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Believers in Obama (Sowell on Obama)
Jewish World Review ^ | October 21, 2008 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 10/20/2008 2:28:46 PM PDT by jazusamo

Telling a friend that the love of his life is a phony and dangerous is not likely to get him to change his mind. But it may cost you a friend.

It is much the same story with true believers in Barack Obama. They have made up their minds and not only don't want to be confused by the facts, they resent being told the facts.

An e-mail from a reader mentioned trying to tell his sister why he was voting against Obama but, when he tried to argue some facts, she cut him short: "You don't like him and I do!" she said. End of discussion.

When one thinks of all the men who have put their lives on the line in battle to defend and preserve this country, it is especially painful to think that there are people living in the safety and comfort of civilian life who cannot be bothered to find out the facts about candidates before voting to put the fate of this nation, and of generations yet to come, in the hands of someone chosen because they like his words or style.

Of the four people running for President and Vice President on the Republican and Democratic tickets, the one we know the least about is the one leading in the polls — Barack Obama.

Some of Senator Obama's most fervent supporters could not tell you what he has actually done on such issues as crime, education, or financial institutions like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, much less what he plans to do to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear nation supplying nuclear weapons to the international terrorist networks that it has supplied with other weapons.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; antichrist; election; nobama08; obama; sowell; thomassowell; tsbo
Thomas Sowell columns re Obama

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The Real Obama: Part IV
The Real Obama: Part III
The Real Obama: Part II
The Real Obama
Do Facts Matter?
Idols of Crowds
Changes in Politics
Whose “Special Interests”?
The Galbraith Effect
…As Well As Several Other Issues
Are Facts Obsolete?
Conservatives for Obama?
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 10/20/2008 2:28:48 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

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2 posted on 10/20/2008 2:30:09 PM PDT by TChris (So many useful idiots...)
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To: jazusamo

Sowell nails it again.


3 posted on 10/20/2008 2:30:56 PM PDT by chpmass
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4 posted on 10/20/2008 2:31:19 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

If only the press had the intellectual integrity of Sowell.

It’s American Idol time in the MSM.


5 posted on 10/20/2008 2:33:25 PM PDT by StAntKnee (Why'dja say I was a community organizer? You know how I always wanted to pretend I was a soldier.)
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To: chpmass

Imagine that you’re Thomas Sowell, one of the smartest, most accomplished men on the planet, watching a train wreck like 0bama moving toward the Presidency with nothing in his background but a couple of ghost-written books.


6 posted on 10/20/2008 2:35:07 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (0bama's past associations need a good "Ayering out".)
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To: StAntKnee; All
"If only the press had the intellectual integrity of Sowell."

If only Colin Powell had the intellectual integrity of Thomas Sowell.....

7 posted on 10/20/2008 2:41:04 PM PDT by Enchante (America: has Obama told you about his "New Party" that sought to spread SOCIALISM??)
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To: jazusamo
I'm such a racist I'd vote for Thomas Sowell for President in a heartbeat.

(Of course, he's not a real black man, so it doesn't count. [rolls eyes])

8 posted on 10/20/2008 2:41:39 PM PDT by Campion
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To: Campion

Yep, the leftists don’t consider him a black man, he’s just a threat to them.


9 posted on 10/20/2008 2:44:00 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the ping jaz. Not a single useage in the article of the word “Socialist”, and the only reference to “Communist” was not directed at Obama, yet this well written article states quite emphatically that what most of his followers don’t understand, or seemingly don’t want to know is that Obama is a S.........../C...........

Need to “change” the “O” to unemployed.


10 posted on 10/20/2008 2:57:12 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: Campion

Thomas Sowell is an asset to America.
A rare asset.


11 posted on 10/20/2008 3:03:56 PM PDT by cowdog77 ("Are there any honest men left in Washington, or are they all cowards?")
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To: jazusamo

Unless Obama and dems are very thorough about subverting all our freedoms if and when he wins...(and indeed, we know what a disaster Obama would be), the fall out would be: a backlash against ever electing another black for President. It would be like Reconstruction era all over again, and that’s sad because there are plenty of qualified blacks. But their names aren’t Obama, Jackson, or Maxine Waters.


