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The Real Obama: Part II (Sowell on Obama)
Creators Syndicate ^ | October 7, 2008 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 10/06/2008 9:21:50 PM PDT by jazusamo

A recent Republican campaign ad sarcastically described as Barack Obama's "one accomplishment" his supporting a bill to promote sex education in kindergarten.

During an interview of a Republican spokesman, Tom Brokaw of NBC News replayed that ad and asked if that was something serious to be discussed in a presidential election campaign.

It was a variation on an old theme about getting back to "the real issues," just as Brokaw's question was a variation on an increasingly widespread tendency among journalists to become a squad of Obama avengers, instead of reporters.

Does it matter if Barack Obama is for sex education in kindergarten? It matters more than most things that are called "the real issues."

Seemingly unrelated things can give important insights into someone's outlook and character. For example, after the Cold War was over, it came out that one of the things that caught the attention of Soviet leaders early on was President Ronald Reagan's breaking of the air traffic controllers' strike.

Why were the Soviets concerned about a purely domestic American issue like an air traffic controllers' strike? Why was their attention not confined to "the real issues" between the United States and the Soviet Union?

Because one of the biggest and realest of all issues is the outlook and character of the President of the United States.

It would be hard to imagine any of Ronald Reagan's predecessors over the previous several decades— whether Republicans or Democrats— who would have broken a nationwide strike instead of caving in to the union's demands.

This told the Soviet leaders what Reagan was made of, even before he got up and walked out of the room during negotiations with Mikhail Gorbachev. That too let the Soviet leaders know that they were not dealing with Jimmy Carter any more.

There is no more real issue today than "Who is the real Barack Obama behind the image?" What does being in favor of sex education in kindergarten tell us about the outlook and character of this largely unknown man who has suddenly appeared on the national scene to claim the highest office in the land?

It gives us an insight into the huge gulf between Senator Obama's election year image and what he has actually been for and against over the preceding decades. It also shows the huge gulf between his values and those of most other Americans.

Many Americans would consider sex education for kindergartners to be absurd but there is more to it than that.

What is called "sex education," whether for kindergartners or older children, is not education about biology but indoctrination in values that go against the traditional values that children learn in their families and in their communities.

Obviously, the earlier this indoctrination begins, the better its chances of overriding traditional values. The question is not how urgently children in kindergarten need to be taught about sex but how important it is for indoctrinators to get an early start.

The arrogance of third parties, who take it upon themselves to treat other people's children as a captive audience to brainwash with politically correct notions, while taking no responsibility for the consequences to those children or society, is part of the general vision of the left that pervades our education system.

Sex education for kindergartners is just one of many issues on which Barack Obama has lined up consistently on the side of arrogant elitists of the far left. Senator Obama's words often sound very reasonable and moderate, as well as lofty and inspiring. But everything that he has actually done over the years places him unmistakably with the extreme left elitists.

Sadly, many of those who are enchanted by his rhetoric are unlikely to check out the facts. But nothing is a more real or more important issue than whether what a candidate says is the direct opposite of what he has actually been doing for years.

The old phrase, "a man of high ideals but no principles," is one that applies all too painfully to Barack Obama today. His words expressing lofty ideals may appeal to the gullible but his long history of having no principles makes him a danger of the first magnitude in the White House.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; obama; sowell; thomassowell; tsbo
Thomas Sowell columns re Obama

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Changes in Politics
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Cocky Ignorance
Obama and McCain
Irrelevant Apologies
Success Built on Work Ethic
An Old Newness
A Living Lie
Obama’s Speech
Race and Politics
Non-Judgmental Nonsense

1 posted on 10/06/2008 9:21:51 PM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 10/06/2008 9:23:10 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

bfl


3 posted on 10/06/2008 9:23:13 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: jazusamo

What a master he is. So clear and spot on!


4 posted on 10/06/2008 9:25:38 PM PDT by nufsed
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To: jazusamo
"What is called "sex education," whether for kindergartners or older children, is not education about biology but indoctrination in values that go against the traditional values that children learn in their families and in their communities.

"Obviously, the earlier this indoctrination begins, the better its chances of overriding traditional values. The question is not how urgently children in kindergarten need to be taught about sex but how important it is for indoctrinators to get an early start."

5 posted on 10/06/2008 9:26:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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6 posted on 10/06/2008 9:26:56 PM PDT by GodGunsGuts
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To: jazusamo

Thomas Sowell is one of the clearest thinkers and writers I have ever read. He always gets to the point, and clears the muddied waters. It must be generational, he puts younger columnists to shame by never getting sidetracked.


