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MUSLIM KOWTOWER: Obama Mourns for a Saudi King

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Based on which funerals and memorials he chooses to attend and which ones he chooses to ignore, in the past President Obama has relayed unspoken sentiments about the deceased.

Take for instance his weeping at the memorial services of children killed by gun violence versus his absence at the funerals of the children who died of Enterovirus D-68. The president attended the former because it furthered his ongoing gun-grab effort, but not the latter, because children dying from imported Third World diseases are synonymous with being a victim of Obama’s illegal immigration policy.

At a moment’s notice, Barack and Michelle were willing to fly off to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s funeral, but because U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry and ICE agent Jaime Zapata were killed with Obama administration “Fast and Furious”-provided guns, the president chose to skip those events.

Regrettably for Major General Harold J. Green, the highest-ranking military officer killed in combat in a half-century, on the same day the major general was laid to rest Obama chose to play his second round of golf in three days.

Unlike he did with drug-addled pop star Whitney Houston, cancer-victim ESPN announcer Stuart Scott, and the suicidal Robin Williams, the president made no statement concerning the death of decorated Navy SEAL of American Sniper fame, Chris Kyle, the Iraqi war hero who did four tours of duty and saved thousands of American lives. Obama didn’t even acknowledge the murdered Kyle’s funeral, which included a 200-mile procession from Midlothian, Texas to Austin.

The same held true with James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by renowned ISIS decapitator Jihadi John. At Foley’s memorial service, there was nary a White House representative in sight.

To his credit, Obama blubbered like a baby at the funeral of the “Godmother” of the civil rights movement, Dr. Dorothy Height, and recognized the death of the first Cherokee Nation female chief Wilma Mankiller.

After the passing of fantasy/science fiction author Ray Bradbury, pop star/disco singer Donna Summer, Apple founder Steve Jobs, and American Bandstand/New Year’s Eve icon Dick Clark, Obama publicly extended his condolences.

And just as he did with Trayvon Martin, Obama issued a statement concerning the death of Ferguson, Missouri thug Michael Brown. Concerned about gun violence, the president dispatched Michelle to Chicago for the funeral of murdered teen Hadiya Pendleton.

On the other hand, the president chose to sit out the funeral of U.S. ally and good friend to former president Ronald Reagan, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Citing volcanic ash as a deterrent, the president chose to golf on the day of Polish president Lech Kaczynski’s 2010 funeral.

Speaking of Poland, on the way home from India Obama will not be attending the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the largest mass murder site in human history.

However, six million murdered Jews aside, while returning from India, Obama decided to make a $267,787 four-hour stopover in Saudi Arabia to pay his respects to the late King Abdullah and to meet the newly crowned Saudi monarch King Salman. The president touched down in Riyadh hauling a huge American delegation that included Condoleezza Rice and John McCain (R-AZ).

Barack Obama didn’t feel inclined to pay his respects to NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, whose funeral services were both held close to New York City’s Times Square. But maybe, after dining at the Saudi Erga Palace, he did some secret sightseeing in Deera “Chop-Chop Square,” the place where decapitations routinely take place as a form of entertainment and where, after losing their heads, some of the corpses are then crucified.

Disguised as diplomacy, Barack Obama, the man who ignored the deaths of America’s true allies, chose to spend American tax dollars to fund his transparently selective funeral attendance. And he did it in the largest Arab nation that controls most of the world’s oil for a dead King whose legacy has been the persecution of women, imprisonment or death for political dissidents, the flogging of outspoken bloggers, chopping off the limbs of thieves, and beheading people.

Meanwhile, Muslim kowtower Obama couldn’t make it to the Paris protest renouncing terrorism attended by 44 other world leaders, and asked a White House official to promise on his behalf that Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu will “pay a price” for agreeing to come to America to address Congress on the threat of a nuclear Iran.

