City of Roses
This particular ad hominem on Barack Obama is just as baseless as those individuals responsible for the attacks on John McCain prior to the GOP South Carolina primary this weekend, who accused McCain of being a traitor, when he certainly obviously is a military hero.
For well over a year now, certain pundits and activists have been trying to make his name an issue. Don Imus' producer Bernard McGuirk did just that for months, and even called his name a "Jew-hating name", and certainly such mud-slinging didn't negatively affect Obama's momentum. In fact, his campaign has been on the upswing in the months ever since that began to really happen.
Look, over a year ago John Vause of CNN and other sources confirmed that the school Obama attended in his young years was in fact NOT a Jakarta Wahhabi school whatsoever, but a public school accomodating of all faiths. And the fact that Insight Magazine first ran those "madrassa" accusations, declaring the sources to the story anonymous and saying none other than that they were "close to the background check" already severely damages any credibility of what has unfortunately become a recurrent spectacle in quite a few media circles, continuing to recycle already disproven logical fallacies.
Look, it's easy to criticize and/or question Obama if he has the qualifications and experience that are often considered important for the presidency. While I appreciated Obama's honesty in answering the question at the Democratic candidates' most recent debate on what their main weakness was, where he said that he has never played an executive role and also has a propensity of losing his papers/being disorganized and needs to rely on staff to keep him organized, it still calls into question whether he's fully aware of just how great the responsibilities are in the top executive office in the land, and if being a visionary is ever really enough in leading a nation.
But these dirty tactics are quite pathetic, in my opinion, just as I thought the tactics some played on George W. Bush's military records or inarticulate manners of speech were/are.
So, who is Barack Obama, you say? We're all going to have various, differing answers on that question. What we do know, however, is that he is a member of the United Church of Christ, not what Insight and others have been suggesting.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"