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If you’re getting the impression, as I am, that it doesn’t matter how much “dirt” the media throws his way, that Barack Obama, The Chosen One, is destined to become president of the United States, your impression is correct. And here’s why —

If your ship is sinking and you suddenly find yourself in shark-infested waters, the last thing on your mind is the personal history of the person throwing you a life-jacket. Your survival instincts tell you to just grab the jacket, save yourself, and ask questions later, if at all.

Americans know their economic ship is sinking. They are losing their jobs, their homes, their life savings. More importantly, they are losing faith in themselves and in the ability of our country to solve this crisis.

The Democratic Party, represented by Barack Obama, is offering the life-jacket that many Americans believe will save them. The specifics policies aren’t important; voter perception that Obama has the life-jacket and John McCain doesn’t, is what really matters. 

For over a year, revelations about Barack Obama’s relationships with various people and organizations have raised serious concerns among many of us. Now, with just a month before the election, even as the accusations of poor judgment and questionable associations escalate, the American voter just doesn’t seem to care. They are preoccupied with their own survival.

Here are some of the Obama scandals they seem willing to ignore.

The Racist Connection —

For over a year, revelations about the people in Barack Obama’s past have raised concerns among many of us. First we had Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s long-time friend and pastor. Wright, you will recall, is the minister who proclaimed after 9/11 that “America’s chickens have come home to roost.”

What was most troubling about the Wright connection was the anti-white rage that poured from his sermons. Obama at first tried to pretend he didn’t know about Wright’s anti-American, anti-white views. Fact is, he sat in the pews of that church for 20 years and never saw fit to contradict his pastor until he was forced to do so.

The Voter Fraud Connection —

Barack Obama’s connection to ACORN — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — is now being more fully explored in the mainstream media. ACORN’s reputation is that of an aggressive, pro-Obama organization that has been frequently linked to voter fraud.

Just this week an ACORN office in Las Vegas, Nevada, was raided by state authorities.

Bob Walsh, spokesman for the Nevada secretary of state’s office, told FOXNews. com the raid was prompted by ongoing complaints about “erroneous” registration information being submitted by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, also called ACORN. The group was submitting the information through a voter sign-up drive known as Project Vote.

“Some of them used nonexistent names, some of them used false addresses and some of them were duplicates of previously filed applications,” Walsh said, describing the complaints, which largely came from the registrar in Clark County, Nev. Secretary of State Ross Miller said the fraudulent registrations included forms for the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys football team.”

According to Brian Faughnan, writing for the Weekly Standard, Barack Obama formerly represented ACORN and taught classes for their future leaders. While he served on the Board of Directors of the Woods Foundation, that group received about $200,000 from ACORN. When he began his presidential run, Obama paid ACORN more than $800,000 to help ‘Get Out the Vote’–although it was not originally reported that way to the FEC.

The Terrorist Connection —

The most recent revelation about Barack Obama’s past concerns his connection to William Ayers, a former member of the terrorist organization, the Weather Underground, which was responsible for numerous bombings and other violent acts against U.S. targets. Ayers, who is now a professor in Obama’s hometown of Chicago, has expressed regret — not for his terrorist acts, but because he did not do more damage.

As with Rev. Wright and ACORN, the Obama campaign has tried to minimize senator’s relationship with Ayers, saying that Obama was eight years old when Ayers and his co-terrorist wife, Bernadine Dohrn, committed the worst of their activities. That much is true. But Obama has had a long-standing relationship as an adult, communty activist and politician with both Ayers and Dohrn.

William Ayers

Here’s how CNN describes Obama’s connection to Ayers:

The relationship between Obama and Ayers went deeper, ran longer and was more political than Obama — and his surrogates — have revealed, documents and interviews show. A review of board minutes and records by CNN show Obama crossed paths repeatedly with Ayers at board meetings of the Annenberg Challenge Project. The Annenberg Foundation gave the project a $50 million grant to match local private funds to improve schools, and Ayers fought to bring the grant to Chicago, according to participants and project records.

According to CNN, the project’s organizing committee asked Obama to serve as the board chairman in 1995. While working on the Annenberg project, Obama and Ayers also served together on a second charitable foundation, the Woods Fund. It was that foundation that Obama referenced in the debate — not the Annenberg Challenge.

Among Wood Foundation recipients were the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church, where Obama attended and was married; and the Children and Family Justice Center, where Ayers’ wife Dohrn was director.

For Obama, the chairmanship of the $100 million Annenberg board helped vault him from a South Side lawyer to political player. And there, too, is an Ayers connection.

In 1995, months after the little-known Obama became Annenberg chairman, state Sen. Alice Palmer introduced the young lawyer as her political heir apparent. The introduction was made over coffee at the home of Ayers and Dohrn. Two people who attended the event told CNN the introduction of Obama included a solicitation for campaign funds.

It is clear that Obama’s connection to Ayers is far more significant than the campaigns has been willing to admit. Let’s be clear about this: what Ayers and Dohrn did as members of the Weather Underground is precisely the type of terrorist activity that this country has been attempting to prevent since the Al-Qaeda attack on 9/11.

Numerous Obama critics have tried to make a false connection between Obama and overseas Muslim extremists. They don’t have to go that far. Obama’s support came from terrorists right in our own back yard.

In the best of times, the weight of Obama’s questionable connections to a racist like Wright, a terrorist like Ayers, and a fraudulent organization like ACORN, would have doomed his candidacy. But these are quickly becoming the worst of times, and Americans want to be rescued from the economic threats that are closing in around them. With the sharks getting closer, Obama’s relationships with Wright, Ayers, and ACORN diminish in significance.

The American people just want to be saved.