Meanwhile, feigning funerary obligations, again Obama exposes his blatant favoritism with yet another non-verbal statement. But this time, he’s not expressing sympathy for dead thugs or deceased celebrities, but a dead Saudi Arabian king and a nation rumored to be a “cash machine” for worldwide terrorism.

Was the Fake Zulu Deaf Interpreter Mimicking Obama?

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Originally posted at The Blacksphere

It couldn’t be more appropriate! America’s fake president’s speech was accompanied by a politically correct albeit fake deaf interpreter.

Braam Jordaan, a deaf board member of the World Deaf Federation, has leveled the accusation against the Nelson Mandela memorial interpreter of making up signs as he went along. Mr. Jordaan insists that “The structure of his hand, facial expressions and the body movements did not follow what the speaker was saying.”

The problem that’s being overlooked is that the poor man was commissioned to convey what Barack Obama was saying. He probably ran into trouble trying to figure out how to express the words of a person who, while not deaf, can tend to be somewhat dumb.

Nevertheless, Jordaan swears the guy doing the signing during Obama’s speech was simply making up his own language, which fits Obama, who makes things up as he goes along, too.

Jordaan lamented, “Thanks to this fake interpreter. What happened today will be forever aligned with Nelson Mandela & the Deaf Community.”

Is Jordaan equally outraged by a fake president shaking the hand of a Cuban dictator and then taking selfies with a blonde Danish chick while his wife glowered at him and then humiliated him by making him change seats? That’s “forever aligned” with Mandela’s memorial service too.

Nonetheless, those defending the imaginative sign language interpreter maintain he was communicating in South Africa’s Zulu language. Others are arguing that South Africa has just one sign language, which incorporates all regional dialects. That kind of attitude suggests that even in a country that prides itself on its eclectic populace, not everyone is open to the cultural diversity of the deaf community.

In fact, deaf news blog The Limping Chicken said the interpreter was using a “strange repetitive rhythm to his movements…[ and]… the structure of his hand and body movements didn’t seem to change no matter what the speaker was saying.”

That really isn’t a fair assessment; maybe the misunderstood signer was rap-signing, which would explain him mimicking Jay-Z-like hand movements.

Professor Bencie Woll, director of Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre based at University College London, was not amused. Woll said that “What he was doing looked extremely odd. There has been almost universal agreement among deaf South Africans they did not recognize it.”

Yeah, but think about this: if the sign language interpreter wasn’t peculiar he wouldn’t have fit in with some of the people in attendance, especially one or two standing next to him at the podium.

Also attending the Mandela service was Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, the first deaf woman to be elected to the South African Parliament. Wilma tweeted this: “ANC-linked interpreter on the stage with dep [sic] president of ANC is signing rubbish. He cannot sign. Please get him off.”

Oddly, Ms. Newhoudt-Druchen did not mention the “rubbish” people were subjected to by certain people speaking on the stage beside the sign language interpreter, nor did she suggest that that person should also be removed.

Bruno Druchen, National director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa, said that the gentleman doing the signing – sort of how when Obama speaks there’s really no meaning – “was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for.”

Ingrid Parkin, principal of the St. Vincent School for the Deaf in Johannesburg, said she’s receiving complaints from the worldwide deaf community. The principal was told that the portly man’s movements look “like he’s signing gibberish.”

Another complaint was that there were no accompanying facial expressions to convey the emotions of the leaders. Now for that, the expressionless signer could have certainly used Michelle Obama’s assistance. America’s first lady is world-renowned for expressing feelings via facial expressions.

Parkin argued, “This man himself knows he cannot sign and he had the guts to stand on an international stage and do that?” And why not? It’s not much different than running for president and winning a Nobel Peace Prize while knowing full well you don’t deserve the position or the prize.

Official sign language interpreter Nicole Du Toit said that the man on stage purporting to sign was an embarrassment. “Only he can understand those gestures…It was horrible, an absolute circus, really, really bad,” she said.

So, although the mystery signer for the South African deaf community may have been a sham, in truth, we can’t be too hard on the guy. After all, isn’t he just a gesticulating, non-speaking version of what America has been subjected to for five years by Barack Obama?

