Slant by Noah

Slant by Noah
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Monday, November 3, 2008

At What Cost?

LDS stakes across Arizona had stake conferences this weekend. Some eighty stakes tuned into a satellite feed from Salt Lake City and watched and listened to Bruce C. Hafen of the Seventy, Margaret Lifferth of the Primary General Presidency, Jay E. Jensen of the Presidency of the Seventy, and Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Among other messages heard, listeners were warned that the election this week is crucial to preserving the American way of life, especially in Arizona where we will vote to define marriage in the constitution.

Here at WordsMeanStuff we’ve heard disturbing rumors of discouragement among potential republican and conservative voters. Some are rumored to fear that the result is a foregone conclusion; that a vote won’t make a difference. It is rumored that others plan to make a statement by either writing in Mitt Romney’s name or by abstaining altogether. Hopefully these are nothing but fiction. But if anyone is thinking along these lines I ask, at what cost? If you wonder what would be the harm if Barack Obama becomes the next President of the United States, please continue reading.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is in her seventy-sixth year and reportedly her health is failing her. Justice John Paul Stevens is eighty-eight years old. It is fairly certain that the next POTUS will appoint at least two or as many as four new justices to the United States Supreme Court. The next president will also appoint many new district court judges. He will choose whether to fill the benches with faithful constitutional interpreters or activists bent on creating new law. Barack said that the Warren Court in the fifties and sixties “wasn’t radical enough.” In his words, “We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old —and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges.” These appointments are for life if a judge so chooses. Witness this year’s parade of Obama’s shady associates — Tony Rezko, Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers — and ask yourself whether you trust Barack’s character judgement.

Obama has pledged to impose no new taxes for those individuals making less than $250,000 annually. Er, make that $200,000. Wait, $150,000. OK, $130,000. This type of wavering is typical between the convention and the election. He’s not just playing to whatever crowd he’s with, he’s looking for that sweet spot that resonates with independent centrists and mollifies his leftist base. His promise to create no new taxes is slippery: allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire will raise taxes on America’s middle class without creating “new taxes.” Sneaky. Now read my lips. Politician’s lie when they promise no new taxes.

Obama is for bigger government and tighter government control of the individual. He will shovel more money into unnecessary social programs and “spread the wealth around” any way he can. His party believes they know best how to spend your earnings.

Obama will install a cap and trade energy system under which “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” He will grant the left’s eco-fantasy of energy costs so prohibitive that alternative fuels will finally become cost-effective. Betting on American ingenuity to find alternative solutions is a good investment. But no branch of government has the right or authority to cause an artificial energy crisis and risk economic collapse and double digit gasoline prices in an unproven ecological experiment. Contemplate the attendant vulnerability of our national sovereignty.

Barack Obama has promised to sign into law the Freedom of Choice Act, abolishing all restrictions and limitations relating to abortion, whether at the state or federal level. Federal funds could be made available to pay for abortions with no waiting period, no parental notification, without full disclosure. In a speech to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Obama said, “The first thing I'd do, as president, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do.”

He promised to prematurely end occupation in Iraq, close the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, and meet with despotic dictators with no preconditions. His Democrat colleagues in Congress have vowed to cut military spending by one quarter. If the Clinton presidency is a preview of what Obama would do in the White House, the US military will be weakened significantly. Enemies of the United States, foreign and domestic, will be emboldened. An open door is an invitation.

The next POTUS will take an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.” But Barack Hussein Obama said, “The Constitution is a flawed document.” In this simple phrase is exposed the fundamental difference between America’s modern ideological poles. Both sides profess to love America. Conservatives love America’s roots: her inherent goodness and her rich history. They trust in the soundness of her founding documents. Liberals despise much of America’s past but love their own vision of her future, marbled with socialist themes. Jonah Goldberg notes on this week, “Obama's entire campaign has been based on the need for radical, transformational change, which implies there is something very wrong with America. It's hardly surprising, then, that he has painted the bleakest picture of America instead of acknowledging, as a starting point, that we are still the greatest nation in the world.”

And don’t forget, the future President of the United States is not the only ticket on your ballot. Your vote is needed on various propositions and by your representatives. If you live in Arizona, California, or Florida your vote will influence the definition and protection of marriage. Your city or your school district is likely asking for your approval to spend more of your hard earned money. Get to the poll tomorrow and vote on these issues. You really cannot afford to sit this one out.

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