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Memory Hole Dredged: Melanie Phillips’ 2008 Article on Obama

Written by Gary North on August 16, 2013

Melanie Phillips wrote a widely quoted article in late 2008 on Obama’s ideological connections. It was published in the British newspaper, The Spectator. She ended it with this widely quoted statement.

You have to pinch yourself – a Marxisant radical who all his life has been mentored by, sat at the feet of, worshipped with, befriended, endorsed the philosophy of, funded and been in turn funded, politically promoted and supported by a nexus comprising black power anti-white racists, Jew-haters, revolutionary Marxists, unrepentant former terrorists and Chicago mobsters, is on the verge of becoming President of the United States. And apparently it’s considered impolite to say so.

It has long since disappeared from the easily accessed Web. The Spectator dropped it down the memory hole. But Archive.org has an exact copy posted. Click the link below.

The article lets us contrast the enormous distance between Obama in 1990 and Obama as President. He does not have much legislation to show for it. Pelosi got ObamaCare through the House. She was the ramrod. He got the credit.

The presidency is confining, except in a time of crisis. Clinton accomplished little in eight years, despite a war in Bosnia. He was far better on spending than anyone since Eisenhower. Bush was elected with the promise of avoiding nation-building abroad, but he centralized power more than anyone since Lyndon Johnson. He got the nation into two wars.

You can’t judge a presidential book by its campaign cover. Franklin Roosevelt at Pittsburgh in 1932 was not what he was after March of 1933.

Not one of them has ever dismantled the warfare-welfare state that was handed to him by his predecessor. Not one of them has spent his presidency cancelling all of the executive orders of his predecessors. They now total over 13,600.

Presidential campaigns before a person is elected are the grand illusions of American life. They are filled with promises and hope. Then comes the shattering of both, and endless excuses by the deceived supporters, who truly believed. First-term presidential campaigns conform to Samuel Johnson’s observation 250 years ago regarding second marriages: the triumph of hope over experience.

Lame duck Presidents are not lame because they have no power. They can always sign executive orders. They do not need Congress. They are lame ducks because almost no one believes in them any more. They become time-servers. The one exception was Franklin Roosevelt. No one has ever centralized federal power more than he did.

Obama is in time-serving mode. Hope is gone. That’s why the political chatter has turned to Hillary.

The Book of Proverbs says this: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life” (13:12). When it comes to Presidents, it is all hope and no fulfillment.

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34 thoughts on “Memory Hole Dredged: Melanie Phillips’ 2008 Article on Obama

  1. Mr Obama,
    What ARE you hiding behind all those sealed college applications, transcripts and writings? I can only surmise that they are full of avowed Marxist spewings that if had been revealed, the country would have gasped in horror and you'd have had to move to another banana republic to institute your despotic idea of hope and change.
    If the good people of Egypt can oust an unwanted dictator, then why can't We the People?

  2. Udo Stillmayer says:

    What is beyond comprehension is: "Intelligent" Americans can not see what is going on with this "Impostor" (Obama).
    He is not an American never was, never will be! He is taking the track Hitler did in Germany and look what happened.
    He is a Muslim that is out to destroy the US politically and socially and so far, he is doing a great job at that!
    "WAKE UP AMERICA" before it is too late!

  3. When was Franklin Roosevelt ever a lame duck? By definition, he would never have been in the position of serving a term in which he was ineligible for re-election. Had he not just been re-elected to his fourth term when he died in office? I think that, together with the Great Depression and World War II gave him all the leverage he needed to centralize the federal government. His death opened the door for Congress to pass presidential term limit legislation. Otherwise, the Democrats would have controlled the office of president forever. Instead, they controlled Congress for the next 50 years. And look what we got for that. We need term limits for Congress and then people like Pelosi would not be ramrodding for presidents like Obama.

  4. Bill Smith says:

    The hell with term limits! What we really need are honest people with some basic morals in office. People certainly can make mistakes, but they should at least be honest mistakes, and then they should be corrected. If we could find some honest people to serve responsibly, we would not want them to be pushed out. It looks like an impossible dream though.

  5. "Bush was elected with the promise of avoiding nation-building abroad, but he centralized power more than anyone since Lyndon Johnson. He got the nation into two wars."

