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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

by Connie Cook Smith
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Now it's all over the news that Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, who is also a presidential candidate, has an eight-generations-ago ancestor in common with Vice-President Dick Cheney.

I just love these findings which keep us reminded that, according to the Constitution, "all persons born" or naturalized in the United States are full-rights citizens. And according to the Declaration of Independence, all are supposed to be equal.

But the story of an inherent equality between a black Senator and a white Vice-President doesn't end there. An earlier news item in the Chicago Sun Times, September 9th, states it has been discovered that Obama and President Bush ALSO are cousins, going back 11 generations to their common ancestor in Massachusetts.

Even though it is more clear than ever there never has been legal justification for discriminating against people on the basis of race, it's hard not to laugh at Obama's campaign spinning it this way: "Obviously, Dick Cheney is sort of the black sheep of the family."

What has not been reported, though, is the possible significance of the Bush-Obama ancestor's name. The Sun Times states these two illustrious men share the same great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents -- Samuel Hinckley and Sarah Soole Hinckley of 17th century Massachusetts. Does the name Hinckley ring a bell?

That name has been stuck in my craw for two decades, because when John Hinckley Jr shot President Reagan, the American people were not told the truth about all the alarming connections between the Hinckley family and the Bush family. Why alarming? Because Bush Sr would have defaulted into the presidency in 1981 if Hinckley Jr's murder-attempt had been successful.

The media at the time said the Hinckley and Bush families "barely know each other," but that was blatantly untrue. And while we were thrown red-herring stories that sensationally focused on Hinckley Jr's supposed obsession with actress Jodie Foster, the American people were not being told what they really needed to know.

Now that it's known there is a Bush-Hinckley bloodline connection -- and the elite families in America DO make a point of knowing their genealogy -- the Hinckley shooting of Ronald Reagan takes on even more potential significance.

John Hinckley Sr nominated George Bush Sr for president at the 1980 Republican convention, but Reagan got it instead and Bush became vice-president. Oilmen and Houston neighbors such as the Bushes and the Hinckleys had not wanted Reagan and his anti-corporate-favoritism attitudes in office, and Bush did not want to wait until 1988 for a chance at the presidency. But there it was, Bush was only VP -- although also known as "a heartbeat away from the presidency."

Two months after Reagan took office, Hinckley's son shot him and nearly killed him. Was the young man crazy about Jodie Foster, or was he obsessed with eliminating the obstacle to his dad's choice-for-president?

A further disturbing connection was that Hinckley Jr had worked at his dad's "World Vision" camp, an organization depicted as "the world's largest Christian relief agency." There, young Hinckley befriended Mark David Chapman, who also worked there. Chapman went on to shoot John Lennon in December of 1980, and then Hinckley shot Reagan three months later. Both were carrying the book, "A Catcher in the Rye," which some say is used to condition young men to kill.

Does anybody else get the creeps that two young men from an agency -- where Bush-buddy Hinckley Sr was president -- became assassins within months of each other? And CURRENTLY creepy to me were some Canton businesses on October 16th asking customers if they want to contribute $1.00 to World Food Day, World Vision's fundraiser. I said, "No thanks," and probably should have added, "I'm not sure what the money will REALLY sponsor!" More coincidental assasins?

It gets worse. The day after Reagan's shooting, a bewildered John Chancellor announced on the news that the vice-president's son and the shooter's brother had a dinner party scheduled "for this evening, but the event is now cancelled."

Ya think?! Had they planned to celebrate something? Mr. and Mrs. Scott Hinckley were scheduled as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Bush -- but the media still insisted the families barely knew each other, and went back to chasing down Jodie Foster. You know, "look over here, don't look over there!"

And meanwhile, a friend of mine who worked as a policy analyst in the Reagan-Bush White House noted that George Bush Sr "looked awfully green around the gills" as The Gipper continued not to die, and as a few drops of the Bush-Hinckley closeness dribbled into public awareness. Bush wouldn't publicly comment, and his press secretary stonewalled with "I don't know a damn thing about it."

I think those few drops of information about a Bush-Hinckley party scheduled for the day after the shooting should have become a tsunami of an investigation into what was really going on. I sincerely believe that certain elite Americans long ago should have been thrown into prison instead of thrust into power. And I grieve for my country which ignores all the Bush and Bin Laden connections that have caused us to go down the darkest and most dangerous road we've ever known.

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