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Rod Blagoyevich – Liberal Government At It’s Core

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As a lifelong resident of Illinois, let me say that any Illinoisan pretending to be shocked or outraged at what our latest sleazy governor got caught doing is either a bald faced liar or about 4 years old. This state, including both political parties, runs on corruption. Politics is about power and the accumulation of wealth, period.

The Democrats (and occasional liberal Republicans like convict and ex-governor George Ryan) trade jobs and contracts for “political contributions” and the occasional bag of cash. Illinois is not more corrupt than liberalism in general, we just stopped even pretending that integrity matters. Our local newspapers, the Chicago Tribune and Sun Times, regularly endorse the most liberal, power hungry, and openly greedy candidates, then pillory them when they get caught doing what everyone knew they were going to do in the first place. The papers get to pretend to be bi-partisan in this endeavor because there are enough crooked liberal Republican politicians to allow them to endorse members of both parties.

Rod Blagoyevich did nothing that the governors, mayors, secretaries of state, and dog catchers of this state don’t do on a regular basis. He was just stupid enough to do it on the telephone.

The liberals running the educational systems in Chicago, East St. Louis, Peoria, Rockford, and others are all busy keeping black children uneducated and in poverty, to preserve the liberal voting block that will keep this state blue for decades. Meanwhile, the Reverend Wrights, Jesse Jacksons (Sr. and Jr.) and Barack Obamas get rich, famous and powerful, all while screaming how racist and otherwise horrible this country is.

The best part of this Soprano’s style soap opera is that Blagoyevich’s stupidity in getting caught on tape has created a feeding frenzy that, if special prosecutor Fitzgerald keeps his eyes open, will make Blago’s attempt to sell a senate seat look like small change.

First we have what appears to be the completely un-vetted president-elect knee deep in this current controversy. Rahm Emmanuel, another Illinois liberal hack and Obama’s chief of staff, is suddenly nowhere to be found, so that he does not have to lie outright about his involvement with the Ebaying of one of Illinois’ senate seats until the lawyers can get a common script for all the future defendants…I mean White House staff. Next, Lisa Madigan, one of the most inexperienced attorneys general in state history (whose father just happens to be a long time power broker/Illinois Senate president) is trying to shred the Illinois constitution to get rid of Blago faster than an impeachment would work; while at the same time convincing our lieutenant governor Pat Quinn to appoint himself senator, leaving the governorship open for…surprise…Lisa Madigan.

The real victim here is Jesse Jackson, Jr. who was apparently already willing to pay Blago the requested million dollars for the senate seat. But with the wire taps, Jesse Jr. will probably have to settle for his current house seat, and his share of the profits from the beer distributorship daddy extorted from Budweiser so long ago.

You want to know what this country is going to look like after the federal government takes control of businesses and industries under the guise of all the current “bailouts?” Just look to the pathetic state of Illinois. Schools that don’t teach, roads that fall apart, soaring crime rates, and politicians getting richer and more powerful , until it’s their turn to go before the grand jury. All, of course, for the sake of the children.

Obama’s Mansions, Saddam’s Money

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Daniel Pipes has an excellent expose’ in the Philadelphia Bulletin regarding the extent of dictator Saddam Hussein’s evil reach into Obama’s backpocket through Tony Rezko and Nadhmi Auchi.

Saddam Hussein’s corrupted money made it’s way to Barack Obama.

Nadhmi Auchi (left) with Illinois’ governor, Rod Blagojevich, in 2004.

Obama’s Ties With Terrorist Grow Stronger

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World News Daily has published literary expert analysts’ confirmation that the “career no accomplishments, do-nothing but author two autobiographies” Barack Obama did not write his autobiography, “Dreams Of My Father.” Barack Obama is ultimately Bill Ayer’s sockpuppet. Bill Ayers, neighbor, domestic terrorist, anti-American, anarchist, mentor, has been an integral part of Barack Obama’s career and ultimately responsible for Obama becoming the Democrats presidential candidate.

