Now it is fair to say that this blog is not the most Obama friendly. As with most Conservatives I have an enormous amount of issues with Barack Obama’s plans for America. First and foremost I believe that his politics, at least on the surface, appears dangerously left wing and as history has continually shown the left wing never has and never will hold the answers to the problems of the world. It is no secret that socialism has led to leaders like, Mao, Franco, Hitler and Stalin who butchered and maimed tens of millions of their own people in the name of ‘socialism’ and ‘equality’. Socialism and left wing politics are a cancer that spread at times of weakness, desperation and vulnerability. They play on peoples fears and exploit their hopes.
At the minute America is increasingly vulnerable as they feel that the right wing politics that has characterised their governance over the last decade has failed them miserably so they are lurching to the left in desperate, false hope of the grass being greener on the other side. Obama talks the talk. Hes clever. He’s fresh but most crucially he appears genuine and uncorrupted. However Obama plans do not represent fresh hope but fresh danger for America. He plans large increases in government spending on health and education which in principle are perfectly okay, however he wants to increase taxation on the rich, who already pay more than their fair share, to pay for it. In addition he is dangerously at odds with the prevailing political and economic consensus in the world as he is against companies using the opportunities of free markets to restructure their operations within the US.
Economically he is vehemently protectionist and on the foreign policy level he continues to insist, despite the growing evidence that this left-wing nostrum would be lunacy, that the US must pull its troops out of Iraq. To add insult to injury he threatens to undermine the British, French and German negotiations with Tehran, that have been operating for the last 5 years, and engage in direct, unconditional talks with the dictator. As members of Obama’s own team have stated, Obama is aware that many European leaders believe his plans could undermine the current diplomatic efforts to persuade Tehran to surrender its nuclear programme making the siutation much worse in the longer term.
Now what is the purpose of this post you might ask other than the usual Obama bashing? Well left wing friends of mine have jumped at the oppourunity today to claim that David Cameron and Barack Obama are now ‘best buds’ and the purpose of this post is to dispell such myths. It is true that today David Cameron has praised Obama for his comments suggesting that ‘black absentee fathers need to step up to the plate’ however this has been grossly exaggerated to suit the prevailing media agenda of ‘Obama mania’. The media are selective in their reporting. It is true most Britons are quite taken with Obama and thus the papers have adopted a much more favourable tone when discussing the Democratic candidate and over embellished Camerons ‘endorsement’ of Obama.
Cameron made a very brief reference to Obama as he spoke of his wider plans for social reform. However I still believe that Cameron, as with many Conservatives, will be backing John McCain for US President as ideologically the two have much more common ground and Cameron has consistently heaped praise on the Republican candidate who has responded by dubbing Cameron the ‘Tory JFK’. Incidently I also agree with Obama’s remarks that black absentee fathers need to wake up to their responsibilities as do some white fathers, however this does not mean I endorse Obama and it doesn’t mean Cameron does either. Cameron is being courteous with Obama as it looks ever more likely that America will have a President Obama in 2009 and Britain will have a Prime Minister Cameron not long after. Thus the two men need to maintain a cordial personal relationship but cordial relations does not mean friendship or ideological compatibility.
On another issue I am becoming ever more impressed with Camerons leadership after he has called for the obese, the idle and the poor to take more responsibility for themselves, saying society is too sensitive and fails to “say what needs to be said”. Cameron is exerting true Conservative conviction and is in his own words ‘saying what needs to be said’.