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Obama Forgot Perception is 9/10 of The Law


From Ed Morrissey’s Captain’s Quarters:

February 11, 2008
A Flag Obama Supporters Salute?

Oh, my. Barack Obama may want to call his new Houston office and suggest some decorating ideas. Take a look at the flag flying in the office at the moment (shown above):

No, that’s not a Texas state flag with a picture of Obama on it. It’s the flag of the Castro-led Cuba regime, with Che Guevara’s face superimposed on the side. A Fox report from Houston captured this image as it showed Obama supporters celebrating his momentum after Super Tuesday.

Well, said Fox News in Houston had the following caption under the picture: The office featured in this video is funded by volunteers of the Barack Obama Campaign and is not an official headquarters for his campaign.

Yeah, but….it still looks bad.

Whether Mr. Guevara was a terrorist or not (up for debate; guess it depends on whose version of the story you read), the fact that he was a socialist isn’t in question. And it just looks really bad to have your name attached to something like this. Because at the end of the day, whether it’s “an official headquarters for his campaign” or just a gathering place for Obama volunteers, it still says something about HIM, regardless of whether that’s the intent or not. “Barack Obama campaign headquaters” and “Barack Obama volunteer office” have one unifiying factor: Barack Obama

I would be interested in hearing Obama-himself, not his supporters!-come out and make a statement about this. Won’t happen, though. At best, it’s bad judgment. At worst, it speaks to what Obama’s supporters see in him.

And that’s why I didn’t vote for him



Written by Coby Dillard

February 12, 2008 at 7:27 pm

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  1. D,

    You know how many knucklehead college students have that face on t-shirts and know absolutely nothing about the man? His story has been romanticized, the violence and the racism edited out–and now all people see is a handsome guy with ideas that appeal to adolescents.

    For what it’s worth, the people who put that flag up were unpaid volunteers. I’m sure it’ll come down as soon as real staffers show up.

    But more importantly, it’s kind of ironic for Republicans–and Morrisey in particular, to criticize Obama or his unpaid supporters for this, given that they’re advocating for the curtailing of civil liberties in the form of torture, warrentless wiretaps ect. the kinds of things that undermine a free society, leaving us with nothing worthwhile to protect.

    In other words, while it’s easy to dismiss the che flags as a naive and youthful aesthetic flourish, it ain’t easy to dismiss the Republican platform, which contains many of the same ideas about freedom that reasonable people find so abhorrent about Che in the first place.


    February 13, 2008 at 5:56 am

  2. dna,
    I acknowledged that it was put up by volunteers…and you’re right, soon as someone who knows better shows up, it will-most likely-come down.

    Who in the Republican party is advocating torture? On the wiretapping issue, the only calls that are being listened in on are ones that may give information about terrorist activity. It goes back to the old adage, “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about.”

    Actions such as these do not undermine a free society; they actually lie at the essence of its protection and preservation.


    February 13, 2008 at 4:43 pm

  3. D.

    Come on. The FBI used their wiretapping authority to listen in on such famous terrorists as Martin Luther King Jr. and Asa Philip Randolph. FISA was established to protect abuses of power in the aftermath of Nixon. It was established by a Republican President, Ford, who was perhaps the last person who was president in this country who understood that rights are inviolable limits on government.

    It doesn’t matter if you have something to hide or not, in a nation of laws you are innocent until proven guilty.

    Waterboarding is torture. It’s been torture since before the bush administration, and referring to it as anything else is mendacity.

    By the way, your boy McCain voted today against an amendment to a bill that would have banned waterboarding. Nothing but straight talk huh?

    Saying that warrantless wiretapping preserves a free society is like saying you can drink sand.


    February 14, 2008 at 6:17 am

  4. dna,
    COINTELPRO-the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program-was aimed at investigating and disrupting dissident organizations. Included in these were advocates of government overthrow, non-violent civil rights groups, and “far right” groups. The stated purpose of this program was to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” these groups and their leaders.

    The Protect America Act of 2007 authorizes the unsupervised wiretapping of communications that begin or end in a foreign country.

    Point: COINTELPRO was designed EXPLICITLY for domestic spying. The Protect America Act is not, though domestic monitoring may be an unfortunate-though necessary-byproduct.

    We’re going to disagree on whether waterboarding is torture.

    I suspect that maybe McCain disagreed as well, or that maybe he didn’t want to support a bill that is headed for a sure and certain veto.

    Either way, McCain voted. Where were Obama and Clinton? Or does the business of the country stop on account of campaigning?

    I find it interesting that there are those in our country who would seek to limit our government’s methods of protection while our enemies seek to increase theirs.


    February 14, 2008 at 1:57 pm

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