    So it was Bush who flew the planes into the twin towers and the Pentagon? It was Bush who flung cruise missiles into the desert at empty tents and drug factories? It was Bush who ignored the warnings from his operatives who had OBL in their sites at least twice in the previous years before he was elected? It was Bush… wait, a minute, you sound like OBAMA!

  6. You will never elect candidates who meet your criteria in most of the areas which control the seats of power. Do you think a morally upright person will ever get elected in Nancy Pelosi's district, most of which is San Francisco? How about Harry Reid's district which is comprised mostly of Las Vegas? And now that the libs control the voting machines in these places (it is easy in big cities — check out the voting in Philadelphia in 2012), they can control the results as well. Honest people don't get elected in this country any more. They don't have the resources to wage a campaign where the deck is already stacked against them. The only exposure they get in the media is negative — any "honest mistakes" in their lives are blown into monstrous acts while we have tax cheats and worse openly serving in the Democrat party. Term limits would help to break the career politician mold, but it is just a part of the solution.

  7. Good luck with that!!!

  8. What should of happened, the republicans should have ordered our CIA and FBI to do a back ground check on Obama’s life. They also should have appointed a special committee to investigate Obama’s as well. The republicans then could have verified if Obama qualified to be considered to run for President….By not vetting Obama, only says one thing to me. The career republicans are in on a ONE WORLD ORDER. The newly elected republicans are being threaten and offered money to go along with their AGENDA 21 ONE WORLD ORDER. …

  9. Txblackjack says:

    the only problem is Pelosi and the Democrat Majority are responsible for not vetting Obama. the "fix" was in and they never convened the vetting Committees. McCain's eligibility was challenged by Obama, Pelosi & the Democrat Majority and when McCain did not return the challenge is when Pelosi & Company allowed Obama to seal his records. The Clinton Modern Progressive Majority are responsible for Obama and the "intent" of their treasonous, radical fundamental transformation agenda to Change our Constitutional Republic to a Communist Democracy. These Alinsky Radicals present a clear & present danger to our Republic.

  10. that hi flunked college and has a fraudulent law degree, and was not seen often in classes, and maybe then you non believing Americans will find out that hi is not American born, hi applied on a foreign student loan , an American born person cant use that , as you no hi is a Chicago thug and hates AMERICA like his father did, AMERICA what are you going to do , to get AMERICA back , because hi is going to put America all the way under , yes tell me I`m nuts , you will find out you are the ones that don't care and nut to listening to that MARCXIST /COMUNIST,

  11. I hear the call to arms all the time. Evidently people are relying on their Representatives to do their jobs we sent them there for. Won't happen. Why? They are too interested in themselves, or are threatened or whatever the reason, you can not count on them. We out in internet land do a lot of chest beating, yelling or writing threats and like the politicians do nothing. We wait for some leader to come forth and save us. Doesn't seem like one is coming. Until that time, if we make it through Obama, Hillary will continue on with the same agenda. How, you say? Because like Obama she will be a first. First woman president, first presidential couple, etc. Apparently we are more interested in how things look than what they are or can be.

  12. And ANYBODY that thinks Hillarity Clinton is going to make things right is an ignorant lunatic , she is every bit the communist b–t–d Obam-ass is . The powers in Washington will never let it happen , but Rand Paul is who we need , with the likes of Ted Cruz . Allen West , and Sarah Palin at his elbow along with Ben Carson and dozens of TEA Party and Constitutionalists in his cabinets and commissions and committees as he dismantles most of them .

  13. All politicians hate America and love themselves. That's why they're politicians.

  14. "What we really need are honest people with some basic morals in office."

    Sigh…Yup, you people keep hoping for that. Since when an history has that ever happened?

  15. Yeah, well that LAST thing we need is some man-hating radical feminist like Hillary in office. Enough Communists already!

  16. What a great article by Melanie Phillips, thanks Gary for sharing it here today.
    Here we are five years later and people are just now asking who Obama Is.

  17. good assessment!

  18. The Demonrats won't vet their own candidate! That is nuts to expect them to try to disqualify their choice for the presidency!

    The responsibility lies with the republicants to make sure that the opposing candidate is vetted and qualified!

  19. I believe in Mark Levin's book, "The Liberty Amendments" is where the answer is to be found re the decay Hussein Obama has instituted and is now doubling down. And it's a way to avoid armed rebellion, which unfortunately, I think is waiting in the wings.

