Naomi Ragen dismisses the “smear” and makes frontal attack on Obama

By Naomi Ragen

In an election year, we need to be really careful about what we send out and what we say about all candidates who might become the next leader of the free world. But we also need to arm ourselves with information.

I was very interested in the e-mail circulating quoting Newsweek and Snopes about the “lies” being spread about Mr. Obama. I investigated. Interestingly,the debunkers debunk all kinds of things I never heard of, like Obama not saying the Pledge of Allegiance, or using a Koran instead of a Bible in his swearing in ceremony. I never even heard those, and I am glad to hear they are lies.

But there are a number of other things circulating that haven’t yet been “debunked” and these are far more worrying because they are true. Like the fact that Mr. Obama’s church gave an award to the notorious Anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. As Richard Cohen wrote in the Washington Post on January 15:” Barack Obama is a member of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama’s spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright’s daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said “truly epitomized greatness.” That man was Louis Farrakhan.”

Huh?! Say what? You mean the Farrakhan who said: “The real anti-Semites are those who came out of Europe and settled in Palestine, and now they call themselves the true Jews, when in act, they converted to Judaism,” as Farrakhan told Al Jazeera on March 18, 2007. The Farrakhan who said in a Swing magazine interview: “Until Jews apologize for their hand in that ugly slave trade; and until the Jewish rabbis and the Talmudic scholars that made up the Hamitic myth — that we were the children of Ham, doomed and cursed to be hewers of wood and drawers of water — apologize, then I have nothing to apologize for.” Or as he said in the Mosque Maryam, Chicago, 3/19/95: “German Jews financed Hitler right here in America …International bankers financed Hitler and poor Jews died while big Jews were at the root of what you call the Holocaust…Little Jews died while big Jews made money. Little Jews [were] being turned into soap while big Jews washed themselves with it. Jews [were] playing violin, Jews [were] playing music, while other Jews [were] marching into the gas chambers…”

I suggest you google Farrakhan ADL or Nation of Islam and see some of the other things Mr. Farrakhan has said.

And yet, the man who would be president has a spiritual leader who has applauded Farrakhan’s: “depth of analysis when it comes to the racial ills of this nation.” He praised “his integrity and honesty.” He called him “an unforgettable force, a catalyst for change and a religious leader who is sincere about his faith and his purpose.” As Mr. Cohen wrote in the Washington Post: “These are the words of a man who prayed with Obama just before the Illinois senator announced his run for the presidency. Will he pray with him just before his inaugural?”

Now, Mr. Obama is no dummy. Following the Cohen outing of this information in the Washington Post,Obama’s aides issued the following statement on his behalf: “I decry racism and anti-Semitism in every form and strongly condemn the anti-Semitic statements made by Minister Farrakhan. I assume that Trumpet Magazine made its own decision to honor Farrakhan based on his efforts to rehabilitate ex-offenders, but it is not a decision with which I agree.”

Yes, Mr. Obama distanced himself. Even Mr. Farrakhan understands why. As Farrakhen said recently on ABC’s Nightline: “I like him very much. …He has a fresh approach…If avoiding me would help him to become president, I’d be glad to stay in the background.”

Jews like Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation Committee are forgiving. “”When someone close to a political figure shows sympathy and support for an individual who makes his name espousing bigotry, that political figure needs to distance himself from that decision. Senator Obama has done just that.”

Well bully for Mr. Foxman! Having been in a suicide bombing attack which killed people- many of them Survivors and their children and grandchildren- at a Passover Seder in 2002, I’m a little less warm-hearted and forgiving. If I had a Rabbi, for example, who publicly supported and honored a despicable racist, I’d change shuls. Mr. Obama’s distancing himself, even during a political campaign, has not included either changing churches or spiritual leaders. In light of this, the fact that Mr. Obama’s father and step-father were both Muslim, and that he spent part of his childhood in a Muslim school in Indonesia perhaps should begin to concern us. Yes,indeed, depite the fact that CNN (which we all know has tremendous credibility) has taken great pains to put our minds at rest by visiting this school, assuring us that it is not a madrassa that educates suicide bombers.

But honestly, all this wouldn’t be enough for me to dismiss the very articulate and charismatic Mr. Obama if he wasn’t consistently exhibiting worrisome, non-debunkable evidence that he is neither a friend either of Israel, or the Jewish people. And please spare me the letter from the token Jew who “met him and spoke to him and is completely convinced he is a friend of Israel blah, blah.

Actions speak louder than words.

