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"If he becomes the nominee, all the Democrats in America will be viewed by the rest of the world as either utterly stupid, or totally corrupt." Barack Obama - Operation Board Games for Slumlords" Evelyn Pringle, April 7, 2008

By Michael Collins
Washington, D.C.

I guess that means "the whole world is watching." They've already expressed their opinion of our government and it's not a pretty picture. It has to do with real issues.

Does the "Operation Board Games for Slumlords" article, others like it, or the attacks from the presidential candidates have any relationship to the real issues that we face as a nation?

Evelyn Pringle delivers a breathless critique of Barack Obama based on his past connections to civic and business figures in Illinois. This effort follows her series opener on Obama, The Wizard of Oz. In that effort we learned that "Obama is a political psychopath."

In this article, we're told right away that: "Barack Obama has a long history of working with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and governors of Illinois, including the current Governor Rod Blagojevich, in doling government funding for housing development in Chicago"

Pringle asserts that "In Obama's case, a whole gang of slumlords in Illinois made their 'voices heard' by writing campaign checks to fund his rise to fame."

Unfortunately, we don't get any specifics directly linking Obama to any of the charges in the article; just a litany of allegations against past or present contributors and associates. Obama is somehow responsible for their bad behavior and alleged crimes

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We hear a series of sordid tales about those who have contributed to Obama in the past and speculation on the cabinet positions they'll take in the Obama administration.

The supposed crimes of Obama's peers and past associates are based largely on U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation of Illinois Governor Blagojevich (D) and other heavy weights in Illinois politics and business. Pringle delivers the unsavory history of those under suspicion or indicted and then applies guilt by inference and association to Obama.

Shocking isn't it? Big cities have big corruption. A large portion of it is in public housing. Politicians are forced to raise funds from a variety of private individuals (some not so pleasant) in order to get elected. Once elected, politicians serve the interests of those who gave them money.

After putting the Illinois Republican hierarchy in jail, Fitzgerald is now going after the Democrats elected in their aftermath. Guess what? He's finding corruption. He will put a bunch of Democrats in jail. Some Republicans will get elected in their place and the cycle will begin all over again.

But Pringle's conclusion is entirely different: "If he (Obama) becomes the nominee, all the Democrats in America will be viewed by the rest of the world as either utterly stupid, or totally corrupt."

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This is a defining moment for Democrats. If they fail to wise up about Obama, they're in for it. They will be reviled or mocked by the entire world.

And Now for something entirely different - the Real Issues

Real Issue 1: We invaded a country that had not attacked us or threatened to attack us. The invasion was based on lies. The lies were known to the president and the legislature at the time. The invasion has resulted in the death of 1.2 million Iraqis; the death and injury of tens of thousands of U.S. orphaning of 5.0 million Iraqis; the displacement of millions from Baghdad … and we're still fighting. citizens; the

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