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Who Wrote Dreams and Why It Matters (Dreams From My Father)
American Thinker ^ | May 24, 2009 | Jack Cashill

Posted on 05/23/2009 11:16:16 PM PDT by neverdem

While waiting for America's publishers to find their nerve, I had put my research into the authorship of Barack Obama's 1995 memoir Dreams From My Father on the back shelf.  But then I heard Chris Matthews.

The Hardball host was weighing in on the subject of Sarah Palin's new book deal.  "Sarah Palin - now don't laugh - is writing a book," sneered Matthews. "Not just reading a book, writing a book."

"Actually in the word of the publisher she's "collaborating" on a book," Matthews continued.  "What an embarrassment! It's one of these ‘I told you,' books that jocks do. You know she's already declared, I mean, why they do it like this? ‘She can't write, we got a collaborator for her.'"

I dedicate what follows to Matthews and those willfully blind souls like him.  It is a work in progress, a collective one at that, aided and abetted by nearly a score of volunteer co-conspirators from Hawaii to Ohio to Israel to Australia.  The thesis is simple enough: Barack Obama needed substantial help to write his 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father.  Moreover, unlike Sarah Palin, Obama chose to conceal the identity of his collaborator and not without good reason. To admit that he needed a collaborator would have undercut his campaign for president and to reveal the name of that collaborator would have ended it.

My involvement in this occasionally harrowing literary adventure began in July 2008, entirely innocently.  A friend sent me some short excerpts from Dreams and asked if they were as radical as they sounded.   I bought the book, located the excerpts, and reported back that, in context, the excerpts were not particularly troubling.

But I did notice something else. The book was much too well written. I had seen enough of Obama's interviews to know that he did not speak with anywhere near the verbal sophistication on display in Dreams.

About six weeks later, for entirely unrelated reasons, I picked up a copy of Bill Ayers 2001 memoir, Fugitive Days. Ayers, I discovered, writes very well and very much like "Obama."

In mid-September, after considerable digging, I wrote a few speculative articles for American Thinker and other online journals and discovered that I was not alone in my suspicions.

Looking for some scientific verification, I consulted Patrick Juola of Duquesne, a leading authority in the field of literary forensics.  Juola, however, advised me against relying on computer analysis on a subject this sensitive. "The accuracy just isn't there," he told me. He encouraged me instead "to do what you're already doing . . . good old-fashioned literary detective work."  I took his advice.

The first question I had to resolve was whether the 33 year-old Barack Obama was capable of writing what Time Magazine has called "the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician."  The answer is almost assuredly "no."

In his bestselling study of success, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell painstakingly lays out what he calls the "ten-thousand-hour rule."  Gladwell quotes neurologist Daniel Levitin to the effect that "ten thousand hours of practice [in any subject] is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert" and cites example after example to make his case.

Obama appears to have lopped about 9900 hours off that standard.  In Dreams, he speaks of writing only the occasional journal entry and some "very bad poetry."  He does not sell himself short on the poetry. From his undergraduate poem, "Underground":

Under water grottos, caverns

Filled with apes

That eat figs.

Stepping on the figs

That the apes

Eat, they crunch.

The apes howl, bare

Their fangs, dance . . .

If possible, Obama's early prose showed less promise than his poetry.  Although the Obama camp has been notoriously shy about releasing proof of Obama's assumed genius-SAT scores, LSAT scores, transcripts, theses-I was able to unearth three essays in print that predate Dreams.

In March 1983, Obama wrote an 1800-word article, "Breaking the War Mentality," for Columbia University's weekly news magazine, Sundial.   Five years later, he wrote an essay titled "Why Organize," which was reprinted in a 1990 book called After Alinsky: Community Organizing in Illinois.

In the Sundial article there are an appalling five sentences in which the subject noun does not agree with the verb.  In some sentences, like the following, the punctuation and word selection are as random as the grammar: "The belief that moribund institutions, rather than individuals are at the root of the problem, keep SAM's energies alive."

Although "Why Organize" seems to be better edited, in neither of these two clunky essays does Obama turn a single phrase that is clever, concise, or even vaguely memorable. In 1990, he wrote an unsigned student case comment for the Harvard Law Review.  The prose here, although reasonably well edited, is even more dull and leaden.

It was not Obama's style but his election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review in 1990-more of a popularity than a literary contest-that netted him a roughly $125,000 advance for a proposed book.  According to a 2006 article by liberal publisher Peter Osnos, Simon & Schuster canceled the contract when Obama could not deliver, despite a sojourn to Bali to help him write.

It was about this time that Bill Ayers entered the picture. "I met [Obama] sometime in the mid-1990s." he would later tell Salon.  "And everyone who knew him thought that he was politically ambitious. For the first two years, I thought, his ambition is so huge that he wants to be mayor of Chicago."

Obama needed help, and Ayers had the means, the motive, and the ability to provide it.  Unlike Obama, he has a well-established paper trail.  He co-authored the 1974 tract,  "Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism, in which book, by the way, he misspells Frantz Fanon's first name as "Franz" just as Obama does in Dreams, and nearly twenty books thereafter as writer and editor.

Ayers, we know, provided an informal editing service for like-minded friends in the neighborhood.  Aspiring radical Rashid Khalidi attests to this in the acknowledgements in his 2004 book, Resurrecting Empire. "Bill was particularly generous in letting me use his family's dining room table to do some writing for the project." Khalidi did not need the table.  He had one of his own.  He needed the help.  Having no political ambitions, Khalidi was willing to acknowledge it.

Dreams  was published in June 1995. That same year, Ayers was busy fueling the ambitions of his young protégé, first with an appointment to the chair of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge grant and later with a fundraiser in his Chicago home.  Ayers admits that his "imagination ran out of steam." He thought he was launching a mayor that he could exploit, even control, not a president, who would move quickly beyond his grasp.