Like South Africa, America also has an imposter standing on the stage pretending to be something he’s not, making no sense, and turning every event into an “absolute circus.” The only difference is that so far, no one has told him to sit down and shut up.

Barack Obama Pays Homage to Mandela

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Based on the abysmal public opinion polls Barack Obama has been subjected to in recent days, it must have been quite thrilling for him to speak before 94,000 people in FNB Stadium at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Reminiscent of INVESCO Field, the event came complete with weeping, flags, and cheering.  Oprah Winfrey was even there.  The only thing missing from the occasion were those illustrious Greek columns lending Zeus-like gravitas to the celebrated speaker.

Leaving aside the controversy that surrounds the former anti-apartheid revolutionary’s communist connections and nefarious friends, it’s sort of ironic that a man vigorously decimating America’s liberty chose to extol a person many view as being singularly responsible for bringing freedom to the black majority of South Africa.

Nonetheless, as cynical as it may seem, and judging from the president’s fascination with his own importance, one can’t help but sense that, couched within the sentimental platitudes, Obama’s tribute to Mandela may have been laced with subtle parallels he hoped the crowd might attribute to him.

Not only that, but when praising Nelson Mandela for fighting the very type of oppression the president imposes on what was once the freest nation in history, Barack Obama’s stunning lack of self-awareness was again made evident.

It started when self-appointed first and “last great liberator” of the 21st century Barack Obama bestowed upon the late Madiba (as he was known to his Xhosa tribesmen) the title of “last great liberator of the 20th century.”

Next the president mentioned the Cold War, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Lincoln, and then it was Gandhi and resistance; Martin Luther King, Jr.; and “the oppressed and the moral necessity of racial justice.”  He even praised Mandela for embracing Alinsky-style tactics, which include making sure to “study not only those you agree with, but those who you don’t.”

The man who once said that the U.S. Constitution is “fundamentally flawed” went so far as to compare Nelson Mandela to America’s Founding Fathers.  Priding himself on being a “fundamental transformer,” Barack Obama praised Tata Mandela for “erect[ing] a constitutional order” in South Africa similar to the one he is currently in the process of dismantling in the U.S.

Thus far, in five years, Barack Obama has yet to confess to even the tiniest failure.  Yet he lauded Mandela’s humility and straightforward self-deprecation, and admired the South African’s insistence on “sharing with us his doubts and fears; his miscalculations along with his victories.”

Having claimed that Mandela exercised “the power of action … [by] … taking risks on behalf of [his] ideals,” Barack sounded as if he identified with those qualities, as well as Mandela’s “proud rebelliousness” and “stubborn sense of fairness.”

Quite frankly, if the president had not been hiding behind a eulogy, when he pointed out that “[a]ction and ideas are not enough; no matter how right, they must be chiseled into laws and institutions,” his grandiloquence could have passed for another campaign speech.

The president noted that Nelson Mandela was “not only a leader of a movement, but a skillful politician,” and he would know.

Mandela drafted a constitution that Obama called “worthy of this multiracial democracy; true to his vision of laws that protect minority as well as majority rights, and the precious freedoms of every South African.”  For those who have ears to hear, that’s when things veered into the troubling, because this guy talking about drafting constitutions true to just one individual’s “vision of the laws” should make every American queasy.

After that, eulogizing turned to evangelizing.

Initially, there was the usual progressive prattle about “oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us.”  Then the law-changing heartbreaker hailed Mandela for changing both laws and hearts.

Having a platform in the home of apartheid gave president Obama the opportunity to also dredge up hard feelings and stir up memories of racial tension, an opening he never passes up.  He had this to say:

We know that like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. As was true here, it took the sacrifice of countless people – known and unknown – to see the dawn of a new day…but in America and South Africa, and countries around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not done.

From there it progressed to the usual talk of social injustice, bullying, religious oppression — which must have been on behalf of misunderstood Muslims — and the “no matter whom you love” gay-rights lecturing.

