Absolute folderol from an immoral religious fanatic incapable of grasping basic logic, including the differentiation of nature from nurture, prejudice from preference and legal obligations from rights, etc. Your most absurd and risible assertion is that freedom of association trumps civil rights against fundamental, inhumane discrimination. Yes, portentous, you have adequately described yourself. A pompous purveyor of words that lack cohesive thought. I find it interesting that Portent who makes such a big deal of his own intellect and knowledge, is incapable of putting together a single sentence that is not an amalgam of multiple obvious fallacies.
Portent can be extended to portentous and that is what he is. Pompous and trying to impress but in the end, there is little if any substance in what he says. He seems to have absolutely no defense of his viewpoints. Please differentiate nature from nurture — explaining what actual rights we might have to either.
I have read nothing you have posted that sugests you have any clue what a right is. The law should not, and to a very large extent does not create positive obligations. That is inherently what a right is — something that government not only can not abridge, but must affirmatively protect. You fail to grasp that when you talk of government, you are inherently talking of force. Every law that you pass, will ultimately be imposed by force — up to the point of death if it is sufficiently resisted. Ask Eric Garner. Are you prepared to kill people because they do not chose you? For that is what your discrimination is, the failure of another to chose you.
If Master cake had claimed that they were too busy to fill the order of the gay couple. Or simply failed to deliver and claimed some business error how would you enforce that? It is in fact a civil right. OK, I think I understand the rage from the right. But telling a professional liar that her business is not wanted is over the line. The people are going to turn on them. One thing you can say with moral certainty about American political life is that California sucks. Every single time she and Nancy Pelosi open their mouths it is an embarrassment to all women who have 2 cognitive brain cells firing at one time.
Exactly right. Pelosi is a gift that keeps on giving to Republicans, and so is Maxine. LOL … I must admit Bob it took a certain amount of time with will and a lot of balance. Finally one gets use to it and does it well. Back in the day that was how you got to the top of a mans world. Imagine that! Nutchacha … as a native born and raised Californian I can honestly say there is a strong conservative group here.
The problem would easily be solved with every citizen born or naturalized having to present documentation in order to get voter ID. Thanks for the welcome Nick. I must admit it is nice to run into those here who have a thinking brain working for them? Frankly it has been my political activist experience debate with the left is for the most part pointless futility. Unless one finds purpose or pleasure in chatting with a granite blockhead. Though I must admit I find it fun in further exposing blatant stupidity when I run across it on a forum.
I am a complete advocate for those who want to be something in life. Hey I am more than happy to help in the process. So, how many illegals voted in the last presidential election? In New Hampshire, it was alleged that hundreds or thousands were bused in from Massachusetts. But nobody could identify where these buses were chartered from, who drove them, and so on. No one had actually SEEN these buses. Jay S you are aware that illegals all can get a drivers license in CA are you not? Are you also aware with a CA drivers license you can become a registered voter … right? Let me step out on a slim limb with hack saw in hand and ASSUME you have enough cognitive brain cells to figure it out for yourself?
If not … play a little self educational game and try and figure out how many illegals reside in CA … perhaps that will be your first clue. Then come back and look me up so I at least understand I am conversing with someone who has more than 2 brain cells firing simultaneously.
Not only can you vote, but you are automatically signed up to vote when you get a license. This would mean that even 16 year olds could vote. Voter fraud is rampant in California and is never investigated because it keeps the communists in power. How do you suppose the leftist activist mob hears it? In other words: Make it impossible for them to live their lives unless they give in to our demands…we the Mob will Destroy them.
Hodgkinson wing of the Democratic Party. Media Matters will hire FishWings to make the case in comboxes. Ask people of color if they are free to go where they want, ask the gay community if they are free to live their lives in peace. Ask a interracial couple in a white neighborhood if they can live in peace. Ask a black couple with teenage children what they have to teach their sons and daughters what to do if confronted with police. Ask US Hispanics born in this country why they have to prove they are citizens so they can vote. Yes it is a policy disagreement, but it is not the policies of the left that have brought these questions, is it?
Rebel flag-waving folks live next to gay couples who live next to biracial couples—for more than a generation now. Your lot is a self-serving and identifying group of victims in search of a crime. Or people who fell into a hot tub time machine in the 60s. Run them out of restaurants and movie theaters? Refuse to serve them? Literally attempt to ruin their lives until they give in to your demands?
Review what he wrote. Policy disagreements? Really Fishy? How do the people giving out ballots know the Hispanic was born in America? There are books and records of people that can vote. I worked the polling stations for years If you are not in the book or records, you do not vote. Allen, do you have to be a jerk all the time? Or are you a professional? Since voter rolls frequently have names of people that should have been removed how do you deal with that? Nailed it! These mindless Trumpian haters and rubes do neither logic nor reason-based comparative moral judgment, tout court!
Portentous, you must hate minorities. Trump has improved their well being. Are you one like Fishwings that believes everyone should have the right to vote as many times as they want whether they are legal citizens or illegal aliens? Where did I suggest such patently nonsense, gaslighting projector and hallucinator? Are you compos mentis? You claim one thing, and yet the consequences of your efforts to achieve what you claim take you farther from it. While those you malign and claim actively seek to harm those you seek to help have in reality helped them far more than you.
Not making an argument for their own position while attacking those of others and pretending that you can not infer what someone beleives from what they oppose. Pretentious is Pretentious Peter Shill is a Shill Anonymous is anonymous because she has no substance. Just how prestentious is pretentious? There must be something we can argue about?
How much of a shill is peter,. The social contract requires government to protect us from the use of force to infringe on our actual rights by others. It does not require others to approve of our lives, to support our choices or even require others to associate with us. Discounting discomfiting evidence is your mindset, I get that, but if I am to be insulted, I must first value your opinion. You have no evidence. You corralled a mess of things which irritate you, some of which are indubitably fictional, some of which are the issue of random people over the internet and I have news for you: prominent people get crank mail and threats.
Lyndon Johnson got hundreds of threats a day , none of which are the issue of Republican officials and none of which are the issue of anyone as locally prominent as Stephanie Wilkerson. None of them have been endorsed by the moderator or anyone here.
It was just a cheesy effort at deflection. Quit being a worthless punk and people will treat you with more respect. Portentous, do you know you are talking to a fish and agreeing with it. Certainly, a fishes IQ is less than that of Maxines. But would clinical thinker still let Trump grab her crotch anyhow?
Stay tuned. This kind of intimidation and harassment is how the Democrats handle policy disagreement. So you agree with how Maxine Waters and the Democrats are calling for harassment against Cabinet members and their families and Trump supporters? Because of policy disagreements? Did you see FishWings most recent comment? He knows nothing. Given that clinical thinker does not masturbate [?
