In his speech, wherein he accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for Vice President, he sure sounded like an everyday American - -a “regular Joe,” if you will.
But is Barack Obama an “everyday American?” And where does he stand, on the principles and ideals that make America unique? Is Barack okay with those things, or is all about “change” - - even when it comes to things that Americans consider sacred?
Biden, along with nearly every other speaker of note at the Democratic National Convention, repeatedly tied the words “American values” to Barack Obama’s name. Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine went the extra distance to bundle up the words “Obama” and “American values” with the story of his (Kaine’s) Catholic missionary work, and the “Parable of the Mustard Seed” from the teachings of Jesus Christ (when he got to the part about the “faith that can move mountains,” he even attempted to get the crowd chanting “Move, Mountain!”).But what does it mean when an entire political convention has to repeatedly remind the audience that, “we’re okay with Jesus,” and, more importantly, “our nominee really does embrace American values?”
In comparing himself to his running mate, Biden stated “Barack Obama and I took very different journeys to this destination, but we share a common story. Mine began in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and then Wilmington, Delaware. With a dad who fell on hard economic times, but who always told me: ‘Champ, when you get knocked down, get up. Get up.’”
That’s a great story from Biden about his Dad, and in many ways it is a uniquely American story. It is part of the American Spirit for one to overcome obstacles, to achieve, and to choose to be self-reliant.
But what little we know about Obama’s Dad would seem to have nothing in common with Biden‘s “journey.” Barack Hussein Obama Sr., a Communist bureaucrat in the government of Kenya, did not share in this uniquely American “value” of achievement and self-reliance. Indeed, as most Communists do, Mr. Obama seemed to assume that when one individual achieves, another necessarily suffers. He embodied the Communist view of economics being a “zero-sum game,” and, thus, sought to limit the level of achievement for any one individual, by advocating higher taxes and income redistribution.
And isn’t this just like the Democratic presidential nominee? Throughout his campaign, Senator Obama has made a cottage industry of trashing the successes of American businesses, lamenting companies that are "too profitable," and pledging that when he becomes President, he will levy higher taxes on corporations and will lower the salaries of corporate executives.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.