Alluding to his own political opposition, the president said, “There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality.”

The words, “and there are too many of us who stand on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard,” brought to mind the orator trying to silence those many of his acolytes on the left refer to as “teabaggers.”

The president quoted Mandela’s poetic jailhouse references to “strait gates,” “scrolls…charged with punishments,” and personal declarations of being “master of my fate…and captain of my soul.”  As a matter of fact, Barack Obama even found time to snap a playful selfie featuring British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt and to swap seats with Michelle.

Finally, after successfully inserting himself into the annals of South African history, Obama then turned his attention toward home and the advancement of a vision that is the very antithesis of what he himself claimed Nelson Mandela stood for.

Michelle Obama: The Funeral Frowning Wench

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Originally posted at The Clash Daily

Michelle Obama is the scowling funeral attendee and Barack, whether he laughs or cries, just can’t please the woman.

For some reason the first lady either takes memorials so seriously that she glowers continuously throughout the service, or spending that much time sitting next to Barack Obama makes her perfectly-tweezed eyebrows furrow and her forehead elevens cry out for an emergency shot of Botox.

Unlike Bill Clinton, who cries only on camera at funerals, Mrs. Obama seems unaware that being on the world stage requires some acting skill. Even if the wife of a US president is bored, annoyed, or just plain pissed off at some blonde chick yukking it up with the old man, it’s best to learn how to pretend to be happy at public events.

If you think about it, the only time Michelle Obama beams is if she’s dancing with Ellen DeGeneres, front and center at a Beyoncé concert, making menu choices for chubby Americans, or if there is food involved.

The first funeral frown that was captured for posterity was at “Godmother” of the American civil rights movement Dorothy Height’s funeral. Her husband gave that eulogy, too. In essence, the gist of what Obama had to say about Dorothy was similar to what was conveyed at the 94,000-people strong funeral memorializing Nelson Mandela.

In Washington, DC, at 98-year-old Dorothy Height’s memorial, quite unlike himself, Obama had this to say about the deceased civil rights activist: “She never cared about who got the credit. What she cared about was the cause. The cause of justice, the cause of equality, the cause of opportunity, freedom’s cause.”

During that funeral, the president lost it. He cried so much it bordered on uncontrolled sobbing: 

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Michelle, doing her best Ice Princess, shot Mr. Obama a very displeased look that was thought to be a non-verbal communiqué to pull himself together. Let’s put it this way: judging from the expression on the first lady’s face, Barry’s histrionics were not going over well.

Now, three years later the first couple is in Johannesburg, South Africa, where the president eulogized the late Nelson Mandela with moving words such as:

Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit. There is a word in South Africa- Ubuntu – that describes his greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us.

Only this time, rather than open lamentation, Barack Obama found a way to both mourn and have one helluva time as he horsed around taking playful selfies with British Prime Minister David Cameron and some blonde Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

Again, Michelle displayed the same type of non-verbal displeasure as she did when Obama was crying back in Washington, DC over Dorothy Height, which certainly sends the president a mixed message.

When it comes to funeral etiquette, as far as Michelle’s concerned, it looks like poor Barack is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

If he expresses sorrow by crying, Mrs. Obama shoots him an annoyed look. If he’s affable, smiling, and having a good time with attractive blondes who just happen to be world leaders, she also shoots him a look.

In this particular case, it looks as if Barry was given a time out and forced to switch seats so that Michelle could put some distance between hubby and Ms. Thorning-Schmidt, who got more than the cold shoulder from Michelle. The Danish prime minister got the cold back.

Not for nothing, as they say in New York, but could you imagine how awkward the plane ride back home was for G.W. and Laura? The Bushes were probably subjected to hearing a furious Michelle, who apparently can’t control her face or her feelings, read Barry the riot act for getting a little too chummy with the blonde Danish chick.

Anyway, it makes one wonder: with the look on Mrs. Obama’s face at Dorothy Height’s funeral, what if Thalia had been sitting on the other side of macho salsa dancer Barack Obama?

