Barack Obama Makes His Big Speech

First let me start by saying that this was an historic evening and one that makes me proud to be an American.  We have a black man nominated by the Democrats to be president.  I just wish it was someone other than a Marxist.  So here is what Obama had to say, in part, with my comments in blue:

That’s why I stand here tonight. Because for 232 years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women — students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors — found the courage to keep it alive.  We meet at one of those defining moments — a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more.  Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can’t afford to drive, credit card bills you can’t afford to pay, and tuition that’s beyond your reach.  Here we go with the typical Democrat platform of sob stories telling us how horrible America is.  Government is not the answer to solve these problem – it helped create most of them.  Our Nation is a debtor nation, so why wouldn’t the people get in over their heads as well?  If people can’t afford their bills, they are living above their means.  Sure some have lost jobs, but then you do whatever it takes to pay the bills.  When I decided to get out of debt, I didn’t turn to the government.  I worked multiple jobs, I had garage sales every weekend and I even hunted down aluminum cans.  In two years I paid off $ 30,000 in debt.  Tell your sob story somewhere else.

These challenges are not all of government’s making. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush.   Sure blame it all on Bush because that is easy.  Who’s been running the Congress for two years?

This area contained more sob stories which I deleted to save space.  Let me just remind Obama that Democrats ran the city and state that was drowning during Katrina.  Everyone failed. 

But the record’s clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush 90 percent of the time. Sen. McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than 90 percent of the time? I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to take a 10 percent chance on change.  As a true conservative, I believe that Bush has been with the Democrats on alot of things as well so this is pure hyperbole.  Does he want to be thought of as always wrong because that is what this insinuates? 

Now, I don’t believe that Sen. McCain doesn’t care what’s going on in the lives of Americans. I just think he doesn’t know. Why else would he define middle class as someone making under 5 million dollars a year? How else could he propose hundreds of billions in tax breaks for big corporations and oil companies but not one penny of tax relief to more than 100 million Americans? How else could he offer a health care plan that would actually tax people’s benefits, or an education plan that would do nothing to help families pay for college, or a plan that would privatize Social Security and gamble your retirement?  Priviatizing our retirement is bad?!  Yeah, let’s give it to the government which has already bankrupted Medicare and will have dissolved Social Security in twelve more years.  Great idea.  McCain proposes keeping the tax cuts which helps the middle class.  And how exactly is the government going to make college more affordable.  The universities are run by you liberals, so your the ones giving yourselves the big paydays. 

For over two decades, he’s subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy — give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. There’s no hoping about it, it does trickle down.  Who starts the businesses and gives us new jobs?  Certainly not the poor.In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is — you’re on your own. Out of work? Tough luck. No health care? The market will fix it. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps — even if you don’t have boots. You’re on your own. I could have sworn the American dream was making it on your own.  And what in the hell are charities and churches for?  Those are the ones that are responsible for taking care of the needy and downtrodden – not government.

And when I hear a woman talk about the difficulties of starting her own business, I think about my grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management, despite years of being passed over for promotions because she was a woman. She’s the one who taught me about hard work. She’s the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life. She poured everything she had into me. And although she can no longer travel, I know that she’s watching tonight, and that tonight is her night as well.  He finally pulls grandma out from under the bus.

What is that promise?  It’s a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have the obligation to treat each other with dignity and respect.  Yes, without all your government interference.

Ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves — protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and new science and technology.  Did he actually say government can’t solve everything?  Actually, let’s get the government out of education period.

That’s the promise of America — the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper.  Here he goes playing both sides again.  Which is it?  Pull ourselves up and be on our own like you say here or do you stick with the ridicule you gave the Republicans by saying people are on their own.  (Which they have never done, btw.)

So let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am president.  Finally!

Change means a tax code that doesn’t reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it.  Umm, the tax code doesn’t reward anybody.  How about a fair tax or get rid of it all together?

I will eliminate capital-gains taxes for the small businesses and the startups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.  Here come the flip flops:  I believe he said he was raising the capital gains tax to Clinton’s levels.  I will cut taxes — cut taxes — for 95 percent of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.  Who do you think ends up paying more anyway when you raise taxes on businesses?  And with all your programs and a lack of money in the government, I find this laughable. 

And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as president: In 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.  The first ten year claim.  That leaves him safe if he serves eight years. 

As president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I’ll help our auto companies retool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. I’ll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I’ll invest 150 billion dollars over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy — wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels; an investment that will lead to new industries and 5 million new jobs that pay well and can’t ever be outsourced.  Multiple flip flops here.  Guess he really has been listening to the American people who have been calling for all of this while all he promised was a windfall tax on oil companies to give us stimulus checks. 

America, now is not the time for small plans. It’s ripe for moving Marxism in isn’t it while all the sheep are just waiting for a messiah to lead them.

Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every child a world-class education, because it will take nothing less to compete in the global economy. Michelle and I are only here tonight because we were given a chance at an education. And I will not settle for an America where some kids don’t have that chance. I’ll invest in early-childhood education. I’ll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries and give them more support. And in exchange, I’ll ask for higher standards and more accountability. And we will keep our promise to every young American — if you commit to serving your community or your country, we will make sure you can afford a college education.  Translation:  I’m going to fight the teacher’s unions which the Democrats just love.  And world-class education – with tenured teachers that suck?  Oh yeah, you’ll fire them.  Did I mention the teacher’s unions?

