First, let me start with the question of Obama's citizenship. Attorney Philip J. Berg, during the primary season, filed suit to require Obama to prove he's a natural born citizen of the US, since only that kind of citizen can be president. His efforts were helped (in the public square, not in the courtroom) by reports that Obama's Kenyan grandmother remembered being in the delivery room when Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. was born. In Kenya. To a mother who was legally too young to confer her American citizenship to her new bundle of joy. And unconfirmed reports circulated that an investigator was able to obtain a Kenyan birth certificate for this event, but I can't find any evidence that this was true.
In the end, Berg's case was dismissed. The judge said that voters don't have the legal standing to enforce the constitutional requirements of the presidency against a candidate for that office. I'm presuming, based on some of the wording, that if Obama wins, then maybe voters will be able to sue.
But yesterday Hawaiian officials declared that Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate is genuine, so that issue looks to be moot at this point. But really, there are plenty of other, better, reasons not to vote for Barack Obama.
I know. I know. People on the left don't think this point has any meaning. After all, it's old news. But Barack Obama has more unsavory friends and associates than any three other presidential candidates in the recent past. Does Obama even have any friends who are genuinely nice people?
Racist, anti-(white)American pastor Jeremiah Wright. Anti-(white)American priest Michale Pfleger. Domestic terrorist William Ayers. Convicted felon and Obama fundraiser Tony Rezko. PLO-supporting Khalid Rashidi. Even Michelle Obama's black "separationism" thesis at Princeton.
There's a saying that you know a man by his friends. These are Obama's friends.
Charles Krauthammer had an interesting take on the dismissal of Obama's associations by the liberal press:
Let me get this straight. A couple of agitated yahoos in a rally of thousands yell something offensive and incendiary, and John McCain and Sarah Palin are not just guilty by association -- with total strangers, mind you -- but worse: guilty according to The New York Times of "race-baiting and xenophobia."
But should you bring up Barack Obama's real associations -- 20 years with Jeremiah Wright, working on two foundations and distributing money with William Ayers, citing the raving Michael Pfleger as one who helps him keep his moral compass (Chicago Sun-Times, April 2004) and the long-standing relationship with the left-wing vote-fraud specialist ACORN -- you have crossed the line into illegitimate guilt by association. Moreover, it is tinged with racism.
Exactly. Who you surround yourself with matters, and Obama has surrounded himself for years with angry, America-hating creeps. It raises the serious question of who he will surround himself with during his administration, should he win (God forbid).
Obama wants us to conserve energy, and to do that, he wants "price signals" to make us quit using so much energy. If he artificially inflates the cost of gas and electricity through taxation, then he makes consumers hurt enough to stop driving and to keep the lights off at home.
At the same time, he wants to bankrupt the coal industry with greenhouse gas cap-and-trade fees, so no new coal plants will be built. And he opposes offshore oil drilling, though in August he softened that position to maybe possibly consider it.
Obama is so much in favor of abortion that he does not appear to be on record opposing any kind of abortion for any reason. He supports allowing "aborted" babies that are born alive to die without medical care. He supports partial-birth abortion, the process of delivering the baby in a breech position but leaving the head inside the mother and puncturing the baby's skull to suck out the brain. He has promised Planned Parenthood, "The first thing I will do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act."
The bill would codify the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, into law in all the states. This would overturn state laws that have been passed to limit or delay abortions. Contrary to Mr. Obama's pledges to reduce the number of abortions, he really wants to make them easier to get - while overriding state and federal laws.
Obama believes that condition of a judicial nominee's heart is a more important consideration than his understanding of the law and the Constitution.
Obama wants to raise taxes on the "rich" to give tax breaks to everybody else. Unfortunately, the definition of rich keeps dropping. It started as $250,000 then dropped to $200,000, then Biden said it was $150,000. Then Bill Richardson, while campaigning for Obama, defined rich as people making $120,000. The bottom line is that when Obama says, "rich," if you pay taxes, he's talking about you.
And what does Obama plan to do with his tax increases? He wants to "spread the wealth." Just ask Joe the Plumber. This post at Flopping Aces, including comment #2 and #16, gives real-world examples of the realities of redistributing wealth.
Don't forget, if you oppose higher taxes, Obama thinks you're selfish.
There's much more...
...but I'm running out of time.
DO NOT let the exit polling tomorrow discourage you from voting! It's not as bad as it looks. The exit polling in 2000 showed Al Gore winning Florida, and in 2004 they showed Kerry winning. The Democrats over-poll in exit polling because Republicans don't trust the pollsters and media, and so they decline to talk more than Democrats do. Keep the faith and VOTE MCCAIN/PALIN!
Here's a good summary of Obama's position on many topics, in his own words.