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Convictus

June 29, 2010
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Now for the worst president in United States history.

As I said earlier, making value judgments depends on the beliefs of the judge.

My judgment is based on the belief that a president should try to direct his policies in conjunction with the limitations of the U. S. Constitution while affording equal respect to all citizens as best as that is humanly and reasonably possible.

I want him to strive to inspire, maintain and improve upon all Americans’ love and respect for their country.

I don’t want a super-patriot, what the French call a chauvinist, such as naval officer Stephen Decatur, who gave us those immortal words My country right or wrong–but always my country.

I want a president who will love his country and its people so much that he follow a mature religiously-based moral conscience in doing the right thing, though not all Americans will approve of his actions.

I want a president who will bring the people together without using our differences for political gain.

In a word I want a president like former South African president, Nelson Mandela, as depicted in the recent East-Holly-wood movie, Invictus.

I can’t really be certain that the former Marxist and political prisoner Mandela was anything like Morgan Freeman’s portrayal but is was an uplifting and hopeful portrayal just the same.

I was all aglow when Freeman made a direct effort to use the national rugby team, the Springboks, with only one black player, to bring his people together.

The most prejudiced principle was Mandela’s Head of Security and by the end of the film, he was hugging a white colleague after their world title victory.

As far as I could see that same spirit seemed alive and well a few weeks ago, some 15 years later when South Africa’s World Cup soccer team, Bafana, became the first home team to be ousted in the first round.

Mandela had just suffered the loss of his granddaughter in an auto accident and seemed subdued but still trying keep his nation together.

I kept thinking–wouldn’t it be great if we had a president that put the nation first–one who wished to enhance our two centuries of Exceptionalism, and help maintain its place as the envy of the world.

That’s not likely to happen under Barack Obama whom I think represents the personification of everything I do not want in a president.

Jimmy Carter can now go to his grave knowing that he no longer had to wear that ignominious worst president crown.

With our current president’s Chicago style of corruption that includes bullying, and thuggery, abetted by yellow and purple-shirts hoodlums, sweet deals, pay-offs, unilateral aggrandisement of power, any movie about Obama would more likely be called Convictus.

Convictus?

In talking about thuggery,  just read Tony Blankly’s column on Ken Salazar.

On CNN’s Sunday State of the Union show, Secretary of the Interior Salazar explained the Obama administration’s role in dealing with BP:

Our job basically is to keep the boot on the neck of British Petroleum to carry out the responsibilities they have both underthe law and contractually to move forward and stop this spill.

Now this tough talk happened right when BP was working feverishly to plug the leak.  Real leaders save the tough talk until AFTER the problem has been solved.   Where was our president during the aftermath of the spill?

Why does he seem to display a Hamletesque posture toward any legitimate national or regional crisis?

Or maybe it is the fact that the gulf states are mainly red states?

Salazar’s remarks were reminiscent of George Orwell’s character Winston Smith, who received this advice from O’Brien:

But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling forever on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.

But it doesn’t require an Orwell to understand the brutalizing, sadistic nature of the image of a boot on the neck.

Salazar’s Orwellian imagery reveals the temperament of the administration — which is to publicly brutalize the company that, whether they like it or not, they are going to have to work with to mitigate the environmental harm.

This is Obama’s style or what Michelle Malkin calls Chicago thuggery.

Eliot Ness call your office!

What does this say about the president’s deep hatred of American capitalism?

It seems that these bully tactics are fitting for all businesses, especially the demon of the moment.  First it was the insurance companies.

Then it was the bankers and now all the oil companies.

The president got a promise of $20 billion from BP.  That’s just the beginning.

Smells like another Shakedown, in the image of another Chicagoan, Jesse Jackson.

This president presides over the most anti-business administration in history and he seems intent on what the WSJ called the criminalization of business.

Oliver Stone’s Gordon Gekko personified all the evil businessmen in the country.  He went to jail and it seems the intention of the Obama administration all CEO’s belong there as well.  Now he’s back!

