Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Libertarian's Case for Obama

Regular readers of this blog know that I disagree with Obama's core value: that America needs yet more redistributive "justice." They know that I lean libertarian.

Yet as I see this campaign unfold, I'm beginning to wonder if Obama might be the right president at this point in American and world history.

Because of four decades now of liberal-slanted media and college education, most of our best and brightest are liberals, so an Obama presidency would be filled with more capable (and idealistic) people than under a McCain presidency. As every venture capitalist knows, it's as important to invest in the best people as it is to invest in the best ideas.

Have listened today to a McCain town hall meeting, it's clear to me that he shows early signs of cardiovascular dementia. He too often makes little slips, such as "Here in Vermont and the rest of this state, I mean country." In itself, of course, that means nothing. But when it happens again and again, not just in this town meeting but in, for example, when discussing Shia, Sunni, and Al Qaeda, which should be in the wheelhouse of his expertise, and the fact that his cognitive functioning will only decline during his term in office, I am convinced that McCain's cognitive functioning is too weak to be the president of the United States.

We've never had a radical president, either radical left or radical right. While one can theorize all one wants, and indeed my theories suggest America, en toto, will be much worse under a radical Left administration, there may be a need for a grand experiment with a superliberal/radical president supported by an overwhelmingly liberal congress, which is what is projected. Obama indeed will be the most liberal president in U.S. history:
  • The non-partisan National Journal rated him America's most liberal senator, scoring him 100 out of 100 on liberality. And his liberality score has gone up every year he's been in office: #16 in 2005, #10 in 2006 and #1 in 2007. The trend suggests he'll grow ever more liberal.
  • Despite band-aid statements to avoid losing votes, his statements and long-term associations make clear that his core values are radical Hard-Left, for example, Black Liberation Theology.
  • His positions on health care, education, hatred of corporations, on illegal immigration (e.g., access to our most prestigious colleges even if it means legal residents are turned away,) are extraordinarily Leftist.
The gap between rich and poor has gotten too wide and perhaps a hard Leftist is needed to close the gap, and make the public feel that the cards aren't too stacked against them. (I know that statement is contradictory to my antipathy to redistributive "justice, " but, from where I sit, there is a need for modestly more progressivity of the tax code, but less redistributive "justice" in education, health care, and regarding illegal immigrants. I believe the net costs to America of the latter three are huge, and resulting in an overall worse America.)

Obama is a truly gifted orator, and whenever one deals with the masses, the ability to give a rousing speech is more important than real-world competence. Speechmaking inspires, and that is one of a president's main roles, especially in an era in which China, India, and other countries are in ascendancy while the U.S. is likely in unavoidable decline.

I have not decided whom I'm going to vote for, but consistent with my core belief that the major media has largely abdicated its responsibility to fairly present issues on all sides, having, on previous posts, presented the case against Obama, here I present the case for him.


Jason said...

What is "pre-cardiovascular dementia?" It gets zero hits on google. I get what you're saying, of course, but I was wondering about what disorder you intended to mention.

Your observation that many of the country's best and brightest are working for the political left is astute. I hadn't thought of that, not sure how much truth there is to it, but it's certainly logical.

Finally, what passes for conservatism these days must surely trouble any honest libertarian. We've seen a massive expansion of entitlements, reckless foreign policy, and a lack of any concern for good government.

Marty Nemko said...

It was a poorly worded way of saying "early signs of cardiovascular dementia." I've now changed it.
Google "cardiovascular dementia" and I'm sure you'll get plenty of information.

Anonymous said...

It's not a good time to be a thinking person in America. Anyone that impartially considers our presidential candidates, our media, our federal government and their interests, and the rise of other countries might see all too well that situations will not improve anytime soon.

In my opinion, there isn't a best choice. Maybe there's a less damaging choice.

Bill said...

"Obama is a truly gifted orator..."
if he has a prepared speech, teleprompter and possibly is wearing a wire. Otherwise he is on a par with Bush and Boston's Mayor---"Mumbles"

Anonymous said...

This is a disturbing view, but I have also wondered about it. The biggest problem we face, in my opinion, is the old cliche' "the squeaky wheel gets the grease."

The liberals have been sqeaking up a storm for decades. Maybe we should just grease them up real good. Maybe we can then have a little quiet so that the conservatives can think up a few actual solutions.

The people we really need in Congress and as President are fiscally responsible, successful, business executives. They don't generally run for office because of the required media-posturing and the distraction of the squeaky wheels. Who wants to deal with that?!?

After a few years of the full thing, though; maybe we can get a few people with good old-fashioned common sense.


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