‘Africa is Rising’ (America, Not So Much)

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Let’s face it.  Barack Obama is one helluva talker, and while in the process of “fundamentally transforming” the United States onto the path of impoverished Africa, he spent a lot of time on his $100 million expedition lecturing the African people to — among many other things — be wary of leaders that bear a striking resemblance to himself.

Prior to packing up Air Force One like it was the family station wagon with the wife, kids and in-laws for the return flight home, Obama spent the last few days in Africa doling out advice he himself should be taking.

The president even defended the United States against charges of “meddling.”  Obama recognizes that, unlike America where he alone decides what’s good for everyone, only Africans can decide what’s good for Africa. The president accused leaders who charge the U.S. with meddling in Africa’s affairs of employing a tactic he’s noted for, which is changing the subject to distract from other “abuses.”

Among the many interesting exhortations he delivered, one in particular was replete with a number of statements that showed a stunning lack of personal self-awareness.

In a speech at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa, Obama warned the people living on the world’s second largest continent that Africa’s potential could only be realized if Africa’s leaders serve the people they lead rather than act like dictators who enrich themselves.

Can anyone say $4,000 per-night hotel rooms? No, wait!  How about a $100 million African getaway while 4th of July fireworks are cancelled and military swimming pools are closed because of sequester and budgetary constraints?

Obama lectured an audience of 1,000 that “In too many countries, the actions of thugs and warlords and human traffickers hold back the promise of Africa.” Not to mention a narcissistic community organizer hooligan currently holding back America, a much less likely victim.

Speaking from his pinnacle of self-declared messiahship, delivered with a tone that hearkened back to the much-lauded speech in 2009 that resulted in a wildly unsuccessful outcome in Cairo, Obama said “America cannot put a stop to these tragedies alone…that is a job for Africans. But we can help you and we will help you.”

Help them?  Does Barry mean “help them” the way he helped finance an “Arab Spring” that resulted in a totalitarian theocracy, two revolutions, one suspended Constitution, and two ousted presidents?

And what is Obama’s proposed cure-all for Africa, exactly? Why, it’s programs that promise to boost electricity by way of kinetically charged soccer balls, and healthcare programs that will address the coming spike in HIV/AIDS cases that’s likely to follow now that Obama has encouraged homosexuality-averse Africa to embrace the gay lifestyle.

In dire need of a huge mirror to preach to himself, freedom-snatching, government-advancing, bureaucratic goon Barack Obama, with a straight face, actually told the audience that “History shows us that progress is only possible where governments exists [sic] to serve their people and not the other way around.”

With the goal to inspire younger Africans, Obama criticized leaders who “steal or kill or disenfranchise voters,” saying that the ultimate lesson of South Africa is that intimidation tactics (which worked so well for him in Philadelphia, thanks to the New Black Panthers), are not acceptable (if they’re taking place in Africa).

Nonetheless, stalwart Cloward-Piven domestic-war-and-mayhem proponent Barack Obama warned the African audience that “So long as parts of Africa continue to be ravaged by war and mayhem, opportunity and democracy cannot take root,” which, here in America, is the primary goal.

Obama also denounced the oppressive rule of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, citing Mugabe’s “promise of liberation” which gave way to the strangely familiar-sounding “corruption of power” and the “social and economic collapse of one of Africa’s most prosperous nations.”

Paying homage to the ailing Nelson Mandela, Obama did not disappoint, including in his tribute a good dose of racial agitation, citing Mandela and other anti-apartheid prisoners who were held on Robben Island, all of whom Obama maintained “refused to yield” to bigoted white minority rule.

While in Pretoria, Barack Obama stressed that “The struggle here against apartheid, for freedom, Madiba’s moral courage, his country’s historic transition to a free and democratic nation, has been a personal inspiration to me.”

Oftentimes in the past Obama has cited Mandela becoming South Africa’s first black president as what motivated him to enter politics and break racial barriers by becoming America’s first bi-racial (rabidly left-wing wealth-redistributing) president.

