Obama’s Campaign Theme of “Judgment” Leaves His Campaign on the Brink – UPDATED
Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2008
UPDATED – See Below
Barack Obama has made “judgment” the primary theme of his campaign. He claims to have had the judgment to oppose the Iraq war from the beginning. He claims better judgment in his associations such as not taking money from some of the lobbyists who have given money to Senator Clinton’s campaign. Obama claims that judgment trumps experience.
Some of the minor themes of his campaign have been “hope” and the ability to transcend race and bring the country closer to a post-racial America.
It is very easy to be caught up in Obama’s striking oratory and while it is no secret that this writer is no supporter of Obama’s far left politics, I was hoping that Obama was at least a sincere man. This hope started to unravel when he started borrowing text and themes from speeches by others such as President Reagan and Governor Patrick of Massachusetts without giving the proper credit.
It has now been revealed that Obama has been associating himself with radical preachers and organizations that preach hate, anti-Semitism, and conspiracy theories. These are not casual associations. They are relationships that have been ongoing for 20 years.
Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, the Chicago preacher has been most notable in the news, but he is far from the only purveyor of hate Obama has had long associations with. I will list several others but let us start with Rev Wright.
Wright on September 16th 2001 did not give the kind of memorial service after 9/11 that you would expect to help the victims of the attack and their families. Wright launched in a tirade blaming America for the attacks. Wright has attacked Colin Powell, Tiger Woods and even refers to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as Condoskeezza Rice. For those of you who are not aware of the word SKEEZ it is a grotesque sexual reference that the Urban Dictionary defines as “a word formed by mixing skank and sleeze” (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Skeeze&defid=1147958).
Wright refers to America as the US of KKK A. Wright claims that the AIDS virus was invented by whites to kill blacks. Are unprotected sodomy and the sharing of drug needles only something that black people have done? Are the victims of tainted blood transfusions only black people – of course not – which is why such conspiracy theories are ridiculous on their face.
Other nuggets dropped by Rev. Wright include:
Barack knows what it means living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people.
The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people.
Racism is alive and well. Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run. No black man will ever be considered for president, no matter how hard you run Jesse [Jackson] and no black woman can ever be considered for anything outside what she can give with her body.
America is still the No. 1 killer in the world. . . We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns, and the training of professional killers . . . We bombed Cambodia, Iraq and Nicaragua, killing women and children while trying to get public opinion turned against Castro and Gaddafi.
Rev. Wright’s sermons and videos have been for sale on his web site. There is not enough room in this publication to outline the hate and venom that this man has espoused. Wright has lavished praise on the black nationalist and anti-Semite Minister Louis Farrakhan and accompanied Farrakhan to visit Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
The Obama campaign at first claimed ignorance about Wright and then the campaign started spreading the word to the Washington press corps that Obama was not there when Wright made such statements. Of course since Obama had attended the church for 20 years and got married there such claims stretched credibility. Obama delivered a speech on this matter and says that he disagrees with and disavows Wright’s political views and admitted that he did Wright’s statements. Obama defended Wright’s statements in that he is a product of the black anger of his generation.
While some lingering anger from injustices of the past is understandable, what is not acceptable is the constant America bashing, the conspiracy theories, the hate against whites, Israel, Condi Rice and others…and all in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ at the pulpit. What is not acceptable is the repeated association with nutty hate merchants like Farrakhan.
Obama’s condemnation of Wright’s statements and actions stretches credibility. When you or I go to a church and you see something hateful or obviously nutty repeated from the pulpit, do you continue to attend that church? Obama condemned Don Imus for making one insensitive joke about a ladies basketball team and said that Imus should be fired, yet Obama had thousands of church choices in the Chicago area but it wasn’t just any church that attracted Obama – it was THIS church.
If this was Obama’s only lack of judgment in his associations it could be forgiven. Unfortunately there are many others. William Ayres is a professor in Chicago; he is famous as a former “weatherman” terrorist who took credit for planting bombs in the name of radical leftism. Ayres was quoted in the September 11, 2001 New York Times as saying “I don’t regret setting bombs; I feel we didn’t do enough.” Obama and Ayres have been friends since at least 1995. They served on the Woods Fund together and Obama attended Ayres home for “meet the candidate” events.
