Saturday, August 09, 2008

Obama on guns and more

The momentum of the Obama campaign is breathtaking. It has been so breathtaking that millions of Americans express support for Barack Obama and admit, according to various polls, that they have no knowledge of his specific stands on the various issues of the day. Never before in the history of the United States have so many embraced a candidate for President of the United States in which they know so little about.

Senator Barack Obama promises that he is an element of change and will bring a different approach to politics at the federal level. However, if one takes the time to scratch the surface of his propaganda and look at where he stands and how he votes, one finds he is just the same old liberal candidate with rock star charisma.

Over the next few weeks, Voting under the Influence will take a look at various major issues and where the Obama record stands on them. We start with gun rights.

By now most followers of American politics know that Senator Obama stated that rural and urban blue collar types “cling to their guns and their religion as a way to explain their frustrations.” It was an insulting remark, told in front of leftist elites in San Francisco, that played a large part in blue collar Democrats embracing, of all people, Hillary Rodham Clinton in perfunctory Pennsylvania and Indiana primaries. It was a comment that made clear that Senator Obama is out of touch with blue collar types who own guns.

Obama’s voting record in the state senate of Illinois goes further to illustrate that disconnect. As a state senator, Obama voted against giving homeowners who used a firearm in protecting their home from a home invasion certain protections. He voted against provisions that protected the rights of the people of Illinois to have private guns for hunting or home protection. He voted for a restriction of hand gun ownership.

Senator Obama summed up his feelings about gun rights and the second amendment on a CNN forum, in which Obama stated the second amendment, “like all rights, is outweighed by the needs of the community…”

That sounds like old line liberal thinking. If the constitution is not convenient for the community, then it should be abandoned for the community’s sake. Where have we heard that line of thinking before? The likes of Walter Mondale and Mike Dukakis espoused such positions.

Is there any wonder why former President Bill Clinton is not fully embracing the Obama campaign right now? As much as conservatives might like to dislike Clinton, at least Clinton got the notion that gun rights were not for the community to decide. Bill Clinton was far more centrist in his approach to government than Barack Obama.

Suppose for argument’s sake Obama is right, and constitutional rights are up the community to decide. What is next to go? Shall we start with free speech? With the anger and indignation the Obama team shows over any and every attempt to subject Obama to common political humor, can one expect them to come out on January 21, 2009 and tell us that the “community demands that people not make fun of the President.”

Obama’s father once wrote extensively about the need for strong central government in his native African nation, and how that government ought to be able to have total control over ones income, their rights to expression and the like, for the better good. While Mr. Obama is not his father, Obama’s father’s views continue to appear in Obama’s campaign.

While that might be well and good for some third world country trying to bring itself into some order, those left wing, state central views just will not do in a country like the United States that is used to personal freedoms, be they the right to bear arms, or the right to poke fun at its leaders.
The people of the United States do not want their guns taken away. They do not want their incomes taxed at the maximum levels. They do not want their right to poke fun at their leaders taken away. We should keep that in mind as we vote in November. We are not choosing a tin horn dictator to tell us what we can and can not do from underneath the brow of his funny ill fitting hat. We are not choosing who we would like to see on American Idol. We are choosing someone to be President of the United States.


  1. why do all you crackers need a gun? You ain't happy with the gun God gave you? That thang of your too damn small?

    As a beautiful well endowed, as typical, African man, I ain't got to have a gun to make me a man. God gave me my "big gun" I feel sorry for you crackers. Because I know why so many of your women look for me and my natural gun instead of your little cracker.

  2. I have news for you, Ty.

    Most white women do not find black men appealing . . .anything but.

    What do women look for in a man? They look for brains above all.

    That pretty much eliminates you, doesn't it?