Saturday, November 01, 2008

Socialist or selfish

In a rally, Barack Obama said,

(Note: Stop the clip at the 1:09 mark, I don't condone the remarks or the use of an expletive in the final 30 seconds of the video.)

Obama loves rich people and he loves their money too. So much that he wants to take it and give it to other people to spend. He thinks that's charity, I call it stealing. As Davey Crockett rightly said, "It's not yours to give." Go ahead and redistribute as many of your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as you would like, but don't take mine and give it away while you keep yours and then turn around and call me selfish.

If Obama truly believes a rising tide lifts all boats then why doesn't he lift his Aunt Zeituni out of a rundown housing project in Boston and buy her a new condo with some extra cash to decorate? Just think of all the others that will benefit if she spends YOUR millions. He could even buy her a car and and hire a driver to get her around town with the royalties from his book, Dreams from My Father. In the book, Obama actually mentions his obligation to his Aunt Zeituni from Kenya:
What is a family? Is it just a genetic chain, parents and offspring, people like me? Or is it a social construct, an economic unit, optimal for child rearing and divisions of labor? Or is it something else entirely: a store of shared memories, say? An ambit of love? A reach across the void?...

If Jane or Zeituni ever fell ill, if their companies ever closed or laid them off, there was no government safety net. There was only family, next of kin; people burdened by similar hardship ...

Now I was family, I reminded myself; now I had responsibilities.
Nice prose for a memoir, but it's just words that provided millions for Obama but nothing for Aunt Zeituni. Ironically, Aunt Zeituni has found it within her heart to dig deep into her pocket to help her nephew. She has donated money to the Obama campaign.
"Federal Election Commission records show that Onyango donated at least five times to her nephew's campaign in July and September. Three of the donations were for $5 each, and two of the donations were for $25. Records compiled by The Huffington Post show she gave a total of $260 to the campaign."
Michelle Malkin reports that Aunt Zeituni is living in Boston illegally and as such, she is ineligible to to donate to a political campaign. So Aunti Zeituni lives in the United States illegally, living on welfare in subsidized housing, and illegally contributes to the campaign of Barack Obama, while he stumps around the country telling us we're selfish?

Obama, said, "Selfishness is not a virtue" true enough. But selfishness isn't a crime either. If it were Obama would be in prison for the way he treats his own Aunt Zeituni and other family members.

And this is the politics of hope and change?

Michelle Obama was right in 2004 when she said that Obama wasn't ready to be president because he hasn't done anything yet - not even for dear Aunt Zeituni.

UPDATE: The Obama campaign is giving Aunt Zeituni back her contributions to the campaign.

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