Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Why Can't A Muslim Be President?

Well thank God someone finally said it in public!

Colin Powell: on the campaign of lies, spread by whisper and e-mail, to convince people that Obama is a Muslim:

"Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, 'He's a Muslim and might be associated with terrorists.' This is not the way we should be doing it in America."

- Meet The Press - Sunday Oct 19, 2008

The Obama campaign itself has been too chicken to make this point. They always just respond to the claim that Obama is a Muslim, by saying, "It's a lie. He's a good Christian [just like all good Americans.]"

This is just one reason I continue to be underwhelmed by Obama. He only looks so good, because the alternative is so bad.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The anti muslim shit was the same shit as the anti catholic shit against JFK . JFK was also underwhelming because the alternative looked bad and turned out to be worse. To be a great president you only have to be slightly better than average as a human being.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


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Blogger Sydney Nestel said...

RE Ploni's 1st comment above. I think the comparison with JFK is right on - on many levels. Like JFK, Obama is more significant as a symbol than for his policy positions. Like JFK he is handsome and young and has a beautiful wife. Like JFK his opponent is an old Washington hand, and known mostly as a security hawk. Like JFK he represents a minority that has not yet made it in America, but whose pariah status is waning. Like JFK he has an aura of change hope newness, without really articulating what new and hopeful policies he would embrace. Like JFK he is dangerously hawkish in some areas (Vietnam, Afghanistan). JFK turned out to be a pretty mediocre - maybe even poor - President. But because he was killed only 2 1/2 year into his term this is not obvious, and it is "unseemly" to criticize the assassinated. So the myth persists of his greatness.

I fear Obama is more like JFK than FDR.

7:41 pm  
Blogger Sydney Nestel said...

re Ploni's 2nd comment above:

Where did they get the religious woman in front of the wall? (Of course it could have been an actor.) In any case - according to polls, now 10 days old, 75% of Orthodox Jewish Americans are voting McCain. 52% of American Jews who rates Israel as "very important" in their lives are voting McCain. Only 66% of all American Jews are voting Obama, which if that figure holds up will be bay far the fewest Jews to vote Democratic in a long time. So I hope this video gets a lot of air play in Florida.

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