In October 1962 the film The Manchurian Candidate was released to rave reviews. Directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Frank Sinatra and Lawrence Harvey, the film was about a nefarious plot that involved brainwashing, an assassin with a post-hypnotic trigger and a conspiracy to deliver the US presidency into the hands of foreign enemies whose plan it was to destroy the country from within. Eventually cracks began to appear in the plot and in the end the evildoers met their just rewards.
Fast-forward 46 years into this year’s presidential contest between Barack Obama and John McCain. Out of nowhere Barack Obama appears on the scene full-blown and manages to snatch the democratic nomination from Hilary Clinton, despite his complete lack of experience in both domestic as well as foreign policy. In fact, Barack Obama’s experience is so thin that it isn’t even possible to ascertain exactly what he stands for, given that he voted ‘present’ on over 130 Senate bills.
Yet the mainstream media have embraced Obama as the Messiah, the Chosen One, the One Who Will Bring About Hope and Change. No matter that there is no voting record or even a clear history of Obama’s activities since graduation, save and except that he was a ‘community organizer’. Most candidates for political office including those running for dogcatcher of Gnarled Gulch, Montana face close scrutiny by the electorate and especially the media.
But it appears that no amount of subterfuge and skullduggery with which Barack Obama is associated, is enough to raise any questions about his suitability to hold the highest office in the land. Call me paranoid, but suppose there is a vast left-wing conspiracy to take over the United States, there wouldn’t be a better time to do it than now and it seems that there’s no better candidate to do it than Barack Obama.
Let’s look at some of the scandalous and tawdry affairs with which the presumptive president has been associated. For twenty years Obama sat in the pews at the Trinity United Church of Christ, while the pastor, Jeremiah Wright raged against America proclaiming that the 9/11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon were “America’s chickens coming home to roost”. When this came to light, Obama attempted to minimize the comment by likening Rev. Wright to an ‘eccentric uncle’ who can’t be taken seriously. Then footage of the Reverend’s sermons appeared on You Tube, which made it a little more difficult to paint him as an eccentric, given the vitriol with which his rants were delivered. Still Obama attempted to make light of the scandal by continuing to refer to Wright as his mentor.
Then the Reverend Michael Pfleger went on a rant against Hillary Clinton at Trinity, which caused Obama to finally disassociate himself from the church. In a letter of resignation written to the Rev. Otis Moss III, who succeeded Wright upon the latter’s retirement; Obama wrote “Our relations with Trinity have been strained by the divisive statements of Reverend Wright, which sharply conflict with our own views.” Really? And it only took twenty years of listening to his sermons to decide that?
More ominous is the alliance Obama established between himself and Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn, the former leaders of the Weather Underground. Both Ayers and Dohrn were involved in bombing the Pentagon and other buildings occupied by the federal government, but managed to evade justice on a legal technicality. Obama launched his political career in the home of these two radical activists, who held a fundraiser for his benefit. But when asked about his relationship with these domestic terrorists Obama made it sound like he hardly knew them, feigning ignorance of their past by claiming he was only eight years old at the time these crimes were committed. Of course, to this day neither Ayers nor Dohrn have expressed contrition for their crime. On the contrary, Ayers told the New York Times that he did not regret setting off the bombs and that the group did not do enough.
Another piece of crud that continues to stick to the soles of Obama’s shoes is his links to ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). Currently Acorn is under investigation for massive electoral fraud in 14 states involving tens of thousands of bogus voters. What’s worse, the sub-prime meltdown, which has caused the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression, can in large part be attributed to the policies espoused by ACORN in their quest for attempting to ensure that even people who couldn’t afford to own a home, owned a home. Of course Obama again pleads ignorance about Acorn and claims not to have any dealings with the group. For openers, Obama provided leadership training to Acorn and he sat on a number of boards of groups that provided funding to ACORN.
ACORN is arguably much more radical and reaches deeper into the mainstream than MoveOn.Org or Code Pink because of the group’s practice of working in selected urban areas and keeping an extremely low profile. This is a scandal that for some reason no member of the media has been particularly interested in, as it could conceivably crater the Messiah’s quest for beatitude. Imagine the likes of Chris Matthews or Keith Olbermann looking into the relationship between Barack Obama and ACORN—NOT! If anything the so-called mainstream media is helping the president-to-be keep his relationship with ACORN a personal secret.
Then there is the brouhaha about the constitutional eligibility of Barack Obama to hold the office of POTUS. Philip J. Berg, the former Deputy Attorney General of the State of Pennsylvania and two-time Democratic candidate for governor has filed suit in federal court in an effort to force Barack Obama to produce a valid birth Certificate. Rather than produce the certificate in federal court as ordered by a judge, Obama has provided images of the document to a friendly web site, ignored the judge and filed a motion to dismiss the case, admitted that he holds dual citizenship with the US and Kenya, and file a Joint Motion for Protective Order to Stay Discovery, which should put the matter to rest until after the election. Doesn’t it seem strange that if Obama is really qualified to hold the office of president, that he refuse to provide the original copy of his birth certificate to a federal judge, which would put the matter to rest once and for all.
Then there is the guarantee by Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, that within the first six months of Obama’s first term a world crisis would arise that will be handled admirably by President Obama, albeit it will leave his poll numbers in the basement. Does Biden have a crystal ball or does he know things the rest of us don’t know? How could Obama’s second banana know and guarantee, at that a world crisis within six months?
Each of these factors taken individually is enough to raise an eyebrow or two. But taken together they scream out loud for a closer look. The American left has so committed itself to electing a black man president of the United States that he is virtually smear proof with a Teflon coating thicker than any politician’s in history. One would think with an election as important as this the American people would want to know everything they can about both candidates to ensure that the one they choose is right for the job.
As it stands, the candidacy of Barack Obama has placed America into a tough spot. At worst, Obama is a duplicitous enemy of American democracy controlled by a cabal of sinister puppet masters; at best he is an idiot savant that has bumbled onto the national stage with the help of a love-struck media. In victory or in defeat Obama offers the worst-case scenario. We cannot predict his impact if he wins, as he doesn’t have a sufficiently transparent background to allow us to venture an educated guess. And if he loses, it will be claimed that it was because America remains racist to the core.
Klaus Rohrich is senior columnist for Canada Free Press. Klaus also writes topical articles for numerous magazines. He has a regular column on RetirementHomes and is currently working on his first book dealing with the toxicity of liberalism. His work has been featured on the Drudge Report, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, among others. He lives and works in a small town outside of Toronto.
Klaus can be reached at [email protected]
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