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Obama cleared by Obama

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Well, wouldn’t you know it that Barack Obama’s transition team report on whether or not he or his transition team had any contact with Gov. Rod Blagojevich about Obama’s senate seat clears Obama and Rahm Emanuel of any untoward behavior.

Shocking.

Would an “investigation” by the Bush White House into whether anyone in his administration leaked Valerie Plame’s name have been taken seriously by the press or anyone else?

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December 23, 2008 at 7:02 pm

The marginalized religious left

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In the Obama-Warren “controversy,” there appears a boilerplate line of thinking on the left that characterizes the so-called “Christian right” as increasingly marginalized and outside the mainstream, primarily because of its stance on the abortion and gay marriage issues. This now-standard formula appears in a Washington Post column by E.J. Dionne Jr., in which Dionne argues that the invitation of Warren to invocate at The One’s coronation “opens more doors than it closes” because Warren is viewed as being somewhat friendly to the left’s supposed concern for “social justice,” “poverty” and “racial justice.”

“Warren understands that a new generation of evangelicals has tired of an excessively partisan approach to religion. Evangelical Christianity’s reach will be limited if the tradition is seen as little more than an extension of the politics of George Bush, Karl Rove and Sarah Palin,” Dionne writes.

Aside from the fact that Christians much more conservative than today’s religious left have done more for justice and poverty than the left has ever done, there is a rank double standard based on an erroneous premise in the notion that conservative Christians should sacrifice core values to expand their reach.

The flawed premise is that evangelicals are outside the mainstream on social issues. And yet, voters in the country’s most socially liberal state voted in November to ban gay marriage. In light of this, how exactly is opposing the imposition of homosexual values on society limiting the reach of evangelicals? Dionne and other leftists want to paint conservative Christians as a group headed for extinction precisely because of social issues, while completely ignoring what happened in California with Prop 8.

If anything, the Prop 8 vote indicates that the religious left should be rethinking its stances on social issues if it wants to avoid limiting its reach. Dionne supposes that somehow evangelicals have nurtured an “excessively partisan approach to religion” by opposing abortion and gay marriage, but the religious left has not done the same by supporting abortion and gay marriage. But since the traditional evangelical position on at least one of these matters appears to be that of the majority’s in leftwing California, where are the calls for the religious left to abandon its leftist social agenda? After all, the left will indeed be limiting its reach if its tradition is seen as little more than an extension of the politics of Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright and MoveOn.org.

Liberals salivate at the notion that a “new generation” of evangelicals have soured on abortion and gay marriage and are more interested in combating “poverty,” AIDS and “genocide” (as though abortion is not genocide). In trying to guilt evangelicals into focusing more on these matters and less on social issues, the left is really working to destroy conservatism by undermining the strongest opposition to their amorality crusade and recruiting them for the big government agenda. Despite the fact that liberals sell themselves as caring for the downtrodden, their real goal is to make as many people as possible dependant on government. If they can get Christians on board, the number of voices against bigger government, abortion and gay marriage will shrink. Nowhere in orthodox Christianity is there a directive for Christians to support a greater government role in doing what God commanded the church to do, such as helping the poor and sick. But the new generation of Christians runs the risk of succumbing to the left’s ploy if they increasingly engage these issues with the methods of the left and abandon fighting abortion and gay zealotry.

Any calls by Warren and other Christian leaders to combat poverty, disease or other so-called “social justice issues” should be completely divorced from government expansionism and focused solely on what private churches can do to help. Further, church leaders should always include the issue of abortion in any talk of social justice and treat the matter itself as one of social justice on par with AIDS or Darfur (both of which have killed fewer people than abortion). Conservative Christians everywhere should reject the false either-or challenge the left has laid at their feet (i.e., either social justice or social morality). Failure to do so will not simply result in evangelicals’ reach being limited; it will make evangelicals nonexistent, as they will be indistinguishable from liberals.

Too posh to fail

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I’m sure the mainstream media will be all over this one.

The United Auto Workers Union owns a world-class country club with a PGA-caliber golf course, swimming pools and condos for its members (and, space permitting, the public).  Yes, this is the same UAW that has helped break the backs of American automakers with inflated wage and benefits demands for its members and then, while stonewalling on givebacks, comes to the taxpayer for a bailout.

Of course, the media made sure that everyone knew how much those slimy, jet-setting Big 3 CEOs made when they came to Washington for a handout.  And they made sure everyone knew the obscene salaries of other companies’ CEOs and slammed AIG for holding lavish parties after that company was bailed out.

So will there be outrage at the UAW for its shameless extravagance?  That’s about as likely as the public getting the member discount at the resort as a reward for bailing out the union.

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December 22, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Obama can’t get Frank to put aside his bigotry

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Barney Frank thinks BHO is too confident in his ability to unify.

“Oh, I believe that he overestimates his ability to get people to put aside fundamental differences,” Rep. Frank said, blasting Obama for inviting pro-heterosexuality pastor Rick Warren to speak at the coronation of Good King Barack.

For once, Frank is right about something.  Clearly, Obama’s invitation to Warren has done nothing to get rabid anti-religion homosexual zealots to lay down their vitriol and rage, if even for one day while their savior is sworn in.

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December 22, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Another Obama nom “controversy”

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Obama’s selection of pastor Rick Warren to invocate on Inauguration Day is whipping the messiah’s gay faithful into a frenzy, but don’t be fooled into thinking it really means anything — and certainly not an olive branch to conservatives.

Asking Warren to pray at the ceremony is a gesture that will itself have no tangible policy result, so one must look for deeper meanings behind the militant gay lobby’s foaming at the mouth.  After successfully portraying itself as marginalized by Obama’s move, the homosexual jihad will be expecting compensation from a president sympathetic to their crusade.  The leftist media are fully on board in of support the gays and will no doubt make sure that on Inauguration Day, no one forgets the Warren affront.  Homosexuals will then hound Obamessiah to enact a pro-gay policy of some sort — possibly endorsement of open military service.

Whether by design or fortuity, Obama’s invitation of Warren may ultimately result in a trophy for the homosexual lobby.

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December 18, 2008 at 8:53 pm

What is an appeaser to do?

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If terrorism won’t convince the leftist appeaser states of the world to stand up to radical Islam in the Arab world, maybe opposition to homosexuality will.

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December 18, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Obama can’t handle the press

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Spinning, dodging and lecturing, pompous Obama-style:

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December 16, 2008 at 7:04 pm