This is Ron Gold checking in.
Barack Obama has now spent 50 days in the White House. Instead of waiting for the standard first 100 days evaluation, I thought I’d get a head start and give some early thoughts. However, when I think about it, I realize it’s extremely difficult to say if Obama is doing a good job. He’s done some good things, such as erasing the federal ban on funding embryonic stem cell research, but is he making smart economic decisions? Not even the top economists can reach a consensus, making it nearly impossible for the average person to know for sure.
So maybe the best way to evaluate Obama is to look at the most irrational part of the populace – like the 10% who thought he was Muslim during the campaign – and figure the opposite of their opinion is true. Luckily, I know the perfect place to find these folks: Conservapedia!
Looking at its entry on Barack Obama, the suspicion is that he’s still secretly a Muslim. Here is a small selection of its evidence (Conservapedia is user-edited, meaning the content is subject to change, though this is all accurate as of the time it was posted):
–Obama’s background, education, and outlook are Muslim, and fewer than 1% of Muslims convert to Christianity.
–Obama’s middle name (Hussein) references Husayn, who was the grandson of Muhammad, which most Christians would not retain.
–Obama uses the Muslim Pakistani pronunciation for “Pakistan” rather than the common American one.
–Obama has chosen the Secret Service code name “Renegade”. “Renegade” conventionally describes someone who goes against normal conventions of behavior, but its first usage was to describe someone who has turned from their religion. It is a word derived from the Spanish renegado, meaning “Christian turned Muslim.”
If you’re somehow not convinced Obama is a Muslim, well, maybe you’re right. According to Conservapedia’s “Religion of Barack Hussein Obama” article, he might secretly be an atheist. The proof:
–When he initially took the oath of office on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, Obama misspoke (possibly due to Chief Justice Roberts not being prepared) and out of an “abundance of caution” the oath was retaken the next day. CNN.com noted, “Though a Bible was used in Tuesday’s oath, one was not used for Wednesday’s.”
–Since assuming office Obama has not attended a single church function.
I wish he were an atheist, but that evidence is laughably weak. Obama is a Christian, and it’s as simple as that. And even if he were an atheist or a Muslim, it wouldn’t mean that he’s an evil man who wants to destroy the American way of life. But it Conservapedia land, non-Christian means un-American.
Moving from religion to the economic issues, Conservapedia hammers Obama on pretty much everything he has done so far. It says his “response to economic crisis closely parallels that of Herbert Hoover in 1930-31 in dealing with the Great Depression.” Furthermore, Obama’s 2010 budget “will likely lead to a decrease in charitable giving” and “will raise consumer energy prices.” And to top it off, he’s a scandal-ridden Leftist.
Alright then, I think I can evaluate Obama’s first 50 days after my enlightenment from Conservapedia: He’s doing a fantastic job.