7 posted on 10/06/2008 9:30:24 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: jazusamo
Thomas Sowell is always a steady head amidst a sea of confusion and disinformation.
My sister-in-law was on a school board in Illinois when the unfunded mandate of this law was passed. In her opinion one of the worst aspects of the law was the implication of the law that girls are always victims and guys are always the aggressors. She has recently emailed me the entire law....and there has been no embellishment by the McCain campaign in what the law mandated.
8 posted on 10/06/2008 9:30:25 PM PDT by madinmadtown
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To: jazusamo
Because one of the biggest and realest of all issues is the outlook and character of the President of the United States.

This needs to be repeated every time Obama and his followers try to brush aside questions about his past involvement with questionable characters.

9 posted on 10/06/2008 9:31:29 PM PDT by oldbrowser (Nasty Pelosi is wrecking the country.)
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To: jazusamo
"a man of high ideals but no principles"

Well, he, like Satan, does have principles....

10 posted on 10/06/2008 9:34:54 PM PDT by freebilly
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To: madinmadtown

It is appalling to think anyone in their right mind could be for this.


11 posted on 10/06/2008 9:35:14 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

Awesome. Thanks.


12 posted on 10/06/2008 9:36:44 PM PDT by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson)
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To: oldbrowser

Exactly and he and his cronies have so far been very effective in brushing them aside.


13 posted on 10/06/2008 9:36:54 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

Right on! Once again, Sowell provides persuasive and communicable talking points to be applied to fence sitters and even the “children” lulled by the siren song of the pied piper.

Obama must be stopped!


14 posted on 10/06/2008 9:40:11 PM PDT by Abe XVI
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To: jazusamo; All
G. Gordon Liddy is right: Dr. Sowell is The Smartest Man in America.
15 posted on 10/06/2008 9:41:24 PM PDT by Ten Beers Gone (Sarah Palin - God, guns, guts and gorgeous!)
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To: jazusamo
A man of words but not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds ... during the first debate, Obama stated that inspite of the debt suddenly foisted upon the fed, he would consider 'early childhood/kindergarten an area where we must spend more despite the financial load it entails.' When Lehrer asked what new programs the candidates would consider cutting back on if elected, Obama went first to the thing he and Bill AYers had worked on int he Chicago area, spending more than $200,000,000 without much to show for it leaving Obama telling the Illinois legislature they needed a massive infusion of more money to accomplish the 'reforms' Ayers and he in their 'charitable foundations' envisioned.

It scares the bejeebers out of me when I read a column from Thomas Sowell addressing the same dark notions rumbling in my own novice brain. I'm so thankful for his insights.

16 posted on 10/06/2008 9:41:53 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: BenLurkin

Whose quotes are those?


17 posted on 10/06/2008 9:41:59 PM PDT by lewislynn (What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: madinmadtown
Thomas Sowell is always a steady head amidst a sea of confusion and disinformation.

Sowell has strong values and he never forgets them regardless of the difficult issues at hand.

18 posted on 10/06/2008 9:45:42 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: jazusamo

He’s definitely NOT of RIGHT mind. (l’il play on words there lol)


19 posted on 10/06/2008 9:46:04 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: rockinqsranch

Right on both counts! :-)


20 posted on 10/06/2008 9:48:31 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo
It is appalling to think anyone in their right mind could be for this.

One reason why I mentioned the name of Emil Jones in the previous thread was that Jones was Obama's mentor/teacher's pet in the IL Senate. What he'd basically do for Obama was he'd attach his name to bills that another Senator had already introduced and Obama would take credit for them as though they were his own--the term for this, I believe was "bill-jacking".

More of Hussein's "work" in his early days is detailed quite vividly in "The Case Against Barack Obama" that Sowell mentioned in the previous thread. If I were in the McPalin campaign, that would go a long way in how I would go after the man-child.

21 posted on 10/06/2008 9:52:08 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (If I wanted a Chicago politician as my President, I'd vote for Richard Daley)
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To: GOP_Raider

Sounds like a good approach.

Palin has been on the ball in her stump speeches but until today I wondered about McCain and his advisors and researchers. Hope they both keep it up now and increase the heat and everytime BO and his spokesmen try to belittle for personal attacks come right back at them.


22 posted on 10/06/2008 10:05:02 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: BenLurkin

The underlying theory of the “Annenberg Project” as implemented in Chicago. Get ‘em young, own ‘em for life. NEA’s been doing it for decades.


23 posted on 10/06/2008 10:05:16 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: potlatch; devolve; PhilDragoo; MeekOneGOP

Ayers’ and Obama’s Annenberg Project: indoctrinate ‘em while they’re young.


