Barack Obama is all about unification.
Theres only one problem: the people who comprise his staff are some of the most extreme leftists in the country.
Theres his legislative counsel, Ian H. Solomon, who wrote in 2004 that John Kerry lost Florida due to voter fraud, repeating the kook theory that computer voting machines were rigged for Bush. Obama paid him $49,499.94 during the six-month period from April 1, 2007 to September 30, 2007.
Theres Jennifer Mason, Obamas Correspondence Coordinator, who, according to columnist Debbie Schlussel, is a member of Louis Farrakhans dangerous and sickening Nation of Islam. During the same period, she was paid $30,749.95 by the Obama campaign.
Then theres Demond Mullins, Obamas special assistant. Between July 9, 2007 and August 24, 2007, Obama paid Mullins $3,066.66. Mullins is a former clothing model who joined the National Guard for its educational benefits and was surprised to learn that National Guard members could be placed in war zones. He served in Baghdad from September 2004 to September 2005.
Mullins is now a radical anti-war pacifist associated with Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). I thought [the military] showed a blatant disregard for human life. I was just tired of being part of a machine destroying the Earth -- and Im speaking of the military-industrial complex, he told Commondreams.org. When asked by The New Times Holler! what positives he thought sprang from American presence in Iraq, Mullins answered, I dont see anything positive about an unjustified and criminal occupation of foreign territory.
In an interview with NPR, Mullins strayed into John Kerry circa post-Vietnam territory. I dehumanized people I dont even know how many raids I did while I was there. But during raids youre throwing them up against the wall, youre tying their hands behind their back, youre dragging them out of the bed. Youre dehumanizing them in front of their wives and their kids and, you know, the women are crying and the children are crying and you're just like, whatever. Put a bag over their head or blindfold, drag them into the Humvee. Certain exhibitions of violence on my part that were probably unnecessary -- were definitely unnecessary. But I was really stressed out and on edge at the time and I conducted myself ... like that.