Like most Americans, I tried to spend the last weekend focused on barbecue, beach and beer. Nonetheless, I was taken aback by comments by Barack Obama.
Senator Obama has long espoused the belief that government held more wisdom than the people when it comes to the redistribution of wealth in our country. Far be it for me, a tax-payer in Hillsborough County, Florida, to criticize the wisdom of someone from Chicago’s Hyde Park when it comes to wellfare.
Nonethess, I almost dropped the religion and guns that I cling to when I heard the Senator announce that more social benefits should be piped through religious groups versus large government entities to help the poor and down-trodden.
Doesn’t Obama realize that these are the very groups that his party has fought so vociferously against?
Where is the hue and cry that got mainstream liberals so upset with George W. Bush only a few years ago when he suggested the same thing?
Rather than trying to understand peoples’ motives, I instead choose that they have the most noble intentions at heart. I shall therefore assume that Sen. Obama is simply trying to be inclusive. Nonetheless, how can someone state intentions such as those above and contradict their earlier positions? Either they are becoming more aware of the reality of the world at large or are simply courting voters of other ilk. I certainly hope it’s the former.
Here’s an interesting story: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/09/us/politics/09campaign.html