In an election year, we need to be really careful about what we send out and what we say about all candidates who might become the next leader of the free world. But we also need to arm ourselves with information.
I was very interested in the e-mail circulating quoting Newsweek and Snopes about the “lies” being spread about Mr. Obama. I investigated. Interestingly, the debunkers debunk all kinds of things I never heard of, like Obama not saying the Pledge of Allegiance, or using a Koran instead of a Bible in his swearing in ceremony. I never even heard those, and I am glad to hear they are lies.
But there are a number of other things circulating that haven’t yet been “debunked” and these are far more worrying because they are true. Like the fact that Mr. Obama’s church gave an award to the notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. As Richard Cohen wrote in the Washington Post on January 15, “Barack Obama is a member of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama’s spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright’s daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said ‘truly epitomized greatness.’ That man was Louis Farrakhan.”
Huh?! Say what? You mean the Farrakhan who said “The real anti-Semites are those who came out of Europe and settled in Palestine, and now they call themselves the true Jews, when in fact, they converted to Judaism,” as Farrakhan told Al Jazeera on March 18, 2007. The Farrakhan who said in a Swing magazine interview: “Until Jews apologize for their hand in that ugly slave trade; and until the Jewish rabbis and the Talmudic scholars that made up the Hamitic myth – that we were the children of Ham, doomed and cursed to be hewers of wood and drawers of water – apologize, then I have nothing to apologize for.” Or as he said in the Mosque Maryam, Chicago, 3/19/95,
“German Jews financed Hitler right here in America… International bankers financed Hitler and poor Jews died while big Jews were at the root of what you call the Holocaust… Little Jews died while big Jews made money. Little Jews [were] being turned into soap while big Jews washed themselves with it. Jews [were] playing violin, Jews [were] playing music, while other Jews [were] marching into the gas chambers…”
I suggest you Google Farrakhan, ADL or Nation of Islam and see some of the other things Mr. Farrakhan has said.
And yet, the man who would be president has a spiritual leader who has applauded Farrakhan’s “depth of analysis when it comes to the racial ills of this nation.” He praised “his integrity and honesty.” He called him “an unforgettable force, a catalyst for change and a religious leader who is sincere about his faith and his purpose.” As Mr. Cohen wrote in the Washington Post, “These are the words of a man who prayed with Obama just before the Illinois senator announced his run for the presidency. Will he pray with him just before his inaugural?”
Now, Mr. Obama is no dummy. Following the Cohen outing of this information in the Washington Post, Obama’s aides issued the following statement on his behalf: “I decry racism and anti-Semitism in every form and strongly condemn the anti-Semitic statements made by Minister Farrakhan. I assume that Trumpet Magazine made its own decision to honor Farrakhan based on his efforts to rehabilitate ex-offenders, but it is not a decision with which I agree.”
Yes, Mr. Obama distanced himself. Even Mr. Farrakhan understands why. As Farrakhan said recently on ABC’s Nightline, “I like him very much. … He has a fresh approach… If avoiding me would help him to become president, I’d be glad to stay in the background.”
Jews like Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation Committee are forgiving. “When someone close to a political figure shows sympathy and support for an individual who makes his name espousing bigotry, that political figure needs to distance himself from that decision. Senator Obama has done just that.”
Well bully for Mr. Foxman! Having been in a suicide bombing attack which killed people – many of them Holocaust survivors and their children and grandchildren- at a Passover Seder in 2002, I’m a little less warm-hearted and forgiving. If I had a Rabbi, for example, who publicly supported and honored a despicable racist, I’d change shuls. Mr. Obama’s distancing himself, even during a political campaign, has not included either changing churches or spiritual leaders. In light of this, the fact that Mr. Obama’s father and step-father were both Muslim, and that he spent part of his childhood in a Muslim school in Indonesia perhaps should begin to concern us. Yes, indeed, depsite the fact that CNN (which we all know has tremendous credibility) has taken great pains to put our minds at rest by visiting this school, assuring us that it is not a medrassa that educates suicide bombers.
But honestly, all this wouldn’t be enough for me to dismiss the very articulate and charismatic Mr. Obama if he wasn’t consistently exhibiting worrisome, non-debunkable evidence that he is neither a friend either of Israel, or the Jewish people.
And please spare me the letter from the token Jew who “met him and spoke to him and is completely convinced he is a friend of Israel” blah, blah.
Actions speak louder than words.
As reported in the New York Sun, Mr. Obama has chosen Zbigniew Brzezenski to advise him on Mideast policy, sending this anti-Israel, anti-Semite, in the words of one of my list members, “this dinosaur resuscitated from the Jimmy Carter administration, a man who spent over 30 years attacking Israel, an Arabist who recently signed a letter demanding that Israel negotiate with the terrorist group Hamas, and a defender of the notorious Walt-Mearsheimer ideology that Israel and Jews have too much influence on American foreign policy against the interests of the U.S. ” to …Syria!? What, to negotiate a new peace plan?
A list-member writes: “While the terror rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel are leading up to another major conflict in that region, the Democratic Party, party headed by Sen. Barack Obama, continues its support for the “besieged” Palestinians. In a talk in Iowa, given by the contender for his party’s presidential nomination, Obama called the Palestinian people “the most oppressed people on Earth.” Of course, the implication was that the Israelis were the oppressors. Also, please take note that he recently stated to Paris Match (Jan. 31) that if elected, he would, “organize a summit in the Muslim world with all the heads of state, to have an honest discussion about ways to bridge the gap that grows between Muslims and the West. I want to ask them to join our fight against terrorism. We must listen to their concerns.” Yes, that’s what the world really needs, to “listen to the concerns” of Muslims.
Unfortunately, Obama is not alone. Recently, Dennis Kucinich and 10 other Democratic House members sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calling on the United States to exert its “influence to urge Israel to end its blockade of Gaza.” They claimed the human rights of the Palestinians were being violated by Israel. As a list-member writes, “As a former ‘Jewish umbilical-cord Democrat’, I wonder how my fellow Jews could still consider themselves Democrats knowing the anti-Israel bias of their party?”
The Jews who are considering voting for Obama (or Clinton) should be doing a lot more research. Even if they don’t care if Israel is wiped off the map, do you really want a man whose Church gives out awards to people like Louis Farrakhan? Do you want a man whose volunteers sit under Che Guevara posters (according to the picture shown on KRIV-TV in Texas)?
How many times can a voter turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see?
If I’ve made a mistake, please debunk me. Until then, I guess I’ll have to believe what I see. Just a reminder: I am a U.S. citizen who pays taxes and I have every right to express my opinion on candidates running in an election in which I plan to vote. I don’t mind telling you that it won’t be for Barack Obama.