October 30, 2008 — Assigned Reading


Fouad Ajami: Obama and the Politics of Crowds
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) Very interesting. Exceptionally written.

There is something odd — and dare I say novel — in American politics about the crowds that have been greeting Barack Obama on his campaign trail. Hitherto, crowds have not been a prominent feature of American politics. We associate them with the temper of Third World societies. We think of places like Argentina and Egypt and Iran, of multitudes brought together by their zeal for a Peron or a Nasser or a Khomeini. In these kinds of societies, the crowd comes forth to affirm its faith in a redeemer: a man who would set the world right …

Save in times of national peril, Americans have been sober, really minimalist, in what they expected out of national elections, out of politics itself. The outcomes that mattered were decided in the push and pull of daily life, by the inventors and the entrepreneurs, and the captains of industry and finance. To be sure, there was a measure of willfulness in this national vision, for politics and wars guided the destiny of this republic. But that American sobriety and skepticism about politics — and leaders — set this republic apart from political cultures that saw redemption lurking around every corner.


Found in a Run-down Boston Public Housing Estate: Barack Obama’s Aunt Zeituni Onyango
(FROM: UK Times Online) So, his half-brother lives on one dollar each month in Kenya, and his aunt lives in dilapidated public housing in Boston. How wonderful. For a guy who is often seen as elitist and egotistical, this sure does a lot for that perception. Between Sen. Joe Biden’s abysmal record of donations to charity–in the past ten years, the Bidens have given $3,690 out of their $2,450,042 in income–and Obama’s failure to provide at all for his own family, the same family spoken of so nicely in his memoirs, it’s a wonder that the pair can so successfully misrepresent themselves as caring for those who have less than they do. Amazing how they have no qualms about forcing ordinary Americans like you and me to share our wealth involuntarily, but have utterly refused to volunteer to share their own.

Matthews on Obamamercial: ‘Fabulous … Just Right … Realism’
(FROM: Newsbusters) To paraphrase morning anchor and former Congressman Joe Scarborough, they’re all ‘independents’ at MSNBC. Especially Chris “The Thrill is Gone [up my leg]” Matthews, who had this to say about Obama’s 30-minute infomercial:

I thought it was Hollywood. It was romance. It was realism. The technical quality of it, the production values were perfect, the way they timed going to live, the biographical material. But most important, the connection with the average person in the economic turmoil we face right now I thought was fabulous. Of course, there we see the setting, which is very much like an Oval Office setting, showing that he’s comfortable and we should be comfortable and will be with him in such a setting. I thought everything was just right.

I thought, the most important part of it, I thought, was the biographical, showing him talking about his mom and talking about him taking a chance in history and not wanting to miss it having seen his mother die at a young age. It was very human and I think you’d have to be a tough customer not to be touched by it.

Karl Rove: Don’t Let the Polls Affect Your Vote
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) I’ve said it privately, so I might as well say it here: I think John McCain is going to win this election. And, while it may not be by a truly hefty margin, I believe it will be enough so as to leave those on the political left in America standing around on Wednesday morning, wondering what the hell just happened. Of course, I could be wrong. The polls certainly say that I am, and those of you following the Berg v. Obama case know that my gut feeling, as improbable as I admitted it was, was still off when it came to the disposition of the case in district court. That being said, I have confidence in middle America, in God-fearing people who bleed red, white and blue and who know, for one reason or another, that Barack Hussein Obama just isn’t right for this country.

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Biden Blows Fuzzy Tax Math
(FROM: The New York Post) So, which one is it? Throughout the past few months, Barack Obama has maintained that he would “cut taxes” for those who made less than $250,000 per year. In a television spot last week and in last night’s marathon infomercial, the number was suddenly $200,000. Now, Biden is saying that it is $150,000. That’s nice. Should Obama win, I wonder what the magic number will be by Inauguration Day — maybe, just maybe, it will be low enough that Obama’s beloved aunt in Boston can receive a tax cut.

John Lott: The Barack Obama We Hardly Know
(FROM: Fox News) When I clicked on the link, I expected a piece detailing Obama’s perspective as a former community organizer on the Second Amendment. However, Lott takes his signature common sense approach to the Illinois senator’s ideology as a whole and, while a number of recent articles have gone into greater detail–see, for example, Joshua Muravchik’s Obama’s Leftism–this was nonetheless a solidly written, informative piece.

