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Obama 101: Change and the Issues

By June 4, 2008

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A common complaint among Obama detractors has been that they don't understand what he means by "change."

Personally, I've always "gotten" Obama's message of change, but all Democrats haven't felt the same.

(I half-suspect that some Democrats who said they didn't "get it," didn't really want to get it. Also, some people are inherently uncomfortable with the notion of change.)

Now, though, Barack Obama is the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic party. And we need to band together to stop another four years of Bush policies of fear and cynicism, albeit under Sen. John McCain.

In his uplifting primary races victory speech on June 3, 2008, Sen. Obama was quite specific about what change means to him:

"It's not change when John McCain decided to stand with George Bush ninety-five percent of the time, as he did in the Senate last year...

"Change is a foreign policy that doesn't begin and end with a war that should've never been authorized and never been waged...

"Change is realizing that meeting today's threats requires not just our firepower, but the power of our diplomacy...

"Change is building an economy that rewards not just wealth, but the work and workers who created it."

It's worth your while to take a few minutes to carefully read and consider the ideas put forth in Barack Obama's Primary Season Victory Speech.

To help you further understand what Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama means by change, I've pulled together specifics of his policy proposals and plans on a number of issues:

I promise more Obama 101 issues articles to come as we move forward into the general election campaign.

Sen. Obama proclaimed in his wise victory speech that "this is the time... to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face."

I find his ideas for policy changes to be pragmatic, intelligent and upholding of America's best ideals, standards and rich historical traditions. Take a read, and let me know what you think.

(Photo taken on June 3, 2008 while Sen. Obama was delivering his primary season victory speech: Scott Olson/Getty Images)


June 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm
(1) Robert Hamer says:

“Also, some people are inherently uncomfortable with the notion of change.”

Particularly if that “change” means putting medical care under control of a government monopoly, gouging successful small business owners with higher taxes, supporting ineffective energy crisis solutions, and promising to just pull out of Iraq when such an action is near-impossible and irresponsible.

June 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm
(2) usliberals says:

All issues worthy of debate, Robert. I really look forward to McCain and Obama debating these and other issues.

June 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm
(3) M says:

Neither campaign has proposed putting medical care under a government monopoly, as far as I’ve read. I think Edwards was the only one looking at a single-payer system, which is a pity. That’s the system I’d prefer.

McCain’s proposal would ultimately result in more of a government monopoly, if you read it. McCain wants to make everyone get private insurance, and then those who are rejected for private insurance would have to use state run programs for high risk pools.

Eventually, most of us will end up with something that makes the insurance companies turn their noses up at us. Therefore, most of us will end up relying on these state run programs. If the states actually set them up.

At least when I get insurance from my employer, they can’t exclude me based on my individual risks.

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