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It was hardly surprising that Barack Obama flip-flopped on the issue of using public-funded financing for the Presidential campaign. Obama’s opinions change with the wind. Whatever seems to be the best thing to do at the time will be what Obama does. At this point, he knows he can escape almost scot-free when it comes to his political u-turns, as he is still the blue-eyed boy in the eyes of many in the media. The fact that he has broken his promise on this issue of campaign financing should have resulted in much media scrutiny of his character and integrity; one knows John McCain faces these character examinations should he so much as sneeze at the wrong time.
Sadly, it is also not unexpected that the liberals have continued to pump out negative, distorted attack ads even at this early stage in the campaign. They continue to use the misquoted “100 years” comment despite the fact that McCain was very clear about the circumstances of troop presence in the Middle East. One of the latest ads supporting Obama shows a woman and her baby; the woman angrily tells the viewers that her son will never be in the US military. To paraphrase, she states that McCain will not get her baby – alluding to the fact that McCain is prepared to send American troops to foreign countries to safeguard American values of freedom and democracy.
It is somewhat ironic that such liberals, who are against the notion that their offspring should have the freedom to choose to join the US military, are the same people in favour of abortion, which removes the right of a human being to live. It seems strange that they have no qualms about destroying life in its early stages, but are concerned to protect the lives of humans later on – even going as far as promising to try to prevent their offspring from exercising their right to lead their lives as they see fit.
These contradictions in values are part of the liberal package and, therefore, part of the Obama package.
Tonight, Keith Olbermann on his ‘show’ on MSNBC took the opportunity to offer another ‘special’ comment to the nation – actually, the few hundred thousand viewers of his programme. Most of his special comments take the form of a raging attack on President Bush and tend to side with the Jihadists and any other anti-American group/country/individuals. Today’s effort was no exception.
Olbermann criticised American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, denouncing the American-led Coalition as being “cold-blooded” killers and accusing Americans of being war criminals. He felt President Bush was being dishonest when he mentioned that the Jihadists would prefer a Democrat as President – this is not speculation, it is clearly true. The Dems want to retreat and wave the white flag of surrender… both candidates have promised they will pull out the troops as soon as they become President. Olbermann was incensed at the idea that the extremists might attack the United States again – he seems to have fallen for the wishy-washy rhetoric of those living in the liberal bubble. That is, America is only attacked becasue of Bush’s policies. In his minute mind, if we pull out of Iraq and stop attacking the terrorists, they will love us and never harm Western civilisation again. Yes, Keith, and the Big Bad Wolf lived happily ever after with Little Red Riding Hood.
Olbermann accuses Bush of lying but in almost the same breath labels John McCain as Bush’s twin – clearly disregarding what his own cable network has been broadcasting for the past 7 years… McCain’s displeasure with Rumsfeld and certain planks of the Bush policies.
Olbermann, in his selfish little world, surrounded by yes-people, is guilty of many of the charges he levels at Bush, most of which involve dishonesty. He believes he knows what’s best for the American voter and so he ignores the extremist views of Barack and Michelle Obama, and their confidants, he belittles Hillary Clinton’s triumphs against the O-man, and he treats McCain with contempt. Olbermann lost the plot months ago. He seems to blame America for the world’s woes. We all know who he wants to win in the war on terror – it’s not the good guys.
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.”
“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.
The media is up in arms at Vice-President Dick Cheney’s latest comments on the war in Iraq. The following dialogue took place during an interview with Martha Raddatz for ABC’s Good Morning America…
CHENEY: On the security front, I think there’s a general consensus that we’ve made major progress, that the surge has worked. That’s been a major success.
RADDATZ: Two-third of Americans say it’s not worth fighting.
RADDATZ So? You don’t care what the American people think?
CHENEY: No. I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls.
The grand hoohaa has been over his use of the word “so?” in the sense of ‘so what?’ I do not see what the problem is. Great leaders the world over are not fussed by the views of the general public which change with the wind. I find it interesting that the left side with opinion polls and demand that the President act in way that would court popularity with the masses on the issue of war. The public are not in a position to make decisions about wartime tactics and strategies, and yet the media and the Democrats attack Bush and Cheney for not kowtowing to the whims of the people.
That is not how democracy works. We elect politicians to make those decisions. The media seem to want this war on terror to be waged based on quasi-referenda, that is opinion polls. If the democratic nations of Europe and North America were ruled based on the fluctuating views of the general population, most countries would have the death penalty, some form of repatriation for many minorities and civil rights for homosexuals would be non-existent.
Political leaders have to make decisions which are not necessarily popular. Considering most leaders are voted in with less than 50% of the vote (remember, many people do not even vote), it is hardly surprising that opinion polls consistently show low approval ratings for leaders in most countries in the free world.
Kudos to Cheney for once again saying what he thinks and sticking to his principles. In the upcoming Presidential election, the man of principle and integrity who will not back down just to curry favour with the electorate is the man America needs right now. That man is, of course, John McCain. Obama merely wants to be popular and wants everyone around the world to like Americans; he will achieve the latter with regard to the extremists by leading America in retreat waving the white flag of surrender. In doing so, many of America’s Allies will lose respect for this great nation.
McCain will stand tall and steadfast. McCain’s America will be very unpopular with terrorists, anti-Americans, undemocratic rogue states, and all those who are willing to let America (or its Allies) be attacked again (ie the non-interventionists). These people will not like what McCain will do in the face of threats to America or its allies. So what?