True Confessions of an Obaman…Not

It’s true.

I confess.

I am an Obaman…Not!  For those of you who are somwhat dyslexic, you could say that I am not an Obaman.  And if you choose to resort to ad hominem attacks rather than attacking the issues, I just might boot you off the plane…well, at least off my site. 

Or I might just choose to argue with you.

And so, SC Muth or whoever you are, I’m taking you on.

You decided to contribute your comments about my posting of a “negative campaign ad.”  And here they are:

I loved that you are using a “so called negative campaign ad” as your basis for truth. Sad, but amusing. Save yourself and do your own research.

Good luck, clearly you’ll need some.

Clearly, I am not the one who hasn’t done the research. 

But in the interests of fairness, I decided not to ask you to get off my plane, but rather to ask you to read the excerpt below from the transcript of the Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate held at Drexel University on October 30th, 2007.  I’m posting only the relevant part without excising the comments from any the context, lest I be accused of some more egregious journalistic abuse. 

You find the transcript to the debate in its entirety in the link above, but you need to scroll through the entire debate until almost the end of the transcript to find this material.  In the excerpt I’ve highlighted Senator Obama’s comments to assist you in finding them…if you want to.  

Read and weep.

And next time, do your own homework.

Excerpt:

PHILADELPHIA—Transcript of Oct. 30 Democratic debate at Drexel University below. Courtesy MSNBC.

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES PARTICIPATE IN A DEBATE
SPONSORED BY MSNBC

OCTOBER 30, 2007

SPEAKERS: SEN. CHRISTOPHER J. DODD, D-CONN.

SEN. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, D-N.Y.

FORMER SEN. JOHN EDWARDS, D-N.C.

GOV. BILL RICHARDSON, D-N.M.
SEN. JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., D-DEL.

REP. DENNIS J. KUCINICH, D-OHIO

SEN. BARACK OBAMA, D-ILL.

BRIAN WILLIAMS, MSNBC ANCHOR

TIM RUSSERT, MSNBC ANCHOR…

RUSSERT: Thank you, Brian.

Senator Clinton, Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer has proposed
giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. He told the Nashua,
New Hampshire, Editorial Board it makes a lot of sense.

Why does it make a lot of sense to give an illegal immigrant a
driver’s license?

CLINTON: Well, what Governor Spitzer is trying to do is fill the
vacuum left by the failure of this administration to bring about
comprehensive immigration reform. We know in New York we have several
million at any one time who are in New York illegally. They are
undocumented workers. They are driving on our roads. The possibility
of them having an accident that harms themselves or others is just a
matter of the odds. It’s probability.

So what Governor Spitzer is trying to do is to fill the vacuum.
I believe we need to get back to comprehensive immigration reform
because no state, no matter how well intentioned, can fill this gap.
There needs to be federal action on immigration reform.

RUSSERT: Does anyone here believe an illegal immigrant should
not have a driver’s license?

(UNKNOWN): Believe what?

RUSSERT: An illegal immigrant should not have a driver’s
license.

DODD: This is a privilege. And, look, I’m as forthright and
progressive on immigration policy as anyone here. But we’re dealing
with a serious problem here, we need to have people come forward. The
idea that we’re going to extend this privilege here of a driver’s
license I think is troublesome, and I think the American people are
reacting to it.

We need to deal with security on our borders. We need to deal
with the attraction that draws people here. We need to deal fairly
with those who are here.

But this is a privilege. Talk about health care, I have a
different opinion. That affects the public health of all of us.

But a license is a privilege, and that ought not to be extended,
in my view.

CLINTON: Well, I just want to add, I did not say that it should
be done, but I certainly recognize why Governor Spitzer is trying to
do…

(UNKNOWN): Wait a minute…

CLINTON: And we have failed. We have failed.

DODD: No, no, no. You said — you said yes…

CLINTON: No.

DODD: … you thought it made sense to do it.

CLINTON: No, I didn’t, Chris. But the point is, what are we
going to do with all these illegal immigrants who are driving…

DODD: That’s a legitimate issue. But driver’s license goes too
far, in my view.

