ALL WHOPPERS ARE BURGERS
By Jon Christian Ryter
January 9, 2008
Presidential contender John McCain seems to believe that the Constitution placed a Christian litmus test on the theology of the candidate even though Article VI affirms that "...no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." I wish I could believe that was part of the Constitution, since the Islamic litmus test is mandated by every Muslim nation in the world. And since it was radical Islam that declared war on the United States in 1993 when Osama bin Laden declared war after the first World Trade Center bombing. Bin Laden affirmed that Islam was determined to destroy America after claiming credit for the destruction of the World Trade Center complex on Sept. 11, 2001. Where Bill Clinton ignored the threat between swings on the gold course in 1993 and asked the FBI to investigate, George W. Bush took the threat seriously and asked the US Marines and the US Army's 10th Mountain Division to have a personal chat with the Taliban about the matter. Yes, I wish McCain was right because it would make it difficult for those whose moral compass points in a different direction than America's to be elected to the nation's highest office. He wasn't.
When they announced their intention to seek the job, probably the only candidates less well known—but far more qualified for the job of President—were Congressmen Tom Tancredo and Duncan Hunter. The least known of all the candidates on both sides (who have held elective office) is Maurice "Mike" Gravel [D-AK], the former US Senator who gave the top secret Pentagon Papers to the New York Times.
Even after being burned for his religious missteps, Baptist preacher and former liberal GOP Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee told reporters that "...most of the Founding Fathers were clergymen." Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, only one—John Witherspoon—was a clergyman. Four others were former clergymen or church deacons. It appears that only one signer of the Constitution was a clergyman. Most were prominent landowners, members of parliament or the American aristocracy.
Surprisingly, the Christian right in Iowa, which apparently prefers to take people on "faith" rather than check what is so easy to check on the Internet, took the Huckster at face value. Although he has denied it, videos of Huckabee speeches prove that while he was governor, he tried to convert Arkansas in an educational Amnestyville for illegals by forcing the taxpayers of the State to foot the bill for college educations for illegal aliens while the children of many of those taxpayers could not afford to go to college—and wouldn't be eligible for the grants that would let illegals be educated at the expense of those who could not send their own children to college.
Ron Paul made a NAFTA comment that qualified as a whopper simply because the Congressman doesn't read the bills he doesn't sign. "They don't talk about the NAFTA superhighway," he said, "and they may not admit it, but there's been money spent on it." Paul's statement implies that US taxpayer money has been spent to expand I-35 into the ten-lane Supercorridor. In point of fact, the expansion of I-35 into a Supercorridor is financed by private money, not taxpayer dollars. When the Associated Press queried the Federal Highway Administration, they honestly replied that no such supercorridor was being planned by the federal government. It isn't. Anyone who has read the Council on Foreign Relations reports on the Supercorridor know it is being constructed entirely from private funds and not taxpayer dollars. But, make no mistake—it is being built.
Former Democratic presidential nominee and US Senator John Kerry's running mate, John Edwards—who came in second in Iowa—made a completely accurate statement about NAFTA that has also been manipulated by the media. Edwards correctly noted that "...NAFTA...has cost us millions of jobs." The Washington Post poophahed Edwards statement as a "whopper" because the Bush-43 Administration has performed a commendable feat in job creation over the past 8 years. The Post noted that "...According to nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, NAFTA has little impact on aggregate employment in the United States."
But that does not change the fact that millions of jobs have left the country as US factories were boarded up and the jobs those factories provided ended up in in Mexico, Indonesia, Canada or China. In addition, the media reports, while talking glowingly about job growth, neglected to mention the incomes of the jobs lost and those created. Lost were middle income jobs. Created were Mickey-D jobs. Edwards was correct. But that doesn't mean I'd like to see an ambulance chaser in the White House. Edwards became a millionaire filing class action lawsuits in which he pocketed the cash settlements and the class action plaintiffs got coupons or discounts—or nothing. In the tobacco industry lawsuit, the States sued for reimbursement of money's paid in health claims or lost wages. Edwards earned millions—and the "victims," (the smokers) ended up paying 100% of the bill in increased costs for the cigarettes they smoke.
We need a President in the White House, and legislators in Congress that will enact meaningful tort reform that prevents class action lawyers from attempting to build cases through TV ads; and preventing what amount to national lawsuits that are filed in county courts with histories of awarding unwarranted, obscene judgments. While Edwards claims he's the champion of the working class, he's telling his own Whopper. Because In his world, the working class is simply the meal ticket he preys on. Edwards is the last man who would ever champion tort reform and Edwards is the last man—except for Barack Obama—who should ever reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Hillary's key opponent in Iowa and New Hampshire, Barack Obama, decided to play to his African-American constituency by erroneously saying "...I don't want to wake up four years from now and discover that we still have more young black men in prison than in college." He should have checked his facts before speaking. Due to the self-perpetuating affirmative action programs, according to the US Census Bureau and the Bureau of Justice statistics, there are far more young black men in college than there are in America's prisons.
