Re: Does Obama know America?
- From: babeejm <jmtsmall@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2008 09:29:39 -0700 (PDT)
On Apr 1, 11:56 am, jose <josefsop...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Does Obama know America?
By James Lewis
When I hear liberals talk about this country I don't recognize the
place. It's just as if they never talk to their own neighbors or go to
their local market. The Left seems to constantly misunderstand normal
people in a really paranoid fashion.
Jeremiah Wright is not the only rage-and-fear-peddler on that side of
the political fence. Liberals apparently believe they can read minds,
spotting racism and evil where nobody else can find it. That's what
they keep telling us, after all.
I just don't recognize "Ameri-KKK-a," in the Rev. Wright's witty
little phrase. In the real America of the last half century you have
to turn over a lot of rocks to find the evil racist, sexist,
homophobic meanies. Instead, I see a country that is desperately
working to do good in the world.
Now this is the big, unanswered question about Barack Obama --- does
he really understand America as it is? Or does he fall for the
paranoid narrative of the Left? That is crucial. If he has
internalized the Left's view of America, he will try to make the
country pay and pay for all the wrongs, real or imagined, of the
distant past. The country will be permanently guilt-tripped.
Barack Obama was born in Hawaii to a Kenyan father and a white mother,
went to school in Indonesia, then Hawaii again --- with its own racial
divisions between native Hawaiians, whites, blacks, and people with
Japanese ancestry. Hawaii is our loveliest state, but it has a record
of racial divisions. Since Obama was born, native Hawaiian have
reasserted their original ownership of the islands very vigorously.
There's no way you can miss that, growing up in Honolulu.
After high school Obama spent a few years at Occidental College in
California, then Columbia, then worked in leftwing law firms in New
York, then attended Harvard Law, and finally settled down in Jeremiah
Wright's part of Chicago.
None of those places resembles normal, middle-class America. All of
them are steeped in racial tensions, as viewed from the Left. Even
Princeton is obsessed with race, as Michelle Obama wrote in her
We know that Rev. Wright's church teaches people to avoid
"middleclassness." You have to keep people on the boil, enraged at
white America, so they must not get too comfortable with their lives.
That seems to be Barack's idea of America. It is certainly a part of
America, but it is the angriest, most depressed, violent, and troubled
part. So our likely Democrat candidate has never lived an ordinary
life in a normal, middle class neighborhood. Add in Jeremiah Wright as
a political mentor for 20 years, and you have to ask: Does Senator
Obama really know this country?
As Mark Steyn hinted at the other day, Obama's autobiography reads
like a work of fiction. He is making up his own identity the way a
novelist would make up a fictional character. Teenagers often do that,
and people who come from very different cultures. I know an Eastern
European who travels around America constantly interpreting everything
out loud, like an anthropologist from Mars. As others have pointed
out, Obama seems to have adopted his mother's role as an
He writes about himself:
"Only Malcolm X's autobiography seemed to offer something different.
His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me. The blunt poetry of
his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and
uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer
force of will. All the other stuff, the talk of blue-eyed devils and
apocalypse, was incidental to that program, I decided. ...
"And yet, even as I imagine myself following Malcolm's call, one line
in the book stayed with me. He spoke of a wish he'd once had, the wish
that the white blood that ran through him, there by an act of
violence, might somehow be expunged." (italics added)
There's something to be said for a president who understands other
cultures, but not to the point of misunderstanding his own. Truman
didn't live abroad, and neither did Lincoln or Reagan. Yet Truman
began the integration of the armed forces and Lincoln led the
deadliest war in US history and freed the slaves. Reagan won the Cold
War. None of them were the blood-thirsty maniacs of liberal
Obama's expatriate mother, who raised him until age ten, was
apparently a zealous anti-American. His father was absent, an African
Prince out of a boyhood fantasy. All his life Obama moved from one
little subculture to the next, all the way to Columbia, Harvard Law
and Trinity UCC. Everywhere he went he encounted zealous anti-
Americans, beginning with his mother. Just think about that.
No wonder it's hard to recognize his notion of this country. Barack
Obama could profit from ten years away from the Senate, away from the
elites, away from the self-destructive paranoia of the inner cities.
Maybe he could try to run a business, like George McGovern. Maybe he
should try teaching --- at a neighborhood school, not a law school.
Get to know the real America, then maybe run for president.
James Lewis blogs at dangeroustimes.wordpress.com/
The question should be DOES AMERICA KNOW OBAMA?!!.
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