I received an email today with the subject line: He told us but nobody was listening. (The text is below.) [UPDATE September 19, 2011: Newest version subject line is: PLEASE READ AND FORWARD WITHOUT CHANGING OR ADDING A SINGLE WORD. Kinda sounds like Obama's "pass the bill now." Please share this post with anyone who sends this email to you. Thanks!]
First point: Obama did not appear on Meet the Press on September 7, 2008 as you can discover by reading the transcript at the link provided above.
Second point: A quick google search and reviewing of an Urban Legends Post show that much of the contents of the email are simply not true, nor are they accurate representations of statements made by then candidate Obama.
That said I’d like to share an additional thoughts I shared when responding to the email:
I have long held the suspicion that many of these rumors are started by those who disagree with our world view to distract us from what we really need to attend to. There is real evidence that the progressives among us are dismantling our Constitutional Republic. Real evidence that we need to pay attention to and respond to. That is why I started my blog….to get the facts out there.
I believe much of what is expressed below indeed reflects Barack Obama’s world view. He, however, like any good progressive will never say this outright. So, those whom you wish to convince about what is going on in our country will point out that this is a “lie” because he never actually said this on Meet the Press. Worse yet, they will also then subsequently totally dismiss any evidence that these quotes actually do reflect his world view.
Take for instance a comment made in the Urban Legends article: No, Barack Obama didn’t really utter these asinine words. Nor does it say much for the intelligence of a certain segment of the American population that they believe he, or any serious candidate, actually did,
Any guesses who the “certain segment of the American population” are? I’ll help you out…it is anyone who disagrees with the progressive world view. What better way to discredit a group of people than to circulate an email that may contain a couple of grains of truth mixed with “asinine” claims in order to marginalize them?
The article goes on to say: “As if to demonstrate that smear-mongering is a team sport, additional fabricated quotes have been appended to the message on its journey from inbox to inbox.”
Did you catch that? If you disagree with their world view you are part of a smear-mongering team! I really wish there was a fact checking site that was not presented from the progressive world view, but until I find one I’ll have to rely on Snopes and Urban Legends.
To be clear, I do not believe we should be passing on information via emails that we have not checked out ourselves. However, I really do believe there is something to the theory that our opposition may actually be initiating some of these emails. As I said in my response, our attention is given to information that is not entirely true instead of the things we CAN verify as true. We then, in essence waste our time passing on information that can be easily proven false AND give our opponents a chance to dismiss the underlying assumptions about President Obama’s world view. We then end up “throwing the baby out with the bath water;”discarding useful information because it is mixed with false information.
So, what about this email reflects the true world view of Barack Obama and the progressives? How about the statement in the email attributed to him: It is my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. For fun let’s look at an article: The Plot to Destroy the US Military:
“The USS Enterprise crackdown, like the firing of General McChrystal and the push to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” completely ignore military realities for political objectives. A political military is also a useless military.…And the US military is being shaped along the same lines into a political military overseen by men whose chief credential is that they share the same politics as the politicians whom they serve.”
Isn’t that comparable to “disarming America?”
The article goes on to say:
The left has hated the American military because it is a vehicle of national exceptionalism. A strong military gives the country a sense of independence and confidence that many European countries have lost.
The progressives in this country see American exceptionalism, independence and confidence as “oppression.”And, yes, Barack Obama is a progressive, hence while he did not make the following statements on the record, they DO reflect his underlying view of the world:
There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression
When I become President I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. (For the record, I don’t even fully understand what that sentence is supposed to mean, but, hey, progressives don’t WANT you to fully understand so I guess it’s an excellent example of progressive-speak…and it uses the word oppressive, so they get extra points for that!)
One of the statements in the email that jumped out at me was:
“Of course now I have found myself about to become the President of the United States and I have put my hatred aside.
If you look closely at Barack Obama’s history and his statements that are on record you see clearly that his world view is not unlike the view reflected in the email in question. The title link above takes you to an article that gives you an excellent summary of President Obama’s world view….and it is NOT one that is conducive to the protecting and defending of the United States Constitution. President Obama, to paraphrase Van Jones, has set his hatred aside for the radical ends.
Finally, the email also includes the comment: I will use my power to bring change to this nation and offer the people a new path. He has always made it clear that he is about “hope and change.” The question you MUST ask yourself, however, is: What does that MEAN?
Additional recommended reading/viewing:
My previous Post: Will We Allow Whoever “Tells the Best Story” to Win?
Text of email:
Yes, he told us in advance what he planned to do. Few were listening. The following is a narrative…from Sunday, September 7, 2008 “Meet the Press.” The then Senator Obama was asked about his stance on the American Flag.
He was asked by General Bill Ginn USAF (ret.) to explain why he does not follow protocol when the National Anthem was played.
The General stated to Obama that according to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171: During the rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present (except those in uniform) are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Or at the very least stand and face it.
Senator Obama replied: “As I’ve said about the flag pin, I don’t want to be perceived as taking sides. There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression…The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing.” Obama continued: “The National Anthem should be ‘swapped’ for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.’ If that were our anthem then I might salute it. In my opinion we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as ‘redesign’ our flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It is my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam where peace prevails…..perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments…”
When I become President I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation have placed upon the nations of Islam an unfair injustice which is WHY my wife disrepects the Flag and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past.”
“Of course now I have found myself about to become the President of the United States and I have put my hatred aside. I will use my power to bring change to this nation and offer the people a new path. My wife and I look forward to becoming our country’s First black Family. Indeed change is about to overwhelm the United States of America.