Thursday, October 9, 2008

Obama, Character, and American Exceptionalism

Obama, Character, and American Exceptionalism

"This past week, Sarah Palin and the McCain campaign began doing what the [New York] Times failed to do: investigate the years-long association between Barack Obama and domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers. [ ] Instead of investigating, the Times’ writer hurls invective at the McCain campaign for having the nerve to bring up the unpleasant matter. Just minutes after the [2nd] debate ended [Tuesday] night, the New York Times projectile-vomited a load of anti-McCain-Palin vitriol disguised as an unsigned editorial. No wonder its author wished to remain anonymous: the editorial hurled unsubstantiated charges at the McCain-Palin campaign while purposely ignoring or covering up information that it finds unhelpful to its viewpoint." from DBKP

The idea of Barak Obama as President bothers me. If he wins, the entire world will have to wait-and-see whether his socialistic proposals go as far--or further--than anyone imagines, and whether Congress and the Courts will let him get away with what he attempts to do.

Being a Constitutional lawyer and law professor as he is, he will probably get away with as much as he wants to, in the Courts. This is because the Courts won't hear any cases based on Obama's socialist programs until they have been signed into law and libertarians and others bring suits. And Obama knows what the Supreme Court Justices would think of the various ideas he may try to implement.

Not that more socialism is going to matter. Socialism is now unstoppable. The conservatives are merely conserving that which has been a fact since the New Deal, conserving the idea that government can do some things that are socialistic for the public good, but for the time being it is not to the public good to do more; "Wait a while," they seem to imply, "then we'll see how much more we can go along with."
The obvious and very large recent departure from the conservatism of the Republicans came when they helped craft and then pass in both Houses the bank and mortgage bail out bill.

Socialism is a fact of politics in almost the entire world, and some nations have less socialism than America, the land of the free. It's coming, and it may be only a short matter of time, now, before John Galt begins to shrug. But he isn't shrugging yet, because everyone believes there may be a way back from the brink of European-type entitlements. But it is this very lack of our socialism not being on par with most of the rest of the world, that contributes to the new definitions of "American Exceptionalism." Alexis de Tocqueville defined it as our greatness. To many in this new century it means our apartness from the rest of the world; we are not "in tune" with it.

But what worries me deeply is Obama's apparent bad judgment about the company he keeps, and the company he once said he would make. His connection with Bill Ayer's may be severed now, but no self-respecting libertarian (with a small "l", which is most of America) would have had anything more to do with Ayers than accidentally winding up on one board or commission with him. That Obama served with Ayers, had to have been friendly with Ayers since they lived in the same neighborhood, and allowed Ayers, in his own living room, to throw him an election send-off event at the start of his Illinois Senate run, is not what I would have done. What would I have done? Keep reading.
"William Ayers, in the age of terrorism, will be Barack Obama's Willie Horton," said former counterterrorism official Larry C. Johnson. The Huffington Post Feb. 16, 2008.

So far that has not happened, and I will admit that maybe there is less to Obama's connection with the former member of the radical Weather Underground Organization that claimed responsibility for a dozen bombings between 1970 and 1974, and who said to the New York Times in September 2001, "I don't regret setting bombs...I feel we didn't do enough."

"President" Obama would not be the first President to have connections, tenuous but palpable, with members of the Weather Underground. President Clinton " commuted the sentences of a couple of convicted Weather Underground members, Susan Rosenberg and Linda Sue Evans, shortly before leaving office in January 2001."

But Ayers is Not the Only Questionable Connection Obama Has
There is, besides Ayers, Obama's "intimate and long-term association with the 'Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now,'" (Acorn.) [see "Inside Obama's Acorn" "Obama's ties to Acorn - arguably the most politically radical large-scale activist group in the country - are wide, deep, and longstanding. If Acorn is adept at creating a non-partisan, inside-game veneer for what is in fact an intensely radical, leftist, and politically partisan reality, so is Obama himself. This is hardly a coincidence: Obama helped train Acorn's leaders in how to play this game." Stanley Kurtz; nationalreviewonline

Acorn is the successor to the 1960’s agenda of anti-capitalism, writes Kurtz. Acorn, he says, quoting Sol Stern’s 2003 City Journal article, “ACORN’s Nutty Regime for Cities," grew out of “'one of the New Left’s silliest and most destructive groups, the National Welfare Rights Organization.' In the 1960’s, NWRO launched a campaign of sit-ins and disruptions at welfare offices. The goal was to remove eligibility restrictions, and thus effectively flood welfare rolls with so many clients that the system would burst. The theory, explains Stern, was that an impossibly overburdened welfare system would force “a radical reconstruction of America’s unjust capitalist economy.” Instead of a socialist utopia, however, we got the culture of dependency and family breakdown that ate away at America’s inner cities — until welfare reform began to turn the tide."
"Acorn" is, as of today, under investigation in ten states for voter fraud.

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"It is time for a Bretton Woods for this century," reports the Telegraph, noting that "'Opinion is now hardening around the case for a new global architecture to enforce rules that ensure lessons are learnt.'

"Influential media giants like the Wall Street Journal are pushing a "new world order" to solve the crisis, while British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called for a "a new global financial order" to supersede the institutions created after World War II.

"The elite are up to their old tricks again, after all, a leopard never changes its spots.
They created the problem of wildly irresponsible fractional reserve banking, the debt bubble and the credit crunch by ceaselessly inflating the money supply and now they are going to offer their solution to the crisis - the further centralization of global economic power into fewer hands.

Alex Jones' Prison Planet .Com

Obama to Deploy Troops to America’s Health-Care Sector
last night’s presidential debate:
"Barack Obama: So one of the things that I have said from the start of this campaign is that we have a moral commitment as well as an economic imperative to do something about the health care crisis that so many families are facing…
"Tom Brokaw: What is the Obama doctrine for use of force that the United States would send when we don’t have national security issues at stake?
"Barack Obama: Well, we may not always have national security issues at stake, but we have moral issues at stake.
You’ve been warned." The blog of the
Cato Institute.

Rep. Brad Sherman: Congress Threatened with Martial Law if Bailout Not Passed

"A Democrat, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), makes a claim that was televised on C-SPAN that some congressmen were told that if the bailout bill wasn’t passed, there would be “martial law in America”–and the Mainstream Media is silent.

"Lobbyists and House aides were gossiping this week that House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) angrily told the more diminutive Sherman in front of his colleagues at a Democratic caucus meeting last week to “shut up and sit down.”

"On the martial law theme, there were a few articles mentioning “a little-noticed story…a couple of weeks ago in the Army Times newspaper about the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team.

A little-noticed story surfaced a couple of weeks ago in the Army Times newspaper about the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. “Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months,” reported Army Times staff writer Gina Cavallaro, “the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.” Disturbingly, she writes that “they may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control” as well. DBKP

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