In memorium

In remembrance of who gave their lives for our liberty:

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

America the Beautiful
Words by Katharine Lee Bates,
Melody by Samuel Ward

This is pretty low

Barak Obama is the epitome of Democrat politics. He is the nominee-in-waiting based entirely on the complete absence of any coherent policy stances, radical leftist ideology, and pure identity politics. Obama is black, handsome, and sounds good. That’s all you need in a president, apparently.

Unfortunately for the Democrats, the more we know about Obama, the more he fails the basic tests for honesty, thoughtfulness, and coherency. Now he is losing on decency. Today he took a cheap shot that shows not only a complete lack of understanding of issues, but also a complete lack of decency. Obama voted for a feel-good posturing bill that McCain opposed, and used that to question McCain’s commitment to the troops. Of course, Obama is too good to dirty himself by wearing a uniform, and it is McCain who has a son serving right now in Iraq. But that didn’t stop the little weasel:

“I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country. He is one of those heroes of which I speak. But I can’t understand why he would line up behind the president in opposition to this GI bill. I can’t believe why he believes it is too generous to our veterans. I could not disagree with him and the president more on this issue. There are many issues that lend themselves to partisan posturing, but giving our veterans the chance to go to college should not be one of them.” (from cqpolitics via don surber).

What sick posturing.

McCain responded. From CQ:

“It is typical, but no less offensive that Senator Obama uses the Senate floor to take cheap shots at an opponent and easy advantage of an issue he has less than zero understanding of,” McCain’s statement began. And it never let up from there:

“Both Senator Webb and I are united in our deep appreciation for the men and women who risk their lives so that the rest of us may be secure in our freedom. And I take a backseat to no one in my affection, respect and devotion to veterans. And I will not accept from Senator Obama, who did not feel it was his responsibility to serve our country in uniform, any lectures on my regard for those who did.

“Perhaps, if Senator Obama would take the time and trouble to understand this issue he would learn to debate an honest disagreement respectfully. But, as he always does, he prefers impugning the motives of his opponent, and exploiting a thoughtful difference of opinion to advance his own ambitions. If that is how he would behave as President, the country would regret his election.”

I can almost forgive Obama his racism, bigotry, sexism, and elitism. But this shows a lack of class that no decent person will accept. The more we know about him, the more he demonstrates himself to be a poseur and a hypocrite. When Obama puts on a uniform, goes into harm’s way for his country, and sends his son into harm’s way to protect and serve his fellow Americans, *then* he can cast these particular stones at people who do.