Perhaps that is why clinical thinker is so damned frigid. No, I insulted him repeatedly. They should be happy to have been kicked out. Why would you want to give them your money if they are so against you? Same as the Christian cake baker not making cake for gay wedding. At least the restaurant owner was honest. But all that aside…. Believing that businesses should be open for all customers, I disagree with the restaurant owner. And then not challenge her comments about treating others respectfully? But you are a danger. An administration horribly destroying families legally attempting asylum.
Civility and lack of civility starts at the top. Thus it is that this most respected of conservative commentators may be the only pundit in the country to have been wrong about every major U. Fear not. Two days after the Virginia Tech shooting, he appeared on Fox News order to point out the inevitable Islam connection:. Not interested in your state-approved propaganda. Maybe something from the Marvel universe might be more truthfully applicable. I always challenge my comfort zone. I test my logic. I was a major anti-Bush contributor on here for the years of that administration.
The Krauthammer philosophy was proven wrong in totality; however, I see your lot having common ground with his viewpoint. Unless you are planning on knocking her off before then? I left the nazi separating families part out in deference to your anticipated tears. You libeled Charles Krauthammer, who has just died. He was a great asset to public discourse.
You are an asset to no one. You lied. I get that it is difficult defending warmongering garbage. Who knows….. Red Hen will learn whether their choice was wise or not based on whether there are significant protests and increases or decreases in patronage. We do not need laws to guess at our views on the subject we can directly express them ourselves. Yep, thanks. Let them throw out a dinner bill for 8, while insulting a high percentage of adults in that particular market niche. And that is fine. She probably really enjoys that big gold star she can wear for her ingroup.
She may be. Her degrees include one from a fancy private research university and from a public ivy in a state where I do not think she had antecedent residency. Her husband is tenured faculty at VMI, so the family has a steady income and has some margin for her earnings to fluctuate. I think with this TDS maneuver, her good fortune is about to run out.
The Trump campaign WAS wiretapped, and spied on. Bill are you actually stupid enough to believe that crap? Or are you simply a propagandized lemming of the left. Think with your BIG BRAIN little dude and learn the law before you rail on about what clearly lack knowledge of … in this case the immigration laws chiseled on the books for at least 25 years. I bet everyone reading this is also laughing. Nor has a like argument worked for lawbreakers Ever in my experience with law breakers emphasis on EVER.
Try it with a judge and see how you fare little buddy. Let me know when it happens so I can be there and laugh when you are clapped in irons and dragged to the federal clink for a few. I have to admit your gross stupidity is indeed entertaining. Personally I hate a whining adult acting like a tantrum throwing 4 year old. Nielsen was at, and refusing to serve Sarah Sanders and family.
You can easily find examples of attempts to legitimize these incidents as you read some of these comments. The are centuries of fighting the efforts of religious beleivers to convert their beleives into law. Law is the conditions that justify the governments use of force.
Your beleif is not sufficient justification. Civility is an aspiration. It is not an obligation. You are entitled to be secure in your rights and property against the unjustified use of force or fraud to infringe or confiscate. You are not entitled to civility, you are not entitled to respect, you are not entitled to be believed. Respect is earned. Civility is only due to those who listen as well as speak.
Real tolerance means accepting that others disagree and that they are free to do so, and that you are obligated not to use force to compel them to live according to your beleifs. The left is not civil — it has not been for a long time. The left is not tolerant — it has not been for a long time — if ever. During my lifetime it is primarly the left that has sought to harness the awesome power of government to acomplish through force what they were unable to get people to agree to voluntarily.
Trump is the direct consequence of the intolerance and hostility of the left. You have called everyone who has differed even slightly with you racist, lying hateful, mysoginst, homophobic, so broadly that your insults have lost meaning. You have leveled the same accusations at every republican candidate in The only difference between your treatment of Trump is the amount of froth on your lips. You have gone beyond candidates — to labeling half the country as hateful hating haters. And you dare whisper about civility? A large portion of us do not give a damn what Trump says to or about the left or the press — because we are tired of your insults and if Trump is dishing back what you has served on ALL OF US — all the better.
I am not interested in cries of liar, from liars, of racist from those who have built a temple to racism. I am not happy with Trump, I was not happy with Bush or Obama or Clinton or any president in my lifetime. Thus far Trump has delivered more of what he promised than Obama, and is less offensive than Clinton. Bill Clinton ended the myth that good character was a prerequisite to being a good president, you you idiots managed to run Hillary Clinton — the one person more repugnant than Trump and are shocked that she lost. You like hit pieces and bold-faced-lies.
Note, did the NYTimes state that the government could not prove its case? That the case was political? If Enigma was accused of murder and then found innocent and the real murder placed in jail and if Enigma became Mayor or was running for Mayor and if Enigma was not liked by the New York Times their headline would read … Blood in the Street How Enigma got his start and Was First Accused of Murder.
The article would talk all about the accusation and might not even mention that he was found innocent and someone else was convicted and serving time for the murder. How old are you anonymous? Your comments put you at maybe 14 going on 4. Your IQ appears to be less than my shoe size. Your anonymous handle shows you are a coward. She professes to be an elderly woman. She uses three sock-puppets and appropriates my handle from time to time. OMG … elderly woman? ROFL at her witlessness. Not a response dear.
Oh worry not sweetheart. Somehow elderly does not compute because the elderly educated were a lot smarter than you appear. Did I properly thank you for that accolade? Okay gotta go dear have spent all of the time on you that you deserve. Besides that you have become boring for us all. I am elated that the left is resorting to these tactics.
Doing so legitimizes all forms of private discrimination. We are free to act out side of govenrment to express our views and oppinions. Of politics, religion, sexual preference, life style choices. We are not free to use force. Imo, the bakers should have baked the cake and Sanders should have been able to eat in peace. Protesters could have made their point after Sanders and Nielsen left the restaurants. The Left has long held the belief that they can be conscientious objectors. They can drive conservative speakers off university campuses.
Refuse to serve conservatives in restaurants. Harass them at their homes. They believe that they are standing up for what is right. There are people with religious beliefs who believe that if they participated in a gay wedding, they were committing a sin that would weigh on their conscience. They, too, think they are standing up for their right to say no.
Is it interfering with their freedom of religion to force them to participate in a religious ceremony with which they disagree? Realistically, if all restaurants politicized, and there were only some restaurants that prominent Liberals could go to, and some that prominent Republicans can go it, it would alienate customers. But some could make it some sort of business model. Who knows. There are good arguments on both sides about discrimination and serving the public.
But if restaurants and movie theaters and universities are going to keep refusing to serve people based on their mainstream political views, then bakeries, florists, and photographers can refuse to get involved in gay weddings. That on occasion the Supreme court reads what is written rather than what it wishes was written does not change what the constitution says.
What I find most interesting is those on the left oppose this — except those rare occasions that it works to their benefit. We see that daily here. Kind of like the current immigrant thing. Are we prepared to accept that our minimum wage laws will fail. That our social safetynet will fail? I am not interested in a discussion of broadly free immigration with those unwilling to even consider the consequences.