And finally, New Mexico governor Bill Richardson—who courts the lobbyists for the environmentalists—made the statement that "...New Mexico is the only State that follows the Kyoto Protocol." Aside from the fact, that the US Senate flatly rejected the Kyoto Protocol, New Mexico won't even come close to meeting its dangerous-to-our-economy pollution standards until 2012.
The media claims that when candidates tell whoppers the blogsphere is generally all over them in minutes, and within an hour or two, the reality is posted on the Internet, suggesting by that statement that liberal candidates don't knowingly tell falsehoods. False statements can embarrass or ridicule the candidates, and generally, the media reminds us, false statements can end political careers. We wish.
Barack Obama was born and raised Islamic not only by his Kenyan Muslim father, but also by his Wahabbi Muslim stepfather. He was trained in a Wahabbi school which means his ingrained views of Jews—and Gentiles—are extreme. A camera which caught Obama on the political stage during a fund raiser for Sen. Tom Harkin in Iowa with presidential candidates Bill Richardson and Hillary Clinton. Obama shows his lack of respect to this nation during the singing of the National Anthem. Angered that the photo was released (and because the reporter erroneously stated the photo was taken during the Pledge of Allegiance rather than the singing of the national anthem, Obama said: "This is the classic dirty trick. This was not the Pledge of Allegiance. The woman was singing the Star Spangled Banner."
As a sign of respect to their nation, many Americans place their hand over their heart wen the National Anthem is played as well as when they recite the Pledge. In his case, Obama said "...I was taught by my grandfather that you put your hands over your heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. The Star Spangled Banner, you sing." Only, when you look at the photo, its very clear that Obama is not singing.
All the time he was around either his father or stepfather, Obama was either in Hawaii or Indonesia. Thus, neither his paternal grandfather nor the father of his stepfather would have tutored him on placing his hand over his heart during the US Pledge of Allegiance, nor the singing the American Star Spangled Banner. Most Indonesian homes don't say the Pledge or sing the US national anthem. And while Hawaii had been a State for three years before Obama was born, logic suggests its not likely an atheist mother and an Islamic Kenyan father would teach him to recite the Pledge of Allegiance or sing the Star Spangled Banner.
In his teen years Obama moved back to Honolulu where he lived with his maternal grandparents. In his rebuttal, you will recall, Obama claimed his grandfather had taught him to place his hand over his heart during the Pledge, and to sing the national anthem. History has a problem with that on both sides of the family. Like his mother who was an atheist, so were her parents. Obama's grandmother, he said in interviews, "...was too rational and too stubborn to accept anything she couldn't see, feel, touch or count." His maternal grandfather was also an atheist who "...had an innate rebelliousness and a complete inability to discipline his appetites...who...experimented with marijuana and cocaine." An atheist is not going to teach his grandson to respect the Pledge of Allegiance which pays homage to God.
Add to Obama's Islamic roots his "Christian" background with the Trinity United Church of Christ and you have an indefinable theology that doesn't sound like any multiracial Christian church I've ever attended. Trinity United Church of Christ is an anti-white church which, in its mission statement declares that "...We are called out to be 'a chosen people,'...[and] agents of change for God who is not pleased with America's economic mal-distribution." The Mission Statement declares that the church is "...unashamedly Black. Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people and remain true to our native land, the mother continent, the cradle of civilization."
The Pastor of Trinity is a well known African-American minister, Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. In an interview with Der Spiegel Wright said: "...[T]he average American...couldn't tell you the difference between a Sunni and a Shi'ite. I mean you've got Christians who lynch people, and you got Muslims who fly planes into buildings. But you got some Muslims who don't do that. You got some Christians who ain't got time to lynch people..." Wright's statement implies that white Christians would still be lynching people if they had the time. This is the "Chrisitan" theology of the church Obama attends. If 2006 US Senate Candidate and former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele belonged to Trinity United Church of Christ, he would be branded as a racist by the far left.
Barack Obama's explanation of the Harkin fundraiser photograph is the Whopper of the year, and the American people need to take heed. While I sure don't want to help Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, the American people need to understand that the Iowa Caucus just gave their delegates to a man who disrespects the United States of America and is one of the two the most dangerous people in the United States who could be awarded the Oval Office. I'd tell you the name of the other candidate, but America already knows her name. If I was a Democrat, whose name would I be writing in on every primary? Zell Miller. For part one click below.
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Jon Christian Ryter is the pseudonym of a former newspaper reporter with the Parkersburg, WV Sentinel. He authored a syndicated newspaper column, Answers From The Bible, from the mid-1970s until 1985. Answers From The Bible was read weekly in many suburban markets in the United States.
Today, Jon is an advertising executive with the Washington Times. His website, www.jonchristianryter.com has helped him establish a network of mid-to senior-level Washington insiders who now provide him with a steady stream of material for use both in his books and in the investigative reports that are found on his website.
Barack Obama was born and raised Islamic not only by his Kenyan Muslim father, but also by his Wahabbi Muslim stepfather. He was trained in a Wahabbi school which means his ingrained views of Jews—and Gentiles—are extreme.