Daniel Henninger points out how much of a downer Obama’s speeches really are.
I think the potential vulnerability runs deeper. Strip away the new coat of paint from the Obama message and what you find is not only familiar. It’s a downer.
Up to now, the force of Sen. Obama’s physical presentation has so dazzled audiences that it has been hard to focus on precisely what he is saying. “Yes, we can! Yes, we can!” Can what?
Listen closely to that Tuesday night Wisconsin speech. Unhinge yourself from the mesmerizing voice. What one hears is a message that is largely negative, illustrated with anecdotes of unremitting bleakness. Heavy with class warfare, it is a speech that could have been delivered by a Democrat in 1968, or even 1928.
I find all this hard to understand. Why do Democrats act as if we are in the middle of a depression? Unemployment is at 5%, a level considered full employment as late as the 1980s. Economic growth has been solid ever since 2002. Folks, the economy just doesn’t get much better than this. And it can get a whole lot worse. For people who recognize that, the message of “change for the sake of change” isn’t very attractive.
Of course, Obama’s Global Poverty Act will take the whole world to a new level:
The legislation would commit the U.S. to spending 0.7 percent of gross national product on foreign aid, which amounts to a phenomenal 13-year total of $845 billion over and above what the U.S. already spends….
In addition to seeking to eradicate poverty, that declaration commits nations to banning “small arms and light weapons” and ratifying a series of treaties, including the International Criminal Court Treaty, the Kyoto Protocol (global warming treaty), the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.