Tuesday, August 26, 2008

This Election is a Referendum On America

Of course there is more to come from the Democratic Convention, regarding their platform and the significant differences between Barak Obama and John McCain. But if last night was to be both a paean to the Democratic Party's rich history of liberalism and a corrective to the negative attacks on Michelle Obama, then you can consider it a success.

I'm not sure how heartless you would have to be to not be moved by Senator Ted Kennedy's appearance and his courageous determination to be back to the Senate in January. Or to find fault with the story of Michelle Obama's family, her life and her commitment to service.

I'm having a hard time figuring this one out:

For a couple of decades now, we've been saying that what's most important in our leaders are character, a commitment to family, to community and to faith.

We've said that we want minorities to take control of their lives, get an education and instead of 'playing the victim' show themselves to be responsible, adhere to mainstream 'values'.

We've said that we want to see Black men be responsible husbands and fathers and not to use the social pathologies in their past as an excuse for their failure.

So now we have a man who grew up in a single family home, eventually raised by his grandparents, who attended Ivy League schools and has a history of being a community organizer, becomes a professor of constitutional law, gets involved in politics. Wins a state senate seat and becomes a U.S. Senator and is now running for president.

He and his wife have traveled virtually the same path, from working class poverty to a solidly middle class life. He's become what he has become without bitterness with regard to race, or the challenges of his upbringing. They are not only churchgoers, but unashamedly people of faith, members of a church that is part of a mainstream denomination, and have displayed loyalty, some may say to a fault, to their church. In much the same way some other Christians who have problems with the issues related to or who disagree with some of the teachings of their church remain loyal to theirs.

He and his wife responsibly care for their children and educate them.

Yet they have been branded as 'exotic', 'dangerous' and 'un-American'...?

What type of political logic suggests that they would want this country to be something less than the country that provided them all of the opportunities that have given them the life they have now?

Disagree with Obama's policies. Say that he's too young, too inexperienced and untested. Those positions are fair. Arguable but fair. But any other argument reveals some deeper problems.

Political pundits say that this election is a referendum on Barak Obama.

I believe that this election is a referendum on America.

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Here's the link to my Dallas Morning News column from Saturday.
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/viewpoints/stories/dn082308edi-britt.edi.f579691.html

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I believe it is a referendum alright - on racism. Blacks want a black man at the number one spot regardless - one who has been indoctrinated by Islam as well as Black Liberation Theology; one up to his neck in dirty Chicago politics, one who has a two decade connection with radical violent people, and with convicted felons. Yep racism pure and simple.

gerald britt said...

It is extremely interesting that this false information persists.
It's been proved over and over that Obama's neither a Muslim, or has no real connection with a guy whose violent actions happened when Obama was, what nine?! Why do you still believe that this is valid?

Anonymous said...

Rev. Britt, there are some racists who are predisposed to believe these wild internet rumors.

I wonder what they called it in white people voted for white people just because they were white?

The fact is Obama is more qualfied than Lincoln, more qualified (and older) than Kennedy and much more qualified than Bush!

It's unfortunate that these people have to give into their bigoted fears of some type of retribution, rather than stick to real issues.

Ramblin' Red said...

Rev. Britt - AMEN!!

I have been an Obama fan from the beginning, despite the fact that my in-laws and my own husband seem swayed by the same misinformation as anon 1 displays.

I hear a lot of Rush critiques of the Obama's, regurgitated by my husband, as centering on Obama's current wealth - "How many poor black people go to Harvard?" - and trying to downplay the legitimacy of his background. This is because the Republicans would hate to see common Americans vote for the candidate who can actually relate to them.

Keep keepin' it real!

Chris said...

It has recently come to light that Barack Obama has lied about his relationship to Wm. Ayers. There is far more to the relationship than a mere "association" or someone who "lives in the neighborhood."

Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, has recently started reviewing records from the University of Illinois-Chicago. There are more than 70 linear feet of files.It showed that Obama and Ayers worked closely together in something called the Chicago Annenburg Challenge. Ayers and Obama have made joint appearances together, sat together for three years on the board of the Woods Fund, a left-wing enterprise that distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to their ideological allies.

It seems that Obama's job was in relation to the fiscal matters of CAC. Mike Klonsky, a committed Maoist, who had been a Ayers comrad in the radical students for a Democratic Society(the forerunner of Ayers' Weatherman terrorist organization)received generous funding from CAC.

