by: R.J. Moeller
Barack Obama’s selection of Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) to be his running mate for the 2008 election seems odd given that his reported disdain for “politics as usual” has consistently been at the top of an increasingly shorter and shorter list of reasons to vote for Obama. Barack insists he will be a new breed of Commander-in-Chief, one that will rise above Washington’s insider political “games” with healthy doses of transcendent hope and change. With literally dozens of alternative candidates that would have represented Barack’s self-proclaimed commitment to change, he selected a 35-year veteran of the congressional “establishment” who is well known for his combative style and far-Left liberal positions on the issues.
Obama’s campaign responded by reminding us that a guy who is fond of change (Barack Obama) picked Biden, so back off with the tough questions, all right?
Also, we’d prefer it if you don’t ask us to explain how the 1st and 3rd most liberal-voting Senators intend to bring the nation together. Vote or die!
Apart from being seen as a non-verbal admission that Barack is in desperate need of something to make him look more experienced than a freshmen senator with no significant piece of legislation to his name, Biden’s nomination, and the manner in which the Obama campaign and mainstream media is choosing to recant his personal life-story, lends itself to a great object lesson in one of the great flaws of modern liberal thinking and ideology. The specific problem is the Left’s pandering to the lowest common denominator in society and inside each of us. The culprit is a rampant elitism that courses through the political veins of nearly every important Democrat in Congress or the White House since 1964.
At the VP acceptance speech in Springfield, IL last weekend, both Senator Biden and Obama reminded the crowd numerous times that it had been by nothing short of hard work, commitment, and resiliency that “scrappy Joe B from Scranton, PA” had made it to where he was today. Truly, Senator Biden has overcome great hurdles, both professional and personal, in his life to achieve the impressive level of success he has. Not the least of which included the tragic of his wife and daughter in a car some 30 years ago.
My beef is not with politicians touting their own accomplishments in order to inspire voters. In fact, so long as they are true, I think Americans are always in need of more personal stories and anecdotes that remind us that while success is never guaranteed, here in this blessed nation anything is possible. Barack Obama is the first minority candidate seriously considered for the office of President, is the privileged product of Ivy League education, and benefactor of an economy that generates enough wealth to allow for people to hold jobs like “Community Organizer.” Both men on the Democrat’s ticket are remarkable examples of what a unique and awesome country the United States is.
What I take issue with is the fact that both men (along with the bulk of the modern Democratic Party) see, hear, and experience similarly extraordinary tales of success every day, yet come to the conclusion that the system that got them where they are is so ineffective and broken that it could never possibly work for anyone else. In short: “We can, but without us, you can’t too.”
This is elitism characteristic in the formation of an elitist. But elitism is a state of mind, an attitude, not a . Elitism is often confused for wealth, which certainly can be a contributingdol amount in your checking account. John McCain defined the important difference in views of wealth that the Right and Left have during his Q & A with Rick Warren at larSaddleback Ranch Church in California last week. The Republican’s nominee for president said that being “rich” is a relative term that has to take in to account the quality of life, love, and relationships, not simply a bank statement.
Note: Wanting to check with your independently wealthy wife and your staff as to the exact number of properties you own and might be invested in does not convey the same level of elitism that an attitude which says, “We made it this far, but there’s little chance you can so give me your tax money (and self-reliance) and I’ll take care of you via socialized everything,” does. Sorry, it just doesn’t.
A 9-year old in Fort Wayne, IN recently asked Barack Obama why he even wanted to be president in the first place. Obama told the impressionable youth that her country had once been great, wasn’t anymore, but could be again if he gets the chance to lead. His wife Michelle Obama infamously made the similarly disappointing “I’ve never been proud of my country in my life until now” comment in February and remains dumbfounded that people reacted negatively. Joe Biden, the same Joe Biden who in last fall’s Presidential Primary debates said Barack Obama was not ready or fit to lead this nation, said at his VP nominee acceptance speech that he and his wife are like typical Americans who sit up late at night around the kitchen table and lament over how things could have gotten so rotten in America.
If that isn’t inspiring, then I don’t know what is.
