By Julie Fredrickson
February 12, 2010
Blog #3 American Dream or The Redistribution Of Wealth
Fasten your seat belts if you’re reading this blog you could be in for a bumpy ride. I plan to jump so hard on my soapbox that I may crush it. Just thinking about the philosophy of redistribution of wealth makes my blood boil.
A reporter with a camera crew in tow during the Presidential campaign in the fall of 2008 picked up a conversation in which a seemingly average Joe (later dubbed Joe the Plumber) had mentioned to Candidate Obama that he was a small business owner struggling to maintain a living. Senator Obama replied that he had nothing against a business succeeding; however he felt that when it did succeed we had an obligation to spread the wealth around. I literally screamed at the TV. When I heard his response, “Are you kidding me”? “Did he really just say that”? “Is he a socialist or what”?
We should have seen the warning signs that clearly pointed to Senator Obama's views. He had been influenced by ties to groups like Acorn who he had represented as legal counsel before becoming a Senator and his long time association to several unions and their leaders. His opponent, Senator McCain pointed to ties from Senator Obama to radical friends in Chicago that had catapulted Obama to his seat in the Senate. Upon closer inspection; we would have discovered ties to a corrupt political machine in Chicago where positions in the business world and the political arena were up for grabs to the highest bidder. A closer look at his long time mentor and spiritual leader, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, would have revealed a sometimes vicious radical who spewed hatred, prejudice and anger from behind the pulpit. Ties were also traced from Valerie Jarret, who is a senior advisor and assistant to the president for the office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, to a close family friend, William (Bill) Ayers a known felon, was a self proclaimed founding member of a violent group called the Weather Underground, who’s goal it was during the Viet Nam war to overthrow the government of the United States culminating in the bombing of both the Capital building and the Pentagon.
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