12 posted on 10/20/2008 3:08:38 PM PDT by hershey
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To: rockinqsranch
Need to “change” the “O” to unemployed.

Absolutely! If he's employed in the White House he will unemploy millions in this country.

13 posted on 10/20/2008 3:10:41 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: hershey

Well said and on the mark.


14 posted on 10/20/2008 3:11:59 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

Liberals never pay heed to the facts.. or history. Their road to hell is paved with “good intentions”


15 posted on 10/20/2008 3:25:56 PM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (Proud Father of 2 US Marines. Support our troops!)
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To: Hardastarboard
Bump

That was my thought!

Dr. Sowell might possibly feel the same sort of emotion that Einstein felt when Szilard told him that Hitler could make a nuclear bomb.

16 posted on 10/20/2008 3:26:34 PM PDT by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: chpmass

Absolutely. I’ve got a couple of family members who respond exactly that way. They say there’s absolutely no evidence that he’s in the least Marxist and then more or less put their fingers in their ears. They are smitten with who they believe Obama to be and who they believe themselves to be for supporting him.


17 posted on 10/20/2008 3:26:37 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: jazusamo
"Telling a friend that the love of his life is a phony and dangerous is not likely to get him to change his mind. But it may cost you a friend. It is much the same story with true believers in Barack Obama. They have made up their minds and not only don't want to be confused by the facts, they resent being told the facts. "

Brilliant.

It's also like trying to deprogram someone involved with a mind control cult.
Or breaking the news that they have become involved with a marketing scam.

18 posted on 10/20/2008 3:34:29 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: jazusamo

At this point in the ballgame, I do wonder if an attempt at secession would be prudent—even though we are in a nuclear age and I’m pretty sure I would be branded as a kook or an extremist.

Have too many of us been suckling from the government sow that we’re going to give into this?


19 posted on 10/20/2008 3:37:39 PM PDT by GOP_Raider ("I had no idea he was a Democrat because he seemed so adult." Belasarius)
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To: jazusamo
"In czarist Russia, for example, the economy was worse than ours is today and the First World War was going far worse for the Russians than anything we have faced in Iraq. Moreover, Russians had nothing like the rights of Americans today. So they went for "change."

That "change" brought on a totalitarian regime that made the czars' despotism look like child's play. The Communists killed more people in one year than the czars killed in more than 90 years, not counting the millions who died in a government-created famine in the 1930s.

Other despotic regimes in China, Cuba, and Iran were similarly replaced by people who promised "change" that turned out to be even worse than what went before.

Yet many today seem to assume that if things are bad, "change" will make them better. Specifics don't interest them nearly as much as inspiring rhetoric and a confident style. But many 20th century leaders with inspiring rhetoric and great self-confidence led their followers or their countries into utter disasters."

All excellent points by Dr. Sowell. We shouldn't forget that "change" was also the slogan of Clinton's first campaign in addition to the mantra, "It's the economy stupid." Of course, it's a theme that must be defined, because as we all know, and the Doctor points out, change is frequently negative, though for most people it has a positive connotation.

20 posted on 10/20/2008 3:43:54 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (McCain/Palin '08)
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To: jazusamo
The Obama lovers I have encountered (Both black and white) are starry-eyed lazy people who haven't time to hear the facts.

The very SECOND you raise a question about their "Hero", their eyes glaze over and they turn on you like a snake.

This includes all races and even family members.

What amazes me about this is the similarity to Hitler and scores of other despots who rose to power in history.

They just couldn't see it coming!

21 posted on 10/20/2008 3:56:19 PM PDT by FixitGuy (By their fruits shall ye know them!)
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To: jazusamo

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22 posted on 10/20/2008 3:57:43 PM PDT by NutCrackerBoy
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To: 9YearLurker
'who they believe themselves to be by voting for him'

Well said! It has as much to do with his voters' SELF image than the image 0bama projects! Like someone who would drive a hybrid merely for the statement it seems to make, (even if they produce more unrecyclable trash than a family of 6 did in 1960).