So Kurtz began his review of the files and this past Wednesday was invited on Milt Rosenberg's radio program in Chicago to discuss it. Rosenberg is a Chicago institution. His program "Extension 720," has aired for more than 30 years--a civil forum where knowledgeable guests from across the political spectrum discuss important issues in revealing two-hour interviews. What happened Wednesday night was stunning, as even the normally unflappable Rosenburg observed. The Obama campaign issued an "Obama Action Wire" that encouraged supporters to use scripted "talking points" to disrupt Kurt's appearance. which it deemed "unacceptable." The Obama Campaign declined the invitation to have a representive appear on the program to respond to the FACTUAL assertions. Stay tuned, I doubt we have heard the last of this.

gerald britt said...

Chris,

Thanks, this is at least some degree of 'factual info'. But its also public knowledge.

When were the Weatherman and Ayers involved in subverting the government? And the real question is what evidence points to the fact that Obama was engaged in government subversion or treasonous activities?

Or are we employing guilt by association?

Here's the thing:

What has Obama done in eight years of service in the state legislature or four years in the Senate that has shows that he is something less than committed to this country?

Where are the public statements that call for anything less than love of country?

What is the evidence that he has ambitions to cause this country to provide less than the same quality of life for his children that he and his wife provide them as parents?

Where do we see that the influence of a Bill Ayers, for example, has been stronger than that of, his Mother or his grandparents?

Where is his arrest record for things that illegal or treasonous?

Or is the fact that a black man who has done all the things that you, Chris, has said needed to be done by someone who has grown up in poverty has so thwarted the substance of your angst that you figure there just has to be something wrong with him?

Chris said...

I think the thing that is wrong with Obama is his remarkable lack of judgement in choosing friends. Why does he align himself with the likes of Tony Rezko, Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers. Why does he endorse in elections the worst perpetrators of Chicago's crooked machine politics. Why would he choose as campaign and outreach advisors two men, Robert Malley and Mazen Asbahi who have since had to resign over alleged ties to Humas as well as others who praise Hugo Chavez as a champion of democracy in Venezuela.

Given this lack of judgement what sort of nominations can we expect a President Obama to make? What kind of diplomacy will he conduct when he meets "without preconditions" leaders of terror-sponsoring states?

Anonymous said...

Chris,

Do we have to run down a list of shady associations of this current administration and allies of the Repubican dominated congress when it was the majority? Where was the outrage then?

As for Jeremiah Wright, I'm a little bored with the selective angst about Obama's relationship with his former pastor. What about McCain intentionally seeking the support of those whom he formerly referred to as 'agents of intolerance'?

Wright was his pastor. When I was a pastor, I promise you that not every member who disagreed with what I said left the church. And it is also impossible to guage the sum and substance of a preachers ministry with Youtube clips. Those who have never (and who have no intention) of understanding the experience of African-Americans will always purposely and politically find fault with leaders who either make them feel guilty or uncomfortable.

Is it necessary before one runs for political office to run down 20-30 years worth of relationships and make sure that no one you know has never done anything 10-30 years before you met them? Or do we need require that we vet the finances of political acquaintances?

Obama's relationship with Rezco has been publically spoken of and at more than 18 million people and political supporters have said that it is no problem.

Do you have problems with McCain's candidacy? His divorce, his finances? Are you scrutinizing the lobbyists with which he has been associated? Or his connection with Republican politicians who have recently been indicted for crimes recently?

Again, if you think Obama is too young, fine. If you don't like his policy proposals, great. If you think that he doesn't have enough foriegn policy experience, understandable.

But its beginning to sound as if the visceral nature of your objections have nothing to do with politics and again that points to a deeper problem And believe me you are not alone. That's the referendum that his candidacy is really about.

Anonymous said...

Well Amen to that. And Chris, let me just say, the 'precondition' business has already been dealt with. If you take that literally then you have to take equally as literally McCain's assertion that we could conceivable be in Iraq for 100 years, or that you're not rich until you have $5 million!

You again don't bother to answer a direct question: what has Obama said in public, or done in his public office that is evidence that he wants to undermine the nation he wants to be president of?

I cannot believe that you are that simplistic. Be honest about the real issues you have with him. Although I'm beginning to get a real clue as to what they are...

Chris said...

