Thursday, October 30, 2008

Obama and McCain: The Lesser of Two Evils for the Greater Good


greater good will be defined in different ways by different people. In my estimationan estimation that we few, we happy few, we band of brothers will sharethe definition of the greater good in our time contains a deal-breaker: However it is defined, it must include a clearly expressed openness and a readiness to progress to a rational analysis of the danger of Islam and of all Muslims who support Islam, and from there to a rational policy regarding that danger.

The problem with our choice of candidates this election is that neither of them fits the model of a proponent of the greater good as defined. Nevertheless, for all his shortcomings with regard to this greater good, McCain is the lesser evil. Obama is not merely slightly worse than McCain, but shows signs of being positively inimical to the progress we need to reorient our society towards, with regard to shedding our PC prejudice in favor of Islam while waking up to the mountain of evidence indicating that Islam and all Muslims who support Islam are forces for injustice and increasing danger around the world and within America.

Todays essay will list the reasons not to vote for Obama. This will be a long and detailed list. It will be followed by a very short discussion of McCain.

The reasons not to vote for Obama are more substantive, flagrant and egregious, while the reasons to vote for McCain are, unfortunately, rather flimsy and elusive. Nevertheless, it is really largely the problem with Obamas positive signs of hindrance to the greater good as we defined it that make McCains ambiguity sufficiently strong to tip the balance in his favor.

With one or two exceptions, the reasons not to vote for Obama which I list all revolve around the greater good as defined above, and therefore to the problem of Islam and to the problem of the problemnamely, Politically Correct Multi-Culturalism (PC MC), as well as its more virulent progenitor, Leftism. Even the one or two exceptions will be seen to be related, if only peripherally, to those problems.

I. Obama

1. Obama's Muslim background:

a) Missing the chance to use this as a springboard for change: With his Muslim background and upbringing, Obama has had the golden opportunity to turn this in his favor by using it to articulate a skepticism with regard to the prevailing PC mantras that guide our attitudes and responses to the problem of Islam. Instead, Obama has more often than not chosen to ignore his Muslim background, implying that it, and therefore by logical extension Islam, pose no problems at all

b) Lying at worst, disingenuous at best: When Obama does not simply try to ignore his Muslim background and upbringing, he has a habit of issuing disingenuous statements, such as I am not a practicing Muslim. At other times, he issues more blanket denials reminiscent of Bill Clinton's soberly finger-wagging denial of ever having had sexual relations with Monica. However, Obama's denials fly in the face of the evidence: This AP photo of Obama's school registration form while he attended an Islamic madrassa (under the name of Barry Soetoro after his step-father's name) in Indonesia as a boy clearly shows that under Religion (Indonesian Agama), Obama or his Muslim step-father who enrolled him wrote in pen Islam. This evidence is even more damning when one considers the factironically stressed by the Obama camp themselves in order to try to dilute the Islamic aspect of having attended an Islamic school as a youththat this Islamic school under a relatively enlightened policy in place in Indonesia at the time, admitted boys of different faiths, including Christians, Hindus and Buddhists. If other boys were attending the school, but retained their Christian, Hindu or Buddhist faith, why did Obama and/or his father feel the need to officially designate his religion as Islam? One of his responses to this general questionI am not a practicing Muslimis strangely sophistical: it sounds like he is trying to be meticulously accurate without disavowing a lingering status of being a Muslim. Does his response mean he is still a Muslim, but simply doesn't practice it? Why not just say I am not a Muslim? There is also the avowal of Obama's Indonesian half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, who is on record saying of those days when her half-brother Barry Soetoro (i.e., Obama) was living with her in Indonesia that: My whole family was Muslim, and most of the people I knew were Muslim.

c) This leads to the telling signs of embarrassment in the Obama about the whole issue of his Islamic heritageincluding his insistent denials of ever having been a Muslim when it would be more consistent with his claim of being a refreshingly honest candidate for him to just admit he once was a Muslim. Other examples of this embarrassment include.

