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The Manchurian Candidate

For those who may have missed it, our new president’s victory speech in Grant Park in Chicago was a thoroughly bizarre and unsettling experience. Obama brought his beaming wife and children out on stage with him, and then banished them for his speech. Standing alone on a barren platform as if to focus on himself, Obama rarely smiled except for a few of those toothy flashes for which he is famous. But they were not genuine.

Obama was downright angry throughout the speech, and after. His face seemed oddly blank and passionless for someone who had just won the presidency. The speech certainly is available all over the web. Check it out. You’ll see.

You can tell when someone is happy. It shows. Even Bill and Hillary managed to smile at their victory party in Little Rock in 1992, which must have been a tough act for such congenitally unhappy people. But Obama presented a very disconcerting picture for those of us who have been warning about him. And with his win we are getting even more suspicious as are others in the media suddenly, those who refused to question anything about Obama for the last 10 months.

Just before the election, on October 30, a trickle of curiosity from the Ancient Media began to emerge. Here’s an exchange between PBS media maven Charlie Rose and Tom NBC Brokaw:

ROSE: I don’t know what Barack Obama’s worldview is.BROKAW: No, I don’t, either.ROSE: I don’t know how he really sees where China is.BROKAW: We don’t know a lot about Barack Obama and the universe of his thinking about foreign policy.ROSE: I don’t really know. And do we know anything about the people who are advising him.BROKAW: Yeah, it’s an interesting question.ROSE: He is principally known through his autobiography and through very aspirational (sic) speeches.BROKAW: Two of them! I don’t know what books he’s read.ROSE: What do we know about the heroes of Barack Obama?BROKAW: There’s a lot about him we don’t know.

Actually, some of us know. Plenty. We tried to warn the public that Obama was an associate of terrorist William Ayers, that he was a student of radical Saul Alinsky who wrote the book Rules for Radicals, that his associates were communists including his Indonesian step-father Lolo Soetero and his cousin Raila Odinga who now is sharing power as president of Kenya.

Of course ‘Mild John’ McCain would have nothing to do with looking into the real Obama. In McCain’s get-along universe, polite people have everything to lose and nothing to gain. To challenge Obama might have been too intrusive for someone who would rather lose an election than win an election.

Sometimes you wonder about McCain, if he really wanted to be president anyway, or maybe just get back at the Republican party by throwing it to Obama. Curious. Perhaps he felt some guilt about being white or Republican or having a $100 million wife when we could have a black guy for president.

What have other media gnats been saying about Obama since his election? Here’s a few selections from an interview among Rose and Newsweek’s ultra-liberal Evan Thomas and more-ultra-liberal Jon Meacham:

Obama is “slightly creepy” and “very elusive”. He is “deeply manipulative”. At his victory speech Obama was “watching us watching him”. And ”he has the self awareness to know that this creature he’s designed isn’t necessarily a real person.”

Excuse me?

And this comes from the dying paper-bound media that still have just a handful of reporters on staff who are supposed to find out “things” about “people”. Like the guy who wants to be our president.

So you wonder about Obama. You might think about a political movie called The Manchurian Candidate. Here is a summary from Wikipedia.org of the novel The Manchurian Candidate, a 1959 thriller by Richard Condon:

*Captain Bennett Marco, Sergeant Raymond Shaw and the rest of their platoon are captured during the Korean War in 1952. They are all brainwashed into believing Shaw saved their lives in combat, for which he receives the Medal of Honor when they return to the United States. Years after the war is over, Marco, now an intelligence officer, begins to have a recurring nightmare in which Shaw murders two of his comrades while being watched by Chinese and Russian officials. When he learns that another platoon member has been having the same dream, he sets out to uncover the mystery.

The Communists intend to use Shaw as a sleeper agent and, using the queen of diamonds in a deck of playing cards as a subconscious trigger, compel him to follow their orders, which he does not remember afterwards. Shaw is controlled by none other than his own politically ambitious and domineering mother, who is working with the Communists in a plot to overthrow the U.S. government.(end of excerpt).*

To have seen Obama unsmiling in his victory speech you start to wonder. Who is this guy? Where did he come from? Who has influenced him and why? Is he programmed in some way? What do we really know about what he really thinks?

Now word has emerged that some in the McCain camp are angry with Sarah Palin. This is interesting coming from the campaign of a man of such honor, who served his country, who seemed to want to be president enough to run twice. Now Palin is under attack from people inside a failed candidacy. This is to be expected. Among the losers, there always is finger-pointing and blame. These people are looking for a scapegoat and seeking to save their own necks.

By blaming Palin for being “a diva” and spending money on clothes and “going rogue” by bringing up Obama’s Ayers connection without approval from the official campaign, Palin broke a lot of rules. Some say that McCain and Palin weren’t speaking by campaign’s end. Which is as it should be. McCain was dragging down the ticket and Palin knew it.

In four-and-a-half hours of debate, McCain could have devoured Obama. What was McCain afraid of? Why didn’t he call Obama out? Why did he gloss over the Ayers connection as if it were nothing at all? Why didn’t he challenge Obama on his connections to Fannie Mae?

McCain represents the liberal wing of the Republican party. These are the corporate guys and the Golf Course GOP who want to take their big check and go home early on Friday. These are the people who are slowly draining away the party identity. If you have a Republican and a Democrat saying the same thing, the Democrat wins. But if a Republicans espouses a certain and sure-footed opinion in contravention to the liberal agenda, people will listen. Because they very might well not have heard that opinion before and they might want to know more. Because it is “right”.

The Republican Middle thinks it is going to win elections by appealing to other people in the middle. But despite years of McCain moderation, independents abandoned him in droves, while 20% of conservatives voted Obama because they were disgusted with McCain.

Meanwhile the Democrats are moving father to the left. And so the voter in many cases has nothing but a very liberal or a moderately liberal choice. They hear no other opinion. Yet “liberal” California just adopted a constitutional amendment to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. Who woulda thunk it? This is pretty conservative. Because once people hear conservative ideas, they listen. Because they make sense in a world where there seems to be little.

Conservatives could have won this election. But one candidate seemed to be programmed for his role. Who was the real Manchurian Candidate? Here is the description of the book again from Wikipedia.org. Substitute the words “Vietnam War in 1967” for “Korean War in 1952” and you see who the real Manchurian Candidate was:

*Captain Bennett Marco, Sergeant Raymond Shaw and the rest of their platoon are captured during the Korean War in 1952. They are all brainwashed into believing Shaw saved their lives in combat, for which he receives the Medal of Honor when they return to the United States. Years after the war is over, Marco, now an intelligence officer, begins to have a recurring nightmare in which Shaw murders two of his comrades while being watched by Chinese and Russian officials. When he learns that another platoon member has been having the same dream, he sets out to uncover the mystery.

The Communists intend to use Shaw as a sleeper agent and, using the queen of diamonds in a deck of playing cards as a subconscious trigger, compel him to follow their orders, which he does not remember afterwards. Shaw is controlled by none other than his own politically ambitious and domineering mother, who is working with the Communists in a plot to overthrow the U.S. government.*

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