Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Why I Refuse To Support Senator Barack Obama by Akindele Akinyemi
There are some Black Republicans who are supporting Sen. Barack Obama for President. I wanted to state my official position for the record this late in the game before January hits.
I am NOT supporting Sen. Obama for the primary. Hell, if he made it to the general election I STILL would not support him. To be honest I am leaning towards Gov. Mike Huckabee. Whether the Gov. wins or loses I have to support conservatives who support my views to the letter.
I have been saying all along that black people are only supporting Obama because of his skin color.
I cannot support him because Sen. Obama as a state lawmaker in Illinois has opposed the death penalty and pushed through legislation requiring that any questioning and confession in capital cases be videotaped to prevent deception and coercion. He also authored legislation requiring police to keep records of the race of everyone questioned, detained or arrested. These rules to deter racial profiling, say critics, lead to "de-policing." To avoid charges of racism if they question or arrest too many minority suspects, police find it easier to protect their careers by turning a blind eye and leaving minority criminals alone.
Obama favors racial preferences for select minorities in both the business world and academia. A strong supporter of gun control, he has proposed banning all civilian semi-automatic weapons. He is strongly pro-abortion, including the partial-birth abortion procedure many regard as infanticide. He is a proponent of universal health care.
But the next point I am going to make takes the cake.
From ABC News July 19, 2007
"Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told Planned Parenthood Tuesday that sex education for kindergartners, as long as it is 'age-appropriate,' is 'the right thing to do.' 'But it's the right thing to do,' Obama continued, 'to provide age-appropriate sex education, science-based sex education in schools.'"
It should be clear that the problem is that America's black community is now suspended in a moral vacuum. Life is cheap and meaningless, and murder, sex, abortion and robbery are viewed with the same gravity as ordering a Big Mac and fries. There is no accountability, only blame. And this mindset continues to be nourished in both the street language of the Harvard prose of Sen. Barack Obama.
In a past speech this year the Illinois Democrat never once mentioned personal responsibility, but did manage to talk about the importance of diversity programs and condom distribution.
He has been in the Senate for two years. He has virtually no voting record; he has virtually no articulated positions. Ask his advocates, and they will describe him as "a breath of fresh air" -- but ask them about a single position he holds, and they will stare at you as though you are speaking in tongues. They will tell you, however, that Obama "understands" every position you hold.
Have any of his supporters ever sat down and read his doctrine called the "Audacity of Hope?" Here are some excepts:
Obama hates Ronald Reagan: He was "disturbed … by Ronald Reagan's election in 1980 … unconvinced … by his John Wayne, "Father Knows Best" pose, his policy by anecdote, and his gratuitous assaults on the poor." (31)
He loves Jimmy Carter: "a Democrat who -- with his emphasis on human rights -- seemed prepared to once again align moral concerns with a strong defense." (288)
Despite his protestations to the contrary, he dislikes President Bush: "The President's eyes became fixed; his voice took on the agitated, rapid tone of someone neither accustomed to nor welcoming interruption; his easy affability was replaced by an almost messianic certainty." (45) He repeats "war for oil" slander: "Is cheap oil worth the costs -- in blood and treasure -- of war?" (310)
Obama insults evangelicals: "Their fervor has gone mainstream. There are various explanations for this success, from the skill of evangelicals in marketing religion to the charisma of their leaders." (202)
He suggests that the Bible tolerates homosexuality: "For many practicing Christians, the same inability to compromise may apply to gay marriage. I find such a position troublesome, particularly in a society in which Christian men and women have been known to engage in adultery or other violations of their faith without civil penalty. … I [am not] willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount." (222)
Obama is a fervent believer in global warming and wants to dramatically raise fuel efficiency standards as well as taxes on oil companies. He wants to raise minimum wage and expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. He is anti-voucher and anti-educational choice.Though he says he's for free trade, he voted against CAFTA. He wants to spend billions more dollars on early education, though Head Start has been a debacle. He wants to heavily regulate health care and, in doing so, essentially nationalize it. He wants to raise taxes across the board.
Obama views private property from this angle: "I simply believe that those of us who have benefited most from this new economy can best afford to shoulder the obligation of ensuring every American child has a chance for that same success." (193) That sounds like the Communist Manifesto.
Furthermore, those believing in the question point to a recent Washington Post/ABC News Poll showing that New York Senator Hillary Clinton has 60 percent of the black Democrats while Barack Obama has only 20 percent of them.
On the flip side, Clinton has 35 percent of the whites and Obama has 17 percent. If we’re truly serious about lessons to be learned from numbers, we should emphasize a few surprises. Yes, Clinton has much more support than does Obama from both blacks and whites combined. However, Clinton also has far more black support than she does white.
Therefore, his positions, when he takes them, invariably lean toward radical liberalism.
This picture speaks many volumes. Go figure. For those who are supporting him because he is black and for failing public schools please continue to support him. I cannot and will not support anyone who is anti-educational choice.