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A Tale of Two Half Brothers: Barack & George Obama

 

…[W]hy aren’t the networks covering the fact that Barack Obama’s half-brother George lives in a 6 by 10 foot hut in the slums of Kenya?  It took a reporter for the Italian edition of Vanity Fairto locate George Obama. Obama noted that when he met his famous half-brother in 2006 “we spoke for just a few minutes.   It was like meeting a complete stranger.” George Obama also told the magazine that “I live here on less than a dollar month,”  and “if anyone says something about my surname, I say we are not related. I am ashamed.”  Obama has done absolutely nothing to help his unfortunate half-brother.

I found this story interesting, but I’m not quite sure it shows hypocrisy on the part of Barack Obama.  Maybe if they were brothers who grew up together, but they have different mothers and it appears to me that they did not meet until a couple years ago even though they share the same father.  While I disagree with many of Sen. Obama’s policies and political ideology, there is much to commend him for in his young political career.  

Sen. Obama is correct to say that no where else in the world could his story be possible.  Of course, the same could be said for Sen. McCain & Gov. Palin as well.  America is blessed beyond measure, despite her imperfections.  Her people and her Christian foundations and her work ethic have made us the most prosperous nation in the history of the world despite the current “struggling” economy and all — so I cringe when I hear politicians say things like “it’s time to chart a new course.”

Sure, we need to stop wasting our resources and end our dependence on unfriendly nations and their resources.  We need to find ways to meet the challenges ahead.  But we need not forget that America is still the envy of the world.  We have amazing freedom.  And we have become numb to our own wealth and prosperity.  People risk life and limb to reach our shores to breathe freedom’s air even if it means living in “poverty” by our own standards.  And if for one moment we might think that America is a disgrace and an embarrassment and an experiment gone terribly wrong, all we need to do is have a conversation with someone like George Obama.

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The Candidates Call Each Other’s Bluff

Throughout this historic campaign the Republicans have highlighted Senator Barack Obama’s obvious lack of experience—especially on foreign affairs and national security issues.  This fact has also appeared to be a very effective argument.  And so in the first major decision of Obama’s young, national political career he reached out and tapped fellow senior, thirty-plus-year-veteran Senator Joe Biden for the number two spot to bolster the perception of experience. 

“Take that John McCain!” 

But the “inexperience” argument still holds some persuasive power, or at least it did.  Enter: young Governor Sarah Palin.  “What!?”  “Who?”  Now Democrats are crying “foul” on McCain’s new vice-presidential pick.  “Oh, the hypocrisy!” they sneer.  Even Republicans quietly wonder to themselves why McCain would risk disarming their favorite handy “inexperience” argument?  Because McCain got what he wanted all along.  (Get ready for it!)  In a stroke of political genius, McCain has single-handedly dismantled Obama’s strongest argument against McCain—Obama being the candidate of change!

“Take that Barack Obama!” 

The maverick McCain/Palin ticket doesn’t look or feel close to anything like Bush/Cheney or even the Obama/Biden ticket.  The first female conservative VP in 232 years of America’s history!  Obama’s entire “change” theme and brand has suffered a huge blow and has its own hypocrisy problem.  Sure, Obama has rightly earned a significant place in history, but his decision to “ignore women” for the most part and stick with another old “safe” liberal white guy for VP is going to haunt his dreams until election day and quite possibly beyond.      

And so now this entire political process is right back to square one.  The two candidates have called each other’s bluff.  “Change” and “inexperience” are pretty much off the table (except for the nagging historical fact that Presidental and Vice-Presidential qualifications don’t usually equate).  These campaigns are now forced to refocus on the issues that voters care about most: strong families, strong country, and real opportunity to get a piece of the American dream and who has the best plan to lead us there.

California to become a Red State in November?

Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama announced his opposition to Proposition 8 in the following letter to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for the opportunity to welcome everyone to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club’s Pridc Breakfast and to congratulate you on continuing a legacy of success, stretching back thirty-six years. As one of the oldest and most influential LGBT organizations in the country, you have continually rallied to support Democratic candidates and causes, and have fought tirelessly to secure equal rights and opportunities for LGBT Americans in California and throughout the country.

As the Democratic nominee for President, I am proud to join with and support the LGBT community in an effort to set our nation on a course that recognizes LGBT Americans with full equality under the law. That is why I support extending fully equal rights and benefits to same sex couples under both state and federal law. That is why I support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, and the passage of laws to protect LGBT Americans from hate crimes and employment discrimination. And that is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states.

For too long, issues of LGBT rights have been exploited by those seeking to divide us. It’s time to move beyond polarization and live up to our founding promise of equality by treating all our citizens with dignity and respect. This is no less than a core issue about who we are as Democrats and as Americans.

Finally, I want to congratulate all of you who have shown your love for each other by getting married these last few weeks. My thanks again to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club for allowing me to be a part of today’s celebration. I look forward to working with you in the coming months and years, and I wish you all continued success.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

The vast majority of Americans, regardless of political affiliation, do not support homosexual marriage.  Most people in every state recognize that mere sexual preference does not equate to civil rights nor necessitate changing the definition of marriage itself.  If enough common sense Californians turn out to vote in favor of Proposition 8 in November and against gay marriage, it should also translate into votes against Obama.  –J.

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I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth. — J.

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