When Barack Obama burst onto the scene in 2007 as a presidential candidate, most Americans barely noticed. Father Michael Pfleger was right to some extent when he said that Hillary Clinton thought she was entitled; at first even she barely took notice of the young freshman Senator from Chicago.
But of course everyone was wrong. The primary campaigns of 2008 failed to do what preliminary bouts have always done fairly effectively in the past; America became careless. We knew very little about this man with the odd name, and what we were finding out—those of us who cared—wasn’t comforting.
I have said for a number of years now that a federal election law should be enacted to require all candidates for President of the United States to fully disclose their backgrounds. Everything: birth certificates, childhood school records, employment history, college and university transcripts and theses, and any criminal records down to the smallest traffic fine.
We know that Sarah Palin was an average student; we have no idea how Barack Obama was even admitted to Harvard. He was not an honor student at Columbia, we know that much but very little more. His childhood school records are mysteriously missing, and he will not release his transcripts and other records from any of the three colleges he attended.
Such a law would preclude the media from doing their job, which they certainly did not do in the case of Barack Obama. If they had there is no question my mind that he would not be president today. And it is very unlikely that we would have a massive health care monstrosity on our hand that Congress will try and fail to repeal.
Obamacare is fraught with time bombs. Simply defunding it will not disarm all or even most of them. It may not be impossible to repeal but it will be enormously costly to do so; $140 billion is the estimated cost right now, and it will mount exponentially as time goes on.
It is easy to blame politicians for the mess our government has become but realistically it is we who are to blame. We watch the evening news and we rant and rave about mounting taxes, energy costs, the price of food, but close to half of us do not vote. When we do vote, often we don’t know whom we are voting for.
Less than 20 percent of the American people are politically aligned with Barack Obama, and less than 40 percent know it even now. He is a man with extreme views; he has shown it in his appointments, his pronounced views in speeches we weren’t supposed to see and hear, and through his associations.
Obamacare was a takeover of one-sixth of the U.S. economy and the Democrats will not easily let it go. Republicans in the House and Senate should certainly try, but it is unlikely they will succeed. But there is one thing they can and should do very quickly.
Congress should move immediately to write and pass a full disclosure law for all future U.S. presidential candidates. Let Barack Obama veto it; let us see who else opposes it.
Then we will all will know.