Comparing Ayers and Obama’s writing styles, Jack Cashill notes:

The stylistic similarities between the best sections of Obama’s “Dreams” and Ayers’ 2001 memoir, “Fugitive Days,” should be apparent to any serious writer or editor.

Consider the two following “nature” passages in Obama’s and Ayers’ respective memoirs, the first from “Fugitive Days”:

“I picture the street coming alive, awakening from the fury of winter, stirred from the chilly spring night by cold glimmers of sunlight angling through the city.”

The second from “Dreams”:

“Night now fell in midafternoon, especially when the snowstorms rolled in, boundless prairie storms that set the sky close to the ground, the city lights reflected against the clouds.”

These two sentences are alike in more than their poetic sense, their length and their gracefully layered structure. They tabulate nearly identically on the Flesch Reading Ease Score (FRES), something of a standard in the field. The “Fugitive Days” excerpt scores a 54 on reading ease and a 12th-grade reading level. The “Dreams” excerpt scores a 54.8 on reading ease and a 12th-grade reading level. Scores can range from 0 to 121, so hitting a nearly exact score matters.

Read all of the report’s similarities here.

Not enough for you? How about another refutation of Obama’s lie that he doesn’t about Ayer’s history. Obama states that he was only eight years old. Come on folks!! Be reasonable. Communist presidential candidates don’t lie! We should believe him! Lying before he even has the Oval office, Bill Clinton is jealous of Obama.

How about Obama shared a small office with Ayers for three years? So small that they could have thrown fire bombs (I mean spit balls) at each other. Verum Serum, a Christian blog, has all the remarkable details. (Thank God for conservative bloggers!) So much for being a casual acquaintance and seeing each other only at Chicago’s Annenberg Challenge board meetings.

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October 29, 2008 at 10:47 am

What a "Community Organizer" Really Does

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“Community organizer” sounds so uplifting, so caring. Who could be against someone who organizes a community to petition their government, in accordance with their First Amendment rights? But for leftist groups, a community organizer is a member of a self appointed political vanguard. The goal of an organizer in the method advocated by Saul Alinsky is not to help citizens seek redress from their government. It is to build a power base, the single true function of which is to bring down the democratic/capitalist system in this country and replace it with a centralized socialist government led by the leftist elite. The consumer benefits sought by the action groups are merely a means to an end.

Stanley Kurtz of National Review has been writing a revealing series of articles detailing Barack Obama’s history as a community organizer in New York and Chicago. He details Obama’s close working relationship (at least) with William Ayers, a founder of the leftist terrorist group the Weather Underground. In describing Obama’s longest stint as a community organizer with the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Kurtz claims that Obama’s efforts as a community organizer at that time were “largely a failure.” But this mistakes the true purpose of Obama’s activities at the time.

In 1975, I was a student at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sometime around 1977, I was hired to work as a fund raiser for a group called the Milwaukee Alliance for Concerned Citizens (MACC). The stated purposes of this group were to bring 911 service to the Milwaukee area, change laws regarding generic drugs and other consumer issues. I was hired to raise funds as part of a group who went door to door seeking donations from local residents. We were given lots of information on the different consumer issues and focused our attention on neighborhoods with older residents. I was successful enough in fund raising that I was offered a salaried position as head of the fund raising arm of the group.

At that time, I was recruited by the leaders of the group to become more involved in its overall operation. I was given a number of tracts to read, but was told to focus on Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.” I was told that everything I needed to know about community organizing tactics were in that book. I was further informed that MACC had been formed by a former founding member of the SDS; that the leaders of the movement had learned that the type of violent revolution they had been seeking in the 60s was simply not possible in the United States. People were simply too well off to be mobilized to armed revolt. The movement therefore had to change its tactics, though not its ultimate goals.

