Middle East studies in the News
Change We Can Believe In? [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Greg Knapp
Watching a Senator Barack Obama worship service -- I mean campaign rally stop -- almost makes me wonder why I'm not voting for him. Will he really begin to "heal the planet" and slow the rise of the oceans? Can all of these devoted disciples of The One be wrong?
Yes they can!
Excuse me for not taking part in the Obamagasms but this election is looking a lot more like 1984 instead of 2008. The Ministry of Truth keeps telling us what is okay to believe about Obama and that his words don't really mean what they do. News outlets are banned from interviewing the candidate, citizens are investigated for asking questions, websites are scrubbed of controversial information and potentially embarrassing video tapes are kept under wraps. I understand this sounds a little Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, but hear me out.
Audio from a 2001 radio interview with Obama showed that he has been a proponent of redistributing the wealth in America long before he met Joe the Plumber. The only question for him is whether the courts or the politicians and community organizers should be the ones doing the redistributing.
Obama spoke about the civil-rights movement and the Warren Court. He praised some of the rulings of the court and then said, "…but the Supreme Court never entered into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society..."
Obama went on to say, "…One of the, I think, the tragedies of the civil-rights movement was because the civil-rights movement became so court-focused, uh, I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change… You know, I'm not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts."
That is pretty straightforward stuff. Yet if you infer that Barack Obama is for redistributing the wealth in America, the Obama campaign and the mainstream media will set you straight.
"In this interview back in 2001, Obama was talking about the civil rights movement -- and the kind of work that has to be done on the ground to make sure that everyone can live out the promise of equality," Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton told ABC news. "Make no mistake, this has nothing to do with Obama's economic plan or his plan to give the middle class a tax cut. It's just another distraction from an increasingly desperate McCain campaign." Uh huh.
Reporters, such as Andrea Mitchell and Chuck Todd, explain that we have always had a progressive tax system and that is not socialism.
Our progressive tax system has always been on the edge of socialism. Obama wants to run it off the cliff. He is stipulating the purpose of the tax system is to take money from some and give it to others. That is a socialist idea Karl Marx would be proud of.
Obama's connections to people who agree with socialist ideas include William Ayres, Reverend Wright, Father Phleger, Frank Marshall Davis, and Michael Klonsky.
Klonsky is a self-described communist who agrees with Ayres that the classroom is a perfect place to teach socialist ideas. (One step at a time, I guess.) The official Obama website had a blog run by Klonsky until another blogger brought up his radical history. Team Obama then scrubbed the website clean of any references to Klonsky and now it's all down the memory hole.
We all heard Obama explain to Joe the plumber how his tax plan will "spread the wealth around." Yet, when Senator Joe Biden was asked about that by a WFTV Orlando newscaster, Barbara West, Biden said, "He is not spreading the wealth around."
You may think you heard Obama say he wanted to "spread the wealth around." You may think you heard Obama support the idea of redistributing the wealth in that 2001 radio interview. You may think that giving a tax cut to people who don't pay income taxes is redistributing the wealth. But the Obama people want you to know you are wrong. Hey, who are you going to believe, us or your own ears?
The Obama campaign was so upset by the tough questions from Barbara West it banned WFTV from any future interviews with the candidates or their wives. A Philadelphia news station had the temerity to ask Biden some more difficult questions and it too has been banned from all interviews with Obama and Biden.
Joe the plumber found out the hard way what happens when you question The Big O. He was investigated by the media and it breathlessly reported that his real name is not Joe (that's his middle name), he doesn't have a plumbing license (he doesn't need one because he works under a licensed plumber), and he owes taxes on his house. The Columbus Dispatch reported that state and local computer databases were illegally accessed to dig up dirt on Joe. I'm just waiting for the Obama campaign to make him an "unperson."
The "Obama Action Wire" has been used to encourage supporters to do what they can to silence Obama critics from the airwaves. Chicago radio station WGN has felt the wrath of the Obamaniacs on two separate occasions for daring to interview authors who have written less than glowing descriptions of The One.
National Review is reporting that the Los Angeles Times is holding back a videotape of a farewell dinner for Rasheed Khalidi. Khalidi now heads the Middle East studies department at Columbia. He used to be the spokesman for the PLO. He is not a big fan of the Jews. Obama has a history of friendship with Khalidi and according to the L.A. Times Obama spoke highly of him at the event. But for some reason, we are not allowed to see the video.
Obama will tell you what his words mean.
Biden will explain you didn't hear what you heard.
You will be punished for questioning Obama.
Information that does not support The One will be destroyed and forgotten.
Oh, and don't forget, if you don't vote for Obama you are a racist.
Is this the Change We Can Believe In?
Greg Knapp is a nationally syndicated radio host with Radio America. He is married with two children. He likes doughnuts. You can email Greg at firstname.lastname@example.orgNote: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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