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What IS Obama?

I have withheld my commentary on Barack Obama, for quite some time; possibly longer than was necessary.  My reasoning was I wanted time for some of his history to come shaking out.  Most of the edge elation he’s been receiving, in my view, has been because he’s a blank slate more or less; He has no publicly known history to speak of.  It’s hard to argue a case against them and if you don’t know who he is.  That, however, has been changing these last few weeks. I am going to include some seriously long quotes here, in the hopes of generating a host that gives a fairly broad overview of what it is we’re dealing with.
It turns out, now that the curtain has been pulled back, that the man has enough of the socialist thing going to make Jimmy Carter look like Ronald Reagan. The Gateway Pundit and the other day noted:

This is what Obama had to say about capitalism and free enterprise [1] back in March 2006:

“The reason they don’t believe that government has a role in solving national problems is because they think government is the problem,” Obama said to approximately 1,500 people at the Kansas Democratic Party Washington Days convention.

Obama, a Democrat from Illinois, said Bush’s political philosophy consists of giving tax breaks and encouraging “everyone to go buy your own health care, your own retirement and security, your own child care, your own schools, your own private security forces, your own roads, your own levees.

“It’s called the ownership society. In our past there has been another name for it; it’s called social Darwinism. Every man or woman for him or herself,” he said.

The Opinion Journal [2] published an article on Obama back in August 2004:

Obama, an Illinois state senator representing the South Side of Chicago, is in fact a far-left politician who — as I’ll show in a future column — seeks to force ever more socialist and racist laws and programs on the American people…

“Alongside my own deep personal faith, I am a follower, as well, of our civic religion,” he says. “I am a big believer in the separation of church and state. I am a big believer in our constitutional structure. I mean, I’m a law professor at the University of Chicago teaching constitutional law. [Actually, Obama is not a law professor, but a “senior lecturer.” As Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet has pointed out, and I know from six-and-a-half years as a college adjunct lecturer, “In academia, there is a vast difference between the two titles.” As Sweet also notes, however, Obama’s misrepresentation of his academic position is the least of his credibility problems.]

“I am a great admirer of our founding charter and its resolve to prevent theocracies from forming and its resolve to prevent disruptive strains of fundamentalism from taking root in this country.

Newsmax [3] is one source that reported on his connections to controversial billionaire George Soros back in 2004:

“A lot of his policies have the government taking care of people. Instead of giving people a leg up, he would rather give them a leg.”

Soros initially was attracted to Obama because of his vision on education and health care, Vachon said. But Santos said if Obama got his way, the U.S. health care system would be worse than what Hillary Clinton proposed after her husband was elected president. She said voters should be wary of Obama’s “any time, anywhere” stance on abortion.

But, his socialist foundation was probably shaped most during those early days at the Socialist (Marxist) conferences he attended [4] in New York City:

Obama wrote that the wealth and stark racial divisions of Manhattan in the early 1980s had a profound effect on him…

He went to socialist conferences at Cooper Union and African cultural fairs in Brooklyn and started lecturing his relatives until they worried he’d become “one of those freaks you see on the streets around here.”

Mychal Massie [5] calls Obama “the extreme socialist liberal version of former Vice-President Dan Quayle, but without the substance.”

He goes on to suggest:

Many believe, myself included, that ultimately Obama will become the running mate of Hillary Clinton [6] in her quest for the presidency. How will that ticket signal a new beginning for America? How can we expect him to support our Constitution, when he purports to be a Muslim converted to Christianity, yet denies significant portions of the Bible?

if only from a cultural perspective this is an important question because it raises the question about where his loyalties lie.  As Debbie Schlusell [7] points out:

**** UPDATE, 01/19/07: Looks like Hillary Clinton’s camp agrees with me and has dug up more info that confirms my suspicions about Obama and his Muslim background [8], including his attendance at a Wahabbi (ie., extremist Sunni) Madrassa (Islamic religious academy). Hillary’s camp says Obama is covering up his Muslim past. Why? ****

Many months ago, readers began asking me whether Barack Obama is Muslim. Since he identifies as a Christian, I said, “no,” and responded that he was not raised by his Kenyan father.

But, then, I decided to look further into Obama’s background. His full name–as by now you have probably heard–is Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. Hussein is a Muslim name, which comes from the name of Ali’s son–Hussein Ibn Ali. And Obama is named after his late Kenyan father, the late Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., apparently a Muslim.

And while Obama may not identify as a Muslim, that’s not how the Arab and Muslim Streets see it. In Arab culture and under Islamic law, if your father is a Muslim, so are you. And once a Muslim, always a Muslim. You cannot go back. In Islamic eyes, Obama is certainly a Muslim. He may think he’s a Christian, but they do not.

Then, there are the other items in his background.  As best-selling author Scott Turow wrote in Salon [9], Obama went to a Muslim school for two years in Indonesia. His mother, Anna, married an Indonesian man (likely another Muslim, as Indonesia is Muslim-dominated and has the largest Islamic population in the world).

And Obama has a “born-again” affinity for the nation of his Muslim father, Kenya, and his Kenyan sister. (Although Kenya is largely Christian, it has a fast-growing Muslim population that has engaged in a good deal of religious violence and riots against Christians. And Kenyan courts will apply Sharia law [10], when the participants are Muslim.) Wrote Turow [9]:

Obama’s father died in a traffic accident in Nairobi in 1982, but while Obama was working in Chicago, he met his Kenyan sister, Auma, a linguist educated in Germany who was visiting the United States. When she returned to Kenya in 1986 to teach for a year at the University of Nairobi, Obama finally made the trip to his father’s homeland he had long promised himself. There, he managed to fully embrace a heritage and a family he’d never fully known and come to terms with his father, whom he’d long regarded as an august foreign prince, but now realized was a human being burdened by his own illusions and vulnerabilities.

