For about a week now, I have been thinking about how the concept of being judged by the company you keep is so applicable to Barack Obama. I decided to finally sit down and write about it tonight. But first, I thought I’d check my feed reader.
Wouldn’t you know it–my mother decided to go and steal my thunder.
We haven’t even been talking about this, so I was definitely surprised to see some of my exact thoughts spelled out in front of me. Go there. Read it. She spells out some stuff that I am now going to assume that you know because you have read it there first.
Last week, I was intrigued by several videos posted by various bloggers pointing out some of the scarier subtexts in pro-Obama propaganda. Everything from children singing hymns of praise to their (parents’) great leader, to militant chanting about what teens will be able to do “because of Obama” (Hello? Whatever you accomplish will be because of YOU and your own efforts!), to Michelle Obama’s socialist blathering about redistribution of pie.
All of these videos were met with comments from Obama supporters pointing out that HE wasn’t the one doing and saying these things. True enough (well, except for the case of his wife–you have to assume that he knows and agrees with her talking points if he is allowing her to campaign for him). The thing that scared me, though, is that I grew up believing that you are judged by the company you keep. And while these people (except his wife) may not actually know Barack Obama, they are drawn to him. And someone who inspires this kind of blind adoration (hymns and military chants, people!) scares me. Especially when he is talking about mandatory “volunteer” service and civilian police forces.
This past week, the McCain/Palin campaign has started (finally!) asking some of the tough character questions that some conservative pundits and many Americans have been talking about for awhile now. And while Obama and his supporters frantically try to drown the inconvenient facts out with shouts of, “It’s only about the economy, stupid” (ignoring the fact that McCain and Palin are talking about that, too), even the mainstream media is having to acknowledge that there is substance to the questions about Obama’s associations.
While those who rely solely on the mainstream media may just now be learning about Ayers and ACORN (and Rezko, and Wright, and Soros…) the discussion has been going on for awhile now. Obama and his supports have chosen to plead ignorance. He really wasn’t that close with Ayers–they just lived in the same neighborhood and crossed paths a few times (like in Ayers home, when Obama was having his political coming out party). He never heard Jeremiah Wright say those horrible things in the 20 years he attended his church (did you catch in the video–from CNN!–how Obama and Ayers worked together on a project that benefited Wright?). He is now trying to distance himself from ACORN (you know, the one that Obama did his work as a community organizer for that qualifies him to be the President of the United States) since ACORN seems to shoulder some blame for the current financial crisis and also admitted today to voter fraud within their organization (did you know that the Dallas Cowboys live in Las Vegas?).
Here’s the deal: Either Obama knew about the characters of the people he has been surrounding himself with for decades or he didn’t. He’s either lying, or he was truly oblivious. As incomprehensible as it may be to me, I know that there are a lot of people out there who are willing to give him the benefit of the (extreme) doubt and not judge him by the company he has kept. That’s their prerogative. I just have one one question for them.
Do you really trust someone with such a complete lack of character judgement to lead the free world?