[Op-Ed] When Politicians Say Anything To Get Elected
For the purposes of this article we don’t have to discuss Mitt Romney‘s willingness to say or do anything to get elected. He has more than admitted as much and that will be something for the voters to take issue with in November.
The topics of this article are more about our sitting President. There is a general fear among many different segments of the population that Obama is posturing a lot of his positions in order to win the election in 2012. The main fear is that he will radically swing left as soon as he is inaugurated to a second term and has no more voters to face…ever.
Today, President Obama even admitted to outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that both he and Valdmir Putin should give him some space until after the election so he can move forward with negotiations to change the U.S. European missile defense shield.
A few of the issues and voting groups that may be very disappointed in a second Obama term are as follows:
Jewish Voters: Being a core Democratic support group and a major source of funds for President Obama heading into this election season, Jewish voters obviously want assurances that President Obama will not abandon Israel. It is strange because for the last three years The President has beat up Israel and tried to force it into positions that it must say no to. He has told them to begin negotiations with the Palestinians based on the 1967 armistice lines, forced a 10 month building freeze in the settlements, gave support to a building freeze in Jerusalem (Israel’s capital) and treated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a high level of disrespect. Jewish voters are afraid that once Obama doesn’t need their votes or money anymore he is going to turn his back on the Jewish community and go full guns on Israel to accept a peace deal that will jeopardize their national security.
Defense Voters: Most voters who are going to vote based on National Security issues have one major issue they care about…Iran. Iran is moving fast down the path of developing nuclear weapons. The Israelis and Americans are really all that can stop them from developing these weapons and possibly giving them to our worst enemies. As a global sponsor of terror the fear is justified. Obama originally said that he was willing to sit down at a table with the Iranians and discuss their nuclear program, a statement that was considered naive at best and dangerous at worst. The big fear about the Defense voters is that he really does want to sit down with the Iranians and that he doesn’t consider an Iranian bomb to be the threat they feel it is.
Independent Voters: The term Independent Voters in America is not so easy to describe but it is certain they they lean towards the right much heavier than the left. Independent Voters want to know the government is looking out for them and not trying to change around the systems that they have come to depend on. These are the voters who proved decisive in the 2010 midterm elections, largely because they feared that Obamacare would hurt their much loved healthcare benefits. Most of the law doesn’t go into effect until after 2014 so they are really afraid that with a second Obama term if they don’t like the law they are stuck with it.
Religious Voters: They have always been suspicious of Obama from day one, but have learned to live with him as president. Truth be told they never get what they want from him and would be much more likely to vote for Santorum or Romney anyway. Their major fear of a second Obama term? Gay Marriage. They are petrified that Obama’s second term will see a federal law legalizing gay marriage, even though Obama claims to be against it.
I am not saying that these are all issues I agree with or that I even fault Obama for pursuing. I am not one of these writers who think politicians are generally evil. They tend to bring their own ideals and backgrounds to the table and generally want to mold the country in their image for the better. But at a time of hyper polarized voters and parties that refuse to work together under any circumstances, the voters should at least get to know what their President will stand for the day after the election and not be fed a bunch of BS.
the big fear is that if it going to be Mitt Romney against Barack Obama, we will not get a single line of truth unless they slip and tell us by mistake.