All law is ultimately the use of force. Laws on immigration inherently mean arresting people, possibly separating families and removing people by force. Laws are not enforced through persuasion or feather boas. Humans love free stuff. Stop handing out free stuff, and mainly those will come who will work to make their opportunity.
As far as I know. If you have proof otherwise please present it I am open to change my mind. As someone who has been an adult while you were most likely still pissing your pampers. So do you want to accuse Trump of the Clinton depravity of what 24 years now carried on by Bush and worse Obama? So NO DEAR the standard has not been lowered it has been raised considerably by Trump unless you are too young to have a long term perspective of history. Are you compos mentis, ludicrous popinjay? Trump is unassailably, to any rational and well-educated individual, the nadir of moral turpitude, venality and democratic institutional and institutional subversion.
BTW, SCOTUS wrongly decided the baker case, since freedom of religion was not intended as a rationalization for dishonoring equal treatment in the public sphere of expression, association or commerce, period, intellectual vacuity. Clinton is accused of sexual harrassment and rape.
We can debate shades of differences between Franken and Biden and Trump. That you fail to grasp that burns your credibility. In fact until the passage of the Civil Rights act in , there was no legal basis to interfere with private discrimination. Free association, Free expression, Freedom of contract, Are all Rights — the right to choose, includes the right to choose badly.
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SCOTUS got the outcome correct but missed atleast 3 compelling constitutional justifications — aside from religion. But for the fact that one commissioner was stupid enough to publicly express his hostility to Phillips beliefs Kennedy would have ruled the other way. In otherwords — according to MasterCake discrimination is acceptable — so long as it is covert. We want the basis for the choices that people make to be made publicly, so that we can judge them.
Portentous, Mr. Is Mr. Alternatively, is Mr. What he did do is bragged about what groupies allowed him to do, while Democratic darling Weinstein actually did allegedly rape women in his hotel room, directed there by other women, and ignored by iconic actresses. Jackie must have just loved that. Teddy Kennedy made the waitress sandwich assault.
MLK was a serial cheater. Gandhi used to sleep in a bad full of naked teenage girls to test his chastity. Bill Clinto was a serial cheater and an alleged rapist who visited orgy island, infamous for the sexual abuse of underage girls. What is it with prominent men and cheating? There is a lot of valid criticism of Trump, as there is for most Presidents. You will recall that Mitt Romney was one of the nicest guys to run for President in modern times.
Anne Romney was savaged because she showered her considerable finances on her beloved dressage horse, Rafalca, championing her and sponsoring her rider in elite athletic events all the way up to the Olympics. How sweet to pamper her pony and sponsor riders who could not afford to compete at that level. Carl Lagerfeld has a world traveling very lovely kitty who has her own chef and will inherit in his will. What was Anne supposed to do? Buy a grade horse and an ill-fitting saddle and feed her moldy hay?
You will recall all the Obama couture? Totally fine. If Mitt Romney is going to be treated like an evil devil, then there is literally no way to be nice enough to satisfy Democrats, who will ignore anything including alleged rape from their own politicians. What Trump did in directly — in real time and place — by inciting violence against dissenters at his campaign rallies was patently illegal and emblematic of the fascist mindset! I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so AM — Jun 23, The defense of such disgraceful conduct by liberals is itself shocking.
Presumably Rep. Speier and others would be put out if they were denied service due to their political beliefs. Indeed, this double standard is the subject of an earlier column. Wilkinson lists herself as a graduate of Dartmouth with a B. Share this: Twitter Reddit Facebook. Christian Adams puts it, "Obama and his UNO gang delivered their message of opposition and intimidation. At the time, a Muslim attorney and black nationalist named Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour asked civil rights activist Percy Sutton to send a letter of recommendation to his Sutton's friends at Harvard on Obama's behalf.
Al-Mansour formerly had been a close personal adviser to Huey Newton and Bobby Seale , having helped them establish the Black Panther Party in the s. He thereafter became an advisor to a number of Saudi billionaires known for funding the spread of Wahhabi extremism in America. Al-Mansour also showed himself to be a passionate hater of the United States, Israel, and white people generally. He graduated magna cum laude in There's certainly racism here [at Harvard Law School].
There are certain burdens that are placed [on blacks], more emotionally at this point than concretely Hopefully, more and more people will begin to feel their story is somehow part of this larger story of how we're going to reshape America in a way that is less mean-spirited and more generous. I mean, I really hope to be part of a transformation of this country. The godfather of Critical Race Theory, Bell was infamous for his anti-white views and his contention that America was an irredeemably racist country.
At the rally in question, Obama encouraged his fellow students to "Open up your hearts and minds to the words of Professor Derrick Bell," whom he openly embraced during the proceedings. He also described Bell as someone who spoke " the truth. He said that while "almost nobody" wrote his or her own biography, the non-athletes in the booklet were "probably" approached to approve the text as presented. His voting rights class traced the evolution of election law, from the disenfranchisement of blacks to contemporary debates over districting and campaign finance.
Obama was especially eager for his charges to understand the horrors of the past, students say. He assigned a catalog of lynching victims, including some who were first raped or stripped of their ears and fingers, others who were pregnant or lynched with their children, and some whose charred bodies were sold off, bone fragment by bone fragment, to gawkers.
He was hired by the University of Chicago when they learned he had been given a book contract on race and law directly after graduating from Harvard. There was no book — just the contract, which he later reneged on. This is not the normal level of accomplishment for a University of Chicago professor or even lecturer. Davis Miner. That same year, he also became a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. In Obama worked for Davis Miner on a case titled Barnett v. The Obama team sought to raise the number of black super-majority districts from 19 to Citibank , Obama and his fellow Davis Miner attorneys represented the plaintiffs in charging that Citibank was making too few loans to black applicants.
Under pressure, Citibank settled the case three years later after agreeing to increase its lending to unqualified applicants. These so-called "subprime" loans set the stage for the cataclysmic housing, banking, and economic crisis of -- a crisis which the American public blamed largely on Republicans, and which therefore essentially sealed Obama's presidential victory that year. Notwithstanding Obama's support for the very policies that caused the housing crisis, he would speak about the crisis as though it were the result of forces unrelated to those policies.
In August , for instance, he said : "So the income of the top 1 percent nearly quadrupled from to , but the typical family's incomes barely budged. And towards the end of those three decades, a housing bubble, credit cards, a churning financial sector was keeping the economy artificially juiced up, so sometimes it papered over some of these long-term trends. But by the time I took office in as your president, we all know the [housing] bubble had burst.
