Tuesday, September 23, 2008

It is now undeniable: Barack Obama is a radical. (Addendum: Perhaps a better way to phrase that would be: The organization that gave Obama his start in political life was one with a distinctly radical agenda. This could be an indication of where his instinctive sympathies lie.) (Addendum 2: Way too many addenda lately. I really ought to start paying better attention.)

Researcher Stanley Kurtz has been pursuing Obama's links to SDS bomber and unreformed radical William Ayers for many months. He has finally gained access to the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) archives in the Daley Library and the findings are absolutely conclusive. Despite Obama's denials, he and Ayers cooperated closely in pursuing an unmistakably radical educational agenda in Chicago.

The Daley archives show that Mr. Obama and Mr. Ayers worked as a team to advance the CAC agenda…The CAC's agenda flowed from Mr. Ayers's educational philosophy, which called for infusing students and their parents with a radical political commitment, and which downplayed achievement tests in favor of activism.

Read Kurtz's full article here.


Anonymous Terry Novetsky said...

It's confirmed - MK, a "professor" of mathematics, is a chareidi.

Seen 20 years ago at a Vishnitz shalasheedus taking shirayim from the Rebbe's soup (that's disgusting), MK reportedly asked for "more" and pledged his loyalty in exchange for a single Ritz cracker.

Accordingly, ALL OF MK's future work, endeavors, thoughts and actions for the next 30 years - MUST be viewed through the prism of that Shalasheedus. His work on the proposed constitution (of course) must be understood just as a way to ensure future funding for unemployed chasidim.

MK - a shanda on your reputation as a thoughtful commentator.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Ben said...


The fact that you need to draw on an extreme analogy to make your point underscores its weakness.

America's a free country and Jews are entitled to determine their priorities as they see fit.

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Terry said...

First, there is nothing extreme or inapplicable in my analogy... you've gone to more than your fair share of tisches, conducted substantive discussions and - OMG - even AGREED with a point or two in discussing political matters with chasidim. When interviewed, the erhliche Gerur Chusid that you are so fond of tells a reporter that he is not your adviser - although you do share shirayim, and you say he is just someone with whom you share Ritz crackers.

Nonetheless, you somehow "claim" to have an independent view of with respect to, say, your positions on Constitutional matters. Somehow, you find this analysis compelling when applied to you, but scandalous when applied to Obama.

Second, is there anything in my comment that seeks to limit anyone's choices and priorities?

My critique of your post is not about priorities - it's about, for lack of better terminology, stupidity. It is simply inane to, without any clear intellectual rigor (the author's, not yours) bring an overt agenda to find some bricks and then build an entire "house"/conspiratorial theory from wholly inconsequential relationships (Did they talk for 2 or 7 minutes, for 3 or 4 times? - only time will tell!) about what a politician "really" thinks. Hey, vote against Obama because it's going to cost me a huge tax bill, or because you disagree with his foreign policy "engagement" policy. That I can respect. Or vote for him because single-grandmom Palin has all told us, we better vote for McCain, otherwise "we're going to be in for a whole lot of hurt...". That I can't.

But, it is sheer silliness to judge politicians on the basis of their most tangential associations (or you just because you've taken shirayim) - in this particular case because of an association that both sides have publicly stated is not material. The assertion that, all evidence and public statements to the contrary you (i.e., your posting) and we can infer Obama's "true" thinking from this nonsense is about a strong as inferring your Israeli political views from the fact that you often daven at Bnei Yeshurun.

But, I do appreciate your deep consideration and sensitivity about my tax situation. (I also must admit to have taken shirayim from you .. but I at least, claim that Purim doesn't count).

10:02 PM  

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