2. Muslim and Pro-Islamic Bedfellows:

Closely related to #1 are Obama's disquieting connections to, and sympathy with, dubious Muslims and Islam apologists:

a) Ingrid Mattson: She spoke at the Democratic Convention in Denver (and received warm applause, of course) and participated in an interfaith gathering there. She is a Canadian convert to Islam who wears a bizarre outfit combining the traditional Islamic hijab for women with something that looks like something out of Star Trek. More importantly, she is president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). The ISNA was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror funding case. The ISNA was also named as a “friend” of the Muslim Brotherhood in the infamous May 1991 Brotherhood memorandum that spoke of Muslim organizations in the U.S. being dedicated to “a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands. . . so that. . . God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”

Ms. Mattson is also, according to this fine article by Frank Gaffney, director of the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. Her program is used to credential Muslim chaplains for U.S. prisons and our military. In this capacity, one of the classes she teaches on the Koran uses texts by two Islamic scholars who have inspired modern Islamic terrorists: Syed Abul A'la Maududi and Sayyid Qutb. About Maududi's work, Ms. Mattson has said that it is probably the best work of [Koranic commentary] in English. Here is what Maududi has written:

"Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the face of the Earth which are opposed to the ideology and program of Islam regardless of the country or the nation which rules it. The purpose of Islam is to set up a state on the basis of its own ideology and program, regardless of which nation assumes the role of the standard bearer of Islam or the rule of which nation is undermined in the process of the establishment of an ideological Islamic State. . . Islam does not intend to confine this revolution to a single State or a few countries; the aim of Islam is to bring about a universal revolution."

b) Joe Sandler: A lawyer who works for CAIR. He is helping Obama fend off a lawsuit brought by Philip Berg to compel him to produce his birth certificate. Previously, Joe Sandler, as Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch has documented, sent a letter to the Young America's Foundation in August 2007, threatening them with legal action if they let me speak to their national student conference. So a lawyer on Obama's side has tried to squash the very constructive and educational free speech of Robert Spencer in his capacity of trying to inform the public about the dangers of Islam.

c) James Yee: Muslim chaplain who served at Guantanamo Bay among the Muslim prisoners there. He works for the Obama campaign as a delegate from Washington State. A few years ago, Yee was accused of pro-jihadist espionage. In 2004, his conviction was dismissed by the US government for cryptic reasons: . . .in dismissing the charges, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, which operates the detention center, cited 'national security concerns that would arise from the release of the evidence' if the case proceeded.

As Robert Spencer noted: National security concerns would arise from the release of the evidence if Yee's case proceeded? That's a very strange statement, and it cries out for an explanation (none was ever forthcoming, to my knowledge), but it is not quite the same thing as saying, "This man was completely innocent, and should never have been charged."

Furthermore, Yee is on record as repeatedly criticizing the very foundations of the institution of the Guantanamo prison, insinuating (if not openly declaring) that all the Muslims in there are innocent. In pursuit of that lie, he has played with the factsfor example, claiming he witnessed guards physically disrespecting the Koran, then later admitting that he never saw such actions with his own eyes, but only heard rumors about it. Is this the type of Muslim one wants officially supporting a Presidential campaign? Apparently, Obama thinks so.

d) Hiam Nawas: in the running for the position of Muslim liaison for the Obama campaign. Nawas is on record as subtly and oh-so cleverly excusing the mistreatment of women under Islamic law: We need to recognise that the social structure in the Muslim world is very different from America's. American women need to understand that what is best for them is not necessarily what is best for Muslim women. Advocacy of women’s rights in the Muslim world must show sensitivity to local political realities. Nawas was eventually not chosen for the position, according to this report. Of course, Obama didn't reject Nawas for the right reasons. In place of Nawas was chosen another Muslim with problems (what Muslim doesn't have problems?)Mazen Asbahi.

e) Mazen Asbahi: He was hired for the position of Muslim liaison or outreach advisor, then voluntarily resigned in August of 2008 when allegations came up that he was tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and to a fundamentalist Islamic imam of an Illinois mosque. A month later, it was reported that apparently he hadn't really quit:

Asbahi has not stopped working on behalf of Obama, though. He appeared at the luncheon to say that despite his official exit he was still "110%" behind Obama and that he was participating in campaign conference calls on Muslim outreach. Stepping down was a "strategic decision," he said.