Greed is not good but businessmen seem to lust only for the profits from consumers choices.  What about government greed? They lust for all the money in this country and seem hellbent on taxing our wealth, spending it or inflating out of existence.

What about the greed of government that seems to lust for all the money in the private sector?  Are we to believe that government greed is good?

This encouraged Obama to issue a moratorium on all off-shore drilling in this country.  Much to the delight of the radical environmentalists who applaud his hatred of big business.

On a recent show Glenn Beck revealed that while Obama was against off-shore drilling for Americans, he was all for it when there were big profits in it for one of his key benefactors–George Soros.

Obama’s relationship with Soros, is just another example of his Chicago style of business.

George Soros’ hedge-fund has invested heavily in Petrobras the main Brazilian oil company to the tune of roughly $900 million, making it one of his hedge fund’s top investments.

He is also the prime mover of the Center for American Progress, founded by John Podesta who is a chief adviser to President Obama on energy policy, including the infamous Cap and Trade.

In 2009 Obama commits $2 billion to Petrobras just days after Soros’s investment.

Now a year later Obama uses a crisis to ban Petrobras’ American competition from opening new deepwater wells.

It’s all about failure!

Right after Obama’s election in 2008, Rush Limbaugh said that he wanted Obama to fail.  He took a lot of flak for his prescient comments.

There are those who believe that the president has sat on his hands with the clean-up on the Gulf Coast because he WANTS the crisis to continue.  He wants more people to fail so they will need his solutions.

There are so many books out there that expose our president’s agenda for America.  You must start reading them.

Start with Obamanomincs by Tim Carney.  But even more informative is Aaron Klein’s The Manchurian Candidate: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists and Other anti-American Extremists.

Everything you have heard about Obama is detailed and analysed in this text.

Klein quotes David Horowitz with regard to his 2009 pamphlet Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model.

Writing about the sixties’ radicals strategy of boring from within, Horowitz wrote that Alinsky and his acolytes had infiltrated the War on Poverty and siphoned off funds for themselves.

Like termites they set about to eat away at the foundations of the building in expectation that they might cause it to collapse one day.

After understanding Obama’s agenda, all Americans should hope and pray that his policies end up in the graveside of history.

I would feel better about Obama if he had been raised by a pack of wolves, rather than the influences he experienced from avowed Communist Frank Marshall Davis and Sol Alinsky.

They were his mentors and they bent the twig that became the presidential timber that is in the White House

To those who know all these facts and still think Obama is a great president, I can only assume that they want America to fail or they are too dumb or insane to know what is happening.

If you seek more of my opinions on our current president, please check out my monthly essays at mindszenty.org.


An American Chameleon:Obama and His Sense of Identity

April 13, 2010
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I have a standard line that I use frequently to get a rise out of people.  I tell the unsuspecting friend that some one stole my identity.

After an initial reaction of shock and horror, I add: Yeah but the guy called a week later and said he was giving it back because it was too hard being me!

No matter what one may say or think about President Barack Obama, I think he can rest assured that nobody and I mean–nobody will ever steal his identity.

I mean we have been through this a lot recently.

What do we really know about the most transparent president in history, as he likes to pretend?

Here are some questions about him.  See is you can honestly answer them.

1) Where was he born? You say Hawaii? Are you certain?  Have you ever seen a birth certificate?

Of course most of us have never seen any president’s birth certificate but this president has spent over a million dollars of someone’s money trying to avoid showing his in public.

You don’t have to be a birther to wonder about his national origins, give the suspicious way he has reacted to the questions.

f there were a valid birth certificate available–the State of Hawaii has not released any to my knowledge…even under the Freedom of Information Act–it would be in every newspaper.

This would effectively end the issue.

2) Who was his father? Barack Senior, you say.

