The upcoming US Presidential Election has caused me to wonder, at what point did this nation take tolerance to the level of indifference? Things that would have incensed us before are now forgotten in the space of a day. If the American public digested the matter, they should be outraged. So why is Barak Obama ahead in the polls? Are we forgiving, indifferent or simply forgetful?
Here is a man, who not only attended Rev. GD Wright’s racially charged hate sermons for 20 years, but defended his actions. Regardless of faith, a house of worship is the one place where predjudice and anger do not belong, yet the Rev. Wright states: “Not God bless America! God __ America.” He has lashed out at whites, America and blacks who disagree with him. This is a man Barack Obama calls his friend. Why are more people not outraged?
Barack Obamas eloquent rhetoric, cannot deny the evidence of example. In October 2007, he declared that he no longer wears the American flag lapel pin as other politicians do, because it “has become a substitute” for what he believes is true patriotism. What is the “true patriotism” to which Mr. Obama refers, I wonder? Is it standing with your hands folded during the singing of the national anthem? Or a wife, who, when refering to his candidacy, states, “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country.” I don’t know where she’s been, but I’d like to think that most of us have always been proud. Are these the words of a prospective First Lady? Why are so many indifferent to this?
The Obamanist defenders argue that the flag pin is merely symbolic and that the “status quo” no longer mandates placing a hand over the heart during the national anthem. Yes, the flag is symbolic – and the best of our best have fought or died to protect what it represents. Had Obama ever been among their ranks, he might have more reverance. As for the National Anthem, the U.S. Flag Code still states “all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart”. We should expect a potential Commander-in-Chief to know this. Yet, it’s already forgotten.
We should also expect an aspiring president to demonstrate some acumen when choosing friends like William Ayers, a domestic terrorist, who’s acts of treason, in many other countries would have put him in the grave where he belongs or in jail at least. After his trial, he is quoted as boasting, “Guilty as hell, free as a bird—America is a great country.” Barack Obama sat on two boards with this man. Ayers founded the CAC, Chicago Annenberg Challenge. In 1995, Ayers appointed Obama as the first chairman of the board to this hundred-million-dollar education foundation. Among others, the CAC has awarded grants to radical Palestinian activist, Rashid Khalidi’s anti-Israel group, the Arab American Action Network or AAAN, who supported attacks against Israel and now directs Columbia University’s notorious Middle East Institute. They granted money to another Ayers organization, run by Mike Klonsky, a former top communist activist and member of the Weatherman terrorist group. Does anyone else wonder why an education foundation awards money to radical activists and terrorists? Additionally, the CAC granted money to the radical organization, ACORN, which has done work on behalf of Obama’s presidential campaign and is currently under investigation by the FEC for voter registration fraud. Obama and Ayers have a long record for funding left wing organizations in the name of education. It is also no secret that Ayers held the first fundraiser to launch Obamas senate campaign, so to dub their relationship as one of mere acquaintance, is a bold faced lie. When called on the carpet, Obama reasoned that he was only 8 years old at the time Ayers committed his atrocities, but he was not 8 years old in 2001 when Ayers posed for a photo of himself standing on a crumpled American flag. In fact, they were sitting on the board of the Woods Fund together. Why is it that half the nation is completely indifferent to this?
The list of Barack Obama’s radical affiliation is long. While visiting Kenya in 2006, Obama personally supported Raila Odinga of Kenya, a socialist and political crimminal, whose son is named Fidel after Fidel Castro. His mentor, Frank Marshall Davis is a known communist. The list includes William Ayers, Tony Rezko and of course, Reverend Wright. Even if we can ignore him, can we ignore the fact that Obama sat in his congregation for 20 years? Can we ignore the fact that Wright honored Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam, who is not only a militant anti-Semitic, but promotes black separatism? Most of us would not even shake hands with these people, let alone call them friends. Have we now forgotten their names?
It’s one thing to speak words of unity and change, but the United States Presidency is not a cocktail party. A man who serves side by side during a war, with comrades both black and white, is a man who knows the meaning of brotherhood and unity. A man, who spends 5 years as a prisoner of war and then voluntarily returns, is one who knows the meaning of sacrifice. A man who spends his entire life in the service of his country is one who knows the meaning of patriotism. We have two choices on November 4th. One is a man with something to prove, the other a man who has something to give. I’m reminded of the words of JFK when he said, “ask not what your country can do for you…” It seems to me that instead of asking what this country can do for Barack Obamas resume, we should be reminded of what John McCain has already done for us.
If Barack Obama had attempted to run in the wake of 9/11, at the height of American patriotism, he would not even be on the ballot. But alas, America is forgiving. Our lawyers will litigate, our citizens will protest and our military will fight to defend the rights and freedom of all Americans, including the friends of Obama, whether they deserve it or not. America is forgiving. I only hope that on Election Day, for the sake of patriotism, the freedom of capitalism and the harmony of our diverse culture, that she is not also, forgetful.