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Obama and Tit for Tat and This and That! A good Article!

I am borrowing the following article from FamilySecurityMatters.com and that was written by someone I know well. It gives some short but great points to recent happenings in the Great Election of 2008! It was copied in its entirety and can be found at the web address at the end of the article.

July 17, 2008

Exclusive: Election 2008 – This ‘n’ That, Tit for Tat


A week ago, Barack Obama and John McCain spoke to the influential Hispanic group, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). They did not speak together (maybe that was a good thing) but their appearances were a few hours apart. Their quest? To court the Latin American vote.

Obama made many passionate statements about his support for immigration reform during his talk to NCLR, but his comments clash with claims by Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) who says that Obama was “absolutely AWOL on the issue of immigration.” Diaz-Balart also claims that “Sen. Obama joined up with one of the most anti-immigrant senators, Sen. [Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.)], to try to kill the second leg of that stool, the temporary-worker program, [which] was an absolutely indispensable ingredient, and will be in the future, to immigration reform.”

Naturally, Obama also took an obligatory jab at McCain:

“I know Senator McCain used to buck his party on immigration in fighting for comprehensive reform, and I admired him for it and joined him in it. But when he was running for his party’s nomination, he abandoned that courageous stand and said that he wouldn’t even support his own legislation if it came up for a vote.

“I think it’s time for a president who won’t walk away from something as important as comprehensive reform just because it becomes politically unpopular. I will make it a top priority in my first year as the president of the United States of America.”

True, Sen. McCain, along with Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), crafted a bill that would have given the green light for the 12 million illegal immigrants (underestimated amount?) to stay in the United States. After that failed, he tried once more, again failing to get the necessary support. He has now come out in favor of first dealing with securing the borders and then continuing his belief in immigration reform. Is this a flip-flop on his former position? Some say yes, others say no.

The immigration issue is an important one in the campaign that deserves a lot more attention. When the candidates are speaking at an event that is mainly attended by Hispanic voters it gets noticed, but not as a general subject for discussion. Perhaps the underlying reason for the lack of open comment on either side is the fear of public outcry, as was so evident last year when Congress was considering “comprehensive immigration reform.” Yet ignoring the problem will not make it go away.

Obama’s Associates a Constant Source of Embarrassment?

A few months ago, Obama went to the defense of his wife for saying the current presidential campaign is the first time she was really proud of her country. Obama also spent quite a bit of time defending Rev. Jeremiah Wright for damning America – before he chastised the retired pastor for the words he had previously defended.

More recently, Obama took steps to recover from disparaging comments about John McCain’s service in Vietnam made by his supporter, retired Gen. Wesley Clark. It all happened in a television interview by Bob Schieffer during a Face the Nation appearance by Gen. Clark. Clark was explaining that while McCain had served on the Armed Services Committee and traveled extensively, he never had any executive responsibility, was “untested,” and that the air squadron he commanded was not during wartime. Schieffer countered by saying that Obama had no executive experience there either and had not flown a fighter plane, been shot down and become a prisoner of war. Clark’s rejoinder? “Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.”

When a reporter asked Obama if Clark owed McCain an apology, he responded with, “I guess my question is why, given all the vast numbers of things that we’ve got to work on, that that would be a top priority of mine?” For someone who promises to be an arbiter of the Politics of Change, this is disappointing. This is the sort of thing that should transcend the political differences of the two parties.

Hey Barack…Meet Me in Iraq!

Despite rejecting John McCain’s offer of making a joint trip to Iraq, Obama has announced his intention to go there himself to speak to the generals on the ground in order to get more information and “redefine his policies” concerning the war. Is it possible he is trying to show positive feeling toward the military? He has been to Iraq once before, approximately two years ago, but has never taken the time to speak personally with Gen. David Petraeus. It almost appears that Obama may be changing his stance on troop removal and pulling out of Iraq. This, if true, is another indication of his campaign moving away from the far Left part of the Democrat Party. However, covering his bases, Barack Obama penned an op-ed in the New York Times last week where he basically re-confirmed his position on troop withdrawal and ending U.S. participation in the Iraq War 16 months after he is elected. He emphatically stated that we would have no permanent bases in Iraq and “would redeploy the troops to focus in the broader security challenges we face.” He presumably meant Afghanistan. He also scheduled a news conference for Tuesday where he would fully outline his plan.

In his speech this week, Obama said, “As I have said many times, our troops have performed brilliantly in lowering the level of violence. General Petraeus has used new tactics to protect the Iraqi population. We have talked directly to Sunni tribes that used to be hostile to America, and supported their fight against al Qaeda. Shiite militias have generally respected a cease-fire. Those are the facts, and all Americans welcome them.” Yet despite their brilliance, why is Obama only now admitting that the surge has worked, when back in September of 2007 Gen. Petraeus spoke of ample improvement? What a difference winning the primary can make.