As reported in the New York Sun,:

    Mr. Obama has chosen Zbigniew Brzezenski to advise him on Mideast policy, sending this anti-Israel, anti-Semite, in the words of one of my listmembers,”this dinosaur resuscitated from the Jimmy Carter administration, a man who spent over 30 years attacking Israel, an Arabist who recently signed a letter demanding that Israel negotiate with the terrorist group Hamas, and a defender of the notorious Walt-Mearsheimer ideology that Israel and Jews have too much influence on American foreign policy against the interests of the U.S. ” to …Syria!? What, to negotiate a new peace plan?

A list-member writes: “While the terror rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel are leading up to another major conflict in that region, the Democratic Party, party headed by Sen. Barack Obama, continues its support for the “besieged” Palestinians. In a talk in Iowa, given by the contender for his party’s presidential nomination, Obama called the Palestinian people “the most oppressed people on Earth.” Of course, the reference was that the Israelis were the oppressors. Also, please take note that he recently stated to Paris Match (Jan. 31) that if elected, he would, “organize a summit in the Muslim world with all the heads of state, to have an honest discussion about ways to bridge the gap that grows between Muslims and the West. I want to ask them to join our fight against terrorism. We must listen to their concerns.” Yes, that’s what the world really needs, to “listen to the concerns” of Muslims.

Unfortunately, Obama is not alone. Recently, Dennis Kucinich and 10 other Democratic House members sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calling on the United States to exert its “influence to urge Israel to end its blockade of Gaza.” They claimed the human rights of the Palestinians were being violated by Israel. As a list-member writes: “As a former “Jewish umbilical-cord Democrat,” I wonder how my fellow Jews could still consider themselves Democrats knowing the anti-Israel bias of their party?”

The Jews who are considering voting for Obama (or Clinton) should be doing a lot more research. Even if they don’t care if Israel is wiped off the map, do you really want a man whose Church gives out awards to people like Louis Farrakhan? Do you want a man whose volunteers sit under Che Guevara posters (according to the picture shown on KRIV-TV iin Texas)?

How many times can a voter turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see?

If I’ve made a mistake, please debunk me. Until then, I guess I’ll have to believe what I see. Just a reminder: I am a U.S. citizen who pays taxes and I have every right to express my opinion on candidates running in an election in which I plan to vote.I don’t mind telling you: It won’t be for Barack Obama.

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  1. Gabe: That sounds a little like Thomas Jefferson.

    And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever: that considering numbers, nature and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation, is among possible events: that it may become probable by supernatural interference! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in such a contest. link

    And Stan Goodenough. America, I Fear for You.

  2. It was said, speaking of FDR, “He did not enter the war for humanitarian reasons to save the Jews because on his shift he turned away the ship, St. Louis, which was bringing Jewish refugees to America”

    Yes, I understand. I was comparing it to the official reason in the history books we went into World War II, which we would not fight. I was saying that if Bush had been president when Pearl Harbor was burned, he would not have gone to war. And Rosevelt turned Jews fleeing the gas chambers and ovens of the Buchenwald’s and Dachaus in Europe, away from america and would not let them in.to america. And FDR, with the help of american media even then, would not let the Holocaust be reported during World War II, only after.

    I get scared when I realize what America is, and always has been.

  3. Gabriel: 911 might be more correctly compared to the burning of the Reichstag, not to Pearl Harbour.

    February 27 & 28, 1933 – Nazis burn the Reichstag building, which houses the German parliament—leading to the granting of special emergency authority to Hitler.

    Nazi-Globalists create terror to get people to give up individual rights and consent to more government control. The New World Order comes out of the chaos and ashes of the former. FDR wanted America in the war for the economic stimulus and allowed Pearl Harbour to get America into the war. He did not enter the war for humanitarian reasons to save the Jews because on his shift he turned away the ship St. Louis which was bringing Jewish refugees to America.

  4. It was said here, “The Democratic Party has been taken over by its Far Left -“.

    You are right. But that is kind of a ‘duh’ thing. What is the shccker, is that the Republican Party has been taken over by the far left wing liberals too, with a few Nazis mixed in. George Bush is one of them. D

    Americans, tell me, did you know that Bush’s grandfather, the Senator Preccott Bush actually supported Hitler, and literally made money off of the Concentratioin Camp, Dachau? I would bet any amount of money that Prescott Bush was one of the people who would NOT allow America to fight Hitler, till Pearl Harbor. If Pearl Harbor had happened while Prescott Bush was president, America would never have fought the war. President George Bush had a Pearl Harbor, in NEW YORK CITY. He did absolutely nothing othe rthen do the islamic terrorists a favor, invade Iraq to pretend to be fighting the war for the Americans he must feel are his idiots.