CLINTON: Well, you may say that, but what is the identification?

If somebody runs into you today who is an undocumented worker…

DODD: There’s ways of dealing with that.

CLINTON: Well…

DODD: This is a privilege, not a right.

CLINTON: Well, what Governor Spitzer has agreed to do is to have
three different licenses, one that provides identification for
actually going onto airplanes and other kinds of security issues,
another which is another ordinary driver’s license, and then a special
card that identifies the people who would be on the road, so…

DODD: That’s a bureaucratic nightmare.

CLINTON: … it’s not the full privilege.

RUSSERT: Senator Clinton, I just want to make sure of what I
heard. Do you, the New York senator, Hillary Clinton, support the New
York governor’s plan to give illegal immigrants a driver’s license?

You told the New Hampshire paper that it made a lot of sense. Do
you support his plan?

CLINTON: You know, Tim, this is where everybody plays “gotcha.”
It makes a lot of sense. What is the governor supposed to do? He is
dealing with a serious problems. We have failed. And George Bush has
failed. Do I think this is the best thing for any governor to do?
No. But do I understand the sense of real desperation, trying to get
a handle on this? Remember, in New York, we want to know who’s in New
York. We want people to come out of the shadows.

He’s making an honest effort to do it. We should have passed
immigration reform.

WILLIAMS: New subject, Senator Edwards.

You have young children. As you know, the Internet can be a bit
of a cultural wild west.

Assuming a lot of homes don’t have parental support, would you be
in favor of any government guidelines on Internet content?
EDWARDS: For children? To try to protect children — using
technology to protect children, I would.

I want to add something that Chris Dodd just said a minute ago,
because I don’t want it to go unnoticed. Unless I missed something,
Senator Clinton said two different things in the course of about two
minutes just a few minutes ago.

And I think this is a real issue for the country. I mean,
America is looking for a president who will say the same thing, who
will be consistent, who will be straight with them. Because what
we’ve had for seven years is double-talk from Bush and from Cheney,
and I think America deserves us to be straight.

WILLIAMS: Senator Obama, why are you nodding your head?

OBAMA: Well, I was confused on Senator Clinton’s answer. I
can’t tell whether she was for it or against it. And I do think that
is important. One of the things that we have to do in this country is
to be honest about the challenges that we face.

Immigration is a difficult issue. But part of leadership is not
just looking backwards and seeing what’s popular or trying to gauge
popular sentiment. It’s about setting a direction for the country.
And that’s what I intend to do as president.

RUSSERT: Are you for it or against it?

OBAMA: I think that it is the right idea, and I disagree with
Chris because there is a public safety concern. We can make sure that
drivers who are illegal come out of the shadows, that they can be
tracked, that they are properly trained, and that will make our roads
safer.

That doesn’t negate the need for us to reform illegal
immigration.

Obama Plan Gives Drivers’ Licenses to Illegal Aliens

Obama Wants Social Security for Illegal Aliens

Obama the Redistributor

When Wright is Wrong

Spreading Obama’s Wealth

Halloween Brings Skeletons out of Obama Closet

It’s Halloween, and later on tonight, I expect the usual round of ghosts, ghouls and skeletons knocking at my door for trick or treat.  But having skeletons outside my door is far preferable than having them in my closet waiting for someone else to find them.  So I was really not surprised that I did not have to wait too long to receive an answer to my question earlier this evening.

That being said, if I were Barak Obama, I would be really scared this Halloween.  I would be terrified for this reason:  the polls are tightening.

People are looking hard at both candidates, listening closely to the common sense voice of Joe the Plumber, just a hard working, ordinary American citizen. 

And as a result, voters now trust John McCain more on issues of the economy and taxes.  This is bad news for the Obama camp. 

People are begining to see through the costume.

And they don’t like what they see underneath.

The question I asked earlier this evening was, “Why did these people keep company with Barak Obama?  What was their compelling self-interest?”

You can find the answer in Barak Obama’s own words below (see bold). 

