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Obama Not Fit To Be King – nor President…

April 14, 2008

Once again, I find myself drawn to the writings of Christopher Hitchens in an attempt to peer through smokescreen surrounding Barack Obama. The mainstream media seem to make little attempt to put Obama under the same kind of scrutiny as Hillary Clinton and John McCain. In fact, one could argue the media have had their own dry ice machines on at maximum output any time a controversy threatens to take Obama down a peg or two.

Hitchens’ essay, Obama Is No King, tackles the somewhat controversial theme of the legacy of Martin Luther King – more particularly, the fact that many of the black leaders seem to have ‘forgotten’ the work he did and the direction in which he was heading. Obama is one of these apparently oblivious leaders – Hitchens argues that, owing to his close relations with extremists like Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan, Obama is espousing the principles of hatred and exclusion (the anti-semitism, anti-homosexuality, anti-white sentiments of Wright and Farrakhan are clearly at odds with the dreams of King.

I would suggest anybody interested in the Presidential race would find the article of interest and I would urge anybody considering voting for Obama to consider the points made. It is time for the ‘flock’ to open their eyes. 

“In April 2004, Barack Obama told a reporter from the Chicago Sun-Timesthat he had three spiritual mentors or counselors: Jeremiah Wright, James Meeks, and Father Michael Pfleger—for a change of pace, a white Catholic preacher who has a close personal feeling for the man he calls (as does Obama) Minister Farrakhan. This crossover stuff is not as “inclusive” as it might be made to seem: Meeks’ main political connections in the white community are with the hysterically anti-homosexual wing of the Christian right. If Obama were to be read a list of the positions that his clerical supporters take on everything from Judaism to sodomy, he would be in the smooth and silky business of “distancing” from now until November.” (Christopher Hitchens, Fighting Words at Slate.com)

Hitchens sums up Obama in relation to King succinctly, somewhat controversially, and as frankly as always in his closing lines…

So amnesiac have we become, indeed, that we fall into paroxysms of adulation for a ward-heeling Chicago politician who does not complete, let alone “transcend,” the work of Dr. King; who hasn’t even caught up to where we were four decades ago; and who, by his chosen associations, negates and profanes the legacy that was left to all of us.” (Christopher Hitchens, Fighting Words at Slate.com)

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