I just saw a new television campaign advertisement authored by the Obama campaign. I have spent a few minutes composing myself before sitting down here at my keyboard. In order to think clearly enough to write in a lucid manner, I had to clear my head of the anger that occurred as a natural response to sixty seconds worth of sickening lies, uttered with a wicked air of ‘sincerity’ by the man who is seeking to be my president.
The ad, verbatim:
- I’m Barack Obama. America is a country of strong families and strong values. My life’s been blessed by both.
I was raised by a single mom and my grandparents. We didn’t have much money, but they taught me values straight from the Kansas heartland where they grew up.
Accountability and self-reliance. Love of country. Working hard without making excuses. Treating your neighbor as you’d like to be treated. It’s what guided me as I worked my way up — taking jobs and loans to make it through college.
It’s what led me to pass up Wall Street jobs and go to Chicago instead, helping neighborhoods devastated when steel plants closed. That’s why I passed laws moving people from welfare to work, cut taxes for working families and extended health care for wounded troops who’d been neglected.
I approved this message because I’ll never forget those values, and if I have the honor of taking the oath of office as President, it will be with a deep and abiding faith in the country I love.
(1) It paints a biographical portrait of Senator Obama as a child of midwestern values.
(2) It claims that Obama enjoyed no privilege, but assumed jobs and loans in order to work his way through both college and law school.
(3) It paints a picture of an altruist who turned down lucrative offers from Wall Street in order to help the oppressed (of Chicago).
(4) It alleges that he passed bills that cut welfare spending and extended healthcare benefits for wounded troops.
That’s it. That’s pretty much the message of this political advertisement.
Let's at least attempt to take a realistic look at the emperor's new clothes.
(1) Starting with the 'midwestern/Kansas values' allegation ...
The ad’s major reference to his upbringing refers to ‘values straight from the Kansas heartland’ and the inherent ‘love of country’.
In truth, Obama’s father was a Kenyan whose family was, and still is, deeply involved in socialist and Islamist politics in Kenya. Obama’s cousin, Raila Odinga, has been, and still is, instrumental (to put it mildly) in fueling a brutal Islamist insurgency in the country.
After Obama’s socialist Kenyan father deserted his mother, his mother remarried a Muslim from Indonesia, and Barack spent the next four years of his life in Indonesia, following the Muslim faith. His half-brothers in Kenya, and his half-sister in Indonesia, all assert that Obama spent his childhood practicing Islam.
At the age of ten, Obama was enrolled in the prestigious Punahou School in Hawaii, where he was mentored by Frank Marshall Davis, an avowed black separatist and a member of the U. S. Communist party.
... an association which, following his move to Chicago, naturally led to his strong associations with the likes of Jeremiah Wright, Michael Pfleger, William Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, and other stars of the ‘radical progressive’ stage.
A ‘child of midwestern values’? Hardly.
(2) As for Obama enjoying no privilege and working his way through school ... his parents met in college and his biological father went on to get a PhD from Harvard. Most Americans dream of experiencing such 'poverty'.
As mentioned previously, after spending four years in Indonesia, his mother sent him to Hawaii to attend the exclusive Punahou school, during which he lived with his grandmother, a bank vice president, in Honolulu. Later, while in college and law school, Obama never worked, other than one summer job during his four years of college, and one summer job during law school.
Familiar with poverty, and worked his way through college and law school? Hardly.
(3) Did Obama pass up a personally lucrative Wall Street career in order to help devastated Chicago neighborhoods? Considering Obama’s friends and associates (Ayers, Rezko, Farrakhan, et al) in the Chicago area (home of the American branch of the nation of Islam), ‘altruistic’ is not the first adjective that might come to mind.
Regarding Obama's oft-mentioned role as a 'community organizer' in Chicago, Byron York wrote in a recent National Review article:
- Perhaps the simplest way to describe community organizing is to say it is the practice of identifying a specific aggrieved population, say unemployed steelworkers, or itinerant fruit-pickers, or residents of a particularly bad neighborhood, and agitating them until they become so upset about their condition that they take collective action to put pressure on local, state, or federal officials to fix the problem, often by giving the affected group money.
(4) Let’s look at the allegations that he passed bills that cut welfare spending and extended healthcare for returning wounded troops:
I have been observing political campaigns for forty-plus years and I have never heard a candidate claim that he 'passed a bill' into law. Generally a candidate will assert that he has sponsored, supported, authored or voted for a bill. Only the senate itself can 'pass' a bill. The assertion that Obama 'passed' bills serves as just another example of his ongoing, deeply-ingrained elitist arrogance.
With that technicality aside ... Did Barack Obama even sponsor, support, author or vote for these two bills that this ad alleges are a proud part of his sterling resumé?
In truth, Obama opposed the 1996 Clinton welfare reform bill ... and the resulting Illinois law for which he takes credit was merely the passage of the required state law that put the federal welfare reform bill into effect. It passed nearly unanimously, because Illinois legislators simply had no other choice but to affirm it.
As for Obama and veterans’ healthcare ... Upon assuming office in the senate, Obama claimed, ‘One of my first priorities was obtaining a seat on the Veterans Affairs Committee ... and the thing that I pledged when I was sworn in as the Senator was that if nothing else in the first couple of years in the Senate, I could make absolutely certain that there would have been a strong advocate in the United States Senate.’
Let’s see how he has faired in keeping that promise:
Obama skipped nineteen out of thirty-seven VA committee meetings in the 109th congress (that amounts to more than 50% absenteeism). His paltry attendance record placed him second-to-last among committee democrats in terms of faithfulness in taking his assignment seriously. In the 110th congress he has been neither a sponsor nor a co-sponsor of any Veterans Affairs Committee bill that has become law.
I come away from those figures with the impression that Barack Obama's definition of 'being a strong advocate' for veterans, and mine, are vastly different.
In addition, contrary to the assertions in his latest campaign ad, he had no hand in the most recent bill that extended healthcare benefits for wounded troops. As a matter of fact, he was not even present in the senate when the vote on that particular bill was taken.
Obama passed bills promoting welfare reform and healthcare for returning veterans? Hardly.
There is something terribly sinister about a major presidential candidate resorting to painting a flattering 'mom and apple pie' personal portrait of himself that bears no resemblance to reality, while simultaneously attempting to hide his allegiance to Marxist/Muslim/black separatist ideologies. And there is something terrifying about the fact that such an arrogant, deceptive and delusional man appears to be succeeding in passing off such a conveniently fictitious portrait as accurate and admirable.
The majority of the American electorate is either blind or suicidal ... and neither affliction bodes well for our republic.