  20. Texas Chris says:

    Bush sent the military to war in two countries when neither of those countries' governments attacked the US. Terrorism is an international crime, and only letters of marque and reprisal are a fitting response, a la Jefferson vs. Barberry Pirates in the early 1800s. Not war. Not invasion. Not occupation.

    Sure, previous presidents did all you cite, and sure that was the impetus of the 9/11 attacks, but what Bush did was throw gasoline on the fire of international terrorism, and to be intellectually consistent you must acknowledge this fact.

  21. Seems as if everyone in the world knew about obammie and what he represented, EXCEPT our republicants! On the other hand, they probably knew but were complicit in getting him in the oval office. This was the greatest "Fraud" perpetrated on the American people by BOTH parties!

    Even now, the republicants play like they are resisting and fighting the communists, when in reality they are but one side of the same coin.

  22. Texas Chris says:

    It is very possible, likely even, that a libertarian Republican will unseat Harry Reid in his next election.

  23. Texas Chris says:

    Pretty sure it's illegal for the FBI to investigate a candidate unless they are suspected of having committed a crime. Further, why would the CIA investigate one of their own?

  24. Seymour Kleerly says:

    Bush was the first to attack the wrong country!

  25. Just so you know, Allen West was shown the entire investigative findings, 2 YEARS of investigation, which has established that the BC, Selective Service registration, Social Security number are all 100% forgeries. Some in Congress are on board with a Congressiona investigation (which John Boehner has nixed). Allen West's reply? "Well I can't touch that because I may run for political office in the future". So much for standing on principle.

  26. cbanalyst says:

    It's because we have self-serving politicians that we really need term limitations. Republicans had the chance in the early 90's , promised it, and never delivered. Democrats never even promised term limitations.
    The next day after taking office, these snakes spend every waking hour seeking to perpetuate themselves in office at our expense. We desperately NEED term limitations.

  27. albertmaslar says:

    "Hope and change" is a bald-faced Obama lie. Hope is only for phanatical sports fans that always hope their team will win it all NEXT year, never in the here-and-now. America is not winning it here-and-now but is guaranteed NEVER to win again as "Change" never seems to be for the better, but from bad to worse to worser to worsestt as Keith Olbermann wisely spouted. Consider the good-old-days when the status quo was better than now after change. Look to Egypt to see that the proof is in the pudding; They got the evil dictator out, elected a new leader and a year later regretted it and in unison, except for the Muslim Brotherhood, demanded change back to the old. Help me Ron; help help me Ron; help me Ronda, help me get Obama out of my mind.

  28. Victor Barney says:

    Welcome to Adam's world 6,000 years ago one and all…p.s. WAKE-UP ANGLO-SAXON before only 72,000 of each sex survives within the next 10 years! p.s. Revelations 144,000 equals 72,000 each sex. I'm Just saying…

  29. We have a dedicated well trained Marxist in the White House. The bottom line? This does not end well for America. When the blood of over 25 million citizens begins to flow in the streets it will be all over except for the crying. The experiment of a free democratic Republic is about over.

  30. Hmmm…72,000 of each sex?? That statement is not biblical at all. That is from the teachings of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Revelation clearly teaches that the 144,000 consists of the following: 12,000 Jewish males from each of the 12 tribes of Israel.

    Israel is still the apple of G-d's eye. G-d never goes back on his promises.

    When G-d proclaimed this promise it was forever:

    "The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

    “I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
    I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.[a]
    I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
    and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you."
    Genesis 12:1-3

  31. daves5dea says:

    Thank you for recognizing how short sighted the American voter can be when they do not comprehend the Bill of Rights and the fact that we are not a democracy but a Constitutional Republic. We are a land of laws restricting excessive government overreach, basically a land of laws and not men.

  32. daves5dea says:

    False. We do need term limits because power corrupts absolutely. We need to remove most of the members both Houses of Congress as they vote on bills they do not even read, but are told to by their respective party's.

  33. daves5dea says:

    Both of these wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan are utter and complete failures, with the loss of lives and money. We wasted lives in Vietnam as well—and learned no lessons from that war. We need to trade with other nations and work to avoid war as much as possible.

  34. daves5dea says:

    Now we are getting somewhere—make the Constitution work with people who really do care about this nation and it's people.