To: Barack Obama Walk for Change volunteers
Subject: Things you need to know for Saturday
BarackObama.com recently sent out some information, including a training video, about this Saturday’s Walk for Change event. The Obama campaign, however, omitted some very important things that you may need to know to deal with negative perceptions from many of the people with whom you will be speaking. It is important that you have answers to these questions before you set out on Saturday morning.
- Many people, and especially Jewish voters, may ask why Barack Obama accepted money from a $1000 per person fundraising event that was hosted by Knicks player Allan Houston. As reported by “Did Obama Pick the Wrong Playmates” (Daily Intelligencer), “Though Ward was the most criticized (he said Jews had Jesus’s “blood on their hands” and were “stubborn” during a pre-game Bible study), Houston supported Ward’s notion that Jews were responsible for Christ’s death by whipping out his Palm Pilot to find the relevant scripture (Matthew 26:67) and said: “Then they spit in Jesus’ face and hit him with their fists.” …Jen Psaki, an Obama spokeswoman, says the campaign has no plans to return or reject any of Houston’s contributions.” While the two men in question claim their remarks were “taken out of context,” it really sounds like they were calling Jews “Christ Killers.” This is an issue you should be prepared to address.
- Caucasian and especially Jewish voters will probably ask why Barack Obama attended a meeting of the National Action Network, where he posed arm in arm with the prominent racist and anti-Semite Al Sharpton. In 1995, the National Action Network, often led by Sharpton himself, marched around a Jewish-owned store in Harlem while chanting epithets like “white interlopers,” “bloodsucking Jews,” “cracker lovers,” and “Don’t give the Jew a dime.” Members of the group threatened to burn the store; a threat that one individual put into practice, with seven deaths resulting. Al Sharpton’s rhetoric also played a role in promoting the Crown Heights riots, in which a mob screaming “Kill the Jews” murdered Yankel Rosenbaum. You should be prepared to explain Barack’s decision to them.
- Gay voters may have serious concerns over Al Sharpton as well, noting his use of the phrase “Greek Homos.” You should be prepared to explain why this term is not homophobic, as Al Sharpton claims.
- Middle-class and upper-class African-Americans may feel offended by Obama’s decision to appear arm in arm with a bigot like Sharpton, noting that racists (e.g. the Klan’s leaders) tend to appeal to the absolute dregs of the societies they claim to represent. You should be prepared to tell them that, even though Obama appeared with such an individual whom he thinks can “turn out the Black vote,” he does not regard them as the African-American counterparts of white trash.
- Barack Obama’s spiritual guide, Jeremiah Wright, accompanied Louis Farrakhan to Libya to meet with Moammar Khadafy. As reported on the MSNBC Show with Tucker Carlson, “his rhetoric includes attacks against white people and against Israel. …This is quoting now the Reverend Wright: “The Israelis have illegally occupied Palestinian territories for over 40 years now. Divestment has now hit the table again as a strategy to wake the business community and wake up Americans concerning the injustice and the racism under which the Palestinians have lived because of Zionism.” He compares Israel to South Africa repeatedly. He attacks Israel as a racist state.” Part of your explanation can be that Al Sharpton does not regard Farrakhan as an anti-Semite, and that Farrakhan’s statement “Judaism is a gutter religion” is not intended to be derogatory of Jews.
- You may have to deal with concerns about how Barack Obama’s friends at MoveOn.org knowingly and willfully sponsored anti-Semitic and especially anti-Israel hate speech at their Action Forum.* This includes statements that Israel does not have a right to exist, Jews deserved the Holocaust, the Talmud teaches Jews to hate non-Jews (a blood libel), and that Jews control all the media. This commentary, which received overwhelming approval by the Action Forum participants, was probably encouraged by official MoveOn.org bulletins that promote Gush Shalom and Electronic Intifada while raising the “divided loyalties” smear of “Zionists.” Jews were, however, far from the only targets of the hate speech. MoveOn’s Action Forum denounced Catholics as “pedophiles” who are “raping your children,” while MoveOn published a “the Catholics are taking over America” cartoon that depicted Pope Benedict waving a gavel in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Hatred was also directed at evangelical Christians and even at African-Americans, and numerous conspiracy theories accused the U.S. Government of perpetrating 9/11. It is very important that you have your story in order in case you have to explain or excuse Obama’s decision to appear at a MoveOn PAC event.
- Barack Obama’s financial sponsor George Soros has called the United States “a danger to world peace” that needs “de-Nazification,” while blaming Israel for causing anti-Semitism. You should be prepared to express your confidence to concerned voters that Obama’s agenda as President will not be influenced by the enormous amount of money that Soros is providing, directly through campaign contributions and indirectly through other avenues, to support his election.
Again, the Obama campaign should have told you about these things in advance, and we can only speculate on why it didn’t.
* It has been proven that MoveOn.org was exercising editorial control over the Action Forum, specifically by censoring commentary with which it did not agree while allowing the hate speech to stand. This makes MoveOn.org responsible for the hate speech itself. The FAQ page for the Action Forum adds that the moderators read each item twice, so MoveOn was fully aware of the situation.