After reading Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope, I have concluded that he might be the new hero for the Democratic Party. Democrats have been searching for a new person to champion liberalism since Bill Clinton was forced to abandon some of his liberal policies. This is not an easy task, especially after the recent congressional election that saw a number of democrats campaign on a moderate platform. I believe they found that champion in Obama. Make no mistake, Hillary Clinton is no conservative; however, party loyalists have become a bit confused and suspicious about her commitment to true liberalism. Honestly, I think those people are crazy. There is no debate over HRC’s leftist ideology. It has been a few weeks since I completed my reading of Obama’s work, but here is what I gathered:
- He supports abortion; in his mind, he finds the idea of the government limiting one’s reproductive rights to be a violation of liberalism. He suggests that the government should work harder to provide and make such access to the poor more available. He does a nice job selling this point by comparing the needs of the many to that of the few.
- Welfare needs to be re-evaluated (note: Bill Clinton signed legislation in 1996 giving states greater control of welfare. I sensed that Obama would like to see the federal government take back some of that power).
- It is not the role of government to determine who a person should love (gay marriage).
- With a growing deficit, it is imperative that the government increase revenue by raising taxes.
Check this out below:
The most liberal member of Congress running for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination isn’t Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio.
It’s Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.
And the Republican candidate who’s grown less conservative over his years in Congress? Sen. John McCain of Arizona…
The study, released this month by the National Journal, a respected inside-the-Beltway research report, will help voters cut through the spin and hype of TV sound bites in coming months and judge these candidates for themselves…
The 2006 scores, for example, were based on as many as 95 votes on such issues as federal spending, tax cuts, the war in Iraq, embryonic stem-cell research and border security.
On the Democratic side, the analysis of “lifetime” voting records shows Obama as the most liberal with a score of 84.3 after two full years in the Senate. The most liberal score possible was 99.