Bob Kemp
Just who is Barack Hussein Obama?
America's defender... or destroyer
By Bob Kemp
March 13, 2009

Millions of people, not limited to just Americans, are asking this question. Who is this man? Where did he come from? And, where is he taking the United States? Too many questions, and not enough answers. Truly the man is a mystery, an enigma. He is a contradiction at multiple levels, and for someone that claims his administration will be one of transparency and accountability, all this make him a paradox.

Obama suddenly burst on the conscience of America less than four years ago, and more recently the world. Before that, he was a little-known state Senator from the Midwest. Prior to that he had worked in Chicago as a local neighborhood organizer, where he caught the attention of questionable people with his ability to speak well, convey an air of confidence, and get things done in the local community.

If you trace his origins back even further, the mysteries surrounding Obama increase dramatically. As you attempt to pull back the veil and peer behind it, you will be met by a complete darkness that seems to have a life of its own. This living darkness guards its secrets very well, muting any attempt to shine light into it.

Obama's birth is where the mystery begins with his determination to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to hide his birth location, rather than simply produce the document in question. By producing the original, unmolested and unaltered birth certificate, he could, if he is a natural born citizen, in one hour, silence those that question his natural born status and throw dozens of lawsuits out the window. Yet he chooses to ignore the increased attention to this subject, only adding more doubt about who he is and where he came from. We know the governor's office in Hawaii said there is a valid certificate but has rejected every request for access & left the origin of the ambiguous. We also know that the state of Hawaii has issued birth certificates for people that were never born in Hawaii! Where is the transparency? Where is the accountability? Why does his Kenyan grandmother Sara, insist she was present at his birth if she was not? Why has his half-sister Maya Soetoro named two different Hawaii hospitals as Obama's place of birth? Maybe it's because Obama himself is not certain of his birth date. While in Selma, Alabama he claimed that he was born in 1965, not 1961. Oh, the tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive.

What little we do know about Obama only raises more questions about his eligibility to legally and constitutionally serve as President of the United States. He moved around a lot as a child. We know he scarcely knew his biological father, who left him and his mother when Obama was only two years old. After his mother remarried, we know he lived abroad and attended school in Indonesia, a country that requires its students to be citizens of that country, and does not allow dual citizenship. So this raises the possibility that his mother gave up his U.S. citizenship. If she did surrender her son's U.S. citizenship, then to regain it at some point in the future would have meant he would classified as a "naturalized" citizen, not a "natural-born" citizen. We know that if Obama's mother had surrendered his U.S. citizenship that she would not have been able to comply with federal law to regain his U.S. citizenship because she herself was too young.

We know that in 1981 Obama traveled to Indonesia, Pakistan, Southern India and Kenya in. Obama stated he went to Indonesia to visit his mother. But his mother returned to Hawaii in 1980 to divorce Obama's step-father! Did she return to Indonesia after receiving the divorce from Lolo Soetoro? There is no record that she did. We know there is no record of a passport having been issued for Obama prior to the one he received after becoming a U.S. Senator. We know that in 1981, Pakistan was in turmoil and under martial law. The U.S. State Department had also placed a ban on travel to Pakistan for U.S. Citizen's. Did Obama illegally travel to Pakistan in 1981 as a U.S. citizen, or did he travel there under a passport issued to him from Indonesia?

Obama wants to unify America, yet he was the MOST liberal of the 100 U.S. Senators as rated by National Journal. His uncompromising stand on abortion makes it impossible for anyone that is pro-life to reach common ground with him on the issue. To be a Christian and believe in the sanctity of life, yet at the same time to not only support Roe v. Wade, but issue Executive Orders to fund abortion overseas with tax payer money and continue to push the Freedom of Choice Act makes Obama a confusing paradox. So I question his Christianity. The God of the Bible always chooses life over death, and is very specific about protecting those unable to protect themselves, the very young, and the aged. Obama's socialistic views on government and the rights of the people will continue to be a source of contention between him and conservatives. The only compromise he seems to be capable of to date is the compromise others must make toward his policies. On these and many other issues his attitude is more akin to arrogant master of the people rather than humble servant of the people. Proverbs 15:25 tells us, "The Lord tears down the proud man's house," and Proverbs 16:18 tells us "Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. "

Obama has stated that he is a Professor of Law and a Constitutional lawyer. Yet, we know that he was actually a Senior Lecturer on leave. Where does his confusion come from? Obama seems confused also on his own voting record. He just can't seem to remember exactly how he voted as a Senator from Illinois on a number of issues. He seems confused on passing 900 bills as a State Senator. He actually passed 26, and most of those he did not write himself, but were written by a fellow Senator to assist Obama in a bid for higher office. Do we truly know who Obama is? Do we see and hear the real Obama, or the Obama he wants us to see and hear? Does he provide transparency and accountability, or just talk a good talk?