After Dreams was published in 1995, Obama's typewriter fell silent once again.  He contributed not one signed word to any law journal or other publication of note until his unexceptional and conspicuously ghosted 2006 book, Audacity of Hope.  Obama was not a writer.  As his lame inaugural address proved, he still isn't.

It is possible that Obama actually met Ayers in New York in the early 1980s.  In his brief New York sojourn, he often seems to be channeling the thoughts and experiences of the world weary Ayers who lived in New York the same years as Obama. "Like a tourist, I watched the range of human possibility on display," writes Obama in Dreams, "trying to trace out my future in the lives of the people I saw, looking for some opening through which I could re-enter."

Re-enter? This seems more the reflection of a soon to be ex-fugitive than that of a Columbia undergrad.  It is in New York too that Obama feels himself living "behind enemy lines," the exact phrase that Ayers uses to describe his life in the underground.

The opening scene of Dreams takes place in the early 1980s in and around Obama's New York City apartment with its "slanting" floors.  As the scene unfolds, Obama is making breakfast "with coffee on the stove and two eggs in the skillet."  In Fugitive Days, Ayers inhabits an apartment with "sloping floors." He too cooks a lot -- his books are rich with often sensual food imagery -- and uses a "skillet," a southern regionalism.

Obama tells the reader that the buzzer downstairs did not work and that visitors had to call from a pay phone at the corner gas station.  There, "A black Doberman the size of a wolf paced through the night in vigilant patrol, its jaws clamped around an empty beer bottle."

Fugitive Days opens at a pay phone.  (Unless specified otherwise, all Ayers' references will be to Fugitive Days and Obama's to Dreams). Ayers spent much of his underground years waiting at pay phones.   He writes about pay phones with the loving detail art critics reserve for Picassos.  The vivid image of the Doberman almost assuredly comes from his experience.  Obama had no reason to use that pay phone, if it even existed.

Obama shared his apartment with a roommate, who would scream "with impressive rage" at "white people" whose dogs pooped on their sidewalks.  Adds Obama, ""We'd laugh at the faces of both master and beast, grim and unapologetic as they hunkered down to do the deed."

Both Ayers and Obama speak of "rage" the way that Eskimos do of snow -- in so many varieties, so often, that they feel the need to qualify it, here as "impressive rage," elsewhere in Dreams as "suppressed rage" or "coil of rage," and in Fugitive Days as "justifiable rage," "uncontrollable rage," "blind rage," "and, of course, "Days of Rage."

Another note of interest is that all of the distinctive words in the sentence above -- "master," "beast," "grim," "unapologetic," and "deed," as well as the phrase "hunkered down" -- appear in Fugitive Days.

In the opening pages, Obama makes an exception to his unlikely New York "solitude" for an elderly neighbor, a "stooped" gentleman who wore a "fedora."  In Fugitive Days, it was Ayers' grandfather who is "stooped" and a helpful stranger who wears a "fedora."

One day, Obama's roommate finds his neighbor dead, "crumpled up on the third-floor landing, his eyes wide open, his limbs stiff and curled up like a baby's."  Ayers tells of watching his mother die, "eyes half open, curled up and panting." In both cases, the eyes are "open" and the body is "curled up."

On the neighbor's mantelpiece, Obama reports seeing "the faded portrait of a woman with heavy eyebrows and a gentle smile."  There are seven references to "eyebrows" in Dreams -- heavy ones, bushy ones, wispy ones, and six in Fugitive Days -- bushy ones, flaring ones, arched ones, black ones. 

Who writes about eyebrows?  In the lengthy excerpts that I have gathered from a half dozen other contemporary political memoirs -- 150,000 words in all -- there is no mention of "eyebrows" at all.  Nor is there anyone or anything "stooped," "curled," "crumpled," "hunkered down," or wearing a "fedora."

At the climax of the opening sequence, Obama receives a phone call.  It comes from an African aunt.  "Listen, Barry, your father is dead," she tells him.  Obama has a hard time understanding. "Can you hear me?" she repeats. "I say, your father is dead." The line is cut, and the conversation ends abruptly.

The opening sequence of Fugitive Days climaxes in nearly identical fashion.  This phone call comes from Ayers' future wife, Bernadine Dohrn. "Diana is dead," says Dohrn of Ayers' lover Diana Oughton, killed in a bomb blast.  Ayers has a hard time understanding. "Diana is dead," she "repeats slowly." Ayers drops the line, and the conversation ends abruptly.

At the conclusion of Dreams' opening scene, a stunned Obama "sat down on the couch, smelling eggs burn in the kitchen, staring at cracks in the plaster, trying to measure my loss."  This passage features Obama's signature rhetorical flourish, the triple parallel without a joining conjunction.  There are scores of such examples throughout Dreams, perhaps hundreds:

"...the mixed blood, the divided soul, the ghostly image of the tragic mulatto trapped between two worlds."

"Her face powdered, her hips girdled, her thinning hair bolstered, she would board the six-thirty bus to arrive at her downtown office before anyone else."

"...his eyes were closed, his head leaning against the back of his chair, his big wrinkled face like a carving stone."

As it happens, Ayers' signature rhetorical flourish, likely cribbed from Joseph Conrad, is the triple parallel without a joining conjunction. There are scores of such examples throughout Fugitive Days, perhaps hundreds:

"He inhabited an anarchic solitude-disconnected, smart,obsessive."

"We swarmed over and around that car, smashing windows, slashing tires, trashing lights and fenders-it seemed the only conceivable thing to do."

"...trees are shattered, doors ripped from their hinges, shorelines rearranged."

More intriguing still, Obama seems to borrow the one girlfriend in the oddly sexless Dreams from Ayers' experience. "There was a woman in New York that I loved," he tells his half-sister years after the fact.  "She was white. She had dark hair, and specks of green in her eyes."

The woman of Obama's memory evokes images of Diana Oughton.  As her FBI files attest, Oughton had brown hair and green eyes.  The two women shared similar family backgrounds as well.  In fact, they seemed to have grown up on the very same estate.