So, even if he identifies strongly as a Christian, and even if he despised the behavior of his father (as Obama said on Oprah); is a man who Muslims think is a Muslim, who feels some sort of psychological need to prove himself to his absent Muslim father, and who is now moving in the direction of his father’s heritage, a man we want as President when we are fighting the war of our lives against Islam? Where will his loyalties be?

Debbie doesn’t say as much, but the fact remains that one cannot by any stretch of imagination be called a Christian and deny the godhead of Christ.  It simply doesn’t work that way.  Thus, is his very perception of reality called into question.  I guess we can put that alongside his calling himself black, but in reality is half white. Doug Giles [11]observes:

Barack Obama is to Christianity what Michael Jackson [12] is to heterosexuality. He might be one, but he’s not the poster child for the cause. You know, when I watch Obama and the other overtly ideological southpaw’s queue up to play the Christ card, it takes me back to Kerry in ’04 when he tried to convince gun owners and hunters that he’s a Nimrod.

Yeah, as of late, Obama has been telling his compadres that they need to cease and desist with the anti-Christ blather and dial down when it comes to:

  1. dissing the role faith plays in the American collective,
  2. going Rosie whenever “God” or “Christ” or “Moses” is mentioned in public,
  3. trying to butcher the Pledge of Allegiance because it contains the phrase “under God” and because of their fear that “it could, if repeated often enough, morph a child into Jerry Falwell—slick hair, big belly, bible and all.”

This is cool, and I appreciate BO throwing us conservative bible thumpers a bone in trying to relax his party’s violent knee jerks to our religious liberties; however, the aforementioned props that Barack is currently (and possibly temporarily) parsing out are really no consolation when it comes to the strident, anti-biblical views this young hopeful holds. Y’know, like the stuff my colleague Kevin McCullough recently pointed out:

  1. As a state legislator he actively worked to preserve availability of abortion in all nine months of pregnancy.
  2. He opposed parental notification for abortion.
  3. He opposed any and all bans on partial birth abortion (an act that includes delivery of the baby up to the head, the crushing of the baby’s brain, the suctioning of the brain matter and then completed delivery of the child’s deflated cranium).
  4. In his run for the U.S. Senate, Obama asked his wife to pen a letter to Illinois [12] voters that reassured them of his commitment to fighting for the right to butcher children in the womb.
  5. His long support of the advance of the radical homosexual activist lobby in their pursuit to destroy traditional marriage.
  6. His support of the creation of “special rights” for people who engage in homosexuality for the sole purpose of putting them at the front of the line on issues of employment, housing and litigation.
  7. His solid backing of the advancement of all “hate crimes” legislation, which ultimately may be used to silence clergy who believe, according to their own convictions, that homosexual behavior is wrong and preach the same from biblical texts.
  8. His perfect voting record against the defense of marriage.
  9. He advocates continued funding for Planned Parenthood clinics in our nation’s inner cities, which are performing genocide against the populations of African Americans living there.
  10. And most damnable of all, when a brave nurse named Jill Stanek brought about national awareness to a practice at a local hospital in suburban Chicago that allowed the starvation and neglect of newly born children who had survived abortion procedures, Obama—”the Christian”—opposed her. He opposed the rights of those children to be given the chance to live, and he advocated against a ban on such procedures—then known as “born alive abortions.”

One thing about Obama you can depend of with him is that he’s not as he projects himself. He is supposedly the hot new property in the democratic party, but the fact of the matter is is he’s offering nothing more than warmed over socialism… ice ice Lee the same nonsense that the democratic party has been offering for the last 40 years… is a far left monetary policy and no comprehension whatsoever about what constitutes private property.  As an example, Thomas Lifson posts in the fine Blog, The American Thinker: [13]

Barack Obama, the handsome, well—spoken first term Senator, who seems to be the Democratic Party’s Great Black Hope, is offering policy prescriptions, and they seem to be uninpressive warmed—over discredited leftist boilerplate. Subsidies for corporations to induce them to do what the market will not. Chicago Business reports [14] an AP dispatch:

Obama said the government should provide tax breaks and loan guarantees to show the way toward greater use of environmentally friendlier energy sources.

He cited several pieces of legislation he has introduced in Congress, including one to help defray the auto industry’s costs of investment in more fuel—efficient cars. It calls for the federal government to pick up a portion of the costs automakers pay for retiree health care, so long as companies use some of the savings to retool their factories.

Obama said the Big Three domestic automakers spent $6.7 billion on retiree health care costs in 2004.

“It’s a win—win proposal for the industry — their retirees will be taken care of, they’ll save money on health care and they’ll be free to invest in the kind of fuel—efficient cars that are the key to their competitive future,” he said of the legislation.

This amounts to taxing average Americans to underwrite the lavish health care benefits enjoyed by semi—skilled assembly line workers, whose unions managed to destroy the competitiveness of their employers.

The more one reads about this guy, the more it becomes clear; What we have, here, it is someone who will give you pandering to Muslims, and a Jimmy Carter- like hostility toward Israel, and a big government socialism… All of them delivered in an egocentric style that matches the likes of John Kerry very nicely.
There’s a lot more out there.  I’ve taken some serious liberties, with a heavy quotes in this article.  I trust that the people I’ve quoted won’t mind, given what we’re up against.  I would strongly encourage you, to do some research on the man yourself.  I think you’ll find that is precisely what America does not need, particularly now.