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Obama The Terrorist

I was appalled to see the Republican Party faithful at a campaign rally for Senator John McCain and his running mate Governor Sarah Palin calling for the death of Senator Barack Obama.  People from the crowd yelled such things like kill him, off with his head, and he’s a terrorist.  People accuse the Democratic Party’s nominee of being an Arab or a Muslim or of palling around with terrorists.  The latest commercials that come with Mr. McCain’s seal of approval describe Mr. Obama with such terms as he’s dangerous and suspicious.  Now I understand it’s standard procedure for people running for public office to do their best to call into question the character of their political opponent.  But it appears that this is being taken to new heights with the McCain Palin campaign and the insiders in the Republican Party.

Mr. Obama had to respond to the inexperience early in his formal bid for the White House.  Mr. Obama’s own vice presidential running mate, Senator Joe Biden, has said that Mr. Obama did not have enough experience to be President.  Senator Hillary Clinton and hubby former President Bill Clinton had dismissed Mr. Obama with comments that question his ability to work the system.  At one point, Ms. Clinton said that she and her Republican opponent had a history of political accomplishments and that Mr. Obama had little more than a speech he wrote.  Mr. Obama weathered that criticism to become the Democratic nominee.  And Mr. McCain was too happy to pick up the criticism where Mr. Obama’s Democratic rivals left off.

But the one thing that the prolonged battle for the Democratic nomination did was to air out practically all of Mr. Obama’s dirty laundry.  We’ve already heard about Mr. Obama’s experimentation with illegal substances.  We’ve already heard about his affiliation with Bill Ayers.  We’ve already heard about his association with Jeremiah Wright and Trinity United Church of Christ.  We’ve already heard of his relationship with the real estate developer Tony Rezko.  We’ve already heard of all the accusations against his wife Michelle Obama and how she’s just an angry black woman who has never been proud of her country until her husband became the Democratic nominee.  Mr. Obama has faced these accusations and charges and has come through these various storms a better politician.  What else is left for Mr. McCain to bring up?

Mr. McCain’s supporters know they cannot win on the issues.  Mr. McCain has been too inconsistent in his various responses to the latest upheavals in the country and the world since his nomination.  But at the same time, Mr. McCain has been too consistent with his predecessor’s policies to convince the majority of the public that he has a plan for change.  Mr. McCain is to political change like vinegar is to honey.  The majority of America sees this.  The majority of America knows this.  And yet, the Republican Party hopeful want to try and pretend that Mr. McCain is the shot in the arm this country needs most.

But the pick of Sarah Palin as Mr. McCain’s running mate was probably the first real nail in Mr. McCain’s presidential hope’s coffin.  Suddenly, all the arguments that Mr. McCain made about Mr. Obama’s lack of experience and lack of political accomplishments suddenly flew out the window, and so did some of Mr. McCain supporters.  Many of the Republican faithful supported the McCain Palin ticket.  But subsequent days of little in the way of political substance from Ms. Palin began to call into question Mr. McCain’s choice.  Interviews with Charles Gibson and Katie Couric exposed Ms. Palin as a national political light weight.  And the fact that Ms. Palin avoided interviews like Superman avoids kryptonite didn’t help the situation.  More people who took an honest evaluation of the situation began to abandon the Republican dark side for the other dark side.

Much, not all, of what remain of the McCain Palin supporters are people who wear their ignorance proudly on their sleeves.  People will swear that Mr. Obama’s a Muslim as if that alone is reason to vote for John McCain.  Some say he associates with terrorist.  Some will make the claim that they don’t know Mr. Obama enough even though he’s been running for President for the past year and a half.  But after less than two months as Mr. McCain’s running mate and with just a handful of in depth interviews people feel like they know Ms. Palin as well as they know their next door neighbor.  But now they feel that they know the Illinois Senator well enough to call him a terrorist or a Muslim or an Arab or whatever.  I saw a video of a man attending a Republican rally saying something to the effect, I don’t know him and I don’t need to know him.  Sounds like a man who is proud of his ignorance.

The more moves the McCain Palin ticket makes the more their base erodes and all that’s left are the people who are so stuck in their ways it’s surprising to hear that they ever started using light bulbs.  These are the type of people that will say their granddaddy’s granddaddy voted Republican and they’ll be damned if they break tradition.  But granddaddy never had to vote in the twenty first century under such circumstances as the ones we face today.  People need to start thinking for themselves.  When granddaddy voted Republican I’m sure he had his reasons.  However, I seriously doubt if it was because his granddaddy’s granddaddy did it.  He probably weighed the issues and voted what was best for the country.  Too bad granddaddy isn’t here to slap some since in his progenies.

