Barack Obama’s Snake Oil
Politics Joan Swirsky, Featured Writer
April 22, 2008

Handsome, intelligent, charismatic, blessed with a golden tongue, and irresistible to his besotted followers, Elmer Gantry – the title character of Sinclair Lewis’s 1927 novel – inspired his supporters to swoon, indeed faint, at his seductive oratory. He told them they were "sinners,” then gave them "hope” that they could "change” if they would only follow his path to redemption. As it turned out, Gantry was a fraud – a sinner himself – ultimately exposed and discredited.


"That’s not fair!” liberals protest. "Gantry was fictional.” True, but he is a character that resonated with the reading public because he was instantly recognizable as so many of the frauds in their lives. Just like Svengali, the fictional character in George du Maurier’s novel, Trilby. To this day, a "Svengali” is known as someone who manipulates others into doing his bidding. Sound familiar?


Let’s move on to a real person, this one strikingly good-looking, eloquent, highly educated, and a magnetic charmer who entranced not one but dozens if not hundreds of people to "believe” in him. Here was a man who convinced numerous college-admission professionals to welcome him into the higher halls of academe, as did the employers who trusted in and were rewarded by his work ethic. That is not to omit the dozens of women who were bedazzled by the allure of Ted Bundy, but who the beguiling sociopath savagely murdered.


Like Barack Obama, Bundy was raised by a single, "typical white woman.” But unlike Bundy, Barack has a much larger agenda. It is, in my opinion, to use his good looks, Ivy-League credentials, verbal skills, and personal magnetism to murder America itself! To rail with his oh-so-moderate voice against the bedrocks of our country – the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the capitalism that drives our nation’s immense wealth, the military that protects our freedoms – in order to fulfill his Marxist dream of reversing the exceptionalism that is America itself!


 "That’s not fair,” liberals screech. "He’s such a goooood person!”


Let’s turn to Grigori Rasputin, the Russian mystic known to have held hypnotic influence over Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, the Tsarina Alexandra, after he "healed” their son Alexei. Alexandra came to believe that God spoke to her through Rasputin. Ultimately, Rasputin was thought to be responsible for discrediting the tsarist government he pretended to defend and bringing about the fall of the Romanov dynasty in 1917. He was murdered in 1916 and history has by-and-large recorded him as the very emodiment of a charlatan.


"That’s not fair!” liberals whine. "That was then, this is now.”


Okay, how about "now!” Who can forget Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple (of doom)? Using his rugged good looks, powers of persuasion, and faux-messianic message, which included "apostolic socialism,” he convinced his followers to move from San Francisco to Guyana, where, upon being investigated by the U.S. for human-rights abuses, he urged his 900 infatuated followers to imbibe a cyanide-laced drink (the famous Kool-Aid) that resulted in their ghastly deaths.


All of these men – the fictional Elmer Gantry and Svengali and the very real Ted Bundy, Rasputin, and Jim Jones (and I didn’t even include David Koresh and Mussolini, among others) share startling and disturbing similarities with Barack Obama. They all had charm, eloquence, a "message” that was irresistible to their acolytes, and a peerless way of camouflaging their real goals until after their victims were hooked!


After the hooking, however, their lust for total control of "the masses” – that they really had deep contempt for and fervently believed were too stupid to determine their own fates – took hold. All of these slippery charm-purveyors turned out to be monumental phonies and devastating oppressors of the gullible and needy people they preyed upon.


Guilt by Association

If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck…you know the rest. Obama wants us to believe that he has the judgment – his word – to make sound choices about our country’s domestic and foreign policies. Virtually all of those judgments will involve the people he chooses for cabinet positions, judgeships, and advisors. But look at his (horrific) track record!


▪ Obama’s wife of 16 years, Michelle, hates America (it’s a "mean country”).


▪ Obama’s pastor and "spiritual advisor” of 20 years, Jeremiah Wright, hates America ("Not God Bless America, God Damn America”).