Obama file 22 Barack Obama, Danny K Davis and the Marxist New Party

Obama file 21 here

When Barack Obama successfully ran for the Illinois State Senate in 1996 on the Democratic Party ticket, he was endorsed by two interrelated organisations, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the Chicago branch of the New Party.

Two groups formed the backbone of the New Party-DSA and the closely related radical grassroots organisation the Association of Community Organisations for Reform Now (ACORN). In some areas, there was also some Communist Party involvement and Chicago, considerable input from the Communist breakaway group Committees of Correspondence. Together the New Party Marxists worked through the Democratic Party in order to mov e it far leftward.

A 1996 New Party document entitled ”Who’s Building the New Party” lists several prominent CoC and DSA activists among the national New Party leadership.

They included two of CoC’s five co-chairs, Rafael Pizzaro (also a DSA member and a former communist) and Manning Marable, a former DSA official.

Other DSA members listed include linguist and activist Noam Chomsky (who now serves on the CoC advisory board), labour academic Elaine Bernard, Gloria Steinen and five contemporary Obama supporters– black activist and academic Cornel West, sociologist Frances Fox Piven (credited as the theoretician behind ACORN), former Maoist Bill Fletcher, feminist Barbara Ehrenreich and Chicago physician and “single payer” health activist Quentin Young.

The New Party exploited the concept of electoral “fusion,” which enabled candidates to run on two tickets simultaneously. If a candidate ran as a Democrat and for the New Party, he or she would be on the ballot twice and could attract the votes of both centrist Democrats and leftist New Party supporters. Both votes would be totalled giving the candidate a much greater chance of winning the election. Using this tactic, the New Party succeeded in electing hundreds candidates to local office in several states.

“Fusion” was rendered ineffective by a Supreme Court decision on 28 April 1997 written by Justice William H Rehnquist, leading to the collapse of the New Party and similar efforts nationwide.

Barack Obama had worked with ACORN Affiliates For many years in New York and Chicago. He also and had close ties to DSA, so was a natural fit for the New Party.

Obama’s links to the New Party went well beyond accepting their nominal support. O bama actively sought the New Party’s endorsement and urged members to join his campaigns.

The New Party went so far as to claim Obama as an official member of their organisation.

Former Chicago City Councillor Danny K Davis joined the New Party during his successful Congressional 1996 campaign on the Democratic Party ticket.

New Party News article Spring 1996 page 1, celebrated the Davis’ congressional victory and went on to say;

“New Party members won three other primaries this Spring in Chicago: Barack Obama (State Senate), Michael Chandler (Democratic Party Committee) and Patricia Martin (Cook County Judiciary)…”these victories prove that small ‘d’ democracy can work’ said Obama”.


New Party candidates Patricia Martin left, Danny K Davis centre, Barack Obama right. New Party News Spring 1996 page 2.

Barack Obama clearly saw the potential of the New Party, because he sought their support well before the scheduled election.

From Chicago DSA’s New Ground September/October 1995

About 50 activists attended the Chicago New Party membership meeting in July. The purpose of the meeting was to update members on local activities and to hear appeals for NP support from four potential political candidates…

The political entourage included Alderman Michael Chandler, William Delgado, chief of staff for State Rep Miguel del Valle, and spokespersons for State Sen. Alice Palmer, Sonya Sanchez, chief of staff for State Sen. Jesse Garcia, who is running for State Rep in Garcia’ s District; and Barack Obama, chief of staff for State Sen. Alice Palmer. Obama is running for Palmer’s vacant seat…Although ACORN and SEIU Local 880 were the harbingers of the NP there was a strong presence of CoC and DSA (15% DSA)… Four political candidates were “there” seeking NP support.”The next year, the New Party socialists were celebrating their campaign successes.

 From New Ground July/August 1996

“The NP’s ’96 Political Program has been enormously successful with 3 of 4 endorsed candidates winning electoral primaries. All four candidates attended the NP membership meeting on April 11th to express their gratitude.

Danny Davis, winner in the 7th Congressional District, invited NPers to join his Campaign Steering Committee.In the end, Obama didn’t need the New Party to win the election. Though initially serving under Alice Palmer, Obama stood against her for the State Senate seat-after Palmer lost a bid for the US Congress and decided she wanted her old job back. Obama won by using legal technicalities to get all his opponents, including Alice Palmer, disqualified.

