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Jewish World Review
Sept. 3, 2009
/ 14 Elul 5769
This Just In … Obama Is a Leftist!
"Now I'm truly scared."
A friend wrote this after she watched Fox News' Glenn Beck's
series on the "alarming number of far-left radicals the President is
surrounded by" referring to some of the President's special advisers and
"czars." President Barack Obama, my friend tells me, is "a true
So, now she knows.
She didn't know after the President signed the $800 billion
so-called "stimulus program." She didn't know after government
takeovers/bailouts of banks, insurance companies and auto companies.
She didn't know after Obama campaigned in favor of protectionism
by promising to unilaterally change free trade agreements, such as NAFTA, or
after the inclusion of "Buy American" provisions in the "stimulus package."
She didn't know after Obama campaigned on government-run health
care or after he said during the campaign that "if starting from scratch,"
he'd implement the Canadian single-payer system.
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She didn't know after Obama stated his goal to impose
job-killing and price-hiking "cap-and-trade" business taxes to fight
"man-made global warming." (Never mind the vigorous debate in the scientific
community about the degree to which or even whether human activity is
the cause and whether it makes more sense to deal with the effect
of a slight warming than to undertake costly and likely
ineffective measures to stop it.)
She didn't know after Obama's plans to "invest" to "create green
jobs" of the future or after he moved oversight of the next census from the
Department of Commerce to the White House (in order to increase the number
of minorities so that government money can follow).
She didn't know after Obama sided with black Harvard professor
Henry Louis Gates and turned the professor's altercation with Cambridge
police into a microcosm of the alleged widespread problem of unlawful
"racial profiling" against blacks; after Obama spent 20 years in a church
led by a smoke-coming-out-of-the-nose, America-bashing "spiritual adviser";
after Obama's selection of an attorney general who called America "cowardly"
on matters of race; after the AG's refusal to indict members of the New
Black Panther Party for seemingly clear voter intimidation; or after Obama's
selection of a Supreme Court justice who many times claimed her gender and
ethnicity make her superior to a "white male."
She didn't know after a proposal by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.,
to cap executive pay for both those businesses that receive taxpayer
money and those that don't; after Obama's promise for
a government-provided "world-class education" to all who want it; or after
the Cash for Clunkers program, under which A helped pay for the purchase of
a car for B.
She didn't know after Obama promised to sit down "without
preconditions" with enemies like the president of Iran and the head of North
Korea; after Obama slammed Israel for building or expanding settlements,
with nary a word about the daily rockets landing in Israel from the Gaza
Strip; after proposals to reduce spending on missile shield defense; after
the AG appointed a "special counsel" to determine whether workers at the
CIA during the Bush administration should be prosecuted for using
Justice Department-approved techniques to interrogate terrorists (despite a
previously undertaken investigation by career prosecutors and over the
objection of the current CIA head); or that the term "war on terror" would
no longer be used.
She didn't know after the public support of leaders in the
Democratic Party including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former presidential candidate John Kerry for the
reinstatement of the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" to provide ideological
"balance" over the airwaves; or after Obama, while publicly opposing the
reinstatement of the doctrine, appointed an FCC "diversity czar" to pursue
the same objective: squelching conservative talk radio.
What does it take for some to wake up?
When Obama publicly asserts that some corporations, including
"Big Oil" and medical insurance companies, make "obscene profits" (they
don't compared with many other industries) and that his "compensation czar"
will look into executive compensation, what does that tell you? When he
argues that medical insurance companies need a "public option" (before
public opinion forced him to back away from it) to keep them "honest," what
does that say? When he arrogantly claims that fighting "global warming" and
tackling the "health care crisis" are not just moral imperatives but also
necessary to keep our economy robust (?!), what does that show?
Voters last year elected a left-wing former "community
organizer" with one of the Senate's most liberal voting records. He seeks to
take the country over the growing resistance of even those who voted for
him to an idealized world of government-guaranteed equality of outcomes.
He wants a government-guaranteed "level playing field" of wealth
redistribution via taxing those deemed to have too much.
Obama's goals are open, blatant and confidently asserted, backed
by a filibuster-proof, supermajority, Democratic-controlled Congress. There
is no Big Secret, no subterfuge, no bait-and-switch.
This is who and what he is.
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