Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Great Seal of Obama

Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign recently revealed an Obama seal that bore a striking resemblance to the Great Seal of the United States, one of the revered symbols of our country. A substantial negative reaction ensued.

Two possibilities come to mind to explain how this occurred: First, campaign staff, perhaps including Obama, thought it would be creative to use this graphic symbol to suggest Obama’s eventual election to the highest office in the land. Perhaps they thought it might function as a subliminal message to voters. Second, Obama and/or his campaign had no clue that many Americans would be offended at this misuse of a cherished national symbol, and boldly displayed it.

My guess: This is yet another sign that Obama is out in left field when it comes to understanding the majority of the American people. It reflects his attitude, much like the comment that people in Pennsylvania and the Midwest retreat to their guns and religion when they are unhappy: "And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Barack Obama seems to be caught off guard and surprised fairly often when things that obviously must seem right and normal to him are so strongly rejected by so many. The first of these was the angry reaction to the idiotic ranting of Jeremiah Wright, his pastor of more than 20 years, whose anti-America and racist remarks that have no place coming from a church pulpit became public. Perhaps Rev. Wright forgot that churches enjoy tax-exempt status, and are thus supposed to be non-political.

Some term Obama “elitist” or “arrogant.” Perhaps he is one or both of those. Clearly, the man is grossly out of touch with the people of the nation he hopes to lead. The problem with Barack Obama is that he doesn’t think like “one of us.”

The United States cannot afford to elect Barack Obama, and then wait while he learns all of the things through on-the-job-training that he ought to already know. That includes not only how the majority of Americans think about things and their cultural preferences, but also basic economic theory, some common sense on our military presence in Iraq, healthcare, and a long list of other critical issues.

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