There’s been quite a bit of talk in recent weeks about Senator Barack Obama’s various relationships and friendships. I think they’re legitimate questions to ask, given that the policy differences between Obama and Hillary Clinton are minimal and that the Obama campaign has made "judgment" and "character" central arguments for electing him to cover for his exceedingly thin record. Our choice of friends and associates says much about our character and judgment, and it can tell us much about someone who would be president.
Thus the questions that have arisen about Obama’s connections to William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, unrepentant former terrorists and members of the Marxist-Leninist Weather Underground. Obama has tried to minimize his connection to Ayers and Dohrn, claiming it is silly to hold him accountable for actions those two took nearly 40 years ago. While Obama is right, of course, that he can’t be held responsible for the bombings the Weathermen committed, he can be called to account for continued, regular association with them and for accepting their political support.
But what does this association tell us about Barack Obama? Certainly not that he himself is a Marxist-Leninist or that he endorses terrorism, but it does indicate that his own views are far enough to the Left that he is comfortable associating with people who are and do.
Doug Ross at Director Blue takes a long look at Ayers and Dohrn -and Obama’s connections to them- and finds enough disturbing information to pose some pointed questions:
- Will Obama disclose his full relationship with Ayers and Dohrn?
- Will Obama disavow his relationship with Ayers and Dohrn as well as return any money that they have donated to him in the past?
- Were Obama’s representatives speaking directly or indirectly with the communist terrorists known as FARC?
- Will Obama completely denounce Marxist-Leninist ideology, which was espoused by his father as well as friends like Ayers and Dohrn and groups such as FARC?
And it’s enough to disqualify him from the presidency.
(hat tip: Fausta)