Friday, August 1, 2008

Obama is American first

Following Sen. Obama's recent international journey, it is relevant to consider several aspects of the campaign. Many voters find it inappropriate and patronizing for Sen. McCain to critique and manage every step of Sen. Obama's activities. Sen. McCain, get over it. You are not Sen. Obama's Commanding Officer and our Constitution provides for civilian, not military rule of our nation and the military. You display great audacity in questioning when or how Sen. Obama visits our (wounded) troops, when in fact your support of a military action against a nation that had nothing to do with 9-11 is a big reason why these brave young men and women are in this predicament.

Regarding your microcosm view of our nation and the world, we must consider that in today's global economy and balance of power, billions of people representing hundreds of nations have the power to help AND damage our interests. Massive industrial development depletes resources, driving also OUR energy costs up. Rapid industrialization on an enormous scale impacts OUR environment, even if it occurs thousands of miles away (atmospheric or oceanic factors, for example). Overpopulation, poverty and disease impact negatively OUR country (increased international assistance costs, pressures on immigration, growth of lower, rather than middle classes, etc.). Extremism, militarism and dictatorial tendencies impact OUR security issues.

Far from being an "Internationalist" with a soft spot in his heart for "America", Sen. Obama is an American first, albeit with an understanding and compassion for the dynamics of the world and the role and benefits of bi-lateral interaction.

Distractions from the real issues and statements about internationalism or premature victory laps will not fool the voters this time. On November 4, the majority of U.S. electorate will hopefully seize the moment and give a chance to Sen. Obama, a candidate with exceptional intelligence and vision.

Paul Kaiser


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