Obama’s Patriotism

I guess the Republicans have decided there are a couple of silly litmus tests candidates must now pass in order to be qualified for political office.  Of course, these tests only apply to their opponents, not to their own candidates.  How convenient.

Religion was a big one for awhile and now we have the resurrection of patriotism.  With all the problems in the world, I find it amazing that so much attention gets paid to this baloney. 

On second thought, I’m not surprised by the diversion.  You see, it isn’t Obama or his surrogates who are trying to change the dialog, is it?  From what I can tell they are trying very hard to stay on message and to make this election about issues.  Not so much for the Republicans.

As an example, I give you the latest from James Inhofe of Oklahoma who claims he isn’t questioning Obama’s patriotism when he asks, “Do you really want to have a guy as commander in chief of this country when you can question whether or not he really loves his country?”

Now what do you think Inhofe’s patriotism test is?  The wearing of a flag lapel pin.  Are the people of Oklahoma impressed by their representation in congress? 

Oh, and I guess there is no such litmus test of McCain, his being a POW and all, since he wasn’t wearing a flag lapel pin on Thursday night.

What an insulting argument.

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7 Responses to “Obama’s Patriotism”

  1. It’s pretty simple – they are asses!

  2. willnevergiveup Says:

    Here’s a better argument:

    This fiscal year, although Barack Obama is a freshman senator, he’s inserted 53 special earmarks, totaling almost $97.4 million.

    Senator John McCain — a longtime staunch opponent of such earmarks – had no requests for pork barrel spending.

    Currently, Senator Obama has voted 94 times to raise taxes.

    Senator McCain has NEVER voted to raise taxes.

    http://willnevergiveup.wordpress.com

  3. I’m not sure I’m following your argument. Do you believe that it is unpatriotic to raise taxes? If so, please explain to me how you would fund necessary projects?

    Besides, it’s clear that the claim that Obama voted 94 times to raise taxes isn’t accurate. You can read the analysis at http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/tax_tally_trickery.html.

    As for earmarks, please explain to me your feelings on Sarah Palin’s request for millions of dollars in earmarks for a town with a population of about 6,000 people. Wasilla was one of the few towns in Alaska at the time that had hired lobbyists. I’m afraid that doesn’t sound like “reform” or “change” to me, but just more of the same. You can read more about Palin’s earmarks at http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2008/palin_earmarks.html

    Finally, are you willing to explain exactly why you believe earmarks, in and of themselves, are bad? If another Republican, other than John McCain, was running for President and that person had some number of earmark projects, would you be equally critical of that person?

    Just asking, is all.

  4. willnevergiveup Says:

    Factcheck.org is owned by the Annenberg Foundation.

    The Annenberg Foundation is the organization that funded the “Annenberg Challenge” that Obama was put in charge of. (It was a total failure)

    The Annenberg “Challenge” was spearheaded by Bill Ayres.

    Connect the dots.

  5. You are kidding, right? Rather than claim some nefarious connection between a non-partisan, non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania that just so happened to be funded by Walter Annenberg, with the Annenberg Challenge, why don’t you show us some actual facts.

    What are your sources for your belief that Obama voted to raise taxes 94 times? Fox News?

    I’d be willing to take a bet right now that factcheck.org’s data would hold up under scrunity better than whatever your source is.

  6. As an side, I went to willnevergiveup’s blog this morning to see what he/she had to say. I left a comment on the blog, very similar to the first one I left here.

    I bet you won’t be surprised to discover my comment was never posted. So much for that b.s. in the Republican Party Platform where they talk about “…the conviction that open and honest debate is essential to the freedom we enjoy as Americans.”

    Anyone else notice that willnevergiveup didn’t answer the questions I posed?

    They have simply become the party of lies and more lies and when someone questions those lies you’re told to shut up or they change the subject.

    You guys have some pretty icky family values.

  7. Civil Disobedience and Non-Violence – Leo Tolstoy

    Patriotism in its simplest, clearest, and most indubitable signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, and conscience, and a slavish enthrallment to those in power. And as such it is recommended where ever it is preached.

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