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Why I'm Afraid of a President Barack Obama

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“What are you so afraid of?” a caller to my Chicago radio show asked. “Green” is a veteran with two sons serving in Iraq. He is adamantly against the war and adamantly for Barack Obama. Though we don’t agree on much, Green is the consummate gentlemen and his question is a good one. So I must respond.


If Barack Obama is elected President of the United States, I fear our enemies will smell the blood of weakness and rise in retaliation here and abroad. While Obama makes sweeping promises to end the war in Iraq, he never projects the consequences. Radical Islam is waging a holy war against us—and they have no intent on ending their war against the West. Withdrawal will be perceived as surrender and the election of a president sympathetic to their cause will embolden them like nothing else. Iraq will recede into bloody, sectarian retaliatory violence. Iran will take advantage and wield new power in the region. Our military families will have the sacrifice of their loved ones rendered meaningless. And our enemies will come here.

Israel will find itself alone. Europe and the British Isles, already too overrun with Islamists, will provide little defense. A future President Obama, who is a dear friend to PLO sympathizer andYasser-Arafat-apologist Rashid Kalidi, who is championed by members of Hamas in Gaza and endorsed by one of their leaders, will, I fear, not lift a finger to defend them. It is, after all, this same future president who has sat for 20 years (until recently without objection), listening to Dr. Jeremiah Wright praise Hamas and the famous Israel despiser, Louis Farrakhan.


I fear Iran will continue to develop nuclear weapons and breathlessly rush to the annihilation of Israel which will bring war to the Middle East. Iran will gladly make these weapons available to terrorist groups who will use them in the same way they currently show their contempt for life in smaller ways with suicide bombs. President Barack Obama will be powerless to stop this. He is a man full of words, but lacking in resolve … except on the following:

• He boasts a 100 percent voting record in opposing pre-born human life. The enthusiastic endorsement of NARAL’s Pro-Choice America gives a glimpse at his certainty. Barack Obama has given us little reason to believe that he has opposed abortion, at any time, for any reason.

• He was appalled that the Supreme Court in Carhart vs. Gonzales upheld a ban on partial birth abortion (that last trimester method that pulls a baby from the womb, feet first, inserts scissors in the head, sucks out the brains and crushes the skull before removing its murdered body). He was outraged that a woman’s “right to choose” had been impeded.

• He is against parental consent and notification laws and favors what can only be called infanticide—continually opposing legislation that would require medical treatment and food for children born alive with disabilities after a failed abortion. I fear more brutality on the unborn and more erosion of the value of human life.


I fear universal healthcare, a system that will run like Cook County Hospital in Chicago where patients wait for hours, get lousy care and—if and when they are seen—have little recourse for the way they are treated. Government healthcare puts you at the mercy of government: no alternative if medicines or procedures are denied and no recourse if doctors botch a surgery or when patients are neglected by incompetent nurses. I fear “equality” in a system like that—we will all get equally marginal care. Managed care and HMOs will look like heaven compared to this.

I fear the loss of free speech. I am concerned talk radio and independent news sources will be regulated to the point that they are effectively silenced. I fear more cases like that of Crystal Dixon, Associate Vice President for Human Resources at Toledo University, who was recently fired for writing a column as a private citizen, making the case as an African American that homosexuality cannot be equated to race in a civil rights debate. Barack Obama has been heralded by award-winning gay journalist, Andrew Sullivan, because he embraces expanded homosexual rights through ENDA and the punishment of those who would be “intolerant” to this lifestyle through hate crimes legislation. I fear those who oppose the homosexual moral and political agenda will be further punished. I fear his embrace of homosexual marriage and the consequences to children and society.


I fear the influence of radicals like William Ayers, formerly of the Weather Underground. I fear that, in addition to his desire to violently overthrow the United States Government, his endorsement of “Queering Elementary Education” will become more prevalent in public schools. I fear children will become further prey to the sexual agenda by those that will settle for nothing less than indoctrination into sexual activity as early and as often as possible.

I fear racial vengeance. I don’t believe Barack Obama has sat at the feet of the hate-filled black racial bigot Jeremiah Wright without having sympathy for his poisonous diatribes. He may agree that white America deserves some sort of payback.

I fear an expansion of the graft and corruption that so represents Cook County and Chicago politics, his training ground. It drains resources, rewards scoundrels and brings destruction—both economic and personal—to all.

I fear economic collapse from a politically inexperienced orator who does not love the free market, but socialism, who seeks justice and “fairness” that, translated, means taking from some and giving it to those he perceives deserve it more. I am concerned that the poor will be poorer and that “equality” will mean all will be poorer—regardless of effort or merit.


I fear the loss of our national identity thru the flood of more illegal immigration already championed by Obama, draining resources and creating further burden on the educational and healthcare systems.

I fear the distortion of the true meaning of following Christ. I fear soaring rhetoric that elevates man and promises a “kingdom right here on earth,” and, rather than acknowledging our depravity, seeks to accommodate it.

What is it I am afraid of if Barack Obama becomes President of the United States? All of this and more. Maybe the chickens really will soon come home to roost. But when they do, we can’t say we haven’t invited a presidential fox into the henhouse.

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