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Are we really going to do this?

We have sadly reached the point where a British columnist must raise critical points about our election which are being ignored by the mainstream media in our country.

In an article on The Spectator website entitled “Is America Really Going to Do This?“, Melanie Phillips correctly observes that only McCain will defend American interests:

Here’s why. McCain believes in protecting and defending America as it is. Obama tells the world he is ashamed of America and wants to change it into something else. McCain stands for American exceptionalism, the belief that American values are superior to tyrannies. Obama stands for the expiation of America’s original sin in oppressing black people, the third world and the poor.

She concludes, after detailing Obama’s radical foreign policy approaches:

There are, alas, many in the west for whom all this is music to their ears. Whether through wickedness, ideology, stupidity or derangement, they firmly believe that the ultimate source of conflict in the world derives at root from America and Israel, whose societies, culture and values they want to see emasculated or destroyed altogether. They are drooling at the prospect that an Obama presidency will bring that about. The rest of us can’t sleep at night. Her title is a question that has been persistently in my mind and I am sure in the minds of others who fall into the restless crowd: Is America really going to do this?

Are we really going to elect a President whose political career started at his friends Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn’s house? Friends who are unrepentant of their domestic terrorist activities; activities which included bombing the U.S. Capitol Building and attempting (unsuccessfully, thank God) to kill U.S. servicemen during a dance at Fort Dix.

Are we really going to elect a President who is comfortable with Jeremiah Wright’s hate filled sermons? Comfortable enough to attend Wright’s Trinity United Church for twenty years.

Are we really going to elect a President who has radical anti-Israel friends and associates like Rashid Khalidi?

Are we really going to elect a President who practiced Chicago politics and traded political favors to convicted felon Tony Rezko for a deal on his mansion? I could continue with these questions regarding his associations, but the key question is:

Are we really going to elect a President who seems most comfortable around anti-American radicals and criminals?

Are we really going to elect a President who believes the appropriate role of government is to “spread the wealth”? Have we really reached a point in America where we are willing to embrace class warfare as a successful campaign strategy?

Are we really going to elect a President who is going to expand the federal budget by almost one-trillion dollars in a time of financial crisis and growing deficits?

Are we really going to elect a President who has requested almost one million dollars a day in earmarks during his short Senate tenure (totaling $932 million dollars) and receives a 22 lifetime rating (out of 100) from Citizens Against Government Waste?

Are we really going to elect a President who is going to raise taxes during a recession? He would be following Herbert Hoover’s example in this respect, please see the period after the Hoover presidency for evidence on the efficacy of this approach.

Are we really going to elect a President who believes that the question of life is “above his paygrade”? Catholic scholar Robert Geroge accurately descirbes Obama as “the most extreme pro-abortion candidate to have ever run on a major party ticket.”

Are we really going to elect a President who is supported by only by only 23 percent of our servicemen and women versus his opponent, a veteran, who is supported by 68 percent?

Are we really going to elect a President who has shown a shocking and consistent disregard for the free speech rights of those who dare to oppose him? This link goes to an important article which I highly recommend reading.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, are we really going to elect a President in this time of crisis and international turmoil who has less than one term experience in the Senate (most of that time spent running for President)? If we do so, according even to Obama’s own running made, we are inviting an international crisis. We invite Russia to reinvade Georgia and fulfill their ambitions to retake the Ukraine and Poland. We invite Iran to continue pursuing nuclear weapons, the consequence of which will be a second Holocaust. We invite the Iranians also to fill the power vacuum left by our surrender in Iraq. We invite Islamic radicals in Pakistan, a country which already has a nuclear arsenal, to challenge their current leadership given Obama’s willingness to disregard them. We invite left wing despots in Latin America like Hugo Chavez to continue expanding their power in their region and undermining our democratic ally Colombia through their support of FARC terrorists.

When you cast your ballot for President I hope you will ask yourself if soaring rhetoric is enough to convince you to ignore these concerns and disregard basic principles which has made this country great. To return to Ms. Phillips title: “Is America Really Going to Do This?”

It is still possible for use to answer that question with a resounding “No!”

If you think that this raises some important questions, please feel free to share it with friends and family.

At the risk of offending Reverend Wright and Senator Obama, I’ll conclude with the prayer that God continue to bless the United States of America.

**”But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it’ll shine out the clearer.”

J.R.R. Tolkien**