Posts Tagged ‘Presidential Race 2008’

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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Blah, Blah, Blah! More Nonsense From Obama/Clinton Camps

April 8, 2008

“My considered conclusion is that a considerable and increasing proportion of politicians… do know they are talking nonsense, but they go on doing so because they are ashamed to stop after so long, because it gives them something to say, and because, as everyone is talking the same nonsense, they feel quite safe.” (Enoch Powell, 1978 )

The late Enoch Powell, renowned and respected British Conservative politican, described perfectly the general trend of politicians to spout absolute drivel for much of the time. What is more, his astute observation that many politicians not only speak nonsense, but that they also are fully aware of this, is more appropriate today on the left side of the American political scene than at any time in modern history.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have felt ‘safe’ in this world of self-perpetuating story-telling, precisely because they both have employed the same strategy and they have enjoyed, for the most part, gentle coverage in the media. They, too, have no doubt felt ‘ashamed to stop’, and yet, stop is exactly what the Clinton machine did – or, more accurately, came to a grinding halt – when the whole Bullets Over Bosnia Walter Mitty escapade was revealed to be a tale of dishonesty.

Nonsense is the only way to describe Clinton’s fairytale.

Obama has certainly revelled in a smooth ride from most of the media thus far. Poppycock was one of the words that sprung to mind when he claimed not to have been ‘in the congregation’ during Jeremiah Wright’s bigotted rantings. Shortly after that fraudulant claim, Obama had to flip-flop and confess he had in fact been aware of many of the racist and inflammatory comments that Wright had uttered over the years.

Obama persisted in the nonsense realm, however, by not ‘throwing the pastor under the bus’, as the media might say. Instead, he reserved a seat for this extremist at the front of the bus, while Obama’s grandmother was tossed beneath the wheels.

Obama still feels ‘safe.’ After all, he is competing against the Clintons.

McCain on Tibet

March 20, 2008

It is encouraging to see John McCain releasing such a forceful statement on the atrocious actions of the Chinese government…

STATEMENT BY JOHN MCCAIN ON TIBET

For Immediate Release

Contact: Press Office

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

703-650-5550


ARLINGTON , VA — U.S. Senator John McCain today issued the following statement on the situation in Tibet :

“The unfolding tragedy in Tibet should draw the attention of the entire world.  I deplore the violent crackdown by Chinese authorities and the continuing oppression in Tibet of those merely wishing to practice their faith and preserve their culture and heritage.  I have listened carefully to the Dalai Lama and am convinced he is a man of peace who reflects the hopes and aspirations of Tibetans.  I urge the government of the People’s Republic of China to address the root causes of unrest in Tibet by opening a genuine dialogue with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.  Reports of shutting down YouTube and confiscation of SIM cards are disturbing and reports of multiple deaths are far more so, especially in a year when China is preparing to host the Olympic Games.  I urge the Chinese authorities to ensure peaceful protest is not met with violence, to release monks and others detained for peacefully expressing their views and to allow full outside access to Tibet .”