Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The National Review: Helping me to love Obama!

The National Review

is a bi-weekly website and magazine founded in New York that is known as "America's most widely read and influential magazine and web site for Republican/conservative news, commentary, and opinion."

I bought the three issues below because Obama was on the cover. The first time I bought the magazine, I didn't know it was conservative. I continued to buy it for that very reason. I wanted to see what the other side had to say. The publication is actually a good read. I don't agree with most of the opinions but at least they are articulated in an intellectual way.

Each of the issues pictured below cover three aspects of Barack Obama. Each is supposed to be a reason not to vote for him. However, they each solidified my support for him.

The Obama Conceit, or so the magazine calls it, is that Obama is a 'Citizen of the World'. Obama himself referred to himself as such while in Berlin. He prides himself on having a diverse upbringing and having a wide range of views. The Review attacks Obama on that notion. For some reason, conservative America believes that patriotism is shown through xenophobia. Anything that isn't apple pie and football is just plain wrong. Remember when we were mad at the French and we changed the potato snack to "Freedom" fries?? Yeah, that stuff. The Right wing attacked Kerry's bilinguism for the same reason. "He's too extoic" "He's un-American". Bullshit! They are angry with Obama for implying that our kids should speak more than one language. EVERY other sophisticated developed nation is made up of people that speak more than one language. Why can't we do it? Because the stars and stripes said so?... I scoff at the thought. Thinkers like Obama are right. To work toward world harmony you must identify with and understand other nations, not bully them. We need diplomacy, not just militarism. There is more to the world than America.

Enigma: Who is Obama? The Review says that you will be surprised to find out. The real Obama is someone so despicable that no one should vote for him. They mocked his idealistic views and vows of unity. The issue about Obama's memoir came about. Barack Obama's memoir, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance is painted as anti-American rhetoric. The writer in the magazine claims that he cannot recall many positive things said about the U.S. and suggested Obama joined Jeremiah Wright's church because of Wright's views, not in spite of them. The article made me very excited about Obama's possible presidency. There has always been speculation about whether or not Obama is connected with black people. The article set out to depict Obama as a typical black man, complete with anger toward the nation that oppressed him. It talks about his early obsession with his black ancestry. Obama identified his principal roles models: Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., and W.E.B. Dubois. God forbid a man of color should identify with men of color! This doesn't scare me away. It fuels my enthusiasm. We need a leader who can't question the establishment enough to change it instead of continuing with the same.

Barack Obama's Pet Peacock NBC and MSNBC are being called liberal and a network made for the far Left. Wait a minute...isn't that precisely what FOX News does for the Right. O'Reilly and his comrades are some of the biggest bigots I have ever seen. But it's a problem that MSNBC is a little too liberal? At least there's a balance. The media in general has caught flack lately for being too liberal or supportive of Obama. I say the media finally represents the voices of the people. Eight is Enough!! This particular issue of the magazine came with a DVD called 'Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West'. In the title, the Islamic symbol of the crescent moon and star serves as the O in obsession while a gun is the N.... WTF... The tagline reads "The threat of Radical Islam is the most important issue facing us today. But it's a topic that neither the presidential candidates, nor the media are disccussing openly..." It then instructs you to show the DVD to your family and friends. WHAT??? With Wall Street crumbling and gas prices higher than high, is a Muslim extremist across the world REALLY my biggest worry right now???? NO!!! Idiots...They are just helping to spread anti-Islam ideas...When will the Reds learn? I'm proud to be blue.

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