Why Obama is Wrong for the United States
Change You Can Believe In, or Change We Should Be Afraid Of?
Let me start out by saying that I see myself as an anti-partisan person. I do not see myself as Republican or Democrat. I agree with the Democrats on several issues, the Republicans on others, and with various independent groups on other issues. I see myself as a fiscal conservative with some liberal social leanings. Take from that what you will. Having said that, I turn to the issues on my mind today.
With the election drawing closer and closer, a lot of attention has been drawn to each candidate as a person. CNN did a story on both Barack Obama and John McCain, detailing the lives of the candidates. I watched both. They were very interesting and did give me an insight on who each candidate is as a person. I want to know as much about both of them as I can.
A lot of attention has been given to who these people surround themselves with and who they associate with. While I don't believe that anyone should be guilty by association, there is something to be said for judging a person based on the types of people they surround themselves with; who they accept help from, and who they go to for guidance and advice.
If you see a person who associates mainly with criminal types, you see them as falling into those same lines. If you see someone who surrounds himself with smart, successful people, that person is seen as more in line with those smart, successful people. All of us knows that one person, you know the one I am talking about, that one friend who hasn't made all the right choices, yet you stand by them, because you are their friend. That isn't what I am talking about. I am talking about if all your friends were like that, more than likely, you would share behaviors and interests with them, and should, rightfully so, be judged, to an extent, on that. Now, I agree, that this is not always 100% accurate, but it is a good judge of how a person sees themselves, or how they want to be seen.
What do you say about a person who surrounds themselves with radicals, criminals and terrorists? Do you see that person as someone you can trust? Or do you see that person as someone who may be dangerous to the United States of America? Welcome to the world of Chicago politics!
Reverend J. Wright is "Oh So Wrong!"
The Reverend Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, and former pastor of Barack Obama, sparked headlines for weeks, after several divisive, ant-American, anti-white and terribly offensive comments surfaced that were made by Rev. Wright.
The man that Barack Obama went to for spiritual advice was spreading hate throughout his church, and yet Obama denied knowing anything about it? Rev. Wright's worst comments came only five days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the country. He said,"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye...We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now, we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost."
He made this comment, and yet Obama never heard anything about it? Come on! Be serious! An African-American church is much more than just a church. It is a social gathering, an entity all it's own. It is far different from the average church, where you show up on Sunday, nod politely to the people you run into, and then go home and go about your lives. It is a close-knit thing. If the comments made by Rev. Wright were out of character for him, Obama would have heard something about it. He claims to have never heard anything along those lines. That is truly hard to believe. If these comments were not out of character for Rev. Wright, then was he a member of this church, and never once attended services? I doubt that, as well.
Later on, after these statements were brought to light, Obama distanced himself from Rev. Wright, and made a fuss of saying that he did not agree with the statements made by Rev. Wright, but how can we believe that he truly feels this in his heart, if he would not even be honest about hearing such statements in the first place?
Reverend Jeremiah Wright is a hate-filled, anti-American radical. And this man had influence on Barack Obama. The title for Barack Obama's book, The Audacity of Hope, came from one of Rev. Wright's sermons. He obviously had an impact and an effect on Barack Obama. The only question is how much?
The "Weatherman", Bill Ayers
Some of you are old enough to know who Bill Ayers is, and some of you have no clue who he was. I was in the latter group. I had to look it up. I wasn't even born when his radical terrorist group was blowing up buildings. Bill Ayers started as a member of a group called Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). They were a radical, anti-American group hoping to bring about a classless world, or world communism.
Bill Ayers then joined an off-shoot of the SDS, known as the Weatherman, aka The Weather Underground. This group was even more radical that the SDS. They were violent, domestic terrorists. Though Ayers was never convicted, the Weatherman were responsible for the bombing of the New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, The U.S. Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972. Several quotes by Ayers chill me to the bone.
The first being, "Kill all the rich people...Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents." This man actually told the youth of America that they should kill their parents! He has never showed remorse. He even said, in 2001, "I don't regret setting bombs. I feel we didn't do enough." He does not regret anything he has done, and wishes he had done more? How much would have satisfied him?
Now, while all this is interesting information, you may be asking yourselves, 'what does this have to do with Barack Obama?' A lot, actually. This man has ties to Obama. They served together on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago. OK, so what? I am sure there were other people on that board as well.