Translation: It might have looked bad for him to stay on in an official capacity, so he will continue to do approximately the same job
but unofficially and under the radar. And of course the compliant, politically correct, and swooning news media will more than oblige the Obama campaign in this strategic decision.

Update: Robert Spencer has published on Jihad Watch today (Oct. 16) a good summary of Asbahi
s replacement in the Obama camp by a new Muslim Outreach advisor, Minha Husainiwhose connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR, and various Muslims of dubious ilk, including Mahdi Bray, should disconcert voters as much as Asbahi.

Penny Pritzker: Obama chose her as Chair and Treasurer of his campaign finance committee. She owns the Hyatt hotel chain. The New York City Hyatt hosted a dinner for Iranian President Ahmadinejad on September 25 of this year during his visit to the U.N., three days after a protest against Ahmadinejad took place at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
a protest which Hillary Clinton herself protested by refusing to attend at the last minute when she heard that Sarah Palin had been invited also (the organizers then felt obliged to dis-invite Palin). Obama should have been attending the protest against Ahmadinejad and should have fired Ms. Pritzker for treating the murderous fanatic and maniac Ahmadinejad as a respected guest of honor -- but of course, he didn't do either.

j) Rashid Khalidi: a radically pro-
Palestinian and anti-Israel Muslim-American who, according to the linked source, has called Israel an "apartheid system in creation" and a destructive "racist" state. . . and has multiple times expressed support for Palestinian terror, calling suicide bombings response to "Israeli aggression."Khalidi also apparently directed the official PLO press agency WAFA in Beirut from 1976 to 1982, while the PLO committed scores of anti-Western attacks and was labeled by the U.S. as a terror group. According to one source, Obama has known Khalidi long before the present campaign, having befriended him during his teaching stint at the University of Chicago in the late 1990s, early 2000s. Khalid is quoted as explaining his support for Obama because he is the only candidate who has expressed sympathy for the Palestinian cause.

For a President who will be dealing with the important problem of Israel surrounded by a sea of ravenous Islamic wolves, a more damning supporter would be hard to find. Why doesn't Obama formally denounce Khalidi? Probably because he finds his own views on Israel and the
Palestinian causerife with terrorist tactics and jihad strategymore or less harmonious with those of Khalidi.

k) Keith Ellison (Muslim Congressman from Minnesota): Ellison officially supports the Obama campaign. Meanwhile, Ellison has been a friend of Nihad Awad, co-founder of CAIR, for decades, and received support
during his own bid for his Congressional seat from Awad. Furthermore, Awad in 1994 expressed his unequivocal support for the terrorist group Hamas whose members before 1994 murdered Israeli civilians. Ellison's troubling connections and associations are more numerous, as can be gleaned from this story on his attendance at a November 2006 meeting of Muslim-American clerics, some of whom themselves have connections to Islamic supremacism that is antithetical to Western democracy.

l) George Galloway: Labour minister of British Parliament, who toured the world informing various media outlets on the greatness of Saddam Hussein, and who has expressed solidarity with Muslim clerics such as Qaradawi and Tantawi, both of whom are on record justifying suicide-bombings and execution of gays. And now, of course, a supporter of Obama.

m) The terrorist group Hamas: In this context, Obama in an interview published by The Atlantic magazine website tried to squirrel his way out of this problem with double-talk, on the one hand affecting to condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization, on the other hand telegraphing signals of an openness to concretize his mantra of
change among Muslims of the Middle East in a way that would apparently warm them: It’s conceivable that there are those in the Arab world who say to themselves, 'This is a guy who spent some time in the Muslim world, has a middle name of Hussein and appears more worldly and has called for talks with people, and so he’s not going to be engaging in the same sort of cowboy diplomacy as George Bush.'