Community action groups, local community organizing, were the new tactic of the socialist revolutionaries. Their lack of concern for the targets of their organizing efforts bordered on contempt. Those we had been collecting funds from to run the organization were just too dull to understand the beauty and necessity of socialism. But their money, and later their votes, were the only plausible way left to bring down capitalism. I listened to what they said, went home and read Alinsky, and quit the next day. The Alinsky styled movement of community organizers has become more sophisticated in dressing up its populist message since then, but its tactics and goals have not changed at all.

The sole purpose of community organizing on the left is to acquire power. That is why Stanley Kurtz’s description of Obama’s efforts in Chicago as a failure is so wrong. Obama joined CAC, and Reverend Wright’s church, to build a power base. Little more than 10 years later he is perhaps two months away from the presidency of the United States. Obama’s time as a community organizer was a resounding success if one looks at it according to the Alinsky model.

Kurtz notes that Obama was able to steer millions to other Alinsky style community groups. Obama worked well with the corrupt Chicago Democratic political machine and succeeded in getting all real opponents removed from the ballot in his subsequent runs for office. Obama’s rise politically is exactly the point of what he was trying to do. The simple fact that the Chicago students in whose name Obama gave millions to leftist groups saw no benefit from that money is irrelevant to Obama, or any other true believer. Their goal is not raising people out of poverty, it is using poverty to gain power through elections. They aim not to improve the educational system in this country (most of which is run by other members of the movement), but to keep the educational system in chaos until they can use the rage of the millions of uneducated to gain power.

There is not a “vast left wing conspiracy” in this country, but there is a movement of committed socialists who have decided to try to do through the ballot box what they could never do through violence. They run our public schools, almost all universities, the mainstream media, most foundations, and certainly the Democratic Party. Obama does not reject Ayers and his violent past because they are fellow travellers in this socialist movement. Their only disagreement may be over tactics.

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September 23, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Ethics? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Ethics

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Barack Obama’s first claim to qualification to be president of the United States is his time as a community organizer. Remember, “Jesus was a community organizer…?” Unfortunately for his claim to be a post-partisan champion of change, Obama’s time as a community organizer just taught him the same old tired (but dangerous) leftist notion that the ends justify any means. His campaign shows he learned this lesson only too well.

As reported in an article on National Review Online by Mark Hemingway, Obama’s first stint as a community activist was in a New York organization that saw it’s mission, according to the New York Times, as “winning over students on the political left, who would normally disdain a group inspired by Ralph Nader as insufficiently radical….” This group was one of a natinonwide network of college campus “community organizers” called PIRGs (public interest research groups). Obama later said “I used to be a PIRG guy. You guys trained me well.”

Obama’s second community organizer job in Chicago was run by Saul Alinsky’s disciples. (Hillary Clinton was hired by Alinsky himself for this same group, while Obama did not come to the group until after Alinsky’s death.) The Washington Post noted in this article that Obama’s and Clinton’s “common connection to Alinsky is one of the striking aspects of their biographies. Obama embraced many of Alinsky’s tactics and recently said his years as an organizer gave him the best education of his life.”

The training in such organizations, indeed of “community organizers” of the left in general, is based in large part on the bible of the left. Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. (I was recruited by a leftist community organizer in 1975, and Rules for Radicals was my required first reading. More of that in a later post.) If you want to understand Obama and his tactics (or those of the left in general), this is a must read book. You have to know your enemy, and this book makes it clear that leftist organizers are the enemy of the Judeo-Christian, capitialist, democratic form of country we live in now.

Most important during this election though is what the left’s bible has to say about ethics. In Rules for Radicals, Alinsky wrote:

“The practical revolutionary will understand Goethe’s ‘conscience is the virtue of observers and not of agents of action’; in action, one does not always enjoy the luxury of a decision that is consistent both with one’s individual conscience and the good of mankind. The choice must always be for the latter. Action is for mass salvation and not for the individual’s personal salvation.”

Therefore, an “agent of action” (meaning community organizer, politician etc.) must always choose furthering leftist goals over mere matters of conscience.

In case the message wasn’t clear enough, Alinsky went on to say:

“The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive — but real –allies of the Haves.”

