Big Problems for Obama

Posted on October 7, 2008. Filed under: Examination of Obama's past and present associations with questionable characters, InsideSTL.com Articles |

I need to take a moment to thank Tim McKernan and everyone at InsideSTL.com for giving me a new forum every Tuesday in their new STL Politics section. My weekly, Tuesday articles will be on www.InsideSTL.com, at least, through the election. Be sure to check the articles out, read the other content on their site and support their advertisers. Hopefully, if enough of you come back each Tuesday to either agree with me, or to curse me, maybe they will find a reason to keep me around after the election. Below is the first article published 10/7. If you are an InsideSTL.com reader checking out the Anti-Obamassiah Refuge for the first time, welcome. Look around and leave some comments if you like, and tell others to check it out, too – whether they agree or not. Thanks again to InsideSTL.com and thank all of you for taking the time to read my articles.

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Sarah Palin recently gave some good motivation to dig through those Alaskan dumpsters a little faster. Citing a New York Times story, she called into question Obama’s long-time association with self-admitted, non-repentant domestic terrorist William Ayers. Palin stated that Obama, “…is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.” Obama’s campaign responded that McCain took his, “…discredited, dishonorable campaign one step further…launching more personal attacks on Senator Obama.” Douglas Daniel of the Associated Press was quick to report, “…portraying Obama as ‘not like us’ is another potential appeal to racism.” If it isn’t obvious enough, Palin has definitely struck a nerve. Obama is back to questioning John McCain’s honor and his surrogates in the press are working harder to paint any Obama criticism as racist. Obama made it perfectly clear earlier in the campaign that his patriotism was not to be questioned. However, he should probably answer some questions if he wishes to maintain his status of unquestionable patriotism.

Obama’s rolodex had to be of concern to his campaign manager before ever hitting the campaign trail. The challenge was to find a way to silence any questions into the extremists who had mentored Obama, been his spiritual leaders, and those he had so casually associated with before hitting the national political scene. Throughout his campaign, Obama has deflected questions such as those Palin raises by insinuating the questions are racially motivated. Most members of the press have graciously followed Obama’s lead in their coverage of the election. In fact, the quote from Douglas Daniel’s AP article mentioned earlier is almost a restatement of a July speech Obama gave in Springfield, Mo. when he said, “What they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.” Eventually Obama and his supporters will have to drop the claim of ‘racial immunity’ to questions about his past. Because the voters must ask what drew Obama to keep company with people like William Ayers without being afraid of being called charged with racism for demanding the answers.

On my blog, www.antiobamassiah.wordpress.com, there are multiple pieces detailing several of Obama’s long-time associations that would concern most voters, regardless of race. These include William Ayers who bombed police stations, the US Capital Building, and the Pentagon in the 1970’s. Obama claims that Ayers’ past in no way concerns him since the bombings were committed when he was eight-years-old. Yet, Ayers told the New York Times in 2001 that he did not regret the bombings and he wished they did more. Seems Ayers hasn’t fully given up his terrorist belief system. Obama claims no real friendship with Ayers even though Ayers personally chose him to head up the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a $50 million organization. Obama accepted the position and stayed for eight years. A $50 million dollar grant would be quite difficult for Ayers to trust t a mere passing acquaintance. It’s clear that Obama is not being completely forthcoming.

Obama’s involvement with Trinity United Church of Christ should also raise questions with voters. This is the church he attended for 20 years where the Reverend Jeremiah Wright gave sermons based primarily on messages of racial hatred and divide. Wright would make outrageous, racially-charged claims like the US Government created the HIV virus to wipe out minorities. He also told his congregation after the 9/11 attacks that, “America’s chickens have come home to roost.” Wright made no secret of his affinity for Louis Farrakhan. In 1984 Wright traveled with Farrakhan to Libya to visit Muammar Qaddafi. In 2007, Farrakhan was given the Empowerment Award from Trinity. Just in case anyone isn’t familiar with Farrakhan, he is the Nation of Islam leader who is notorious for his extreme views such as, referring to whites as, “white devils,” and promoting anti-Semitism with quotes such as, “The Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man.”

Obama does not support bombing government buildings, anti-Semitism, or the idea that HIV was created by the US government. Nor is Obama a member of the Nation of Islam with the same views as Farrakhan. However, what has allowed him to be tolerant of views like these? What has caused him to seek out the company of extremists with these views? Taking that he claims to have attended Trinity an average of twice a month for 20 years, what part of Wright’s sermons kept him as a member for so long? These are very important questions absolutely not connected to race. Whether or not Obama has merely wound up in the company of extremists through innocent lack of character judgment, voters must ask, who is he going to turn to for advice in the Oval Office? At the very least, voters should be asking if Obama really is the centrist he claims to be. Why is it so easy for extremists to command Obama’s attention? This isn’t merely “guilt by association” from the presence of a few lobbyists on his campaign; this is an indication of a disturbing trend of a severe lack of character judgment skills.

 

 

 

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