"The house was very old, her grandfather's house," Obama writes of his girlfriend's country home.  "He had inherited it from his grandfather." According to a Time Magazine article written soon after her death, Oughton "brought Bill Ayers and other radicals" to the family homestead in Dwight, Illinois. The main house on the Oughton estate, a 20-room Victorian mansion, was built by Oughton's father's grandfather.

The carriage house, in which Oughton lived as a child, now serves as a public library.  It may have already seemed like one when Ayers visited, an impression that finds its way into Obama's memory of a library "filled with old books and pictures of the famous people [the grandfather] had known-presidents, diplomats, industrialists."

"It was autumn, beautiful, with woods all around us," Obama writes of his visit to his girlfriend's country home, "and we paddled a canoe across this round, icy lake full of small gold leaves that collected along the shore."  As can be seen from aerial photos even today, the Oughton estate also has a small lake and is surrounded by woods.

Curiously, Obama tells the story of this past love while cutting "two green peppers." In his 1997 book, A Kind And Just Parent, Ayers specifically links "green peppers" with "saltpeter" and other substances that scare young men with the threat of impotence.  Go figure.

Ayers lived a considerably more adventurous life than Obama, beginning with his youthful days as a merchant seaman in the North Atlantic.  "I realized that no one else could ever know this singular experience," Ayers writes.  Yet much of the nautical language that flows through Fugitive Days flows through Obama's earth-bound memoir.

Although there are only the briefest of literal sea experiences in Dreams, the following words appear in both Dreams and in Ayers' work: fog, mist, ships, seas, boats, oceans, calms, captains, charts, first mates, storms, streams, wind, waves, anchors, barges, horizons, ports, panoramas, moorings, tides, currents, and things howling, fluttering, knotted, ragged, tangled, and murky.

My own memoir on race, Sucker Punch, offers a useful control.  It makes no reference at all, metaphorical or otherwise, to any of the above words save "current" and "tides." Yet I have spent a good chunk of every summer of my life at the ocean and many a day on a boat.

Ayers equates the flow of water with that of language.  "The debates swam above and around and through us," he writes.  "The confrontation in the [Student Union] flowed like a swollen river in to the teach-in, carrying me along the cascading waters from room to room, hall to hall, bouncing off boulders."

In Dreams, Obama makes the very same equation. "I heard all our voices begin to run together, the sound of three generations tumbling over each other like the currents of a slow-moving stream," he writes, "my questions like rocks roiling the water, the breaks in memory separating the currents, but always the voices returning to that single course, a single story."

For the one and only time in his career, Obama writes in the language of postmodernism, a language the academic Ayers has mastered.  Ayers describes Fugitive Days as "a memory book," one that deliberately blurs facts and changes identities and makes no claims at history. In Dreams, Obama admits, some characters are composites. Some appear out of precise chronology. Names have been changed. 

Ayers seems consumed with lies, lying and what he calls "our constructed reality."  The Obama of Dreams says much the same and in much the same language. "But another part of me knew that what I was telling them was a lie," he writes, "something I'd constructed from the scraps of information I'd picked up from my mother." 

That they both speak of "narratives," "traps," "contradictions," "intimacies," and "journeys" is not exceptional.  That is standard postmodern patois.  What is exceptional is their shared use of advanced postmodern slang -- the "fictions" into which they and others force their lives, the "grooves" into which they have fallen, the "poses" they assume, and even the "stitched together" nature of the lives they or their relatives lead. 

More convincing still are those complex tropes in Dreams that appear, only slightly altered, in Ayers' books.  In his 1993 book, To Teach, Ayers writes, "Education is for self-activating explorers of life, for those who would challenge fate, for doers and activists, for citizens." "Training," on the other hand, "is for slaves, for loyal subjects, for tractable employees, for willing consumers, for obedient soldiers."

In Dreams, these thoughts find colloquial expression in the person of "Frank," the real life poet, pornographer and Stalinist, Frank Marshall Davis. "Understand something, boy," Frank tells the college-bound Obama. "You're not going to college to get educated. You're going there to get trained."  Both authors make the point that "training" strips the individual of his racial identity.

In To Teach, Ayers recounts the story of an ambitious teacher who takes her students out to the streets of New York to learn about its culture and history. These students ask to see the nearby Hudson River. When they get to the river's edge, one student says, " Look, the river is flowing up." A second student says, "No, it has to flow south-down."  Upon further research, the teacher discovers "that the Hudson River is a tidal river, that it flows both north and south, and they had visited the exact spot where the tide stops its northward push." 

In Dreams, written two years later, Obama takes an unlikely detour to the exact spot on the parallel East River where the north-flowing tide meets the south-flowing river. There, improbably, a young black boy approaches this strange man and asks, "You know why sometimes the river runs that way and then sometimes it goes this way?"  Obama tells the boy it "had to do with the tides."

For the literary left, the fact that Ayers helped Obama would be a less troubling revelation than that Obama needed help at all.  They have built a foundational myth around his genius, a genius that can be located only in Dreams.  The dark side of the Democrat genius mythology, of course, is the Republican dunce mythology of which Sarah Palin and George Bush are the most recent victims.

There is thus a logic to the left's willful blindness.  Why the literary right has accepted this charade continues to baffle me.

Video: The Washington Times asks Ayers about his "collaboration" with Obama on "Dreams From My Father."

Jack Cashill has written six books this decade, one of which, "Hoodwinked," dealt with literary fraud.  Cashill has also served as "literary doctor" on several other books, two of which were best sellers by household names.  He has a Ph.D. in American studies from Purdue University.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ayers; cashill; chrismatthews; dreamsfrommyfather; fraud; matthews; obama
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1 posted on 05/23/2009 11:16:17 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

I am sure he didn’t write that book, but unfortunately no-one seems to care.


