By their fruits ye shall know them

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. – Matthew 7:15-20

It’s been almost 40 years since I lost my religion, but you don’t have to be a believer to realize that the Bible contains a lot of wisdom.

Benjamin Zycher at NRO:

An interesting question for which I have only an imperfect answer at best: Why did the Obama campaign believe that their months of demonization would work when inevitably the real Romney would emerge at the debates or sooner? Especially because, unlike Senator McCain in 2008, Romney always was going to have the resources to run a formidable campaign. Anyone who watched the Republican primary debates could see that Romney above all is a man of supreme decency, integrity, and modesty. My sense is that the Obama campaign, in a way quite similar to his White House, reflects the man: It is populated with attack dogs highly skilled at tactical maneuvering and disingenuousness, but with little strategic foresight.

As I have said before, the first thing that turned me away from Obama was his supporters. I had been hearing good things about Obama so I looked into him, reading about him and listening to one of his speeches. I was underwhelmed.

But his supporters were actively repulsive. They viciously attacked anyone who didn’t join them in supporting this underwhelming candidate they talked about with religious fervor. Then I discovered it wasn’t a coincidence. When Obama played the race card on Bill Clinton I realized that he was repulsive too.

You cannot unite people by being divisive. You cannot get people to love one another by trying to make them hate each other. By their fruits ye shall know them, and the fruit of Obamanation is rotten to the core. Why do they run vicious, negative campaigns?

It’s their nature.

A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion
says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”

The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”

Replies the scorpion: “Its my nature…”

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72 Responses to By their fruits ye shall know them

  1. myiq2xu says:

    The only thing wrong with my 2008 predictions for Obama was I underestimated him. He turned out to be even worse than I imagined.

    • piper says:

      In total agreement.

      BTW – his royal dogness says that I can cast 6 votes (3 canines, myself and heavenly parents due to living 75 miles north of Chicago. Early voting starts this Monday which we prefer to standing in line on election day.

    • swanspirit says:

      Me too ,
      I knew Bush was bad , but my intuition , (and my research )told me Obama would be far worse , and I didn’t believe it was possible but it was so strong I had to believe it .Even with intuition , I could not visualize what the particulars might be , and I am sorry to know them now

      • Mary says:

        Me three. What a wonderful way for myiq to express it: By their fruits ye shall know them.

        And one more, our grandparents’ down-to-earth wisdom: By their friends you’ll know them, too.

        The kinds of people Obama attracted offended me, as a lifetime Democrat. And Mitt Romney doesn’t deserve their slime.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    Now the Catholics are beating the Mormons 17-14 in the 4th quarter.

  3. Clover says:

    The Big Bird/binder obsession is just a wee entertainment cooked up for the Vile Prog children while they gather ’round the fire and await the final Kumbaya: “Someone’s crying, Lord . . . “

  4. HELENK says:

    the obama rag, the nyt says iran – USA- to talk about nuclear program.

    now isn’t that a coincidence right before the foreign policy debate

  5. HELENK says:

    the press has carried backtrack for five years. I guess the load is getting heavy and they are thinking about dropping him.

    • Lulu says:

      He has always been a nasty piece of work but he was perceived as a “winning” nasty piece of work. To the coat holder of the bully the difference is immense. Remember that late supporters of Obama were mistreated and criticized even when they threw in and supported them in 2008. The Obama-ites have no idea how harsh the payback is going to be for their meanness and pettiness.

  6. piper says:

    BTW – will I be banned if I’m hoping and praying that the Detroit Tigers, my hometown team, win the Series.

  7. myiq2xu says:

    Chris Hayes:

    I thought the moment of the oil drilling, that debate to me was a key moment. The reason was this. Mitt Romney asked the president a direct question numerous times, kept interrupting him, “Isn’t it true? Isn’t it true? Didn’t it go down?” Now the rules for the debate, that we all got leaked, number five, subsection E: “The candidates may not ask each other direct questions during any of the four debates.”

    Now, at a certain level, who cares, right? Who cares? Here’s why I care. The theme of the last ten years of this country is the people at the top have felt the rules don’t apply to them. And you send your people to sit down and negotiate a set of rules, and 20 minutes into it you throw it out the window. And everything we’ve seen, from the financial crisis to everything else that’s happened in this country, has been about the oligarchs and the ruling class and the people at the top feeling that they are not a party to the social contract. So some stupid little contract that was negotiated by your people, you don’t worry about.

    ZOMG! Somebody asked Obama a question?

    Oh, the humanity!

    I hope the moderator fluffed Obama’s pillow for him afterwards.

    • As far as I am concerned the rules and the fucking contract went out the window when the so called moderator threw them out.
      Once she decided on a new set of her own damn rules- all bets were off.

    • angienc says:

      Beta male Chris Hayes is very protective of his Beta King.

    • yttik says:

      I think the rules also say you can’t jump up and interrupt your opponent. As far as I’m concerned, once you jump out of your chair and start arguing with the other guy, he has the right to engage and ask you questions.