n) Hatem El-Hady: former chairman of the Toledo, Ohio-based Islamic charity, Kindhearts, which was closed by the US government in February 2006 for terrorist fundraising and all its assets frozen. Now he's a supporter of Obama and had a dedicated page on the official Obama site, but apparently it has been scrubbed clean. (Many more disturbing details and links available at the Obama Files site, scroll down or search for his name.)

o) Raila Odinga: A Marxist politician and member of Obama's Kenyan African tribe, who advocates Sharia Law
in Kenya in a most virulently anti-liberal form that goes against human rights.

According to this report:

Mr. Odinga promised the Muslim leaders that, if elected, he would establish Sharia courts, not only in the northern and coastal regions where Kenyan Muslims are concentrated, but throughout the country.
He also promised to impose Muslim dress codes on women, ban alcohol and pork, indoctrinate children, ban Christian preaching, and dismiss the Commissioner of Police who has allowed himself to be used by heathens and Zionists.
In 2006, Obama visited Kenya and lent support to Odinga's bid for the presidental election, and went out of his way to criticize Odinga's political opponent.

Update: Daniel Pipes has published an article today that mentions two additional names of concern in this regard: Kenny Gamble (aka Luqman Abdul-Haqq) and Antoin "Tony" Rezko.

3) Obama on the problem of Islam:

Next are statements and/or positions by Obama demonstrating his more or less clear intention to do the wrong thing with regard to our progress toward managing the problem of Islam:

a) The need for Muslim profiling. Obama is firmly on the wrong side of this issue. One can almost hear and feel his wrongheaded passion from the following speech in Michigan described and reported in the L.A. Times:

On Monday in Michigan, Obama became exercised when talking about the need to give even suspected terrorists legal rights.
“We may think this is Mohammed the terrorist,’’ he said at a campaign rally, but “it might be Mohammed the cab driver. You might think it’s Barack the bomb-thrower. But it might be Barack the guy running for president.’’Continuing, he got more heated, his voice booming. Referring to the Constitution, he said:

“Don’t mock the Constitution! Don’t make fun of it! Don’t suggest that it’s un-American to abide by what the founding fathers set up! It’s worked pretty well for 200 years!’’

He finished with a sigh:

“These people.

From page 309 of his latest book, The Audacity of Hope:

"In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific reassurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

c) In this well-referenced and articulated article by Robert Spencer, we can see tha Obama essentially blames the increase of Islamic extremism on factors external to Islammainly poverty and Western mis-management of geopolitics. As Spencer notes in that article, this is not a notion Obama invented by any means. But given the overwhelming ambiance of all his other associations and leanings, it seems very likely that he will give far more weight to this subtly anti-Western solution to the problem of Islam than McCain will.

These three positions of Obama by no means exhaust the problem. There are many more examples of his wrongheadedness about the problem of Islam, a wrongheadedness that surpasses that of the normative PC MC of Bush or McCain, and in the spirit of going above and beyond the call of duty, dips perilously into the wellsprings of radical Leftism in this regard, which at best would have the effect of promoting a Chamberlain-type policy of appeasement with regard to the global revival of classically bloodthirstly Islam. I shudder to think what it portends at worst.

4) Anti-American supporters:

Indirectly related to the Islam issue are Obama's associations with influential individuals who are not merely somewhat critical of America, but who have a record of being virulently anti-American:

a) Pastor Wright: We all know Pastor Wright's unforgiveable and positively dangerous hatred for whites and America, and we all know that Obama has no excuse for his association and support of Pastor Wright for over 20 years
notwithstanding the fact that he pulled off the miracle of hoodwinking millions of Americans in this regard with his vacuous yet smooth-talking charisma.