    Yes, the 9-11 terrorists all hated Saddam Hussein and wanted him dead. All islamic terrorists hated him because he killed many of them, every chance he got. Bush, helps muslims because he’s going to see that America becomes an islamic caliphate. You know, full of Muslims, Muslims who are cattle, not people. Muslims have no human rights. So Bush and his freaks will see to America’s conversion to the pagan religion for idiots called, “Islam”.

    Yes, even the Muslims figured out that Bush is on their side, not on America’s side.

  5. Oh, and I am doing what I said not to do. I know the liar that loves Hussein, the next president of America. She is an anti-semite who spends her entire life, doing as her islamic masters command her to do, and be a professional liar. She pretends to be a Jew, she pretends to be a man. She is an islamic convert girl. A woman that thought she was too ugly to get a man, so she converted to islam to settle for a muslim rather then a man since she could not get one. I promise, I have proven this before, I will not again. She may generate a bit of laughter from me, but not more. Again, she should be blocked from posting here. She does all she can to help murder Israeli Jews by helping the muslims lie, take america, Europe, Israel.

    Would you allow Joseph Goebbels here? That is who he/she is. An islamic Nazi who will help kill Jews, if we let her/him.

  6. Ok, guys, arguing with a liar, who knows he is lying, is useless. He is a pig that was sent by the muslims to lie. Like the idiot and liar who said all the nonsense about the evil, anti-Israel freak, Nixon. And of course, he’s lying about the RACIST Barack Obama. Ignore the dweeb. Call him a liar, post some proof. If you just identify the loser as a liar, then you have helped the list. Then, go on and comment about things. I know the guy doning it, I have literally dealt with the dweeb online for years. He is a liar, and kind of a sissy because he is islamic, pretending to be a man, a Jew. As I do his god allah, pat the little pig on the head, give him a doggie bisquit, and ignore him. Just post proof that the propaganda the almost completely uneducated creep writes.

    But to be honest? He is a liar, and all the world knows the dribble spilling from his diseased lips, are lies. Frankly, I’d not let the guy on here at all, I’d block him. I block him from my News From Israel list, the girl is not allowed to post there. Oh, he might even be a she we dealt with on another list. An islamic girl that pretended to be a Jewish man. But anyways, he or she intentiobnally distracts from the importand discussion.

    I am sorry, I am very afraid that another Holocaust is coming, and VERY soon. And just as it was hidden the by European Chrisians, so also would the american chrisians and athiests. And when the muslims are finished using the americans they consider their ‘idiots’, they will rape them and kill them.

    Another Holocaust is coming. Barack HUSSEIN Obama, the arab appointed president of America, will be one of the first to start that Holocaust. He will bring even more american force then Bush against Israel, and like Bush, he will arm the terrorists so they can murder more of the Jews Barack HUSSEIN Obama is known to hate. And know this, Barack HUSSEIN Obama has been given more campaign money then any male in america’s history of the elections. And the elections have not even started yet. That is because the muslims all know that Barack HUSSEIN Obama is against america, against Israel, and is a muslim arab. He is a known racist.

    Even the americna liberal idiots would never vote for him. There have not been free elections of the president in America for a decade I believe. Bush destroyed them, and that is how he ‘took’ office. That is how Barack HUSSEIN Obama got elected. He is not the man american put in office. He is the arab appointed president of America.

  7. Still supporting Huckabee, myself–he’s doing great in campaigning for Texas (primary March 4)–only thing necessary is a brokered convention, very possible, once there Huckabee can make his case, which is much stronger than McCain’s. Huckabee would destroy Obama in debates on the issues, has the executive experience Obama doesn’t have, and he’s even less of a Washington insider than Obama.

  8. Peskin;

    The most sympathetic President to Israel and Jewish interest’s was Richard Nixon. His Secretary of State was Kissinger, a Jew and likewise a friend of Israel. During the Yom Kippur war millions of dollars of weaponry was airlifted to Israel which meant the difference between the victory and defeat for the Jewish state. Nixon was literally Israel’s saviour. We all thanked the Lord for the fact that we had a friend in the White house.

    You name Nixon as our most sympathetic president? Not FDR? what kind of a liberal pinko Jew are you? Kissinger is as much a Jew as Hussein Obama at least in prediliction. No Sec of State or appointed aid to a sitting US president as been so Harmful to the State of Israel as Henry was. I can’t say if Nixon was a Jew hater anymore than most WASPS of his day but a friend to Israel., difference between defeat and victory. By the time American aid arrived victory was already assured. I know I was in the middle of it all. kissinger convinced him to send aid for 2 reasons one He was afraid that if Israel became too desperate we would nuke Egypt and Syria and if we managed to secure victory without American aid the US would have either no leverage on us or none at all. I can send you many more fairly tales like how FDR helped murder 6 million Jews for starters, with the help of Jews with political and liberal positions such as yours. The biggest antisemite in the Nixon administration was Kissinger. I will say again No American publicic official has been more harmful and detrimental to the future wellbeing of the Jewish State than Henry was. History has shown him to be wrong on every policy decision he was involved with.

