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Obamas stress Kwanzaa virtues (Barf) ^ | Dec.28, 2009 | POLITICO STAFF

Posted on 12/28/2009 5:56:30 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

President Obama and the first lady released this statement honoring those celebrating Kwanzaa:

“Michelle and I send warm wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season. This is a joyous time of year when African Americans and all Americans come together to celebrate our blessings and the richness of our cultural traditions. This is also a time of reflection and renewal as we come to the end of one year and the beginning of another. The Kwanzaa message tells us that we should recall the lessons of the past even as we seize the promise of tomorrow.

“The seven principles of Kwanzaa -- Unity, Self Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith -- express the values that have inspired us as individuals and families; communities and country. These same principles have sustained us as a nation during our darkest hours and provided hope for better days to come. Michelle and I know the challenges facing many African American families and families in all communities at this time, but we also know the spirit of perseverance and hope that is ever present in the community. It is in this spirit that our family extends our prayers and best wishes during this season and for the New Year to come.”

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To: rickmichaels

As a group — definitely not American values.

21 posted on 12/28/2009 6:08:26 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Free ThinkerNY

No surprise here, since “Kwanzaa” was invented by a fellow radical black Marxist.

22 posted on 12/28/2009 6:08:56 PM PST by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see
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To: All

Background Link:

“The Night Before Kwanzaa”
Feed Your ADHD ^ | 12/16/2009 | Ex-Parrot
Posted on December 16, 2009 3:44:19 PM PST by bloodmeridian

23 posted on 12/28/2009 6:09:26 PM PST by Cindy
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To: lonestar

>>Did Obama issue a Christmas message?

I don’t think so. He was avoiding microphones on that day. But before his muslim brother tried to kill 300 people, his Christmas message was probably something like, “I hear you Americans have a holiday today. So, happy Arbor Day or whatever you call it.”

24 posted on 12/28/2009 6:09:30 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Imagine a day when the politicians have to hold a bake sale to pay for votes!)
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To: Interesting Times

KWANZA is nothing more than a “made up” holiday.

25 posted on 12/28/2009 6:11:28 PM PST by Mr. Wright
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Tony Snow on Kwanzaa:

BLACKS IN AMERICA have suffered an endless series of insults and degradations, the latest of which goes by the name of Kwanzaa.

Ron Karenga (aka Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga) invented the seven-day feast (Dec. 26-Jan. 1) in 1966, branding it a black alternative to Christmas. The idea was to celebrate the end of what he considered the Christmas-season exploitation of African Americans.

According to the official Kwanzaa Web site — as opposed, say, to the Hallmark Cards Kwanzaa site — the celebration was designed to foster “conditions that would enhance the revolutionary social change for the masses of Black Americans” and provide a “reassessment, reclaiming, recommitment, remembrance, retrieval, resumption, resurrection and rejuvenation of those principles (Way of Life) utilized by Black Americans’ ancestors.”

Karenga postulated seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith, each of which gets its day during Kwanzaa week. He and his votaries also crafted a flag of black nationalism and a pledge: “We pledge allegiance to the red, black, and green, our flag, the symbol of our eternal struggle, and to the land we must obtain; one nation of black people, with one G-d of us all, totally united in the struggle, for black love, black freedom, and black self-determination.”

Now, the point: There is no part of Kwanzaa that is not fraudulent. Begin with the name. The celebration comes from the Swahili term “matunda yakwanza,” or “first fruit,” and the festival’s trappings have Swahili names — such as “ujima” for “collective work and responsibility” or “muhindi,” which are ears of corn celebrants set aside for each child in a family.

Unfortunately, Swahili has little relevance for American blacks. Most slaves were ripped from the shores of West Africa. Swahili is an East African tongue.

To put that in perspective, the cultural gap between Senegal and Kenya is as dramatic as the chasm that separates, say, London and Tehran. Imagine singing “G-d Save the Queen” in Farsi, and you grasp the enormity of the gaffe.

Worse, Kwanzaa ceremonies have no discernible African roots. No culture on earth celebrates a harvesting ritual in December, for instance, and the implicit pledges about human dignity don’t necessarily jibe with such still-common practices as female circumcision and polygamy. The inventors of Kwanzaa weren’t promoting a return to roots; they were shilling for Marxism. They even appropriated the term “ujima,” which Julius Nyrere cited when he uprooted tens of thousands of Tanzanians and shipped them forcibly to collective farms, where they proved more adept at cultivating misery than banishing hunger.

Even the rituals using corn don’t fit. Corn isn’t indigenous to Africa. Mexican Indians developed it, and the crop was carried worldwide by white colonialists.

The fact is, there is no Ur-African culture. The continent remains stubbornly tribal. Hutus and Tutsis still slaughter one another for sport.

Go to Kenya, where I taught briefly as a young man, and you’ll see endless hostility between Kikuyu, Luo, Luhya and Masai. Even South African politics these days have more to do with tribal animosities than ideological differences.

Moreover, chaos too often prevails over order. Warlords hold sway in Somalia, Eritrea, Liberia and Zaire. Genocidal maniacs have wiped out millions in Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia. The once-shining hopes for Kenya have vanished.

Detroit native Keith Richburg writes in his extraordinary book, “Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa,” that “this strange place defies even the staunchest of optimists; it drains you of hope ...”