b) Bill Aye
rsfounding member of the domestic terrorist group of the 1960s and 1970s, Weathermen Underground, dedicated to subversion and overthrow of the United States government and of course idolized Ho Chi Minh, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Mao Tse-tung, etc. In the sixties, Ayers advocated that young people kill their parents, and his wife, the terrorist, Bernadine Dohrn praised the Charles Manson murders. Their terrorist organization planned and executed several bombings, including on the Capitol and the Pentagon. Ayers, like many radical Leftists of the 60s, has found a cushy niche in academe, and has been teaching at the University of Illinois in Chicagowhich is where Obama met and worked with him in an ostensibly peaceful and legal social activist context. Obama's attempt to weasel out of the associationby condemning the activities of Ayers in the pastis simply not good enough. He needs to condemn Ayers by name and demand that Ayers prove he has changed his views before he will countenance any association or support from Ayers. But of course, Obama hasn't done this. He likes to have it both ways, and to smooth it over with his charisma and smooth-talking.

Update: In today's Wall Street Journal (Oct. 16), Sol Stern discusses the continuing ostensibly seditious radical Leftism of Ayers, including this statement from 2006 which he has used pedagogically in his classroom and maintains on his own website:

I went to Camp Casey [Cindy Sheehan's vigil at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas] in August precisely because I'm an agnostic about how and where the rebellion will break out, but I know I want to be there and I know it will break out.

In this statement, we can see the nexus between radical Leftism and the pro-Islam movement, since Sheehan's anti-Bush activism developed into a supportive relationship with various radical Muslims.

c) The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR): a coalition of over 80 lawyers who have been defending Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo
have formally supported Obama. As if that by itself isn't bad enough, one of the major donors of the CCR is the Islamic organization the IIIT (the International Institute for Islamic Thought), which was raided in 2002 by federal agents as part of a terrorist-funding investigation.

d) The Communist Party of Illinois supports Obama, as does the organization Communist Party USA, because he represents
changeand apparently the change he represents warms the cockles of card-carrying Communists.

e) A group called the
Marxists/Socialists/Communists for Obamawho have their own page on the official Obama website, and who preposterously and laughably state there that they do not in anyway represent the Marxist philosophy nor do they represent Socialism/ Communsim [sic].

f) Pro-Castro idiot Carl Davidson
he was reluctant to support John Kerry in 2004 because he was not progressive enough, but now he supports Obama. Apparently, Obama is progressive enough for Carl Davidsonperhaps Obama even reminds him of Castro or Che, eh?

g) Shepard Fairey: a famous counter-cultural poster artist who supports Obama and plans on underwriting a major poster campaign for Obama's candidacy, for which Obama sent him a personal and glowing thank-you note.
His campaign furthermore had Fairey create a new poster that became the inaugural offering in an “Artists for Obama” section of the official Obama website online store. Fairey's posters
some of which are online hereinclude idolizations of Castro, Che Guevara, Mao Tse-tung, Stalin, and Lenin (and of course other anti-Americans such as Zapata, Angela Davis, and Bobby Seale, etc.). His own commentary on his poster of a smiling Saddam Hussein notes that Saddam was idolized by the Iraqi people while vilified by the Americans, and he therefore concludes that I can only imagine that the truth lies somewhere in the middle. His incoherently anarchistic philosophy, parasitic upon the same capitalistic system he otherwise affects an artistic-existential independence from, may be gleaned from this explanation (scroll down to #2 in the link) he gave for his posters of various dictators over the years. At best, moral ambivalence wrapped in the philobabble of post-modernism saturates his explanation (and I particularly got a laugh from his statement"Lenin and to a lesser extent Stalin, used unjust methods to force people to conform to their system which they felt would better the nation"). Idiots like Fairey are morally certain about condemning Bush, but remain morally ambivalent about Castro, Mao, Stalin and Lenin.