2 posted on 05/23/2009 11:23:17 PM PDT by conservative cat (America, you have been PWNED!)
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To: neverdem

The fraud is a fraud. What a shocking revelation.


3 posted on 05/23/2009 11:27:38 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: neverdem

I’m pretty much in agreement that he hasn’t written any original material since his early college years. This whole explanation on how he came to write “Dreams of My Father”...doesn’t fit and sounds entirely bogus.

I think the closer we get to 2012, with the birth certificate issue always looming...this connection back to the Kenyan guy will eventually be questioned. I think the entire discussion on the birth certificate leads into a very different direction...where his mother was already preg before she ever left the Seattle area...and this Kenyan guy was simply some poor sap that got into this game for odd reasons.

Later, to make this entire thing work...because he really didn’t like the Malaysian angle...he went and dropped the Barry Soetoro name/connection. He’s built a entire Kenya legend...on some guy who was simply a student at college and nothing more.

I will predict...sometime by 2020...someone will finally make a comical movie over this entire episode...and people will finally wake and realize the foolish nature of this entire story. They were taken for a grand 5-star ride and never grasped it. I also think the media will get an enormous amount of blame...and whatever dinosaur death exists for newspapers....will eventually come because of this to the nightly news folks.


4 posted on 05/23/2009 11:29:43 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: neverdem
Umm, Jack-- haven't you noticed?
There is no "literary right."
5 posted on 05/23/2009 11:45:08 PM PDT by Tenniel2 (Memo to politicians: Don't worry about "shovel-ready." Worry about "pitchfork-ready.")
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To: neverdem

“...On the neighbor’s mantelpiece, Obama reports seeing “the faded portrait of a woman with heavy eyebrows and a gentle smile.” There are seven references to “eyebrows” in Dreams — heavy ones, bushy ones, wispy ones, and six in Fugitive Days — bushy ones, flaring ones, arched ones, black ones.”

“Who writes about eyebrows? In the lengthy excerpts that I have gathered from a half dozen other contemporary political memoirs — 150,000 words in all — there is no mention of “eyebrows” at all....”

Such evidence could be just an oddity...until one reviews all of the evidence presented. Obama did not write the volume.

Palin can write better than Obambi but does not hide the fact that she will have assistance.


6 posted on 05/24/2009 12:05:56 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 ( ...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: neverdem

that faker 0bama. No telling what this phony will do


7 posted on 05/24/2009 12:17:01 AM PDT by dennisw (Your action becomes your habit. Your habit becomes your character, that becomes your destiny)
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To: neverdem

Excellent article. Thanks for posting. Something many of us have long suspected is now revealed.


8 posted on 05/24/2009 12:17:21 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: neverdem

The Zero is a total empty suit, created by Ayres and fostered by the lib media. He must be defeated in 2012.


9 posted on 05/24/2009 12:37:47 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: neverdem
Yet another stellar neverdem post.

I can't wait until the New York Times and the Washington Post publish the results of their own investigations.

10 posted on 05/24/2009 1:03:44 AM PDT by TChad
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To: LucyT

Ping for your list.


11 posted on 05/24/2009 1:12:40 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Israel is built on rock. Arabia is built on sand.)
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To: neverdem

My response to Obama’s poem:

I am a fig plucker, I pluck figs, I am the best fig plucker, that ever plucked figs.

Say that three times, fast.


12 posted on 05/24/2009 1:13:28 AM PDT by Vendome
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To: neverdem

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2007/mar/29/barackobama.uselections2008

The lyrical DemocratThis week two poems by Barack Obama, published in a student magazine when he was 19, came to light. So did the US presidential candidate miss his true calling? Fellow poet Ian McMillan gives his expert verdict...

Pop

Sitting in his seat, a seat broad and broken

In, sprinkled with ashes,

Pop switches channels, takes another

Shot of Seagrams, neat, and asks

What to do with me, a green young man

Who fails to consider the

Flim and flam of the world, since

Things have been easy for me;

I stare hard at his face, a stare

That deflects off his brow;

I’m sure he’s unaware of his

Dark, watery eyes, that

Glance in different directions,

And his slow, unwelcome twitches,

Fail to pass.

I listen, nod,

Listen, open, till I cling to his pale,

Beige T-shirt, yelling,

Yelling in his ears, that hang

With heavy lobes, but he’s still telling

His joke, so I ask why

He’s so unhappy, to which he replies . . .

But I don’t care anymore, cause

He took too damn long, and from

Under my seat, I pull out the

Mirror I’ve been saving; I’m laughing,

Laughing loud, the blood rushing from

his face

To mine, as he grows small,

A spot in my brain, something

That may be squeezed out, like a

Watermelon seed between

Two fingers.

Pop takes another shot, neat,

Points out the same amber

Stain on his shorts that I’ve got on mine,

and

Makes me smell his smell, coming

From me; he switches channels, recites

an old poem

He wrote before his mother died,

Stands, shouts, and asks

For a hug, as I shink*, my

Arms barely reaching around

His thick, oily neck, and his broad back;

‘cause

I see my face, framed within

Pop’s black-framed glasses

And know he’s laughing too. *

(”Shink” may be a typo, but the poem is reproduced as published.)

BARF!


13 posted on 05/24/2009 1:22:04 AM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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To: neverdem

Thank you for this excellent, must read post! Dr. Cashill has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that William Ayers, an Unrepentant Murdering Terrorist, has written “DREAMS FROM MY FATHER,” an alleged autobiography by Barack HUSSEIN Obama (alias: Barry Soetoro). This Fact destroys Obama’s assertion that he did not know Ayers, except in passing. This Fact destroys any allegation of academic honesty on the part of Obama. This Fact proves that Obama plagarizes making him no different than Ward Churchill, Joeseph Biden, nor the list of academic and writing frauds unearthed in the past. This Fact begs the questions of who is Obama and why are his past records including school transcripts, Birth certificates, passport records, theses et al all disappeared? Dr. Cashill is a Great American Patriot, Citizen and Hero for all of his endeavors in defending and protecting Our America! We certainly know now that Barack HUSSEIN Obama is not an American Patriot, nor a Hero! He may still be an American Citizen, we still may hope at least for that.


