10/20/08

Obama, Alinsky: Fraud is good

ACORN: hereVoter-fraud: hereAlinsky: here collectivism: here

Student penetrates the MSM fog

Where is the line between telling the truth and smear?

In my opinion, defining the difference between alliances and mere coincidental associations is that line. To that end, I will have to disagree with Mario Moretto and his piece published on Oct. 9. It is surprising that Mr. Moretto would have such a laissez-faire attitude toward such obvious American antagonists like William Ayers and Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

Moretto attempts to vindicate Ayers by saying that since he served his sentence, he somehow cleared himself of hatred for America, becoming a loveable little progressive activist. This could not be further from the truth. In 2001, Ayers stated in the New York Times that he thought that he and his organization did not do enough. Early in Obama's senate campaing, Ayers hosted a "meet the candidate" event in his home. Obama worked with Ayers in a project called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. This project emphasized social activism as the catalyst for real learning. It also taught teachers should indoctrinate their students so that they would rise up against the establishment. The Challenge was funded with private and public dollars, but provided no positive results. The organization was connected to ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). ACORN has been defended by Obama and has been implicated in many cases of voter fraud.

Bill Ayers and Barack Obama are linked not only in alliances but also in political theory. This is where Saul Alinsky comes in. His book "Rules for Radicals" was, and still is, the bible for "community organizers." This is a statement that he makes in his book: "From all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins - or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom - Lucifer."

Moretto stated the candidates are not an extension of their radical supporters, and I agree in part. The candidate is not an extension of the coincidental supporter; the candidate is an extension of radical supporters when there is a clear alliance.

While Moretto did not mention Reverend Jeremiah Wright by name, we can assume the premise of his piece extends to the anti-semitic radical racist. The problem with this is that Obama's relationship with Reverend Wright goes back 20 years. Considering the Obamas' financial support of the church, and the moral and spiritual advice of the Reverend, this is truly an alliance and not a coincidental association.

While we agree Obama is not a Manchurian candidate, and the Weather Underground bombings cannot be attributed to Obama since he was a child; I differ with Moretto on the point of adult alliances and the influences these highly defined relationships have on a candidate's view of the world. Obama is an adult, and he is responsible for his actions and his circle that he keeps. If he cannot be truthful about his alliances in his past, what can we trust him on?

- Michael Craft is a senior history and education student.

(mainecampus.com)

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