Tuesday, August 05, 2008


Stanley Kurtz in the August 11th Weekly Standard:
Barack Obama's neighborhood newspaper, the Hyde Park Herald, has a longstanding tradition of opening its pages to elected officials-from Chicago aldermen to state legislators to U.S. senators. Obama himself, as a state senator, wrote more than 40 columns for the Herald, under the title "Springfield Report," between 1996 and 2004. Read in isolation, Obama's columns from the state capital tell us little. Placed in the context of political and policy battles then raging in Illinois, however, the young legislator's dispatches powerfully illuminate his political beliefs. . .

What they portray is a Barack Obama sharply at variance with the image of the post-racial, post-ideological, bipartisan, culture-war-shunning politician familiar from current media coverage and purveyed by the Obama campaign. As details of Obama's early political career emerge into the light, his associations with such radical figures as Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Father Michael Pfleger, Reverend James Meeks, Bill Ayers, and Bernardine Dohrn look less like peculiar instances of personal misjudgment and more like intentional political partnerships. At his core, in other words, the politician chronicled here is profoundly race-conscious, exceedingly liberal, free-spending even in the face of looming state budget deficits, and partisan. Elected president, this man would presumably shift the country sharply to the left on all the key issues of the day-culture-war issues included.
Including falsely playing the "race card." But at least Obama's made clear he opposes slavery reparations payments.

(via Wolf Howling)


Geoffrey Britain said...

"at least Obama's made clear he opposes slavery reparation payments"

Has he? Technically speaking, as to 'payments', perhaps. But reparations more broadly defined? Consider the following:
"Speaking to a crowd of minority journalists at the Unity '08 conference, Obama responded to a question about reparations as follows:

I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it's Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds."

One way or the other, this liberal intends to make whites pay.

Anonymous said...

Does anybody know where Obama got the money for a million-dollar house?

Does anybody know how much money Oprah Winfrey has poured into Obama so far?

Anonymous said...

Obama proposes $1,000 for people using energy BEFORE the election. Could it possibly be to get more votes?

I wonder what his plans are for after the election, if he wins.

I wonder what percent of the people who vote pay any attention to relevant facts.

Where did Obama get the money to buy a million-dollar house? Anybody know?

Gringo said...

Where did Obama get the money to buy a million-dollar house? Anybody know?

From his two books.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, gringo.

And do you know how much money Oprah Winfrey has given Obama?

Is the choice of Obama by Winfrey a racist act on her part?