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Obama Plays Blame Game; McCain Offers Solutions

To find proof that Obama’s slogan of a new kind of politics is just a slogan, all you need do is listen to his rhetoric this past week.  His claims of postpartisanship are empty.  His has no record of standing up to entrenched interests in Washington or even proposing significant reforms.  

Yesterday, he claimed that earlier in the day “Sen. McCain gave a speech in which his big solution to this worldwide economic crisis was to blame me for it.” 

If Obama had bothered to read the speech, he would have learned that the Arizona Republican first mentioned his own work in the Senate, noting that he had “called for reform of this corruption at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac” while Congress and the Administration “did nothing.”

They weren’t the only ones to sit silently by. Senator Obama also “did nothing, and actually profited from this system of abuse and scandal.”  That is, the Republican nominee spread the blame around:

We’ve heard a lot of words from Senator Obama over the course of this campaign. But maybe just this once he could spare us the lectures, and admit to his own poor judgment in contributing to these problems. The crisis on Wall Street started in the Washington culture of lobbying and influence peddling, and he was square in the middle of it.

After identifying Senator Obama as part of the problem, McCain spelled out what he’d do if elected.

In that speech, he did more than just blame Senator Obama, he put forward concrete proposals.  The Democrat meanwhile has failed to “present any detailed proposal of his own for how to resolve the monetary situation that has roiled world markets in recent days” (H/t Instapundit).

I conclude with a question for Senator Obama (and his supporters is this):  Was John McCain wrong to say you’ve done nothing?  If so, please let us know what proposals to reform our nation’s financial sector you have put forward during your tenure in the United State Senate?

UPDATE:  Now, we’ve got do-nothing Senator Obama misrepresenting McCain’s record on reform: “He has consistently opposed the sorts of commonsense regulations that might have lessened the current crisis.”  As the author of the article noting that distortion puts it, “Why that’s wrong.”  Meanwhile, the Democratic nominee says, he “was warning about the danger ahead on Wall Street months ago.”  Fine, Senator, but did you do anything more than reform?  You were in the Senate.  Did you propose legislation to address the issue?  Did you even promote a bill one of your colleagues had introduced?  (H/t Jennifer Rubin).

Does Obama Know About the Success of World War II?

I had intended to take the day off from blogging. But, I found a passage in Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream that simply astounded me.  I felt I just had to write about it:

But there are few examples in history in which the freedom men and women crave is delivered through outside intervention. In almost every successful social movement of the last century from Gandhi’s campaign against British rule to the Solidarity movement in Poland to the antiapartheid movement in South Africa, democracy was the result of a social awakening.

Um, what about the liberation of Western Europe from Nazism and the restoration of freedom and democracy to France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway (to name just a “few examples”). These all happened in the last century, thanks to armed American intervention.

America’s “outside intervention” also brought democracy to Italy, Germany (its western half at first) and Japan. Just a “few” more examples. Guess Obama qualified himself with that word “almost.”

Still it’s striking he didn’t mention them in his book. Nor did he address the armed intervention of the last Democrat to serve in the White House, Bill Clinton. His efforts (supported by John McCain) helped bring freedom and democracy to the various nations that were once part of Yugoslavia.

Guess for Obama if facts don’t your theory, just ignore them.

UPDATE:  Just realized I left out two nations which owe their freedom and democracy to armed intervention, Austria and South Korea.  And unlike Obama, I didn’t have foreign policy “experts” reading this post and alerting me to errors or omissions.