In the mid-1990s, Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn (also a member of The Weather Underground), hosted meetings at their Chicago home in order to introduce Barack Obama to their neighbors during Obama's first run for Illinois Senate. Obama has said that Ayers is a respectable, upstanding man. How can you respect someone who still has immense hatred for the country you want to lead? How can you respect someone who has never apologized for setting bombs, and even said he wishes they they had done more? Doesn't that seem a little wrong?
In Ayer's 2001 book, Fugitive Days, Ayers talked of his time with the Weatherman and his continued hatred for the United States. Barack Obama received funding for his Senate campaign from Ayers. He received campaign funding from a terrorist!
One quote from Ayers seems eerily similar to statements made by Barack Obama. It says, "Even though we think of ourselves as political, we weren't politicians. We were people who had a moral vision of what was possible. And when we talk, for example, about health care, about peace, we're talking a language of ethics, not a language of instrumentalism or opportunism, or what we might get. So we have to speak in a language that's large and generous and encompassing. And then we have to act." What else will we learn in the days to come? I can only imagine.
Tony Rezko and the Question of Corruption
In Illinois, much attention lately has been brought to the issues of corruption in the state government. Tony Rezko's name has been in the news almost non-stop. His ties to Obama have been brought up, but that seems to be ignored on the national level. I don't think it should be. Some have said that this really isn't an issue. I don't see it that way. Corruption is always a valid issue, and always should be.
Tony Rezko is a convicted felon, and he is also one of Obama's first major financial contributors. Rezko was indicted on federal charges of wire and mail fraud, money laundering, and aiding and abetting bribery. He was found guilty of 16 of the 24 charges brought against him. He was convicted of corruption charges involving him trading in on his influence as a top advisor and fundraiser for IL Governor, Rod Blagojevich.
Issues as to the deal Obama got in the purchase of his million dollar mansion have been raised. Obama paid $300,000 less than the asking price for his mansion, while the wife of Tony Rezko paid full price for the vacant lot right next door. The seller of the mansion owned both the mansion and the vacant lot adjacent to it, and wanted to sell them both at the same time. In order to help Barack Obama out, Rezko's wife purchased the adjacent lot on the same day that Barack Obama purchased the mansion, which has four fireplaces and a wine cellar.
A short time later, the Obamas purchased a 10-foot by 150-foot piece of that adjacent lot for $104,500, even though it was only valued at $40,500! Other questions have been raised about government favors given to Rezko in connection with the help that Rezko offered to Obama. But the truth remains, the taint of corruption has touched Barack Obama, and I hardly believe that he had no knowledge of what Rezko was doing. Rezko used his influence and association with powerful people to attempt to get away with very serious crimes, and it is hard to believe that those who benefitted from that, including Barack Obama, and Rod Blagojevich, had no knowledge of this.
Rezko, Blago and the connection to Obama
A Scary Future
I shudder to think what the world will be like if Barack Obama is elected President. He has shown, to me at least, to be very un-American. I see him as weak, inexperienced and a danger to this country. We are Americans, and on whole, we are proud of that.
Look at the Olympics. We are winning medals left and right. We like to win, we like to be #1! I don't feel that Barack Obama stands for that. I feel that if he were to be elected president, we would lose further ground on a global level. That leaves us weak to attack and even more dependant on other countries. We need to be reminded that we are #1, and that we are a super-power. We need to focus on what makes us great, instead of pandering to everyone else.
I am really glad that Germany loves Barack Obama, big deal. They love "The Hoff", too. Not a really great endorsement. I want a President that has the interests of this country at heart, not the interests of everyone else. We need to re-assert our dominance. Especially with all the current issues in the world right now, from Russia's invasion of Georgia, to North Korea and Iran's advancing nuclear programs. We need a leader who will stand strong against those that threaten us. With everything I see, I don't see that person as being Barack Obama.
You may not agree with me; that's fine. I don't expect everyone to agree with me. I am just voicing my opinion. I am exercising my right to freedom of speech. I don't care if I offend you. I have that right. Just as Reverend Wright has the right to say hateful things about this country. Do I agree with him? Obviously not. Do I think his influence on Obama is a good thing? NO WAY! But, I never said he wasn't entitled to his opinions. Just as I am entitled to mine. I am sure some people reading this will send me angry messages. That's fine. Tell me how you feel.
I look back at this and see how right I was. I said Obama was weak, inexperienced and UN-American. I hate that I was right. I wish I had been wrong, but I see now, that I was right all along. I am working on a follow up to this, and I will provide a link to it here. I hope that we can correct all the damage he has done to this country.
© 2008 Anna Marie Bowman