Character and Connections

Posted: October 11, 2008 by April Watkins in Current Events, Islam, Issues, Our Government, Politics
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The week of October 6, 2008 will be remembered as one of the most tumultuous in history.  Congress, which was to have finalized a bailout for our financial markets, seems to now be faced with a never-ending list of requests for bailouts.  Wall Street’s abrupt decline has sent shockwaves throughout the global financial markets.  Continual ship hijackings by Somali pirates threaten world trade as they terrorize maritime routes off the Horn of Africa and in the Gulf of Aden causing a crisis at sea.  Chaos still reigns throughout the Middle East with uprisings from Islamist extremists from Israel to Pakistan.  North Korea has ejected inspectors from the U.S. and the IAEA stating it will go forward with its nuclear plans. And, last Friday the World Bank’s computers were compromised by expert hackers that were traced back to China.

In the midst of such global unrest it is critical that we choose a leader who understands the serious effects of his each and every move on the world stage.  This environment is too unstable for inexperience; it demands a solid leader whose character and convictions are without doubt.  One of the most disturbing developments from this past week has been the exposure of the long list of disreputable and criminal associations of Democratic Presidential candidate, Senator Barak Obama.  Here is but a brief snapshot:

Ayers standing on American flag

Ayers standing on American flag

BILL AYERS. Obama readily admits being “friendly” with Chicago neighbor and unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers, son of the CEO of energy conglomerate Commonwealth Edison, who became a domestic terrorist  in the 1960s.  Among the list of socialist and communist organizations to which Ayers is affiliated, he is best known as the founder of the militant group the Weather Underground, which planned and executed bombings of The Capital, The Pentagon, the New York City Police Headquarters.

Ayers and Obama began their association when Obama first ran for political office.  In a report by Stanley Kurtz of the National Review Online, he writes “…articles in both the Chicago Defender and the Hyde Park Herald featured among [Obama’s] qualifications his position as chairman of the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a foundation where Ayers was a founder and guiding force.” The Annenberg Foundation, endowed by Republican and Reagan friend, Walter Annenberg, awarded grants to communities to enhance educational development programs for youth, support civic and community growth, and support health and human services, animal services and the environment.  After winning a $42.9 million grant for the Chicago program, Ayers named Barak Obama as its Chairman.  In an ironic twist, Ayers and Obama allegedly used the grant to fund programs that promoted socialism and Marxist ideas to young people throughout Chicago communities.

ACORN logo

ACORN logo

ACORN. Perhaps the most disturbing of Obama’s associations is his long-term affiliation with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), touted by some as the most widespread radical group in America.  It is through Obama’s work with ACORN that we finally learn the true meaning of “community organizer.”  In the midst of refurbishing parks and housing in poorer communities, Obama and ACORN also organized citizens to take direct action to gain their objectives.  Since these early organizing years, ACORN’s demonstrations have turned disruptive and even violent.  ACORN’s second emphasis is registering voters.  While ACORN alleges that its activities are strictly nonpartisan, it is interesting to note that they have endorsed Barak Obama and, additionally, his campaign has given $800,000 to an offshoot of ACORN to help “get out the vote.”  Note that this past Thursday, Nevada authorities raided ACORN’s Las Vegas headquarters on charges of participating in voter fraud activities.  Thirdly, ACORN says it promotes affordable housing for low and moderate income families.  Unfortunately, some of the tactics used in obtaining cooperation from banks has included strong-arming banks to make loans to borrowers without proven income sources or down-payments.  How ironic that ACORN turns out to be one of the major entities that spurred risky loan practices at banks which caused the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac debacle and ultimately our present economic crisis.

Farrakhan with Phleger

Farrakhan with Phleger

FARRAKHAN, WRIGHT AND PHLEGER.  The deeper one looks into the background of Obama, it is astonishing how many lines connect to radical individuals and un-American ideology.  Richard Cohen of The Washington Post writes of Obama’s dubious relationships in regard to his 20 year membership 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. 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.”  Although Farrakhan has kept a low public profile during most of the 2008 Presidential race, he recently told worshipers at the annual Nation of Islam Saviour’s Day 2008 that when Obama talks “the Messiah is absolutely speaking.” Obama’s connection with Fr. Michael Phleger is a bit more tenuous; however it is important to note that they have worked together on ACORN projects and other community-based programs.  The mere fact that Obama could befriend such outrageous personalities should give one pause as to his judgment.

Obama with Rev. Wright

Obama with Rev. Wright

POINTS TO PONDER. America’s second President, John Adams once said, “The people have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge– I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers.”  Can we determine the true character of Senator Barak Obama while he finds sustenance for spiritual advice from such radicals as Louis Farrakhan, Jeremiah Wright and Fr. Michael Phleger?  While he associates with organizations that perpetuate voter fraud and intimidation?  While he befriends domestic and foreign terrorists and finds no conflict of interest in his bid for the Presidency?

As American citizens we must ask ourselves if we truly know the character of this man, Barak Obama.  And does he have the moral character and integrity to lead our country and preserve our American heritage.  It may be the most important decision of your lifetime.  And that is…Why It Matters.

  1. […] Character and Connections Note that this past Thursday, Nevada authorities raided ACORN’s Las Vegas headquarters on charges of participating in voter fraud activities. Thirdly, ACORN says it promotes affordable housing for low and moderate income families. … […]

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