Patricia Martin, who won the race for Judge in 7th Subcircuit Court, explained that due to the NP she was able to network and get ex perienced advice from progressives like Davis.

Barack Obama, victor in the 13th State Senate District, encouraged NPers to join in his task forces on Voter Education and Voter Registration…”

Obama and his New Party associate Danny K Davis, formed a strong relationship that has endured to this day. The pair have worked on several projects in Illinois and congressman Davis has played a significant role in Obama’s Senate and Presidential campaigns. He is now a Democratic Party “super delegate” pledged to Obama.

In this 2004 speech to the Chicago Teamsters Union, Obama describes Davis as “one of our best congressmen” because “he shares our values”.

But what are Danny K Davis’ values? 

Around the time the New Party was alive, Davis was linked to no fewer than three Marxist organisations.

According to a December 29 1998 email from DSA membership officer Solveig Wilder;

“Ron Dellums (who recently retired from Congress) is a Vice Chair of DSA, and Danny Davis, John Conyers, and Major Owens are all DSA Members.”

Danny K Davis has Mced several DSA run Debs Dinner functions in Chicago in recent years and was named as a DSA member in the organisation’s newsletter Democratic Left, Summer 2006 edition.

Davis also had ties to CoC. According to Chicago DSA’s New Ground of September 1994;

Over 500 delegates and observers (including 140 from Chicago) attended the founding convention of the Committees of Correspondence (CoC) held here in Chicago in July.

Speakers…included Charles Nqukula, General Secretary of the South African Communist Party; Dulce Maria Pereira, a senatorial candidate of the Workers Party of Brazil; Angela Davis of CoC; and Andre Brie of the Party of Democratic Socialism of Germany (a revamp of the old East German Communist Party)Other guests during the Convention included Cook County Commissioner Danny Davis, Alderman Helen Schiller and Rick Munoz, a representative of the Green Left Weekly of Australia, and a representative of the Cuban Interest Section.”  Incidentally Rick Munoz, is also now an Illinois Democratic Party delegate for Obama.

Davis was also friendly with the Communist Party USA. In Chicago, the Communist Party has for many years held an annual a fund raising banquet for its paper, the Peoples Weekly World (formerly the Peoples “Daily” World).

According to the PDW of July 28th 1990, Chicago alderman Danny K Davis attended that years banquet on July 15th.

Davis applauded those at the banquet, who, he said, are always in the midst of struggle. PDW readers, he said, are “steadfast in the fight fòr justice.”

The affair netted $2,500 for the PDW. fund.According to the Peoples Weekly World of October 3rd 1998, congressman Danny K Davis interrupted his campaign work for Senate candidate Carol Mosely Braun to present an award at the Chicago annual Peoples Weekly World banquet.

This event raised a more respectable $10,000 towards keeping the Communist Party paper afloat.

Danny Davis’ values are clearly socialist. What are Barack Obama’s values?

Obama file 23 here

It looks like both Danny Davis and Barak Obama have more than a few socialists in their closets as well.  And they are coming out just in time for Halloween.

Mr. Obama,  Shakespeare would say that you’ve been “hoist by your own petard.”  How fitting.  And you thought they were “just words…just speeches” given in relative obscurity to people who would never force you out of the closet.

But you outed yourself with Joe the Plumber.

And you need to face this harsh reality:    Just because you look like a president and sound like a president doesn’t mean that you ARE a president, or that you ever could be.

Maybe it just means that you’ve been allowed to dress up for Halloween.  You might want to ponder that thought for a moment.   After all, the very people that dressed you up can also dress you down.  And it won’t take as long as you think.  For proof, just look at your friend John McCain, once the media darling of the Senate.

But now, perhaps, the trick is on you.  The American people are starting to realize that if you look like a Marxist and act like a Marxist, you are probably a Marxist.

No closet is big enough to hide that secret.

And once you’ve been outed, there is no going back.