While Obama served as a paid board member of the Woods Fund, the fund gave $75,000 to the Arab American Action Network (AAAN); a group that refers to the establishment of the nation of Israel as a catastrophe. The co-founder of AAAN is Rashid Khalidi, who according to The Jewish Press, a weekly news magazine, Khalidi served as a director of the PLO press agency WAFA while the PLO was still listed as a terror group by the State Department. Khalidi held a fund raiser for Obama for his failed 2000 bid for Congress.
The Obama campaign started a religion site affiliated with his campaign at faith.barackobama.com. The site contained testimonials from not only the aforementioned Rev. Wright, but also Rev. J. Alfred Smith of Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland California and Rev. Michael Pfleger from Chicago. Rev. Smith has had a long association with the sometimes violent Black Panther Party. Smith’s own web site shows him receiving awards from the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam. The co-founder of the Black Panther Party, Bobby Seale, attended services at Smith’s church and Rev. Smith lead the funeral ceremony for Seale’s mother on February 1st.
At Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton’s funeral eulogy in 1989 Rev. Smith said, “We celebrate his homecoming not as a thug, not as a criminal, but as a member of the Allen Temple family. The Black Panther headquarters were down the street. Do you think it’s closed? It’s not closed. Trust me, it will rise again.”
Rev. Pfleger has invited Minister Farrakhan to speak at his own church, has a long history of radical leftist activism, threatened the owner of a legal gun store saying, “We’re going to find you and snuff you out.” Saying further, “If it takes whatever it takes.”
The Chicago Tribune reported, “One of those long-time supporters was Rev. Michael Pfleger, the politically active leader of St. Sabina Church. He gave Obama’s campaign $1,500 between 1995 and 2001, including $200 in April 2001, about three months after Obama announced $225,000 in grants to St. Sabina programs.”
The Bottom Line
This is not simple guilt by association like someone’s “crazy uncle” who robbed a bank and therefore you might be a bank robber too. Everyone knows that you can’t chose who your relatives are. Obama’s campaign is about judgment and who a president associates with. The New York Times article insinuating that John McCain had an affair with a female lobbyist had importance because it speaks to the judgment of a presidential candidate and who he associates himself with.
If any one of Obama’s troublesome choices of association stood alone, it could be forgiven as a lapse in judgment or unfortunate circumstance; however it is clear that there is a pattern of repeated associations with radicals, haters, nutty conspiracy theorists and those who espoused violence. Those associations span years and render Obama’s recent distancing from such views less than credible.
If Obama does not share the views of these people and did not speak up to them to voice his displeasure or disagreement over the years and while he was a sitting Senator, all the while using them for “street cred” and campaign labor and campaign fund raisers; the word insincere hardly begins to describe it.
UPDATE – The list of 60′s communists in the Obama Campaign grows longer and some of them have a history of violence. The City Journal has the details (continue reading the article for the rest of the list):
Michael Klonsky, whose disgust for mainstream politics led him to launch a new, Maoist Communist Party in the 1970s, today supports Barack Obama so enthusiastically that until recently he was blogging on the Illinois senator’s campaign website. And boycotting this November’s election, Klonsky maintains, would be a “tragic mistake.” He notes that Barack Obama isn’t Hubert Humphrey, 2008 isn’t 1968, and the strong movement he served back then is “relatively weak” now. “My own support for Obama is not a reflection of a radically changed attitude toward the Democratic Party,” Klonsky recently explained to me. “Rather, it’s a recognition that the Obama campaign has become a rallying point for young activists and offers hope for rebuilding the civil rights and antiwar coalitions that have potential to become a real critical force in society.”
Michael Klonsky is hardly the only ’68 radical supporting Obama this year. In 1968, when Mark Rudd organized the student strike that shut down Columbia University, the SDS chapter that he chaired ridiculed Kennedy and McCarthy as “McKennedy,” claimed that “neither peace candidate offers an alternative to the war policies of Lyndon Johnson,” and suggested “sabotage” as an alternative to voting. Rudd succeeded Klonsky as national SDS leader, presiding over the organization’s metamorphosis into Weatherman and performing “a liaison function” for the plot to bomb a Fort Dix soldiers’ dance that instead killed three Weathermen, including two of Rudd’s Columbia SDS colleagues. http://www.city-journal.org/2008/eon0629df.html