“I have seen two of my friends killed. I have scars from defending myself with my fists. I am good with my fists.”
Guess you have to be when you’re Obama’s half-brother.
Meanwhile, Dick Cheney, Dark Lord of the Sith, gave 75% ($6,869,655US) of his 2006 income to charity.
This contrast has long existed in the Left/Right divide. Leftists have created a moral system for themselves in which compassion and caring begin and end with supporting certain political ideas. Otherwise, they can be as selfish as they wish. Leftists don’t actually have to personally sacrifice in the least in order to consider themselves good, caring people. Rightists on the other hand believe in personal sacrifice and individual action. (Research on giving patterns.)
In short, leftists pat themselves on the back for caring for an abstraction labeled “children”. Rightists pat themselves on the back for caring for Susan, Steve, Yoki and Abdul.
I find Obama’s treatment of his brother especially shocking. Imagine one day someone comes up to you and says, “Turns out when your father was in the Marine Corps he sowed a few wild oats and a couple of them sprouted. You have a bother/sister living in abject poverty on a dollar a day in the 3rd world!” Don’t you think it might bestir you to, I don’t know, send them a check for $50 every couple of years? Perhaps, if you were, I don’t know, a U.S. Senator, you might even look into working out a way for the guy to immigrate?
Wouldn’t you do something? How should we regard a millionaire and powerful politician who did nothing?
I’m thinking we need a president who cares about a “person” as much as he cares for “people”.
[Update: I am really hopping this turns out to be a bogus story because otherwise I find it too disturbing for words. If someone hears more about this let me know.]