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Diário do Comércio (editorial), June 20, 2008

When George Bush said that Obama’s nomination “is a statement about how far America has come”, he gave one more proof that he would rather destroy himself, his party and his country than saying any unpleasant truth about political adversaries who slander him endlessly.

Responding brutal attacks with subservient kindness is a straight path to the garbage bin of History. The American president has already gone too far in this direction with his trait of depreciating himself and his real merits while exalting the non-existent merits of his adversary.

The statement is particularly masochist since in this same week the Democrat candidate, when asked if he would indicate George W. Bush as ambassador in Iraq, answered that he would choose someone more competent. Who could be more competent to represent a country in a foreign land than the one who freed it from tyranny? To reply insolence with warmness is a sign of weakness and, as Donald Rumsfeld said, weakness lures aggressors.

The president’s opinion is not only inconvenient. It is false. To assess a choice for a candidate by skin color is, literally, to judge facts for their epidermic appearance. As I explained here, what differentiates Barack Obama, what makes him unique in America and in the world, is not his color, but his level of gross mendacity, vulgarity and childishness, as never seen before in a candidate for the presidency of a great nation. Obama’s candidacy is, in this sense, an explicit sham, a cynical demonstration of strength of a globalist elite, aimed at proving that the American voter is finally prepared to accept any trash that is thrown on them, even to the point of self-destruction. This is by no means going far. It is the ultimate symptom of the alarming state of deterioration of American democracy.

Just this week, two more telling facts have emerged that suggest the democrat candidate fakes his biography with that naïve mischieviousness of little slanderers. First, he has not yet handled to the secretary of the Democrats his birth certificate. Why would an arrogant who already styles himself elected put in risk his own candidacy for a burocratic banal detail? It can only be because the document holds information that is inconvenient for him who, like a nipper caught in a naughty prank, only makes it more visible by the awkwardness with which he tries to hide it.

What information it could be, is something that can be found without difficulty from the second fact. Obama is being disavowed now not by his schoolmates like before, but by his own brother – who says that in childhood he was Muslim and not Christian as he uses to say.

All politicians lie, but with some style, avoiding silly lies easy to be caught. Obama has not this sophistication, either because he is not able to grasp it or because he has friends in places high enough to be the most careless of liars without having to worry about consequences.

At this point, it is an euphemism to warn that Obama, if elected, can bring serious harm to American democracy; that such a disqualified person being accepted as a candidate is in itself a monstrous and irreversible harm not only to the leading nation in the world, but to humanity itself. This candidacy is truly going far, but into the final ruin of the West, announcing the “one thousand years of darkness” Ronald Reagan used to alert us about.

Translated from the Portuguese by Fabio Lins Leite