Again we have been over this territory.  II have read an article that lines up pictures of the president with his mother, Virginia, Barack Sr. and Frank Davis, a self-admitted Communist who mentored the younger Obama when he was known as Barry.

You don’t have to be an expert in identification to see the close family resemblance to Davis and on a similar note, the lack of resemblance to Barack Sr.

Of course if Comrade Davis had been his natural father then any debate about his national origins would be mute.

3) What religion is he? You say Christian.  That’s possible but how do we really know.

People are still debating the religion of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  Obama certainly studied his namesake’s religion when he lived in Indonesia and his mother had married a second Muslim man by that time.

He said in 2008 that the Reverend Jeremiah Wright had brought him to Christ yet I have never once heard him invoke the name of Christ in any speech, talk or personal interview.

If Reverend Wright brought him to Jesus, he is certainly tight-lipped about the ramifications of his “conversion.”

Several professional athletes that are born-again, refer to Jesus in virtually every interview they give and even on the field during games.  Just listen to Kurt Warner sometime.

4) What race is he? Biracial or mixed you say. He had a white mother and a black father–either Frank Davis or Barack Obama.  That seems like a 50-50 mix to me.

Well they just released his census form answers and President Obama checked the box for black.

In her column, Obama’s Census Identity for the WSJ the other day, Abigail Thernstrom makes several cogent points about just another of the president’s many identity issues.

First of all, she pointed out how officially he changed his race from  biracial which he is, to black, which he is not, on his census form.

Funny how we can know about this but we still do not know conclusively about his birth origins.

And I wonder, isn’t it illegal to falsify information on a census form–even if one has a good reason?

Well some people are above the law–like Bill Clinton for one.  I think perjury is still illegal.

Thernstrom goes on to recount his appearance on the David Letterman Show in September of 2009, where he talked about his search for his identity as an adolescent in high school.

This prompted the host to quip:  How long have you been a black man?

This may have more of an element of truth in it than the intellectually challenged host realized because it his high schools days, Obama was known as Barry and tended more toward the white side of his genetic make-up.

What neither seemed to understand or say was that Obama’s racial preference is based on the ante-civil rights assumption that even one drop of black blood made one a black person.

Thernstrom also points out that his false choice on the census was a slap at his dead mother, and the grandparents who acted as surrogate parents for much of his boyhood.

It is also strange that Obama has chosen the identity of his father who abandoned him when he was barely two years old.

Thernstrom opines that the reason he joined Reverend Wright’s Trinity Church was because it was an Afrocentric church with strong ties to the black community.

Thernstrom contrasts the president’s politicization of his race with the attitude of defamed golfer, Tiger Woods, who calls himself, because of his own mixed parentage a Cablinasian, that is a Caucasian-black-Indian-Asian.

Though I hate golf, and was very disappointed by his extra-marital behavior, I do admire Tiger’s witty approach to the dicey question of racial identity.

If only we could have gotten something similar from our president, then maybe the country would not be sending so many mixed messages.

He is very much like an American Chameleon because of his ability to try to change his identity to suit the blowing winds of political change.

Some day I expect to see him on a recreation of that old popular TV show of the 1950’s To Tell the Truth, where the original host, Bud Collyer would say:

Will the Real Barack Obama please stand up!


The Cellophane President PART II

January 11, 2010
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Let’s go back to Obama’s birth.  Do we really know if he is a native-born American?  A big controversy erupted when some people questioned his constitutional qualifications for the presidency.  Was Obama actually born in the United States?  This is not an extraordinary question.

Republican Barry Goldwater’s opponents raised the same question during the 1964 campaign.  Goldwater had been born in 1909 when Arizona was still a territory.  It was a legitimate question and the courts found that a US territory still made him a native-born American

The same question was asked of Arizona Senator John McCain before the 2000 election.  He was born in 1936 well after it became a state in 1912 but he was born in the Canal Zone where his father was serving in the United States Navy.  The courts also decided in his favor and he was deemed eligible for the presidency.