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Did Saddam Hussein Bagman Help Obama Buy Mansion?
(FROM: WorldNetDaily) I’ve written before about Obama’s involvement, through friend and corrupt Syrian businessman Tony Rezko, with Iraqi government fraud. The information in this article, included alongside a solid timeline, really opens up yet another set of questions for the Illinois senator. I’ll let you read it for yourself and decide.

Ex-CIA Expert: Obama Took Millions in Illegal Campaign Donations
(FROM: Newsmax) Kenneth Timmerman has been all over this from the beginning, and just last week broke the story stating that $63 million of Obama’s $605 million collected campaign funds came from unnamed sources, some of which used pre-paid debit cards to contribute to the senator’s campaign. Now, he adds to the already exponentially expanding pile of information. You know, any one of these things–foreign contributions, ACORN, lying about tax plans, and the whole stable full of questionable associations and alliances–would be enough to completely and unequivocally disqualify John McCain or any GOP candidate, yet Obama seems to emerge unscathed.


MSM Ignores ‘Nonpartisan’ ACORN Boss Bertha Lewis’s Impassioned Endorsement of Obama

(FROM: Newsbusters) It absolutely blows my mind that more has not been made of Obama’s blatant attempt, through surrogates and those who share his ideology, to steal this election. An ACORN whistleblower just testified that she was provided with an Obama donor list. By golly, he gave them donor lists, paid them to get out the vote, and get out the vote they most certainly did — now, they’re being investigated in more than a dozen states, many of them swing states. At any rate, watch the video, and tell me just how non-partisan it is.

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  1. bluewater says:

    Once again, George Bush and the justice dept asleep at the wheel. FBI? CIA? Everyone’s afraid of being the racist who creates the next national firestorm. Cowards.

  2. Mystery Writer says:
  3. Anonymous says:

    Exposing the Truth

    Hillary Clinton was late in recognizing the threat Obama posed to her campaign, but once she did, her strategy worked.

    When Hillary exposed Obama publicly, her campaign saw a major turnaround.

    Hillary won every major state primary in the nation with the sole exception of Obama’s home state of Illinois.

    And even though Obama was “anointed” by the media and Democratic elites, Hillary went on to win eight of the last 10 Democratic primaries.

    How did Obama beat Hillary for the nomination?

    Well, using a loophole in Democratic rules, he was able to rack up large majorities in caucus states where he outspent and out organized her.

    But in large, contested states she won almost every time. Why? Because when Democrats heard what Obama really stood for, they turned on him.

    Make no mistake about it: If we let Americans know the truth about Obama, John McCain can win this election!

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  4. John Galt says:

    Ajami's perspective is very narrow.

    While there is a similarity among crowds and politics one would be far better served by comparing Obama's success to Hitler's

    (C.G) Jung offered what stands as one of the most fundamental evaluations of Germany in the 1930s and the rise of Hitler. He noted that in our twentieth-century sophistication, we believe the modern world to be reasonable, basing this view /on rational economic, political and cultural factors. But beneath the thin veneer of so-called Christian civilization exists another world of unconscious psychic forces, one of which, in the German psyche, is represented by Wotan, the ancient god of storm, rage and frenzy (which embodies the instinctual and emotional aspect of the unconscious). While there were many Christians in pre-war Germany, Jung noted that "the god of the Germans is Wotan and not the Christian God." Today's rationalized mind may dismiss gods as primitive imagination or fancy, yet gods, in point of fact, have always personified psychic forces. Dismissing them as "unreal" hardly lessens their power as psychic factors in shaping reality. They just continue to act without our awareness.

    So it was in 1936 that Jung wrote about the god of storm and frenzy which had seized the German people. "A hurricane has broken loose in Germany while we still believe it is fine weather," he wrote in Zurich's Neue Schweizer Rundschau. What struck him about the German phenomenon was that ". . . one man, who is obviously 'possessed,' has infected a whole nation to such an extent that everything is set in motion and has started rolling on its course towards perdition." What Jung saw happening in Germany was the collectivization of the spirit, a regression to the pre-Christian Germany of Europe's "tribal" past. The individualized man who was the product of Christianity was being taken over by a collective demonic spirit embodied in Hitler. (Jung was not alone in this view. Christopher Dawson has written how "German National Socialism" deliberately used "charismatic leadership" . . . "to mobilize the unconscious forces that lie dormant in civilized man and transform them into instruments of power.")

    http://www.cgjungpage.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=841&Itemid=40

    Now watch this video that explains Hitlers oratory skills and how they had a mesmerizing affect on the German people including the intellectuals.