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - Posted by | African Americans, Barack Obama, Black Community, Black Culture, Black Men, Black People, Democrats, Life, Politics, Racism, Republicans, Sarah Palin, Thoughts

14 Comments »

  1. The question before the voters is Obama’s own actual values, personal judgment, inappropriate associations and his lack of qualifications for office of president. Why is it that anyone addressing these legitimate issues of Obama’s relationship with William Ayers or Acorn now is still being falsely even now diverted by being wrongfully called a racist by Obama and his supporter? Is that rather how typically he will treat all negative questions as well the rest of his life too? What no personal accountability as well? We do not need politicians like that for sure.

    Comment by thenonconformer | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the feedback thenonconformer,

    But the question about Mr. Obama’s relationship with William Ayers and Acorn has been asked and answered. Whether or not the answer has been given to your satisfaction is a personal matter. Quite frankly I don’t see it as being an issue. However, I can see that you do. In order to support your candidate you chose to focus on the one issue that might support your position that Mr. Obama is an unfit candidate.

    I have no problem with people asking questions about Mr. Obama’s character. If you want to judge Mr. Obama for his association with a man who admitted being an unrepentant terrorist, by all means that is your right. I wonder how you would feel if some of the more egregious indiscretions of your past were made public, brought to light for the world to see and how you would respond to people who refused to accept your explanations because they had an agenda to support.

    If you want to talk about character and if the actions of people from decades ago is an issue what about Mr. McCain’s past behavior? Is it an issue when Mr. McCain graduates 894th in a class of 899 students at the Annapolis Naval academy? Is it an issue that even with such a low ranking in his graduating class he’s given a pass to fly because his father and grandfather were admirals? Is it an issue that the man cheated on his first wife? Is it an issue when he cheated on his current wife Cindy with a lobbyist? Is it an issue when he unsuccessfully tried to help Charles Keating, Jr. with his savings and loan cover up? Is it an issue when Mr. McCain selects a national politics neophyte to be his running mate? Is it an issue when Mr. McCain bounces around the issues of the economy like Ricochet Rabbit? Is it an issue when his position on any given issue switches with the political winds?

    I guess that sounds like the politician we need for America. Four more years of failed public policy sounds exactly like what we need right now.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply

  3. Oh come on now, you know the sandbox rules: When all else fails, throw sand and call your opponent names! Obviously, McCain-Palin supporters haven’t outgrown their preschool day ways…what *do* you expect from these people???

    Comment by Nomi | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thanks for the feedback Nomi,

    I really don’t know why I have a tendency to expect more from my fellow Americans. I know that there are political idiots amongst us. But I thought that when we see these people cross the line there would be a concerted effort from the rest of us to pull them back from the dark side. Instead, too many of us encourage such behavior. If a Muslim said anything that sounded like he or she was encouraging violence they’d find themselves in the Camp Guantanamo reception area quicker than the time it takes our government to put together a 700 billion dollar bailout plan for financial institutions.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply

  5. I guess my only issue when it comes to Obama’s associations is his lack of a solid concrete answer that might put these accusations to rest. While I’m not a huge fan of Ayers, the rest I know little about, I’m less of a fan of the responses coming out of the Obama camp. This is where Obama and his campaign staff, either coordinatedly confusing, or just failing to communicate “one message”, have been highly differential. Depending on who you ask within the democratic party leadership and campaign staffs, you can get an entirely different answer to refute any claims, any day of the week.
    I’m not saying McCain is gold or anything, and frankly at this point of growing weary of politics in this nearly 2 year campaign (starting with my own former governor Vilsack announcing his running before fizzling out shortly due to lack of support), I can’t even bring myself to care a whole lot about who is associated with who on either side. Afterall their politicians which means they’re closer to evil lying bastards than the average person. I’d just like to see a better consistency when it comes to addressing things, instead of spinning the wheel for the answer of the day, on this particular front of issues.

    Comment by mike lovell | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply

  6. I think that it doesn’t matter much how he answers the question about Ayers. I found out a year later after having worked with a guy that he raped his stepdaughter. Should I now be somehow called a rapist sympathizer? Should I and everyone working with this guy have quit our jobs to not be associated with this freak?

    That is my problem. We can’t be responsible for every person that we work with. We can’t be associated with their past behaviors for working with them. And yes Obama had a thing at this guys house. The guy we worked with had a party for one of the managers due to his families new baby.

    I personally didn’t know of this guys past before I attended. Now I am a guilty party? That is ludicrous. I don’t think this is an issue. Lets take a look at everyone’s past work associates and see if they have done bad things in their past. I bet we would all be guilty then.

    It is just silly to think that something that was raised two years ago and answered two years ago is still on the table. Give it a rest is what we seem to be saying to McCain by his low poll numbers. He should see that it isn’t working. But he continues to do it. What does that say about him?

