We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A quote from Wesentier in TNR's Washington Diarist on Obama's apparent conciliationist foreign policy ideas:
There are autonomous countries and cultures out there. The turbulence that I have described is not caused by misunderstandings. It is caused by the interests of powers and the beliefs of peoples. Beijing, Moscow, Tehran, Pyongyang, Islamabad, Gaza City, Khartoum, Caracas - does Obama really believe that he has something to propose to these ruthless regimes that they have not already considered? Does he plan to move them, to organize them, to show them change they can believe in? With what trick of empathy, what euphoria, does he hope to join the Shia, the Sunni, and the Kurds in Iraq? Yes, he made a "muscular" speech in Chicago last spring; but I have been pondering his remarks about foreign policy in the ensuing campaign and I do not detect the hardness I seek, the disabused tone that the present world warrants. My problem is not with "day one": nobody is perfectly prepared for the White House, though the memory of Bill Clinton's "learning curve" is still vivid, which in Bosnia and Rwanda cost more than a million lives. My problem is that Obama's declarations in matters of foreign policy and national security have a certain homeopathic quality. He seems averse to the hurtful, expensive, traditional, unedifying stuff.
American here on Obama's foreign policy 'specifics'...
Obama gets down to specifics, and it's not pretty
February 14, 2008
Is the American electorate solidly behind the idea of increasing foreign aid 845 billion over the next 13 years? Apparently that is what Barack Obama believes.
Is the American electorate solidly behind the idea of increasing foreign aid 845 billion over the next 13 years? Apparently that is what Barack Obama believes, for a bill he sponsored doing exactly that probably is coming to a vote today in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, according to Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media.
Barack Obama and Israel
One seemingly consistent theme running throughout Barack Obama's career is his comfort with aligning himself with people who are anti-Israel advocates. This ease around Israel animus has taken various forms. As Obama has continued his political ascent, he has moved up the prestige scale in terms of his associates. Early on in his career he chose a church headed by a former Black Muslim who is a harsh anti-Israel advocate and who may be seen as tinged with anti-Semitism. This church is a member of a denomination whose governing body has taken a series of anti-Israel actions
Prior to his Senate life and Presidential run Obama did have a life. Apparently it was and remains one that is quite conflicted.
Try as we may like to keep race out of the loop, it is Obama who actually presents the greatest racial blow to his outwardly kumbaya personna.
Before penning his book "The Audacity of Hope" Barry (as he was known in high school) Obama wrote a tome of a deeply conflicted individual. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance , now out of print, is a book we need to know about, for it opens up the suave, oleaginous Obama for what he is, or tries to be, in his own words.
Thankfully writer Steve Sailor has read Dreams and gives us a look at what lies beneath the veneer of the gliding gangster strut and unctuous oratory..it is not pretty.
Some excerpts from Sailors review on Dreams:
-Obama’s gift for restructuring the past into emotionally and aesthetically satisfying patterns made for an uneasy hybrid of fact and fiction, with composite characters, clearly made-up dialogue, and even preposterous dream sequences.
- Obama has led a fairly pleasant existence, with most of its suffering and conflict taking place within his own head as he tries to turn himself into an authentic angry black man .
- Which Obama is real? Or is that a naďve question to ask of such a formidable identity artist? William Finnegan wrote in the New Yorker of Obama’s campaigning: “… it was possible to see him slipping subtly into the idiom of his interlocutor—the blushing, polysyllabic grad student, the hefty black church-pillar lady, the hip-hop autoshop guy.” Like Madonna or David Bowie, he has spent his life trying on different personalities, but while theirs are, in Camille Paglia’s phrase, sexual personae, his specialty is racial personae
- A racial group is a large extended family, and Obama’s book is primarily about his rejection of his supportive white maternal extended family in favor of his unknown black paternal extended family .
- Instead, Obama falls under the spell of a leftist black nationalist preacher, Jeremiah A. Wright, who preaches African-American unity through antipathy toward whites . Reverend Wright remains a major influence on the presidential candidate . (The title of Obama’s second book, The Audacity of Hope, is borrowed from one of Wright’s sermons.) Ben Wallace-Wells notes in Rolling Stone: “This is as openly radical a background as any significant American political figure has ever emerged from, as much Malcolm X as Martin Luther King Jr.”
I could go and give many more examples that peel back the layers, but the Sailor piece is worth the read, and no cherry picking can do it justice. It is a powerful piece.
One thing it will do is cause you to ask yourself this question. Is this a man we can afford to have in the White House?