Palin also made clear that she was eager for the McCain-Palin campaign to be more aggressive in helping the American people understand “who the real Barack Obama is.” Part of who Obama is, she said, has to do with his past associations, such as with the former bomber Bill Ayers. Palin had raised the topic of Ayers Saturday on the campaign trail, and she maintained to me that Obama, who’s minimized his relationship with Ayers, “hasn’t been wholly truthful” about this.
I pointed out that Obama surely had a closer connection to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright than to Ayers — and so, I asked, if Ayers is a legitimate issue, what about Reverend Wright?
She didn’t hesitate: “To tell you the truth, Bill, I don’t know why that association isn’t discussed more, because those were appalling things that that pastor had said about our great country, and to have sat in the pews for 20 years and listened to that — with, I don’t know, a sense of condoning it, I guess, because he didn’t get up and leave — to me, that does say something about character. But, you know, I guess that would be a John McCain call on whether he wants to bring that up.”
I guess so. And I guess we’ll soon know McCain’s call on whether he wants to bring Wright up — perhaps at his debate with Obama Tuesday night.
I asked at the end of our conversation whether Palin, fresh off her own debate, had any advice for McCain. “I’m going to tell him the same thing he told me. I talked to him just a few minutes before I walked out there on stage. And he just said: ‘Have fun. Be yourself, and have fun.’ And Senator McCain can do the same.” She paused, and I was about to thank her for the interview, but she had one more thing to say. “Only maybe I’d add just a couple more words, and that would be: ‘Take the gloves off.’ ”
To this, let me add only: let the gloves come all the way off. There is no time for half-measures, and no time for the mewling complaints of "dirty politics", and the attendant cries of "racism", which will no doubt come from the soft and colicky liberal elites. What does that amount to? Nothing, inconsequence. The purpose of politics is to put your case, fully and forthrightly, to the American people. And your case is: Barack Obama, by long and intimate association with terrorists, has revealed himself to be a terrorist.
Take a moment. Now, consider this logically: what is the difference - what difference can one honestly admit - between al Qaeda and the Taliban government which supported and protected it? Mullah Omar did not organize the attacks on the United States and her interests - it was al Qaeda, emboldened by the softness of the Clinton regime, who did. And yet, in that too-brief era of clarity which grimly dawned on September 11th, 2001, our nation and our hearts rallied to this:
Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.
This was a challenge made to the nations of the world, but - as we have known from at least the time of Plato's Republic - the struggles and obligations of nations are our individual struggles and obligations writ large. Either YOU are with us, or YOU are with the terrorists.
"Professor" Ayers is an admitted and unashamed terrorist; Barack Obama has stood publicly, and certainly continues to stand in secret, with him; there can be no distinction between Ayers and Obama.
Barack Obama IS a terrorist.
"Reverend" Wright is an admitted and unashamed anti-American
Barack Obama IS a terrorist.
I believe I have labored this point enough. Those who wish to prove the equivalence between the candidate which the Democrat party feels best represents their interests and values, and the other avowed enemies of our nation with whom we are openly at war, may do so as a take-home assignment. But that proof is just as trivial, if you believe truly and reason clearly. Let us again remember the words which rallied us in the grim dawn:
We are not deceived by their pretenses to piety. We have seen their kind before. They are the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions -- by abandoning every value except the will to power -- they follow in the path of fascism, and Nazism, and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way, to where it ends: in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies.
And, perhaps, the words of another who rallied us against darkness and lies:
He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.
If you believe we are in the midst of a struggle for Western Civilization against its enemies, you must act accordingly. (If you do not believe this, I confess you have left me at a loss for words.) In a world where evil exists, there can be no compromise, no meeting halfway, and no high-minded refusal to choose. Choose the Truth, and speak it plainly.