Richburg, who served for three years as the African bureau chief for The Washington Post, offers a challenge for the likes of Karenga: “Talk to me about Africa and my black roots and my kinship with my African brothers and I’ll throw it back in your face, and then I’ll rub your nose in the images of rotting flesh.”

His book concludes: “I have been here, and I have seen — and frankly, I want no part of it. .... By an accident of birth, I am a black man born in America, and everything I am today — my culture and my attitudes, my sensibilities, loves and desires — derives from that one simple and irrefutable fact.”

Nobody ever ennobled a people with a lie or restored stolen dignity through fraud. Kwanzaa is the ultimate chump holiday — Jim Crow with a false and festive wardrobe. It praises practices — “cooperative economics, and collective work and responsibility” — that have succeeded nowhere on earth and would mire American blacks in endless backwardness.

Our treatment of Kwanzaa provides a revealing sign of how far we have yet to travel on the road to reconciliation. The white establishment has thrown in with it, not just to cash in on the business, but to patronize black activists and shut them up.

This year, President Clinton signed his fourth Kwanzaa proclamation. He crooned: “The symbols and ceremony of Kwanzaa, evoking the rich history and heritage of African Americans, remind us that our nation draws much of its strength from our diversity.”

But our strength, as Richburg points out, comes from real principles: tolerance, brotherhood, hard work, personal responsibility, equality before the law. If Americans really cared about racial healing, they would focus on those ideas — and not on a made-up rite that mistakes segregationism for spirituality and fiction for history.

26 posted on 12/28/2009 6:11:40 PM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President)
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To: KosmicKitty

Here ya go! From both of the O’s! :)

27 posted on 12/28/2009 6:12:20 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: HerrBlucher

He is a digusting piece of DC

28 posted on 12/28/2009 6:12:33 PM PST by Mr. Wright
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To: Free ThinkerNY
In his 2004 Presidential Kwanzaa Message, George W. Bush said, "During Kwanzaa, millions of African Americans and people of African descent gather to celebrate their heritage and ancestry. Kwanzaa celebrations provide an opportunity to focus on the importance of family, community, and history and to reflect on the Nguzo Saba or seven principles of African culture. These principles emphasize unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith."

Just sayin'

29 posted on 12/28/2009 6:13:16 PM PST by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Notice ‘faith’ is at the VERY END of that list. LMAO!


30 posted on 12/28/2009 6:15:32 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Did he have a Christmas address where he talked about the birth of Christ the Savior and talked about Christian values?

And what church services did our ‘devout Christian’ pres—ent attend for Christmas?

31 posted on 12/28/2009 6:16:55 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I must have missed it. What was Obama’s Christmas message? You know the one . . . about the true meaning of Christmas and how we are a Christian nation based on Christian values and that is what makes us great.

32 posted on 12/28/2009 6:16:58 PM PST by DukeBillie ("Before all else, be armed. " Niccolo Machiavelli)
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To: Engineer_Soldier
Well, five out of seven ain't bad. (Although I suppose my meanings for some of them (like “unity” and “faith”) probably differ from theirs.) Actually, I imagine that “unity” means “black unity”, which is really separatist.
33 posted on 12/28/2009 6:17:50 PM PST by 21twelve (Drive Reality out with a pitchfork if you want , it always comes back.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

“faith” in what?

Islam, I suspect.

34 posted on 12/28/2009 6:19:29 PM PST by ryan71 (TERM LIMITS)
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To: Engineer_Soldier
Collective work?

They just didn't want to make it too easy for us by calling it 'communism.'

35 posted on 12/28/2009 6:20:18 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: sonofagun
In his 2004 Presidential Kwanzaa Message, George W. Bush said...

And it appears Freepers had a problem with it back then too.

Text of Bush's Kwanzaa 2004 Message

Just sayin'.
36 posted on 12/28/2009 6:21:36 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Right Wing Assault

No Churchgoing Christmas for the First Family -

The Senate vote on final passage of health reform almost scuttled their plans, but it looks like the First Family will still make it to Hawaii for Christmas.

They’ve had a whirlwind holiday season so far, starting with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, through hosting more than 50,000 people for 27 parties and open houses, and ending with a visit by the First Lady, Malia and Sasha, and the family’s dog Bo, to deliver cookies to the Children’s National Medical Center.

The Obamas have also started their own holiday traditions in their new home, adding a Christmas wishing tree to the decorations festooning the White House.

But there’s one common Christmas practice not on the First Family’s schedule: a visit to Christmas Eve church services.

Read more:,8599,1949879,00.html?iid=digg_share#ixzz0b2ZG01T2

37 posted on 12/28/2009 6:22:48 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY (Live Free Or Die)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Is it “Merry Kwanza” or “Happy Kwanza”? I can never remember... What did they say in ancient times?

38 posted on 12/28/2009 6:23:07 PM PST by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: sonofagun

Difference is:

Obama the Messiah agrees with and embraces the Marxist principles, whereas Bush was just going through the PC motions and didn’t believe a word of it.

Just sayin’. . .

39 posted on 12/28/2009 6:24:29 PM PST by Hulka
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Thanks and Happy Kwanza to you!

I just got my Winnie Mandela necklace and am dying to try it out.
40 posted on 12/28/2009 6:24:46 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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