Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Obama Balloon Has Lost its Air

Just when you started believing that things really could change, and that we have started the new millennium 9 years late, Sen. Barack Obama revealed that he’s not so liberal after all. In fact, Obama is just another “compromising” Democrat.

I was heartened when I read in the NY Times, The death penalty is unconstitutional as a punishment for the rape of a child, a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled, leaving the states the option of life without parole.

It was a sign that we have entered a new age. That was until I saw Senator Obama say, “I think that the rape of a small child, 6 or 8 years old, is a heinous crime, and if a state makes a decision under narrow, limited, well-defined circumstances, that the death penalty is at least potentially applicable, that does not violate our Constitution…but it basically had a blanket prohibition, and I disagree with the decision.

It was like a punch in the gut. A betrayal of “change.” All the other civilized industrial countries have done away with the death penalty, calling it barbaric. The great hope other countries might have felt about a black presidential candidate in the U.S. faded a little, with the message, “more of the same.”

Obama made about as much sense as Justice Alito. “The fact that six states in modern times have nonetheless enacted such laws, Justice Alito said, “might represent the beginning of a new evolutionary line” that “would not be out of step with changes in our society’s thinking."

An amazing comment from a Justice that believes the Constitutions meaning hasn't changed since it was first written, and that it is not a living document to reflect "changes in society's thinking." This twisted conservative logic mixed “new” with “evolutionary” to describe a giant leap back to a more primitive time.

At a time when the country needs a dramatic change of policy, we're promised baby steps. I will vote for Obama, but the energy has been drained from this shattered Democrat. But he wasn't finished yet.

Obama then backed over my limp body with his nonchalant decision to sign onto the FISA bill giving the telecoms a pass for possible illegal spying on Americans.

What the in horror.

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