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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Obama's Greatest and Most Lasting Influence...

One of my favorite political commentators, Ruthie Blum's latest Israel Hayom article includes her opinions about who has had the most and most crucial influence on United States President Barrack Hussein Obama:
It’s the Obama doctrine, stupid!

 
With all the justifiable carry-on about Chuck Hagel’s appointment as U. S. Defense Secretary — and John Brennan’s nomination for CIA chief — one key question remains. This is not whether the pair is or would be bad for America and Israel; nor whether either or both will be confirmed by Congress.
No, the only real puzzle is why anyone should be the slightest bit surprised by President Barack Obama’s picks for positions on which America’s national security depends...
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Two of his mentors, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and the late Saul Alinsky, are worth mentioning here. That he was drawn to them in the first place was no more of an accident than was their grooming of him. Though neither could have guessed that he would become president one day, each saw his potential as a representative of “The Cause”: undermining the United States of America
 
Davka, rare for me, I think that Ruthie left out the most important and lasting influence.  One must never forget the woman who raised Obama, his mother,  Ann Dunham, who was a radical Leftist.  It seems that her parents, who also had a great role in caring for and influencing Obama, were the same:
In 1956, Dunham's family moved to Mercer Island, an Eastside suburb of Seattle. Dunham's parents wanted their 13-year-old daughter to attend the newly opened Mercer Island High School.[6] At the school, teachers Val Foubert and Jim Wichterman taught the importance of challenging social norms and questioning authority to the young Dunham, and she took the lessons to heart: "She felt she didn't need to date or marry or have children." One classmate remembered her as "intellectually way more mature than we were and a little bit ahead of her time, in an off-center way",[6] and a high school friend described her as knowledgeable and progressive: "If you were concerned about something going wrong in the world, Stanley would know about it first. We were liberals before we knew what liberals were." Another called her "the original feminist".[6]
It's interesting that the American "founding fathers" made it a constitutional law that the President of the United States must be born in the United States.  They wanted to be sure that no foreigner/immigrant would try to use the presidency to cancel independence and allow a foreign power to take control, no doubt.  At the time of the Declaration of Independence, various European countries ruled in North and South America.  Spain, Portugal, France and Great Britain fought between themselves for the "new lands."  And the "rebellious colonies" didn't yet have a national identity. The early United States wasn't very "united."  It was a federation, and the unity was more on paper, since there wasn't yet a common culture. 

Communication and travel were difficult, and most people were illiterate.  But still the "founding fathers" felt that someone born and raised there would be more loyal than a newcomer would be.  It must be remembered that people didn't move or travel all that frequently.  I have no doubt  that it never occurred to them that there would be a President with the personal history of a Barack Hussein Obama, even if you accept that he was born in Hawaii. 

In today's world, you have many more people raised in and comfortable in a variety of countries.  Israel's own Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spent many of his formative years in the United States, because his father Professor Benzion Netanyahu taught in a number of American universities.  He could easily have used his charisma, charm and intelligence to be a successful American politician, but he could never have been a candidate for Presidency, even though I have no doubt that he understands American mentality, history, economy better than Obama.  During the past four years, Obama has taken a crash course in these topics.  Maybe that's why he feels so insecure and negative when he must deal with Netanyahu...

It's food for thought for those who are trying to analyze Obama to remember that his mother rejected conventional American life, which is something he as President should be defending and protecting... 

2 comments:

Cindy said...

There has always been so much debate about President Obama's loyalty to the United States, about his birth place. But I had no idea that his mom attended Mercer Island High School! That hits pretty close to home!

Batya said...

Cindy, for good or for bad?