I’ve always wondered what would happen when the hippies of the 60’s and 70’s grew up and reached middle age or older. It turns out that what they were destined to do was to become an embarrassment to the Democratic party.
Starting with the 1992 Presidential election, the free lifestyle of that era has haunted the Democratic party. In 1992 we had Bill “I didn’t inhale” Clinton as the first president to smoke a big one. Bill Clinton also had some questions to answer about how he protested the Vietnam war. Then of course there is the well publicized sexual antics of the former president. This is a man who would embarrass the freest of the free love people of the 60’s.
In 2004 of course, we had John “dude give me your medals so I can throw them away in protest” Kerry. Mr. Kerry has the distinction of being the first manufactured war hero who squandered his credibility by testifying to the US Congress about manufactured war crimes. This election also marked another major turning point for the Democrats, an era that may eventually be known as “the time when the Democrats have to face the truth”. The political organization known as the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth (SBVT) ran a large advertising campaign questioning John Kerry’ Vietnam war experience. While some of the assertions put forward by the group were called into question, the fact remains that the story of Kerry’s war experience as reported by him had a lot of holes in it and he never was able to fully explain some of the questions that arose. Also, this group and others made Mr. Kerry accountable for his actions after the war. From making vicious, and at a minimum exaggerated, accusations about war crimes to ties to anti-war radicals, the group was able to further highlight the hypocrisy displayed by Mr. Kerry’s claim to his national security credentials.
Now we have Barrack Obama. Mr. Obama has gone from being the new coming to just the latest Democrat who has to answer for his past. In recent weeks we have the Reverend Jeremiah Wright who is a throw back to the far left separation racists of the past such as the Black Panthers, et al. Rev. Wright’s bizarre accusations about the US government creating AIDs to get black people, his “the Chickens have come home to roost” for the US on 9/11, and his “God Damn America” have been a major embarrassment for not only Mr. Obama but for the Democratic Party as whole. Now we have Mr. Obama’s admitted friendship with William Ayers. Mr. Ayers is a former member of the domestic terrorist group the Weather Underground. Mr. Ayers has admitted to bombing several government buildings and on the day of the 9/11 attacks, had an interview published in The New York Times in which he said he felt they did not do enough. While admittedly Mr. Ayers was the recipient of a cruel twist of fate having his interview published on 9/11, this does not take away the fact that he said what he did in the interview. The real problem for Mr. Obama is that he simply will not disown these people. This has to give us a real insight into his character. I personally believe this is going to give Mr. Obama a place next to Mr. Kerry as a potentially promising candidate who was derailed when his past caught up with him. Or as Rev. Wright would say, Mr. Obama’s chickens have come home to roost.