July 14, 2008
Yet Another ObamaBy Michael J. O'Shea
Behold Barack doing yet another Obama, this one vintage 2006:
Or in the words of The Washington Post - a scant six months later:
Not that that would have surprised William F. Buckley who, just prior to the Obama swithceroo, noted that "in politics, vows of fidelity are renewable every 24 hours."
The Buckley-Lieberman bond is as uplifting as the Obama-Lieberman link is a downer.
Buckley on Lieberman:
Lieberman on Buckley:
Contrast that with the crassness of Barack Obama:
Barack Obama speaks frequently of the Golden Rule, but lives one of his own: If he helps my career, flaunt him; if he doesn't, dump him. That rule is universal, applying to principle as well as people, the sacred as well as the profane - anything, and anyone, that gets in the way, anything, and anyone, to get ahead.
Barack Obama boasts that world leaders would look to him. But what would they see if they did? Would they glimpse in him what Margaret Thatcher saw in Mikhail Gorbachev?
What leader would know what Barack Obama "firmly believes" -- or that he firmly believes anything at all?
It's not just hard to have faith in Barack Obama, it's hard to have faith in his faith itself. Just last week he said,
But just last year his spiritual saga had a different paternity:
But then Jeremiah got in the way, as had Joe, so Jeremiah and Joe both had to go. Both learned what America and the world may learn too late - that the one thing you can count on about Barack Obama is that you can't count on Barack Obama.
No matter how scholarly about Scripture this "devout Christian" purports to be, he can't fathom Christ's simple command: "Simply let your ‘Yes' be ‘Yes' and your ‘No' be ‘No.'" Be a man of your word.
No matter how often he cites Old Testament and New, he misses the Bible's single, simple message: keep your word. God keeps His to you, keep yours to Him and to your fellow man.
No matter how often he cites his Hawaiian or Kansas or Selma or other American roots, he still doesn't grasp, much less live, what the Founders declared:
That pledge had weight because all 56 signers were men of their word.
So, too, Bill Buckley, so, too, Joe Lieberman -- Christian and Jew, conservative and liberal -- yet steadfast: men of honor, men of their word.
And then there's Barack Obama: a man of words whose word is worthless.