Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It's About Security, Stupid!

"The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved." ~ Confucius

The upcoming Presidential election on November fourth is not about whether one candidate is more experienced than the other. It isn’t about whether Obama is a Marxist, or Socialist, or whatever. It isn’t about whether McCain is too old, or whether Sarah Plain is unqualified.

It isn’t about their associations, friends, relatives, or past scandals.

This election is about security.

Not just the security needed to protect our physical selves against harm from outside terrorists and various domestic threats to our personal security, but about financial and economic security as well.

First, let’s discuss financial security.

People are worried about their financial security. My own personal business is suffering due to the impact of the collapse of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. People with 401k’s are losing money. Banks are closing. All kinds of businesses are going bankrupt all over the country.

Democratic and Republican candidates alike are appealing to their constituencies to use their votes to turn this crisis around.

Both candidates say they know how to “fix it.”

While I am not entirely convinced McCain knows how to fix this mess, I am positive Obama doesn't.

Obama’s plan to get us out of this mess in to increase taxes, spend trillions more on social programs, and distribute handouts to people who don’t pay taxes in the first place.

By the way, that’s called “Welfare”.

If one believes we are in a financial crisis, (and, for the record, I believe we are) Obama’s plan seems to defy logic. How do we relieve the burden on the taxpayers by taxing them more? How do we limit spending by spending more? How do we decrease Government spending by sending checks to over one third of the ninety-five per cent of the populace Obama has referenced?

Where does Mr. Obama intend to get all that extra money?

That leads me to my next point:

National security.

How does Mr. Obama intend to defend this country against threats to our security?

Obama is on record saying he will cut defense spending, and reduce our nuclear arms stockpile, and call on other world leaders to do the same.

Undoubtedly, this plan would work in Fantasy Land, but other world leaders are not necessarily as committed to world peace as the United States of America. In fact, some are committed to the destruction of the United States.

One would think a President would understand this concept.

Obama has said he will sit down with leaders of terrorist nations and other countries that don't like us without pre-conditions and talk to them. Maybe he will talk them out of attacking us anymore?

Maybe “That one” can do that, but “This one” can't.

Then, he has gone on record saying he will seek an end to the war in Iraq, and discussed a timeline in which we can “draw down” the number of troops currently fighting overseas.

I personally don't know that he has supported the repeal of the Patriot act, but, being the most liberal Senator in the Senate, I have no doubt that is his position.

How will withdrawing troops before the mission is completed and Iraq stabilized improve the security of the United States?

He also says he will cut defense spending. We are at war. How will cutting spending help us end the war without surrendering? How can we effectively fight and win that war, or any other, by limiting the amount of money spent on defense? How can we be expected to defend ourselves against enemies, both foreign and domestic, who are bent on our destruction?

If, as President, he works to successfully repeal the Patriot act, how are we to discover and prevent future terrorist’s attacks against our nation?

We know he has promised to finance myriad social programs to the tune of billions, even trillions of taxpayer funded dollars, and we know he has promised to cut spending on Defense. We know he is promising to cut taxes on 95% of all working class Americans, which would have to include a tax break for those who don't pay taxes, which is really a government hand-out program.

He wants to cut taxes and increase spending at the same time. One wonders what kind of magic wand he will need.

And we ask, "Where will he get the money to accomplish these tasks"?

Naturally, he will take the money away from our Defense department, and apply it to his tax breaks and social programs, and there would appear to be enough money to go around.

But that comes at the risk of compromising America’s security. Many of us can use a few extra dollars, but that is a temporary fix at best. What happens when that money runs out and America is left with less money with which to defend herself?

If Obama as President manages to do what he says he will do, America will be more insecure than at any time in our history.


Father Gregori said...

And along with everything you mentioned, how about that scary and moronic statement made by Biden yesterday, when he said; "Mark my words, within six months of Obama taking office, there will be a staged international crisis to test the metal of Obama. It may appear, at first that Obama will not handle it well, but we all must stand behind him and support him."