14 posted on 05/24/2009 1:48:58 AM PDT by True Republican Patriot (GOD BLESS AMERICA and Our Last Great President George W. Bush)
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To: neverdem

Why hasnt Chrissie Mathews laughed at Hillary fo using a Ghost Writer for her book.?

Chrissie Mathews is a joke from beginning to end, a bad joke.

Of course we will never prove that Bill Ayres wrote Obma’s book because that would be admitting that Bill was more than just a neighbor in the same community.

Obama is the greatest facade to ever live. A fake fromfront to back. The people who voted for this clown from kenya shouel be ashamed to have been taken in by someone so phony, and to add to that the society matrons are trying to make a silk purse out of his sow’s ear wife.


16 posted on 05/24/2009 3:02:28 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Fred Nerks

How else does one drink shots, except neat? That poem was horrible.


17 posted on 05/24/2009 3:07:48 AM PDT by oblomov (Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. - Mencken)
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To: neverdem

Does anyone think Bill or Hillary actually wrote the books for which they were paid $12,000,000 and $8,000,000 advances? It is typical leftist deception just as is the idea that their candidate is always a genius and ours a dunce.


18 posted on 05/24/2009 3:08:19 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: neverdem
Matthews is a certifiable imbecile who rarely utters an intelligible sentence. However, it is revealing about his sexuality when he admits that seeing Obomba gives him thrills running up and down his legs.

Matthews may be a closeted fruitcake.

19 posted on 05/24/2009 4:09:46 AM PDT by IbJensen (If Catholics voted based upon the teachings of the church, there would be no abortion and no Obomba.)
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To: Venturer
The people who voted for this clown from kenya ....

Do we know he's from Kenya? We don't even know where he's from!

God, what a mess the Left has made of our Republic!

20 posted on 05/24/2009 4:22:21 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: neverdem

Great article.

Fans (fanatics) of Bob Dylan’s last two or three albums discussed how he had seeingly “borrowed” lines and phrases from extant works for some of his songs. Of course, they can do this because they read books as well as listen to music and they can think with their brains and they can muster some degree of objectivity.


21 posted on 05/24/2009 4:22:56 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private First Class - 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC)
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To: neverdem

The video is gone.


22 posted on 05/24/2009 4:32:45 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: arbooz; neverdem
Jack Cashill makes a persuasive if not conclusive argument that Barak Obama is a counterfeit man as well as a Manchurian Marxist.

Assuming Cashill's conclusion is correct, Obama's 1995 autobiography, Dreams from My Father, was ghostwritten by William Ayres, other questions are prodded back into life. Why would William Ayers put all the work into writing such a memoir for an unknown who had not money to pay him? William Ayers himself describes his assessment of Obama:

It was about this time that Bill Ayers entered the picture. "I met [Obama] sometime in the mid-1990s." he would later tell Salon. "And everyone who knew him thought that he was politically ambitious. For the first two years, I thought, his ambition is so huge that he wants to be mayor of Chicago."

Significantly, Ayers is reporting here both his own assessment of Obama in 1995 and Obama's reputation. Everyone thought that Obama was "politically ambitious" and Ayers thought that his "ambition was so huge...." As a matter of evidential persuasiveness, the law regards opinion evidence of reputation to be more probative than the witness' own opinion. Here both agree. Unfortunately, the article does not tell us how Ayers modified his judgment of Obama's great ambition after the first two years; did he revise it upwards or downwards? It seems inconceivable that he would have revised downwards in view of subsequent history. Therefore, at least in William Ayres' judgment, in Barak Obama we are dealing with an ego of very great ambition.

I can conceive of no good reason for a murderous revolutionary like William Ayres to involve himself with someone like Obama unless there was something about Obama that captivated Ayers.

So the first principle I draw from this account is that Obama is a counterfeit. The second thing that strikes me is that he is "ambitious." Neither of these assessments rest on the facts marshaled by Jack Cahill in this article alone. Obama's biography from birth certificate to campaign promises to governance demonstrates that he is counterfeit. That he is ambitious cannot be denied and I have always been struck by the solemn warning granted America by his wife before the election to the effect that if Obama gains political power, things will never be the same.

Ambition alone, of course, is common among politicians and perhaps an ingredient in the psyche of great men. Winston Churchill was notoriously ambitious: "we are all worms but I do believe that I am a glow worm." But so was Hitler as well and Napoleon. Hitler's ambition led to Holocaust and carpet chewing. Churchill's ambition was always attached very firmly to a sense of British fair play and decency. To what if anything does Obama attach his ambition?

I believe it is a very pernicious doctrine, an admixture of the raw cynicism of Saul Alinsky which has always been camouflaged and disguised by posturings as a moderate, and a passive aggressive chip on Obama's shoulder. This unhappy soup is mixed up and conflated with overcompensation for feelings of inadequacy and rationalizations for his failures by reverse racism.

What failures, you ask? Where are his grades? Where are his writings? Yes, you say, but he was made head of the Harvard Law Review. Yes he was made titular head of the Harvard Law Review for the same reason that he was made Illinois state senator, Sen. from Illinois, and president of the United States because he is, in the words of vice president Joe Biden, "a clean and articulate" African-American. He has no great academic gifts. Barack Obama has never learned how to write, as the author of this piece avers, but he has learned how to deliver a set piece speech. As an ambitious man of ego has observed of himself, "I have a gift."