    It tells me he is the type of person who would keep us in a war for 100 years or continue the failed Bush tax cuts because he doesn’t have the sense to understand that changes need to be made when plans are NOT working.

    Thanks.

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply

  7. Well, and I think, to an extent, we’re on the same page. I’m not calling Obama a terrorist sympathizer. Quite frankly both sides have their base attacking the other side with some molehile anecdotes trying to get something to stick, the right probably a lot more than the left.
    What I’m saying is, his camp should just sit down together, hammer out one candid response that doesnt’ sound elusive (read: lawyer-speak, or legalese). Something to the effect that yes, the guy did these things, yes we served on a board together to acheive a goal. No the board serving and Ayers past aren’t related. ETC ETC. rather than, this coming out snippets at a time like it has (e.g.- he’s just a guy in the neighborhood, then later you here the refutations of , “i was just 8 years old”, then the next day, it’s something else.) I think in order to put it to bed, he should come out with one comprehensive speech to shut up the rhetoric, kind of like Romney did in order to quell the whole Mormonism is evil argument thrown at him.

    Comment by mike lovell | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply

  8. I think the reason for that is, it doesn’t matter. They already came out with the whole scenario. I heard this whole thing about a year or so ago with Hillary. We heard that he was eight. We heard that he was in the neighborhood and we heard that they sat on a board. We don’t need to hear it again and again.

    If it didn’t sink in the first hundred times we had to endure it. Then too bad, people can think what they want. If it were me I would say it once and say I am not going to sit here and defend myself for what someone else did when I was eight.

    I am just saying that obviously it doesn’t matter how they say it and how many times. They are going to continue questioning. How many people don’t know the whole story? Pretty much only those who were in a cave. The rest of us know the story and either don’t care or feel it is irrelevant.

    It all depends on who you are voting for. If it is McCain then you want to hear some admission of guilt. If it is Obama then you don’t give a hoot. That is the meat of the situation. There will be no meeting of the minds so to speak. It doesn’t matter if it was put to rest by the media McCain is going to continue to cry foul. It is a desperation move.

    Thanks.

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply

  9. Well yeah, while I’m not voting for Obama in the end, I still dont give much of a hoot. I dont even see what he says on these issues as an admission of guilt to anything really. And I know we have heard the whole gamut of explanations, I guess what I’m looking for, and havent found is, and (maybe I’m wrong here) but may sway some into his favor, is a whole explanation, rather than disjointed bits that seem to be more of a dance routine to get through the day than a solid refuting to get through the whole contest, if that makes any sense.
    Thanks for listening, I enjoy these back and forths!

    Comment by mike lovell | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply

  10. Thanks for the feedback Mike Lovell,

    I don’t think we look for explanations from the opposition. Regardless what explanation is given it would never be enough. I will admit there is absolutely nothing Mr. McCain can say that can convince me to vote for him. I’m not looking for an explanation from him to assuage my distrust of him. And Sarah Palin is nothing more than a political practical joke Mr. McCain is pulling on America. I don’t have a problem admitting I don’t like his policies. And as much as I may or may not care for his character, questions of character are not the primary issue for me. The idea that Mr. McCain is more likely to continue the policies of Mr. Bush, continue the war, continue to make more tax cuts, continue to push the country deeper into debt, I think I’ll pass.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply

  11. I would like to vote none of the above!! I don’t believe that either of the candidates are the right person to turn this country around. Neither Mr. Obama nor Mrs Palin have the experience to deserve the ofice for which they are running, and Mr. Biden and Mr. McCain both have thier faults too. Can we have a new line-up?? The worst thing about the government is that it is full of politicians! Show me a politician and I’ll show you a person that will say whatever they think you want to hear, trade favors, and waste the taxpayers money; that goes for republicans AND Democrats.

    Comment by FedUp | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply

  12. Thanks for the feedback FedUp,

    The problem is not the politician. The problem is the political system. We may say that we want the most intelligent person who truly wants to put the welfare of the country first. But so many people say things like they like so-and-so because they’re so average. We never pick the most intelligent person. We pick the most charismatic person. It’s not a political race. It is a political version of American Idol.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply

  13. Openness , transparency accountability is the essential aspect of all honest leaders, governments, as opposed to control, spins, lies, false denials.. Most liberal sites failed to mention that Obama the professing Christian to dinks alcohol in bars when I had next pointed this out I was declared a racist for me telling the truth but I had even said next the same thing about Canada’s prime Minister Stephen Harper, a white person too.
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    Comment by thenonconformer | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply

  14. thenonconformer,

    Mr. Obama drinks in bars! A Christian who drinks! Wait a minute. Wasn’t it Jesus who turned water into wine? Maybe alcohol isn’t a problem after all.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply


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