People are known by the company they keep. Responsible people stay away from people that will teach them bad habits. Responsible people avoid people that have a history of making bad decisions, especially when those bad decisions bring unwanted results and penalties. Responsible people stay away from trouble and trouble makers and those that practice dishonesty and other forms of evil. 1 Corinthians15:33 reminds us that, "Bad company corrupts good character." So why does Obama, a professing Christian, keep company with people with questionable reputations and activities. Why does Obama surround himself with people that seem to all share anti-American, Socialist/Marxist thoughts and plans for America? People like William Ayers who was a one-time member of a terrorist cell known as the Weathermen. Ayres was personally responsible for exploding bombs on U.S. soil, which resulted in the death of innocent people. He is still an active ardent Marxist. He and Obama used to pal around together pushing their radical reform of American education, which promotes a Socialist/Marxist worldview. In 1997 Obama gave an endorsement of William Ayers book A Kind and Just Parent, which praises the Marxist book as "a searing and timely account of the juvenile court system." There is also evidence that Ayres either edited or co-wrote Obama's Dreams book.

Then there is Obama's association with Tony Rezko, a Chicago developer who took out loans to renovate low income housing. He is under investigation because millions of dollars in loans is gone, yet the properties remain unrenovated. And what about Obama's Chicago home actually being titled to Tony Rezko's attorney William Miceli, not Barack Obama? I'm looking for the transparency and accountability, but it is obscured by all the mud.

The Rev Jeremiah Wright, Sr. Pastor of the Chicago Trinity United Christian Church, in whose pews Obama sat for 20 years, is a radical and militant supporter and promoter of Black Liberation Theology. From the pulpit, Rev. Wright spews vial and profane words as he delivers his anti-American sermons. Black Liberation Theology is an ardent Marxist philosophy, denouncing anything and everything that is American. Yet Obama pleads ignorance of the teachings of Rev. Wright, stating he never heard anything that ordinary Christian's would object to come from the lips of Rev. Wright. As someone that has been actively involved in church for many years, I can guarantee you that if a pastor stood up in his pulpit and delivered just one anti-American, anti-Christian sermon, or spoke such things to others, he would be out of a job post haste. So Rev. Wright must have the support of his entire church and community; a den of conspirators. Obama wants us to believe, for his own agenda's sake, that he is a Christian. Trinity United Christian Church may bear the word "Christian" in its name, but it is not a Christian church. Jesus said in Matthew 7:1516, "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them."

This is only a partial list for brevity's sake, but the list is indeed long that ties Obama to radical Muslim's and Marxist alike. But let us not also forget about those he has chosen to serve on his Cabinet that seem to have a common thread about them; that being the inability to pay their taxes like the rest of hardworking Americans must do. Their names are Timothy Geithner, Nancy Killefer, Thomas Daschle, and Rep. Hilda Solis. You would think that a responsible act of any President would be to privately "interview" the one he is about to name publicly to a post to see if there is anything in their closet that might come out and embarrass everyone later, like, willfully not paying their taxes on time. Of course, Obama seems to just overlook these things and dismiss them without much thought as to the character of people that can't pay their tax obligation. But I have to ask; if they are dishonest with their tax bill, what else are they hiding? I will say that if this is an example of the "sweeping ethics reforms" Obama promised during his election campaign, America cannot afford it any more than we can afford the trillion plus dollar debt Obama has saddled future generations with.

So I ask again; just who is Barack Hussein Obama? Will his radical Socialist agenda save America from her current turmoil, or be the undoing of her? Will his policies toward America's enemies and military weaken us to the point that we are unable to defend ourselves against those that seek to destroy us? Is his agenda one that will destroy, or strengthen America from within? Will the American people follow his vision of Socialist reform, or will the independent spirit that forged this great land put an end to his plans? Does his plans seek to seduce us, little by little, until we are only too happy to surrender our God-given rights to the privileged few in exchange for a chicken in every pot, a car in every garage, peace and prosperity at any price? What kind of a track record will the Supreme Court Justices he elects have? Will he seek to repeal or change those amendments to the Constitution that does not agree with his philosophy?

I ask because it seems that, like any good illusionist, he distracts us with keeping our attention on one thing while he creates an illusion of reality he hopes we will all believe, scratch our heads in wonder, and ask how he did that. Is he allowing us to see only a part of what he is actually doing? Is he only showing us as much of himself and his agenda for America as he believes the American people will accept before they completely reject him and call for his impeachment? I think there is more to the man and his plans for America than we are aware of. He isn't ready to saw Uncle Sam in half before our eyes yet. But when he does it, will we recognize it for what it is? Or, will we say, "it was all an illusion, nothing wrong here. " Pay attention to what he does and does not do. Therein lies the telling.

© Bob Kemp


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Bob Kemp

Bob Kemp, an ordained Deacon, husband, father, and Sunday School Teacher, currently works as Concert Coordinator for a multiple Dove Award winning and Grammy Nominee Contemporary Christian Artist at Praise Ministries in Lindale, TX... (more)

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