Thursday, June 19, 2008

Senator Obama Goes Ballistic

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun...We don’t have a choice but to win...folks in Philly like a good brawl. I've seen Eagles games” ---Senator Obama on how to win the 2008 Presidential election

It's telling that Senator Obama talks this way about Republicans but claims that we can't win the war in Iraq.

Senator Obama would leave all those Iraqis to the tender mercies of terrorists. He would let terrorists control Iraq's oil and use their profits to blow up, shoot, and decapitate even more people in the Middle East and all over the world.

I believe that "we don't have a choice but to win" in Iraq. Senator Obama, on the other hand, bet his political fortunes on America's failure in this war, so he can't afford to let us win.

If Senator Obama wants to show us he is brave, he might start by correcting his former minister Rev. Wright, who claims that the U.S. government invented AIDS to kill black people.

Senator Obama should explain that in 1992 Yevgeni Primakov, the head of Russia's foreign intelligence agency, admitted that the KGB spread the lie that the U.S. government invented AIDS to kill blacks.

All Senator Obama has to do is cite Yevgeni Primakov in Izvestia. He doesn't need a gun for this. He needs a copy of Izvestia.

The Russian newspaper Izvestiya (3-19-92) reported:

[Primakov] mentioned the well known articles printed a few years ago in our central newspapers about AIDS supposedly originating from secret Pentagon laboratories. According to Yevgeni Primakov, the articles exposing US scientists' 'crafty' plots were fabricated in KGB offices.

Senator Obama should clear up this lie, which even today can destroy the lives of young blacks who believe it.

An informative Washington Post article (1-25-05), published a few days after the State Department memo (1-14-05) that contained Primakov's admission explained:

More than 20 years after the AIDS epidemic arrived in the United States, a significant proportion of African Americans embrace the theory that government scientists created the disease to control or wipe out their communities, according to a study released today by Rand Corp. and Oregon State University.

That belief markedly hurts efforts to prevent the spread of the disease among black Americans, the study's authors and activists said. African Americans represent 13 percent of the U.S. population, according to Census Bureau figures, yet they account for 50 percent of new HIV infections in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Phill Wilson, executive director of the Black AIDS Institute in Los Angeles, said past discrimination is no longer an excuse for embracing conspiracies that allow HIV to fester.

"It's a huge barrier to HIV prevention in black communities," Wilson said. "There's an issue around conspiracy theory and urban myths. Thus we have an epidemic raging out of control, and African Americans are being disproportionately impacted in every single sense."

Black women made up 73 percent of new HIV cases among women in 2003, and black men represented 40 percent of new cases, according to the most recent federal figures available. Among gay men, blacks represented 30 percent of new infections, and adolescents ages 18 to 24 accounted for nearly 80 percent of new HIV cases.

"The whole notion of conspiracy theories and misinformation . . . removes personal responsibility," Wilson said. "If there is this boogeyman, people say, 'Why should I use condoms? Why should I use clean needles?' And if I'm an organization, 'Why should I bother with educating my folks?' The [Tuskegee]syphilis study was real, but it happened 40 years ago, and holding on to it is killing us."

Senator Obama has a new minister named Bishop Arthur Brazier, and I liked what Fox News (6-15-08) reports that he said:

[Obama] has done something [in] this country that I never thought I would live to see...I am filled with emotion because I have lived through some very tough times in America. But the America today is not the America of yesteryear. And I don’t think, I don’t think it behooves us well to keep talking about the past. The Apostle Paul said forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out to the things that are before.

Senator Obama also spoke in his new church on Father's Day:

Too many fathers are also missing. Too many fathers are MIA. Too many fathers are AWOL. Missing from too many lives and too many homes. They’ve abandoned their responsibilities, they’re acting like boys instead of men, and the foundations of our family have suffered because of it. You know and I know this is true everywhere, but nowhere is it more true than in the African American community...We can’t simply write these problems off to past injustices. Those injustices are real. There’s a reason why our families are just in disrepair, and some of it has to do with a tragic history, but we can’t keep on using that as an excuse...The change we need is not just gonna come from government. It’s not just gonna come from a president. It’s gonna come from us. It’s gonna come from each and every one of us. We need families to raise our children. We need fathers to recognize that responsibility just doesn’t end at conception. That doesn’t just make you a father. What makes you a man is not the ability to have a child. Any fool can have a child. That doesn’t make you a father. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.

Bishop Brazier's son led the prayer:

We ask that you give [Senator Obama] great wisdom, knowledge, power and understanding. We pray that you give him the mind of Christ, so that when he speaks, demons will tremble, mountains will be removed, and when the firing guards of the enemy are flung his way, that the prayers of the saved protect him and let the world know that no weapon formed against him shall prosper.

I also hope that Senator Obama will have wisdom and be safe, but I wondered who the Bishop's son meant by "the firing guards of the enemy."

Maybe the Bishop's son meant violent racists who might try to hurt Senator Obama. Maybe he meant America's terrorist enemies. But maybe he meant the Republicans or people who ask legitimate questions about Senator Obama's true beliefs, intentions, and troubling relationships with political radicals who advocate violence.

I didn't like how Senator Obama said he was going to "bring a gun" to the Presidential contest, even if it was only a metaphor.

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