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Obama 1997 endorses book by some guy in his neighbourhood

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Zomblog has located a 1997 endorsement by Barack Obama of a William Ayers book.

Obama provided the following:

A searing and timely account of the juvenile court system, and the courageous individuals who rescue hope from despair

The book is called Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court.

FoxNews quotes a passage from the book that mentions not only Barack Obama, but praises Louis Farrakhan and his “security force.”

Our neighbors include Muhammad Ali, former mayor Eugene Sawyer, poets Gwendolyn Brooks and Elizabeth Alexander, and writer Barack Obama.Minister Louis Farrakhan lives a block from our home and adds, we think, a unique dimension to the idea of ‘safe neighborhood watch’: the Fruit of Islam, his security force, has an eye on things twenty-four-hours a day.

Patterico.com provides evidence that in 1995, two years before Ayers’ book was published, Obama launched his political career in the home of William Ayers.

There is evidence by Stanley Kurtz, AmericanThinker.com, and PowerLineBlog.com – and others linked to from these sites – that at the time, Obama was a member of “New Party” – created by the Democratic Socialist Party – backed, driven and steered by ACORN people and putting forward a clearly anti-capitalist, re-distributionist agenda.

Here is a 1995 article by Hank De Zutter at ChicagorReader.com, with extensive quotes from Obama and from one of his enthusiastic supporters – Madeline Talbott – at ACORN, about Obama’s work in running workshops.

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After making sure Barack was not in the room, Jeremiah Wright
calls out “God daaamn America!” Sneaky little devil! He always does that!

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  1. Matthew Bromley

    October 22, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Hi Prodos,

    The choice is between Mc Cain and Obama.

    Why is Obama worse than McCain?- From an Objectivist perspective.

    You don’t seriously believe that Obama is some sort of Manchurian candidate do you?

    Matthew

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  2. Good afternoon Matthew.

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    You don

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  3. Matthew Bromley

    October 23, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Prodos,

    Manchurian candidate

    Obama presents as a middle of the road Democratic candidate. You have linked him to the extreme left of terrorists and people who hate America ( apparently). So I thought that the point of the post was to show that Obama is actually far left even though he does not present that way- therefore a type of Manchurian candidate- i.e. one with a hidden agenda.

    Objectivist perspective.

    I thought you were an Objectivist. Are you?

    Matthew

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  4. Good evening Matthew …

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    Obama presents as a middle of the road Democratic candidate.
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    I don’t consider him to be a middle of the road Democrat.

    However, nor do I think he’s especially ideological. I’d have more respect for him if he WAS driven by ideas and principles – even if it meant he was a Socialist.

    Obama is a Zero Man. A Second-hander. A Social Metaphysician. A Peter Keating type. Everything and Nothing.

    Obama’s character – and his interesting friendships, alliances, and associations need to be understood in that light.

    Obama is much worse than a true blue leftie.

    Shelby Steele provides some interesting insights into who or what Obama is (and isn’t) in his book “A Bound Man”. It’s a brief, highly perceptive, and beautifully written read.

    Also, here are some YouTubes of Shelby Steele talking a bit about his views on Obama:

    Part 1 of 5
    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=WeWaMWcMRl0

    The other 4 parts will be easy to locate.

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    You have linked him to the extreme left of terrorists and people who hate America ( apparently). So I thought that the point of the post was to show that Obama is actually far left even though he does not present that way- therefore a type of Manchurian candidate- i.e. one with a hidden agenda.
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    I don’t believe Barack Obama has a “hidden agenda”. Far from it.

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    Objectivist perspective.

    I thought you were an Objectivist. Are you?
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    Is this some sort of game?

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  5. Matthew, I don’t know how far left Obama may actually be, but his involvement with certain people and organizations should at least raise some concern and investigation. ANd if William Ayers was happy to launch Obama’s political career from his own living room should also make a pro-capitalist uncomfortable.

    Note also that Obama was found to be the most “liberal” senator in 2007: ” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was the most liberal senator in 2007, according to National Journal’s 27th annual vote ratings. The insurgent presidential candidate shifted further to the left last year in the run-up to the primaries, after ranking as the 16th- and 10th-most-liberal during his first two years in the Senate. ”

    You can read more here:

    http://nj.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/

    I’m not a McCain fan, but I think he is more “middle-of-the-road” than Obama.

    I don’t know how serious McCain is about religion, but I suspect that whoever is the next president will have a Democratic Congress. If the President is McCain, they won’t let him get far with any religious agenda. If the President is Obama, a Democratic Congress will help him impliment his agenda.

    And what do you think of this from the Obama-Biden official website: “Expand Service-Learning in Our Nation’s Schools: Obama and Biden will set a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year. They will develop national guidelines for service-learning and will give schools better tools both to develop programs and to document student experience. ”

    And: “Require 100 Hours of Service in College: Obama and Biden will establish a new American Opportunity Tax Credit that is worth $4,000 a year in exchange for 100 hours of public service a year. ”

    You can read more here:

    http://www.barackobama.com/issues/service/

    I wonder if there will be any indoctrination involved in that “service-learning” for kids, if so of what type, and how much of the service activities will be green?

    At first I found the college student statement to be a bit confusing, because of the tax credit, which seems to be an enticement – a persuasion rather than a coercion – combined with the *requiring* of 100 hours of service. But then I realized that it may mean that college students will have to do the service, but will be compensated in the way that a draftee into the military has to be compensated, or a victim of eminent domain. Yes, we’re going to forcibly confiscate 100 hours of your free time, but we’re going to pay you for it…with your own money.

    While McCain/Palin also have a lot to say about service, I didn’t find anything on their service page that suggests that anybody should be *required* to do service, in school or out.

    But Obama/Biden don’t say kids should be offered the *opportunity* to do service, but that they want to “…set a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year.”

    Doesn’t sound like they’re talking about a voluntary thing, even for the young-uns.

    Terrific lesson in submitting to involuntary voluntarism for “the public good”.

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  6. Matthew Bromley

    October 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Prodos and Sydney,

    One of you says Obama is a “zero man” the other says he is left of McCain.

    I think a case could be made that McCain is just as collectivist as Obama. McCain strikes me as a collectivist conservative- which is just as dangerous as Obama.

    Both are bad. I think Obama is less likely to do something stupid ( esp. Militarily) so i would prefer him to McCain-Palin. Further if he does something bad the free market won’t get the blame.

    Objectivist perspective

    I said:

    I thought you were an Objectivist. Are you?
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    You said:

    Is this some sort of game?

    No game Prodos.

    You don’t have to answer the straightforward question if you don’t want to.

    Matthew

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  7. Greetings Matthew,

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    Prodos and Sydney,

    One of you says Obama is a

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