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Letter: Obama: Cute won’t cut it

Alan M. Aarons
Edwards, CO Colorado

Just as the talk turns to football, when in season, talk now has turned, big time, to politics, or rather to the political races now in process. The process, by the way, will continue through the month of November, including, of course, the aftermath of the final race, and all the second calls and “I told you so’s.”

The aspect that I find most interesting in the particular, primary races now taking place is the difference in the various candidates involved. On one side we have two minorities represented: race and gender. On the other side there is the question of age (this being the oldest nominee for president in history).

What makes these races (no double meaning meant) most interesting, is that one must be very careful when either praising or finding fault with any of the nominee’s character or background. In the funny way we Americans have of passing judgment, any negative remarks are immediately labeled as “racism,” “sexism” or some other “ism.” No matter how truthful a statement or an accusation may be, it is easily, noisily and immediately categorized as one of the “isms,” but never just the plain truth. We Americans are funny that way.

Of the three remaining candidates for the nation’s highest office, John McCain, the lone Republican, seems to be the most bulletproof (pardon the pun). As a genuine war hero “with a long and admirable record in and out of the military and government ” his age, on the surface, does not seem to be much of a negative factor. However, for reference, Franklin D. Roosevelt was younger when he died after serving four terms in the White House than McCain will be on the day of his inauguration if he becomes president. Think about eight years later! Sad but true, he better choose his vice president carefully.

On the Democratic side, the issues make the rhetoric a might more sensitive. In this 21st century, both racism and sexism issues raise more than a few hackles. The former, of course, has been an issue far longer than the latter, but both can produce its own level of mayhem and of accusers and accusees. What is most bothersome is that so often, they both serve as the strongest and lone defense against all levels of negative rhetoric, whether fact or fiction.

Before a label is slapped on me, let me assure you I have no political axes to grind here. My record for more than 50 years has been as a dedicated independent with a voting record split fairly evenly among candidates of both parties. I really do believe my judgment is as good or better than having some private interest organization make a choice in my name. However, the issue of party vs. individual thinking is not what this document is about. What it is about is the kind of things your “party” won’t tell you.

Having said that, please indulge the following: In an article published in the Denver Post on March 4, a columnist of high regard called attention to the following: On a number of occasions, Barack Hussein Obama has assured Americans that he is a “devout Christian” and has been a member of the same church for 20 years. What he did not say, however, is that the pastor of that church and the man who Obama had once named as his choice to give his campaign invocation, is a long time supporter of the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan. It was Farrakhan, who is known for his distasteful remarks about race and the person who referred to Judaism as a “gutter religion” and its adherents a “bunch of bloodsuckers.” There has been, to my knowledge, no statement or remark from Mr. Obama refuting or defending any of these published remarks.

All of this is the truth, plain and simple. Because The Denver Post published this information and because I repeat it here, we will probably be judged as racist. And the reason for this, I believe, is that there is no other answer that can either justify or defend against these truths. As my old dad would say: “When the auditors show up, keep your books open, your mouth shut, and go on vacation.”

In closing, I ask: “If we are not careful and knowledgeable about those we choose to be our future leaders, may we not just be going headlong from a frying pan into a much hotter fire?” Forget racism, forget sexism, forget any “ism.” Forget the slogans. They are written by hired hands anyway, not candidates. Cute won’t cut it! I urge you to select your candidate carefully, and ask, ask, ask, or you just might get the “change” you really weren’t looking for.


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