Barack Obama – Puppet on a String?

Barack Obama has been singled out for praise by most commentators in the mainstream media for being a breath of fresh air in the stagnant atmosphere of American politics. Many have been willing to overlook his lack of substance or original thought because they have been taken in by his promises of change and his hopes for a golden future. These fans of the O-man were somewhat taken aback by his rather indifferent attitude to the so-called Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s crazed rantings on America, Jews and AIDS conspiracy theories. Somewhat taken aback was about as far as the criticism of Obama went in liberal circles until Wright reiterated his extremist views to anyone who would listen – Obama was forced to disown his spiritual guide… about 20 years too late.

Christopher Hitchens, in another piercing and thought-provoking essay at Slate.com, raises some excellent points about the influence of Obama’s wife, Michelle, and her extremism. Could she be the guiding force behind Obama, and is he merely the benign façade covering some disturbingly extreme views held by his wife? If so, will these extremist ideas come to the fore, if he were to be elected President? Hitchens seems to think so…

 

“So numbed have I become by the endless replay of the fatuous clerical rantings of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright that it has taken me this long to remember the significant antecedent. In 1995, there appeared a documentary titled Brother Minister about the assassination of Malcolm X. It contained a secretly filmed segment showing Louis Farrakhan shouting at the top of his lungs in the Nation of Islam’s temple in Chicago on “Savior’s Day” in 1993. Farrakhan, verging on hysteria, demanded to know of the murdered Malcolm X: “If we dealt with him like a nation deals with a traitor, what the hell business is it of yours?” His apparent admission of what had long been suspected—that it was the Black Muslim leadership that ordered Malcolm’s slaying—is not understood or remembered (or viewed) as often as it might be.

I invite you to look at the film of Farrakhan’s sweating, yelling, paranoid face and to bear in mind that this depraved thug, who boasts of “dealing with” one of black America’s moral heroes, is the man praised by Jeremiah Wright and referred to with respect as “Minister Farrakhan” by the senator who hopes to be the next president of the United States.”

Hitchens continues…

“the Philly speech [about race, Wright, and Obama’s racist grandmother] was a failure on every level, and if it was a failure on every level, and thus left Obama hideously vulnerable to the very next speech made by his foaming pastor, then that must raise questions of eligibility for the highest office.

“All right, then, how is it that the loathsome Wright married him, baptized his children, and received donations from him? Could it possibly have anything, I wonder, to do with Mrs. Obama?”

“If there is a reason why the potential nominee has been keeping what he himself now admits to be very bad company—and if the rest of his character seems to make this improbable—then either he is hiding something and/or it is legitimate to ask him about his partner.

I recommend you read the whole essay, Are We Getting Two For One?, for it raises an issue, so far swept under the carpet… the influence of Michelle Wright and whether it is good for America.

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