Thursday, October 30, 2008

I am my brother's keeper...

A belief that we are connected as one people. If there's a child on the south side of Chicago who can't read, that matters to me, even if it's not my child. If there's a senior citizen somewhere who can't pay for her prescription and has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it's not my grandmother. If there's an Arab American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties. It's that fundamental belief — I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper — that makes this country work.

The One, Democrat Convention, 2004

As they say, money talks and bullshit walks. The truth of Obama's actions is substantially different from what he supposedly expects the rest of us to do.

Barack Obama has lived one version of the American Dream that has taken him to the steps of the White House. But a few miles from where the Democratic presidential candidate studied at Harvard, his Kenyan aunt and uncle, immigrants living in modest circumstances in Boston, have a contrasting American story.

Zeituni Onyango, the aunt so affectionately described in Mr Obama’s best-selling memoir Dreams from My Father, lives in a disabled-access flat on a rundown public housing estate in South Boston.

A second relative believed to be the long-lost “Uncle Omar” described in the book was beaten by armed robbers with a “sawed-off rifle” while working in a corner shop in the Dorchester area of the city. He was later evicted from his one-bedroom flat for failing to pay $2,324.20 (£1,488) arrears, according to the Boston Housing Court. (more)

Like we've pointed out with the actions of Obama and his campaign in their attempts to bully and intimidate opposition, the individual instances don't mean as much as the ongoing pattern of hypocrisy, corruption, and criminality. Obama has a half-brother living in similar circumstances in Kenya. Yet we, I suppose, the lumpen proletariat who pay the taxes, are expected to rise above Obama's pathetic example and heal the planet.

And there is this gem:

Speaking outside her home in Flaherty Way, South Boston, on Tuesday, Ms Onyango, 56, confirmed she was the “Auntie Zeituni” in Mr Obama’s memoir. She declined to answer most other questions about her relationship with the presidential contender until after the November 4 election. “I can’t talk about it, I just pray for him, that’s all,” she said, adding: “After the 4th, I can talk to anyone.”

She should give Joe Wurzelbacher a call if she gets second thoughts.


Anonymous said...

Why dont we start picking on Jennifer Hudson since she lived in a million dollar mansion while her mother lived in a crime ridden neighborhood...that would be the good republican thing to do.

By the way, her mother was there by choice.

sara Depoche' said...

Joe the Plumber and rumor about Obama is not going to win the presidency for McCain.

streiff said...

It would seem that reading comprehension is not a strength for either of you. The story is not about "Jennifer Hudson" as she is not the Democrat nominee and, to the best of my knowledge has never given a national speech proclaiming her to be her "brother's keeper."

There is no rumor about Obama here. It is fact. Now, it is true that Obama's blatant hypocrisy, his association with self avowed terrorists, and his 20 year association with a racist and racial separatist minister may not result in a McCain victory but that speaks more to the moral bankruptcy of his supporters than anything else.

sara depoche' said...

"moral bankruptcy of his supporters than anything else."

Dude you are accusing more than half of the US voters of being morally bankrupt.

Maybe you need to reconsider,

streiff said...

reconsider what? Are you saying that a majority can't be morally bankrupt? Guess you would have been right at home in Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union.

wind river said...

"Why dont we start picking on Jennifer Hudson"

I bet a Tootsie Roll Jennifer sent her mother money and her mother had no problem staying in the long time family home.
The point is that "spreading the wealth" seems to be for certain people on the receiving end. I bet auntie would be the receiver once this policy was in place.

Little forgotten or spoken of is the amount of this "tax cut" for those who don't pay taxes. The plan only calls for them to get a check of $500 a person. If that is all it takes for someone to close their eyes and vote for Obama, then they are cheap cheap cheap and Obama is a PIMP for the poor who would sell their soul for $500 measly bucks.

Anonymous said...

i love these posts, everything obama has done, and said, and voted in the senate, is a "rumor", the only facts are the republicans picking on people, the fact is the one" will fail miserably, as a president if he wins. Not because of his color, but because his beliefs will lead us to another Jimmy carter economy, and in case he hasn't noticed, government created the current problems it is pretending to address, wake up america!!