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Black Backing of Barack Should Not Be Unconditional

(Released Nov 2008)

Barack Obama’s election is a capstone on black Americans’ struggle for equality.

While isolated racial intolerance can be expected to continue, Obama’s electoral landslide and victory in majority-white states such as Iowa and southern states such as Virginia put to rest concerns about a so-called “Bradley effect,” in which whites allegedly publicly support – but secretly vote against – black candidates.

President-elect Obama’s life story is also a tribute to our nation’s greatness and endless opportunity. In few other nations could a fatherless, racial minority of modest means rise to the most powerful position in the world.

There is a misconception, however, about unconditional black support for Obama.

It is quite possible to be black and be proud – even excited – about Barack Obama’s achievement while opposing him politically. This black woman, for instance, did not vote for Obama. Furthermore, I don’t believe his policies are sound.

I find it unfortunate that Obama’s personal keys to success – hard work and perseverance – are tragically absent from the agenda he espouses. Instead of lauding the virtues of self-reliance and independence, he is pushing massive federal growth and government intrusion.

Collectivism replaces individualism, and government intervention replaces self-preservation.

On taxes, we can expect Obama to mandate “economic justice.” His promise of a tax cut for 95 percent of Americans obviously struck a chord during this economic uncertainty, but recent revelations indicate his true beliefs lie in redistributing wealth.

The successful will likely be taxed to provide refundable tax “credits” to those with lower incomes. It’s wealth redistribution because the 40 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes would be getting the credits.

Don’t take my word for it. When Samuel Joseph “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher asked him about it, Obama replied: “It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance at success, too…” Obama continued: “My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody.”

This thinking does punish success and rewards underachievement. That’s not how our predecessors raised themselves up from bondage, poverty and racism. Who’s going to work harder if the extra benefit is taken away and given to someone who didn’t work as hard? It’s no way to set our nation back on a stable economic course.

On energy, Obama picks energy winners and losers. Through an “aggressive” cap-and-trade scheme, he plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by punishing the coal industry and coal-based utilities through taxes on carbon dioxide.

Last January, Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle: “[I]f somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

The problem is that coal provides half of our nation’s electricity. Bankrupting the industry will raise utility bills and make energy less available. During that same interview, Obama added: “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket…” and power plants “would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.”

There are further problems associated with nationalizing health care, taking the secret ballot away in union organizing and new amnesty and benefits for illegal aliens.

Although it’s amazing that a black was elected President, it’s ironic that Obama’s leftist policies are likely to hurt the very people he claims to want to help.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – “unalienable rights” cited by our Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence – can only be achieved through personal responsibility and self-reliance.

Unfortunately, the “We” in Obama’s “Yes We Can!” literally means collectivism and a statist government that stifles our liberties.

I’d rather endorse a “Yes I Can!” philosophy. I think those who came before me would agree.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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