Friday, July 11, 2008

Change we can believe in

Definition: Barrack Obama’s ability to change his positions

Obama has insisted that he wants a phased withdrawal from Iraq, with all soldiers home in 16 months.
Now Obama has changed his mind. Before going to Iraq he said, “I am going to do a thorough assessment when I’m there. When I go to Iraq and I have a chance to talk to some of the commanders on the ground, I’m sure I’ll have more information and will continue to refine my policies.” Obama has changed is position again, hasn’t he? Pullout within 16 months is now “will continue to refine my policies.”
Less than a year ago, Obama was winning praises from the left for opposing legal immunity for telecommunications companies that helped the US Government in terrorist surveillance. He promised to filibuster any bill that included immunity.
Today Obama will support legislation that includes immunity for companies helping in terrorist surveillance.
Barrack Obama was a huge supporter of Campaign Finance Reform. It was a point of many speeches on TV and in interviews.
Once he started raising big bucks, though, he found that he would be able to raise as much as three times the money without public financing and the associated spending limits. Obama has abandoned the limits defined under that campaign finance reform, and is the first presidential nominee since Watergate, of either party, to reject those campaign spending limits.
Sen. Obama was a strong supporter of gun control. He strongly supported the handgun ban in Washington DC. Then last month the Supreme Court struck down the Washington DC ban, stating that Americans have a right to own a firearm.
Obama suddenly claimed that his position was basically the same as the Supreme Court’s.
Obama has stated that while he supports civil unions for same-sex couples, he believed that legal marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Just last week, in a letter to a gay rights organization, Obama stated that he opposed the California ballot measure that would overturn that state’s 5-4 Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage. Obama called the initiative “discriminatory and divisive.”
Despite out of control gas and fuel prices, Obama has opposed new drilling, new refining, new mining, and construction of nuclear power plants.
With the shifting this week of more and more Democrat’s to favoring more oil drilling, perhaps we’ve been misunderstanding the Obama campaign’s promise of “change we can believe in”? Perhaps it is only a matter of time before Obama will change his mind on oil drilling too.

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