Pro-Confederate, Vietnam veteran and genuine conservative Charley Reese (Orlando Sentinel columnist) gives his take on the smear attacks on Barack Obama:
“I saw and heard something remarkable this past week. I saw Barack Obama deliver a courageous and eloquent speech that he actually wrote himself.
A politician who can write his own speeches and not sound like the idiot he usually is has become a rarity in American politics since the Madison Avenue types took over the political process. The typical political speech is a product of the staff and has been carefully crafted to appeal to all the points brought up by pollsters and focus groups.
Obama was victimized by the old guilt-by-association ploy. Somebody dug up some video clips of Obama’s minister making some strong criticisms of America, as if Obama were responsible for the words of another person. The implication of such specious criticism is that since Obama didn’t draw a pistol and shoot his pastor dead, he must agree with what the pastor said.
And, naturally, the clips are sound bites taken out of context. Who among us is responsible for what somebody else says or thinks? I hear people all the time with whom I disagree. I’m sure many people disagree with my opinions. No one in the normal world thinks it is necessary to “denounce and reject” someone else’s opinion just because you disagree with it.
A president doesn’t need the kind of courage it takes to charge a machine gun or to dodge missiles in a fighter plane. The kind of courage a president needs is the fortitude to make the right decision even when it will be politically unpopular, as Truman demonstrated time and again.
Barack Obama just demonstrated that he has that kind of courage. My estimation of him went up, because I’m sick and tired of these weasels who avoid anything that their staff says might cause them to be a shade less popular. You want a real man with guts in the White House? Well, Obama fits the bill.”