Part VII: A POLITICIAN WHO STAYS BOUGHT
President Roosevelt had four wise men, one of whom was George Kennan. He died a few years ago at the age of 101, his obituary consumed a full-page of the New York Times, and they barely scratched the surface. He was most definitely a man of letters, as ill-suited for the television age as many silent screen stars were for the age of sound in Hollywood. But in his time and place he was a giant. One of the things he said that resonated with me was that he would like to give those in power a sense of what he saw when he looked at current events through the lens of history so that our leaders do not drag us down those paths which lead only to despair and from which no one ever returns. . .
If you look at the history of Mr. Obama as politician, the red flags were obvious. The Chicago machine has a long history of corruption, Obama had a stable meretricious relationship with a political fixer named Tony Rezko who is now a guest of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and later he was the go to guy for insurance companies in Illinois and did the bidding for Excelon when they spilled trace amounts of nuclear waste into drinking water. In each case, the interests of constituents were implicated and in each case he sided with Big Business. My godfather was active in politics after World War II. He used tell me that an honest politician is one who stays bought. And what’s past is prologue. Continue reading