Euripides Dictum: “Every man is like the company he is wont to keep”Unknown: “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire”
Anyone who follows politics is aware of the tactics implemented by candidates, pundits, and media surrogates to discredit one politician or another. For this reason I typically use a great deal of scepticism when reading or seeing negative reporting of a politician. However, this being said, there is a tipping point when you find an overwhelming abundance of evidence pointing to the poor character of a candidate as to overcome this scepticism.
I agree with Euripides that you can tell much of a person’s character based upon the people with whom he chooses to be associated. Now, every politician has some people around them to a degree that may not stand up to intense scrutiny, but most do not have many. I’m sure that enough digging will mine a couple of questionable aquaintenances that John McCain has had over the years, but not to the degree that Barack Obama seems to have in his past. Obama has reached this tipping point as far as I’m concerned.
Please don’t take my word for it (like I needed to tell you that…lol) Check all of these out for yourself on GOOGLE. Just type the word “Obama”, then one of these names and you’ll get websites which contain both pro & con arguments regarding Obama’s association with them. Go ahead and check it out for yourself and see where you come down on what I consider to be a somewhat dubious list of characters who have played a role in Barrack Obama’s life.
William Ayers – A charter member of the “Weather Underground” domestic terror group responsible for bombing courthouses, police stations and other buildings representing authority. This was many years ago, but he has been asked about it recently and remains unrepentant about it saying, “I wish I had done more” when asked if he regretted the bombings. Ayers lived near Obama and they became friends. Obama’s political career was launched from a party Ayers had at his home to introduce Obama to the Chicago area political machine. They have toured together on lecture circuits and sat together as fellow members of the “Woods Fund” board of directors.
Jeremiah Wright – Obama’s pastor for around 20 years. Wright performed the marriage ceremony for Barrack and his wife. Baptized his children. Was about to name Wright as his campaign spiritual adviser until the controversy broke about the meaning of the “Black Liberation Theology” being taught as well as numerous sermons containing racist, America hating speech. This church gave a lifetime achievement award to Louis Farrahkan for goodness sakes! This was, in Obama’s own words, “his spiritual mentor”.
Tony Rezko – convicted on numerous charges of corruption for fraud, bribery, extortion and various money laundering schemes. Obama purchased a new home in the Kenwood District of Chicago for $1.65 million (which was $300,000 below the asking price but represented the highest offer on the property) on the same day that Rezko’s wife, Rita Rezko, purchased the adjoining empty lot from the same sellers for the full asking price. Rezko, then sold some of this land to Obama. Rezko bankrolled Obama’s early political career with significant donations. Rezko is also a Syrian born person with ties to known terrorists in the middle east. These people don’t just do favors for people without expecting something in return.
Frank Marshall Davis – Through Frank Marshall Davis, Obama had an admitted relationship with someone who was publicly identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, listening to his “poetry” and getting advice on his career path. But Obama, in his book, Dreams From My Father, refers to him repeatedly as just “Frank.”The reason is apparent: Davis was a known communist who belonged to a party subservient to the Soviet Union. In fact, the 1951 report of the Commission on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii identified him as a CPUSA member. What’s more, anti-communist congressional committees, including the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), accused Davis of involvement in several communist-front organizations.
Khalid Al-Mansour – Who is the “mystery man” former Manhattan Borough Chairman Percy Sutton named as having aided Barack Obama financially at Harvard Law School? He sees himself as something of the “return of Antar,” a mythical black poet-warrior of pre-Islamic times. His writings and books are packed with anti-American rhetoric reminiscent of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s disgraced former pastor. Why Would a Rich, Connected Muslim Reach Out to Help Obama in 1987? According to the Social Activism Project at the University of California at Berkley, Warden, a.k.a.Khalid al-Mansour, was the mentor of Black Panther Party founder Huey Newton and his cohort, Bobby Seale. Al-Mansour’s more recent videotaped speeches focus on Muslim themes, and abound with anti-Semitic theories and anti-Israel vitriol. But al-Mansour’s sponsorship of Obama as a prospective Harvard law student is important for another reason beyond his Islamic and anti-American rhetoric and early Black Panther ties.
At the time Percy Sutton, a former lawyer for Malcolm X and a former business partner of al-Mansour, says he was raising money for Obama’s graduate school education, al-Mansour was representing top members of the Saudi Royal family seeking to do business and exert influence in the United States.
Mazen Asbahi – Obama chose him as his campaign’s Muslim liaison, then threw him under the bus, ala Jeremiah Wright, once Asbahi’s ties to radical Islamic factions were uncovered in the press.
