I need to call out the forces of justice! I have a job too big to do on my own. Today my father forwarded me an email about Barack Obama. My father is a die-hard, fingers-in-the-ears conservative. I wouldn't care, normally, except he also sent this email to my sisters and my grandparents. I can't let disinformation be spread this widely. But the points are very numerous, and I want to make sure I have back-up for each of my debunkings.
So I'm asking the blogosphere. Please help me debunk the points in this email. They're in handy list form, so if you could take just one and research the heck out of it, I would be so grateful (some of the points are, perhaps, true but simply not something that should be a reason to vote against Obama. If that is the case, perhaps you could instead explain why the point isn't a bad thing). I don't expect to change my father's mind, but if I can keep his corruption out of the minds of my sisters, that would be a win. I hope that with one person working on each point, it will be simple.
Oh, and believe me, I intend to take my father to task for believing anything he reads in an email forward.
Thank you in advance to everyone. Without all of you, this would be an overwhelming task.
Just passing on information for your use at this critical point in history.
Sent: Thu, 16 Oct 2008 3:27 pm
Subject: [Fwd: FW: Billy Graham Team assessment of Obama]
Obama: By Bill Brown of the Billy Graham Team
Bill Brown, is a highly respected retired member of the Billy Graham team so, I take his assessment of Obama very seriously and for that reason accept his challenge to pass this on. I share his concern about the 'rock star' image Obama has and watch with growing concern at the celebrity status the media has foisted upon him. Here is hope this email informs you in a wise way.
The Obama Tidal Wave
We are witnessing a political phenomenon with Barack Obama of rare magnitude.
His speeches have inspired millions and yet most of his followers have no idea of what he stands for except platitudes of 'Change' or that he says he will be a 'Uniter'.
The power of speech from a charismatic person truly can be a powerful thing. Certainly Billy Graham had charisma. Both his manner of speech and particularly the content changed millions.
On the extreme other hand, the charisma of Adolph Hitler, too, inspired millions and the results were catastrophic..
Barack Obama certainly is no Hitler or a Billy Graham, but for many Americans riding on the Obama Tidal Wave it is just like a surfer who might be ecstatic and euphoric while riding a tidal wave, but the reality of the ride is what happens when it hits shore.
Just Some of What Defines Barack Obama:
A. He voted for partial birth abortion.
A. He voted no on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions.
A. Supports affirmative action in Colleges and Government (quotas). [I would especially appreciate help with this one.]
A. In 2001 he questioned harsh penalties for drug dealing as being too severe.
A. Says he will deal with street level drug dealing as minimum wage affair. [What does this even mean??]
A. Admitted his use of marijuana and cocaine in high school and in college.
A. His religious convictions are very murky.
A. He is willing to meet with Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Kim Jung Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
A. Has said that one of his first goals after being elected would be to have a conference with all Muslim Nations
A. Opposed the Patriot Act.
A. First bill he signed that was ever passed was campaign finance reform.
A. Voted to allow law suits against gun manufacturers.
A. Supports universal health-care.
A. Voted yes on providing habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. [Seriously. How can this even be considered an issue? EVERYONE should have habeas corpus.]
A. Supports granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
A. Supports extending welfare to illegal immigrants.
A. Voted yes on comprehensive immigration reform. [Again, how is this a bad thing?]
A. Voted yes on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security.
A. Wants to make the minimum wage a 'living wage'.
A. Voted with Democratic Party 96 percent of 251 votes. (241 votes Demo, 10 votes Republican) [Don't bother with this one, unless it's not true. I figure it's easy enough to write back and say, "Well, he's a Democratic Senator, so where's the problem?"]
A. Is a big believer in the separation of church and state.
A. Opposed to any efforts to Privatize Social Security and instead supports increasing the amount of tax paid into Soc. Sec. Tax Increase.
A. He voted No on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax which now hits middle income brackets.
A. He voted No on repealing the 'Death' Tax. Tax Increase.
A. He wants to raise the Capital Gains Tax. Tax Increase.
A. Has repeatedly said the surge in Iraq has not succeeded...which is not true.
A. He is ranked as the most liberal Senator in the Senate today and that takes some doing.
If your political choices are consistent with Barack Obama's and you think that his positions will bring America together or make it a better place, then you will probably enjoy the ride and not forward this Email. If you are like most Americans that after examining what he stands for, are truly not in line with his record, it would be prudent to get off the wave or better yet, never get on, before it comes on shore and undermines the very foundations of this great Country. We have limited time to save America or the Supreme Court as we know it.
Inaction is action.
If you agree this is important, pass it on. The mainstream media will not do it for you!
Bill Brown ( Billy Graham Team, Retired)