Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Changeling

Just when I think this presidential campaign couldn’t become more asinine I read something in the news that proves I have underestimated Obama again.

Sun Times

Obama praised McCain's service, and the Democratic candidate's spokesman rejected Sunday's remarks from a prominent supporter, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who said McCain's years as a Vietnam War fighter pilot and prisoner of war did not necessarily qualify him to be commander in chief.

''I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign, and I will not stand idly by when I hear others question mine,''

Well goodness me I’m certainly glad that is settled and in no uncertain terms to boot. I was beginning to be worried about that very topic. But of course Obama praised McCain’s service as a hit man for the state. It doesn’t matter that the Vietnam War was a criminal war killing millions of Vietnamese all that matters is that it was an American, McCain, hepping to do the killing. Then there was Obama’s explanation for praising Ronnie Reagan where he told us that he felt Reagan moved the country away from the “excesses’ of the 60’s and 70’s though I don’t expect he was talking about the in excess of 3 million dead Vietnamese, just collateral damage you know.

Well now that Obama honors McCain how does he honor Americans or more specifically how does he honor black Americans?


CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Barack Obama celebrated Father's Day by calling on black fathers, who he said are "missing from too many lives and too many homes," to become active in raising their children.

"They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it," the Democratic presidential candidate said Sunday at a largely black church in his hometown.

Isn’t it just like those black fathers to be that way? But what happened to there is no black America, no latin America, etc. just the Untied States of America sentiment? Oh that’s right this is just more of the old time pragmatic stereotyping. Thank goodness Obama hasn’t abandoned his responsibilities he is obviously of a much different sort than those bad old black fathers even if he does sound like a kindlier and gentler Richard Nixon.

From the Nixon tapes--

"We're going to (place) more of these little Negro bastards on the welfare rolls at $2,400 a family . . . let people like Pat Moynihan and Leonard Garment and others believe in all that crap. But I don't believe in it. Total emphasis of everybody must be that this is much better than we had last year. . . . work, work, throw 'em off the rolls. That's the key."

"The Mexicans are a different cup of tea," says Nixon. "They have a heritage. At the present time they steal, they're dishonest. They do have some concept of family life, they don't live like a bunch of dogs, which the Negroes do live like."

"Let's look at the strong societies," says Nixon. "The Russians. Goddamn, they root 'em out. They don't let 'em around at all. I don't know what they do with them. Look at this country. You think the Russians allow dope? Homosexuality, dope, immorality are the enemies of strong societies. That's why the communists and left-wingers are clinging to one another. They're trying to destroy us. I know Moynihan will disagree with this, (Atty. Gen. John) Mitchell will, and Garment will. But, goddamn, we have to stand up to this."

--Richard Nixon

Then there was this rather strange remark from Obama. "We can't simply write these problems off to past injustices," Obama said Sunday. "Those injustices are real. There's a reason our families are in disrepair ... but we can't keep using that as an excuse."

Past injustices? Past? Does Obama mean to say all injustices are in the past? I guess Katrina never happened. I suppose also there really isn’t a legal system that penalizes black Americans, that there aren’t really an inordinate number of blacks in prison, and the ghettos are gone just not the stereotyping. Oh silly me! Those are just excuses! Heavens to Betsy.

Considering Obama’s vacuous speeches and his recent swivels to the right I think we can say that there is little or no change coming if Obama is elected. We can say that, oh yes we can. If Obama keeps turning to the right at this pace he is going to meet himself. I wonder if they will shake hands.