And it cost millions of Americans their jobs and their homes and their savings. He accused Murray of racism, and of caring too little about early childhood education prevention programs like Head Start. With one finger out to the political wind, Mr. Jim Edgar, the state's Republican governor, opposed the law because he believed that allowing voters to register using only a postcard would breed widespread fraud. Said Obama in the immediate aftermath of the March:. Obama Smears "White Executives" in "the Suburbs": In a interview , Obama made reference to a hypothetical "white executive living out in the suburbs, who doesn't want to pay taxes to inner city children for them to go to school.
I was very active in low-income neighborhoods, working on issues of crime and education and employment, and seeing that in some ways, certain portions of the African American community are doing as bad if not worse, and recognizing that my fate remained tied up with their fates, that my individual salvation is not going to come about without a collective salvation for the country. Unfortunately I think that recognition requires that we make sacrifices, and this country has not always been willing to make the sacrifices necessary to bring about a new day and a new age. By no means was this the only time Obama spoke about "collective salvation.
Um, unfortunately I think that recognition requires that we make sacrifices and this country has not always been willing to make the sacrifices necessary to bring about a new day and a new age. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you'll realize your true potential, that you'll become full grown. What it can be blamed on is some of the common factors that affect Bosnia or Los Angeles or all kinds of places on this earth, and that is the tendency for one group to try to suppress another group in the interest of power or greed or resources or what have you.
My travels made me sensitive to the plight of those without power and the issues of class and inequalities as it relates to wealth and power. Anytime you have been overseas in these so-called third world countries, one thing you see is the vast disparity of wealth of those who are part of power structure and those outside of it. Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and Obama's Entry into Politics: In the mids, Obama developed a friendship with fellow Chicagoans Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn , university professors who hosted a fundraiser at their home to introduce Obama to their neighbors during his first run for the Illinois state senate in This fundraiser was likely organized by the socialist New Party.
The pair had participated personally in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in , the Capitol building in , and the Pentagon in To this day, both have remained unrepentant about their former terrorist activities and their hatred of the United States. When questioned about his relationship with Ayers during an April Democratic primary debate, Obama responded :. He is not somebody who I exchange ideas from [with] on a regular basis.
And the notion that somehow, as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts forty years ago when I was eight years old, somehow reflects on me and my values doesn't make much sense … [T]his kind of game, in which anybody who I know, regardless of how flimsy the relationship is, [that] somehow their ideas could be attributed to me, I think the American people are smarter than that.
Daley Library at the University of Illinois, he found that Ayers in fact had been one of five members of a working group that assembled the initial CAC board which hired Obama. A September WorldNetDaily report offers still more details :. Ayers also spoke for the Chicago School Reform Collaborative before Obama's board, while Obama periodically spoke for the board at meetings of the collaborative … According to the documents, the CAC granted money to far-leftist causes, such as the radical Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, which …has done work on behalf of Obama's presidential campaign.
Klonsky was leader of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party, which was effectively recognized by China as the all-but-official U. Maoist party. Ayers's educational philosophy, which called for infusing students and their parents with a radical political commitment, and which downplayed achievement tests in favor of activism.
In the mids, Mr. Ayers taught at a radical alternative school, and served as a community organizer in Cleveland's ghetto. Ayers wrote that teachers should be community organizers dedicated to provoking resistance to American racism and oppression. His preferred alternative? Ayers was forming CAC. Obama Rejects Gun Rights:. Years later, while running for the U.
Senate in , Obama spoke in favor of federal legislation to block citizens nationwide from receiving concealed-carry permits. That same year , Obama spoke in favor of banning gun sales within five miles of a school or park, which would have effectively shut down almost all gun stores. During his U. Senate tenure, Obama supported Washington, DC's comprehensive gun ban, which prevented district residents from possessing handguns even in their own homes; required that long guns be kept locked and disassembled; and lacked a provision allowing the guns to be reassembled in the event of an emergency.
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Obama Endorses Ayers' Book: In December Obama wrote a blurb praising Ayers' recently published book, A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court , calling it "a searing and timely account of the juvenile court system, and the courageous individuals who rescue hope from despair. In the s she served as an executive board member of the U. State senator Palmer was instrumental in Obama's entry into politics. As Palmer prepared to leave the state senate, she hand-picked Obama as the person she most wanted to fill her newly vacated senate seat.
Toward that end, she introduced Obama to party elders and donors as her preferred successor, and helped him gather the signatures required for getting his name placed on the ballot. At that point, Palmer filed to retain the Democratic nomination for the state senate seat she had encouraged Obama to pursue; that seat would be up for grabs in the November elections. She asked Obama to politely withdraw from the race and offered to help him find an alternative position elsewhere.
But Obama refused to withdraw, so Palmer resolved to run against him and two other opponents who also had declared their candidacy in the Democratic primary. To get her name placed on the ballot , Palmer hastily gathered more than the minimum number of signatures required. Obama promptly challenged the legitimacy of those signatures and charged Palmer with fraud.
Names could be eliminated from a candidate's petition for a variety of reasons. For example, if a name was printed rather than written in cursive script, it was considered invalid. Or if the person collecting the signatures was not registered to perform that task, any signatures that he or she had collected likewise were nullified. Obama also successfully challenged the signatures gathered by his other two opponents, and both of them were disqualified as well.
Consequently, Obama ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and won by default. It [the process by which Obama had gotten Palmer's name removed from the ballot] was very awkward. That part of it I wish had played out entirely differently. He was successful in obtaining that endorsement, and he used a number of New Party volunteers as campaign workers.
Co-founded in by Daniel Cantor a former staffer for Jesse Jackson 's presidential campaign and Joel Rogers a sociology and law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison , the New Party was a socialist political coalition whose objective was to endorse and elect leftist public officials -- most often Democrats. Obama was involved as early as , with a New Party "sister" organization - Progressive Chicago. This organization was formed by members of the New Party as a support group for "progressive" candidates. Barack Obama was probably approached to join Progressive Chicago as early April 7, , as this unsigned handwritten note suggests [ see image here ].
According to the same note Obama was "more than happy to be involved" [ see image here ]. By September Obama was one of 17 people listed as a signatory on all Progressive Chicago letters - as shown by the second page of this September 22 Progressive Chicago letter to Joe Gardner [ see image here ] It appears beyond doubt that Barack Obama was involved, more than two years before his Illinois State Senate run, with a New Party founded, "sister organization" - Progressive Chicago. In a interview , Carl Davidson , a Marxist activist who helped establish the New Party, recalled Obama's involvement with the New Party: "A subcommittee met with [Obama] to interview him to see if his stand on the living wage and similar reforms was the same as ours.
We determined that our views on these overlapped, and we could endorse his campaign in the Democratic Party. By , Obama himself had become a member of the New Party. Wrote Kurtz :. He also signed a 'contract' promising to publicly support and associate himself with the New Party while in office. He also joined the New Party. In a story in the Chicago Reader , Obama was quoted saying : "In America, we have this strong bias toward individual action.
You know, we idolize the John Wayne hero who comes in to correct things with both guns blazing. But individual actions, individual dreams, are not sufficient. We must unite in collective action, build collective institutions and organizations. The Brigades were organized by Fidel Castro 's Cuban intelligence agency, which trained "brigadistas" in guerrilla warfare techniques, including the use of arms and explosives. In the mids Davidson was a major player in the Chicago branch of the aforementioned New Party. From the early s until , Cooper Union had served as the usual venue of the annual Socialist Scholars Conference.
Following the performance, Obama took the stage and participated in a panel discussion about the show. Writer Andrew Breitbart described the play as follows:. It truly is a love song to Alinsky. In the first few minutes of the play, Alinsky plays Moses — yes, the Biblical Moses — talking to God. The play glorifies Alinsky stealing food from restaurants and organizing others to do the same, explaining, 'I saw it as a practical use of social ecology: you had members of the intellectual community, the hope of the future, eating regularly for six months, staying alive till they could make their contributions to society.
He grins about manipulating the Christian community to back his programs. He talks in glowing terms about engaging in Chicago politics with former Mayor Kelly. You have nothing to lose but your juicy fruit. Joining Obama on the discussion panel were the following individuals: Quentin Young : Young is a longtime supporter of communist causes, and a friend of William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. He is also a strong supporter of a single-payer, government-run healthcare system.
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Heather Booth : This longtime radical activist co-founded the Midwest Academy. Timuel Black : U. To view a list of additional individuals who participated in the panel discussion following the Alinsky play, click here. And I think some of it has been deserved The trick is, how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution, because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level, to make sure that everybody's got a shot.
Specifically, he said that:. In he was joined on this board by Bill Ayers, who would serve alongside Obama until the latter left the Fund in December House of Representatives. Obama returned to the Illinois state senate for another four-year term. Abunimah … has also recalled Mr. Obama at a fundraiser held for the then-Congressional candidate Obama in at Rashid and Mona Khalidi's home, where Mr. Obama made convincing statements in support of the Palestinian cause. In early a longtime political supporter, Chicago entrepreneur Robert Blackwell, Jr. The day after Obama wrote this letter, his U.
Bull Connor was Birmingham, Alabama's Commissioner of Public Safety in the s, and became famous for directing fire hoses and police attack dogs against anti-segregation demonstrators in his city. Obama's MLK Day speech was also drenched in the rhetoric of class warfare. It only makes sense if the powerless can be made to recognize themselves in the powerful On October 2, , Obama gave an antiwar speech alongside Jesse Jackson on the very day that President Bush and Congress agreed on a joint resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq.
It was with this speech that Obama first caught the attention of the American public. Suggesting that the prospect of war was largely a Republican ploy to distract voters from domestic issues that were impacting minorities negatively, Obama said :. Those are the battles that we willingly join — the battles against ignorance and intolerance, corruption and greed. Poverty and despair. He used the speech to introduce himself to a national audience while impugning the Bush administration and the War in Iraq.
The resulting sex scandal, based on allegations in the divorce records by a Hollywood actress eager to prevent her ex-husband from getting custody of their children, prompted the Republican to resign from the race. Human Events magazine provides the details:. Obama then used similar techniques to win the general election, as Human Events again explains:.
Senator from Illinois. Alliance with MoveOn. But in our past there has been another term for it, Social Darwinism, every man or woman for him or herself. It's a tempting idea, because it doesn't require much thought or ingenuity. As Joel Pollack of Breitbart. Obama stopped short of suggesting that the allegedly slow federal response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina which had devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast earlier that month -- especially black victims -- was motivated by racism.
And I think that we can win it if we can articulate it. Essentially, the other side has an easier job, because their argument is essentially, what is labeled 'The Ownership Society' …. You worry about healthcare inflation. Retirement account. Figure out how much you can save. It doesn't matter that your wages haven't gone up in 4 or 5 years. You figure out how to save. There's a certain attractiveness in its simplicity [to] that idea. And it's particularly attractive, I think, for those of us who are successful, because it allows us to be self-congratulatory and say, in fact, the cream rises to the top.
He also mocked the administration's supposedly elitist attitude and inability to empathize with people who were not white and affluent. And the notion that folks couldn't do that simply did not register in the minds of those in charge. And it's not surprising that it didn't register, because it hasn't registered for the last 6, 7, 8, 20, 50, 75, years. A passionate admirer of Louis Farrakhan , Tillman was a leading proponent of reparations for slavery.
His management company controls billions more in investor assets. McCarthy , the former U. That law bars Americans who are "without authority of the United States" from conducting relations "with any foreign government In Obama campaigned for a pro-communist candidate running against Nairobi's pro-American government — 'in outrageous contravention of U. Appearing with Odinga at campaign stops, Obama gave speeches accusing the sitting Kenyan president of being corrupt and oppressive, leaving the masses in poverty.
Obama's interference 'was more than reckless,' McCarthy writes. Running for President: On January 16, , Obama announced the creation of a presidential exploratory committee. At the time Obama announced the formation of his exploratory committee, he had logged a mere days of experience in the U. Senate i. On February 10, , Obama officially announced his candidacy for President.
I know that I have not spent a long time learning the ways of Washington, but I have been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington have to change. In a February appearance with her husband on the television program 60 Minutes , Mrs. Said Mrs. Obama depicted the U. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. I am the offspring of the movement. His mother married Lolo Soetoro in The father, for his part, left Hawaii in June and went to Harvard before eventually returning to Kenya with another white American woman, whom he married there in All this occurred before the civil rights marches in Selma.
The Panthers had come to Selma explicitly to support Obama. Click here for photos of Obama sharing the same podium as the Panthers. Click here for a photo of Obama marching nearby Panther leaders in a large crowd. Obama Charges U. Government with Racism vis a vis Its Response to Hurricane Katrina In a June campaign appearance at Hampton University in Virginia, then-presidential candidate Obama delivered a racially charged and, at times, angry speech to an audience of black ministers, including his longtime pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ, Rev.
Jeremiah Wright. Wright's long tradition of anti-American, anti-white, anti-Semitic rhetoric had recently been exposed by a few media outlets. The baby is born with a bullet in her arm, which doctors successfully remove. That bullet, Obama explains, is a metaphor for the problems facing black America, namely racism. Folks are frustrated!
Black people angry! And basically it says, when you get federal money, you gotta give a ten percent match. Forget that dollar you gotta put in. Makes no sense! Moreover, the federal government had, on occasion, waived the Stafford Act during its reconstruction efforts. It is inconceivable that Obama, as a sitting U. Senator, could have been unaware of this. We can have the people who were displaced doing that work We need additional federal public transportation dollars flowing to the highest need communities.
Just like black folks will survive. Michelle Obama Refers to Her Husband as "a Kenyan: At a December fundraiser in Tampa, Florida, Michelle Obama said : "What it reminded me of was our trip to Africa, two years ago, and the level of excitement that we felt in that country — the hope that people saw just in the sheer presence of somebody like Barack Obama — a Kenyan, a black man, a man of great statesmanship who they believe could change the fate of the world.
By election day , the Party had scrubbed that fact from the original Web page -- in an effort to prevent Obama's critics from publicizing and exploiting evidence of that support. He also expressed his opposition to racial profiling in law enforcement, detailing how he had helped pass legislation against the practice. The camp's curriculum and methods were modeled on the teachings of Saul Alinsky. Aaron Klein of WorldNet Daily reports the following :. We go through everything from canvassing, phone banking, volunteer recruitment, our campaign message, how to develop an organization locally.
Citizen Action is a spin off of Midwest Academy In late August , Evans attended the Democratic National Convention and, because of her status as a bundler, was invited to two private receptions with Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden. In September , Evans attended two exclusive Hollywood fundraisers with Obama. Robert Malley alleges that Israeli -- not Palestinian -- inflexibility caused the Camp David peace talks brokered by Bill Clinton to fail. He has penned several controversial articles -- some he co-wrote with Hussein Agha, a former adviser to Arafat -- blaming Israel and exonerating Arafat for that failure.
In , the Obama campaign would sever its ties with Malley after the latter told the Times of London that he -- Malley -- had been in regular contact with Hamas as part of his work for ICG. His comments included the following :. Will our daughters grow up with the same opportunities as our sons? Will our daughters have the same rights, the same dreams, the same freedoms to pursue their own version of happiness? I put Roe at the center of my lesson plan on reproductive freedom when I taught Constitutional Law.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States, with some clinics across the country. In Planned Parenthood completed abortions for every adoption referral it made to an outside agency. During the fiscal year, the organization reported 1, adoption referrals one adoption for every abortions. According to a New York Times report: "Mr. Obama, who has built his candidacy upon the mantra of change, received booming applause when he was introduced to the audience of more than 1, When the moderator mentioned that the senator turned 46 years old on Saturday, several of those gathered in the ballroom began to serenade him with 'Happy Birthday.
Among the committee's more notable members were Rev. Jeremiah Wright , Rev. Joseph E. His writings, public statements, and sermons reflect his conviction that America is a nation infested with racism, prejudice, and injustice. Wright is also a strong supporter of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. In May , Obama finally made a move to distance himself from Wright and formally ended his membership in the church.
Long before the controversy over Wright had erupted, Rev. Jim Wallis , the founder of the Sojourners evalngelical ministry, told an interviewer: "If you want to understand where Barack [Obama] gets his feeling and rhetoric from, just look at Jeremiah Wright. Soon after the Wright controversy became public -- and indeed threatened to derail Obama's campaign -- Wright was interviewed by author Edward Klein.
So we met in the living room of the parsonage of Trinity United Church of Christ And anyway, how am I supposed to support my family? Do you know what your problem is? You have to tell the truth. Otis Moss: Rev. In one notable sermon , Moss likened the condition of contemporary black Americans to that of the hapless lepers referenced in biblical stories.
Thugs are made and not born. After Obama's election to the U. Pfleger also has hosted a number of faith forums for Obama during his political campaigns. When portions of this sermon were aired widely by the media, Obama denounced Pfleger's rhetoric as "divisive" and "backward-looking," and soon thereafter he announced that he was leaving Trinity church. James Meeks: Yet another religious figure affiliated with Obama is Rev. In July , Meeks sparked controversy when he delivered a heated sermon excoriating Chicago mayor Richard Daley and others regarding public-school funding issues.
But they [are] still the same white people who are presiding over systems where black people are not able You got some elected officials that are house niggers. And rather than them trying to break this up, they gonna fight you to protect this white man. In , Obama personally selected Meeks to endorse him in a radio ad. Also in , Meeks was named as an Illinois superdelegate pledged to Obama for the Democratic convention in Denver, Colorado. Jeremiah Wright ; and b Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, a reparations-for-slavery proponent who has advised Obama on such matters as criminal-justice reform.
In , Obama had appeared with Cornel West at a Harlem, New York fundraiser attended by some 1, people; it was Obama's first campaign visit to Harlem, and it came shortly after the senator had announced his candidacy for President. At the event, West vehemently denounced the "racist criminal-justice system" of the "American empire.
Click here for video. Obama won Iowa! He won in a political arena 95 percent white. It was a resounding defeat for the manipulations of the ultra-right and their right-liberal fellow travelers. Also it was a hard lesson for liberals who underestimated the political fury of the masses in these troubled times. Marx once compared revolutionary struggle with the work of the mole, who sometimes burrows so far beneath the ground that he leaves no trace of his movement on the surface.
This is the old revolutionary 'mole,' not only showing his traces on the surface but also breaking through. It may not have happened as we expected it to happen but what matters is that it happened. The message is clear: we can and must defeat the ultra-right, by uniting the broadest possible coalition that will represent an overwhelming majority of the people in a new political dynamic. Accusing Republicans of Having Failed Minorities: During a Democratic presidential debate on January 21, , Obama expressed his belief that Republican politicians had failed to provide adequate opportunities for the social and economic advancement of minorities:.
The Republicans may have a different attitude The policies that they have promoted have not been good at providing ladders for upward mobility and opportunity for all people. Because nothing worthwhile in this country has ever happened unless somebody somewhere stood up when it was hard, stood up when they were told, no you can't, and said, yes we can. And where better to affirm our ideals than here in Wisconsin, where a century ago the progressive movement was born.
It was rooted in the principle that the voices of the people can speak louder than special interests, that citizens can be connected to their government and to one another, and that all of us share a common destiny, an American Dream. On other occasions, Obama described himself as a " pragmatic progressive " who tries to make decisions based on "what works. When the messiah speaks, the youth will hear. And the messiah is absolutely speaking.
But I will tell you I can be freer not endorsing you to help you and everybody else. I want you to endorse. From their principled opposition to the Iraq war -- a war I also opposed from the start -- to their strong support for a number of progressive causes, MoveOn shows what Americans can achieve when we come together in a grassroots movement for change…. I thank them for their support and look forward to working with their members in the weeks and months ahead. I said they are a terrorist organization, and I've repeatedly condemned them.
And they fell through the Clinton administration and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate, and they have not. Lake called for the newly installed Democrat Congress to cut off funding for the governments of South Vietnam and Cambodia in January Lake's appointment to the Obama campaign was withdrawn after the revelation that in a television appearance, Lake had stated, erroneously and naively, that the recently deceased Alger Hiss may not actually have been a Soviet spy.
The Race Card: At a June campaign stop in Jacksonville, Florida, Obama suggested that his political opponents were trying to exploit the issue of race to undermine his candidacy. I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged…. I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it's Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U. Mortgage Lending Crisis: In the summer of a mortgage-lending crisis of immense proportions caused many U.
