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Obama's Friends and Mentors

It has been virtually impossible to get the mainstream media to properly investigate all of Obama’s allies. Hardly anyone mentions Obama’s connection to the writings of Saul Alinsky, the “original” community organizer whose philosophy was decidedly Marxist. What does Obama say about Alinsky?

Finally, a few days ago, the New York Times wrote an article about William Ayers, one of the founders of the radical group Weatherman. Ayers set bombs at the Pentagon and the Capitol back in the early 1970s. Everyone knows he did it; he got off only on a technicality regarding prosecutorial malpractice. He does not regret what he did; he wishes he could have done more. The only problem with the Times piece is that it is an apologetic for Obama, concluding he didn’t really know Ayers all that well–an assertion that is easily refuted.

Obama’s political career started in William Ayers’s living room. He served on boards with Ayers. He channeled money to Ayers that was used to indoctrinate children into radical politics. What does Obama say about Ayers?

Tony Rezko is a real estate wheeler-dealer who contributed to Obama’s campaign and helped him get a house through rather shady practices. He was recently convicted of fraud and bribery. Obama, of course, comments:

And how can one forget the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor for over 20 years? He and his church are the epitome of radical thought based on liberation theology. Obama supposedly listened to him all those years and yet his attitude toward him right now?

Finally (at least for the purposes of this post), there is Franklin Raines, former Clinton administration official who then went on to “manage” Fannie Mae. When he left, he took with him over $90 million in bonuses. He has been one of Obama’s financial advisors (just because he is not on the payroll doesn’t mean he isn’t actively involved in the campaign). Obama on Raines?

In light of all this, what should America say to Obama?

Obama, Abortion, & Infanticide

My last post talked about the image of God in man and how that relates to the sanctity of life. If you really want to see into the heart and soul of a person, the abortion issue opens that window wide. Take Barack Obama, for instance.

When he was an Illinois state senator, Obama, on more than one occasion, stopped a bill from passing that would have ensured that babies born alive in an abortion attempt would receive medical care. At one point, he was the only senator to speak out against the bill. His reasoning is quite clear: he was afraid that the passage of that bill would somehow overturn the “right” to an abortion.

Now, he has since indignantly denied that he would ever vote to withhold medical care from such infants. I won’t go through all the twists and turns of the denials he has offered, but if you want to check that out, you can go directly to this article from the National Right to Life Committee. It makes the case:

In short, for Obama, the so-called right to abortion has a higher priority than protecting the life of an innocent child who “accidentally” was born alive during an abortion procedure. The following cartoon, I think, depicts the attitude accurately.

Naturally, Obama doesn’t want the truth about this to come out, but as John Adams once stated in making his case before a jury:

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

Check Out This Article

I heartily recommend Mark Steyn to you. He is one of the wittiest political commentators on the face of the earth. His latest on the difference between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden is too good to withhold. Go to the link here and enjoy.

At the Root of Our Financial Problems

I don’t normally post more than once per day, but I think this is so enlightening that I wanted to be sure to offer it now. Perhaps you’ve already seen it, since it has been making the rounds, but here’s another opportunity in case you haven’t. If you can spare 8 1/2 minutes, you will find out why we are in this current financial mess. Click on this link and learn.

Palin's Moment

The VP Debate

The VP Debate

She made the most of it.

Some Republicans had been hinting (a couple doing more than hinting) that McCain had made a mistake picking Palin. They weren’t sure she was prepared to step into the awfulness of what passes for political discourse these days, and that the media had shown her for what she was–a backwoods rube lost in the glare of national attention.

If there are any Republicans thinking that today, they do not understand what happened last night at the VP debate.

Without going into a detailed analysis, let me just say, “Congratulations, Sarah Palin. You more than answered your critics.” As a focus group of independent voters on Fox News last night indicated, she stormed the redoubt and took prisoners. It will take spinning of monumental proportions to deny that she connected with a large segment of the American public.

One commentator said something to this effect: whatever she did before the debate–praying????–she needs to continue to do. I believe prayer was a key factor–prayer by the nominee herself, but also by a multitude in this country who are concerned for our future.

The McCain-Palin ticket has been losing some ground over the past week. Now let’s see if that can be turned around. The need for prayer continues.

Another Fair and Balanced Moderator

Gwen Ifill: Will She Be Fair?

Gwen Ifill: Will She Be Fair?

News first broke yesterday that the moderator for this evening’s vice-presidential debate, Gwen Ifill of PBS, is currently writing a book that is due to be published on inauguration day. The topic of the book is rising black politicians, and the primary one is of course Barack Obama.

The book is going to be a paean of praise for Obama as the fastest of the rising stars. My guess is she hopes by releasing it on inauguration day, she will reap a great financial reward as Obama is sworn in.

Is this the person who should be moderating this debate? Now, I’ve already said that most of the media is for Obama anyway, so what’s the difference? Well, Jim Lehrer, who moderated the first presidential debate, is liberal also, but he handled himself well, treating both candidates fairly.

It will be interesting to watch tonight to see how Ifill does. Perhaps the increased scrutiny (due entirely to Fox News and the Internet, not the mainstream media) will force her to be more careful. I hope against hope that she can put aside her political leanings and be fair. But at the very least, no one who is writing a book of the nature that she is currently writing should ever be allowed near a moderator’s chair.

Another point: she is already on record as questioning Palin’s ability to handle the VP post. Is this really someone who should be asking Palin questions? I am going to be alert to the “gotcha” type of question that is intended to trip up a candidate.

Why wasn’t Brit Hume considered as a possible moderator for this debate? Oh, that’s right, he’s not an objective journalist because he works for the “conservative” network, Fox News. We need “objective” journalists like Ifill who work at “objective” networks like PBS. Aren’t you glad there are journalists we can trust?

Perpetrators As Saviors?

Frank & Company: What Crisis?
Frank & Company: What Crisis?

You might not know this if you don’t go outside the mainstream media for your news, but guess who is really responsible for the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac mess that started this whole economic breakdown?

 The media would have you believe that it is the Bush administration’s fault, but that is false. In fact, it was Bush who attempted, in 2003, to warn Congress about the situation and call for oversight and changes in the way these companies operated.

You see, they were giving so many loans to people who had bad credit that the administration feared a meltdown could occur. Why were these companies giving all these loans? They were pushed into it by the Clinton administration back in the 1990s. Former Clinton officials then took over the reins of these companies, the most conspicuous being Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson.

When Bush tried to regulate them, his primary opponent in this attempt was Rep. Barney Frank, who famously stated,

These two entities—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—are not facing any kind of financial crisis. The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.

This is the same Barney Frank who now blames the Republicans for lack of oversight.

Here are some interesting statistics: The top three recipients of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the past ten years are Chris Dodd, current chairman of the Senate Banking Committee; Barack Obama; and John Kerry. Dodd, along with Frank, are now positioning themselves as the saviors of the American economy, frustrated by Republicans who voted against the bailout.

Note that Obama is the second highest recipient of contributions over the past ten years, even though he has been in the Senate only since 2005. That, by itself, is remarkable. Oh, by the way, both Raines and Johnson have been advisors for the Obama campaign.

I don’t want to come off here as the typical political commentator who vents. Yet I believe it is essential to make these facts known. Biblical integrity requires that we speak the truth, and truth is what our country needs desperately at this moment.