‘Yes Bama’ or ‘No Bama’: 4 steps to no

Tue, 09/02/2008 - 3:25pm
By: Letters to the ...

#1. Co-Bama (We would get two Obamas for the price of one).

Obama says that, of the three wisest people he knows and who would most have his ear in his administration, first and foremost would be his wife. She’s the one who stated earlier this year, “For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country.” (Mr. Obama stated that his other wise advisers would be his grandma and Ted Kennedy. I don’t know what type of policy experience his grandma possesses, but Ted Kennedy’s track record is easy to trace.)

#2. Dough-Bama (Ahhh, the sweet smell of success).

Candidate Obama ran pledging to participate in the public financing system of the general election, if only the Republican nominee would agree to the same. Nominee McCain agreed. Nominee Obama changed his mind.

Perhaps this is a foretaste of the change he has promised. For this will be the first time that a presidential nominee has not agreed to limit his spending and accept public financing since the system was put in place over 30 years ago.

#3. Faux-Bama (Will the real BHO please stand up).

Before becoming the nominee, there was no hand-over-heart while others pledged; no Ol’ Glory over his breast; no refuting the demagogue “shepherd” who kept watch over the Obamas for two decades (the pastor who inspired Obama’s “Audacity” book); no bowling; no beer (fine wines only); no limits on any abortions (couldn’t even help the infant if it survived the “procedure.”).

Now, however, you would swear the nominee of his party was Beaver Cleaver Obama, the boy from Kansas. He actually grew up in Indonesia (the world’s largest Muslim country). Obama’s mother had initially married Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., after meeting the Muslim man from Kenya in Hawaii. They met each other there in the middle of America’s Cold War with the Soviet Union. The two fell in love in their Russian language class.

#4. Blow-Bama (He has acknowledged that he had messed around with marijuana and “maybe a little blow.”).

While Obama has had to acknowledge that he, until quite recently, has been a long-time cigarette smoker (he has been chewing nicotine gum on the campaign trail), he claims that the last time he did hard drugs was in his teen years. There is credible evidence to the contrary.

Even though the messenger is hardly a paragon of virtue, Larry Sinclair offers compelling testimony that has largely gone unexplored by the mainstream media and has not been satisfactorily refuted by the Obama campaign (other than to shoot the messenger). The details of Mr. Sinclair’s formal allegations are not salutary. (Here, Blow-Bama takes on a double entendre and harkens back to the heady days of the Clinton years. So keep the kids away from this buried news story).

Yes Bama or No Bama? That is the question. I have just one last question. Where is Colin Powell when we need him?

David Bobkowski

Fayetteville, Ga.

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Submitted by Cindy McCain on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 11:03am.

Hi David,

This is an interesting letter, coming from you, a person who claims to be a "devoted Christian" man and student of theology. I remember discussing the current market climate with you recently and the slowdown in most areas of industry and how it is affecting all of us locally (eg. Panasonic). We were able to see eye to eye on many issues, however, I'm appalled that you would use The Citizen to continue to perpetuate so many of the lies put forth by some Republican party operatives about Obama (Muslim, Sinclair). It is people like you, and divisive comments like you have made, that continue to undermine the whole political process by fanning hatred and contempt for our candidates, on both sides of the aisle. I would say that most of the posts and letters I have seen on The Citizen (print and online) aimed at both presidential candidates, contribute to the discourse that must occur when our country is tasked with voting for a presidential candidate. Civil discourse is a good thing, however, dispensing nonsensical tripe for the sake of only showing your personal hatred for a candidate, lowers the level of discourse and perpetuates the divide in our beloved country.

I must admit that I will find it difficult to associate with you on a business level in the future. When a person chooses to publicly alienate himself from a sizeable portion of the community, it puts into question your judgment and business sense . David, our country is in shambles and we need solutions to the problems we currently face and will be facing in the future. Please try to rise to the occasion.

Good day.

Submitted by E Donahue on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 9:16am.

Dear Mr. Bobkowski:

Absurd as your remarks are regarding the Democratic presidential nominee,
Senator Barak Obama (letter to the editor, 9/3/09), I feel compelled to publicly counter them. I do not want my children growing up believing that scare tactics, such as those you employ, are the right way to participate in a democracy. I will defend your right to support whomever you choose until the bitter end, but this practice of using rumors, innuendo and outright lies to try to influence voters has got to stop. Our democracy demands it.

The ugly racial, ethnic and religious slurs you gave voice to have no place in a civilized society. If we have learned anything from history, it is that bigotry, hatred and prejudice inevitably lead us down a path of destruction.

For those voters like yourself who must apply a religious litmus test to every candidate, you should know that Sen. Obama is a committed Christian. Our Constitution protects freedom of religion, which means that whether someone is Christian, Jewish or yes, even Muslim, they have a right to their beliefs and a right to participate fully in our democracy. Furthermore, I feel compelled to make you aware of the fact that a great many people of faith – Christians among them – are enthusiastically supporting Sen. Obama.

If you insist on re-treading the drug use story, let’s consider that our current President has admitted a “problem” with alcohol (yes, it’s a drug) and rumors persist that he inhaled a certain white powder. The only difference is that Sen. Obama admitted his encounters.

Despite your attack on Mrs. Obama, I firmly believe that Sen. Obama’s admiration of his wife shows the love and respect he has for her. Even Laura Bush defended Michelle Obama, saying that she probably meant she’s never been more proud of her country.

Participating in public financing has never meant candidates abide by campaign spending limits. To the contrary, the system of financing elections is broken as evidenced by the millions of dollars of unregulated funds flowing to campaigns from so-called 527 organizations. Further, the national parties (including the RNC) supplement a presidential candidate’s coffers without limits. So, there is no real “spending limit.”

I hope the last weeks of this presidential campaign can be carried out with dignity and respect for other’s opinions. After all, we’re all Americans.

Emily Donahue
Peachtree City, GA

Submitted by USArmybrat on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 12:08pm.

Such as NObama referring to Gov. Palin as a "pig"? And don't give me some lame answer, like he wasn't speaking about her. The crowd behind him knew exactly who he was talking about! And I don't think I have seen anyone "upset" over the fact that the Democratic Underground placed Gov.Palin's special needs infant on EBAY! I'm sure all of you "dignified" liberals approve!

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