Thursday, May 22, 2008

Let the pro-Obama spin continue

A writer in the New York Times by the name of Jodi Kantor has written a piece which supposedly talks about how Florida's Jewish voters are reacting to Barack Obama: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/22/us/politics/22jewish.html.


Honestly, I thought that this was a ridiculous article, because it ultimately implied that if Jews don't vote for Obama, it is because they are either A) stupid and ill-informed, or B) racist. That is unfortunately the way this election is going to be spun. Every vote against Obama is going to be because the person who cast that vote was either stupid or racist (or both).

I'd like to suggest to Ms. Kantor, who wrote the article, that maybe, JUST MAYBE, there are legitimate reasons to be concerned about Obama that have nothing to do with his race, which the author of this piece either ignores or minimizes:

1) He has the most left-wing voting record in the Senate since he was elected in 2004.
2) He has advocated personal, face-to-face talks with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who on a weekly basis promises to wipe out Israel.
3) Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his spiritual mentor (who he only dumped when it became politically disadvantageous to maintain his association with the guy) is an outspoken supporter of the Palestinians.
4) Two of his initial foreign policy advisors were Robert Malley and Samantha Power, both of whom are strident critics of Israel.
5) Al Qaeda is not supporting him, but Hamas has spoken approvingly of him.
6) He has NEVER denounced Farrakhan, contrary to Ms. Kantor's representation. He has distanced himself from some of Farrakhan's views, which is not at all the same thing.

These aren't matters of opinion, they are statements of FACT. Then again, why would the New York Times want to let those pesky facts get in the way of a good slam at anyone who dares deviate from the increasingly hard left position the paper espouses..............

2 comments:

The Contentious Centrist said...

The fact that Wright is an "is an outspoken supporter of the Palestinians." should not be held against him or anybody. That is not the problem with Wright's position. What is morally wrong and insupportable are:

1. his adulation of Louis Farakhan - which means an acceptance if not outright embrace, of the man's affection for Hitler ("when God puts you [Jews] in the ovens—it's forever!")-

and 2: his designation of Israel as a terrorist state.

What I find intolerable about Kantor's article is this cynical, cruel and basically undemocratic idea that Jews are expected to vote against their own better judgment and intuitive interests in order to atone for the fact that they carry the legacy of a persecuted and decimated minority.

serket said...

Wright has also made racist and anti-America comments.