Obama: broken promises
A good way to know whether to trust someone is to look at their past behavior. When lawyers examine a potentially harmful witness in court, they do their best to impeach that witness. This simply means that they either manage to have the witness contradict their earlier testimony or they catch them in lies and/or untruths. The credibility of a witness that has given conflicting testimony or been caught in lies is considered to unreliable. In other words, if you couldn’t trust that person in the past, how can you trust them in the future. Jurors seem to understand that but voters do not. Barack H. Obama is a case in point.
In this country we have been far too gracious in excusing campaign promises as nothing more than electioneering. So we get what we deserve – politicians who will say anything to get elected but have little intention of making good on those promises. Unfortunately, the man now occupying the White House doesn’t have a monopoly on such “electioneering”. President George W. Bush did this, too. During the 2004 presidential campaigns, President Bush promised to fight to preserve traditional marriage. He probably won the state of Ohio on that promise. If he made any effort to honor that promise, I certainly don’t remember it. Once sworn in on a cold January day in 2005, he threw the promise to preserve traditional marriage into the barrel with other unfilled campaign promises we now call “electioneering.”
George Bush served his terms. That’s water under the bridge. But Obama is once again on the campaign trail, making promises, and electioneering. Let’s look at some of the promises he made on the campaign trail in 2008, and see if Barack Obama is trustworthy or just another electioneering politician.
Barack Obama: how well did he keep his promises?
Barack H. Obama. Photo: Pete Souza, January 13, 2009
|Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign promises
||Status of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign promises
|Close Guantanamo Bay
||Guantanamo Bay is open. There are no plans to close it.
||Granted amnesty to anyone who entered the country illegally prior to the age of 21.
||Claimed Executive Privilege to avoid turning over documents subpoenaed by Congress in the Fast and Furious debacle.
Met with lobbyists outside of White House to keep them off visitors’ logs.
|Would talk to terrorist countries, like Iran.
|Unemployment would not exceed 8% and would be 6% by 2012
||Unemployment has never dipped to 8% and has steadily been higher. The rate for blacks and Hispanics is higher than the national average.
||Forced DC to rescind its voucher system, which was improving education. The DC schools have since steadily declined.
|Conduct a line-by-line review of the budget
||Never submitted a budget to review.
|End the practice of writing legislation behind closed doors and close special-interest corporate loopholes.
||Closed the doors to the Republicans while writing the health care reform bill.Gave waivers instead of loopholes for favored corporations and unions.
|Double federal funding for basic research
||Closed NASA projects and ordered that instead they promote the contributions Muslims have made to science.
|Expand hate crime statutes
||Had the Justice Department order that black-on-white crimes not be prosecuted.
|Cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term
||Exponentially increased the deficit beyond all comprehension.
I could go on and on, but hopefully you get the idea. He did, however, promise us change. Unfortunately, he kept that promise and has been steadily changing these United States into a country our Founders would not recognize, and in the process has ignored Constitutional law and abandoned logic.
What will an Obama second term look like? Only God knows, since the only thing you can be sure of is that he will continue to change America – and that change will not be something that will make liberty-loving patriots happy.