Sowell: Obama Win Would Be Historic Tragedy

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    Thomas Sowell
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    had this to say to the public pryor to the upcoming elections....

    By: Thomas Sowell
    Some elections are routine, some are important, and some are historic. If Sen. John McCain wins this election, it probably will go down in history as routine. But if Sen. Barack Obama wins, it is more likely to be historic — and catastrophic.

    Once the election is over, the glittering generalities of rhetoric and style will mean nothing. Everything will depend on performance in facing huge challenges, domestic and foreign.

    Performance is where Obama has nothing to show for his political career, either in Illinois or in Washington.

    Policies he proposes under the change banner are almost all policies that have been tried repeatedly in other countries — and failed repeatedly in other countries.

    Politicians telling businesses how to operate? That's been tried in countries around the world, especially during the second half of the 20th century. It has failed so often and so badly that even socialist and communist governments were freeing up their markets by the end of the century.

    The economies of China and India began to take off into high rates of growth when they got rid of precisely the kinds of policies that Obama is advocating for the United States under the magic mantra of change.

    Putting restrictions on international trade in order to save jobs at home? That was tried here with the Hawley-Smoot tariff during the Great Depression.

    Unemployment was 9 percent when that tariff was passed to save jobs, but unemployment went up instead of down and reached 25 percent before the decade was over.

    Higher taxes to "spread the wealth around," as Obama puts it? The idea of redistributing wealth has turned into the reality of redistributing poverty, in countries where wealth has fled and a lack of incentives has stifled the production of new wealth.

    Economic disasters, however, may pale by comparison with the catastrophe of Iran with nuclear weapons. Glib rhetoric about Iran’s being "a small country," as Obama called it, will be a bitter irony for Americans who will have to live in the shadow of a nuclear threat that cannot be deterred, as that of the Soviet Union could be, by the threat of a nuclear counterattack.

    Suicidal fanatics cannot be deterred. If they are willing to die and we are not, then we are at their mercy — and they have no mercy. Moreover, once they get nuclear weapons, that situation cannot be reversed.

    Is this the legacy we wish to leave our children and grandchildren, by voting on the basis of style and symbolism, rather than substance?

    If Barack Obama thinks that such a catastrophe can be avoided by sitting down and talking with the leaders of Iran, then he is repeating a fallacy that helped bring on World War II.

    In a nuclear age, one country does not have to send troops to occupy another country to conquer it. A country is conquered if another country can dictate who rules it, as the Mongols once did with Russia, and as Osama bin Laden tried to do when he threatened retaliation against places in the United States that voted for President Bush. But he didn't have nuclear weapons to back up that threat — yet.

    America has never been a conquered country, so it may be very hard for most Americans even to conceive what that can mean. After France was conquered in 1940, it was reduced to turning over some of its own innocent citizens to the Nazis to kill, just because those citizens were Jewish.

    Do you think our leaders wouldn't do that? Not even if the alternative was to see New York and Los Angeles go up in mushroom clouds? If I were Jewish, I wouldn't bet my life on that.

    What the Middle East fanatics want is not just our resources or even our lives, but our humiliation first, in whatever sadistic ways they can think of. Their lust for humiliation has been demonstrated repeatedly in their videotaped beheadings that find such an eager market in the Middle East.

    None of this can be prevented by glib talk, but only by character, courage, and decisive actions, none of which Obama has ever demonstrated.

    Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. 94305. To find out more about Sowell, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at Creators Syndicate - Celebrating 20 Years as a World-Class Syndicate Of Talent. His Web site is Thomas Sowell | Home.

    If this man had of ran for president he'd had my vote hands down... You have been WARNED now go VOTE!!!!!!!
     
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    John McCain is no war hero! He is a POW. That alone does not make you a war hero. John McCain does not have the temperament to be president. He is an out of control hot head, that blows up sporadically at the first little thing that ticks him off. He is mentally unstable from his time in captivity, and he has no class. He referred to his first wife as a "****" in a fit of rage and disrespects women! He is the Manchurian Candidate, and he aided his captors with information and made 32 propaganda videos for the enemy. It is a proven fact that John McCain voted with George W. Bush 92% of the time.

    Barack Obama in comparison has class and he has the temperament to make rational decisions. John McCain still needs to be educated on economics. John McCain made the stupid mistake of picking Sarah Palin, hoping desperately to capture some of the Hillary voters. This is a pathetic strategy and a dumb one. Sarah Palin is no Hillary! :eusa_hand::eusa_whistle:
     
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    well she seems to be a bit of a **** ..I will give him that one ..but sure enough being shot captured and tortured is hardly a heroic act..if it is gitmo is full of hero's
     
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    rational? like raising his kids in a racist church?
     
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    Exactly elvis, these guys are desperately comparing apples to oranges Rev Wright is no role model for family consultation "GOD DAM AMERICAN&*(^)_(*(" with friend like these of Obamas (Bill Ayres , Rev Wright and Lewis Farrakhan) should throw up red flags??? Obamas foreign policy is lethally dangerous at best, especially on matters of Middle Eastern concerns(Isreal, Iran, Pakistan and Iraq)... If Obamas elected i fear the USA is headed down the road not only to total ruin, but to blackmail and all manner of treasonist debauchery...Obama would make Clintons treasonist activities look like a picknic walk in the park...
    Clinton in the shadow of treason

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    Well I guess someone needs to say it...
    And you sir, Are a fucking Idiot

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    Hmm. Interesting to me that we have guys like Thomas Sowell with his laissez-faire ideology to thank for this economic shitstorm. Sowell is a Milton Friedman fellow. Obama is also a Chicago School guy with Friedmanite roots. The problem with guys like Sowell is that any policy deviation from TOTAL unfettered capitalism sets them off and usually results in a smear piece like this. He's a radical, fundamentalist who believes that their should be ZERO oversight of the markets. I suspect he's pissed to see that Obama is actually taking a more cautious economic route by appointing economic advisors from both ideologies: Friedmanism and Keynesianism. If Austan Goolsbee and his team were the only economic advisors in the Obama camp, Sowell would be writing in support of Obama...NO QUESTION. The other issues he writes about are all complete fluff. Friedmanism has failed over and over again and has destroyed middle classes in countries around the globe. Friedman's name is even a liability at U Chicago these days. Having said all of this, I stand by my projection that Obama will turn out to be more of a capitalist than anyone expects.
     
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    No sir, Obama is a clear and present danger to USA foreign policy hands down...And like i said earlier id vote for Thomas Sowell before even dreaming of voting for an illegal alien(Obama)
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    Actually I don't think it needs to be said. Everyone on here pretty much knows it. GreenPartyAZ is a sheep who is only capable of reciting libbie rhetoric/talking points. If you investigate his posts you'll find almost all of his material comes from daily Moveon/Kos/HuffPo talking points.

    Kids like him are sad. You have to take them for what they're worth. GPAZ is a joke. Nothing more.
     
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    The only mean dictators are the ones we didn't put in power and the ones we did, but who no longer represent our economic/capitalist ideology. Are you telling me that Sowell ISN'T a Friedmanite? I will say it again: If Austen Goolsbee and other Chicago boys comprised Obama's ENTIRE economic team, Sowell would be pro-Obama. You must realize that our foreign policy is dictated by our economic policy. There is no disputing this. Period. Sowell knows this.
     

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