He thinks the gift is to deliver a speech but the real gift is how to manipulate Whitey. By virtue of his exposure to manipulation as a teacher of a Saul Alinsky affiliated school, Obama was ready to manipulate the gullible liberals of Harvard law school and law review. Starting with William Ayres, he has been enabled up the ladder by gullible liberals ever since. Here is part of a reply I posted yesterday trying to describe how Obama does it:

As a rigid ideologue Obama should not be nuanced or supple but he is because that is a key component of his ideology. He was a teacher in one of the offshoots of the Alinsky school where he mastered the art. The best analogy I can think of to illustrate how this works is to recall the golden age of kumbaya and psycho babble of the 1970s when est swept the nation. The movement was brilliantly lampooned in the movie North Dallas 40 and particularly the leader of the est movement was exposed as the vapid but sinister manipulator he was.

These people, whether they are narcissists or sociopaths, whether they are religious nuts like Jim Jones or politicians like Bill Clinton, are nimble, persuasive, utterly without conscience, and dangerous. They instinctively know how to manipulate their audience because they know where all the buttons are.

Let such a personality exploit the mind control of est with the ruthlessness of Saul Alinsky and blind the audience because of the actor's race, and you have a very successful a demagogue.

I see nothing in Obama's character that levens his ambition with the good as we see in Churchill's character. To the contrary, I see a resentment born out of racism, a political philosophy which is nothing more than a rationalization to play God, and a well tuned passive aggressive model of compensation.

Sadly, I see nothing on the horizon which suggests that the country will listen to the little boy who observes what he sees, Obama "has no clothes."


23 posted on 05/24/2009 4:36:44 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: pepsionice
this Kenyan guy was simply some poor sap that got into this game for odd reasons

Not so odd.

Stanley Dunham pimped his underage daughter out to Frank Marshall Davis partly because he was a scumbag and partly for obscure internal reasons. When she got pregnant, a black "father" had to be discovered ASAP since the baby was coming in a hurry. The sap from Kenya filled the bill, he married her because he was in an extremely vulnerable position if he didn't, and when he found out the truth (he must have suspected it, and I'm sure Barry does, too), he split to Harvard.

24 posted on 05/24/2009 4:42:07 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Pas d'ennmis a droit)
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To: neverdem

To me, this all makes perfect sense. Obama did not write his books, does not write his speeches which is why whenever he has to speak ‘off the cuff’ or whenever his teleprompter messes up, he stumbles and is nearly incoherent. In short, Obama is merely a puppet, nothing but an actor on the stage spouting lines written for him. This also explains the White House press—carefully scripted sessions in which he can spout more lines in controlled situations.

I find myself wondering if Ayers is writing his speeches for him, emailed to Obama’s blackberry, that little electronic device he refused to give up. I’m guessing that Obama’s handlers figure that if Obama is in front of the people often enough, that we won’t notice that all these sessions are controlled such that he does not have to answer questions for which he is not ready.

I’m convinced that he’s little more than somebody’s puppet, and I also think that Ayers is still in the game.

One more thing—Cheney made Obama look like the ineffectual handpuppet that he is. I do want Cheney to run for the presidency so that I can have the privilege of voting for him, and because our country desperately needs him.


25 posted on 05/24/2009 4:48:23 AM PDT by Marty
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To: nathanbedford
I think the uncertainty of his own paternity is at the root of this character. (I'm not a psychiatrist but I deal with a lot of crazy people :-) ).

The whole book (Dreams, I mean) deals with this subject is an obtuse way. Who was he? What was he? What does it mean I am?

Coming from a really, REALLY sick family background, shuffled from pillar to post, a mother who lusted after dark men (even her son?), a grandfather who did drugs with a pedophile communist (did he pimp his own daughter to stay close to Frank?) - how could he not be a mess?

But since he is clearly a high-achieving mess, he must have that one crystalline secret inside - hard, like a diamond - to keep him going.

Hatred of America and the wish to destroy her, to revenge himself on his whiteness and his oceanic mother and to justify the man who raped her - would fill the bill nicely.

26 posted on 05/24/2009 4:50:25 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Pas d'ennmis a droit)
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To: Jim Noble
Churchill described Hitler in the opening pages of The Gathering Storm as: (from memory) "a maniac a ferocious genius, the embodiment of the most virulent hatreds that ever corroded the human breast-corporal Hitler."

If Obama is possessed of half the demons which you describe and with which I largely agree, the internal tension within the man must be centrifugal and ready to break out at any time. Yet by all accounts he is cool under every circumstance. Either our armchair psychoanalysis is faulty or Obama is headed for an explosion.

Hitler's demons drove him at the end to fits and literally chewing the carpet. Like Hitler in the early days, Obama has experienced no serious frustration in obtaining his political will. We will have to see.


27 posted on 05/24/2009 5:17:32 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: neverdem
You may not be able to fool all the people all the time, but obama and his handlers have shown you can fool enough of them to elect you President.

Once you're President, then you can fool enough of them to pass the most radical, left wing ideologies and schemes this country has ever seen.

Will we wake up from our collective slumber for having elected a "black" man as President before he has thoroughly trashed all aspects of American life and culture or is it too late and the damage is done?

28 posted on 05/24/2009 5:26:37 AM PDT by GBA
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To: neverdem
I always change the title of that book to ETHICS OF MY FATHER. Which would be about how the Odinga clan's leadership is brought about by the Obama clan's bloody unscrupulous fighting for them. Civil war in Kenya to bring about the present day dictatorship. It's in the blood or more accurately it is in Barack Huesin’s memory bank. Right next to RULES FOR RADICALS.
Barack looks calm because he thinks he is in charge of our enslavement.
TOTUS once was BOOKUS. The Ayers and Obama collaboration on books but first to the Harvard Law Review. Which brings in another point.
What kind of law school lets students enter with criminal minds to kill the United States Constitution and leave with the same mind set? And now we find him in a position to appoint an empathetic lawyer to the SCOTUS.
29 posted on 05/24/2009 5:33:07 AM PDT by Pastelsbywelz (GOPSenatorialFund,PalinPac)
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To: neverdem

Dreams is a simpleton “What I did on my summer vacation”. No depth and certainly no insight into his soul. Simply a silly documentary of his adult life as a bitter angry racist.