    Another example of clouded judgement was the American Jewish community’s love affair with the the Neo-Coms in the current Bush cabinet. They too were viewed as great friends of Israel. As we now see, their totally wrong- headed policies were disasterous to Israel. To repeat a cliched expression, “with friends like these, who needs enemies.” “Now we hear only curses directed at Bush by the Jewish Right.

    Peskin, here you have me stumped? How were neo cons wrong and how was their policy disastrous to Israel? You have to seperate Bush first 4 year and Bush 2nd 4 years. First 4 years except for his Pali state agenda were hopeful 2nd four he dashed what hopes we entertained of him. He never implimented the neo con policy as it wa outlined. Funny thing about Policy its just that Policy until implimented. Bush never implimented or implimented only partially. So if you then have failed or seemingly failed policy blame it on bush not neo cons unimplimented policies?

    Obama is no enemy of Israel nor the Jews. He is no Hitler, nor a rascist nor a fascist.

    His detractors are using classic fascist techniques that would make Geobbels proud. Guilt by association, Sneaky hints about his bloodline, his religion, his leftist background- all out of the fascist workbook.
    This emulation of Nazi methods is not only shameful but also self defeating. Why make an enemy of someone who can be friend. What utter stupidity. This is a NO BRAINER.

    I guess then I / we have no brains as there is enough on Hussie Obama““right here on Israpundit, check out all the goodies written and or submitted here on pundit, Hyman its all out there, don’t be lazy check out your sources well, in today internet age there is no excuse for ignorance ! ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  9. The most sympathetic President to Israel and Jewish interest’s was Richard Nixon. His Secretary of State was Kissinger, a Jew and likewise a friend of Israel. During the Yom Kippur war millions of dollars of weaponry was airlifted to Israel which meant the difference between the victory and defeat for the Jewish state. Nixon was literally Israel’s saviour. We all thanked the Lord for the fact that we had a friend in the White house.

    Several years after Nixon died, private tapes and other private communications revealed that our “friend” was a notorious anti-semite. His hostility to Jews bordered on the psychosis. The judgement of the American Jewish community as it applied to Nixon turned out to be wholly flawed.

    Another example of clouded judgement was the American Jewish community’s love affair with the the Neo-Coms in the current Bush cabinet. They too were viewed as great friends of Israel. As we now see, their totally wrong- headed policies were disasterous to Israel. To repeat a cliched expression, “with friends like these, who needs enemies.” “Now we hear only curses directed at Bush by the Jewish Right.

    Obama is no enemy of Israel nor the Jews. He is no Hitler, nor a rascist nor a fascist.

    His detractors are using classic fascist techniques that would make Geobbels proud. Guilt by association, Sneaky hints about his bloodline, his religion, his leftist background- all out of the fascist workbook.
    This emulation of Nazi methods is not only shameful but also self defeating. Why make an enemy of someone who can be friend. What utter stupidity. This is a NO BRAINER.

    Hyman Peskin

  10. Gabriel: True comments at #9. We must be reading some of the same articles. Note too that Obama is related to Cheney according to Lynne Cheney. It is not surprising that both sides, Democrat and Republican are related so there is really no choice which dictator is installed. So it goes around the world only base, corruptible persons are installed.

    They may be polar opposites politically but US Vice-President Dick Cheney and Democratic candidate Barack Obama are related, Mr Cheney’s wife says.

    Lynne Cheney said she had discovered while doing family research for a new book that her husband and the Illinois senator were eighth cousins.

    She said she traced a common ancestor of the two men to be a 17th century immigrant from France.

    She described the connection as “amazing”.

    “This is such an amazing American story that one ancestor… could be responsible down the family line for lives that have taken such different and varied paths.”

    According to Mrs Cheney’s spokeswoman, Mr Obama is distantly related to Mareen Duvall, whose son Samuel married the granddaughter of Mr Cheney’s ancestor, also called Richard Cheney.

    Mr Obama’s spokesman, Bill Burton, responded to the news by saying: “Every family has a black sheep.”

    Mr Cheney, the brooding neo-conservative closely associated with the decision to invade Iraq, has little else in common with Mr Obama.