Obama is trying to silence free speech by bullying T.V. stations that run the ad detailing his relationship with unrepentent terrorist Bill Ayers. This is in spite of the fact that it is all documented in the files he did not want released by University of Illinois-Chicago. The public has a right to know.

gerald britt said...

Chris,

Please, each time you prove that you have no substance to your argument. How about this: just don't vote for Obama...

Anonymous said...

A short list! Can we forget about Obama voting not to stop late term aborted babies born alive being allowed to die? Can we forget about Obamas call for tax increases? Can we believe Obama stay in a Church for 20 years like Rev Wright's Church without believing at some of it? NO!

c hand said...

Can we move the bar just a little higher? Do you really intend to campain for Oboma with the slogan "HE HASN'T COMMITTED TREASON"
If McCain had a long relationship with John Gotti, he would be finished. Why is it ok that Obama has a long relationship with a proud and unrepentant treasonist terrorist?

Anonymous said...

Hey Gerald, the following has not been disproven!
Obama Engaged In Deal With Convicted Felon To Get REALLY SWEET Deal On House That Had Four Fireplaces And A Wine Cellar.Obama Paid $300,000 Less Than The Asking Price For His Mansion, While Tony Rezko's Wife Paid Full Price For A Vacant Lot Next Door On The Very Same Day.

Meanwhile, Obama's 26-year old brother (same father but different mother) survives on less than TWELVE DOLLARS A YEAR! Living in a 6x9 foot SHANTY shack!
Do you think Obama, who earned more than FOUR MILLION dollars last year could contribute a couple of those or even a few hundred to his own flesh and blood brother to get him a slightly bigger shanty shack? NOT a MANSION, just a bigger shack would do for his neglected close relative.
A barely able to subsist young man too ashamed by his poverty to come forward as heartless Obama's brother and hiding from public view.

AND OBAMA HAS THE GALL TO ATTACK ANYBODY ELSE ON THEIR WIFE'S OR CHILDREN'S PROPERTY? NOT EVEN THE SMEAR TARGET'S OWN?

OBAMA’S HOUSING PROBLEM (Brought To You By Convicted Felon Tony Rezko)

Obama Engaged In Deal With Convicted Felon To Get Deal On House That Had Four Fireplaces And A Wine Cellar: Obama Paid $300,000 Less Than The Asking Price For His Mansion, While Tony Rezko’s Wife Paid Full Price For AVacant Lot Next Door On The Very Same Day.
“Two years ago, Obama bought a mansion on the South Side, in the Kenwood neighborhood, from a doctor. On the same day, [Antoin ‘Tony’] Rezko’s wife, Rita Rezko, bought the vacant lot next door from the same seller.
The doctor had listed the properties for sale together. He sold the house to Obama for $300,000 below the asking price.
The doctor got his asking price on the lot from Rezko’s wife.” (Tim Novak, “Obama And His Rezko Ties,”
Chicago Sun-Times, 4/23/07)

The Seller Of Obama’s Home “Wanted To Sell Both Properties At The Same Time.”
“On the same day Obama closed on his house, Rezko’s wife bought the adjacent empty lot, meeting the condition of the seller who wanted to sell
both properties at the same time.” (Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz, “The Rezko Connection,” ABC News’ “The Blotter” Blog, abcnews.go.com, 1/10/08)

Obama Later Purchased A Portion Of Rezko’s Land For $104,500; It Was Valued At $40,500. “Later, the Obamas bought a 10-foot-by-150-foot piece of the lot for $104,500.
An appraisal put the value of the strip at $40,500, a spokesman said, but Obama considered it fair to pay one-sixth of the original price for one-sixth of the lot.”