    Fatal Attraction of Hitler – Orator

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-grtEk9oBAU

  5. John Galt says:

    A further comment on the Hitler and Obama

    According to Jung Hitler’s mass psychological appeal was based upon the German people’s subconscious connection to their past, i.e. Wotan a German mythical god.

    Today Obama’s mass appeal to a great extent is based upon the gods of Political Correctness and Entitlement.

    This can be seen by two things among others

    1. Any criticsm of Obama is labled as racism. Of course it is not Politically Correct to be a racist in America today. No one wants to called a racist today and the only way to escape that label in this election is to support Obama.

    2. The god of Entitlement is evidenced by the enormous number of people that have bought into Socialism and Communism. Both economic and political systems are based on the notion of entitlement of the masses.

  6. hokiedokie24 says:

    Jeff, just watched Rasmussen on Foxs. He said unless Obama’s poll rating goes below 50% before Nov.4th that John McCain has no chance of winning. He said the only thing that would bring that number down is something major. I was hoping the Berg case would be the ticket but now I don’t see anything stopping him. What makes you think JM will still win?? I hope you are right!!

  7. John In Alabama says:

    There seems to be so much out there that could land Obama in jail. Where is the FBI? Homeland Security? HECK! Can’t GEORGE BUSH do something to stop this?

    OR: is he “in on it” also. After the bailout take over the banks mess, one has to wonder…

  8. Anonymous says:

    Please post this on every Blog you can and e-mail to everyone in your address book and ask them to send it to everyone in their address book!! Ask everyone that can be there to please be there as this is important!!!

    RALLY AT SUPREME COURT FOR PHIL BERG!!
    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2008 AT 3:00 PM EST

    Everyone that can, grab your signs and please be at the steps of the Supreme Court at 3:00 PM this afternoon! The things to go on the signs will be listed below. We need as large a Crowd as we can get to be waiting at the steps of Supreme Court for Mr. Berg, the person meeting him at the Train Station as well as Will Bower who will be there to accompany him there. Fox News will also be at the Train Station and will follow them all the way to the Supreme Court, filming everything.

    Remember to be loud, but RESPECTFUL as this is about having the Supreme Court hear us and grant us what we are asking for, proof that Obama is eligible to run for the Office of President, our Commander In Chief. Chant Speech, Speech, Speech when you see Mr. Berg. He will either speak before he goes into the Court, unless he needs to go in immediately, if so he will speak when we comes out. He will stop and acknowledge everyone that is there and thank you for your support, if he doesn’t have time for a speech right then!!

    DO NOT yell anything negative about Obama. You can yell that “Obama needs to show he is eligible”, Why the Secrecy Surrounding Obama”, “Obama Release Certified Copies Of Your Records and Papers” and you can chant over and over “Uphold Our Constitution, Defend it, We The People Demand It”.

    SIGNS:

    1. McCain Supporters For The Constitution

    2. Obama Supporters For The Constitution

    3. Uphold And Defend Our Constitution

    4. Americans For The Constitution

  9. Kristi says:

    Thanks Jeff (and family) for all your long days and short nights! Greatly appreciated.

    I recommend this link if you are as bewildered and furious as I am that even "fair & balanced Fox" is not reporting all that desperately needs to be reported. Find out who owns voting stock; an eye opener at the end of the article. Take the time and go to the links within the article. I've written Fox, written Hannity, written O'Reilly and was bewildered by their essential silence, and now I probably know why.

  10. Anonymous says:

    UPDATE!!!

    citizenwells // October 30, 2008 at 10:52 am

    RALLY AT SUPREME COURT FOR PHIL BERG!!
    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2008 AT 3:00 PM EST

    http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/supreme-court-rally-philip-j-berg-october-30-2008-supreme-court-steps-defend-the-constitution/#comment-6948

  11. (CAPT-DAX) says:

    I BELIEVE

    You cannot help the poor,
    by destroying the rich.

    You cannot strengthen the weak,
    by weakening the strong.

    You cannot bring about prosperity,
    by discouraging thrift.

    You cannot lift the wage earner up,
    by pulling the wage payer down.

    You cannot further the brotherhood of man,
    by inciting class hatred.

    You cannot build character and courage,
    by taking away man’s initiative and independence.