Instead of sending Mr. Fairey a thank-you note, Obama should have repudiated any support he might offer his campaign, and he should have articulated the reason why:
Anybody who idolizes and glamorizes such brutal supremacist dictators of the past and recent past even if he tries to equivocate that idolization with incomprehensible jargon, or anybody who expresses moral ambivalence about their unambiguous evils, will not be part of my campaign. But of course Obama didn't do this or anything remotely like it. I wonder why?
h) Louis Farrakhan: he said on February 23rd, 2008, that presidential candidate Barack Obama is the hope of the entire world.

Farrakhan is known for spouting such gems as calling Judaism a
gutter religion and suggesting crack cocaine might have been a CIA plot to enslave blacks.
i) Michael Klonsky: according to the Obama Files website, Klonsky's disgust for mainstream politics in the 1970's led him to launch a new, Maoist Communist Partyand now he supports Barack Obama so enthusiastically that until recently he was blogging on the Illinois senator’s campaign website.

j) The Progressives for Obama (PFO) organization: comprised of radical Leftist Tom Hayden; pro-Castro and pro-Chavez Hollywood actor Danny Glover; Barbara Ehrenreich, chairwoman of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA): Bill Fletcher, Jr., former Maoist, current DSA leader and founder of the Black Radical Congress which has ties to the Communist Party USA. Their position on the danger of Islam is essentially that it has been manufactured by the American (and now
globalist) industrial-military complex and has under Bush morphed into a bogus war on terror which is only causing Muslims around the world to become radicalized against us.
I.e., there is no essential danger from Islam, and any dangers we notice coming from Islam are all due entirely to our mistakes combined with nefarious agendas pursued by right-wingers in high places amongst us.

k) Frank Marshall Davis: Communist member of the Communist Party of USA and mentor to Obama, about whom Obama wrote glowingly in his 1995 book Dreams From My Father. Davis was a friend of Paul Robeson, a flaming supporter of Joseph Stalin. According to this article:

In 1950 Edward Berman, a member of the NAACP'S Honolulu branch, testified to the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) that Davis had “sneaked” into local NAACP meetings to “propagandize” the organization's members about America's “racial problems,” with “the avowed intent and purpose of converting it into a front for the Stalinist line.”

l) Richard Falk: According to this report, Falk has accused the United States of imperialism, Nazi-like tendencies, and possibly manufacturing the official account of 911. He has referred to the nation in recent years as slipping toward “fascism.” Falk views the democratically elected governments of the United States as no better than the world’s most notorious dictatorships.” Falks solution to curtailing the evil United States is to enable the United Nations veto power over American foreign policy. His extreme pro-Hamas and anti-Israel stance is also worrisome, on record as having compared the Israelis to Nazis (which has, of course, only endeared him to the United Nations, which has appointed him to the U.N. Human Rights Council as a special investigator on Israeli actions).
According to this article, Falk believes the root cause of Islamic terrorism is in fact the imperialistic foreign policy of America.

Also, Falk for years publically expressed his suspicion of the official version of 911.
According to Falk: “It is possibly true that especially the neoconservatives thought there was a situation in the country and in the world where something had to happen to wake up the American people.” He added that the 911 commission, a bipartisan Congressional investigative body which ruled that there was no conspiracy, was not adequate to determine the question, and that another investigation should be initiated. Kevin Barrett, co-founder of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth, said in an interview yesterday of Mr. Falk, “I would put him on a list of scholars who are sympathetic to the 9/11 truth movement.”

Richard Falk is an Obama supporter: he has donated $500 to the Obama campaign.
More on Bill Ayers in this article, and on other radical Leftists involved with Obama
s career and/or current politics, including ex-terrorist associate of Bill Ayers Bernadine Dohrn, Alice Palmer, and Robert Malley.
4) Support from anti-American leaders abroad:

And of course we have a list of unsavory characters around the world professing their support, if not even their admiration, of Obama: Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, Moammar Khadafy, leaders of Islamic terrorist groups Hamas, the Al Aqsa Brigade and Islamic Jihad.

