Barack Hussein Obama acclaimed at the Democratic convention in Denver as the party’s nominee for the presidency of the United States is a historic milestone for the great republic.
There is little doubt that the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. for the day when Americans “will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character” arrived a while ago. A non-white American likely would have been elected president in 1996 if Colin Powell had not declined to seek the Republican nomination.
Yet the question hanging over the Democrats leaving Denver is this: Did the party wisely choose its nominee for the November election?
The spectacle in Denver has not altered the fact that Obama is an empty suit. He barely managed to come ahead of Hillary Clinton in the delegate count while losing primaries in key big states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Obama, running on the message of “hope” and “change” is the most liberal left wing politician that Democrats have nominated as their candidate. The hollowness of the message was illustrated by Obama choosing as his running mate Joe Biden – the third most liberal senator from Delaware – first elected in 1972 when Richard Nixon was in the White House.
It is the lightness of Obama’s resume that the mainstream media cannot give weight to despite its hype. Nor can Bill Clinton’s deft praise override how Hillary’s words – “I know Sen. McCain has a lifetime of experience he will bring to the White House. And Sen. Obama has a speech he gave in 2002” – succinctly gave measure of her opponent in the primary season.
Platitudes can bring Middle America to pay attention to a seeker of the highest elected office, but once that attention is gained there is then earnest desire to learn more. The facts Middle America must consider about the two men vying for its votes is Obama’s record of barely 143 days in Congress with no military service, and McCain’s record of 26 years in Congress with 22 years of military service.
Though Obama has in his corner the formidable phalanx of the mainstream media, the institutional forces of political correctness and liberal intellectuals, Middle America has not been sold on hype and liberal left wing ideology. It has barely begun paying attention to stories about Obama that his mainstream media friends have been working overtime to bury.
The growth in alternative media certainly will make Middle America learn more before November’s vote about Obama’s friends and long time associates.
Here is a collection of unsavoury characters such as America-hating Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the bigoted priest Father Michael Pfleger, the convicted felon Tony Rezko, and the unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist-turned-university-professor Bill Ayers.
Middle America, patriotic and religious, will want to know how Obama reconciles words he cites from Matthew (25:40) – “the least of these my brethren” – with his vote as state senator opposing the Illinois version of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act that the U.S. Senate passed with support of ardent pro-choice senators.
Middle America remains skeptical and this shows in the latest polls with Obama and McCain statistically tied, or Obama slipping behind in a year when any Democratic candidate should be a prohibitive favourite to win in November.