11 October 2008

A question of Character

I'm getting emails from Obama-bots who think that BHL's associations are nothing more than 'distractions' - Oh really?

It's patently absurd to imagine that operating within cliques along with such contemptible creatures as Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers has no bearing on whether someone's judgment, character and commitment to America's greatness can be called into question.

From Charles Krauthammer, writing for RealClearPolitics:

Why are these associations important? Do I think Obama is as corrupt as Rezko? Or shares Wright's angry racism or Ayers' unreconstructed 1960s radicalism?

No. But that does not make these associations irrelevant. They tell us two important things about Obama.

First, his cynicism and ruthlessness. He found these men useful, and use them he did. Would you attend a church whose pastor was spreading racial animosity from the pulpit? Would you even shake hands with -- let alone serve on two boards with -- an unrepentant terrorist, whether he bombed U.S. military installations or abortion clinics?

Most Americans would not, on the grounds of sheer indecency. Yet Obama did, if not out of conviction then out of expediency. He was a young man on the make, an unknown outsider working his way into Chicago politics. He played the game with everyone, without qualms and with obvious success.

Obama is not the first politician to rise through a corrupt political machine. But he is one of the rare few to then have the audacity to present himself as a transcendent healer, hovering above and bringing redemption to the "old politics" -- of the kind he had enthusiastically embraced in Chicago in the service of his own ambition.

Second, and even more disturbing than the cynicism, is the window these associations give on Obama's core beliefs. He doesn't share Rev. Wright's poisonous views of race nor Ayers' views, past and present, about the evil that is American society. But Obama clearly did not consider these views beyond the pale. For many years he swam easily and without protest in that fetid pond.



Again I have to say that I'm utterly puzzled and bewildered that so many people are drinking the Kool-aid from the Axelrod-Obama campaign. I just hope that McCain starts getting serious and quits acting like Obama should be given a free-pass not only from the criticisms, but from character questions.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

because people just vote by what they see on Tv not doing any sort of research on Obama either that or they have white guilt

Anonymous said...

a question of character indeed, after hearing MICHAEL FLATLEY using mascara and eye shadow and God knows what all whats a old patrolee left to beleive stop the madness oh the in humanity PS im still taking the kids out of Irish dancing

Anonymous said...

I disagree that Obama found these people useful....I think they found him useful and elctable and he will now owe them.......This country is doomed.

Anonymous said...

The BEST Kool Aid drinkers (more so than Obama supporters) are folks like you that support the GOP vice-presidential nominee.

If the Democrats had chosen a similar individual you folks would be all over it. You guys thought Billy Carter was bad. Boy, he is an Enstein compared to Palin's hubby.

You want to talk domestic terrorism? The policies and decisions of the present administration are acts of treason, but scarity cat Democrats refuse to launch articles of impeachment.

History will show what is the present Commander-in-Chief. The leader of an administration that cares only of the rich and foolish spent money and sent the country intom a financial tailspin.

"leftisthebest"

Rue St. Michel said...

Hi Lefty -

How can you be so critical of Palin? She's only been on the national stage for 6 weeks - and yet we know more about her than we know about Obama. Obama's been campaigning for 2 years. Where are all those investigative reporters at? Are any of them looking at Obama's background?

We know that Todd Palin may have had a DUI 22 years ago, all about Bristol Palin's pregnancy, Bristol's boyfriend's myspace page, and troopergate.

Gimme a break! You're upset with her because she's not a statist, she's an individualist. She believes in the greatness of the US; she doesn't go overseas and apologize for the US. She has actual executive experience and is chic and savvy; not inexperienced and duplicitous like that fraud NObama.

Nice try Lefty - and Carter was bad, very bad. And now we've got the black Dhimmy Carter to deal with if he gets in.

Anonymous said...

HEY RUE NOT TO FORGET THE WONDERFUL FOLKS THAT JIMMY BROUGHT OVER TO OUR SHORES DURING THE MARIEL BOATCRUISE. MAN CASTRO IS STILL LAUGHING HIS ASS OFF AT THE USA OVER THAT ONE

Anonymous said...

"leftisthebest"

1:11 PM

Trust me dude,take the enema.

Anonymous said...

lefty, would u please post your name at the beginning of your diatribes so that I don't have to waste my time reading your first few lines before I realize it is time to scroll past?!? Please ?