Until recently, the mainstream media has done little to vet Mr. Obama. But under the growing evidence of the opinions of those around him, it is becoming harder for them to avoid doing so.
President Cleveland once said, "A man is known by the company he keeps." When it comes to Barrack Obama, voters would be wise to heed that bit of wisdom.
As you are about to discover, the questionable characters surrounding Obama go far beyond the racist and hate filled ramblings of Rev. Wright.
It first started for Barrack Obama as a child, though he went by Barry Obama back then. In Indonesia, where he lived with his mother and stepfather, he attended a Muslim school (also known as a Madrasa) from 1967 to 1971. During his most formidable years, ages 5 through 10, Obama was instructed in math, science, and religion under Islamic teachers. Granted, this school was not the extremist madrases of today, but there a foundation was laid for who Obama would become and to the types of individuals he would be drawn to.
Barrack was given the nickname Barry by his father, who nearly 25 years earlier travelled to America under scholarship to study. Because Barry Obama, Sr. believed in the American melting pot, he happily adopted the western name and proudly passed it on to his son. After moving to America to stay with his maternal grandmother, Barry Obama returned home one day in 1980 and informed his family he would no longer be known as Barry and would from that day forward only answer to his African name, Barrack. The last vestiges of his western roots had been swept away.
By this time Barrack had moved further towards the far left. He began to see 'white folk' as the problem. He sought to unite African American churches in an effort to gain political power. When soliciting churches to his cause he was met with skepticism over his lack of Christian faith. That's when Obama first met Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a former Muslim himself, whose teachings urged blacks to embrace a "Black Value System" and "Disavowal of the Pursuit of ‘Middleclassness". Obama quickly made the decision to convert to Christianity and join Wright's church.
Obama became so intrigued by Wrights teachings that he named one of his autobiographies after one of his sermons, "THE AUDACITY Of HOPE". This book and his other "Dreams of My Father", are where we first begin seeing Obama's true feelings towards his fellow Americans.
"I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."
"I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race."
"That hate hadn’t gone away," he wrote, blaming "white people — some cruel, some ignorant, sometimes a single face, sometimes just a faceless image of a system claiming power over our lives."
At about the same time Barrack was growing closer to Rev. Wright, he met his future wife, Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama recently drew a lot of criticism when she claimed she was proud of America for the first time in her life. The campaign called the quote a mere misstatement made off the cuff. But we now know she likely meant exactly what she said.
Michelle Obama attended Princeton University, where she graduated with a B.A. in sociology. Her senior year thesis, titled "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community", allows us to peer into her beliefs at the time and possibly why Barrack found himself attracted to her.
"further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant"
The Obamas were later married by Rev. Wright. Rev. Wright's comments made after 9/11 have ignited a fury of protests of late. Sen. Obama claims he was not present for these specific comments, but as we have seen so far, the two most influencing people in his life at the time made no bones about their feelings towards whites.
The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. The government lied.
The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes three-strike laws and wants them to sing God Bless America. No! No No! God damn America … for killing innocent people. God damn America for threatening citizens as less than humans. God damn America as long as she tries to act like she is God and supreme.”
We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye.
We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost.
Fact number one: We’ve got more black men in prison than there are in college. … Fact number two: Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run.
We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns and the training of professional killers. … We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God. … We conducted radiation experiments on our own people. … We care nothing about human life if the ends justify the means.
Although Obama has publicly stated he does not agree with the comments made by Wright, he has not yet disavowed him.
When Barrack Obama decided to run for public office, he knew he would need lots of money to do so. His neighbor and former co-member of the board of the non-profit Woods Fund, William C. Ayers came to his aide, holding a fund raiser in his home for the Senator.
William C Ayers was a former member of Weatherman, a known terrorist group that took responsibility for bombing the U.S. capital in 1971. Senator Obama attended the fundraiser, but despite being neighbors and serving on the same board, claims he doesn not really know the man.
The Woods Fund, the non-profit for which both Obama and Ayers served, has also been linked to a controversial Arab organization. The Woods Fund provided $75,000 in grants to the Arab American Action Network. AAAN considers Israel a "catastrophe" and has lobbied heavily to get states to give drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. The co-founder of AAAN, Rashid Khalidi also held a fundraiser for Obama's campaign.
Barrack Obama wants to bring "change" to America. But is it change we can afford?