Barack Obama's Symbolic Appeals to Cannibals

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To the average American, it may have seemed that Senator Obama intended to invoke Abraham Lincoln by announcing his presidential candidacy in Springfield, Illinois. But Springfield has another history - which raises certain suspicions about that announcement speech. You see, Springfield was the origin of the infamous Donner Party, whose trip to the West ended in cannibalism. And that's not all:

Also ill-fated were the 850 Pottawatomis who trudged through Springfield in 1838, past the Old State Capitol, then being built. Under armed military guard, the Native Americans were on a forced march, later known as the Trail of Death, from Indiana and Michigan to Kansas. It was part of the U.S. government's effort to resettle all tribes west of the Mississippi.

The 660-mile journey, also commemorated in a plaque on the kiosk, took 10 weeks, and the death toll is estimated to have been at least 40.

Was Senator Obama secretly using coded appeals to cannibals, and conjuring up the wistful nostalgia of some Americans for the days of forced resettlement of Native Americans?

Ridiculous, you scoff. But how well, really, do you know liberal Democrats' secret desires? Probably as well as The New Republic's Rick Perlstein knows those of conservative Republicans. As Perlstein writes of Mitt Romney's decision to announce his candidacy in Dearborn, Michigan in front of the Henry Ford Museum:

As the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) immediately observed, its location, the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, is a "testament to the life of ... a notorious anti-Semite and xenophobe." Some observers wondered if perhaps this wasn't intentional: If you want to prove to conservatives you're no liberal, what better way than to announce on the former estate of a man who, as the NJDC also pointed out, was "bestowed with the Grand Service Cross of the Supreme Order of the German Eagle by Adolf Hitler"?

Well, that makes precisely as much sense as seeing Obama's choice of location for his announcement as a coded appeal to those voters with a taste for man-flesh.

Or maybe Perlstein's just responding to dog whistles.


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Hope this message is received.

...a little *off* about Obama!

...now available to us all through heeding the "all aboard" call for the Obama-Lama-Ding-Dong Train. Whee!

Man rule: Never vote for anyone whose name does not easily lend itself to being the subject of a verse in "The Name Game." Just try to sing this: "Obama Obama bo bobama bonana fana fo fobama fee fy mo mobama...Obama!" or "Barack Barak bo bobarack bonana fana fo fobarak fee fy mo mobarack...Barack!"

It just isn't normal. That's all I'm sayin'. ;)

Love the post! Made me laugh out loud.



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Are you suggesting that cannibals are evil, with your reference to Hitler?

At least our food has a chance to grow, get an education, and receives a fair wage. Not so, you eaters of vegetables. Does your corn learn to read, your carrots hear the stories of great roots in history? Can your food blog?

Self-righteous bigots, all of you.

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Aren't we cannibals more environment friendly? You guys eat carbon dioxide consuming plants, we eat carbon producers. I suppose we could try to only eat those with *large* footprints to draw attention to our good works. But you'd think we'd at least get a 'Thank you' for our efforts.

I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful 100 percent.

Republican Cannibals' motto:

  • Solving global warming, one liberal at a time.

Brings new meaning to "...in his freezer."

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