I watched DNC Chairman Howard Dean bragging on Fox News Sunday yesterday morning about the large Republican re-registration trend of recent times. He seemed to be oblivious to the possibility that these reregistrations were for tactical purposes, not because of Pubbie changes of heart, nor enthusiasm for either Democrat candidate....
But I digress from my main purpose in writing here. I just wanted to put up some reflections about what we know about Barack Hussein Mohammed Obama [his full name, if the accounts of anonymous missionaries in Kenya are to be trusted].
The short answer is: We know very little about this man indeed. The MSM is being very selective about what they report in regard to Obama's biography.
And so, we have very little to go on in trying to establish this political neophyte's character, or to understand what he actually believes.
Yet we are told he is the candidate of racial healing, of reaching "across the aisle" to bring the people together to solve the great challenges of American life.
Well, that all sounds really great. Until you realize that Obama himself is personally deeply divided on questions of racial identity: His own.
One senses that Obama does not see himself as an "interracial person," half white, half black. Rather, it seems that from early on in life, he has been trying to understand himself in terms of one side of the racial divide or the other. And he settled this problem essentially by identifying himself as a black person.
But given his mixed racial heritage, which some in the American black community regard as suspicious, he has had for political reasons to develop "street creds" as a black American. Which explains his long-time association with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr. and Chicago's Trinity Church of Christ, a bastion of (left-progressive and activist) black liberation theology, in tone and tenor little different than Minister Louis Farrakhan's black-separatist Nation of Islam. [FWIW, I do not think that black liberation theology has anything to do with the Christian message of hope to all mankind.]
After Rev. Wright's recent performances on PBS with the absolutely insipid and deplorable Bill Moyers, his address to the N.A.A.C.P., and his speech to the National Press Club, I have this overwhelming sense of "lostness," of a sense of felt betrayal, emanating from Obama — forced to disavow himself from a person who, to Obama, has served as a major "father figure" for over twenty years.
Of course, not only has Obama's life been complicated by racial ambivalence, but even more so, it has been complicated by the fact that he was raised in a dysfunctional household: a wholly ditzy and irresponsible mother, with no father present. (Kinda reminds me of Bill Clinton's background.)
So one can suppose the search for a bona-fide "father figure" has motivated Obama throughout his life. Rev. Wright, one supposes, was one such; but he has clearly recently betrayed Obama.... I sense genuine pain for Obama in the practical need to distance himself from this man.
But the Rev. Wright probably was not Obama's first "father figure." There was another, during Obama's teenage years in Hawaii, who was probably the most powerful influence over Obama's decision to identify himself as a black man. And that was Frank Marshall Davis.
Frank Marshall Davis was a black poet who, through the influence of the great black American actor, bass-baritone, athlete, and lawyer Paul Robeson, secured a position as journalist with a Honolulu newspaper. He was the "Frank" so often mentioned in Obama's first book, Dreams from My Father.
Both "Frank" and Robeson were card-carrying members of the Communist Party U.S.A.
So here we have the case of a young man, searching for his racial identity, trying to establish his political philosophy, and somehow managing to find "meaning" in relations with people who embrace radical politics.
So it seems that from Davis, Obama imbibed the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance, which was fundamentally radical in its politics, very racialist in its focus, as spear-headed by such notable creative cultural figures as Davis, Robeson, and the black poet Langston Hughes (an associate of Davis and Robeson, who was not himself a member of CPUSA, but may fairly be said to have been a trusty "fellow-traveler").
The Rev. Wright also falls into this category, as do William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.... Is it somehow accidental that Obama should feel so at home with such "radical political" characters?
And we haven't even touched his Kenyan connections yet. Other than his black grandmother in Kenya (evidently to square up in journalistic accounts with his white grandmother in America who effectively raised him), we hear nothing about his other family connections there.
Yet Barack Hussein Mohammed Obama senior left this country, returning to Kenya with an American wife in tow (not Obama's mother, but another woman he later met in Massachusetts). She became one of four of his wives — he being a Muslim and so entitled to have four wives.
But we never hear a word about Obama's many half-brothers and half-sisters in Kenya. Nor do we hear much of anything from his politically-inclined cousin, one Odinga, who as head of the Obama family tribe is mounting an insurgency against the Kenyan government along Islamofascist lines, similar to what we now witness in Somalia....
Obama's cousin has promised to institute Sharia law in Kenya if his insurgency is successful, even though Muslims in Kenya constitute only around 12% of the Kenyan population. Can you spell: "Totalitarian [of the Islamofascist brand] dictatorship" here? Obama is reported to have sent his cousin at least $27 thousand of American greenbacks so far to back his cousin's political ambitions....
So, what are we to make of Obama? Who is this guy? What does he actually believe? I'm beginning to wonder whether even he knows.
In any case, my point in writing today is to suggest that Obama is a deeply divided human being, psychologically speaking, conflicted on issues of race, culture, and politics. He does not himself know whether he's "fish or fowl." His character is fragmented along so many different racial and political lines. It is uncertain what he actually believes about anything: Certainly, he is rarely forthcoming in answering direct questions.
In short, with so many perfectly legitimate open questions in regard to "who this guy is," I cannot conceive that he can be elected president of the United States. The American people historically have been unwilling "to purchase a pig in a poke."
But who knows? Could the American people be so "lost" themselves that they would be willing to elect such a deeply-divided, conflicted, and ostensibly anti-American man to the highest office of our nation?
I guess that's still an open question.
Interesting links, in case anyone wants to look into these matters further: