April 20, 2008

SHARING FLEAS:

About Obama's Terrorist Acquaintance (Steve Chapman, 4/20/08, Real Clear Politics)

When William F. Buckley Jr. died in February, one of the things widely praised, by liberals and others, was his stalwart insistence on moral hygiene. Even when his conservative movement was small and embattled, he rejected the temptation to join forces with anti-Semites, the John Birch Society and other extremists. Later, he disavowed longtime confederates Pat Buchanan and Joseph Sobran for the sin of bigotry.

Buckley knew the importance of choosing allies carefully. But some people who expect such care from conservatives don't practice it themselves.

Among many liberals, extremism in the defense of "social justice" is no vice. When the folk singer Pete Seeger got a medal by President Clinton, no one cared that he was a veteran apologist for Stalin who still regarded himself as a communist. That indifference betrayed a double standard that conscientious liberals should reject.

By that standard, Barack Obama is a liberal, but not a conscientious one. I don't much care if he declines to wear a flag pin; I can overlook his wife's limited capacity for patriotic pride; and I defended his relationship with his former pastor. But his comfortable association with an unrepentant former terrorist should induce queasiness in anyone who shares the humane values that Obama extols.


In what sense can someone who advocates infanticide, attends a racist anti-American church, and would have left the Shi'a and Kurds under the genocidal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein be considered to have humane values ?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2008 7:22 AM
Comments

You have it.

When Effendi Obama brags that he was against bringing down the other Hussein from the beginning, let us recall the mass graves of Saddam's victims

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 20, 2008 7:57 AM

The phrase was 'values he extols', not 'values he holds'. That is the difference - only appearance counts.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 20, 2008 9:57 AM
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