Friday, October 31, 2008

Will We Get a Reprieve?

If we elect an admitted socialist president, we'll deserve what we get

ABC's Charlie Gibson first lifted the veil back in April, during a primary-season debate among Democratic candidates. He asked why Obama would raise capital-gains taxes even if the result were decreased collections for the government.

Obama replied, "What I've said is that I would look at raising the capital-gains tax for purposes of fairness."

Then came Obama's chance meeting with Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher, who questioned Obama's tax plans and got this reply: "It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everyone who is behind you - that they have a chance for success, too. I think that when you spread the wealth around, it is good for everyone."

Obama's answers to those questions made it crystal-clear that he sees taxation as a tool not only to pay for government, but as a tool to reassign the wealth of individual Americans directly to other individual Americans as government sees fit. If he doesn't believe in trickle-down economics, fine. But having government decide precisely how full each American's glass should be - and then making the necessary adjustments - would be a whole new ballgame.

Who is Obama to define what's fair anyway? His sense of "fairness" is like that of a 3-year old.

Obama should lose this election because Americans wake from their trance, look over the precipice to which he has ushered them, and recoil.

Seventy years is a long time for a nation to wander from the principles and practices that brought it forth and made it great: limited government, individual liberty, individual initiative rewarded and the right of every citizen to assign the fruits of his own labors as he sees fit.

Obama has run a stealth campaign, because the left suspects that it hasn't succeeded in separating us entirely from those principles. An Obama victory would sever the connection, though. He has slipped twice, and told us so.

If Americans take the monumental risk Obama poses, they will deserve the government they get. More to the point, they will have proved undeserving of the government left to them by far greater, far wiser men.

The truth is we probably are undeserving of this government left to us but I pray that God has mercy on us once more and that we use that reprieve to wise up.

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