According to Alinsky then, in matters of class warfare, those claiming to represent the “have-nots” are not just justified in refusing to consider the ethics of any available means, but if they do so, they are traitors to the class struggle.

To remove all doubt, Alinsky finally says:

“This (the consideration of ethics in determining whether the ends justify the means) is the nadir of immorality. The most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means.” (emphasis added).

Lie about your opponent? (McCain wants to fight a 100 year war in Iraq.) Destroy your detractors with lies and innuendo? (McCain wants to privatize social security and cut benefits in half; Sarah Palin…don’t get me started.) Tell one group of voters one thing and tell others the exact opposite? (Think NAFTA and Canada, or small towners who cling to their bibles, guns and bigotry.) Take money from people you know to be corrupt? (Tony Rezko) Undermine your country with its enemies in a time of war? (Negotiating with the Iraqi government to delay negotiations and troop withdrawal until after the election.) Inflame race tensions to get votes? (Blatantly false Spanish language ads about McCain.)

For a leftist like Obama, it is simply not permissible to even question whether any of these means are unethical. The only “unethical” thing he could do according to this perverse philosophy is to not ignore ethics all together in seeking power.

Alinsky is finally getting the attention he deserves….from the right. He has long been an icon, leader and inspiration for activists on the left in this country. Now Rush Limbaugh is making a big issue of Alinsky on his radio show; and others are writing more and more about the pernicious teachings of the man who dedicated his life to fomenting class warfare.

Barack and Michelle Obama both quote Alinsky in their speeches. Their conduct demonstrates that they are true disciples of his teaching: that there is no such thing as objective ethics for the elite left. It is time to shine bright lights from all directions under the rock where the left hides its real beliefs. Obama is an Alinsky disciple to his core, and we simply can’t afford that.

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September 22, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Is Sarah Palin "Ready?"

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John McCain picks a ‘dyed in the wool’ conservative running mate, with a life story and political history that make Obama look like the Chicago hack politician he is, and all some conservatives can do is moan about her lack of experience. One blogger at National Review Online worries that “After all, her career in the “city council” and as mayor of a town few outside of Alaska have ever heard of doesn’t exactly prepare her to preside over National Security Council meetings in the President’s absence, to serve as a close adviser to the President on counterterrorism issues, or to have the nuke “football” at her side 24/7.”

Such talk is common now among conservatives who praise Palin’s values and character, while wringing their hands over her lack of experience. “How can we criticize Obama’s lack of experience when McCain picks someone who has only been a governor for two years?” The answer ought to be obvious. If Obama wins the election, he will be president on “day one.” (A phrase I am beginning to detest.) Conversely, if McCain and Palin win election, Palin will likely be vice president for an extended period even if McCain is not able to serve out his full term. The worry about Palin is exaggerated because she not only already has more executive experience than Obama (and McCain and Biden for that matter), but she also will have the added experience of having served as vice president in the unfortunate event she is called on to replace McCain.

More to the point, the quality of one’s experience should count for more than just the quantity. In her two years as governor of Alaska, two terms as mayor of a small town, her time as Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and two terms as a member of the city council in her home town, Palin consitently fought against corruption and self dealing. She is exactly the type of conservative the country and the Republican Party need.

She is like a young, female Fred Thompson. If McCain wins and she serves well as vice president, we may finally have a true conservative on the national stage for years to come. Think Palin/Jindal 2012. If she can do for the Republican Party what she has done for Alaska, we will all be the better for it.

Considering the alternatives of Tom Ridge and Joe Lieberman (McCain would NEVER have picked Romney) we should just celebrate this entry onto the national political stage of someone conservatives can really get behind. Her real test will be remaining truly conservative when, and if, she goes to Washington. But that is a bridge she can cross when the time comes. For now, paint me a born-again McCainiac.

Obama’s Policies In Action

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From one of the most liberal cities in the US. The kind of change you’ll see if Obama becomes President.

Hat tip to Dave.

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July 24, 2008 at 10:24 am