Barack Obama likes to talk about change, but prefers not to get specific about what sort of change he has in mind. The controversy over Obama’s volunteer campaign office in Houston, which sported a Cuban flag bearing an image of Che Guevara, should be viewed in that context. Here, courtesy of Gateway Pundit, is a video still of the Obama office:
Obama said the Cuban flag with Che on it was “inappropriate,” a criticism slightly more muted than the one he leveled against politicians who wear the American flag on their lapels (“hypocrites”). The Obama campaign emphasizes that this was a volunteer, unofficial office, and that Obama didn’t endorse using the image of a mass-murdering terrorist (my words, of course, not theirs) in his campaign.
The incident is significant, however, in that it reveals what sort of change at least some of Obama’s supporters think he has in mind. Are they wrong? Maybe, but what has Obama said or done to disabuse them of the idea that he is a Che-admiring leftist?
Then again, maybe these far-left Obama supporters are “confused” because they’ve been following his votes in the Senate. Obama was one of only 29 Senators who voted to filibuster the provision of the FISA reform bill that extended immunity to telecommunications companies that cooperate with law enforcement and intelligence authorities in identifying international terrorist communications. As Jennifer Rubin points out, this put Obama to the left of liberal stalwarts like Barbara Mikulski. This vote was significant because, just as terrorist supporters try to intimidate citizens by suing “John Does” who report suspicious activities, the terrorists’ allies, absent immunity, would have tried to disable intelligence programs by harassing telecom companies with lawsuits.
So, while I assume that Obama’s “change” doesn’t involve actually emulating mass-murdering terrorists like Che Guevara, it’s reasonable to infer that it won’t involve doing much to catch them, either.
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