▪ Obama’s friend, supporter and former Weatherman terrorist, William Ayers – who bombed the Pentagon, State Department and NY City buildings – hates America ("I don't regret setting bombs; I feel we didn't do enough").


▪ Obama’s closest foreign policy advisor, Samantha Power, "resigned” after intemperate, disparaging remarks she made about UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Hillary Clinton.


▪ Obama’s new foreign policy advisor, Daniel Kurtzer, a former Ambassador to Egypt and Israel, calls Palestinian terrorists "guerillas,” helped to legitimize the terrorist Yasir Arafat, praises longtime antagonists of Israel like former Secretary of State James Baker, urges more pressure on Israel and none at all on the suicide bombers and rocket launchers who routinely attack its citizens, preposterously ties attacks on America to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and, incredibly, wants Syria, the terrorist state and implacable foe of Israel, brought into the peace process.


▪ Obama’s campaign co-chair and chief military adviser, Tony McPeak, reports Ed Lasky in The American Thinker, "was found to have made ominous remarks about foreign policy being unduly influenced by people in Miami and New York.”


▪ Obama’s campaign, according to Judicial Watch, has accepted $50,000 from a radical group, Code Pink, which funds and supports Islamic terrorists. "The group actually gave $600,000 to help Iraqi terrorists in Fallujah fight U.S. military forces and its `counter-recruitment’ campaign has harassed, vandalized and impeded U.S. military recruiters across the nation.”


Such is the judgment of Barack Obama – and he hasn’t even been nominated yet! What next can we expect from this smooth-talking, self-described agent of "change” if he captures the presidency? History can be our teacher.


Today, like yesterday, examples abound of other "leaders” – like Obama – who use their verbal skills, charisma, and appetite for power to dupe their followers into believing that they are the way and the light. But as in Fidel Castro’s Cuba and Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, it’s those very followers who end up being tyrannized by the failed Marxist policies that strip them of their freedoms and render them impoverished, hungry, and risking their lives to escape – legally or illegally – to America’s shores.


By the way, Castro and Chavez have heartily endorsed Obama, as has the current president of Nicaragua, the Marxist Daniel Ortega. And you can bet if the Marxist Che Guevara were alive – as his poster image is in one of Obama’s campaign headquarters – he too would climb aboard this ignominious bandwagon. Did I leave out Hamas’s de facto endorsement of Obama or that Obama’s church reprinted the terrorist group’s manifesto?


As to the poster, Obama said it was okay, no need to take it down. As to the Hamas Manifesto on his church’s website – that compares calling for the murder of Jews to America’s Declaration of Independence – Obama said, in essence: I didn’t know nuthin’ about it! Just like in 20 years of attending the Trinity United Church of Christ, he didn’t hear nuthin’ that his anti-American, anti-Semitic pastor ever said!


Damn the Flag Pin and National Anthem

Finally, there is the real question of Obama’s patriotism. Okay, he doesn’t like wearing a flag pin. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t want to puncture the fabric of the pricey suits he can now afford, given that his 2006 federal tax return revealed he and his wife are now millionaires.


But that is not the reason he gives. "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…”


It gets worse.


According to a sacred United States Code (Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171): During 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.


But asked about a famous photograph that showed him refusing to place his hand over his heart when our National Anthem was played, Obama offered no explanation. That non-explanation may play well in his elitist circles, but it would play like a stink bomb at Ground Zero in New York City, at the bombed-out Pentagon, in the fields of Shanksville, PA, and in the heartland of America – in fact, in all the places that "bitter” people "cling to God and guns” and other things that Obama clearly holds in contempt.


In spite of overwhelming evidence about the truly dreadful choices that Democrats offer our country next November – Hillary the pathological liar and Barack the Manchurian Candidate incarnate – Obama has smitten a hungry and thirsty electorate for the "hope” and "change” he promises.


To the prospect of his presidency, every sane American should say God forbid!

Joan Swirsky, is a Featured Writer for The New Media Journal. A New York-based author and journalist, she was formerly a longtime health-and-science and feature writer for The New York Times Long Island section. She is the recipient of seven Long Island Press Awards...

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