    Mr Obama, the son of a Kenyan man and a white woman from Kansas, has earned epithets like “rock star” because of his popularity among young Democrats, and a reputation as a liberal because of his voting record in the Senate. Cheney, Obama ‘distant cousins’

  11. Davidstill. By percentage, there are no Jews left in the world.
    Amongst that tiny amount, too many are wealthy and ironically leftist.

    911 forced thinking people to choose sides, removing Saddam opened Islamic eyes. Choosing sides means standing with what you really believe.

    (If I had the energy I’d post a link regarding how the ‘Gazans’ who fled to Egypt saw the Egyptians as dirt poor).

  12. Screw you davidstill for being an apologist for that evil miscreant obama. Obama has chosen to remain a member of a church which honored a vicious racist and antisemite. That cannot be overlooked. How much chance would a white candidate have if he or she belonged to a racist church which honored a white supremicist.

    Comment by Laura — February 18, 2008 @ 5:55 pm

    I love you Laura , you manage to say in the fewest of words what most of us can only sit back with envy!! I second your expletive !!! with my own! kudos!

  13. Exactly like American President, Adolph Bush, no president will ever be ‘elected’ by the americans again. Your vote, for president right now, but it will spread to the rest, means nothing now. Bush stole the office of president. The islamic arab, Barak HUSSEIN Obama, is being appointed if the people who do the appointing can get away with it.

  14. I am a man who follows what is going on in America and Israel, and have for several years now. And I follow the presidential elections in America as well.

    This one reality, that the American arab, Barack HUSSEIN Obama, is slated to be the next president of America. That is something the bizarrely evil man George Bush, the man doing all he can to destroy Israel from the day he stole office the office in America, desires. Why? Because the arab American, the muslim who is practicing islamic ‘takiyya’ (Arabic for the islamic religious commanded lying to all non-muslims), who is joined with the most evil organization in America’s history, “The Nation Islam” which is headed by the islamic convert that hates all Jews to their death, the cowardly islamic convert Louis Farrakhan. HUSSEIN Obama, the arab, is to be appointed as the next president, and there is not a thing any American can do to stop it. If they did, they’d be killed as the family in New Jersey was murdered, their 9 and 15 year old daughters raped and tortured to death, in Jersey. America was bought by the arabs, and again, there is not a damned thing any American can do about it and live. And I promise you. George Bush, the grandson of Senator Prescott Bush who supported Adolph Hitler, and who personally made money off of the Nazi Concentration Camp Dachau, and who would not let America join World War II, wants Obama to destroy chrisianity in America. I would bet great amounts of money that Bush has single-handedly made sure more arabs are in America now then any president in America’s entire history. I am very sure he has recruited the arabs to come here. To destroy democracy as he did in England, and replace it with islamic slavedom. Bush, for his Saudi benefactors, plans to destroy Israel and like Hitler, help the arabs to kill every Jew in the world, including myself, before he leaves the office he stole. May G-d stop him, and may He do so in a way that is so HUGE that not one man on earth can doubt it.

  15. Screw you davidstill for being an apologist for that evil miscreant obama. Obama has chosen to remain a member of a church which honored a vicious racist and antisemite. That cannot be overlooked. How much chance would a white candidate have if he or she belonged to a racist church which honored a white supremicist.

  16. I need, alas, to add this important part of the discussion. A recent study suggests that some 50% of Jews, mostly young, living in America do not (NOT) identify with Israel or the Arab/Israeli conflict and feel they are not connected to such issues.Now that is the important fact and not the minister of a church that Obama belongs to. If so many Jews are indifferent, then what does it matter who is the president when issues about Israel are raised? That is what Jewish leaders in America and in Israel ought to be concerned about.

  17. Please tell me which voting district the writer of this post lives in? Ah. Not in America.
    Ok. Some dope in a church utters an inane remark and a super bright guy who will be the next president of the US is supposed to be closely following and listening and accepting those remarks and will act accordingly? sheer nonsense.

    Tell us please about Bush and McCain and Cheney and how they have been so good for Israel.

    Amerivan in decline? sure. Undeer the fake leaders who deregulated all things and allowed the country to go to hell…This is the nation that under the Democrats helped Israel become a state, the nation under the Democrats who beat the Nazis, the country under the Democrats who beat the Great Depression,.

    Sit out the election’ sure that will help make things much much better! just do it. Nothing. That is.

  18. I think I will sit this election out as in good conscientious I think they all stink. It is beyond my ability to understand how a country of over 300 million people could not select better qualified candidates for the top job?
    These are the leaders that prove America is in decline!

  19. The Democratic Party has been taken over by its Far Left – which isn’t in the least friendly towards Israel. No matter who is elected President, Israel will be faced with difficult challenges over the next four years and ahead over the next decade.