Blog posts, and a monumentally stupid warm-up speech for one candidate, have brought up the issue of ethnicity, religion, and nation-of-origin. and what it is to be an American. And it all relates to the War on Terror:
- On November's Ballot: The Anti-Christ?!
- Barck Hussein Obama, Jr. - a Reality Check
- Is Hussein an Evil Name?
- Focus, People, Focus!
- What does politics have to do with the War on Terror?
On November's Ballot: The Anti-Christ?!When elections shake the tree of liberty, quite a few loose nuts fall out. One of the candidates has an 'un-American name,' and has been compared to the Anti-Christ. ("Barack Hussein Obama is the 'King of the South' predicted in the Bible." I'm not making this up.)
Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. - a Reality CheckThe 'Satanic' candidate is Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., and we know quite a bit about him.
- Born 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii
- Harvard Law School graduate: with honors
- Former editor of the Harvard Law Review
Mr. Obama is a Harvard Law School graduate himself, and the first black person to edit Harvard Law Review (what took them so long?). The Presidential candidate's following his father through Harvard isn't what's raising so much worry, though: it's his middle name, Hussein.
I may be naive, but I don't think that we should assume that someone is evil, just because he's a second-generation Harvard man, and a lawyer, to boot.
That's not what the fuss is about, of course. It's Mr. Obama's ancestry and name.
Is Hussein an Evil Name?Saddam Hussein did no favors to the name "Hussein." He ran Iraq for about three decades, before a coalition removed him from power. Shortly after that, the new Iraqi government expressed their opinion of his administration of their country by removing Mr. Hussein from the roles of the living.
Saddam wasn't the best leader in the world. But it isn't reasonable to assume that everyone with "Hussein" in his or her name is a potential tyrant with a taste for solid gold bathroom fixtures.
- Saddam Hussein's last name may not even be a surname, in the western sense of the word.
- "Hussein" is a fairly common surname. In America. I did a little checking -
Frequency* of selected family names in America, as of 1997:
- I understand that "Hussein" is even more common in and around the Middle East.
In fact, one of the things I admire about Mr. Obama is the way he has honored his father. It takes a certain amount of guts and devotion, for a politician to retain a name that he knows will raise questions about his background. And attract unwarranted attacks.
Focus, People, Focus!America has important issues to decide in this election. I'd like to see candidates and their supporters discuss those issues: not how 'American' their names are, or where their ancestors came from.
What does politics have to do with the War on Terror?Quite a bit.
- American leaders are chosen through a political process
- Leaders make decisions, like
- Should we use force to stop terrorists?
- Is it nice to listen in, when terrorists are planning to kill people?
- Should America cooperate with other nations, even if the French government doesn't approve?
- Actions will be taken, based on what is decided
- Consequences of those actions will decide the success of people who don't want their lives controlled by the likes of Al Qaeda and the Taliban
1Ethnicity does not determine belief. I'm half-Norwegian, with a Norwegian middle name. That doesn't mean I'm Lutheran, or worship Thor.
Related posts, on tolerance, bigotry, racism, and hatred.