Excuse me, Mr. President, but with all due respect, Nelson Mandela inspired you to do what?  Struggle against racial harmony and violate your Constitutional oath?  Are you blaming a dying 94-year-old man for inspiring you to fundamentally transform a free nation into a soft tyranny?

On two occasions, once while experiencing a “powerful moment” in Senegal at Gorée Island, and then at Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent two-thirds of his 27 years in prison, Barack Obama paused for a photo op, putting on his contemplative look.  In one he lingered in the narrow entryway of the “Door of No Return,” and then in the other he stood alone, peering solemnly out the barred window of what was once Mandela’s dank prison cell.

Both times America’s post-racial president, raised in Hawaii and schooled at Columbia and Harvard, seemed to reach deep inside and personally draw upon the storehouse of his own pain by relating to those who were sold by their own people into slavery, as well as those who rose up against an injustice called apartheid.

The irony is that, although “Africa is rising,” if things keep up at the rate they’re going here at home, it will be economically-enslaved Americans gazing out from another “Door of No Return,” having been sold into slavery by one of their own people, namely — Barack Obama.

Will Nelson Mandela Help Justify Obama’s 100 Million Dollar Vacation?

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Even while President Obama, the wife, kids, mother-in-law, and niece are on a $100 million de facto vacation masquerading as a trip to Africa to promote “investment, development and democracy,” back in America, children still cannot tour the White House during summer vacation thanks to the sequester.

On his trip to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania, Obama has three generations of family in tow.  The objective of the trip, besides sightseeing and squeezing in another summer excursion, is to see if a man mistakenly identified as a son of Kenya can get back in Africa’s good graces after China has replaced the U.S. as the trading partner of world’s second-largest continent.

G. W. Bush will be in Africa at the same time as President Obama.  After addressing the HIV/AIDS issue in Africa and, as acknowledged by Bono, helping to save nine million lives, G.W. is forging ahead with a new philanthropic mission: a global initiative to refurbish a cervical cancer and screening treatment center.

Laura Bush is with her husband in Africa and plans to attend, as is Michelle Obama, the African First Ladies’ Summit in Tanzania hosted by the G.W. Bush Institute next week. However, unlike Michelle Obama, Mrs. Bush will not be found sampling fried fat cakes, nor will her new granddaughter Mila Hager be accompanying grandma and grandpa on the trip. The primary purpose of the Bush’s trip is to extend charity to others, not sneak in a freebie vacation.

Due to return home on July 3rd, regrettably, Barack Obama may be in South Africa at just the right time to insert himself into Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela’s funeral.  Mandela is still alive, but currently the 94-year-old former South African President is in a hospital in Pretoria in grave condition with a recurring lung infection.

And Mandela passing away while the Obama family grifters are pretending to be on official business would be sad.  But wait! Actually, it would come just in the nick of time to justify spending $100 million during the sequester.

If Nelson complies and expires by July 3rd, the president could write off his extended family’s African adventure expenses as a necessary result of their burning desire to pay homage to a great leader by attending a state funeral.

After all, Mr. Mandela is the “patriarch of racial equality” in South Africa, and much like Mr. Obama was South Africa’s first black president. Moreover, a sure-to-be grief-stricken Michelle, Sasha and Malia, Grandma Marion and Mrs. Obama’s niece, as well as a nephew, met with Mandela on Mrs. Obama’s last African trip in 2011.

So while closing down the White House tours to save money during the sequester is justifiable, apparently so is spending $100 million to take in a cultural performance of the Baba wa Watoto troupe (which translates to ‘father of children’ in Swahili) – if the Obama ladies can pull it off by pretending to be mourners at Mandela’s funeral.

Harry Belafonte Suggests that Barack Obama Jail Political Detractors

harry-belafonteOriginally posted at American Thinker blog

The “King of Calypso,” Hugo Chávez enthusiast, and “Banana Boat” crooner, octogenarian Harry Belafonte is so thrilled with the reelection of Barack Obama that he’s taken to cable “news” network MSNBC to share his views on how President Obama should deal with political nemeses.

