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Submitted by Eric (Non-Rich Independent Conservative) (United States), Oct 14, 2008 at 18:02

I'm not convinced. I think Obama's thinking is very much influenced by his Islamic roots. And I think the fact that he denies those roots at every turn is very telling as well. His association with Reverend Wright also says a LOT. He simply can't have attend that church for 20 years without hearing the vile hate speech that spewed from the man's mouth. Don't forget too that Reverend Wright had close associations with Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. These are people with VERY radical viewpoints.

Even his own wife made the comment that she had never been proud of being an American until his nomination. Very sad...America has a LOT to be proud of. Actually, we really don't know much about Obama's background because it's been kept such a secret both by the candidate and by most of the media. I would like to feel like I can trust the man, but I can't. He's been too dishonest on too many counts. I don't really hear any new ideas. Just the same old liberal rhetoric. What I'm most afraid of is his total lack of experience. Also, I always hear that Republicans are just a bunch of rich people who want to tax poor people.

I see things very differently. I'm from very very humble roots myself. My hard-working mother very begrudgingly accepted welfare support for a few years while I was growing up. My dad was a no-kidding, dirt-poor cowboy. Not the rancher, but the guy the rancher hired. We had very little. I'm doing quite well now as a result of having worked to put myself through college and 20 years serving on active duty in the Air Force. I don't have a problem paying taxes for legitimate purposes--defense, education, infrastructure, etc. But I don't believe in wealth redistribution because it simply doesn't work. A person generally only appreciates something if they've worked for it. I believe in letting people keep more of what they earn, both rich and poor. If someone works harder, good for them!

In a nutshell, here is the real difference in the liberal (Democrat if you wish) and conservative (Republican if you wish) philosophies: Liberals say, "You can't do it for yourself. You need US to help you. Vote for us and we'll tax the rich guy who gives you your job and give you part of the money." Interestingly, the liberals have a vested interest in keeping poor people poor. If there were no poor, we'd all be conservatives. Conservatives say, "You don't need big government taxing you. You should be able to keep more of what you work for. If you do work hard, you'll be rewarded. If not, oh well....." Most of the Republicans I know are very generous people. They give very generously to charities of their choice. And I'm not talking about "well to do" people either--Just honest people who've worked hard all their lives. The top one percent of Americans already pay about 70% of the taxes in this country. What more do you want?

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