Wednesday, July 29, 2009

If It Wasn’t So Scary, It Just Might Be Funny

By Susan Brinkmann, For The Bulletin

While on the campaign trail in 2008, President Barack Obama said “Judge me by the people with whom I surround myself.”

Is he kidding?

Let’s start with the most recent addition to his circle of friends, Cass Sunstein, a Harvard Law Professor and former colleague from the University of Chicago who was just confirmed as head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In a book Sunstein co-authored in 2004, he wrote “[We] could even grant animals a right to bring suit . . . Congress will grant standing to animals to protect their own rights and interests.” Sunstein also advocates for the automatic donation of organs upon a person’s death and, as recently as a 2007 speech at Harvard, called for a ban on hunting and encouraging the public to eat less meat.

Sunstein becomes even more interesting when we consider his better half, the lovely anti-Israel Samantha Powers, author of the America-bashing book, “The Problem from Hell,” who thinks the U.S. brought the 9/11 terrorist attack upon itself by aping the human rights abuses of Israel.

Then there’s John Holdren, the president’s chief science advisor, who co-authored a book in 1977 suggesting radical population control measures such as forcing single women to abort their babies, implanting capsules in people when they reach puberty and/or spiking water reserves with a chemical in order to sterilize them. To achieve these goals, the book suggests setting up an armed “Planetary Regime” to oversee human population levels and control the environment.

However, Harold Hongju Koh, the State Department’s top lawyer, is the staffer who deserves the vaunted title of “Most Radical” member of the Obama Administration. A “transnationalist,” Koh believes the U.S. needs to diminish its “distinctive rights culture” and complains about how the First Amendment places too much emphasis on protecting the speech and religious rights of Americans compared to European and Asian nations. Aside from believing that abortion should be an international human right, Koh also sees no reason why Islam’s Sharia Law should not be applied to select cases in the U.S.

Another pro-global-everything employee of the Obama Administration is our new U.N. Ambassador, Susan Rice. A close associate of Brookings Institution president Strobe Talbott who advocates for a world government, Rice also supports “a rapidly deployable international civilian police force,” presumably under the control of the hopelessly dysfunctional U.N.

Our list would not be complete without mentioning the various card-carrying members of the Communist party and socialist organizations that have joined Obama’s ever-widening circle of questionable friends. The recently deposed “green jobs czar,” Van Jones, was a self-admitted communist, and our new Energy and Environment Czar, Carol Browner, was a card-carrying member of Socialists International until her nomination forced her to remove her name from their member list.

And let’s not forget our nation’s top lawyer, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, who bemoaned the fact that there was no socialist party in America in her senior thesis at Princeton. Kagan is so staunchly opposed to the U.S. military that she fought all the way to the Supreme Court in 2004 to have recruiters barred from Harvard because of the Pentagon’s policy on gays.

Speaking of the Department of Justice, who could overlook the infamous David Ogden, aka the “porn lawyer,” now serving as Deputy Attorney General? Ogden made a career out of advocating against laws regulating some of the most offensive forms of obscenity. He has represented Playboy and Penthouse, opposed the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000 and successfully sought a court order forcing the Library of Congress to use taxpayer money to print Playboy magazine articles in Braille.

Another “jewel” in the DOJ’s crown is Dawn Johnsen, whose appointment to head the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel is being (wisely) held up due to a lack of votes. In various Supreme Court briefs, Johnsen refers to pregnancy as “involuntary servitude” and pregnant women as “fetal containers” and “losers in the contraceptive lottery.”

I can’t resist mentioning another of the president’s agenda-pushing ideologues, the illustrious Kevin Jennings, a gay activist and co-founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Jennings admits that he has always been interested in promoting the homosexual agenda to schoolchildren and is now thrilled to finally have the chance now that Obama appointed him to be – of all things - assistant deputy secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.

And we thought Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright were bad!

In light of these “friends,” how should we judge you, Mr. President? As an anti-American, anti-Israel, pro-abortion-population-controlling-porn-loving socialist gay rights advocate?

The cast of characters that comprises our president’s inner circle sounds more like a B-rated Hollywood movie that ought to be called “The Loon Squad.”

If it wasn’t so scary, it might actually be funny.
Written by Susan Brinkmann

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