The roots of the crisis were traceable, in large measure, to the Community Reinvestment Act put in place by the Carter administration in and reinforced by the Clinton administration in the s. As a September 30, New York Times article explains:. These borrowers whose incomes, credit ratings and savings are not good enough to qualify for conventional loans, can only get [so-called 'subprime'] loans from finance companies that charge much higher interest rates -- anywhere from three to four percentage points higher than conventional loans But at least one study indicates that 18 percent of the loans in the subprime market went to black borrowers, compared to 5 per cent of loans in the conventional loan market.
But the government-subsidized corporation may run into trouble in an economic downturn, prompting a government rescue similar to that of the savings and loan industry in the 's. ACORN, for which Obama worked, is one of many left-wing organizations that spent decades pressuring banks and bank regulators to do more to make mortgages available to people without much in the way of income, assets, or credit. These campaigns often were couched in racially inflammatory terms.
The result was the Community Reinvestment Act. Among other things, mergers and acquisitions can be blocked if CRA inquisitors are not satisfied that their demands — which are political demands — have been met. There is a name for loans made to people who do not have the credit, assets, income, or down payment to qualify for a normal mortgage: subprime. As Forbes magazine points out , "Obama has been a staunch supporter of the CRA throughout his public life.
Indeed, on October 16, , the Daily Caller reported that ACORN Housing official Bruce Dorpalen was still advising top Obama administration officials on housing policy years after the organization had been shuttered by scandal. Two of Fannie Mae's major players had noteworthy ties to Obama.
Notwithstanding Raines' poor track record, the Obama campaign consulted him in for his advice on housing matters. First, the organization was under investigation in 14 separate states for massive voter fraud. Strongly pro-Democrat, ACORN claimed to have registered 4 million new voters most of whom were Democrats during the preceding four years.
Many tens of thousands of these registrations already had been found to be fraudulent -- they bore phony names, fake or nonexistent addresses, inaccurate personal information, duplicate signatures, etc. The full extent of the fraud, however, was impossible to determine. Second, ACORN was facing criticism for the previously mentioned, decades-long role it had played in pressuring banks and bank regulators to make more mortgages available to unqualified, undercapitalized borrowers -- a policy that precipitated the financial crisis of which saw the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Obama replied to McCain as follows:. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a motor voter law that helped people get registered at DMVs…. ACORN is a community organization. It had nothing to do with us. We were not involved. Said Obama:. Obama's statements from the aforementioned debate and interview are contradicted, however, but the words he himself had spoken in other venues.
For example, during his presidential campaign, Obama was a featured speaker at one particularly notable political event in which ACORN played a prominent role -- a December 1, forum exclusively for thousands of "community organizers" from across the United States.
In his introductory remarks, Bhargava characterized America as "a society that is still deeply structured by racism and sexism. He was then asked, "If elected President of the United States, would you agree, in your first one-hundred days, to meet with a delegation of representatives from these various community organizations? We're gonna be having meetings all across the country with community organizations so that you have input into the agenda for the next presidency of the United States of America.
You don't have to ask me about that. I'm going to call you even if you didn't ask me In , Obama's presidential campaign furnished the ACORN affiliate Project Vote with a list of donors who had already contributed to the campaign the maximum amount of money permitted by law. Anita Moncrief, a former Washington, DC staffer for Project Vote, later revealed that her organization had contacted these big donors and urged them to give money to Project Vote -- money which could then be funneled directly into the Obama campaign coffers, thereby evading election-law limits on campaign contributions.
F oreign Contributions to Presidential Campaign: Foreign campaign contributions are illegal. That is below the threshold for donor information [which] Mr. Obama has chose[n] to report to the FEC -- unlike the Clinton and McCain campaigns, which have reported all donor information. It is unclear whether -- as seems likely -- these funds come not only from Wahhabis, Muslim Brotherhood types, and jihadists of other stripes, but from non-U. Such contributions would be not only worrying but illegal. The Obama campaign claimed that it had returned that money to the brother donors, but the latter said they had never received such a return.
Moreover, Geller catalogued several dozen of the foreign cities and nations from which illegal contributions to the Obama campaign had originated. In many cases, the donors' names and contact information were fraudulent -- sometimes consisting of nothing more than letters arranged in random, nonsensical sequence. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we his approach th birthday.
He has read left literature, including my works, and he understands what socialism is. A lot of the people working with him are, indeed, socialists with backgrounds in the Communist Party or as independent Marxists. There are a lot of people like that in Chicago who have worked with him for years. Senator, and Presidential Candidate: During his eight-year career in the Illinois state senate, Barack Obama avoided making controversial votes approximately times -- which, according to other Illinois state senators, is much higher than average.
Rather than vote "yea" or "nay" on the legislation in question, Obama on those occasions simply voted "present. But, as David Freddoso points out:. For example, Barack Obama did not vote against a bill to prevent pornographic book and video stores and strip clubs from setting up within 1, feet of schools and churches -- he just voted 'present.
He voted 'present' on the partial-birth abortion ban and other contentious issues Senator Obama supported Washington, DC's comprehensive gun ban, which prevented district residents from possessing handguns even in their own homes; required that long guns be kept locked and disassembled; and lacked a provision allowing the guns to be reassembled in the event of an emergency.
Obama favors racial preferences for minorities in university admissions, public employment, and state contracting. The Defense of Marriage Act currently protects states from having to recognize same-sex marriages contracted in other states. And wherever proposals for same-sex marriage had been put up for popular vote, they had been rejected by the American people.
In the 13 states where gay marriage was on the ballot in , for example, it was defeated by majorities ranging in size from 58 percent to 85 percent of the voters. Abortion: Obama has consistently, without a single exception, voted in favor of expanding abortion rights and the funding of abortion services with taxpayer dollars. Also in March , he voted "No" on defining an unborn child as eligible for the State Children's Health Insurance Program SCHIP , which was designed to cover the medical-care costs of uninsured children in families whose incomes were modest but too high to qualify for Medicaid.
When Obama was a state senator, two separate partial-birth abortion bans came up for vote in Obama voted "present" on both occasions, the functional equivalent of a vote against the ban. In The Audacity of Hope , he explained that his opposition to the ban was rooted in the fact that the bill contained no exception for cases where a mother's "health" might require the procedure.
In he voted against the Induced Infant Liability Act, which was intended to protect babies that survived late-term abortions from being permitted to die from intentional neglect. He explained his vote as follows:. That determination, then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place For that reason, I think it would probably be found unconstitutional. But, he argues, we cannot legally recognize them as 'persons. Barack Obama's actions indicate he thinks that before any other rights are granted to 'persons,' the Constitution exists to guarantee abortion rights.