Surely no one on either side of the political aisle is refusing to acknowledge that there are people hurting due to things such as the increased cost of gasoline or the mortgage-lending crisis. No one is trying to silence the American people from voicing the complaints they have with their government. Self-governance requires constant and sustained vigilance on the part of the citizenry and the moment we begin to shirk those duties is the same we will see our freedoms begin to be traded away at the ballot box for the empty promises of a “better life” that someone else in Washington will supposedly provide for us.
Men like Biden and Obama constantly point to the fact that they themselves overcame great obstacles to get where they are. Obama talks often of the struggles a young half-white, half-black child of a single mother can face. This was more than 25 years ago. Does anyone seriously think that the United States is more discriminative today then it was back then? How about opportunity for minorities and women in the workplace? Would anyone honestly put forward the argument that things are worse today (economically, racially, etc) than they were say in 1980 when Barack was in college at Columbia?
What is more, Obama points out in both of his best-selling books that it was specifically those personal, emotional, and economic hurdles he overcame as a young man that instilled in him the type of character and makeup necessary for a great leader. You could say, and Barack does, that what has been most responsible for his successes were his failures and the courage and tenacity it took to surmount them.
Both liberal politicians who grew up wealthy (Ted Kennedy) and those who grew up poor (John Edwards) have a common problem understanding what has made their own success, and that of their family and nation, possible. It wasn’t Nanny State, cradle-to-the-grave entitlements such as are promised by Democrats. It wasn’t a cultural obsession with punishing corporations and industries that happen to be doing well at the time of an election cycle. It wasn’t even the shielding of American citizen’s eyes and ears from the harsh realities of a difficult world and life (that would be almost too much to handle if it weren’t for our guns, faith, and families).
Like a parent who worked hard to make a good living but doesn’t have the guts to show the necessary tough love it takes to raise a normal, healthy, hardworking child, Democrats like Barack Obama and Joe Biden prey upon that weaker part of the human heart which seeks a hand out over a hand up. This plays in the media as a candidate simply “being for the little guy,” but thoughtful inspection reveals the fountainhead for such pandering to be at best a Jimmy Carter-like naiveté regarding how the world (most notably the free market economy) actually works, and at worst a condescending elitism that reeks of Marxism.
We are great as a nation because we are great as a people. We value the right things, and that doesn’t include oligarchical control in the hands of a few people who happened to attend expensive enough schools to learn to resent their nation’s foundational principles and practices. We don’t need another Jimmy Carter.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Barack Obama will deliver his acceptance speech tomorrow night in front of 80,000 "fans" in the stadium in Denver where the Broncos play football. There will be fireworks, a stage built to look like an ancient Grecian structure, and hopefully many uses of the word "change."
Subtle, Barack....very subtle.
Subtle, Barack....very subtle.
Monday, August 25, 2008
George Will of the Washington Post hits the nail on the head in this assessment of Obama's pie-in-the-sky promises this election season. For such an allegedly intelligent man, Senator Obama appears to either be tragically misinformed or just plain ignorant of economic and logistical realities.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
From none other than the man himself, Charles Krauthammer. Writing in today's Washington Post:
"The Finlandization of Georgia would give Russia control of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, which is the only significant European-bound route for Caspian Sea oil and gas that does not go through Russia. Pipelines are the economic lifelines of such former Soviet republics as Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan that live off energy exports. Moscow would become master of the Caspian basin."
Chuck has four great ideas on how to get Russia's aggression in check.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Here is a great summation of what is going on between Russia and Georgia. Here is some analysis of that situation from the Editorial Page at National Review Online.
"The new forays into Georgia — even after Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili signed a cease-fire pledge — appeared to show Russian determination to subdue the small, U.S.-backed country, which has been pressing for NATO."
I'm sure in Putin's mind this is nothing more than a "peace-keeping" mission.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
...Make it this one by my boy Dennis Prager. He breaks down the entire speech Senator Obama gave last week in Berlin. I can't stress how important it is that you read this.
Friday, August 01, 2008
We get the leaders we deserve and currently we deserve a deranged woman from California who is refusing to even hear legislation on off-shore drilling. The link I have posted here is from a liberal San Francisco newspaper (Pelosi's home state and district).