Obama’s Whining and Attacks on Free Speech are Getting Tiresome
By Guest: Mary Mostert on Oct 14, 08
Rep. John Lewis’ attack on Gov. Sarah Palin and Senator John McCain over the week-end, Senator McCain’s response, combined with the amazing 900 plus rise in the Stock Market on Monday seem to have unleashed a barrage of just plain whining and attacks on free speech in the Obama camp.
By way of background, the first we heard about John Lewis in this race was in August during the Saddleback Church interviews of the candidates. The Rev. Warren asked John McCain to name the “three wisest people that you know that you would rely on heavily in an administration” and without hesitation McCain named Gen. David Petraeus, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), and eBay CEO Meg Whitman. It struck me at the time that it was quite a nice compliment to Rep. Lewis for McCain to have named him, a democrat, a black man and a Civil Rights leader during the Selma March as a “wise” man. However, it appears that Rep. Lewis not only does not reciprocate McCain’s respect and admiration, but would like to stop him from speaking freely.
On Saturday Rep. Lewis issued the following statement about McCain and Palin:
“As one who was a victim of violence and hate during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse.”
“During another period, in the not too distant past, there was a governor of the state of Alabama named George Wallace who also became a presidential candidate. George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights. Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama.”.
“As public figures with the power to influence and persuade, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all. They are playing a very dangerous game that disregards the value of the political process and cheapens our entire democracy. We can do better. The American people deserve better.”
By pointing out that “four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama” was John Lewis, perhaps, suggesting something similar might happen to Sarah Palin if she didn’t shut up? Or, was Rep. Lewis suggesting that Sarah Palin and John McCain might end up like Governor George Wallace, who was shot five times by a would be assassin, which left him paralyzed and in constant pain for the rest of his life?
When John McCain heard Lewis’ statement, he literally stopped what he was doing and immediately issued a statement in defense of Governor Palin and himself as follows:
“Congressman John Lewis’ comments represent a character attack against Governor Sarah Palin and me that is shocking and beyond the pale. The notion that legitimate criticism of Senator Obama’s record and positions could be compared to Governor George Wallace, his segregationist policies and the violence he provoked is unacceptable and has no place in this campaign. I am saddened that John Lewis, a man I’ve always admired, would make such a brazen and baseless attack on my character and the character of the thousands of hardworking Americans who come to our events to cheer for the kind of reform that will put America on the right track.
“I call on Senator Obama to immediately and personally repudiate these outrageous and divisive comments that are so clearly designed to shut down debate 24 days before the election. Our country must return to the important debate about the path forward for America.”
What, exactly, was Rep. Lewis talking about? What comments made by Gov. Palin or Sen. McCain did he consider to be “sowing the seeds of hatred and division?” Why didn’t he tell us what he was talking about?
The most quoted statement used by Obama’s apologists in the media following Lewis’ statement have identified a comment made by Gov. Palin as “sowing the seeds of hatred and division.” The Associated Press writer Jim Kuhnhenn wrote: “Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday accused Democrat Barack Obama of ‘palling around with terrorists’ because of his association with a former 1960s radical, stepping up the campaign’s effort to portray Obama as unacceptable to American voters.
“Palin’s reference was to Bill Ayers, one of the founders of the group the Weather Underground. Its members took credit for bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, during the tumultuous Vietnam War era four decades ago.”
Now, exactly what part of Sarah Palin’s comment was either inaccurate or “sowing the seeds of hatred and division?” Bill Ayers WAS one of the founders of the Weather Underground, a terrorist organization in the 1960s and 1970s. His wife, Bernadine Dohrn, served time in prison after being convicted as a terrorist and after refusing to apologize for her activities as a terrorist. To this day, they freely take credit for bombing the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol during the 1960s.
In the 1990s, Bill Ayers and Barack Obama were neighbors in the Hyde Park area of Chicago and both were involved in the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995-1999. Obama was founding chairman and president of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge during those years and Ayers was a co-chairman of the Chicago School Reform Collaborative that received, and spent, Annenberg’s $49.2 million in grants given to him by Obama’s board to improve Chicago public schools.
It was in 1995 that Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn hosted a gathering at their home in Hyde Park to launch and raise money for Barack Obama’s first political campaign for the Illinois State Senate in 1995. In my 60 years in politics, I never knew of ANYONE helping to launch a political campaign for someone they barely knew. It was also 1995 when Barack Obama’s first book Dreams of My Father was written. Some believe it was either ghost written by Bill Ayers, or heavily edited by Bill Ayers, since the writing is very similar to Ayers’ books and different from the style from Obama’s writing.
What, exactly were the results of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, funded by billionaire Walter Annenberg, distributed under Barack Obama’s chairmanship in grants to Bill Ayers’ School Reform board to improve Chicago public education between 1995 and 1999? According to an August 2003 final technical report by the Consortium on Chicago School Research, the schools supported by the Annenberg Challenge while Obama was its chairman and Ayers group was getting the grants “had little impact on school improvement and student outcomes, with no statistically significant differences between Annenberg and non-Annenberg schools in rates of achievement gain, classroom behavior, student self-efficacy, and social competence.”
Whenever anyone looks for or asks for some kind of proof that Barack Obama actually has some kind of record of success in bringing about change for the better in his past endeavors, what we get in response are accusations that Obama is being attacked because of his “race” – which, incidentally, is mostly white and Arabic, with something like 6% actually black African. He was raised by his white mother and his white, American grandparents. He is a graduate of Harvard. It is a bit silly for him, or his supporters, to try to protect him by accusing anyone who questions his competency of being “racist.”
All we are asking is – where ARE his records of actual accomplishments? If elected, are we going to have to listen to him whine for the next four to eight years about how he is being mistreated because of his “race” every time the public expects him to actually DO something?
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