Obama: Outrageously Outrageous
Posted by wordforit on April 4, 2008
Erik Rush, Featured Writer
“Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday backed the Bush administration’s policy of shunning contact with the Islamic militants of Hamas in its Middle East peace diplomacy.” – From “Obama says U.S. should not meet with Hamas,” Reuters, March 3, 2008
Over the weekend, yet another story regarding the questionable associations of presidential hopeful Barack Obama broke. This one involved a bulletin that was passed out among parishioners at Chicago’s Trinity United Church (the church Obama attended for the last twenty years and which until recently was led by militant pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright) on Sunday, July 22, 2007.
Such bulletins, which contain upcoming activities and information from pastors, elders and staff are common to nearly every church. This one however, in its section dubbed “Pastor’s Page” contained information that is certain to deepen the concern and controversy surrounding Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Senator Obama.
At least it will if I have anything to say about it.
Reprinted from a Los Angeles Times article of July 22, 2007 entitled “Hamas’ Stand” by Mousa Abu Marzuq, the article (in the bulletin circulated by Reverend Wright to his flock) is replete with anti-Israel, anti-Semitic sentiments.
Marzuq is among those to whom I refer as “white-collar jihadists,” well-educated, well-spoken but nevertheless extremist Muslims whose mission is to insinuate their doctrine into Western minds (American minds in particular) through well-crafted, soft rhetoric. Nevertheless, Marzuq is on the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC) list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. OFAC is the federal arm of the US Department of the Treasury which “administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, and those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction” [From OFAC website]. He also appears in the Anti-Defamation League’s terrorist database.
Obama acted very expeditiously, pointing out that he had already addressed the Wright controversy (in having denounced the preacher’s racist, anti-American leanings) and asserted that he “wasn’t in church when that outrageously wrong Los Angeles Times piece was re-printed in the bulletin.”
How convenient. And “outrageously wrong?” How about “seditious?”
A couple of things I find noteworthy apropos the issues of Obama’s political ties and questions surrounding his religious leanings are:
1. Information offering deeper insight into these issues is now beginning to surface on an almost daily basis.
2. The self-righteous but decidedly feeble equivocation on Obama’s part regarding his true beliefs and on the part of pundits who have inundated media venues rallying to his defense.
These individuals have engaged in the same sort of misdirection of which I accuse Obama, singing his praises to the heavens, yet themselves acting as apologists for his associations. Their claims of “I didn’t personally hear that” and “I wasn’t there when” are starting to become a bit more than tedious, as is their apparent inability to directly answer challenging questions.
At this point in time, the Obama campaign has enacted a policy of refusing media requests for information relating to the candidate’s whereabouts that would either corroborate or contradict his statements.
So, despite Barack Obama’s eloquent but nebulous denials, once again his allegiance to America and its general well-being comes into question: Is he the candidate and would-be statesman who (like most Americans) looks upon Hamas and similar groups as terrorist organizations, undeserving of high-ranking American politicians lending their credibility to them? Is he a stereotypically duplicitous politician who for twenty years has aligned himself with and taken counsel from those who overtly support Hamas (at least) with their sentiments in order to secure political support, or is he closeting his true beliefs on the subject, those being concurrence with anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-white activists?
How many such inflammatory Trinity United Church bulletins has Obama indeed read? How many has he agreed with? The questions are the same as those which have been repeatedly asked over the last two weeks: How could Obama be so closely aligned – and for such protracted periods of time – with people whose sentiments and goals are diametrically opposed to the welfare and national security of this nation without feeling solidarity with them, and how honest are his assertions that he doesn’t?
As for Obama himself, his claim that he has already addressed this issue (a polite but shifty way of saying “shut up and move on”) is itself misdirecting and disingenuous. The fact is that he hasn’t adequately addressed the particulars as regards his intent pertaining to continued and future associations with people such as Reverend Wright and James Meeks, another controversial Chicago pastor with whom Obama has close ties. He has not addressed the incredulity of his assertions that he was not aware of the extremism of these close and long-time associates.
As I indicated last week on Fox News’ America’s Election Headquarters television program, one key factor which militates against Americans learning deeper truths about Obama is that the vast majority of the establishment press wants this all to go away as badly as those in the Obama campaign.
Let us remember that we are dealing with the presidency here. We cannot afford to gloss over the fact that this candidate is closely aligned with individuals who clearly believe that the United States is an imperialist, racist nation. We cannot afford to elect a president who might give access to such people should he become President, nor can we afford to have a president who might actually sympathize with America’s sworn enemies.
Erik Rush is a Featured Writer for The New Media Journal. He is a New York-born columnist, author and speaker who lives in Colorado and writes columns of sociopolitical fare for The New Media Journal as well as dozens of nationally-distributed print and online news sources. He is also a Staff Writer and Acting Associate Editor and Publisher for the New Media Alliance, Inc., a national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets. Erik is the veteran of numerous radio appearances and is the author of several books; his latest, “Annexing Mexico: Solving the Border Problem Through Annexation and Assimilation“, has just been released by Level 4 Press.
WfI note: Erik Rush originally exposed Obama’s unholy, racist church affiliation in February, 2007 with his outstanding article, “Obamination“, also posted on this blog. Thank you, Erik Rush, for keeping watch!