May 12, 2008
Bugged by the miracle of ObamaBy James Lewis
Is anyone else bothered by the superhuman rise of Barack Obama? Granted all his virtues, his intelligence, his fast footwork, and the grand rhetoric of his stump speech. Does anyone feel bothered by the fact that he has a conspicuously invisible track record, and that his Illinois years are marred by doctrinaire leftism and intimate connections with the Chicago Machine?
Here's a telling fact: Michelle Obama is the daughter of a Daley Machine precinct captain. She grew up watching Chicago politics up close; now she is its biggest homegrown star. Maybe it's not that hard to understand Obama marrying Michelle and blasting off like a Delta rocket at Canaveral. Lots of Chicago loyalists must be counting on their share of the 2,700 appointed positions in a new US administration. Others are figuring how to get fat government contracts -- to help the poor and oppressed, of course.
All the Rezkos and Auchis and Khalidis that we haven't heard about yet are counting on access to the halls of American power. Once those Obamanites are in charge in Washington, DC, they will apply the lessons of Chicago politics because that's what they know. After all, the Clintons brought their Arkansas politics to Washington. We're told this is the Second Coming, but it might just be a war of political machines.
Look at other Democrats who rose to instant stardom. Jimmy Carter -- dubbed "Dhimmi Carter" by Mark Steyn -- came out of obscurity on to the national scene. As president Jimmy performed like Buster Keaton, one spectacular pratfall after another, and continues thirty years later to harm our national security with pigheaded self-righteousness. Carter is now giving speech after speech slamming democratic Israel against terrorist Hamas. We're supposed to believe that our friend Carter is doing this out of the goodness of his heart. But then Carter undermined American security, too, when he was president. I guess that shows his finely tuned sense of moral balance.
After Democrat Carter we had Democrats Bill and Hillary, whose own rise from nowhere was greeted with the same numbskull adoration that the media are now ready to bestow on Obama. Bill and Hillary conducted a slick sucker play, and libs by the millions fell on their knees and worshipped. When just a tiny piece of Clinton corruption was finally exposed by Monica and the others, the liberal masses just couldn't believe that Our Guy Bill was a scammer.
By now they are beginning to see through Billary, sort of, but they still can't admit to themselves how completely they were taken in for seventeen years. They never learn. In 1991, guided by our media cheerleaders, they fell in love with ole' Bill, just as they are furious with him now for thwarting the New Messiah. And now they are just as eager to be cuckolded again. Verily, the ways of True Believers are a wonder to behold.
So now we witness Barack and Michelle -- from nowhere to stardom, Zap-o! Change-o! Now you see it, now you don't! It's amazing.
I voted for W in 2000 because I knew about his family. We knew what values he was raised with. The Bushes are personally decent and very dedicated Americans. I disagree with them sometimes, but I don't doubt their integrity and genuine good will. George H.W. Bush, Sr., Bob Dole, John McCain, every one a true war hero. Dole doesn't talk about the grinding Italian campaign in World War II, where he was badly wounded, but look it up if you don't know about it. Two of those three men suffer from lifelong combat wounds. One reason that John McCain looks awkward at times is because his shoulders are frozen; chances are that he is in chronic pain. But like Dole, he will never talk about it. As for Bush Sr., he is still jumping out of airplanes in his eighties.
Look how they stack up against Carter, Clinton and Obama, just as human beings.
See any pattern?
All three Democrat Saviors represent straight Leftist ideologies. All three are awash in far too much self-esteem; they are incapable of modesty. All three pranced onto the national stage so quickly that nobody had time to look at their back stories. All three pulled off a dazzling media act for a while. But faced with a harsh reality, Carter and Clinton turned into national security disasters. The 9/11 terror assault was a direct result of Clinton's gross negligence in office. It was the most preventable catastrophe in American history.
We now know the Clinton Justice Department purposely blocked the flow of terror intelligence between the FBI and CIA. FBI agents who picked up terrorist threats couldn't even get a hearing in Washington, DC. We know that the Clintons stacked the bureaucracy with militant Leftists like Janet Reno, who rose to fame based on dubious prosecutions of decades-old child abuse cases, and who ended up killing 76 people in Waco on the mere suspicion that children were being abused. Even today, the FBI and CIA seem a lot more scared of the Politically Correct Police than of Osama Bin Laden.
President A'jad of Iran just told the world on Israel's 60th birthday that the Jewish nation is nothing but "a stinking corpse" that is "on its way to annihilation." Sane human beings don't talk that way. Tehran is awash in deadly hatred; it inculcates it into toddlers, and for thirty years its legions of fanatics have been taught to chant "Death to America, Death to Israel!" Naturally, our libs feel sure they must be kidding. Just a barrel of laughs, these mullahs.
Obama's foreign policy advisor Joseph Cirincione argues that Israel should surrender its own nukes to make peace with Tehran. Mr. Cirincione is a militant voice against US missile defense. I wonder if he also wants to disarm all the cops in his neighborhood, so the muggers and rapists can do their work without fear? By his mad logic unilateral police disarmament will guarantee a crime-free neighborhood forever. Two of Obama's foreign policy "thinkers" have already resigned for blurting out whacky things --- and this guy is still on the team? What does that tell you?
The Khomeini cult is still defended by Carter after killing tens of thousands of Iranians, terrorizing women and gay people for three decades, enriching uranium, and sending teenagers on suicide missions into Saddam's minefields wearing green plastic "Keys to Paradise" around their necks, so that Allah would welcome them to Paradise as soon as they blew up. A'jad is constantly excused by Jimmy Carter's team, just as 9/11 is still being spun by Bill Clinton and Sandy Berger. Liberals never, ever learn. They go way beyond normal bumbling incompetence; they display malevolent bumbling incompetence.
So maybe the slicksters on the Left have figured out that the only way for liberals to win is to run stealth candidates. But if we get another Ship of Fools in the White House, next time we'll get attacked with a lot bigger bombs. Those who don't learn from history ...
Our only hope is for the conservative media to do more research on our new Savior, who just happened to pop out of nowhere right in time for election season.
Mark Steyn has pointed out how just one Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, was able to change Canada into a Politically Correct autocracy, with its own parallel Leftist "Human Rights" courts, empowered to imprison people without due process. Those tyrannical PC Commissars are now persecuting Mark Steyn for his free speech in Canada. They are easily suborned by Islamists -- single-party elites are remarkably simple to corrupt. The same kangaroo courts operate in Politically Correct Europe, which is why their societal survival is now threatened. In Europe and Canada, elections have become less and less meaningful. The ruling elites have lifetime sinecures anyway, so they just shaft the voters. There are no consequences for political failure after failure. Europe is decaying fast, Canada is well on its way down, and the Democrats are looking enviously at those shining examples. They think we should be just like them.
One instant Democrat Savior might be a coincidence; two begins to look like a pattern; and three is... what?
James Lewis blogs at dangeroustimes.wordpress.com