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May 1, 2008 - Lee Smith
The real shame about the sudden disenchantment with Barack Obama as a presidential candidate is that it took ongoing and really wacky statements by his long-time pastor to put the harsh spotlight on Obama's beliefs. The media love affair with Obama has harmed citizens' ability to know exactly who it is they are voting for. As for the Rev. Wright, Obama does have to be held to some account for Wright's beliefs. After all, Obama must have known something of his preacher's views if he attended the man's church for 20 years. In any case, if you want to worry about Obama, worry about his liberalism. The way he discusses nearly every issue smells of collectivism, and it is this collectivism that we are supposed to accept as "getting beyond politics." It only achieves this if we forget about words such as freedom, liberty, individual responsibility and economic growth. Obama's approaches to issues differ little from Ted Kennedy's, except Obama has prettier rhetoric delivered in a nice tenor voice. It doesn't change his standing as the Senate's most liberal member. Throw in his anti-war stance and he's George McGovern redux. Many citizens fail to appreciate this, at least for now, because Obama is seldom, if ever, tested on his views. Perhaps, if nothing else, the Rev. Wright controversy will awaken some of the major media to their duties in examining presidential candidates. But only if they can fall out of love.
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