24 posted on 10/06/2008 10:34:33 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: mrsmel
The arrogance of third parties, who take it upon themselves to treat other people's children as a captive audience to brainwash with politically correct notions, while taking no responsibility for the consequences to those children or society, is part of the general vision of the left that pervades our education system. ( Sowell)

Sadly, Sowell fails to call the enemy by name.

Our American enemies are Marxists. They aren't "left", "liberal", "progressive", or "socialist. To call them anything other than Marxist or communist is not clear thinking.

Marxism is our nation's **most** serious threat! Schools are the Marxists most important weapon. That Sowell fails to call for their complete closure, and fails to warn parents to remove their children immediately from government K-12 schools is also a failure of clear thinking.

25 posted on 10/06/2008 10:55:12 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are NOT stupid)
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To: ntnychik; Fiddlstix; PhilDragoo; Liz; onyx; potlatch; devolve; MEG33; Grampa Dave; Lady Jag; ...
It would be hard to imagine any of Ronald Reagan's predecessors over the previous several decades— whether Republicans or Democrats— who would have broken a nationwide strike instead of caving in to the union's demands.

This told the Soviet leaders what Reagan was made of, even before he got up and walked out of the room during negotiations with Mikhail Gorbachev. That too let the Soviet leaders know that they were not dealing with Jimmy Carter any more.

- - - - - - - - -

Ping! Ping! Ping!


26 posted on 10/06/2008 11:02:19 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Obama, WHO is Bill Ayers and WHY are you still friends with him? Please RSVP asap!)
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To: jazusamo
His words expressing lofty ideals may appeal to the gullible but his long history of having no principles makes him a danger of the first magnitude in the White House.

Dr. Sowell always gets to the truth behind the curtain.

27 posted on 10/06/2008 11:50:12 PM PDT by smoothsailing ( Bill Russell can defeat John Murtha - Visit http://russellbrigade.com/)
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To: jazusamo
Thomas Sowell: The arrogance of third parties, who take it upon themselves to treat other people's children as a captive audience to brainwash with politically correct notions, while taking no responsibility for the consequences to those children or society, is part of the general vision of the left that pervades our education system.

The bolded serves to exemplify Democrats in re the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac scam -- the monies grifted were given to Democrats in huge numbers; the consequences to the public be damned. And the monies below is just from Lehman Brothers, I've not listed all the other "corrupt" orgs who basically stold from the public via CRA and gave to "their politicians". This is a RACKET!

From AmericanThinker - Democrats Attack their Benefactor:

--snip

It turns out Richard Fuld of Lehman Brothers gave $151,300 in disclosed political donations in recent years . How does it break down?

* $45,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
* $10,000 to the Democratic National Committee Services Corp.
* $4,600 to Hillary Clinton, $4,600 to Chris Dodd and $2,300 to Barack Obama.
* Other contributions to Democrats: Dick Gephardt, Joe Lieberman, Jack Reed, Erskine Bowles, Joseph Driscoll, Nita Lowey, Bob Torricelli, Frank Lautenberg, Brendan Byrne, Jon Corzine, Bill Bradley, Chuck Schumer, Ted Kennedy, Ed Markey, and Dianne Feinstein.

---end snip

Again, quoting Thomas Sowell: while taking no responsibility for the consequences to those children or society

28 posted on 10/07/2008 3:05:00 AM PDT by Alia
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To: jazusamo
Because one of the biggest and realest of all issues is the outlook and character of the President of the United States.

BTTT.

29 posted on 10/07/2008 3:08:32 AM PDT by snowsislander
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To: lewislynn

Sowell.


30 posted on 10/07/2008 3:55:17 AM PDT by sig226 (Obama '08 - No, You Can't.)
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To: madinmadtown

You should post it up on Free Republic as a new thread, and use that story as part of your commentary on it.


31 posted on 10/07/2008 4:30:05 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Obama: Carter's only chance to avoid going down in history as the worst U.S. president ever.)
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To: jazusamo

bump


32 posted on 10/07/2008 5:19:10 AM PDT by usshadley (Ever heard of The Church of the Immaculate 1st Trimester?..me neither)
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To: madinmadtown

Did she send you a physical copy? Or a link?

If you have a link - could you post it?

I’m also looking for the link of the actual curriculum that was flying around here a few weeks ago.

Hubby works with many “christian” educators who simply want to believe the myth of Obama without looking at the reality of Obama.

It would be nice to forward that info along with Mr. Sowell’s column.