Am I paranoid or what? Because the first thought that popped into my mind was that the Obama administration will plan the crisis and then carry it out and in the end, Obama will appear to be some kind of wonderworker. Then the second thought was that his solution to the "crisis" would be to declare an end to American sovereignty and then shove us right into a One World Government.

Both of the above scenarios disgust and scare me.

Trader Rick said...

I think that at the point where the British burned Washington, or the Confederates threatened the Capital City, or when Kennedy backed down to Khruschev during the Cuban Missile crisis we were more insecure... but this may come close...God Save us all from an Osama Presidency.

Joe said...

Well said.

The premature withdrawal of our troops from Iraq is exactly what will turn it into another Viet Nam.

Don't know why the left can't understand that.

I, for one, will not follow him on a path to mutual self-destruction.

ELAshley said...

It's time to stock up on guns, rice, and ammo.

Anonymous said...

Since you are so fond of quotes, try this one from John McCain's hero, Theodore Roosevelt:

"We grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it is honorably obtained and well used. It is not even enough that it should have been gained without doing damage to the community. We should permit it to be gained only so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community. … The really big fortune, the swollen fortune, by the mere fact of its size, acquires qualities which differentiate it in kind as well as in degree from what is possessed by men of relatively small means. Therefore, I believe in a graduated income tax on big fortunes, and … a graduated inheritance tax on big fortunes, properly safeguarded against evasion, and increasing rapidly in amount with the size of the estate."

John McCain's Theodore Roosevelt is a Socialist!

Anonymous said...

"Kennedy backed down to Khruschev during the Cuban Missile crisis"

WTF? What history books do you read?

Marie's Two Cents said...

I just cant believe that ANYONE would vote for someone who tells you to your face that he is going to take things away from you, and YOU WILL LIKE IT!

We are going to put you all under Government control, AND YOU WILL LIKE IT!

We are going to redistribute your wealth AND YOU WILL LIKE IT!

We are going to cut off funding for the Troops in the middle of 2 wars AND YOU WILL LIKE IT!


We cant afford to be run into the ground by Barack Hussein Obama, Nutty Nancy Pelosi, and Dingey Harry Reid!

VOTE: McCain/Palin

Marshall Art said...


Perhaps it's not Teddy's economic philosophies that makes him a hero in Johnny Mac's mind. As it seems you support Obama over McCain, you should be cool with someone who can overlook a shortcoming or two. You've gotta overlook a ton of 'em to support Obama.

Feodor said...

Let the bridges fall, the streets crater, the schools crumble, the gas leak, the water putrefy, the national defense weaken, the homeless occupy the sidewalks of our cities and towns.

They can eat cake.

What a wonderful world it will be; God's peaceable kingdom.

TR is McCain's hero because he reformed the industry of the ridiculously wealthy like Rockefeller who was wealthier in his time than Gates is now. He was a maverick Republican who had the small business guy in his heart and the whole society in his politics.

Feodor said...

Crap, Mark, I meant to send that last comment as anonymous, when I've better success being posted.

Mark said...

Finally Feodor admits to what an Obama administration will create:

"Let the bridges fall, the streets crater, the schools crumble, the gas leak, the water putrefy, the national defense weaken, the homeless occupy the sidewalks of our cities and towns.

They can eat cake.

What a wonderful world it will be; God's peaceable kingdom."

My questiuon is:

Why doesn't this frighten you and your legions of mindless lemming mentality Obama supporters?

Feodor said...

Your tax arguments have, as their logical end, the failure of all our infrastructure and national security. The vision painted is yours not mine and not Mr. Obama's.

I agree that what Mr. Obama said was a bad choice of words when talking about taxes. But then I don't compare him to a supernatural being like you do.

Progressive taxes are what make bridges, streets, military, etc possible. The progressive part recognizes that the more wealthy, especially businesses, benefit proportionately more from a good infrastructure like free roads for shipping and a free internet for marketing and sales (very small examples).

This is what I think Mr. Obama meant to say on that day and it is certainly clear in his policies for those of us who read them.

Maybe it was a bad day like the day Mr. McCain had when he sang "bomb Iran."