Monday, February 18, 2008

Krauthammer on Obama

Charles Krauthammer sums up the hollow but rhetorically appealing nature of Obama's campaign in an excellent and well-informed commentary, here. It is a read that is especially worth your time if you are ambivalent towards or even supportive of Obama.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad to see that you no longer speak in ridiculous terms (Hillary the socialist), but you might want to read more credible journalism. Take a look at the recent Economist article. If it is important to you, the Economist is a very conservative magazine. They hint at similiar ideas without sounding bitter.

I look forward to seeing you at Denver Seminary next year. I think that you'll find that people are quite a bit more appreciative of liberals and democrats than you may envision. Please don't demonize us.

Sarah Scott said...

Anonymous,

Just because I didn't call Hillary a socialist here doesn't mean that I've learned not to do such things. I have good (I find them good, anyway) reasons for believing that.

I never thought that Den. Sem. was politically conservative. Also, I don't demonize liberals, I demonize the ideology behind liberalism.

Might I ask who this is if I will be seeing you on campus in the fall?

Beitler said...

Thanks for linking that article, I think it is an apt description of a campaign that has spooked me for quite some time now. The whole movement reminds me of soap bubbles: there is "no there there".

At least it seems that way a couple blocks from denver seminary, and from castle rock, and from oregon. Independent of what class you may be taking (or, I suppose, teaching) at the time.

Daniel said...

I think Obama will win it all. I haven't decided if I'll give him my vote though yet.

But the journalist is definitely wrong about one thing--- Aquafina's water is MUCH higher quality than any city tap water. They have a zero TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) whereas the typical city tap water has upwards of 200. Sorry, I was involved in the water treatment industry for 4 years. :)

Sarah Scott said...

Thanks for the water info, Daniel-- its good to know that I haven't *completely* wasted my money on bottled water! That puts my mind at ease. ;)

Say, might I ask why you may be considering casting your vote for Obama?

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Doug Groothuis said...

Obama is the perfect postmodern, post-truth candidate: all style, little substance. He uses the sensibilies of a revival without the content, the meaning, the truth needed for real revival, for real reformation.

But for Christians, remember that he has a perfect pro-abortion voting record and brags about it. NARAL loves him and he loves them. President Obama would mean 2-3 supreme court judges who would never overturn Roe V. Wade, the law that led to about 45 million legal abortions since 1973.

How can you pray with a clear conscience and endorse more of this wanton carngage against "the least of these"? See Psalm 139 and Matthew 25:31-46.

Yes, there are other political issues, but this is paramount. Moreover, he is wrong on all or most all of the other issues as well.

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Sarah Scott said...

Anonymous,

Personal attacks will no longer be tolerated on this blog. Arguments and rebuttals are welcome.

Daniel said...

Excellent points by Dr. G and that will most definitely be taken into consideration come voter day. You asked me why I am even considering Obama.

Honestly, I don't know much about him. Or McCain! I've been so slammed that I haven't had time to catch up on politics. I've heard a lot of stuff from oposing sides (like this article) and other places. But I think it's only fair that in a free country I give each candidate a fair look. Now, I'm a registered Republican and stand firm to it. But I don't want to vote Republican just to vote Republican. I want to give each and every candidate a fair look (such as in debates, what they stand for and why! on their web-sites). America has afforded me that opportunity and I intend to take advantage of it. Thoughts?

Daniel said...

Excellent points by Dr. G and that will most definitely be taken into consideration come voter day. You asked me why I am even considering Obama.

Honestly, I don't know much about him. Or McCain! I've been so slammed that I haven't had time to catch up on politics. I've heard a lot of stuff from oposing sides (like this article) and other places. But I think it's only fair that in a free country I give each candidate a fair look. Now, I'm a registered Republican and stand firm to it. But I don't want to vote Republican just to vote Republican. I want to give each and every candidate a fair look (such as in debates, what they stand for and why! on their web-sites). America has afforded me that opportunity and I intend to take advantage of it. Thoughts?

Sarah Scott said...

Daniel,

Thanks for the response! Wanting to be well-informed about the candidates is a very wise thing, as most people are merely interested in charm and television appeal. You take a good approach.

The problem is when many people only consider whether they like the candidate as a person, without taking into consideration the ramifications of the issues that the candidate supports.

McCain may be a slippery politician with zero charm factor, but at least he is pro-life and pro-defense. Obama is an outspoken pro-choice, pro-UN (anti-defense) motivational speaker who could charm the socks off of most Americans even if simultaneously stabbing them in the back (not to imply that he would, but merely that he could quite smoothly and with greatly deceived support).

Daniel said...

Yeah, you're right there. McCain doesn't charm enough and Obama charm's too much. That's why it comes down to the issues. And that's why I think fairness to all candidates is pertinent to be a well-informed voter.