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Old 17 March 2008, 01:48 AM
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I received this forward and wondered if it is accurate.

Something to think about, an article by a Black Columnist.

Ken Blackwell - Columnist for the New York Sun

It's an amazing time to be alive in America . We're in a year of firsts in
this presidential election: the first viable woman candidate; the first
viable African-American candidate; and, a candidate who is the first
frontrunning freedom fighter over 70. The next president of America will
be a first.

We won't truly be in an election of firsts, however, until we judge every
candidate by where they stand. We won't arrive where we should be until we
no longer talk about skin color or gender.

Now that Barack Obama steps to the front of the Democratic field, we need
to stop talking about his race, and start talking about his policies and
his politics.

The reality is this: Though the Democrats will not have a nominee until
August, unless Hillary Clinton drops out, Mr. Obama is now the
frontrunner, and its time America takes a closer and deeper look at him.

Some pundits are calling him the next John F. Kennedy. He's not. He's the
next George McGovern. And it's time people learned the facts.
Because the truth is that Mr. Obama is the single most liberal senator in
the entire U.S. Senate. He is more liberal than Ted Kennedy, Bernie
Sanders, or Mrs. Clinton.

Never in my life have I seen a presidential frontrunner whose rhetoric is
so far removed from his record. Walter Mondale promised to raise our
taxes, and he lost. George McGovern promised military weakness, and he
lost. Michael Dukakis promised a liberal domestic agenda, and he lost.
Yet Mr. Obama is promising all those things, and he's not behind in the
polls. Why? Because the press has dealt with him as if he were in a beauty

Mr. Obama talks about getting past party, getting past red and blue, to
lead the United States of America. But let's look at the more defined
strokes of who he is underneath this superficial 'beauty.'

Start with national security, since the president's most important duties
are as commander-in-chief. Over the summer, Mr. Obama talked about
invading Pakistan, a nation armed with nuclear weapons; meeting without
preconditions with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who vows to destroy Israel and
create another Holocaust; and Kim Jong II, who is murdering and starving
his people, but emphasized that the nuclear option was off the table
against terrorists - something no president has ever taken off the table
since we created nuclear weapons in the 1940s. Even Democrats who have
worked in national security condemned all of those remarks. Mr. Obama is a
foreign-policy novice who would put our national security at risk.

Next, consider economic policy. For all its faults, our health care system
is the strongest in the world. And free trade agreements, created by Bill
Clinton as well as President Bush, have made more goods more affordable so
that even people of modest means can live a life that no one imagined a
generation ago. Yet Mr. Obama promises to raise taxes on 'the rich.' How
to fix Social Security? Raise taxes. How to fix Medicare? Raise taxes.
Prescription drugs? Raise taxes. Free college? Raise taxes. Socialize
medicine? Raise taxes. His solution to everything is to have government
take it over. Big Brother on steroids, funded by your paycheck.

Finally, look at the social issues. Mr. Obama had the audacity to open a
stadium rally by saying, 'All praise and glory to God!' but says that
Christian leaders speaking for life and marriage have 'hijacked' -
hijacked - Christianity. He is pro-partial birth abortion, and promises to
appoint Supreme Court justices who will rule any restriction on it
unconstitutional. He espouses the abortion views of Margaret Sanger, one
of the early advocates of racial cleansing. His spiritual leaders endorse
homosexual marriage, and he is moving in that direction. In Illinois , he
refused to vote against a statewide ban - ban - on all handguns in the
state. These are radical left, Hollywood , and San Francisco values, not
Middle America values.

The real Mr. Obama is an easy target for the general election. Mrs.
Clinton is a far tougher opponent. But Mr. Obama could win if people don't
start looking behind his veneer and flowery speeches. His vision of
'bringing America together' means saying that those who disagree with his
agenda for America are hijackers or warmongers. Uniting the country means
adopting his liberal agenda and abandoning any conflicting beliefs.

But right now everyone is talking about how eloquent of a speaker he is
and - yes - they're talking about his race. Those should never be the
factors on which we base our choice for president. Mr. Obama's radical
agenda sets him far outside the American mainstream, to the left of Mrs.

It's time to talk about the real Barack Obama. In an election of firsts,
let's first make sure we elect the person who is qualified to be our
president in a nuclear age during a global civilizational war.
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