My rationale for thinking this way is solely based on my personal political belief system, which is a hodge podge of views from all over the spectrum. These are views which have been developed from my own personal experiences and observations (over the many years I have been experiencing and observing), and nothing else.
Here are some conclusions I have drawn about Obama's candidacy, to date:
1. He is inexperienced.
The most notable characteristic that I see is, the fact he is a novice to world politics. He thinks he can BS the world, because he is currently BSing a fair amount of the American people, unchallenged. Well he can't. And I am not alone in this kind of thinking. Let's take a look at what some key Democrats that ran against him in the primary process have had to say about this particular issue, shall we?
I may not agree with their politics or where they stand on the issues; but Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and (even to some degree) John Edwards, all have better qualifications and much more experience on the world stage. Yet, the Dems who have hijacked the party (and turned it even more leftward, than it already was) have looked past who the better candidate is and has determined that no experience is what the American people deserve. And you know what? If we (the people) vote him in, we deserve just that, a greenhorn who could screw things up much more than anyone could have ever imagined.
Folks, if I were a Democrat, I would have supported Joe Biden. It's not that I am this big fan of his, mind you. I think he's a jerk. But he's far closer to my politics and I would trust his experience in complex situations exponentially more, than I do Obama's.
2. The company he has kept, over the years that he has been forming his political worldview.
One cannot tell me that a man can sit with a circle of friends for a period of 20 years (or so) and not be under the same value systems as they are, or at very least be influenced by them. And it's not just those in his past (that impressed him and helped him evolve into the product he is today, who concern me). The people that have already announced their ardent support for him do so for very good reasons. (Mustang has some thoughts about some of these very people.)
Just who is supporting Obama?
There is a fairly well-referenced list of from whence cometh his support. Take a look and see which people and what groups have endorsed (officially and unofficially) him and all that he stands for in this world. A crackhead, a former rival that criticized his inexperience in the primaries, and Communist groups are just a sample of his not-so-secret admirers, all of which are fairly significant components of his base.
These are not the people I want favors being paid back to, while he sits in the Oval Office dealing with things like the fragile economy, jihadism, and the Iran situation. His support base is made up of some pretty unsavory characters who are corrupt thugs and have developed some erroneous conclusions, on how the country should be best run. And there is no margin for error, no room for faulty advice.
3. His political ideology and his stances on many of the important issues of this day are antithetical to my own.
Here are just a handful of items in which I do not agree with him:
-the way he would treat fighting terrorism. He likes it as a law-enforcement issue. Rather than be pro-active by using a military and intelligence approach, he wants to be reactive and respond to threats after they have been realized. He wants Miranda rights read to non-citizens that have sworn an oath of seeking the fall of western civilization.
-the way he wants to exit Iraq. If he is true to his word (and I have no doubt he will be), think of the mess an announced immediate withdrawal will create. If for some reason I am wrong and he doesn't live up to his word, the anti-war groups that are right now trying to touch the hem of his garments will hold him accountable in 2012. And thus, he will not re-elected without their support.
-the way he wants to punish the oil companies through a windfall tax that we the consumers would ultimately end up paying. All the while he wouldn't support nuclear power or offshore drilling to help with reducing our dependency on foreign oil supplies. His stance on this issue is enough to make me wonder if he really wants a solution, or wants a problem to campaign on.
-the way he wants to treat global warming. Instead of giving tax breaks to those who voluntarily cut back on energy consumption, he wants to create laws that force companies to buy expensive equipment and materials. In short, he wants to punish these companies too and make Al Gore's buddies rich in the process.
-the way he wants to deal with illegal immigration. McCain isn't much better and cannot challenge him on this, because of his past stances. But the thing that McCain can do is define himself as the polar opposite in the other areas, as he has already began to do. You cannot have everything, something must be sacrificed along the way. I'll take McCain's stances on the other topics, any old day of the week.
I could go on. Believe me, it wouldn't be too difficult. But most of the readers of this blog could easily guess the other stark differences I have with the Illinois senator.
The point is, I cannot be concerned with race. I can think of a lot of black people that would make a far greater President than he would. Trouble is, none of them are running and Obama is. Give me a Richard Steele, Lynn Swann, JC Watts, Herman Cain, even a Bill Cosby, and I wouldn't feel a bit uneasy about them ascending into the Oval Office to make critical decisions that would affect this nation (as well as the entire world). I may not agree with every one of those decisions these men would make, but I bet I could live with the lion's share of them.
I am deeply concerned to the point of trepidation at the kinds of choices Obama would make in crunch situations, where the future of the free world is at stake. I would not be comfortable with more social programs, more taxes, and more government regulation and mandates causing the loss of freedoms for individuals and groups who do not want more interference from a government that cannot even manage its own affairs, responsibly.
If anyone thinks that any of this makes me a racist, it shows how truly ignorant they really are and how badly they want to ride the race card to power. It is those individuals that have distorted truth to suit their own agendas and to empower themselves for corrupt and ingenuous purposes. They care nothing about America, they only want to use it as a means of enriching themselves with both money and influence.
1. Obama is already setting the tone for a race campaign. (Audio: Here) "Anyone that is against me, is racist", will be the underlying message resonated throughout this campaign, when anyone "dares" to criticize him fairly.
2. Another reason I do not think Obama is (anywhere near) the best candidate for the job is, he is triangulating in some areas now that he has the nomination locked up. Here are a few of the things we have seen him back-pedal on. It's not that we aren't used to it (to some degree) from all pols, but the stakes in this race are way too high to be required to worry about which course he wants to take.
Did he lie to the left-wing when campaigning to get the nomination? Or is he lying now? Which is it Senator? These are fair questions to ask of a candidate for the highest office in the land.
3. It seems that Mr. Obama is embellishing his record (such as it exists) again. There's a discrepancy listed here and McCain is right to pounce on it.
4. Hugh Hewitt responds to the ridiculous claim by Obama, discussed in addendum #1.
5. Human Events has a piece called The Changeling. It reinforces some of what has been often implied, along the way. That is to say, much of the American electorate is not very smart.