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Michelle Obama's Speech

I haven't been too critical of the Barrack Obama campaign, but I can't let his wife's recent speech go by without comment.

It was the scariest damn speech I have ever heard in my life. It's as if Obama told his speechwriters "I want you to write a speech for my wife that will really give babydoc3 the heebie-jeebies".

A lot of conservative pundits have given her a hard time about saying she was proud of America for the first time in her adult life. That was not my biggest problem. She has since said she misspoke, and I'm willing to take her word for it. I'll give her a pass on that, just to be sporting.

There were much worse parts of the speech. For instance, this remark:

"...before we can work on the problems, we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation"

I have to wonder what this has to do with an Obama presidency. Is he the one who is going to fix our souls? Is THAT the role of government? I would think the church is better suited to that. People who jump up and down and scream about religious symbols on government property are strangely silent about the government taking charge of our souls. The latter is a far more egregious breach of church-state separation.

It gets better. Later in the speech she said

"Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed."

Yikes. The most innocuous reading of this is he's going to force everyone into an Outward Bound program. I can push myself to be better, thank you very much. And I want to be the one that defines "better", not Barack or Michelle Obama.

Her ideas aren't even new. There was an Asian leader back in the seventies who required everyone to move out of their comfort zones and work hard. If memory serves me correctly, it didn't turn out very well.