Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Are the Democrats insane?

One of my lost posts:

Everywhere I go on the internet, I keep seeing Barack Obama as the new Democratic Golden Boy and shining path to the White House.

This is one of those things that just leaves me flabbergasted.

Barack Obama's middle name is Hussein.

I look at recent history involving people named "Hussein", and I have to wonder --

I think of current wars involving folks for whom "Hussein" is a common name, and I have to inquire --

I contemplate certain anti-social activities involving "Hussein" named folks, Danish cartoonists and violence; "Hussein" named folks, the Pope, riots and violence; "Hussein" named folks, murdered Catholic nuns and violence, and I have to ask --

What the hell are y'all smoking?

Seriously.

In a world where Arabs destroyed the World Trade Centre; where Arabs are blowing up American troops in two different countries; where Arabs are rioting like chimps in Paris, threatening cartoonists in Denmark, unveiled women in Australia and the Pope -- Ye Gods, threatening to murder the CINC of every Catholic in America! -- in a world where the name "Hussein" conjures images of suicide bombers, terrorists, genocidal dictators, riots, burning cars, brutalised women, videos of journalists getting their heads sawn off --

In this world ... who the hell thought it was a Good Idea to run someone with an Arab name for President of the United States? Hmm? This is what passes for strategy in the Democratic National Committee?

Oh, hell. I could be wrong. Might be that the average American farmer, cop, rancher, ex-marine, nurse or middle class working stiff will ignore the sub-conscious connotations involving a Middle-Eastern name and the Oval Office ...

Somehow, I doubt it.

LawDog

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

If we elect Obama we will show the world, especially our Arab and Muslim "friends" that we aren't blue-eyed devils after all, how can we be devils if we elect a black man named "Hussein"? Gag

Anonymous said...

While I agree that the majority of Americans are ignorant racists who would vote against someone for having an inconvenient middle name (after all, just look at what happened to John Adolf Kerry), I also remember a time when the mainstream hype said Howard Dean would be the next candidate. This far out a few magazine covers don't mean anything at all.

I'd like to see some big guns get behind Harold Ford--his loss in Tennessee was a real disappointment to me. He's a well spoken man with (for the democratic party) some fairly conservative stances on important issues.

hammer said...

I would love to see Obama get the democratic nomination.

The Republicans could dig up a dead stinky elephant and win in a landslide.

Oh yeah even Teddy Kennedy has issues with Obama:
Check out this lovely gem:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=APx2YJ-_jos

Anonymous said...

Not to mention that your average Arab sees Blacks as monkeys. See: Darfur. Something to do with having started the whole slave trade thing in Africa.

martywd said...

Funny thing?

Meet US Representative (elect) Keith Ellison(D-Minn.) , former aka's Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison and Keith Ellison-Muhammad.

Rabbit said...

If I hear him talking about 'feeling the pain of the African-American community', just remember his father was a student in Hawaii from Kenya.
[url=http://www.nndb.com/people/208/000055043/]Barack Obana on NNDB[/url]

Regards,
Rabbit.

Phoenix Ravenflame said...

For some reason, this reminds me of the episode of "Cheers" where Carla was dead set against adding a particular family name to her son Benito's name. Why? Because the family name was Mussolini.

The idea that names have power is a very ancient one, and while we may not have all the same superstitions and religious restrictions surrounding it, it's no less true today.

Anonymous said...

I thought the same thing when the media hype first began. Isn't that name a little too close to Osoma Bin Laden?? I didn't know his name was also Hussein until later. Thats 2 strikes.

Jon said...

"Are the Democrats insane?"

Yes.

Leo Green said...

Wow. You really surprised me with this. There are many things wrong with Barak Obama, most notably his stance on gun control (which is worse than Hillary Clinton's) or his stance on entitlements paid for by taxpayers.

Yet you choose to pick on his heritage and his name.

He comes from a Muslim background. So what?

For G-d's sake, there are plenty of reasons to dislike this man. Can we at least pick on one of the many that matter?

Barak Obama has about as much to do with what people do in the name of his background as Jerry Fallwell has to do with the Jonestown massacre.'

As far as the democrats being insane, I have to disagree in a way.
I feel that they are following classic American (and strangely enough, conservative) dogma: Pick the best man for the job. Barak Obama enspouses many Democratic (capital D) ideals better than most of their candidates. He's the poster boy for that party and what they believe in, for better or worse, so many stand behind him, dispite his "unfortunate" name.

alpineman said...

I don't care what his name is. He's a Socialist and that's quite enough for me, whether his name is Obama bin Laden, Hussein, Hitler or Stalin.

Jay G said...

What floors me about Obama being even considered for the Presidency is that not a scant six years ago we were regaled, ad nauseum, about how unqualified George Bush was to run for President. I believe it was none other than Ron Reagan Jr. who opined that Bush was "the least qualified candidate in history".

Bush had two full terms as Governor of the third-largest state under his belt when he ran.

Obama currently has two YEARS as the Junior Senator of IL. He has no executive experience whatsoever.

And yet he's considered one of the Democratic frontrunners.