Now President Obama says he was born on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii. Hawaii became a state in 1959 so that is not in question.

Many say he was actually born in Kenya because his paternal grandmother says she was there and witnessed his birth.  She has never been to Hawaii to my knowledge.

To date no one has ever produced an official Hawaiian birth certificate.  I have seen some fake birth certificates without the official state seal.  They are the only “evidence” that has ever been offered as “proof.”

I guess Obama is more important that Goldwater or McCain and can‘t be troubled by the formalities of answering the questions about his eligibility to be president.

This would be a simple problem to solve—like Jerry Maguire could have said…Show me the real certificate!

There have been several lawsuits trying to get the proof one way or another and the Obama camp has spent over a million dollars just to thwart attempts at closing the issue.  The beat goes on!!!

I have also seen a report that alleges that his boyhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, the self-professed communist was his natural father, which would make the other accusations moot.  In his first book, Dreams from My Father, Obama says “Frank” was like a father to me.

At first thought this sounds far-fetched— something not even worthy of the tabloids, yet their facial resemblance is uncanny.  If one put both Barack Senior and Davis in a line-up, Davis would win hands down. Too bad we can’t do a DNA test.

When he wasn’t fomenting against the USA, Davis was a prolific writer.  While he wrote a good deal of poetry, he did write a soft-core pornographic novel that involved a Lolita-like affair with a 14-year-old girl, named Ann.  The book was entitled: Sex Rebel: Black (Memories of a Gash Gourmet) in 1968 under the pseudonym, Bob Greene.

(Warning: the title and its content are X-rated!)

Davis was said to have been a close friend of Obama’s grandfather, Stanley Dunham.  It would not have been inconceivable that Ann Dunham was the girl in the book.  But then again like with JFK we probably will never know the truth.

Then there is the cloud of silence that has descended over his college career.  We know next to nothing about his first two years at Pepperdine University in California.  The same goes for his last two years at Columbia in New York City.

What were his grades?  We saw George W.”s and even John Kerry’s in 2004.  How come we don’t know how well or poorly he did?

Then there is Barack Obama’s stay in Indonesia with his mother and stepfather Lolo Soetoro in 1967.

In 2007 an Associated Press photograph revealed an image of Obama’s registration card at Indonesia’s Fransiskus Assisi School, a Catholic institution.

The school card listed Barry Soetoro as an Indonesian citizen born Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. His religion is listed as Muslim.

Given the world situation with radical Islam and the West, and all the recent attacks or attempts on Americans from Muslim extremists, it might be nice to know if our president had any current leanings toward his old religion.

During the 2008 campaign some reporter had the temerity to ask Obama if he were still a Muslim and he said that he was not currently practicing Islam. Hmmmmm!

I wonder if we can get a fake copy of his baptismal certificate since we were lead to believe that he is now a Christian.

I think the problem here resides in Obama’s dismissive attitude to these issues.  In effect his lack of transparency and honesty raises more questions than he answers.

But this is all consistent with what I thought him to be before the election.

President Obama has always been different—-a mysterious figure with the appearances of dark secrets that cloud the public’s perception.

To me he is like a hollow man who has virtually come out of nowhere to have a meteoric ride to the most powerful office in the world.  Sounds like something George Lucas should explore.

We see him but we see through him and there is little else to see.  It is as if he did not exist until he came to Chicago.  It is no odd coincidence that Joel Gray’s character also was also in “Chicago.”

In an age that is so surfeited with information that every morsel of knowledge about even a candidate for the presidency is on the public record in seconds, the case of Barack Obama is an anomaly.

We knew every thing one would want to and even more about George W. Bush from his cheerleading, to his excessive partying before he became president.

Obama’s guardian angels in the mainline media have treated him as if he were in the Witness Protection Program.

Now that would be a stroke of genius!  No one but maybe Tony Soprano would think of looking for a disloyal family member there.


About author

After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at bbprof@sbcglobal.net

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