      But seriously, Romney is so invested in his concept of character he doesn’t even drink alcohol or coffee. He is the last one to ever claim that the rules don’t apply to those at the top. That’s not in his nature.

    • catarina says:

      Speaking of rules not applying,

      Michelle Obama clapped for Candy when she stuck up for her precious Ba-rock, and that was against the rules too.

      Send out the applause police.

  8. driguana says:

    Thanks for this. Leaders don’t intentionally try to be divisive….they try to bring people together. Obama has never done this. What really did it for me, early on, was digging into the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. As a community planner, I was both curious and suspicious. Turns out I knew a number of people involved in all of this and had little respect for any of them. Then following the “bundlers” really did it for me. Obama has been a moneyed set-up from the git go. Regarding your biblical proclivities, I also found it interesting, also, that much of today I have been listening to Jamaican singer Dennis Brown and found this song particularly relevant….peace out…

  9. “As I have said before, the first thing that turned me away from Obama was his supporters”


  10. DeniseVB says:

    Obama supporters are at their lowest when they’re gravedancing ….

    …and work for Huffpo.

  11. HELENK says:

    For me the first clue to backtrack was his association will bomber billy ayres. Then the more I read, I saw so many of his mentors and BBFs all disliked this country.
    birds of a feather. that did it for me

  12. carol haka says:

    16 days

  13. yttik says:

    “….by their fruits ye shall know them. –”

    Yep! Unfortunately the fruits of this administration have been staggering unemployment, divisiveness, and broken promises.

  14. All the early voting- especially in Chicago type places- makes me very very nervous and leery. What is to prevent the ACORN types from voting in a few different precincts every single day during the early voting period.?
    Nope. I don’t like it one bit.
    We need ONE day for voting. A National Holiday so everyone can get to the polling stations.

    • yttik says:

      I totally agree! I think all this early voting, absentee voting, voting by mail, internet voting, and electronic voting machines, has gotten ridiculous. It doesn’t have to be this complicated and potentially fraudulent.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Or different cities and states. Romney NEEDS a landslide!

  15. DeniseVB says:

    Just saw this on FB:

    KarlRove: Romney leads Gallup’s LV tracking 51 to Obama’s 45. What did it look like on 10/20/08? Then – Obama: 51; McCain: 44.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Yup. And they can already kiss FL, VA, CO, and IA, and likely NH in the R camp already. That just leaves PA, OH, WI, MI, and NV as toss ups. And really, if WI, MI, and PA are toss ups, you can start measuring for new drapes.

  16. HELENK says:

    this is quite a letter

    quotable line

    backtrack voter in 2008 now voting for romney
    I refuse to be stupid twice

    • DandyTiger says:

      I liked this part:

      We walked up to a fellow with a gray pony tail, John Lennon glasses and Birkenstocks. He was wearing a Romney sticker.

      “Mind if I ask why you’re voting for Mitt Romney?” I asked. “I assume you are.”

      His reply – and these were his words, not mine – was short and to the point: “Because I refuse to be that stupid twice.”

      Changing one’s mind doesn’t always reveal a tendency toward indecision. Sometimes, changing one’s mind reveals a tendency toward wisdom.

    • Underwhelmed says:

      From one of the commenters there. If this is the case … Lord have mercy …

      just happened to know 1960s far-left radical revolutionary William
      Ayers, whose father just happened to be Thomas Ayers, who just happened
      to be a close friend of Obama’s communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis,
      who just happened to work at the communist-sympathizing Chicago Defender
      with Vernon Jarrett, who just happened to later become the
      father-in-law of Iranian-born leftist Valerie Jarrett, who Obama just
      happened to choose as his closest White House advisor, and who just
      happened to have been CEO of Habitat Company, which just happened to
      manage public housing in Chicago, which just happened to get millions of
      dollars from the Illinois state legislature, and which just happened
      not to properly maintain the housing—which eventually just happened to
      require demolition. Valerie Jarrett also just happened to work
      for the city of Chicago, and just happened to hire Michelle LaVaughan
      Robinson (later Obama), who just happened to have worked at
      the Sidley Austin law firm, where former fugitive from the FBI
      Bernardine Dohrn also just happened to work, and where Barack Obama just
      happened to get a summer job. Bernardine Dohrn just happened
      to be married to William Ayers, with whom she just happened to have
      hidden from the FBI at a San Francisco marina, along with Donald Warden,
      who just happened to change his name to Khalid al-Mansour, and
      Warden/al-Mansour just happened to be a mentor of Black Panther Party
      founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale and a close associate of Nation of
      Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, and al-Mansour just happened to be
      financial adviser to a Saudi Prince, who just happened to donate cash to
      Harvard, for which Obama just happened to get a critical letter of
      recommendation from Percy Sutton, who just happened to have been the
      attorney for Malcolm X, who just happened to know Kenyan politician Tom
      Mboya, who just happened to be a close friend of Barack Hussein Obama,
      Sr., who just happened to meet Malcolm X when he traveled to Kenya.’

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