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    Thursday, May 01, 2008

    Obamas relationships

    I listen to a lot of talk radio, on both sides of the aisle, though mostly of my own political persuasion. It seems to be the majority opinion that Obamas relationships with Wright, Ayers, et. al. should not be a consideration. Frankly, I don't buy it. I agree that his association with such characters doesn't imply that he shares their views, but it does raise questions why he has chosen to associate with people like this. If McCain had a 20 year history of a close relationship with someone like David Duke, it would be a major concern for voters--and rightfully so. So, when Obama associates with Wright and an unapologetic terrorist, it makes me uneasy.


    Blogger Ben A. Johnson said...

    i associate with you even though i often find your positions on the world "problematic" at best.

    and a lot of this smacks of hypocracy on the right when they haven't condemned pat robertson or (the late) jerry fallwell...

    10:01 AM  
    Blogger The Gentle Cricket said...

    Hi Ben. Thanks for the response, and sorry for my slow reply. Are my problematic world views on par with those of David Duke's or Rev. Wrights? I can respectfully disagree with someone on the issue provided I think the other has come to their conclusions with good intentions, not racism or some other twisted view. That's where I see the difference.

    Secondly, you're right that more people on the right should condemn Pat Robertson....and many others. Just like there are those on the left that should be condemned. I'll point out that I have written on two occassions about Pat Robertson's disgusting behavior.

    10:54 PM  

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