Unreal.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, names are important. There was the leader of an insurection back in the 1700's against the lawfully constitued government of a British colony- The military and civil leader of that totally illegal revolt and guerilla warfare incident was named George. The rest of the world certainly recognizes the unacceptable precedent commemorated in the totally inappropriate election of any politician with the same name to high office in the US.

Slang Barak for his many real shortcomings, not his middle name you dumbass.

markm said...

"He has no executive experience whatsoever." Neither did Kerry (aside from commanding a motorboat 30-some years ago in 'Nam, maybe not all that well), and neither did Gore. The last Dem candidate to have executive experience was a former governor of Arkansas, and guess what, he was also the last one to win.

Not that being governor of Massachusetts helped Dukakis any, and Carter won because Ford didn't have a chance, not because he was a former governor of Georgia - and four years later, we all knew he was no executive.

The Dems have a problem. If they nominate a governor from an extremely liberal state like Taxachusetts, they've already lost the heartland. They aren't likely to nominate any more governors from states like Arkansas
or Georgia, because those states won't elect a governor that's leftist enough to satisfy the Democratic party faithful. (The possible exception would be another Clinton, so slippery that the faithful think he's a rabid leftist while the middle of the roaders think he's one of them - but that kind of act can't hold up forever in the age of the Internet.) They've got a better choice of Senators, but most of them can't even manage a campaign by themselves. The Dems only have one chance in 2008: the Republicans might foul up so badly as to make the Dems weaknesses unimportant.

Trouble is, fouling up is what the Repubs have been best at....

Kitten said...

"Slang Barak for his many real shortcomings, not his middle name you dumbass."

When LD finds this you're going to be famous.

reno said...

"Slang Barak for his many real shortcomings, not his middle name you dumbass."

I think you missed the point of his post. We all know Barak is useless as a presidential candidate for many reasons beyond his heritage. Tha's not being disputed.

I think what LD was attempting to point out is that a major section of the voting populous know absolutely nothing about the candidates record or acomplishments. These are the people who stumble into the booth and vote simply on name recognition. It's," Oh, I've head of that guy before. I'll vote for him." If the choices on the ballot are Thomas Everyman or Barak Hussein Obama, you know which will get the vote.

You are left with people that know he's an idiot voting against him and people that know absolutely nothing about him voting against him based on his name. The only votes he would pickup are those who insist on voting Demoncrat regardless of who they are running.

Anonymous said...

I'm an Illinois cop. When he was running for his Senate seat, I told all my pals that there was no way he would win because his name so closely resembled "Osama." I was wrong and I'm glad I was, because he actually has a brain!

Cheryl Howard said...

LD,

I've had alot of chuckles at some of your funnier posts. Never thought you were narrow minded till this.

A middle name? My gawd, my mother had a moment of insanity with my middle name. Does it define me? No sir.

I vote across party lines without a moments hestitation based on the issues, never based on heritage or a name.

Shame on you for doing so. It should be beneath you.

Phoenix Ravenflame said...

When I read this post, I didn't get the feeling LawDog was saying he would judge someone based on their name. I got the feeling he was saying that the average person is very likely to have a mental aversion to the name "Hussein". Just because you recognize the psychology behind why large groups of people act a certain way, it doesn't mean you think it's right or act like that yourself.

Anonymous said...

98% of the people will not know his middle name, the media has not been mentioning it at all recently.

Pgrl said...

Of course they are insane, but it has nothing to do with Obama :wink:

Anonymous said...

I think the idiot who accused LD of being a narrow-minded racist must be the idiots who email gripes to Bill O'Reilly because the style is about the same. Am I the only one who got that impression?

mustanger98 on THR

Zachriel said...

Barack Obama on the "the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name":

"It’s the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs; the hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores; the hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta; the hope of a millworker’s son who dares to defy the odds; the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too.

"Hope -- Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope!

"In the end, that is God’s greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation. A belief in things not seen. A belief that there are better days ahead."

Anonymous said...

I seriously doubt that the Dem's will give him the nomination - this time, if ever. I suspect that he is posed to absorb as much negative energy as possible so that in the end, St. Centrist Hillary, sounding much less threatening by comparison, will miraculously appear to lead the final battle. His reward will be the promise of an opportunity 'in the future'. Perhaps, oh sweet day of reckoning, the evil Hillarbeast shall too be burned at the stake - figuratively, of course!

GunGeek said...

It's a simple truth about getting elected president (or anything else, for that matter) that all kinds of things can sway voters.

Anyone named Nixon, Hitler, Kevorkian, bin Laden, etc is going to lose X% of the vote no matter what they have going for them. It's actually amazing how some simple things can influence elections. That's why they do things like randomly put candidates at the top of the list on the ballot (or alternate years with Dems and Repubs), to avoid giving preference to one candidate/party because it has been proven that the one at the top of the list gets more votes.

When I lived in California, my Congressman was named Doolitle. I absolutely loved the name for a politician, but unless he could pull off enough offsetting votes just because people think it would be funny to have a President Doolittle, he would have a hard time getting elected.

Sometimes, there's just something subliminal that will change the mind of people that are borderline or just don't care much. With the last couple of elections being so close, it's obvious that even something that should be trivial (like your name) can make the difference between a win and a loss.

Anonymous said...

racist stupidity