama says that he opposed the Iraq war because,

“I was firmly convinced at the time that we did not have strong evidence of weapons of mass destruction.”

Hmmmmm…so who is reinventing himself?

Third, here are a few more Obama flip flops:

Requiring Immigrants to Learn English:

In 2006, Obama voted for a bill offering legal status to illegal immigrants subject to conditions, including English proficiency.

In June 2007, Obama voted against English as America ‘s Official Language, even though 91% of American Citizens want English officially designated as our language.

And, on July 22, 2008 Obama said,

“Understand this: Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English … you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish.”

Cracking Down on Businesses that Hire Illegal Immigrants:

On a questionnaire in March of 2004, Obama was asked if the government should “crack down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants.” His reply?

“Oppose”

On January 31, 2008 during a televised debate, he said that,

“We do have to crack down on those employers that are taking advantage of the situation.”

Border Fence:

On September 29, 2006 Senator Barrack Obama voted in favor of the Secure Border Act which, among other border security measures, authorizes a 700 mile fence along the Mexican border.

On March 13, 2008 Senator Obama voted against increased funding for border security, 700 miles of fencing, and placing 6,000 National Guardsmen on the border.

Decriminalization of Marijuana:

In a 2004 video at Northwestern University, as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, Barrack Obama told Illinois college students that he supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use or possession. He said,

“I think we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws. But I’m not somebody who believes in legalization of marijuana.”

Then, during a debate in the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries campaign, MSNBC moderator Tim Russert asked the candidates who opposed decriminalization of marijuana to raise their hands. Barack Obama hesitantly raised his hand halfway before quickly lowering it again.

Reverend Wright:

On March 15, 2008 Obama was a guest on the Keith Olbermann show. Olbermann asked him if he would repudiate Reverend Wright. He stated,

“No, I would do not repudiate the man. As I said, this is somebody who I have known for 17 years. He helped bring me to Jesus and helped bring me to church. And, you know, he and I have a relationship, he’s like an uncle who has talked to me, not about political things and not about social views, as much as about faith and God and family…

…So, you know, I would describe it as a member of your family who does, says something that you really disagree with. They don’t stop being a member of your family, but you have to speak out forcefully on the issue.”

Then on March 18, 2008 Obama was giving a speech on race when he said,

“…As imperfect as he may be, he has been like family to me. He strengthened my faith, officiated my wedding, and baptized my children. Not once in my conversations with him have I heard him talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms, or treat whites with whom he interacted with anything but courtesy and respect. He contains within him the contradictions – the good and the bad – of the community that he has served diligently for so many years.

I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother…”

One and a half months later, on April 30, 2008, Obama disowned Reverend Wright by saying,

“What we saw yesterday out of Reverend Wright was a resurfacing and, I believe, an exploitation of those old divisions. Whatever his intentions, that was the result. It is antithetical to our campaign. It is antithetical to what I am about. It is not what I think America stands for.

And I want to be very clear that, moving forward, Reverend Wright does not speak for me. He does not speak for our campaign. I cannot prevent him from continuing to make these outrageous remarks, but what I do want him to be very clear about, as well as all of you and the American people, is that when I say that I find these comments appalling, I mean it.

It contradicts everything that I am about and who I am. And anybody who has worked with me, who knows my life, who has read my books, who has seen what this campaign is about, I think, will understand that it is completely opposed to what I stand for and where I want to take this country.”

Will he disown the black community or his white grandmother next?

Public Financing:

n February 2007, Obama said,

“I proposed a novel way to preserve the strength of the public financing system in the 2008 election. My plan requires both major party candidates to agree on a fundraising truce, return excess money from donors, and stay within the public financing system for the general election. My proposal followed announcements by some presidential candidates that they would forgo public financing so they could raise unlimited funds in the general election. The Federal Election Commission ruled the proposal legal, and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has already pledged to accept this fundraising pledge. If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.”

On June 19, 2008 Obama rejected public financing by saying,

“It’s not an easy decision, and especially because I support a robust system of public financing of elections. The public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken, and we face opponents who’ve become masters at gaming this broken system.”

Need I say more? If there is a candidate in this race who has recreated or reinvented him or herself, I would propose that it is Barrack Obama…not Sarah Palin.