At the moment President Barack Obama is jetting here and there to fundraisers like one in L.A. where $1 million was raised from glitterati like Steven Spielberg and Democrat groupie Barbra Streisand. I was putting together a column about Obama’s latest foray into controversy—Mosque-Gate—and I decided to thumb through some old columns to see if there was anything relevant.
I interviewed Roger Stone, master of the political arts, in October, 2008, as things were looking pretty sorry for my Republicans.
Democrats had already taken Congress in 2006 (something amnesiac Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) forgets when she blames Bush for everything but her wrinkles).
I figured there was no better source than Stone. Two years ago, I wrote: “Throughout history there have been operatives who didn’t so much learn politics as spring from the womb with politics coursing through their veins. That would be Stone.”
When you interview him, it’s best to be wide awake because this man’s intellect and recall of history run at the speed of a Corvette before they put all the enviro-crap on those cars.
Stone first pegged Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) all over the place campaign, and noted lack of focus in messaging.
But it’s what the Miami political analyst said about then-candidate Obama that intrigues.
I wrote: “[Stone] points to something the McCain campaign missed—Obama’s support for people in the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses. Stone wrote, ‘Back when New York Governor Eliot Spitzer first proposed granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, Senator Barack Obama immediately supported this insane policy granting government-issued IDs for people we cannot identify or track.’ He goes on to point out the 19 hijackers on 9/11 who had 38 driver’s licenses between them.”
Okay, so Obama was soft on driver’s licenses for undocumented aliens. But there’s more: “It’s that he’s [Obama] part of Washington culture. He will raise your taxes, he wants to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants—social security rights for illegals—he’s going to redistribute the wealth—bitter people clinging to guns and churches.”
But what really strikes me involves Stone’s take on Obama and the Middle East.
Our president jumped headlong into the mosque fracas—I know it’s technically a cultural center, but face it, everyone including Muslims will call it a mosque when it’s built—even though he didn’t have to. Apologist deputy press sec. Bill Burton said Obama did this because of the constitution. That should tumble any sane person from her chair. This administration and congress have trampled the constitution with enthusiasm, on every issue from healthcare to bills like the Stimulus to undocumented aliens.
Obama may have delivered his mosque-gate pitch because he’s following the President Bill Clinton path of schmoozing and mollifying. We all know how that disastrous foreign policy worked out. Or maybe Obama was fondly reminiscing about the evening call to prayers he heard from mosques as a child and wrote about as an adult.
No Democrat including our president has mentioned Middle East media reports about a couple stoned by the Taliban for the gruesome crime of adultery. No Democrat mentions that war casualties are at an all-time high, and no Democrat will ever mention the fact that Jews and Christians are second class citizens in any Muslim country on the planet. No Democrat will speak about women’s rights in those countries—there aren’t any to speak of where fundamentalists rule. Honor killings? Can’t be bothered.
Nor did our president or any member in his party comment on the arrest of Christians busted in Dearborn (Mich.) for the brutal crime of handing out religious literature on a public street because it upset organizers of the city’s Arab festival.
Stone pegged this president perfectly even before he was elected. In October, 2008, Stone explained what would come of hope, change and politics: “The downside of yes, we can is the expectations of [Obama’s] voters—I want it now…Two years from now, nothing will change. There’s nothing new about this guy, except he’ll have warmed up to his Palestinian friends by then.”
Stone’s analysis was, as usual, spot on. Those ‘Palestinian friends’ of course are all for the mosque. The NY Post reported Mahmoud al-Zahar, Hamas’ cofounder and current chief, said, "Islam is controlling every source of our life as regard to marriage, divorce, our commercial relationships."
No word on how that approach figures in the US Constitution. Meanwhile, America doesn’t appear to be the only country with bitter people clinging to guns and churches mosques.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Aug. 17, 2010)
The Ground Zero Mosque contradicts a UN resolution our president apparently agrees with.