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This gentleman said it better than I ever could!

If we elect an admitted socialist president, we’ll deserve what we get – Kevin O’Brien
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Kevin O’Brien
Plain Dealer Columnist
Link to online article

Don’t forward me any more he’s-a-closet-Muslim e- mails.

Don’t bother me about Barack Obama’s birth certificate, either. With Election Day less than a week away, whether Obama meets the citizenship test to be president of the United States is about the mootest point imaginable. He’s the Democratic nominee, and if he wins more electoral votes on Tuesday than John McCain, he’ll be the president-elect.

We Americans literally don’t have time for that nonsense.

At stake in this election is nothing less than the pivotal question of the individual American’s relationship to his government – a question defined in what may be the only two moments of candor Obama has offered America during this campaign.

ABC’s Charlie Gibson first lifted the veil back in April, during a primary-season debate among Democratic candidates. He asked why Obama would raise capital-gains taxes even if the result were decreased collections for the government.

Obama replied, “What I’ve said is that I would look at raising the capital-gains tax for purposes of fairness.”

Then came Obama’s chance meeting with Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher, who questioned Obama’s tax plans and got this reply: “It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everyone who is behind you – that they have a chance for success, too. I think that when you spread the wealth around, it is good for everyone.”

Obama’s answers to those questions made it crystal-clear that he sees taxation as a tool not only to pay for government, but as a tool to reassign the wealth of individual Americans directly to other individual Americans as government sees fit. If he doesn’t believe in trickle-down economics, fine. But having government decide precisely how full each American’s glass should be – and then making the necessary adjustments – would be a whole new ballgame.

Columnist Mark Steyn, writing over the weekend for National Review Online (snipurl.com/4t9xl), argues that Obama’s election “would front the fourth great wave of liberal annexation – the first being FDR’s New Deal, the second LBJ’s Great Society, and the third the incremental but remorseless cultural advance when Reagan conservatives began winning victories at the ballot box and liberals turned their attention to the other levers of the society, from grade school up. . . . All three liberal waves have transformed American expectations of the state. The spirit of the age is: Ask not what your country can do for you, demand it.”

He’s right. After 70-plus years of ascendant socialism, this country today would be recognizable to Thomas Jefferson only as the realization of his worst fears. That Obama wants to make a final and irreversible hard-left turn is apparent not only from his few unguarded utterances this year, but from much of what he said and wrote before his presidential campaign. Witness his 2001 interview with Chicago Public Radio (youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck), in which he laments that the Supreme Court “never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth.”

Now consider the likely possibility of an Obama presidency, a filibuster-proof Senate and two or three openings on the Supreme Court that he can fill with fellow redistributionists.

Forget e-mailed technicalities. Obama should lose this election because Americans wake from their trance, look over the precipice to which he has ushered them, and recoil.

Seventy years is a long time for a nation to wander from the principles and practices that brought it forth and made it great: limited government, individual liberty, individual initiative rewarded and the right of every citizen to assign the fruits of his own labors as he sees fit.

Obama has run a stealth campaign, because the left suspects that it hasn’t succeeded in separating us entirely from those principles. An Obama victory would sever the connection, though. He has slipped twice, and told us so.

If Americans take the monumental risk Obama poses, they will deserve the government they get. More to the point, they will have proved undeserving of the government left to them by far greater, far wiser men.

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