Sunday, March 09, 2008

What the women in Obama's life reveal about him.

This little article was sent to me by a friend. It has an interesting take on the whole "who is Barack Obama really" debate that has titlated the blogisphere of late.

"Cherchez la femme," advised Alexander Dumas in: "When you want to uncover an unspecified secret, look for the woman." In the case of Barack Obama, we have two: his late mother, the went-native anthropologist Ann Dunham, and his rancorous wife Michelle. Obama's women reveal his secret: he hates America.

We know less about Senator Obama than about any prospective president in American history. His uplifting rhetoric is empty, as Hillary Clinton helplessly protests. His career bears no trace of his own character, not an article for the Harvard Law Review he edited, or a single piece of legislation. He appears to be an empty vessel filled with the wishful thinking of those around him. But there is a real Barack Obama. No man - least of all one abandoned in infancy by his father - can conceal the imprint of an impassioned mother, or the influence of a brilliant wife (emphasis mine).

I have some difficulty with this analysis, perhaps because of my own bias. Like Obama, I too was more or less abandoned by my father at an early age and there can be little doubt that the greatest influence on upbringing was my mother followed closely by my maternal grandmother. Despite that, my mother and I are very different people. She remains a Hubert Humphrey Democrat and I as my readers know, am very much a man of the right.

We have similarities of course-we share a commitment to free trade and a hostility to illegal immigration. We are also both deeply patriotic with an ill concealed contempt for hippies. In the final analysis though, I think it would be a mistake presume that the ideology of the child will mirror the parent. If Obama's followers are guilty of wishful thinking about how he will govern (and they are), we on the right who oppose him should not be similarly guilty of filling in the blanks in a way that suits our proposes. Better to ask hard questions and demand answers than to brand Obama anti-American because of his wife and mother.

"Fathers shall not be put to death for their sons, nor shall sons be put to death for their fathers. Everyone shall be put to death because of their own sins" (Deut. 24:16).

"The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the father's iniquity, nor will the father bear the son's iniquity. The righteousness of the righteous will be upon him and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon him" (Ezekiel 18:20).

2 comments:

Indy Jane said...

I guess the question is, is Barack anti-America? I think it is more that he has a disconnect with true American values. His church says a lot about him. Starting just with the denomination. It is to the extreme left of Christendom and virulently anti-Israel. Israel is extremely important for a myriad of reasons. It is the only country in the middle east that shares our values of democracy, freedom and justice.

Looking to Barack's choice of spiritual leader. Rev. Jeremiah Wright is an unashamed rascist, black supremist and preaches it. Barack has been deeply involved with this extremist for years. In Christendom it is common for people to "shop" for just the "right" church and church leaders that you relate to, agree with and that truly reflect who you are or aspire to be.

Mike Stajduhar said...

Your concerns about Obama's associations, both religious and secular are I think, spot on.

I also think however they illustrate my point. Obama should be accountable for HIS choices not those of his wife or mother.