Alexi Giannoulias – A man who has long been dogged by charges that the bank his family owns helped finance a Chicago crime figure and who became An Illinois state treasurer in 2006 after Sen. Obama vouched for him. Before he promised to raise funds for Obama, Giannoulias bankrolled Michael ‘Jaws’ Giorango, a Chicagoan twice convicted of bookmaking and promoting prostitution. Giannoulias is so tainted by reputed mob links that several top Illinois Dems, including the state’s speaker of the House and party chairman, refused to endorse him even after he won the Democratic nomination with Obama’s help. Alexi Giannoulias was an early supporter of Obama in his 2004 Senate race, whose father owns Broadway Bank, and whose family helped bankroll the Obama campaign. In March 2006, Giannoulias said that “his ‘good friend and mentor, Barack Obama,’ inspired him to run.
ACORN – What if Barack Obama’s most important radical connection has been hiding in plain sight all along? Obama has had an intimate and long-term association with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (Acorn), the largest radical group in America. If you don’t know what ACORN is all about, you better bone up. This left-wing group takes in 40 percent of its revenues from American taxpayers — you and me — and has leveraged nearly four decades of government subsidies to fund affiliates that promote the welfare state and undermine capitalism and self-reliance, some of which have been implicated in perpetuating illegal immigration and encouraging voter fraud. Who in Washington will fight to ensure that your money isn’t being spent on these radical activities? Don’t bother asking Barack Obama. He cut his ideological teeth working with ACORN as a “community organizer” and legal representative. Last July, ACORN settled the largest case of voter fraud in the history of Washington State. Seven ACORN workers had submitted nearly 2,000 bogus voter registration forms. The group’s vandalism on electoral integrity is systemic. ACORN has been implicated in similar voter fraud schemes in Missouri, Ohio and at least 12 other states. Where does the candidate of Hope and Change — the candidate of Reform and New Politics — stand on the issue? Barack Obama, ACORN’s senator, is for more of the same old subsidizing of far-left politics in the name of fighting for the poor while enriching ideological cronies. It’s the Chicago way.
Michael Pfleger – You can think of Father Michael Pfleger as the white Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Not only does Father Michael Pfleger have a longstanding association with Wright and his Church, he has longstanding ties to Louis Farrakhan, so much so that Farrakhan has even spoken at Father Michael Pfleger’s St. Sabina church. Like Wright, Father Michael Pfleger has close ties to Barack Hussein Obama and Father Michael Pfleger’s endorsement appears on Obama’s faith endorsements page, where Jeremiah Wright’s used to be… before he became too much of an embarrassment. Pfleger defended the Nation of Islam repeatedly and insulted Jewish critics of NOI as “narrow minded” Father Michael Pfleger also invited Kareem Irfan, former chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago to speak on the anniversary of 9/11. Kareem Irfan is infamous for excusing beheadings by terrorists and is an ISNA member, a Saudi subsidized Wahhabi group with close ties to terrorism.
Otis Moss – Barack Obama never left his Church following the Reverend Wright controversy because the new Reverend was so much more mainstream and representative of the Christian faith. After Wright left though, Reverend Moss continued spewing the same rhetoric that got Wright into so much hot water. Obama remains a member in good standing of this church.
Dorothy Tillman – Tillman has been a leading advocate of reparations for slavery and has been successful in having a number of resolutions passed in support of the concept and has organized conferences supporting the concept. In 2000, Tillman requested that two waiters at the Palmer House hotel in Chicago be replaced with African-American waiters for a banquet hosted by Alderman Tillman. Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley delivered a strongly-worded rebuke in the media. In December 2006, controversial Chicago alderwoman Dorothy Tillman was exposed by a community newspaper for using a taxpayer-funded development project to steer contracts to family and friends and possibly cheat the IRS. Then, in April 2007 – despite being endorsed by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama – Tillman was booted from office after representing the historic black ward for more than two decades. Now, the 60-year-old Tillman has landed herself in jail. Tillman, whose ward included the largest concentration of vacant lots in Chicago, has long been known for shady dealings and bombastic behavior, including once pulling out a gun and waving it around at a city council meeting. Obama’s support of Tillman angered many in his hometown but did not receive national attention. Media stories of Tillman’s arrest do not even mention Obama’s association with her.
Note : Media reports of Barack Hussein Obama having Islamic Muslim beginnings are more nebulous. Little evidence has been brought forward regarding his childhood roots in the Islamic faith. It has been mentioned that his father was from Kenya and brought the family to Indonesia (a Muslim-based country) where Barack attended an Islamic school and studied the faith. Given the fact that his father was Muslim and that he was given a very Muslim sounding name, it would not be a huge stretch to imagine that Obama was initially indoctrinated in Islamic teachings. Combine this with many of his associations and you can see why some may infer that he still harbors some affinity for the Muslim faith. I will take him on his word that he is a Christian now, but am wondering why he would be so afraid of his Islamic background? I mean, there is no theological test or religious test for holding a political office in America! Also worth mentioning is the fact that Barack’s brand of Christianity being the “Black Liberation Theology” flavor might not be considered as “mainstream” Christianity to most people. This exotic brand of Christianity and his distancing himself from his Islamic roots has left most with a very uncertain grasp on Obama’s beliefs. People like to at least have some idea of their prospective president’s belief system before handing over the reins to the country and the keys to the oval office.