(Peter Slevin, “Obama Says He Regrets Land Deal With Fundraiser,” The Washington Post, 12/17/06)
Rezko Was Convicted Of Wire And Mail Fraud, Money Laundering, And Aiding And Abetting Bribery.
“A federal jury today convicted developer Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko of corruption charges for trading on his clout as a top adviser and fundraiser to Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Rezko's guilty verdict on 16 of 24 corruption counts could have broad repercussions for Blagojevich,
who made Rezko a central player in his kitchen cabinet.
It could also prove a political liability for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, who once counted Rezko as a friend and fundraiser, as the likely Democratic presidential nominee heads into the general election campaign against Republican John McCain. …
The jury convicted Rezko of wire and mail fraud, money laundering and aiding and abetting bribery. He was acquitted of attempted extortion.” (Bob Secter and Jeff Coen, “Rezko Convicted Of Corruption,” Chicago
Tribune, 6/4/08)
NOTE: The 3-Story House Has Four Fireplaces And A Wine Cellar. “When Obama and his wife, Michelle, a hospital
executive, decided to move with their two young girls from their Hyde Park condominium, they chose a spacious three-story Georgian revival home on a tree-lined street in the Kenwood neighborhood, not far from the University of Chicago.
The owner had listed the house -- nearly 100 years old, with four fireplaces and a wine cellar -- and an adjacent lot as separate parcels.”
(Peter Slevin, “Obama Says He Regrets Land Deal With Fundraiser,” The Washington Post, 12/17/06)
Obama Provided Political Favors To Tony Rezko, Including Writing Letters On His Behalf:
“As A State Senator, Barack Obama Wrote Letters To City And State Officials Supporting His Political Patron Tony
Rezko’s Successful Bid To Get More Than $14 Million From Taxpayers To Build Apartments For Senior Citizens.” (Tim
Novak, “Obama’s Letters For Rezko,” Chicago Sun-Times, 6/13/07)
The Letters Show That Obama Did Do A Political Favor For Rezko. “Obama’s letters, written nearly nine years ago, for the first time show the Democratic presidential hopeful did a political favor for Rezko – a longtime friend, campaign fund-raiser and client of the law firm where Obama worked – who was indicted last fall on federal charges that accuse him of demanding
kickbacks from companies seeking state business under Gov. Blagojevich.” (Tim Novak, “Obama’s Letters For Rezko,” Chicago Sun-
Times, 6/13/07)
FLASHBACK: In December Of 2006, Obama Said He Had “Never Done Any Favors For Him.” “The letters appear
to contradict a statement last December from Obama, who told the Chicago Tribune that, in all the years he’s known Rezko, ‘I’ve never done any favors for him.’” (Tim Novak, “Obama’s Letters For Rezko,” Chicago Sun-Times, 6/13/07)
Rezko Offered Obama A Job After Law School And The Two Have Been Friends Ever Since:
Rezko Offered Obama A Job When He Was A Harvard Law Student And The Two Have Stayed In Touch Ever Since.
“One of them was Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who was offered a job by Rezko in the early 1990s while a top student at Harvard Law School. Obama did not take it, but over the years, the two men stayed in touch…” (Peter Slevin, “Obama Says He Regrets Land Deal With Fundraiser,” The Washington Post, 12/17/06)
Rezko Was One Of Obama’s Biggest Fundraisers, Raising $250,000 For His Campaigns:
Rezko Was “One Of The Biggest Fundraisers” For Obama.
“‘This was discussed a lot. They wanted to have a good
showing,’ said a source familiar with the fund-raiser [Rezko held for Obama], speaking on condition of anonymity. ‘Tony was one of the biggest fund-raisers.’” (Chris Fusco and Tim Novak, “Rezko Cash Triple What Obama Says,” Chicago Sun-Times, 6/18/07)
Obama Has Admitted To $250,000 Worth Of Campaign Funding Provided By Tony Rezko. “For the first time, Sen.
Barack Obama put a figure Friday to the amount of campaign contributions that indicted political fund-raiser Tony Rezko raised for the senator’s campaigns, and the number -- about $250,000 -- was far more than he previously acknowledged.” (Tim Novak, Chris Fusco, Dave McKinney and Carol Marin, “More Rezko Dough Found,” Chicago Sun-Times, 3/15/08)
Obama And Rezko’s Socializing Included Their Wives And A Trip To Rezko’s Lake House:
Obama And Rezko Socialized Over Lunch Or Breakfast And Discussed Politics And Family. Obama: “We’d [Obama and Rezko] continue to have lunches or breakfasts. We’d talk about politics. We’d talk about family.”
(Sen. Barack Obama, Interview With Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, IL, 3/15/08)
Obama And Rezko Would Also Socialize With Their Wives Over Dinner. Obama: “In terms of other than lunch or breakfast he and I had, socially, Michelle and I probably had a couple of dinners, or two or three dinners with [Rezko] and his wife during the course of this six or seven or eight years.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Interview With Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, IL, 3/15/08)
The Obamas And Rezkos Took A Trip Together To Rezko’s Home At Lake Geneva, WI.
Obama: “[Barack And Michelle Obama] Visited their home in Lake Geneva once for the day.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Interview With Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, IL,
3/15/08)