Though it did not in any way conflict with, or compromise, Roe v. Wade , Obama voted against this same legislation in As chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, he blocked another attempt to bring the bill to the floor of the Illinois Senate. On April 4, , Obama challenged the sponsor of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, a bill designed to protect infants who had been intended for abortion but had not died prior to exiting the mother's body as expected, as follows:.
Now, it — if you think there are possibilities that doctors would not do that, then maybe this bill makes sense, but I — I suspect and my impression is, is that the Medical Society suspects as well that doctors feel that they would be under that obligation, that they would already be making these determinations and that, essentially, adding a — an additional doctor who then has to be called in an emergency situation to come in and make these assessments is really designed simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion.
But Obama knew quite well that children were being born alive and were not looked after by the abortion doctors; that in 10 to 20 percent of the cases where induced labor abortion was practiced, the infants survived and were then being left, uncared for, to die; and that these facts were precisely what had prompted the legislation in the first place. Jill Stanek, a nurse and pro-life activist, said the following about Obama in August Wade , and he opposed it in committee, and then he took a leadership role opposing this to go on and be the sole senator to speak against this bill on the Senate floor, not once, but two years in a row.
And he brags on his Web site now that he strategized with Planned Parenthood to defeat this bill He said on the Senate floor as a matter of fact that he thought that this would ultimately be considered unconstitutional, and he said that he strategized with Planned Parenthood to vote present because in Illinois a present vote is the same as a no vote. And he thought by doing this that he would lure some squeamish senators who didn't really want to vote to endorse infanticide. He also received a percent rating from Planned Parenthood in , and a zero percent rating from the National Right-to-Life Committee an anti-abortion group in and Says David Freddoso, "I could find no instance in his entire career in which he voted for any regulation or restriction on the practice of abortion.
It would also invalidate state laws that currently protect medical personnel from losing their jobs if they refuse to particpate in abortion procedures. But this was untrue. Abortion rates had actually decreased rather dramatically during that period, reaching a three-decade low. Warren asked Obama directly:"Now, let's deal with abortion I am pro-choice.
I believe in Roe v. Wade , and I come to that conclusion not because I'm pro-abortion, but because, ultimately, I don't think women make these decisions casually And so, for me, the goal right now should be -- and this is where I think we can find common ground. And by the way, I've now inserted this into the Democratic party platform, is how do we reduce the number of abortions?
The fact is that although we have had a president who is opposed to abortion over the last eight years, abortions have not gone down and that is something we have to address From the perspective of those who are pro-life, I think they would consider that inadequate, and I respect their views And as an example of that, one of the things that I've talked about is how do we provide the resources that allow women to make the choice to keep a child. You know, have we given them the health care that they need?
Have we given them the support services that they need? Have we given them the options of adoption that are necessary? That can make a genuine difference. Criminal Justice: Obama as a lawmaker opposed the death penalty and authored legislation requiring police to keep records of the race of everyone questioned, detained or arrested. That is something that we have to talk about. But that's a substantive issue and it has to do with how … we pursue racial justice. If I am president, I will have a civil rights division that is working with local law enforcement so that they are enforcing laws fairly and justly.
We can assume that with lawful work available for young men now in the drug trade, crime in any community would drop. In he opposed , for reasons of racial equity, making gang membership a consideration in determining whether or not a killer may be eligible for capital punishment. Education: Obama has occasionally attacked special interests in the Democratic Party. In the past, for instance, he was prepared to help students escape from bad public schools by considering school vouchers.
In his presidential campaign, Obama stressed the importance of increasing government expenditures on public education. Consider, for instance, his perspective on the low graduation rate of nonwhite minorities:. What you see consistently are children at a very early age are starting school already behind. Under these programs, parents were not free to send their children to the schools of their choice. Instead they were obliged to abide by the quotas preordained by bureaucrats who had never met any of the children whose educational lives they sought to micromanage. Both the Seattle and Louisville programs were representative of similar plans in hundreds of other school districts nationwide.
The notion that this Supreme Court would equate that with the segregation as tasked would make Thurgood Marshall turn in his grave. He tried to weaken the legislation by calling for exceptions not only to the requirement that welfare recipients make an effort to find employment, but also to the bill's proposed five-year limit on benefits. Two months after Svyerson's bill was first proposed, Obama added his name to it.
The legislation ultimately would slash welfare rolls by some 80 percent. As David Freddoso points out, "It was a bill that the Senate had to pass in order to conform to the federal welfare-reform laws. It passed with only one senator voting against it. Another 15 million uninsured were eligible for Medicaid but had not yet registered for it — primarily because they had not yet been ill.
When they would enroll eventually, they would receive inexpensive health care, courtesy of American taxpayers. Then there were uninsured children, almost all of whom were eligible for the State Children's Health Insurance Program — even if their parents had not yet enrolled them therein. That left fewer than 20 million uninsured adults who were either American citizens or legal immigrant non-citizens. To address this situation, Obama proposed to dramatically restructure the country's health-care system.
Nobody out. That's what I'd like to see, but as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House and we've got to take back the Senate and we've got to take back the House. I would hope that we can set up a system that allows those who can go through their employer to access a federal system or a state pool of some sort. But I don't think we're going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately.
There's going to be, potentially, some transition process. I can envision a decade out, or 15 years out, or 20 years out On April 3, , Obama said :.
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Let's say Medicare Plus. It'd be essentially everybody can buy into Medicare for example Transitioning a system is a very difficult and costly and lengthy enterprise. It's not like you can turn on a switch and you go from one system to another. On August 4, , Obama said :. And it is my belief that, not just politically but also economically, it's better for us to start getting a system in place, a universal health care system signed into law by the end of my first term as president, and build off that system to further, to make it more rational By the way, Canada did not start off immediately with a single payer system.
They had a similar transition step. On November 21, , Obama said he favored the implementation of "a transitional system building on the existing systems that we have. In the summer of , when asked by a campaign audience about single-payer healthcare, Obama said, "If I were designing a system from scratch, I would probably go ahead with a single-payer [government-run] system As longtime employment lawyer William Farrell, who served as a board member of the National Organization for Women from to , explains in his book Why Men Earn More , the gender pay gap is actually 20 cents per dollar, not 23 cents.
And that gap can be explained entirely by the fact that women as a group tend, to a much greater degree than men, to make employment choices that involve certain tradeoffs; i.
In addition, they tend to have fewer years of uninterrupted experience in their current jobs, and they are far more likely to leave the work force for extended periods in order to attend to family-related matters such as raising children. When all of the above variables are factored into the equation, the gender pay gap disappears entirely. When men and women work at jobs where their titles and their responsibilities are equivalent, they are paid exactly the same.
Energy: Obama voted against permitting the U. And there are the environmental consequences. Just about every scientist outside the White House believes climate change is real. We cannot drill our way out of the problem. You could actually save just as much. In his book The Audacity of Hope , he characterized "alternative fuels like E85, a fuel formulated with 85 percent ethanol" as "the future of the auto industry.
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