He’s Not a Socialist, He’s Not a Muslim, and He Can’t Be Both

People who criticize others often expose their own ignorance. For instance, anyone who calls President Obama a Marxist or a socialist is ignorant of the definition of these words.

Don’t take my word for it; read what Ron Paul said about Obama: "In the technical sense, in the economic definition, he is not a socialist. He’s a corporatist."

Likewise, people who claim Obama is a Muslim ignore the fact that he was raised as an agnostic and  baptized as a Christian in the 1990s at Trinity United Church of Christ. Strangely, many of these same critics are quick to criticize Obama over controversial remarks made by the church’s pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Finally, Obama opponents who claim he’s both a Muslim and a Marxist seem ignorant of the fact that the two ideologies are incompatible.

Consider this from Defending Islam, whose articles are reviewed and spproved by Islamic scholars: "Islam does not instinctively respond to Communism (Marxism) nor accept its ideology. Communism does not have a place in the lives of Muslims." 

As citizens, we have a right—and an obligation—to review President Obama’s record. Most thinking people will agree with some of his policies and disagree with others, and a thoughtful review of his policies and his opponent’s should determine our votes. But our votes should be based on facts, not on lies and ignorance.


Judgment Call

If Mitt Romney had won the 2007 Republican primary and gone on to be elected president, it’s likely that Osama Bin Laden would still be at large.
“If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.” – Barack Obama, 2007
“I do not concur in the words of Barack Obama in a plan to enter an ally of ours… I don’t think those kinds of comments help in this effort to draw more friends to our effort.” – Mitt Romney, 2007
Romney and Obama are both moderates. Obama is pulled left of center by liberal Democrats, and Romney is pulled right of center by conservative Republicans. The main difference is that President Obama has shown good judgment in foreign policy matters, and he has earned a second term.

The Death of Bipartisanship

Moderate Republican Senator Richard Lugar’s loss in the primary to a Tea Party zealot is another sign of the Republican Party’s drifting farther away from the mainstream.

Lugar is one of the few politicians who still puts country ahead of party by seeking compromise. Universally respected, Lugar understood that compromise has always been a necessary component of good government. He was defeated by a more conservative Republican who defines bipartisanship as, “Democrats coming to the Republican point of view.”

Like most Americans, I am neither a liberal nor a conservative. I agree with the left on some issues and the right on others, and on most I can see both sides. The Republicans represent a narrow (and narrow minded) section of the public.