Pray for America and Our Troops


30 posted on 05/24/2009 5:47:54 AM PDT by bray (SarDate.2012)
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To: neverdem

which Father?

John 8

44You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”


31 posted on 05/24/2009 5:48:13 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Slings and Arrows; null and void; pissant; george76; PhilDragoo; Candor7; MeekOneGOP; ...
Thanks, Slings and Arrows.

Ping to article and comments.

32 posted on 05/24/2009 6:09:54 AM PDT by LucyT
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To: neverdem
Excellent article. It's a damn shame not too many people seem to be listening.
33 posted on 05/24/2009 6:50:26 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (The beauty of the 2nd amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it. T.J.)
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To: neverdem

“Obama needed help, and Ayers had the means, the motive, and the ability to provide it. Unlike Obama, he has a well-established paper trail. He co-authored the 1974 tract, “Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism, in which book, by the way, he misspells Frantz Fanon’s first name as “Franz” just as Obama does in Dreams, and nearly twenty books thereafter as writer and editor. “

WHOA!! This seems EXTREMELY telling!


34 posted on 05/24/2009 7:00:42 AM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson)
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To: nathanbedford
Yet by all accounts he is cool under every circumstance.

There were stories before the election, during the meeting with Bush and McCain on the financial crisis, that ZerO had a tantrum, but, I never heard more about it. Cover up or fiction?

The only talent DumbO seems to have is to read a teleprompter, and, his side to side reading is to distracting to believe what he is saying.

Does anyone believe that the dOpey-One read this book before his grammy award winning recording?

35 posted on 05/24/2009 7:02:04 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (If you are in a concentration camp and nobody knows you are there, are you really there?)
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To: neverdem

Someone needs to forward this to Rush. Is someone a member of the EIB network? Had to drop my subscription because of hard times.


36 posted on 05/24/2009 7:05:15 AM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson)
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To: neverdem
I would be interested to learn what Cashill might have to say about a memo supposedly written by Obama to his law students which is reproduced within this post.

ML/NJ

37 posted on 05/24/2009 7:11:38 AM PDT by ml/nj
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I always suspected the collaboration had a ring
of predictable 0 fakery ... I believe it now,
more than ever........... PING!

What an exhaustive and well-done literary forensic analysis.

Come out from behind your sinister veil, Ayers.


38 posted on 05/24/2009 7:13:22 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: Vendome
Say that three times, fast.

I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant plucker's mate.
I'm only plucking pheasants 'cause the pheasant plucker's late.

39 posted on 05/24/2009 7:27:38 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: neverdem

The Kenyan goat lover is to dumb to write the book. Bill Ayers is probably the one who wrote it.


40 posted on 05/24/2009 7:35:22 AM PDT by Piquaboy (Military veteran of 22 years in Navy, Air Force, and Army.)
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To: neverdem

Thank you for posting this.


41 posted on 05/24/2009 7:45:57 AM PDT by FourPeas ("The government is like a very irresponsible teenager." -Ben Stein)
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To: Pastelsbywelz
I think that you make an excellent point about the “dreams” of his father. It was never discussed before the election the sort of dreams that Obama,Sr. had for his native Kenya.
I am one who is not so sure that Obama is in fact his biological father. If Obama,Sr. is not the person listed on the original birth certificate, it would be a very good reason to go to such lengths to keep the certificate hidden. The other reason is that people like Ayers did see something in Obama that they thought would be useful. It wasn't his innate intellect or his dilligence or his work ethic or his articulateness or his writing. It seems to me that he might have had a blood line that would give him instant credibility among the fellow travelers. Obama, Sr. did not possess that. Obama’s great sense of his own self-worth and destiny and entitlement would be explained better if he believed himself to be born to a great lineage, an heir to the cause.
I know that abandoned children often idealize their fathers, but they often harbor bitter resentment and a deep sense of betrayal. It seems odd that he would write a book extolling his father's dreams if that father were Obama,Sr. He was not trying to reconcile with the man and create a relationship with him as an adult. The time had passed for that. If we consider that Obama, Sr. is not the father, but someone else, it has some merit to me.
I know that I haven't been logical. First talking about Obama and his dreams for Kenya and then postulating that he wasn't in fact, Obama’s true father. The truth is that it doesn't make sense to me and therein lies the inconsistency of my thinking.
Obama has been packaged and marketed by some other entity for a very long time. No one is accepted to Harvard Law School without leaving a trace of accomplishment at Columbia without the aid and assistance of some very powerful people. There is something in Barry's pedigree that caused people to take note, not in his abilities.
43 posted on 05/24/2009 8:02:20 AM PDT by madinmadtown (It is good to be right.)
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To: neverdem

Good read. As others have noted, it’s not so much the fact that this book probably was ghost written, but that it was ghost written by Ayers and also that Obama has gone to such great lengths to hide so many inconvenient truths from his past.


44 posted on 05/24/2009 8:23:33 AM PDT by chpmass
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To: conservative cat
Exactly !!!!

But they will go on and on when Sarah Palin's book comes out.

45 posted on 05/24/2009 8:36:27 AM PDT by Dustbunny ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. " Ronald Reagan)
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To: nathanbedford
Sadly, I see nothing on the horizon which suggests that the country will listen to the little boy who observes what he sees, Obama "has no clothes."

I have been waiting for a growing collective body of Americans to state the obvious, myself. How can people be so blind to Obama's policies and dislike for what has made America the greatest nation in the world? He is willfully trying to destroy America and remake it in his image. This "new" America will not prosper.

I don't think people realize that it truly IS possible for such an incompetent unAmerican person to be elected as President. It has happened.

I see nothing in Obama's character that levens his ambition with the good as we see in Churchill's character. To the contrary, I see a resentment born out of racism, a political philosophy which is nothing more than a rationalization to play God, and a well tuned passive aggressive model of compensation.

