Engram Backtalk Says... "Take Your Pick America"
For a while, McCain's slogan was "America First," which seemed to imply that Obama had a different philosophy.
Perhaps in response, Obama said this in his speech last night:
The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan playbook. So let us agree that patriotism has no party. I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain. The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America - they have served the United States of America.So I've got news for you, John McCain. We all put our country first.
Well, we don't all put our country first, do we?
I mean, isn't fair to say that Obama's pastor of 20 years may not do that?
And isn't it fair to suggest that Obama's associate, William Ayers, doesn't always do that?
Let's be clear about this.
Obama is certainly not guilty by association.
That is, he does not damn America, he is not an anti-American American terrorist, and he does put America first (except, perhaps, that he plans to always seek the European seal of approval before taking any action).
The fact that he comfortably associates with people who don't put America first means nothing more than this: In 2007, these National Journal rankings show that Obama had the most liberal voting record in the Senate. That is, Barack Obama is on the far left end of the normal range of the political spectrum in America. But he is not a fringe leftist, like Ayers and Wright are. He is just closer to them, politically speaking, than a centrist or a conservative is. And the more to the left you lean, the less you are bothered by anti-Americanism (because you partially resonate to certain aspects of the anti-American message).
Similarly, anti-American Europeans are more like Obama than Ayers and Wright. They lean far to the left, and they, too, would probably be less bothered by (and more willing to associate with) the likes of Bill Ayers and Reverend Wright than your Average American. Becasue they lean so far to the left, Europeans adore Barack Obama.
Why wouldn't they?
If you are on the left, you probably think that it is exceedingly unfair of me to discuss the anti-American views of Obama's associates.
But I don't know why.
I feel sure that you'd hold it against John McCain if he had worked closely with (or had long sought spiritual guidance from) an unrepentant abortion clinic bomber.
I'd hold it against him, too.
I'd take it as a sign that McCain, while not an anti-abortion terrorist himself, is nevertheless so extreme in his views that he is comfortable aligning himself with right-wing wackos.
That is, it would be an indication that McCain leans very, very far to the right.
In the same way, Obama's past associations, like the National Journal rankings, suggest that Obama leans very, very far to the left.
Related to this, Obama also had this to say in his speech:
But the record's clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety percent of the time. Senator 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 ninety percent of the time? I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a ten percent chance on change.
Well, a McCain victory would be a 10% move in the liberal direction (not in the conservative direction). According to the National Journal, Obama voted the liberal way 65 out of 66 times in 2007, which is why he earned the title of being the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate (with Biden coming in 3rd). Thus, our choice for president is between John McCain, who will move away from Bush by about 10% in the liberal direction, or Barack Obama, who will move us 98% in the liberal direction.
That's your choice America;
take your pick.