The average voter knew very little about Barack Obama when he was campaigning in 2008. So they listened to the man and judged him by what he said. The fact that he was black also won him some extra votes. The fact the public elected a man with such a negative opinion of America could be considered a fluke, a gigantic mistake, but one that could be corrected in the following election. This time there are many things the voters have come to know about the man. Powerline blog lists just a few.
Obama came of age, over a period of decades, in an environment that can charitably be described as hard-left. His father and mother were both socialists or worse. His maternal grandfather selected a mentor for young Barry who was a long-time member of the Communist Party USA. The socialist New Party listed him as a member. His friend, colleague and fundraiser Bill Ayers is a terrorist who says he wishes he had set off more bombs. His college professor Edward Said was the leading intellectual voice of those who want Israel destroyed. His law school mentor Roberto Unger was too far left for Brazil’s socialist party, and was sent back to Harvard, where he declined all interviews lest he endanger Obama’s electoral prospects. The minister who converted him to Christianity was Jeremiah “God damn America” Wright. You can go on and on.
Obama’s vision for the country is now readily available for all to see and it is the antithesis of what made this country great. If a man with these credentials is elected a second time to lead the nation, then the America that was born in 1776 will have chosen death in 2012. Many conservative writers warn that Obama would turn the United States into some sort of North American Europe. They needn’t look so far afield. His vision is more like that of Fidel Castro than Andrea Merkel.