I see Obama as a pathological narcissist. He has honed a cult of personality in which too many idolize him for absolutely no reason; no accomplishments, no proof that any of his ideas might work. He is believed because of his cult like charisma.

If a majority of the public ever actually wisen up, realize he is "naked", I wonder what his reaction will be. Pathological narcissists don't take rejection too kindly. A pathological narcissist with power is a dangerous combination.
46 posted on 05/24/2009 8:37:15 AM PDT by Girlene
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Ping to a spellbinding article.


47 posted on 05/24/2009 8:37:34 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (If Pelosi knew of torture and did nothing to stop she is admitting to being W's accomplice.)
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To: madinmadtown
Obama has been packaged and marketed by some other entity for a very long time. No one is accepted to Harvard Law School without leaving a trace of accomplishment at Columbia without the aid and assistance of some very powerful people.

That is exactly correct.

For that matter, even blacks had to have done something to get accepted to Columbia in the 1980s. His progress from a doper with bad grades at the Punahou School, to Occidental, to Columbia and then to Harvard is very remarkable, particularly when you consider the dearth of honors or achievement.

48 posted on 05/24/2009 8:42:57 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Pas d'ennmis a droit)
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To: Girlene
I see Obama as a pathological narcissist. He has honed a cult of personality in which too many idolize him for absolutely no reason; no accomplishments, no proof that any of his ideas might work. He is believed because of his cult like charisma.

You have just articulated more succinctly than I did in a vanity posted before the election but your quoted paragraph offers me an excuse to repost part of it here:

The conclusion of anyone with common sense who has seen the films of innocent children singing their Obama songs or who has watched the quasi-military chanting and saluting of the Obama Youth in military garb must conclude that there is something very, very wrong with these people. I remember when I first saw the YouTube Children singing their Obama song I became conscious after a while that my mouth was gaping open, so appalled was I. My reaction to seeing the paramilitary gang marching into the karate hall was a mixture of embarrassment that these kids would make such fools of themselves and anger that adults would so brazenly manipulate children. Then I felt a creeping sense of unease that there was something potentially very sinister going on. Dear merciful God, this is Orwellian!

Beyond a very healthy repugnance to the spectacle of brainwashed children put on display, beyond the inescapable Maoist symbolism of it all, a commonsense person asks, what kind of man would permit this to go on in his name? What kind of parent would not seek to protect his child from such a man? What kind of pathology would lead parents who presumably love their children to consign those children to the demons of mind control? How could Americans fall for such a transparent cult of personality?

Unfortunately, we need not be uncertain about what kind of man would permit this grotesquerie to be advanced in his name. History provides us with plenty of examples: Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Kim Jong-Il come to mind and now we add Barak Obama to the list. Why has he not spoken out and repudiated this? Would not a decent man do so if only for the children?

If Obama will not speak out now as a candidate when a little modesty, even false modesty, would advance his chances, what will he do when he gains office with no resistance anywhere on the horizon; no opposition in either the House or the Senate, no voice in traditional media to be raised against him, no institutional resistance on a national level of any kind organized to discourage him? Because he condones this obscenity one must ask, Is Obama really a narcissist as has been claimed? If so, how far will he go when he has the levers of power in his hands when there is no effective resistance to his ego?

How dangerous is Barak Obama?

Is he too dangerous to be put in a place where he could literally get us all killed? Or Is he the indispensable man in some sense? I do not think so. There is nothing in his career that suggests that he is the man for this season. In a time of war he has no military experience. In a time of looming financial disaster, he has no economic credentials. If he is potentially dangerous and if he is not indispensable, why would so many people want to put him in a position where he could do us harm, even get us all killed?

My commonsense explanation is that there must be a pathology, a mass psychosis, that brings people to the point where not only are they eager to make him the most powerful man in the world but they are invoking his name and calling upon him to be their savior. This they do rather than falling on their knees out of fear of The Real God.

This is the Obama pathology.

To a middle-class conservative who instinctively rejects conspiracy theories and normally wants to think the best of people because that's what he learned in Sunday school, this deification of an empty suit is as bewildering as it is frightening. What in the world are these people thinking? Do they not weigh the risks of consigning their fate to an unqualified man, worse, a person tainted his whole life with stunningly dangerous confederates including felons and Communists and terrorists? What is the upside? What is it about this man whose career is utterly uninterrupted by any accomplishment which would motivate these people to risk their children and my children to whatever he might do to them? How do they know? How can they be sure? Don't they have any doubts?

My problem is that I am seeking after that which I cannot find. I want to find an explanation in logic for a phenomenon of emotion. It is easy for middle-class conservatives to overlook the power of emotion even though history provides plenty of examples even within our own culture in America. Can logic explain why so many drank Jim Jonse's Kool aid? Why Charles Manson commanded such blood loyalty? How many cheered OJ Simpson's acquittal? Why did princes Diana's passing traumatize a nation? These are not questions which are answered with everyday commonsense. One almost has to go to the Bible to see the answer in Old Testament allegory which lets us know that evil is and there will always be worshipers of the golden calf.


49 posted on 05/24/2009 8:52:47 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: nathanbedford

Very thoughtful analysis of Obama and his cult following, nathan beford. The only thing I can come up with as to the “Why” is the “I want to be popular, too” mentality among so many.

Too many people have no clue what is going on in our own country. If the media, other politicians, yada, yada, tell them Obama is the “cool” person’s choice, then that’s good enough. No critical thinking needed.

I have family members that voted for him. When I asked why, the answers were, “He gives me hope”, or “It’s time for a change”. Why? They don’t know. Sound bites repeated often enough become reality for people who don’t really want to have to think for themselves. Hope and change is a sound bite, not a sound logical plan for the future.


50 posted on 05/24/2009 9:15:02 AM PDT by Girlene
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