2008 August 29 Friday
Barack Obama As Tony Rezko Enabler

Steve Sailer points out how saint Barack Obama enabled Tony Rezko to corrupt the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. Surely the saint did not understand the consequences of his actions.

For example, Rezko is going to prison in large part for packing the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board with five of his lackeys so they would approve hospital construction in which he had an interest. That Board used to have 15 members, making it hard for Rezko to corrupt it, but in 2003, a bill passed the Illinois legislature reducing the number of members from 15 to 9. And who was the chairman of the Illinois Senate Health and Human Services committee that recommended that bill? Why, Rezko's $250,000 friend, the Presidential nominee ...

By the way, something that's long bothered me is this. Obama wrote that the hero of his youth was Malcolm X. Now, Malcolm was assassinated in 1966 by Black Muslim hitmen working for Elijah Muhammad. The chief long term beneficiary of the murder was Louis Farrakhan, who earlier had written that Malcolm deserved death. Whether Farrakhan was directly involved in the killing is unknown -- a number of years ago, one of Malcolm's many daughters hired a hitman to rub out Farrakhan in revenge. Even if he wasn't involved in the conspiracy, Farrakhan's sentiments are clear: he gave Malcolm's old job to one of the murderers when he was finally released from prison.

Yet, where's the outrage against the Black Muslims on Obama's part? If somebody important was tied into the murder of a hero of my youth, like Jerry West or Fernando Valenzuela, I sure wouldn't treat him as evenhandedly, with a mixture of sympathy for his goals and sarcasm at the impracticality of his economics, as Obama treats Farrakhan in Dreams from My Father. Nor would I have chosen a minister who went with Farrakhan to visit Gadafi in Libya in 1984 and gave Farrakhan his Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Nor would I be happy about having a fairy godfather like Rezko who is up to his eyeballs in dealings with Elijah Muhammad's heirs.

Meanwhile, that nutcase McCain really wants to choose Joseph Lieberman as his vice presidential running mate. I hope he does it because then it will be clear that we have two Democratic Parties in this election.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2008 August 29 07:31 AM  Politics Money


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Ted said at August 29, 2008 7:56 AM:

"Meanwhile, that nutcase McCain really wants to choose Joseph Lieberman as his vice presidential running mate. I hope he does it because then it will be clear that we have two Democratic Parties in this election."

Looks like it is Gov. Palin from AK...

Me, Myself and I said at August 29, 2008 8:26 AM:

I predict that the feminists will have apoplexy over McCain choosing a real woman as his running mate!

But I suspect that lots of real women will be happy with the choice.

She certainly has more going for her than Hillary.

Me, Myself and I said at August 29, 2008 9:15 AM:

Heh, I think BHO was seen muttering that great Nifongian statement today: "We're fucked!"

B.B. said at August 29, 2008 4:10 PM:

Meanwhile, that nutcase McCain really wants to choose Joseph Lieberman as his vice presidential running mate. I hope he does it because then it will be clear that we have two Democratic Parties in this election.

He selected Palin, although I would've preferred he selected Lieberman. People need to realize that the Republican Party is now the war party and nothing would've highlighted this better than having an otherwise orthodox liberal Democrat who supports the neo-conservatives "New American Century" project running with McCain.

Stephen said at August 29, 2008 10:10 PM:

I didn't think Lieberman was a Democrat - wasn't he kicked out for actually being a Republican?

Randall Parker said at August 30, 2008 8:33 AM:

Stephen,

Lieberman switched to being an independent when he lost the Democratic primary in Connecticut. He wanted to remain in the Senate so he ran as an independent. He got votes from both Democrats and Republicans, beat both the Democrat and the Republican, and therefore retained his Senate seat.

He lost the Democratic primary over his support for the war in Iraq. He's Jewish and favors large scale US intervention in the Middle East to protect Israel. Otherwise his political positions are all on the Left.


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