Saturday, March 15, 2008

Retraction and Repudiation

On Tuesday, January 8, 2008, I endorsed Senator Barack Obama as the Democrat nominee for President of the United States. I did so because I believed that he was a relatively honest and well-meaning, though completely wrong liberal candidate. I assumed there would be some dirt, but I was willing to let it slide until the general election. Also, my desire to see the Clintons banished from relevance in politics was overwhelming.

I now have to retract that endorsement and return to a neutral stance in light of the information that has come to my attention over the past few days. In addition to the end of the fun trip that was Obamamania, I have begun to see a side of Barack Obama that he never wanted to let become public. I will go through it with you now:

In the early days of the campaign, there were small gaffes. He wasn't wearing an American flag pin. He didn't put his hand over his heart during the national anthem. When confronted with these softballs, Obama knocked them out of the park masterfully.

Then came his wife's comment which I commented on: “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country.” I gave her the benefit of the doubt. I figured she was trying to make a point and just misspoke.

I had heard some things about Obama's pastor, who had associated with Louis Farrakhan, a known racist. And there's his association with the former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. I chalked it up to having to get a certain amount of black and liberal creds to run in the Democrat party. Also, I knew that Obama had been a member of this church for nearly 20 years, had been married there, had his children baptized there.

But the pattern became clear to me when I heard that pastor in all his glory over the past couple of days. Obama's pastor, the "Reverend" Jeremiah Wright is a soulless, racist, hate-spewing, evil son of a bitch. I have a few more dozen things I could say about him, but I would have to lower myself to his level to put them in print. While I'm sure that not every minute of every sermon was hate-charged shit, there is no doubt that Obama knew of the bastard's views, and has grown in this church.

This is not a casual relationship, such as John McCain and the hate mongering John Hagee. This is a church that Obama chose, supported, and drew inspiration from, including his book, The Audacity of Hope. It is only in the past days that Obama has made strong statements condemning this bile, and it is certainly a case of too little, too late.

I can't say that I know what is in Obama's heart, and what he does and doesn't believe as it relates to this hate speech. But there are far too many coincidences, too distinct of a pattern to ignore. And after listening to Obama himself trying to wiggle out of this earlier, trying to thread the needle between condemning the the statements of this hateful piece of shit and justifying staying in this church with this vile bastard, I am firmly and irrevocably convinced that there is a taint in Obama's heart.

I'm not ready to condemn him, as I have no evidence, only my instincts to go on here. But no longer do I see him as a well-meaning liberal politician. And I did want to like him, even if he was a political opposite. Now, sadly, a side of Barack Hussein Obama has been revealed that shows his idea of change may be of the worst kind imaginable. And that's the most disappointing thing of all.


Dave Miller said...

I too am troubled by Wright's stance. I found what he had to say intolerant, and not in line with how I see Jesus living his life. [forgiving, loving, challenging people to be better]

Even if what he had to say was factually accurate, the manner in which it was expressed was so full of bile I was stunned. It is hard to believe that the people leaving those sermons felt encouraged to be better people.

If Obama has been running on good judgment, the fact that he was caught seemingly unaware or unprepared for this is inexcusable.

While I am waiting to see how Obama handles all of this, I believe this has effectively ended his campaign.

Patrick M said...

Dave, does that mean you're voting for McCain and I'm still undecided?

Dave Miller said...

Certainly if Obama is out, of course I am for McCain.

However, I am still on the fence on Obama. Chris Dodd did him no favors today on FNS.

I do feel that we should do everything in our power to keep HRC out of the White House.

Nita Lowey had a great quote today on Meet the Press. She said that we needed to focus directly on Obama and Clinton so that we could see what "They would do for the American people."

I seem to remember a past Democratic president saying "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." I wonder if Nita Lowey and her misfit Democrat brethren could support a President like JFK, what with his fiscal and personal responsibility views.

Patrick M said...

I wonder if Nita Lowey and her misfit Democrat brethren could support a President like JFK, what with his fiscal and personal responsibility views.

That's a whole different blog entry on the differences between the FDR/JFk-type Democrat and the current bunch. Maybe you could write that one. Or maybe I will. I'm sure the research alone will produce vomiting.

Indigo Red said...

I am truly sorry for you that your guy lost his shine. I never trusted Obama, but I know the feeling you are expressing and it's not one I would want for anyone.

On the other hand, welcome back from the dark side.

Patrick M said...

Red, I never was on the dark side.

Even my former favorable opinion of the Senator wasn't going to convince me to get the lobotomy necessary for me to vote for someone that liberal.

Toad734 said...

Again, two days ago you thought he was a Muslim terrorist coming to take all our white women away to Mecca. Now hes a Christian but goes to the wrong Chuch.

My question again, who is running for President Obama or his retired preacher who made a speech 10 years ago?

Oh, and this is what I am talking about, you post this about Obama but not this about McCains spiritual advisor Pastor Rod Parsley:

1.Called Planned Parenthood Nazi's
2.Openly called for prosecution of people who commit adultery
3.On Islam and being a loving Christian: "The fact is that America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this false religion destroyed"
4.Thinks people should be able to pray in schools because something is apparently wrong with praying at home before you get to school and in a church.
5.On the founding of America: "It was to defeat Islam, among other dreams, that Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World in 1492…Columbus dreamed of defeating the armies of Islam with the armies of Europe made mighty by the wealth of the New World. It was this dream that, in part, began America."
6.On the validity of other religions: "Muhammad received revelations from demons and not from the true God."
7.Thinks the founding fathers accidentally forgot to add the words: God, Christian, Christ, Christianity, Christian Nation to the Constitution and says they really wanted the US to be a Christian Theocracy even though George Washington and many other founding fathers were Deists.
8.Believes in faith healing
9.Doesn't believe in hate crimes and thinks you should be able to kill gays and blacks and Muslims for who they are.
10.Tells Christians to ready their weapons and says he condones Christian riots against Muslims and gays.

Or I am sure you remember this McCain endorsee, Heres what
John Hagee has to say:
1.Catholics were a false cult and the Catholic Church was a "Great Whore".
2.Called Harry Potter witchcraft
3. In his book, Predicted that Russia and "Islamic States" will be destroyed by God.
4.Said that China and "The West" will battle over Israel starting Armageddon and the second coming of Christ.

See, why not post about that instead of another Obama post.

Patrick M said...

Again, two days ago you thought he was a Muslim terrorist coming to take all our white women away to Mecca. Now hes a Christian but goes to the wrong Chuch.

Not on my blog. Where did you get that dumb shit from?

Rod Parsley, that's the name I couldn't find. I wanted to lump him and Hagee together, but I couldn't remember his name.

And I haven't covered it because it hasn't been big news, although I've clearly stated they're all idiots.

And I already addressed why there's a difference, as it's not on the statements alone. And it goes back to the whole moral equivalence problem you can't seem to get over or understand.