II. McCain

1) On the debit side:

s PC MC with regard to Islam:

I admire the Islam [sic]. There are a lot of good principles in it. (Source)

b) Speaking of Huma Abedin, the highly influential Muslim aide to Hillary during her campaign, McCain said:
She is a person of enormous intellect with in-depth knowledge on a number of issues—especially issues pertaining to the Middle East.” (Source) (See here for the kind of intelligent skepticism we should expect from a Presidential candidate in this regard.)

2) On the plus side:

Indications of at least the possibility of a healthier, more rational wariness of Islam:

a) McCains close friend and war buddy from his Vietnam days, Bud Day: The Muslims have said either we kneel or theyre going to kill us. (Source)

Of course Bud Day incurred the hypersensitive complaints from Muslim leaders who called it bigoted. The McCain camp did not see fit to commentwhich at least is better than trying to smooth over Bud Day's brusquely perceptive candor by saying, as one Republican Party spokeswoman anxiously said that Bud Day made an unfortunate mistake.

b) Founder of the American Arab Institute, James Zogby, said (cited in the same article as (a) above) that the rhetoric of Bush and McCain have furthered misunderstanding of Muslims by frequently pairing Islam and the words terrorist and fascism in stump speeches. Thanks for the unintentional commendation of McCains approach to the problem of Islam, Mr. Zogby!

c) Sarah Palins association with a black African Christian pastor from Kenya, Thomas Muthee, has been of course exploited by the media for his own beliefs in the power of prayer to overcome witchcraft. However, more importantly than that is the insight he might have been able to impart to Palin with regard to the danger of Islama constant and pressing concern for black African Christians.

d) McCain
s condemnation of the Supreme Court ruling last spring that gave foreign terrorism suspects held in detention at the US military base at Guantanamo Bay the constitutional right to challenge their detention in civilian courts. The United States Supreme Court yesterday rendered a decision which I think is one of the worst decisions in the history of this country, said McCain. McCain cited approvingly from the dissenting opinion written by Chief Justice John G. Robertsand he held Justice Roberts up as a model for his Supreme Court appointees should he become president. By contrast, Obama praised the decision.


In a nutshell, the difference between McCain and Obama in terms of the problem of Islam is the difference between someone who is, like most everybody else in the West, normally and unremarkably deformed by politically correct multi-culturalism (McCain), and someone who is not merely deformed by politically correct multi-culturalism but also shows signs of being profoundly immersed in the more virulent pathology of Leftism that is one major conduit of politically correct multi-culturalism. Thus, on this cursory basis alone, McCain is preferrable, since less PC MC is better than more from a President we expect to protect us in the years ahead from Islam.

And as I indicated above, notwithstanding his signs of PC MC deformation, McCain also shows indications of at least a possibility of seeing through the cracks of it to a more rational perspective on Islam.

Obama, on the other hand, shows many signs of tilting profoundly in the wrong direction on this problemfrom his insistent promises of solicitude to the potential need to protect Muslims in the future if the tide turns against them; to his wrongheaded approach to profiling for our safety; to his excessively unctuous admiration for Islamic prayer and Islamic culture in general, having apparently learned all the wrong lessons from his Islam-steeped childhood both in Indonesia and from his second paternal family among Kenyan Muslims; to ominous indications that he favors the process of criminalization of hate speech which translates into any substantive criticism of Islam; and finally to his overarching posture of a geopolitical appeasement of the Muslim worldwhen what we need in the years ahead from a President is a tougher stance.

Deeper than thisand very likely to be providing an amorphous yet powerful nourishment for his pro-Islamic tendenciesis the remarkably, deeply Leftist nature of his politics. As I researched this essay here, this Leftist nature hit me like an epiphany. Of course, I had heard from the anti-Obama critics the frequent charge that he is a radical Leftist if not a “Marxist” and/or Communist of one sort or another. But charges like those are common in a heated political contest, and I tended to chalk them up as exaggerations. I can do so no longer.