Now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American. If you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums. If you don’t, you’ll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves. And as someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.  And he’s going to take on the insurance companies?  Good luck with that one.  Just make sure none of their lobbyists have financed you.

Now, many of these plans will cost money, which is why I’ve laid out how I’ll pay for every dime — by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens that don’t help America grow. But I will also go through the federal budget, line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less — because we cannot meet 21st century challenges with a 20th century bureaucracy.  And now he’s going to take on Pelosi and the other Democrats – good luck with that too.   

But we must also admit that programs alone can’t replace parents; that government can’t turn off the television and make a child do her homework; that fathers must take more responsibility for providing the love and guidance their children need.  He’s right on here – good for him! 

And just as we keep our keep our promise to the next generation here at home, so must we keep America’s promise abroad. If John McCain wants to have a debate about who has the temperament, and judgment, to serve as the next commander in chief, that’s a debate I’m ready to have.  Why are you ready now, but not all the other times McCain asked?  No townhalls, remember? 

You don’t defeat a terrorist network that operates in 80 countries by occupying Iraq. You don’t protect Israel and deter Iran just by talking tough in Washington. You can’t truly stand up for Georgia when you’ve strained our oldest alliances. If John McCain wants to follow George Bush with more tough talk and bad strategy, that is his choice — but it is not the change we need.  I guess we can expect nice talk from Obama.  Pass the tea please. 

We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don’t tell me that Democrats won’t defend this country.  The Democrats are not that party anymore – that’s why I left you.

I will end this war in Iraq responsibly, and finish the fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan. I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts. But I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression. I will build new partnerships to defeat the threats of the 21st century: terrorism and nuclear proliferation; poverty and genocide; climate change and disease. And I will restore our moral standing, so that America is once again that last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace, and who yearn for a better future.  Ah, finally “the One” makes his appearance.  Miracles soon to follow.  Talk tough to Russia?  Bwahh haha! 

These are the policies I will pursue. And in the weeks ahead, I look forward to debating them with John McCain.  Only if you can have your teleprompter right?

We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country. The reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than for those plagued by gang violence in Cleveland, but don’t tell me we can’t uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. Umm, how are you going to keep weapons out of criminals’ hands?  I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination. Good for you! This too is part of America’s promise — the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort.

If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.  You’re a Marxist, that is reason enough to run from you.  Are you suggesting McCain doesn’t have a record? 

You make a big election about small things.  Like say, someone doesn’t know how many homes they own?

I get it. I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office. I don’t fit the typical pedigree, and I haven’t spent my career in the halls of Washington.   But I stand before you tonight because all across America something is stirring. What the naysayers don’t understand is that this election has never been about me. It’s been about you.   Does everyone there have gas?  And let’s remind us that you don’t look like the previous presidents.

America, this is one of those moments.

I believe that as hard as it will be, the change we need is coming. Because I’ve seen it. See, he IS omniscient.  

And I’ve seen it in this campaign. In the young people who voted for the first time, and in those who got involved again after a very long time. In the Republicans who never thought they’d pick up a Democratic ballot, but did.  Hey Barack, that was Limbaugh’s army.

This country of ours has more wealth than any nation, but that’s not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military on Earth, but that’s not what makes us strong. Our universities and our culture are the envy of the world, but that’s not what keeps the world coming to our shores.  Instead, it is that American spirit — that American promise — that pushes us forward even when the path is uncertain; that binds us together in spite of our differences; that makes us fix our eye not on what is seen, but what is unseen, that better place around the bend.  Too bad you’ll destroy that.  Quit with the platitudes already.

And it is that promise that 45 years ago today brought Americans from every corner of this land to stand together on a mall in Washington, before Lincoln’s Memorial, and hear a young preacher from Georgia speak of his dream.   The men and women who gathered there could’ve heard many things. They could’ve heard words of anger and discord. They could’ve been told to succumb to the fear and frustration of so many dreams deferred.  But what the people heard instead — people of every creed and color, from every walk of life — is that in America, our destiny is inextricably linked. That together, our dreams can be one.  I hope people remember to judge character and not color when voting.

America, we cannot turn back. Not with so much work to be done. Not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for. Not with an economy to fix and cities to rebuild and farms to save. Not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend. America, we cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone. At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise — that American promise — and in the words of Scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.  And the crescendo rises.  Give them something good to end with.  Just more blah, blah, blah when a Marxist says it.  Is that what you and Ayers discussed?  Is that what you and Wright discussed?

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.  Good for you!  Hopefully He has mercy on us.

So I suppose Obama will get a bump with this speech.  Mind numbs will flock to him and forget about all his empty promises, lack of experience and Marxist ideas.  He better hope they don’t wake up.

2 responses to “Barack Obama Makes His Big Speech

  1. You did an excellent job with commentary on our teleprompted Marxist- I had to turn it off because I couldn’t take anymore. I think now that McCain has chosen a woman for his running mate, Obama rama lama ding dong’s days are numbered — those who supported Hillary but don’t support Obama now have a woman they can support – and who knows how long McCain’s health will last – the VP could very easily have to step in. It’s going to be an interesting election night that’s for sure. I want Obama soundly defeated but I’ll take McCain by even one vote. Hugs, Linda

  2. Thanks Linda! And you are right – Obama is finished! Did you see my little blog about the fact he should pick Sarah Palin. I was one of the few who was surprised, but not shocked…and extremely happy.

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