Made My Obama Friends List, Now Checking It Twice
Friend #2: Tony Rezko
Consider this telling fragment from the Obama timeline, offered by David Freddoso in his new book, The Case Against Barack Obama:
July 31, 1995 -- Tony Rezko makes his first political donation to Obama.
January 14, 1997 -- Tony Rezko, while claiming he cannot afford to turn on the heat in one of his slums, writes a $1,000 check to Barack Obama's campaign.
February 1997 -- Obama co-sponsors a bill that creates affordable local housing funds in order to subsidize private developers.
August 23, 2001 -- A bill is co-sponsored by Obama, giving special tax credits to donors to private developers of "affordable housing."
May 21, 2003 -- Obama votes for the Affordable Housing Planning and Appeal Act, creating demand for at least 7,000 new "affordable housing" units and letting private developers circumvent local ordinances.
August 14, 2003 -- Stuart Levine and Tony Rezko steer $50 million in teachers' retirement money to an investment firm and receive a $250,000 kickback from the "finder."
March 4, 2004 -- Obama co-sponsors a bill to move forward deadlines of a developer-friendly housing bill.
June 15, 2005 -- Obama and Tony Rezko close on adjacent properties in Hyde Park.
May 26, 2005 -- The Chicago Tribune profiles Tony Rezko, noting that he has been subpoenaed in a criminal investigation.
January 2006 -- Obama purchases part of neighbor Tony Rezko's lot.
Those quality, affordable housing units for the poor residents of Chicago? They are now mostly condemned as uninhabitable by human beings. A really super terrific use of taxpayer money.
Syrian-born Tony Rezko is now in prison, after having been convicted by a federal jury on 16 of 24 counts of corruption charges. Last week, Rezko reportedly made a deal with prosecutors to talk about others steeped in Chicago and greater Illinois political corruption. His "talking" may or may not lead to an indictment against Barack Obama.
As for me, what I already know is enough. This one association alone tells us voters that Barack Obama has neither the character nor judgment to be president.
Friend #3: Bill Ayers
Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers was first raised in the presidential primary debates between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Obama employed his habitual deflection technique, saying only that "Bill Ayers is a guy who lives in my neighborhood," and everything he did against America was when "I was eight years old."
Since then, Obama has been forced to admit a little more here and a little more there about the real relationship he has had with him over at least 15 years. Thanks to the steadfast, persistent efforts of Stanley Kurtz at National Review, we now have more of the Annenberg Challenge records that show clearly Ayers is not just some unknown guy who lives down the street from Obama, but is in fact someone much, much closer.
As Kurtz detailed for the Wall Street Journal in September, Obama's only executive experience -- period -- has been working with Bill Ayers on the Annenberg Challenge and its radical education/indoctrination programs:
Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience. From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists.
The CAC was the brainchild of Bill Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground in the 1960s. Among other feats, Mr. Ayers and his cohorts bombed the Pentagon, and he has never expressed regret for his actions. Barack Obama's first run for the Illinois State Senate was launched at a 1995 gathering at Mr. Ayers' home.
Of course, to those on the far political left, from the 1960s onward, Bill Ayers and his radical wife, Bernardine Dohrn, have been heroes, not despicable domestic terrorists. It isn't hard for me to understand why Obama's alliance with this pair isn't problematic for any of the blame-America-first crowd. But for those of us who still love America and believe in our Constitution, a working relationship with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers is enough to disqualify Obama from our votes.
Since Barack Obama has played a game of dodge-ball rhetoric concerning these associations of his -- and since they are really all we know about him, his judgment, his character, and his patriotism -- he has left us little choice but to vote against him in November.
Early in the year, I wrote that this election would break on the lines of those who still love America and those who clearly don't. I still believe I'm right and that McCain will win -- by a sizable percentage.