It s

ays: I CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT. Voting for 0bama says: I AM NOT A RACIST. I AM FOR CHANGE. I AM NOT A RACIST. I BELIEVE IN UNITY. I AM NOT RACIST. I BELIEVE IN DIVERSITY. I AM NOT A RACIST. I AM TAKING PART IN A HISTORIC MOMENT. I AM NOT A RACIST.

23 posted on 10/20/2008 3:58:29 PM PDT by informavoracious (Oust all incumbents.)
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To: FixitGuy

You’ve pegged the Messiah followers well and the majority are amazed anyone would question their political correctness.


24 posted on 10/20/2008 4:11:16 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

BTTT for good Sowell columns on Obama. Of course, all his columns on Obama are good.


25 posted on 10/20/2008 4:12:05 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: informavoracious

Yep, pretty much their religion and questioning Obama is questioning the best flesh incarnation of their god. (So a touchy subject, as you’re bringing up politics and their religion in one swoop!)


26 posted on 10/20/2008 4:20:12 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Hardastarboard

Well, it won’t destroy his faith in the innate goodness of humanity ;-).


27 posted on 10/20/2008 4:35:51 PM PDT by Tax-chick (After 5:00 p.m., slip brains through slot in door.)
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To: jazusamo
Please forgive me, Dr. Sowell. I was going to write in your name for my presidential vote, but the more I learn about Faux-bama, the more necessary my vote for McCain becomes. Keep up the good work getting the word out!
28 posted on 10/20/2008 4:51:16 PM PDT by GBA
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To: FixitGuy

Incredibly the priest gave a sermon at mass yesterday, on the topic of being informed enough to vote. We shouldn’t, he said base our vote on superficialities, but rather on facts.


29 posted on 10/20/2008 4:56:02 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (McCain/Palin '08)
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To: aflaak

ping


30 posted on 10/20/2008 4:57:13 PM PDT by r-q-tek86 (Keep the Change)
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To: nijo75

Ping


31 posted on 10/20/2008 5:04:46 PM PDT by luigi
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To: jazusamo
It is a disgrace that the majority of blacks in the United States of America are either:
*not aware of the writings of Thomas Sowell
*or are embarrassed to embrace Sowell as a black man.
He is brotherless.

"The presumed irrationality of the public is a pattern running through many, if not most or all, of the great crusades of the anointed in the twentieth century--regardless of the subject matter of the crusade or the field in which it arises. Whether the issue has been 'overpopulation,' Keynesian economics, criminal justice, or natural resource exhaustion, a key assumption has been that the public is so irrational that the superior wisdom of the anointed must be imposed, in order to avert disaster. The anointed do not simply happen to have a disdain for the public. Such disdain is an integral part of their vision, for the central feature of that vision is preemption of the decisions of others."
The Vision of the Annointed
by Thomas Sowell

32 posted on 10/20/2008 5:08:27 PM PDT by PharaohBamaGonna (WE CAN'T HAVE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY ACTUALLY TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR BETTERING THEIR OWN LIVES--)
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To: GBA

Dr. Sowell definitely won’t be disappointed with your vote. :)


33 posted on 10/20/2008 5:13:00 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

Voting for “change” in this election is like voting out the fire dept and “changing” things by voting in the band of arsonists that the fire fighters were not always successful at stopping. OK, the fire fighters should have done better, but what exactly does anyone think the replacements will do?


34 posted on 10/20/2008 5:13:24 PM PDT by Jacob Morgan
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To: PharaohBamaGonna

You’re correct and I admire him all the more for getting his message out, he hasn’t let it slow him down.


35 posted on 10/20/2008 5:16:12 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: 9YearLurker

My brother too. He virtualy hung up the phone in anger when I laughed when he told me that he would vote for Obama. The anger was palpable.

My other brother is scared that there may be race riots within months, and will not vote Obama. He also hates McCain. No one I know likes McCain. This is the worst election....... its down right frightening people who understand the stakes.


