Obama, Pandering To The Electoral Masses
by James Glaser
August 4, 2008

To tell you the truth, I can't believe what a poor candidate Barack Obama has turned out to be. Let's face it, John McCain is really horrible as a candidate too. He's old; he has bad ideas; and he is ready to shed the blood of American troops for the next century if he wants to. On top of that, McCain talks about cutting taxes, fighting wars, and balancing the budget at the same time. All in all, John McCain is living in a fairy land of his own making.

Therefore one would think that Barack Obama would be a shoe-in. All he would have to do is stick to his words during the primary, and let the American people choose between him and a "Third Bush Term." That "Third Bush Term" slogan had branded McCain, and there is nothing John McCain can do to get away from it.

The election was Obama's to lose, and that is exactly what Senator Obama is trying to do. This spring Obama was the anti-war candidate. He talked about how wrong the war in Iraq was, and how he would talk to our enemies before he would ever attack them. More than two thirds of the American people wanted our troops to come home.

Well, now Obama wants to bring some of the troops home, but he also talks about leaving some in Iraq. Also, Obama now wants to escalate our seven plus year war in Afghanistan, and he has told the world he will do whatever it takes to protect Israel. Just to light the fuse, Barack Obama also had to go and say:

Jerusalem: "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided," Obama declared Wednesday, to rousing applause from the 7,000-plus attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference.

The fate of Jerusalem has always been a powder-keg issue in the Middle East and something American Presidents and American Presidential Candidates would do well to stay away from. That city was captured by Israel in the 1967 war, and most of the world believes it belongs to the people of Palestine.

I found that quote when I Googled "Obama flip flopping" and came across thousands of pages on the subject. That's the whole problem. After Senator Obama had the Democrat Primary sewed up, the majority of voters were starting to think he was the man for the job. But since that time Barack Obama has become a politician, and as we all know, politicians are a dime a dozen. Heck, even John McCain is a politician.

So, instead of being out in front in the polls by twenty or even thirty points, Senator Obama is in a close race, and some polls have John McCain leading. Just yesterday Obama changed his mind on another point, and now off-shore oil drilling, a McCain position, might not be so bad in Obama's new way of thinking.

I believe the American people want a leader in office who can stick to his or her guns and not waffle on every issue. They thought they had that in Barack Obama, but he has proven them wrong. In fact, if you look at just that issue, John McCain has been stronger in defending his positions and sticking to them. The shame is that McCain's positions are such bad ones.

So, here's the deal. John McCain and Barack Obama have now proven to the American people that they are both nothing more than a couple of politicians, and like other politicians, they are willing to give up on any position they have held to pander to the masses for a vote.

Much to my disappointment, and at the expense of our future, this current election will have us voting for the lesser of two evils. Meanwhile, the American people will have to go on with their search for a leader who has both backbone and character.

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