*Nota bene; Originally posted in December 2006. I usually don’t recycle articles, but I was asked; several times.
The recent thoughtful opining by the press and others on Barack Obama is very nice, feel good reading. It makes me think of tall fragrant grass, fresh summer winds and other calming thoughts. Frankly, it is a pleasant fantasy which distracts from daily concerns such as potential terrorists attacks, talk of retreat and impeachment. Anyway, what better oxymoronic satire could you envision than one involving a trusted politician as the main character? It is a glorious vision of panacea and nirvana all in one. Unfortunately for the perpetrators, truthful pursuit does not end before the journey begins.
Mr. Obama is of course a Democrat, which is a fact most currently demote to the background while attempting to preen his image by throwing out platitudinous words such as bipartisan. Accordingly, he is a member of that party for the principle reason it better represents his political positions. Try as he might to define himself based on appealing to conservative Republican values, he is not a conservative acolyte. It is a simple dichotomy that gets lost in iterative translations of his positions. Ask yourself, what has Mr. Obama done to deserve this praise? In response the collective silence is deafening and not filled with many consistent facts. It is roused to a crescendo with appealing platitudes and applause for his “walk the line” positions. To the intellectual examiner, that usually signals an issue requires further examination. However, intellectuals are a slow lot; that happens when one tries to gather facts and articulations which conclusively answer questions. Translation; the future analysis is much more important than the present hype.
Accordingly, there is further scrutiny necessary to understand Mr. Obama’s carefully crafted positions and statements on various issues. In an attempt to force him as a candidate, many would like to believe Mr. Obama’s constant straddling of issues is an honest reflection of his values. Well, many of us would still like to believe in Santa Claus, but that does not make him a good political candidate. We collectively thirst for a new face to fill the principled stands discarded over the past few years like some needless accoutrement. Therefore we seek out what we believe will cure those ills; grasping at indications of a nascent savior like a starving animal moves towards scraps. The disappointment comes in finding the scraps were only a mirage and a product of challenging time in the wilderness. I will therefore spend my time examining the true, principled conservative candidates who have actually taken reasonable positions on today’s issues. Not some dressed up creation aimed at independents, fence sitters and Oprah fans who should be offended at the ignominious Three Card Monty currently being perpetrated. Please forgive me if I remain extremely skeptical about the MSM and their motives for promoting Mr. Obama. After the continual beating our President has taken from their liege, I am appropriately shell shocked by the sheer volume of specious characterizations and shameful parochial political promotion disguised as journalism. By the way, Mr. Obama fits into this overt practice of journalism “lite”.
It is not hard to imagine the outrage once scrutiny begins shedding light on Mr. Obama. That practice is speciously reserved for Republican’s. We have already heard about M. Romney’s Mormon albatross, Mr. Giuliani’s wives, etc. Yet Mr. Obama’s middle name, Hussein, was brought up and screams of sacrilege were heard across the collective MSM world. This is a developing sign of the modus operandi to come where John R. Edwards “Two America’s” springs to life. The first America is for Democrats and the MSM where rock throwing gets characterized as intellectual pursuit; the second America is for the rest of us who are fallaciously positioned as ugly, smearing clones of Karl Rove bent on corruption.
Since the Illinois Senate proceedings are a matter of public record, I decided to start with examining one issue which is abortion. In 2001 the Illinois Senate was debating a bill similar to one passed overwhelmingly by the U.S. House and Senate (Born Alive Infant Protection Act H.R. 2175) See the Presidents remarks upon signingFederal law in August 2002.
Here are all the related Illinois Senate bills associated with that effort which Mr. Obama voted “present” to (such courage!);
Bill SB1093 Amends Illinois abortion law
Bill SB1094 Induced Birth Infant Liability Act
Bill SB1095 Amends Statutes and Provides “Born Alive Infant”
It appears at one point Mr. Obama tries to express his concerns are based on Constitutional grounds. His argument is that extending Equal Protection to a fetus is unconstitutional and basically make the bill an anti abortion statute;
”Number one, whenever we define a previable fetus as a person that is protected by the equal protection clause or other elements in the Constitution, what were really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a – a child, a nine-month-old – child that was delivered to term. That determination then, if it was accepted by a court would forbid abortions to take place”Barrack Obama, During debate on Illinois SB1093
Frankly, I thought that concern was mitigated by another branch. It is also not a reason to demur when one feels passionately about an issue so simplistic and basic to the proliferation of human life. Mr. Obama appears to not be in that group. He followed up with an argument related to a doctor’s responsibility to provide treatment for a “previable” child;
Viability is the line that has been drawn by the Supreme Court to determine whether or not an abortion can or cannot take place. And if we’re placing a burden on the doctor that says you have to keep alive even a previable child as long as possible and give them as much medical attention as – as is necessary to try to keep the child alive, the we’re probably crossing the line in terms of unconstitutionality”Barrack Obama, During debate on Illinois SB1093
Mr. Obama also voted against a later version of BAIPA which attempted to define babies born alive as “persons”. Gee, what a caring, leader, humanist and man for all Americans he is.
Now, this is just one issue. Illinois Senate records are open to all who are interested and the season for tough questions begins now.
The best candidate in America? Hardly, and I say let the real examination commence because I have just reached my limit on examining the other parties candidates.