36 posted on 10/20/2008 5:20:53 PM PDT by PA-RIVER
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To: jazusamo
Telling a friend that the love of his life is a phony and dangerous is not likely to get him to change his mind. But it may cost you a friend.

Approx. 23 years ago I lost my best friend after getting into an argument about our partying/drinking habits while driving home late one night from a bar. He took offense to my comments about us having a drinking problem and we parted ways.......

He's dead now after first losing his house then his small tool and die shop. Jimbo was the life of the party but unfortunately booze, coke and partying got the best of him...............RIP man, I really miss you.

37 posted on 10/20/2008 5:33:48 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Spreading manure around helps growth. Spreading wealth around creates manure)
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To: jazusamo
I never tire of Dr Sowell’s commentary.
38 posted on 10/20/2008 5:35:52 PM PDT by Know et al (Everything I know I read in the newspaper and that's the reason for my ignorance: Will Rogers)
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To: jazusamo

“...Telling a friend that the love of his life is a phony and dangerous is not likely to get him to change his mind. But it may cost you a friend...”

I have damaged 3 close friendships. There are things more important than a friendship, like Liberty.


39 posted on 10/20/2008 6:45:00 PM PDT by Islander7 (This Atlas is shrugging! ~ I am Joe!)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the ping.


40 posted on 10/20/2008 7:37:52 PM PDT by GOPJ (Mail acorns to t;he MSM starting October 21. Reporters: ACORN addresses are in phone book.)
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To: jazusamo
Of the four people running for President and Vice President on the Republican and Democratic tickets, the one we know the least about is the one leading in the polls — Barack Obama.

And for this we can thank the effing New York Times...

41 posted on 10/20/2008 7:40:29 PM PDT by GOPJ (Mail acorns to t;he MSM starting October 21. Reporters: ACORN addresses are in phone book.)
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To: cowdog77

“Thomas Sowell is an asset to America.
A rare asset.”

Thomas Sowell...the smartest man in America! God bless him.


42 posted on 10/20/2008 7:44:01 PM PDT by nowheretohide
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To: GOPJ
And for this we can thank the effing New York Times...

Correct, and though they're the worst the rest of the enemedia!

43 posted on 10/20/2008 7:47:20 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: Campion

I’d trust Sowell over Obama or McCain.

But that’s not the choice unfortunately.


44 posted on 10/20/2008 7:50:21 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (It's no longer the Press Van, it's a "Tanker" Truck!)
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To: jazusamo

I just wish the blind would try and understand the ravages Obama will set upon this country. They are not immune to this as they think and they will not be receiving any money. Obama has no intention of setting them free from anything or he would have done so while he was in Ill.

I hope more than anything they will finally come to realize before it is too late that Obama is not like them.


45 posted on 10/20/2008 10:27:50 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: freekitty

You’re exactly right and they’re blind because they won’t see, not because they can’t.


46 posted on 10/20/2008 10:35:32 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: GOP_Raider
At this point in the ballgame, I do wonder if an attempt at secession would be prudent—even though we are in a nuclear age and I’m pretty sure I would be branded as a kook or an extremist.

If Bambi wins, he'd better respect the Constitution. Otherwise, he might find himself on an extended vacation at Camp David while the country gets itself sorted out and him removed from office.

47 posted on 10/20/2008 10:52:37 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: jazusamo

“Change” is not a plan, it is a direction, unspecified at that.

“Hope” is not a coherent philosophy, it is merely an emotion.


48 posted on 10/21/2008 4:56:28 AM PDT by fnord (If gun owners, pot smokers, and poker players start a political party, they'd never lose an election)
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To: Campion
I'm such a racist I'd vote for Thomas Sowell for President in a heartbeat.

Dittos to that.

49 posted on 10/21/2008 5:01:12 AM PDT by Tribune7 (Obama wants to put the same crowd that ran Fannie Mae in charge of health care)
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To: luigi

Thanks for the ping! I love reading Thomas Sowell!!


50 posted on 10/21/2008 5:12:54 AM PDT by nijo75 (.....under construction.....)
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