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So Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama are leaving their church, the Trinity United Church of Christ. I ask: What is the point of leaving now?

Someone should have told Barack Obama that this is not something that he can just walk away from. You can not erase the past Obama buddy, I'm sorry to break the news to you. You're going to have to live with it. As much as you and your followers don't like the idea of having to deal with the consequences of your own personal actions; I know... It's a hard concept to wrap your head around.

Thankfully I have little doubt that the vast majority of my fellow Americans realize the very same things that I do; as such there is no way that Barack Obama will win the presidency; no matter whom he disowns. Seriously, who's next Obama, your wife Michelle perhaps?

This is nothing more than yet another calculated move made by Barack Obama for his own personal gain. First he didn't want to disown his mentor and pastor, Jeremiah Wright; he then hypocritically does exactly what he said he would not and could not do, but only after Jeremiah Wright made him look bad in public.

Only after coming to realize, or more than likely being told, that disowning Jeremiah Wright was the best decision for his presidential campaign did Barack Obama do so. Only when he realized that there was more to gain on a personal level by disowning him than by keeping him around did Barack Obama do so.

Only after the polls and his handlers told him that leaving his church would be beneficial did Barack Obama so do. That is hypocritical and cowardly. Stand up for what you truly believe in Barack; you can't sit in a "church" for over 20 years listening to hate spew forth from the alter and not believe at least some of is, can you Mr. Obama?

Of course you can't. It's clear to everyone that actually wants to open their eyes and look at the situation logically and without political prejudice, such as me, that Barack Obama is nothing more than a politician, an empty suit, trying to do whatever is best for Barack Obama.

That is all Barack Obama cares about. He doesn't care about the American people or our country. He wants to be the President, it is all that he has on his mind, and it is all that he cares about. Whatever he has to smash through and trample to reach his goal, well they are just sacrifices that must be made for the great good, isn't that right Mr. Obama?

He doesn't care about the Democratic Party or its members. He doesn't care about its leaders or its oldest supporters. He cares about winning this election, above all else. This is extremely obvious, Barack Obama would not have thrown his mentor Jeremiah Wright under his political bus; Barack Obama would not have removed himself from his "church", or which he was a member for over 20 years.

Those are not things that people easily walk away from. Looking back on Barack Obama's much lauded speech on race only confirms this.

There was a great article by Thane Rosenbaum in the Wall Street Journal today. The article is entitled The President Has Kept Us Safe. In the article he goes on to discuss how he believes that our President has kept us safe from terrorists in the nearly 7 years since 9/11. Here is my commentary on the article:

I, as Mr. Rosenbaum, also did not vote for Bush in 2004 (I wasn't of age in 2000), but regardless of whom I voted for, President Bush was reelected and I accepted that choice. I've never talked badly about him at all; I realize that he has an extremely difficult job, much more difficult than I can even imagine I am sure.

That doesn't mean that I support absolutely everything that the President and his administration have done, as the article mentions the Patriot Act as an example: I certainly don't agree with our government infringing on the rights and the privacies of our nations citizens, in fact I am very much against it; but I can at the very least understand why such measures were taken. They were undoubtedly put into place to protect the American people, not to hurt them. I also do not believe that they are wire-tapping my telephone or reading my messages.

I was also in New York on 9/11, and it's absolutely correct that the people had a completely different mindset at that time. I can clearly remember the most liberal people that I knew, people who now support Barack Obama, suggesting that our country simply attack other nations without any evidence at all against them, nations in the middle east, simply because they may have had something to do with the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Those very same people quite suddenly changed their tune as the years passed; now they're against the war in Iraq and think that it was a terrible idea from the very beginning. They're vehemently supporting Barack Obama and the Democrats, and they trash our President every chance that they get.

Now you could make the argument that the people that I speak with are simply ignorant, but if you actually read some of the comments made by Barack Obama followers right here on the internet, you can see that the people that I speak with are not much different from any other Barack Obama follower.

The article is absolutely correct in saying that the winds of change take to the American people as a hurricane takes to a wind chime. They forget that not even 7 short years ago they were the very thing that they are now so against. They are the ultimate hypocrisy.

Increasing Food Prices is a Serious Issue

 

People are going to suffer due to the rapidly increasing price of foods and other commodities. No, not American people, and not the people in any of the more advanced countries. The people that are going to suffer are those truly poor and downtrodden people in our world; there is true poverty out there, people that simply do not have the opportunity to make their lives better.

These people aren't able to farm their own lands to feed themselves; they have to deal with the current global commodity situation just as every one of us does. But sadly these people, these many millions of people, they simply cannot keep up with these rapidly increasing prices. These are people that live on the equivalent of one dollar a day, one single dollar each day.

Living on a dollar a day is known as extreme poverty. Just imagine having the spending power of one single dollar every day and you will easily be able to see why these people can barely survive; that they do in fact go hungry, often to the point of starvation. And it is only going to get worse as the price of commodities continues to rise.

When we hear the politicians and our fellow Americans complaining about the increase in prices through various forms of media, it's them complaining about petty things such as Milk increasing in price and how outrageous it is. But the fact is that us Americans are not in any danger from this increase in commodity prices; no, we are going to be just fine. It is the truly poor in our world that will suffer.

All of us have heard the various reasons given for the increase in prices: From the recent popularity of bio fuels to global warming diminishing the harvests. Neither of these is the real reason for the increase in prices, no matter what the politicians and pundits tell you and want you to think.

Demand is the main reason behind the increase in commodity prices. It's as simple as that. Millions of people in both India and China, as well as several other emerging countries, are eating a much higher quality diet than they previously were. This is by no means a bad thing; we should all be very happy for these people, people that have brought themselves out of poverty through hard work and determination. It is a great thing.

We can't blame anyone or single thing. From the increased demand in countries such as China and India, to bio fuels and global warming; we can certainly debate which of these things has a larger affect on prices, but that is only going to lead us to continuing the avoidance of the real issue: That is the truly poor people in the world that are suffering now, and will continue to suffer as these elements weigh on the prices of commodities in the future.

Can we do anything about this? I'm sure that we can, yes. For example, I simply consume less and waste less. There is an incredible amount of waste in advanced countries; people don't give it a second thought. I witness people wasting without care every single day of my life. It's a terrible thing.

Knowing that our waste alone could feed millions of truly needy people is a very sad thing. We've all seen the studies, some saying that half of the food in the United States is actually wasted, never ingested by a human being at all. The first time that I read that I was shocked, sure; but I knew that it would be a staggering amount of waste based on what I have seen with my own eyes.

The fact is that less waste and more efficiency here in the United States would dramatically drop the demand for commodities, and as such, it would in turn drop the price of food throughout the world. This would allow more and more people to eat, to eat a better diet, and be healthier in general.

So the next time that you're in your local supermarket, don't complain about the increasing cost of your Eggs and Milk; instead think of the poor people that are going to go without due to you continuing your wasteful habits.

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