The problem with this particular issue is that the “factchecking” sites and the “factchecking” msm reporters arrived at the conclusion that McCain’s staff got it wrong on that particular issue.


33 posted on 10/07/2008 5:27:38 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: MHGinTN

Pinging-a must read!


34 posted on 10/07/2008 5:28:39 AM PDT by GWMcClintock (Right after Lib Democrats, the most dangerous politicians are country club Republicans. T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

bttt


35 posted on 10/07/2008 5:40:30 AM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: lewislynn

It is from the article.


36 posted on 10/07/2008 6:41:13 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Scotswife

She sent in an email without a link. As far as I can tell, the bill’s number is LRB 093 05269 NHT 05359b.


37 posted on 10/07/2008 7:17:06 AM PDT by madinmadtown
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To: madinmadtown

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=&SessionId=3&GA=93&DocTypeId=SB&DocNum=99&GAID=3&LegID=734&SpecSess=&Session

The actual law with strikethroughs. Search “kindergarten” on FR for more.


38 posted on 10/07/2008 7:54:23 AM PDT by According2RecentPollsAirIsGood
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To: BenLurkin; sig226
It is from the article.
Next time I'll use comprehension. There's so much to cover and lately I spend too much non-productive time here on the computer so I'm just glancing over articles.
39 posted on 10/07/2008 8:09:49 AM PDT by lewislynn (What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: madinmadtown

Thank you!
That oughta be easily found now that I have those numbers.


40 posted on 10/07/2008 9:09:22 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: jazusamo

Palin/Sowell 2012

‘nough said


41 posted on 10/07/2008 9:13:37 AM PDT by Lost Dutchman ("Weep for the future Na'Toth, Weep for us all." (G'Kar-Babylon 5))
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To: jazusamo
Thanks for the ping.

If Sarah had been friends with Timothy McVeigh, would the MSM give her an "Ayers pass"?

42 posted on 10/07/2008 11:55:24 AM PDT by GOPJ (If Sarah had been friends with Timothy McVeigh, would the MSM give her an "Ayers pass"?)
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To: jazusamo
The old phrase, "a man of high ideals but no principles," is one that applies all too painfully to Barack Obama today. His words expressing lofty ideals may appeal to the gullible but his long history of having no principles makes him a danger of the first magnitude in the White House.

Sowell rules.

43 posted on 10/07/2008 12:07:45 PM PDT by GOPJ (If Sarah had been friends with Timothy McVeigh, would the MSM give her an "Ayers pass"?)
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To: Lost Dutchman
Palin/Sowell 2012

The dream ticket...

44 posted on 10/07/2008 12:08:38 PM PDT by GOPJ (If Sarah had been friends with Timothy McVeigh, would the MSM give her an "Ayers pass"?)
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To: GOPJ
If Sarah had been friends with Timothy McVeigh, would the MSM give her an "Ayers pass"?

Fat chance! If that had been the case they'd have crucified her until she stepped down.

45 posted on 10/07/2008 12:20:05 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: lewislynn

SPeaking for myself only... I wish I had half of Thomas Sowell’s brains.

8^)


46 posted on 10/07/2008 12:21:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: jazusamo

“Why were the Soviets concerned about a purely domestic American issue like an air traffic controllers’ strike? Why was their attention not confined to “the real issues” between the United States and the Soviet Union?

Because one of the biggest and realest of all issues is the outlook and character of the President of the United States.

It would be hard to imagine any of Ronald Reagan’s predecessors over the previous several decades— whether Republicans or Democrats— who would have broken a nationwide strike instead of caving in to the union’s demands.
This told the Soviet leaders what Reagan was made of, even before he got up and walked out of the room during negotiations with Mikhail Gorbachev. That too let the Soviet leaders know that they were not dealing with Jimmy Carter any more.

There is no more real issue today than “Who is the real Barack Obama behind the image?”

Barack Obama : Who Are YOU, and What Are You Hiding?


47 posted on 10/07/2008 12:42:25 PM PDT by nuconvert (Obama - Preferred by 4 out of 5 Dictators & Terrorists// Rove>Biden is a Big,Blowhard Dufus)
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To: nuconvert
Barack Obama : Who Are YOU, and What Are You Hiding?

Sadly, I believe the only way we'll find out is if he's elected, hope we never find out.

48 posted on 10/07/2008 12:56:39 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: BenLurkin
SPeaking for myself only... I wish I had half of Thomas Sowell’s brains.
Yes he is intelligent and articulate but that is what he does everyday. I'm sure if you had a similar profession you would do as well.
49 posted on 10/07/2008 4:28:38 PM PDT by lewislynn (What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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