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It’s Not Hope, It’s Hypocrisy

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I mentioned earlier that Power Line has been diligently doing the muckraking when it comes to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. In this case, there are two articles–with sound clips–regarding two of his “friends,” Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. This is scary stuff from when they were activists and even as recent as the last few years. Obama claims that this stuff doesn’t hold much water for him because he was so young at the time.

At minimum, he used connections with these people to gain power and political clout as an “organizer” and move up in the political ranks of the Chicago area from there. One of those moves involved the dinner at Ayers and Dohrn’s house, sponsored by the state senator he replaced.

The thing that the media and blogosphere have not pointed out is the simple hypocrisy of Obama’s “Change” platform. In his The Blueprint for Change: Barack Obama’s plan for America, he writes:

We have a chance to bring the country together in a new majority – to finally tackle problems that Washington has ignored for too long.  And that is why the same old Washington textbook campaigns just won’t do in this election (Section 2:4).

This new politics of his “bringing the country together” is where I see the issue. He is the same dirty politician, rising out of rough backgrounds that are present in the mainstream political arena. The difference here is that he puts a charming, well-spoken face on it, which causes many people to trust him.

I’m not knocking his issues; I am knocking him as a candidate and a person. Its fraudulent to tell people you’re campaigning to bring a new type of politics to Washington (whatever that would be) and turn around and successfully play the same game his opponents do. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen his facade crack–most recently in his waffle incident. We’ll see how much more his shell is cracked as the Clinton camp gets more time to throw volleys before handing over the fight to the McCain campaign.

As you can see from prior posts here, I’ve been playing my commentary on the elections relatively equally. And, as far as issues are concerned, I would choose him, based on my “lesser-of-evils” discussions (most recently, here). When we break down candidates on a personality or character basis, there are some issues that certainly rise. Many of us know people that aren’t of the best character–people who have made mistakes in life–and many ourselves have made mistakes we aren’t proud of. The two individuals in this story still don’t have any regrets for their actions and wish they could have done more. Obama made use of their power and influence to further his political clout.

We often judge people by who they associate with. In this case, it gives us great insight into the Obama beyond the facade.


Written by walonline

April 25, 2008 at 11:02 am

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  1. This post is completely idiotic. You say he used connections with people from the weather underground to gain political power… Great assumption/speculation that is completely unfounded. You also assume that because Ayers lives in Obamas neighborhood and he had a party held there once that they are somehow blood brothers that sit back and talk about how great it would be to destroy the United States. This post is laughable.


    April 25, 2008 at 12:08 pm

  2. argumentum ad hominem tends to never be fallacious. cheers to ignoring logic!


    April 25, 2008 at 12:56 pm

  3. I want to know when Obama will finally be forced to repudiate his other unacceptable relationship–and I’m not just talking about Rev. Wright, either.

    It’s high time someone holds the man’s feet to the fire for these irresponsible and unforgivable associations!

    John Eefivver

    April 25, 2008 at 6:37 pm

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