From the beginning, I’ve thought that Obama was merely a naive ideologue with good intentions, who happened to espouse a few left-of-center views. His downfall, I believed, was his liberality combined with his minority status, which attracted to him people much more dangerous and radical than Obama.
Now I think I was wrong. There have simply been too many instances of extremists with long ties to Obama, or that have been outed in his administration to simply brush it off as Obama’s naivete’. It seems clear now, that Obama is fully aware of his natural power to persuade. Robert Kaplan stated that Obama has finessed his way through life, able to bend people to his will with his oratory skills and charisma. Those skills and that charisma even had their effects on me, a serious doubter of Obama’s political agenda. All of Obama’s actions pointed to someone who is a radical. Reverend Wright; Bill Ayers; Van Jones; ACORN; Science Czar, John Holden. And of course the Obama voting record while he was a Senator for Illinois. But I–a doubter–came under the thrall of a master. He said all the right things in all the right ways, even when the facts stood starkly in opposition to his words. I knew that Obama lied when he said he didn’t know that Rev. Wright held anti-white racist views. But I was willing to forgive, thinking that because he had known Wright for so long and met him when he was young, that it was possible Wright had morphed into his current form over a period of years, and as Obama’s mentor and minister, it was only natural that Obama may protect him, even while severing ties. And Obama’s speech sounded so good…
I’m a firm believer in what my mother used to say about whom we associate with: Birds of a feather flock together. If we have doubts about a person’s character, we should begin to look at their friends and whom they hang out with. A single person may be able to hide their true nature for a while, but it’s unlikely that all of their friends can or will try to be something they’re not to cover for someone else. And why would they want to? After all, they befriended this person because they have things in common.
As each of these associates emerged, and their political beliefs hit the airwaves, I became aware of my own mesmerized state. There is no other answer that I can come to, except that Obama thinks like the outed radicals he has placed as his Czars, and like the organization that helped him get where he is today: ACORN. ACORN is an anti-capitalist organization. Its activists try to enlist as many people as possible to get on the government dole, as they believe this is a way of collapsing what they consider a corrupt system. Ironic that they admit the system is helping the poor even while ACORN tries to subvert it. Why would they so staunchly support Obama, if the organization didn’t think he would push their agenda?
Supporter’s of Obama have attempted to create caricatures of those that oppose his measures. Just as they see every “capitalist” as Rich Uncle Pennybags from the game, Monopoly, they see those who disagree with Obama as redneck theocrats who see another Red Scare. But I think Obama knows Rome was not built in a day and it cannot be destroyed in a day for that matter. And while he may not be smiling connivingly while reciting Lenin’s, April Thesis before bedtime, it does seem he has a plan that takes this country in a distinctly different direction than it’s ever gone. And because we live in the greatest country in world history, I think that’s a very dangerous thing.