What most conservatives find troubling about Michelle Obama’s comments on the campaign trail isn’t a question of patriotism based on her “for the first time I’m proud of my country” remark. It certainly wasn’t the silly fist bump either. Hardly any conservatives, particularly the fiscally concerned who aren’t even Republicans, believe Obama is secretly a terrorist Muslim raised by Jihadists. Most are proud to see how far our country has arrived to have an African American, from Hawaii no less, come this close to the presidency.
Which is why her speech at the Democratic National Convention, while poignant and moving, fell flat for some. An entirely different set of comments with a disturbingly Marxist undertone, whether well-intentioned or simply naïve, could’ve stood a little clarifying.
Such as proffering “Don’t go into corporate America” at a daycare center in Zanesville, OH, where average median household income hovers around $37K and 20% have no high school degree. After her earning $50K a year for sitting on the board for TreeHouse Foods Inc., whose largest client happened to be Wal-Mart, this classic “do as I say, not as I do” (or did) irked quite a few people, let alone conservatives.
“And Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism, that you put down your division, that you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones, that you push yourselves to be better, and that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual – uninvolved, uninformed…”
Demand? Never allow? Move out of what? Is Obama running for president or a dictatorial monarchy?
“Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices, that we are going to have to change our conversation, we’re gonna have to change our traditions, our history, we’re gonna have to move into a different place as a nation.”
Change our history? How? Change our traditions? Is that even constitutionally possible?
And change to what? A socialized economy that fosters perpetual entitlement via government mandated programs funded by running an even higher national deficit and weakening our dollar more than Bush’s administration has?
If the Obamas are wondering why McCain is catching up in the polls despite his own perceived faults among conservatives, it’s because voters are becoming more aware of sound policies when they hear them, and inflating one’s tires isn’t one of them. Sure, it’s not Michelle’s job to explain economic policy. But considering she was the first on Barack’s list when was asked at the Saddleback Church Forum to name the three people that would most influence his decisions as president, it’s only logical many are becoming more critical about what change precisely entails. Especially with the economy being the number one concern among Americans, conservative or not.