(Caption shamelessly stolen from Vicki McKenna)
I put up a few posts suggesting that the Obama moment, suggesting that what seems to be attracting a lot of his fans right now carries the dangers of politics - and the state - as religion. There is just a whiff of what attracted so many people to the New Left.
Then, on cue, Daniel Ortega has nice things to say about Obama. He's talkin' 'bout revolution.
But there's more. Obama's Houston headquarters proudly displays flags bearing the image of the murderous Che Guevera.
The Obama camp says that the paid staffers had not yet arrived and Sen. Obama allows as that this was "inappropriate." I understand that the American left has a soft spot for Che. Much of it can be attributed to a lack of understanding as to who Che was and what he actually did which was, largely, to kill people and enjoy it. Che iconography is a lot more than "inappropriate."
Sometimes you have to get lucky to be good.
Update: Just to be clear. Contrary to what some of the commenters believe, I am not calling Obama a socialist and I know that he didn't court Ortega or hang his own Che flag. I do believe that, in the American context, he is hard left. The point of my earlier posts was that I find the enthusiasm of Obama's supporters - whether it be for a political messiah or for salvation from the state - to be troubling and to carry certain dangers. Even though it is well intentioned (who can be against equality?), we know that, taken too far, it depresses the economy and, if taken to an extreme, undermines liberty. Some of the commenters acted as if I were crazy to catch anything but a desire for unity and common sense in the Obama movement. Then comes Ortega and Che. Of course, Obama is not Ortega or Che (although his response to the Che flag was weak) and I wouldn't imagine that anyone who reads here regularly would think I was suggesting that. Still, they did and perhaps I should have planted my tongue a bit more firmly in my cheek.
No, Obama is not a communist. Yes, he seems to be advocating a view of the state and of America's place in the world which, however lovely it may sound, is dangerous.