One bumper sticker almost put me in shock. It was a OBAMA 2008 sticker. Was this owner of this car serious? I went to pass the car and the driver appeared to be a normal middle-class white guy in his late thirties. Did someone put this sticker on the car without his knowledge? I doubt it as he also had a “Sorry World” sticker on it. I was in a slight state of shock for the rest of the trip, that people could actually be serious about putting Obama out there as a serious Presidential candidate.
Back at home I tried “Obama 2008” in Google and came up with a multitude of sites covering the idea and even more sites selling Obama 2008 gear. I must say that I am taken aback. I try to stay on top of things going on in both parties, but I would not dream that after the last loss, that people would suggest Obama as a Presidential candidate. After all, this is the Senator who recently commented that he believed that Lincoln would have thought of a black man being elected to the Senate as “ironic” while questioning Lincoln’s role as the “Great Emancipator.”
Well I have questions for Mr. Obama; If Lincoln was not the Great Emancipator, then who was? What do you think of the role of the Democratic Party during the Civil War which included the following:
“few Democrats believed the emancipation of the slaves was worth shedding Northern blood. Indeed, opposition to emancipation had long been party policy. In 1862, for example, virtually every Democrat in Congress voted against eliminating slavery in the District of Columbia and prohibiting it in the territories.”
A quick summary can be found at: u-s-history.com
Funny thing about the points above is that (with minimum editing) they perfectly describe the actions of the Democratic Party today.Peace Democrats.Many Democrats within this group hoped that the Union could be salvaged, but felt that military means were not justified. This faction asserted the following:- The North was responsible for pushing the South into secession
- The Republicans were committed to establishing racial equality, a prospect opposed by many working class immigrants who wanted to protect their low-paying jobs and by racists
- Lincoln had become a tyrant and was bent upon destroying civil liberties- The war was a national tragedy and must be ended, even if that meant granting independence to the Confederacy.
I think if Senator Obama is interested in commenting on our Country’s Great Leaders, perhaps he can start with criticizing those who were in his own party first. I don't know, perhaps this is a cruel joke. Perhaps the Democrats are being smart this time and are flushing out those who will poison their own wells well before the serious race starts. After all, just imagine the Monday morning quarterbacking after an Obama Presidential run. Not pretty.
Update: 22 October 2006
First-term Senator Barack Obama has the charisma and the ambition to run for President. But, as JOE KLEIN reports from the campaign trail, he's not quite ready to answer the tough questions. - Time