It’s Your Choice – Part 3
(Editor’s Note: Mr. Brosius concludes his three part column comparing Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, and Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee for President of The United States.)
RELIGION & REV. JEREMIAH WRIGHT:
We’ve seen the Reverend Wright rant “God damn America” on TV; seen his contempt for and hatred of America, and of whites. He preached: “America is a country run by rich white men.” You could not more succinctly combine racism, contempt of those hard workers who accumulate wealth, and socialism in fewer words.
Senator Obama said he was not aware of the Reverend Wright’s views, yet in his “Dreams…” book, Senator Obama uses 14 pages to discuss the Reverend Wright’s philosophy and work. Senator Obama quotes a brochure of guiding principles entitled “A Black Value System” adopted by the Reverend Wright’s congregation in 1979.
“At the top of the list was commitment to God, who will give us the strength to give up prayerful passivism and become Black Christian activists, soldiers for Black freedom and dignity of all humankind, then a commitment to the black community and black family, education, the work ethic, discipline, and self respect” (emphasis added). The Reverend Wright married the Obamas, and baptized their children. Senator Obama remained a member of that church for 22 years, to which he contributed $22,000. (People pick their church because it is the one they are most comfortable in; the one they agree with most.)
Nowhere in Senator Obama’s book did I read Martin Luther King’s credo: We should be “judged not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.” There is a vast difference between the King credo and that of Obama/Wright, which is: Black Above All.
MUSLIM: Senator Obama attended a Muslim school for two years in his formative early childhood where a study of that religion was included. He next spent two years in a Catholic school. He now stoutly maintains that he is a Christian, but on September 7, 2008, in a live TV interview he said: “John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith, uh, er, my Christian faith.” Why would he utter the word “Muslim” in a context where it was not a subject, if it were not seated deeply in his mind? Senator Obama’s utterances and votes have consistently been on the side that would most favor Muslims, such as all of his positions re. Iraq. We need four or eight more years to clarify this question, especially since militant Muslims have warned that they will conquer us from within, before he is candidate for president.
John McCain is an Episcopalian. There is nothing in his life comparable to the Reverend Wright and Wright’s church.
Senator Obama is rated as having the most liberal voting record in the U. S. Senate. His record in Illinois was equally liberal.
Senator McCain voted conservatively, against spending, and with the Republicans most of the time; but his maverick quality was evident as he occasionally crossed the isle to vote with Democrats. He is not doctrinaire.
Senator Obama’s position is clear: he will raise income taxes, capital gains taxes, corporate taxes, death taxes, increase taxes on 26 million small businesses, and on others across the board. He has voted 94 times for higher taxes. His expressed purpose is to spread the wealth: take from thee to give to me.
Senator McCain’s priority is to cut spending. He would make the Bush tax cuts permanent, and reduce capital gains, death taxes, and taxes on small business as a means of stimulating the economy, thus allowing people to keep more of what they have earned and saved.
Senator Obama is the son of an African black man and a white American mother, genetically has one foot in each race. He had the unique opportunity to erase the question of race. Instead, he has focused on his black heritage. He said he spent his first 12 years “learning to be black.” Why could he not have spent those and subsequent years learning to be non-racial, to treat race as though it does not exist as a divider? Many from India, Pakistan, and that area have skin darker than Senator Obama’s, but they do not make their color an issue, and neither do their white neighbors. Condoleezza Rice, some of my friends and Gen. Colin Powell come to mind.
Discussions of race in Senator Obama’s book are so extensive it would take thousands of words to copy the important ones. I earmarked 30 of them. Here is one; advice from a friend: [In college] “they’ll train you to manipulate words so they don’t mean anything anymore. They’ll train you to forget what it is that you already know. They’ll train you so good you’ll start believing what they tell you about equal opportunity and the American way and all that s***. They’ll give you a corner office and invite you to fancy dinners, and tell you you’re a credit to your race. Until you actually want to start running things, and then they’ll yank your chain and let you know that you may be a well-trained, well paid nigger, but you’re a nigger just the same. … [Then] I shouldn’t be going to college?” “You’ve got to go. I’m just telling you to keep your eyes open. Stay awake.”
Instead of choosing a non-racial path (like Ms. Rice) Senator Obama chose ‘to be black.’
Senator McCain: What more can you say about McCain’s racial attitude that would top the fact that he and (his wife) Cindy adopted an abandoned black baby, multiple shades darker than Senator Obama, with a serious congenital problem requiring multiple surgical operations (paid for by her new adoptive parents), and raised as one of the family among blonde brothers and sisters. She is now doing well at 13.
Americans are ready to make qualified blacks and other races part of business and the government. Proof: two Supreme Court justices, a governor of the southern state of Virginia, present governor of Louisiana, numerous mayors of major cities, and heads of big and small corporations.
Senator Obama advocates immediate withdrawal from Iraq.
Senator McCain says stay the course until we have total victory, exemplified by a sound, democratic government.
Senator Obama would meet with any head of state, tyrant or not, without preconditions.
Senator McCain would not reward tyrants with a meeting until certain preconditions are reached.
Senator Obama’s past is clouded by his associations with an American terrorist of the past, Bill Ayers, who bombed the U. S. Capitol and the Pentagon without regret, and his convicted Weather Underground wife. He has been closely associated with ACORN, purveyors of un-American activities, who even now are exercising questionable, probably illegal, practices.
Senator McCain has no such past associations.
Senator Obama is loose with the truth, especially about his past, and his associations. He speaks in such generalities that they are half-truths. Example: In his first national TV ad he said he supported “extended health care for the wounded troops” as contained in the 2008 defense authorization bill. Pinocchio problem: Obama was one of only six senators who was absent and did not cast a vote on that bill.
One major worry: Senator Obama’s almost magical quality or circumstance that enables him to attract, without coercion, huge crowds of 200,000 and more. Historically, that quality in a man has been coupled with subsequent loss of freedom, onset of war, and government collapse. Not many have had that magnetism. Some I remember are Adolph Hitler. Fidel Castro, Benito Mussolini, and currently, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Each came to power by promising change, more wealth to the middle class, liberty, and the world, and then turned that power to bad ends and catastrophe. I can think of none who have used their overwhelming magnetism for ultimate good ends.
Considering all of the above, who would you pick to be President of the United States?