I think you can tell alot about someone by the people they surround themselves with. Most people have close friends that share the same interests and habits that they do. We spend our scarce free time with like-minded Christian conservatives. I do have people that I love who do not share my ideology, and I will always love them, but I think that most of us choose to surround ourselves with those who think like we do. For example, I have had the same best friend for twenty years. If you were to interview us separately, we would probably answer most questions the same. For the most part, we share the same beliefs on God, family, and country. This is one of the things that makes us a perfect fit. (Another being that we are the only ones who get our jokes, but that’s another story!) My point being that you could learn a lot about me just by knowing my friends and family.
If I were going to pick a group of advisors or assistants, I would certainly pick people who were similar to myself. Especially if it were a situation where I wasn’t really able to constantly check over that person’s shoulder. I would want someone who I could appoint and then trust that they would do what I would do in any given situation. Those people would be acting in my stead and under my authority. Why would I choose someone who was radically different than me?
Let’s pretend that I am President and I decide that I would like to surround myself with a bunch of people who could advise me and oversee things that I don’t necessarily have the time to oversee. Let’s say that I may be appointing people who wouldn’t pass a character investigation, so I make them “czars”. They report directly to me and do not have to go through any approval by Congress. Wouldn’t it be safe to say that these czars would probably share my ideology? Would it be accurate to say that you could study the collective beliefs of this group and get a good idea of who I was?
What if one of the members of my group was Van Jones? What would that say about me? If one of my own hand-chosen advisors was a self-proclaimed Communist, with a history of radical anti-government comments, would it be safe to say that I shared some (if not all) of his beliefs? Surely I would know about his stance on these subjects. Surely I would carefully research my choices. Well, maybe this one person’s past was overlooked.
But what if you then learned that I sat in the pews of a black liberation theology church for twenty years. What if my close friend, pastor, and confidante was Jeremiah Wright – the pastor who said ” G. D. America” in a sermon? What if the same pastor who officiated my wedding and baptized my children also claimed that America deserved what happened on September 11th? Maybe I sat in that church for all those years and never heard a word. Maybe I heard everything. Maybe I heard him when he preached racism against white people and then claimed that it wasn’t racist to hate white people because they deserved it.
Okay, so I’ve got two questionable friends. You can’t really hold that against me, can you? Well then you dig a little deeper and find Timothy Geithner. I appointed him to Treasury secretary despite the fact that he had a history of cheating on his taxes. He should be trustworthy with the Treasury, right? Then you find Cass Sunstein. I made him administrator of the WH office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He believes that hunting should be outlawed and that animals have the right to legal representation when they want to sue their owners.
Aside from my domestic associations that might worry you, I also feel a comraderie with international thugs like Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Kim Jong-Il. I have also decided to turn my back on our trusted allies like Israel, claiming that the Jewish people are trespassing.
You couldn’t hold all those things against me! They don’t speak for me! I’m my own person! Just because I surround myself with radical Communists doesn’t mean I am one! Birds of a feather don’t flock together! Do they?