I just received the latest anti-American missive from the American Family Association and it was written by Ben Stein, who apparently thinks he knows some secrets about President Obama. What is most funny about this is that anyone could have read Obama’s books, where he talks about his past—and before he was President. So all of these so-called secrets are not secret—except to Ben Stein and his little anti-American group who refuses to move into the present.
Here is what Stein has to say:
The American Spectator
July 24, 2009
By Ben Stein
We’ve Figured Him Out
Why is President Barack Obama in such a hurry to get his socialized medicine bill passed?
Because he and his cunning circle realize some basic truths:
The American people in their unimaginable kindness and trust voted for a pig in a poke in 2008. They wanted so much to believe Barack Obama was somehow better and different from other ultra-leftists that they simply took him on faith.
They ignored his anti-white writings in his books. They ignored his quiet acceptance of hysterical anti-American diatribes by his minister, Jeremiah Wright.
They ignored his refusal to explain years at a time of his life as a student. They ignored his ultra-left record as a "community organizer," Illinois state legislator, and Senator.
The American people ignored his total zero of an academic record as a student and teacher, his complete lack of scholarship when he was being touted as a scholar.
Now, the American people are starting to wake up to the truth. Barack Obama is a super likeable super leftist, not a fan of this country, way, way too cozy with the terrorist leaders in the Middle East, way beyond naïveté, all the way into active destruction of our interests and our allies and our future.
The American people have already awakened to the truth that the stimulus bill — a great idea in theory — was really an immense bribe to Democrat interest groups, and in no way an effort to help all Americans.
Now, Americans are waking up to the truth that ObamaCare basically means that every time you are sick or injured, you will have a clerk from the Department of Motor Vehicles telling your doctor what he can and cannot do.
The American people already know that Mr. Obama’s plan to lower health costs while expanding coverage and bureaucracy is a myth, a promise of something that never was and never will be — a bureaucracy lowering costs in a free society. Either the costs go up or the free society goes away.
These are perilous times. Mrs. Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State, has given Iran the go-ahead to have nuclear weapons, an unqualified betrayal of the nation. Now, we face a devastating loss of freedom at home in health care. It will be joined by controls on our lives to "protect us" from global warming, itself largely a fraud if believed to be caused by man.
Mr. Obama knows Americans are getting wise and will stop him if he delays at all in taking away our freedoms.
There is his urgency and our opportunity. Once freedom is lost, America is lost. Wake up, beloved America.
Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu. He writes "Ben Stein’s Diary" for every issue of The American Spectator.
Now let’s look at some things that Mr. Stein is either lying about or is ignorant about.
He calls him a ‘pig in a poke’ and ‘anti-white.’ Here is what pig in a poke means:
“The advice being given is ‘don’t buy a pig until you have seen it’. This is enshrined in British commercial law as ‘caveat emptor’ – Latin for ‘let the buyer beware’.”
So he believes that a majority of people in the U.S. were tricked by electing Obama as president. I hesitate to comment on the ‘anti-white’ comment because it is essentially a racist comment. Stein believes that Obama is anti-white because President Obama writes about his experiences growing up as a mix-race child. It isn’t a pretty story, but the facts are there for all to read if they want. But saying that white people treat black people horribly isn’t being anti-white. It is telling the truth. You see, the problem comes when you have a black man actually saying this. That is really the problem that Ben Stein has with President Obama. He is worried that the ‘white establishment’ is somehow going to suffer from having a black president. This is the same argument that other people have given recently. And President Obama did not ‘quietly accept’ his pastor—that is a flat-out lie. Ben Stein must think that some people are stupidly going to accept this if it is repeated over and over again (and he is apparently correct is some circles).
He says: “They ignored his refusal to explain years at a time of his life as a student.”
What? Anyone (but apparently not Ben Stein) can read The Dreams From my Father, in which President Obama talks about his student days. It also talks about his community organizing. It more sounds like Ben Stein is worried that a black man was actually involved in trying to correct the mistakes of the white man’s past and actually being successful.
Now here is where Ben Stein gets bizarre. He states:
“The American people ignored his total zero of an academic record as a student and teacher.”
How can a person who went to college and got not only a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University but then a lawyer’s degree from Harvard in 1988 have a zero academic record? He was elected the President of the Harvard Law Review (the first black man to do this) in 1990. Read about it here. What really upsets white guys like Ben Stein is what Obama had to say after he was elected President of the Harvard Law Review:
“But it’s important that stories like mine aren’t used to say that everything is O.K. for blacks. You have to remember that for every one of me, there are hundreds or thousands of black students with at least equal talent who don’t get a chance,” he said, alluding to poverty or growing up in a drug environment.”
So does this sound like a ‘total zero of an academic record as a student and teacher’? Only if you want to keep people ignorant of the facts, or if you want to remain ignorant of the facts. Ben Stein is guilty of one of these or the other. I’m not sure which.
Here is more idiocy:
President Obama is “not a fan of this country.”
So how in the hell can a president of the United States not be a fan of this country? Ben Stein remains silent about this because he knows that some people will just believe it without thinking about it (a common ailment of the right). To add to the insult, he states “all the way into active destruction of our interests and our allies and our future.” So now the President of the United States is now actively destroying this country’s future. What Ben Stein really means is that his conservatives self-exploded because of all the hypocrisy and the failed policies of the Bush Administration and they can’t stand that our allies are more happy with the U.S. than they have ever been the whole 8 years of Bush. That has got to hurt.
Ben Stein is all over in this article—Obama wants to destroy this nation, take away our freedoms, let Iran have nuclear weapons. It sounds more like Ben Stein can’t muster a valid argument against health care for all (which is something I can’t understand anyone being against) so he throws in a bunch of garbage to make it seem reasonable. But anyone who can think beyond a third grade mentality can see that Ben Stein doesn’t have an argument. Giving people health care isn’t taking away anyone’s rights (although maybe it takes away the rights of the rich white men now in control of health care in this country). Giving poor people health care will actually improve the lives of people, which clearly isn’t in the interest of Ben Stein. On the flip side, it appears that keeping people poor and sick is in his interest. Go figure.