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Friday, March 21, 2008

Horrifying: Obama's Brilliant Speech Of Hope And Unity Scares Me Half To Death

By Winter Patriot


Inevitably, many people are still trapped in the web of lies. And here I don't mean just the lies of the Bush administration, or the lies of the past generation of Republicans. These lies may be vile and critical, exceptionally vicious and ubiquitous -- but they are only the most recent examples.

I mean the lies about America -- lies about the role we play in the world, lies about the role we should play in the world, lies about who we support and why, lies about who controls the levers of power and why.

These lies are bought and sold by "leaders" of both major parties, and they've been doing it for more than a century. So if we think we can get beyond them quickly, or do so simply by voting for one party over the other, we are sadly mistaken.

We are in effect doubly trapped: we couldn't change the government by voting even if we wanted to, but most of us are so ill-informed that we don't really want to.

So how do we change that?

First and foremost, we need to focus on the truth and discard the lies. Barack Obama and his eloquent speech are not helping in this regard.

Rather than repudiating his pastor, he should have repudiated his foreign policy advisor.

Rather than distancing himself from a man who spoke the truth, he should have purged his staff of war criminals.

But Barack Obama will never do that, because he is a "serious" candidate for President of the United States. And that means that though he may show some courage by wading into the verboten field of "race in politics", he still has to embrace all the most important official lies, and he still has to reject anyone in his life who threatens the official fiction.

This is not the path to change. It is the road to hell.

But if Barack Obama were any less anxious to follow it, he wouldn't be in the position he's in today -- black or white, male or female.

To which I would add: Is there any excuse for the following words justifying the "conflict in the Middle East," i.e. U.S. and Israeli aggression, from Obama's speech on race relations:

But the remarks that have caused this recent firestorm weren’t simply controversial. They weren’t simply a religious leader’s effort to speak out against perceived injustice. Instead, they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country – a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America; a view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel, instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam.

Just words?

I remember hearing that last bit and thinking, 'wow, he had to say that to distance himself from the myth that he's a secret muslim', but if he actually believes that israel is an ally, than his foreign policy won't be much of an improvement.
Yes, that is the excuse, but I find it more extreme than it needs to be to fulfill that mission. Is there where you do it, when you are talking about what is "right with America"? That's pure neocon positioning.

And in the larger context of race relations, no less. Israel is racist to the point of genocidal.
correction: .."is this where..."

"Israel and the U.S. are genocidal..."
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