s mission and his astoundingly broad popularity and support revealwhen one takes the trouble to track down the threads of its many-splendored tapestryan astounding immersion into the wellsprings of radical Leftism in the American sociopolitical culture of the latter half of the 20th century and into the first decade of our own. A vast and motley coalition of Communists, Maoists, Socialists, Islamists, anarchists, and former terroristsboth American and from around the worldhave joined the Obama bandwagon, enthusiastically and even reverentially, if not positively Messianically. Imagine if a major contender for the Presidential nomination had a major groundswell of enthusiastic support from all manner of white power individuals and organizations, including Aryan Nation, the KKK, Stormfront, the neo-Nazi party, etc. Would this be dismissed as casually as Obamas support from radical anti-Americans and anti-Westerners is being treated by the mainstream media? Obviously not.

And the reason for this is that the mainstream media (and mainstream culture in general) deems the tiny minority of white power fanatics as far, far worse and more dangerous than the far more numerous radical Leftists among us. That is because the mainstream is riddled with disaffected ex-Hippies who had a dream in the 60s, then went through a process of Yuppification in the late 70s and through the 80s and 90s of selling out to the System and the Man. They have felt a gnawing sense of guilt about this ever since, as well as a deep depression about the general loss of the golden era of the 60s Revolution, when utopian hope and the transformation of the Evil Land of Our Bad Parents was palpable in the air. The Reagan years were an affront to these millions who represent this major subculture in Americabut by that time, the vast majority of them (aside from a few recalcitrant professors here and there in long hair and sandals still trying to indoctrinate their students in the dogma of how evil America is) resigned themselves to the sad fact that apprently the Revolution was over. It was time to lower their sights to the more bourgeois goals of a Yuppie existence, which didn't take long to insinuate its seductively materialistic and rational tendrils into their hearts and mindsand wallets.

The Presidency of Bill Clinton provided a safe alternative to the Reagan yearssafely Democratic and liberal in many respects, but firmly ensconced in the Washington-insider culture of having sold out the Revolution long ago: the formula for Leftist progress became cynical compromise, and most Leftists had softened up enough to swallow this willingly, and even with some pleasure. Meanwhile, Leftism had been winning a subtler victory through its more amorphous and atomized influence in the general acquiescence to PC MCLeftism Liteby which the vast majority of those on the Right and in the Center had become believers in a certain laundry list of non-negotiable, politically correct dogmas. Among those dogmas was Reverse Racism, and the irrational respect for Muslims that follows inexorably from that.

If Reagans Presidency caused grumbling consternation among the ex-Hippie and/or post-Hippie (if not also retro-Hippie) Yuppies, the Bush Presidency served to concentrate that consternation and radicalize it into a fanatical, almost cosmic, hatred of Bush and by extension of all neo-conswho must be like him. By an unhappy coincidence, this Bushbashing mania became fused with the complex policy position with regard to the problem of Islamic terrorism which he adopted and stubbornly, and more often than not ineptly, has defended.

Therefore, broader than the radical Leftist support for Obama is the sociopolitical phenomenon of the much larger and more influential swath of Leftists Lite in America who have regretted their more or less necessary choice of diluting their 60s Revolutionary passion and selling out to capitalistic materialism. This swath includes many highly influential members of the cultural intelligentsia, including Hollywood elites, billionaires (Soros), and high-placed individuals who still regret the Fall of America after the tragic assassination of John Kennedy a half century ago and who now see in Obama a way to save America after its 50-year slump.

What we see in the unprecedented adoration of Obama out there is a fixation and focus upon him as the new Messiah of the Dream of the 60s: by voting for him, by pulling out all the stops to ensure his victory
even if that includes influential millionaires and billionaires and other assorted intelligentsia pulling strings to make sure the mainstream media treats him with kid gloves while going after his opponents (whether Hillary or McCain/Palin)they feel viscerally, and not only intellectually, that he will save them from the betrayal of that counter-cultural dream they left behind so long ago.

And the price we might well have to pay for satisfying their emotional desire if he wins is a vertiginous vulnerability to the rise of a global Islamic revival that threatens not only America, not only the West, but the entire world.

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