The Content of Barack Obama’s Character

To quote Dr. Martin Luther King:

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

I heard that some people voted for (or against) Barack Obama simply because of his skin color. That’s obviously racist, shallow, and dangerous. Instead of looking at something as irrelevant as skin color, let’s take a look at the content of his character by looking at where he stands on issues. Please click on each link in the paragraphs below to get full articles about each topic. The text of each paragraph below is just a summary of the underlying information.

Socialism

Socialism Illustrated

Socialism Illustrated

First, based on his comments about “spreading the wealth“, and his ideas about “socialized health care” he’s a socialist. I recently found an amazing article about socialism and capitalism and why socialism has failed in countries it’s been tried in (click here to read that article, and click here for that author’s blog). Here’s another great speech about government charity from Congressman Davy Crockett – this one’s an amazing read. For LDS members, you can also read this talk about socialism and communism by Ezra Taft Benson, former Secretary of Agriculture for both of the administrations of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Here’s a famous quote from Ezra Taft Benson:

Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev bragged to American patriot and Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson: “Your grandchildren will live under communism!” To which Secretary Benson enthusiastically replied: “If I have it my way, your grandchildren will live free!” Khrushchev, undeterred, fired back: “Oh you Americans! You’re so gullible! We’ll spoon feed you socialism until you’re Communists and don’t even know it. We’ll never have to fire a shot!” – Benson, Ezra Taft. “An Enemy Hath Done This,” Salt Lake City, Utah: Parliament Publishers, 1969, p. 320.

He also doesn’t like how the constitution holds back not only the legislature from redistributing wealth but the supreme court as well! He wants the supreme court to redistribute wealth since he can’t get laws passed in the legislature. From the link above:

“In the interview, conducted by Chicago Public Radio in 2001 while Obama was an Illinois state senator and a law professor at the University of Chicago, Obama discusses the failure of the Supreme Court to rule on redistributing wealth in its civil rights decisions. The unearthed conversations gave fresh ammunition to critics who say the Democratic presidential candidate has a socialist agenda.”

Abortion

Next, let’s look at the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act“. Congress heard testimony about babies who had survived late term abortion attempts. Nurses testified that these living, breathing babies were either being thrown into medical waste bins to die or they were killed outside the womb. Since the baby was completely separated from its mother, there was no threat to the mother’s health. The act became federal law in 2002. Imagine needing a law that said “You can’t kill babies after they’re born.” Hooray for congress!

Identical language to that act was considered in a committee of the Illinois Senate. It was defeated with the committee’s chairman, Barack Obama, leading the opposition on the (incorrect) grounds that the legislation could “undermine Roe v. Wade.” Why stop there Obama? Why not say that a parent should be able to kill their kids at any age? Be careful – that might be tempting on some days for parents of teenagers. 🙂 See this article for more detail on this.

I’ve heard there will likely be some appointments of judges to the supreme court and other courts during this next president’s administration. I hate to see who President Obama might pick given his extreme stance on abortion and socialism.

Family

He “supports the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, a treaty that would have disastrous consequences for the American family”. He also supports gay marriage. I don’t. He supports sex education for kindergarteners. I don’t. He says if his daughters make a “mistake” and get pregnant, he doesn’t want them to be “punished with a baby“.

National Defense

Obama’s own words and enough in this area:

“I’m the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning. And as president, I will end it. I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending. I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems. And I will institute an independent defense review board to endure that the quadrennial defense review is not used to justify unnecessary spending. I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal, I will not develop new nuclear weapons. I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material. And I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICMBs off hair-trigger alert and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear program.”

–Barack Obama on National Defense (campaign commercial) – source

…and…

“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” – source

I hope such a civilian national security force isn’t the start of a new Schutzstaffel. No, that couldn’t happen here.

Actually, his own words aren’t enough. I would love to live in a world with no need for nuclear weapons and no violence or any other bad thing. The reality of the situation is that there are people in this world who want to commit acts of violence against others and sometimes the only way to decrease the violence is with violence. It should be the last resort and should be as minimal as possible, but when it’s necessary, it must be used to decrease the amount of violence the perpetrator can inflict. Obama’s words above are fine but reflect a huge disconnect from the reality in which we live. That disconnection is dangerous and could result in more violence not less.

Gun Control

Obama’s stance on gun control is not constitutional. Surprise. He supported legislation to ban the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns among other anti-gun legislation. This smells the same as socialism as both tend to decrease an individual’s choices and power and transfers that power to the government. No thanks.

Exhaustion

I was going to continue looking at his character by attacking his anti-American church and friends who he voluntarily chose to listen to for many years, his hand not on his heart during the national anthem, refusal to wear a flag pin until people let him know that they didn’t like that, or on Page 293 of “Dreams for My Father,” He recounts his pastor’s “The Audacity of Hope” sermon which includes the quote, “white man’s greed runs a world in need“, the fact that he’s been voted the most liberal senator in the senate – even more liberal than socialist party senator Bernie Sanders, the fact that he wants to “bankrupt the coal industry” and that doing so will cause “electricity prices to skyrocket”, but hey, it’s all in the name of saving the planet from the global warming that hasn’t been happening since 1998, etc. but I’m exhausted. Maybe some other day.

The Future

All that negativity having been said, I really do hope that he will run the country differently than he has done things in the past. I really hope things go better than everything above. If he does more closely represent all Americans rather than what he’s done in the past, then I’ll respect him for that. Time will tell.

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5 thoughts on “The Content of Barack Obama’s Character

  1. Pingback: Why Socialism Failed « The Grover’s

  2. I think we would be better served just going back to free market capitalism with a democratic republic and no welfare state. Anarchy isn’t the answer, though frustration might make it tempting at times. But like socialism, anarchy just doesn’t work based on the countries and territories who have tried it historically. It usually breaks down into warlordism and never produces a great world-leading country.

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