Hillary Cleaned House

Well not exactly, but she did remove all the negative Obama campaign information from her websites. All the accusatory comments about Sen. Obama have disappeared, leaving only the laudatory copy about Hillary herself. Could it be for the start of a Hillary for President Campaign in 2012? Is it partial payback for the monetary assistance Obama gave Clinton to help retire her campaign debt? We may never know. The Obama bashing is now left to the Republicans, and Senator Clinton will be campaigning for Obama’s election (sort of). Obama however, has not taken off the negatives against Clinton. Maybe he will after he is “sure” he has the nomination.

Does Jesse Jackson Want a Piece of Obama?

I think Jesse Jackson has actually outdone himself this time – which is hard to do, considering his 1984 reference to Jews as “Hymies” and to New York City as “Hymietown” was the epitome of poor taste and crude/rude commentary coming from Jackson. Well, the self-proclaimed spokesman for the black movement in America has managed to go even further with his hand/arm gesture and open mic comments that he would like to remove part of Obama’s – er, nether region! While he claimed he was upset with Obama for talking down to blacks, I think the real reason is that Jackson (who never met and camera or microphone he didn’t like) has virtually disappeared from the political spotlight and is no longer considered a voice for the black community. His apology was half-hearted and lacking in sincerity. I will further speculate that after watching the video on the news and the Internet several times, I can’t understand why he was whispering IF he thought the microphone was off! Personally, I can’t help but think it may have been a planned “slip of the tongue.” I don’t know what could be gained from such a divisive move but then again, dividing was always Jackson’s strong point (in addition to the fact that he has an ego as big as Alaska!).

It is commendable that his son, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Il), took Daddy to task and publicly criticized him for the inane comment. “I’m deeply outraged and disappointed in Rev. Jackson’s reckless statements,” the younger Jackson said. “I thoroughly reject and repudiate his ugly rhetoric,” said Jackson Jr.

Phil Gramm’s Got the Cure No One Seems to Want

Former Sen. Phil Gramm, who is an advisor on economics for the McCain campaign staff, was also on the hot seat last week for an interview he gave to the Washington Times. During that interview he said we have “become a nation of whiners…America is in decline…You’ve heard of mental depression, this is mental recession.” McCain denied that Gramm was speaking for him and Gramm confirmed that he was speaking only on his own behalf.

What’s the big deal here? I tend to agree with Gramm with regard to whining. I’ve heard more complaining recently than I can recall, and it starts at the top and trickles down. Our media shoulders much of this responsibility, as very seldom is there anything positive on the news. In fact, last Friday as I was driving through Chicago and listening to the news, I heard:

1) The price of oil has increased $5 per barrel

2) We are scheduled to have additional heavy rain storms all weekend

3) The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down by 165.00

Then he said that is all the news, “all negative and all depressing.” This is exactly what Gramm was referring to about the constant feed of bad news. After awhile it becomes a “mental recession” because people begin to believe that everything is going badly.

Gramm said his comments were reported out of context by the media and jumped on by McCain’s opponents. He did add that “we need more leadership and less whining.” I agree with Gramm on both comments 100%.

McCain and Obama are in a tug of war over the middle/working class voters with the main point being the economy and its effects on them. McCain made a comment a week or two ago that the perception we have regarding economic problems (read downturn) is psychological, so naturally the Obama camp put two and two together and came up with more than four. It’s all about politics and spin.

Another Politician Gone “Green”

Last weekend, the Green Party named former Democrat Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney as its Presidential candidate at their nominating convention that was held in Chicago. The controversial Ms. McKinney is possibly best remembered for slugging a Capitol Police officer in 2006 when he asked her for her identification to enter the Capitol. McKinney has pegged Rosa A. Clemente as her Vice Presidential running mate. Clemente, according to her Net profile appears to be an author, hip-hop artist and black activist – not necessarily in that order.

Obama Not Laughing at Bernie Mac’s Jokes

Last Saturday at an Obama fund raising event in Chicago, comic Bernie Mac told a joke referencing “Ho’s” and Obama told him he had to “clean up your act, this is a family affair.” Later, a spokesperson for Obama said Obama didn’t condone such statements and did not think Mac’s attempt at humor was appropriate. Remember, Don Imus lost his job for using the word “ho’s.” Will Bernie suffer the same fate, or will he be relegated to late-late-late night television?

Until next time…

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