In addition to singing, acting and songwriting, throughout his career Harry “Viva la revolucion” Belafonte has also promoted himself as a civil rights advocate and humanitarian.  In addition to issuing indictments like: “Our foreign policy has made a wreck of this planet,” Mr. Belafonte also heartily endorses the ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s socialist revolution.

Once, when addressing the Venezuelan people, Harry Belafonte told his audience that George W. Bush was the “greatest terrorist” in the world. Another time, sounding more like he was describing the current president, Mr. Belafonte made the following statement about the former president: “I think [G.W.] Bush has a very selfish, arrogant point of view. I think he is interested in power, I think he believes his truth is the only truth, and that he will do what he wants to do despite the people.”

Leaving aside Belafonte’s hatred for Bush and his fondness for dictator-style governing, it’s still kind of alarming to hear that ole’ Harry suggested President Obama incarcerate American citizens who speak out against him.

The topic came up when Belafonte appeared as a guest on Al Sharpton’s Politics Nation.  Belafonte was on a panel with global human rights/social justice activist Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late Senator Robert Kennedy and former wife of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. During the interview, Harry, who passionately and stridently exercised his first amendment rights throughout the eight years former President G.W. Bush was in office, shared some stunning Hugo Chávez-style advice for Barack Obama.

Sharpton began the conversation by asking Belafonte:

Ah… ah…you’ve fought for decades for some of the ‘quote’ entitlements that the…ah… right wing wants to try and balance this budget… ah… balance the deficit off of.  As you look at this Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security…You’ve been an activist leader from Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, to Dr. King through Mandela to Obama.  How do you view this and what is the challenge for those that are on the field today?

Belafonte replied, “What I think has most attracted me to this whole process is watching the political maturity of the American people.” Clearly, Harry Belafonte defines reelecting a president who is in the process of establishing a socialist-style government as “political maturity.”

Nevertheless, Harry continued to elaborate:

Because there was a great question during the first election as to whether or not Barack would even be elected.  And after the turn out so emphatically put him in the presidency it was interesting to watch the second turn[out] when everybody really didn’t quite know what the game would be.

Without referring directly to the looming fiscal cliff and oblivious to the fact that Obama voters had no clue what Obama was really talking about, Harry came to the conclusion that the American people “[i]n their maturity declared themselves fully: ‘We want what Barack Obama is talking about.  We want the country to go in that direction’.”

Then, the celebrated humanitarian shared the inhumane sentiment that Obama’s political rivals are a “[l]ingering infestation of really corrupt people who sit trying to dismantle the wishes of the people, the mandate that has been given to Barack Obama.”

In the past, Belafonte has accused the Obama-loving American media of falsely portraying Chávez as a “dictator.” At the time, the singer/activist also shared the opinion that in Venezuela there is “democracy and [the] citizens are ‘optimistic about their future.'” What Belafonte failed to mention was that Hugo Chávez regularly imprisons political dissidents, calling them “common criminals.”

Hence, to deal with the threat of political dissension here in America, it’s not surprising that Harry Belafonte would suggest that the “only thing left for Barab…Barack Obama to do is to work like a third world dictator and just throw all these guys in jail [Sharpton/Kennedy nervously giggle] for violating the American desire.”

Harry Belafonte, who has always enjoyed the freedom to voice his oppressed/oppressor point of view, obviously never considered two-term president G. W. Bush a man whose reelection reflected a mandate, let alone an expression of “American desire.” Yet, suddenly, with the reappointment of Barack Obama, the singer feels emboldened to openly call for nonconformists with differing opinions to be imprisoned?

Even still, rather than expressing astonishment, Americans should thank Mr. Harry Belafonte for not only giving us that snappy Caribbean “Day-O” banana song, but more importantly for lending his voice to express the true heart and soul of the progressive left.

 

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