A “Virtue out of Selfishness?”

The following is an incisive editorial by Mark Alexander, publisher of the Patriot Post.  While we don’t often dive into politics here on our main page, this commentary deserves front page space.   We’ll return to “our regularly scheduled programming” following the election.

THE FOUNDATION: CITIZENSHIP

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” –Samuel Adams

Fellow Patriots,

Shortly after publishing my essay, “The audacity of deception,” last Friday, I watched Barack Obama at a Florida rally, where he asserted, “[W]e want to do this, change our tax code [a.k.a. ‘redistribute the wealth’]. … John McCain and, and Sarah Palin, uh, they, they call this socialistic. You know I, I, I don’t know when, when, uh, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness.” See the video.

I have never been so moved to anger by any presidential campaign comment.

John McCain has made “a virtue out of selfishness”?

You know, Obama insists, “I was just eight years old when [his benefactor Bill Ayers] was bombing the Capitol and Pentagon.” (However, Obama was 34 when Ayers used his radical celebrity to launch Obama’s political career.)

For the record, Obama was also eight years old when John McCain was a POW in Hanoi. McCain was subjected to more than five years of horrific torture by the Communist NVA, including two years of solitary confinement. As a Naval Academy graduate and aviator, McCain had requested combat duty and was assigned to the USS Forrestal. He was flying his 23rd mission as part of Operation Rolling Thunder over Vietnam when his A-4E Skyhawk* was shot down by a missile over Hanoi.

John McCain has made “a virtue out of selfishness”?

I don’t need to read John McCain’s biography to know his record of service, to know he puts his country first. A close friend and mentor, Col. Roger Ingvalson, had also been shot down, and was with McCain in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.” (As you recall, Obama supporter Jane Fonda posed for photos a few hundred yards away from where these two Patriots were near death.)

John McCain has made “a virtue out of selfishness”?

Which of these candidates has really made a virtue out of selfishness?

Wednesday night, Obama said in his infomercial: “Just because I want to spread the wealth around, they call me a socialist. The next thing you know, they will call me a communist because I shared my peanut butter sandwich in kindergarten!”

Of course, Barack Obama isn’t proposing to “share” his sandwich. Instead, he’s proposing to confiscate your sandwich, by force if necessary, and give it to someone he deems more worthy, assuming that you aren’t charitable enough to share it yourself.

Truth is, it’s unlikely Obama ever shared a sandwich with anyone. According to tax records released Wednesday, Barack and Michelle Obama had an average annual income of more than $500,000 between 2000 and 2006, but only gave two percent — 2% — of their income for charitable purposes.**

Further, it turns out that while Obama has been living well in his Georgian mansion on Chicago’s south side, his illegal immigrant aunt has been holed up in public housing on welfare in Boston for the last four years, while other family members live in squalor in the shanties around Nairobi, Kenya.

So much for “spreading the wealth around.”

Ah, and he insisted Sarah Palin has made “a virtue out of selfishness.”

This would be the same Sarah Palin who brought into this world a special needs child, to love and cherish. Sarah and Todd Palin chose a life of dignity for their child. Ponder what “choice” the Obamas would have made had they faced similar circumstances.

Once again, Obama asserts, “You know I, I, I don’t know when, when, uh, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness.”***

Egomaniacal self-interest is the centerpiece of Obama’s campaign. As I have written previously, John F. Kennedy, who Obama and his political don John Kerry hold up as their patriarch, closed his 1961 inaugural speech with these famous words: “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” However, today, Obama has turned JFK’s national challenge on end, essentially proclaiming, “ask what your country can do for you, not what you can do for your country.”

So, hypocrisy is also a centerpiece of Obama’s campaign.

John McCain and Sarah Palin have a long history of third-person living, serving God and country before themselves.

Mr. Obama — on behalf of all American Patriots, especially those who have served their nation sacrificially, an apology is due, NOW.

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Mark Alexander
Publisher

*John McCain could land his A-4E on a surging carrier deck at night, but Obama had the audacity to run campaign ads last month saying McCain was “out of touch because he could not use a computer.”

**Obama’s running mate is even more miserly. The Bidens’ income averaged $260,000 over the last 10 years, but they averaged just $650 a year in charitable giving.

***I have consulted forensic linguists who have analyzed Obama’s off-script campaign remarks, and they conclude that the surfeit of verbal non-fluency (stammering) in Obama’s comments are consistent indicators of his intent to deceive.

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