More than one friend of mine proudly declared they would vote for Obama in 2008, even people who had voted Republican in the past.
I directed them to Obama's voting record in the Illinois State Legislature (available online) and in the U.S. Senate (for the short time he was in office). Most were stunned by what they read. Some of them told me it changed their votes.
"He supports everything I don't!" a shocked friend told me. Campaign ads, speeches, news media coverage all led her to believe Obama was a moderate, someone who would unify the country even while he tore down racial barriers. She hadn't done her homework; she hadn't known how.
Sadly, I think a lot of people--aided and abetted by Obama worshipers in the media-- gave Obama's image a mental air-brush treatment, blurring imperfections and superimposing an image of their hopes and dreams of a world without racism or poverty or war.
And here we are.
We've got a whole new group of people wanting our votes in the 2012 election. It's time to begin our homework, my friends.
A good place to start: Conservative Daily News, which has a list of current Republican candidates.
Who looks good to you?