    You cannot help man permanently, by doing for them
    what they could and should do for themselves.

    Abraham Lincoln

  12. Anonymous says:

    The “Working Families Party” named on the background banner says volumes. Are they that or a proxy for other interests to get around this or that campaign law? Here’s what they say about themselves:

    “Electing progressive insurgents, and defending progressive incumbents. On Primary Day, we made headlines winning every single one of our priority races.”

    There are “Working Families” parties springing up all over the United States. They are sprouting from ACORNs everywhere, exposing the real function and mission of ACORN: the takeover of the Democratic Party by transnational progressives and the international socialist movement.

    Welcome the Socialist International to our shores. Welcome the Trojan Horse of the Progressives.
    Welcome Obama, the Manchurian Candidate.

    Say goodbye to the Democratic Party. It exists in name only. The international socialist movement all but owns it and controls it via the Democratic Socialists of America, the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the interweavings of The Socialist International.

    The Vermont nexus of Howard Dean and Bernie Sanders says it all. We have a 5th Column on our hands. They have an army of sycophant lawyers, hundreds of millions in offshore money and their flanking attack is in full swing in the shadows of their closing attack.

    A tyranny has come to our shores and flooded our media and our electoral processes with money, envy, hatred and lies; agitation and organized intimidation. It appears they will stop at nothing to consolidate control of our nation.

    Come election day we will see what unfolds.

  13. Greg Goss says:

    This is a long read but what a fascinating tale. Could BHO have been fathered by MalcomX? I ifcanother part of this is true than BHO has aided our enemies. God help America.

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2008/10/how-could-stanl.html

  14. Anonymous says:

    Fox News Denies Involvement with Supposed Michelle Obama Audio Tape

    Exclusive: Fox News denies any involvement in the purchase of an audio tape apparently featuring an unflattering portrayal of Michelle Obama. In a widely-circulated Web post, an organization called African Press International claims to be in negotiations with the network to air the tape.

    An FNC spokesman tells TVNewser: “API’s dubious claim that FOX News has purchased a supposed audio tape to be aired prior to Election Day is absolutely false.”

    Today’s post on the API Website reads:

    A final agreement has been reached between African Press International (API) and Fox News Network (USA) on the dates to air the Michelle Obama tape arising from a discussion Mrs. Obama had with the API two weeks ago. The show will take place any day/time from now, with a 15 minutes alert on when it is to take place. Other programmes will be interrupted. This is a precaution taken to avoid interference from any quarter. In the agreement, Fox News Network will broadcast 39 minutes of the 54 minutes long tape.
    ABC’s Jake Tapper talked with Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs last week who told him no such tape exists. “It’s bogus, she didn’t call, it’s all a lie,” Gibbs says.

  15. woof says:

    Rassmussen believes in the polls? What a shock. Problem is no-one else believes in them this year. Obama knew he needed a 10-15 pt lead going into the final weeks. One of the ways he tried to get it was by convincing us he already had it. That failed. I think Obama will lose any state where he does not currently lead by 7. Partly because the polls are overstated toward Obama by 4 or 5, and partly because the trend is to McCain and undeideds will break for him. And then you also have the Bradley/Obama effect. Just look at early voting, not at all what Obama expected and needed.

  16. Anonymous says:

    The exhausting saga of the API tapes continues.

    I wish I could still have faith in this. I don’t.

    My thoughts:

    I don’t believe the Michelle Obama tape(s) ever existed.

    I don’t believe Michelle Obama ever called API.

    I don’t believe there is a deal with Fox News or anyone else.

    I don’t believe Obama’s campaign offered $3 million for the tape.

    I *do* believe we have all been taken for an exciting ride of a con job. It has been exhilarating but now it’s just exhausting and no longer credible.

    Don’t con artists say something to the effect that the bigger the con the easier it is to pull it off? (Kind of like banks being too big to fail?)

    When this thing dies out, not with a bang but with a whimper, API will be able to claim that they were the ones duped. They can claim that they believed it was Michelle Obama who called them. They can claim they were taken in by an imposter posing as a Fox representative. They can have emails that they “believed” were from Obama’s campaign.

    API will have it all covered.

    And, instead of being con artists, they’ll be able to claim that their reputation has been sullied and their credibility diminished by unscrupulous hoaxters.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Karl Rove disagrees with your assessment. http://www.rove.com/uploads/0000/0047/McCain-Obama_10_29_08.pdf

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