A man who wants to expand the size of the United States military by 100,000 troops has no right to cherry-pick quotes from MLK's famous speech. When King said "the fierce urgency of now," he didn't mean the fierce urgency of electing Obama as President; he meant the fierce urgency of ending the war in Vietnam now. Obama, I hope it's clear, does not plan on ending the war in Iraq now, despite the wishes of the citizens of Iraq, the citizens of America and the citizens of the world. He has publicly stated he would unilaterally invade Pakistan; he's called Iran "a genuine threat"; he supported Israel's bombing of Lebanon's cities; and he uses the word "nuclear" enough to make my stomach churn.
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
I like Obama, OK, but he will in no way end our disastrous path down the dark corridors of imperialism, and there is no way I could in conscience vote for that. I'd rather not support our spiritual death.
Jan 17 2008 - 7:22pm