He's a real nowhere Man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans
Nowhere man please listen,
you don't know what your missin'
the world is at your command
--Nowhere Man Lyrics, The Beatles
The following is from "Obama or McCain?"
by Paul Eidelberg
. . . A wise political scientist has commented on “the gulf between the training of medical doctors and a country’s senior politicians. A medical doctor has to undergo seven years of very difficult and intensive studies and supervised practice, and then at least two more years of specialization. After all that, most of us would not let him treat any serious condition of ours before having accumulated years of experience. Furthermore, all studies of professionalism show that the development of high level skills requires years of intense learning and supervised practice. Yet nothing like that is required from senior politicians.”
Barack Obama has been in the Senate only four years, and if we ignore his exaggerations, he has fathered no major legislation.
Do you think that the tasks required of a President of the United States are no less demanding than are those of a medical doctor? I doubt this very much. A President makes decisions affecting the well-being of 300 million Americans—indeed, of mankind as a whole. Of course, he has professionals advising him. It is often the case, however, that his advisers disagree as to what is the best or wisest course of action on one issue or another, whether it concerns health, the economy, or national security—hence on war.
It has been said war is too serious a matter to be left to generals. Yet the President, as Commander-in-Chief, is expected to make decisions on this very issue.
Do you think a neophyte like Senator Obama is fit to make such decisions? Would you let someone with only four years of medical training perform brain surgery on you? Hence, would you feel secure and confident having as your President a man with only four years of national experience in Washington—a man who you know primarily from photo-ops and sound bytes rather than from an objective and established record of national accomplishments?
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