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April 4, 2008
Barack Obama Digs
Himself Deeper In the Jeremiah Wright Scandal
is a very difficult time to be an honest, patriotic Democratic voter
these days – the choices of presidential nominee for such voters are
getting worse by the day.
the one hand, there is Hillary Clinton, whose, well, creativity with the
truth is being exposed more and more through such stories as the Bosnia
non-adventure and the
revelation that she had been fired from a job 34 years ago for being
a “liar.” (Is this job included in “her 35 years of experience”?)
the other hand, there is Barack Obama, who refuses to disown an
America-hating bigot who served as his pastor, spiritual guide and
family shepherd for 20 years.
What is surprising is that, whereas Clinton does suffer heavily (both in
the opinion polls and at the actual polls) for her behavior, Obama has
only seen a moderate dent in his numbers among Democratic voters since
the Wright controversy finally made it into the mainstream media.
Although anyone who has turned on a television or logged on to the
internet in the past few weeks should know about Reverend Jeremiah
Wright, here is a very quick review: Wright is the pastor of a
congregation that describes itself as committed to “Africa,” allegiant
“to all black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value
System,” and disavowing of the “Pursuit of ‘Middleclassness.’”
Wright has referred to 9/11 as “America’s chickens coming home to
roost,” insisted that the government gives black people drugs and that
it even invented the HIV virus to eliminate the black race, and has said
that black infighting is “fighting the wrong enemy.” Wright has also
referred to our country as “White America, the U.S. of KKKA,” and
repeatedly urged that “God damn America.” These words are not merely a
collection of one-time gaffes. They are instead a small sample of
Wright’s paranoid, conspiratorial and hateful philosophy.
Politics aside, Obama’s affiliation with Wright is truly and deeply
problematic. Before we delve into analysis, let us examine the facts of
is a fact that Wright is an unpatriotic bigot, and that he is active and
outspoken and spreading anti-American and racist rhetoric. It is also a
fact that Obama developed and maintained an extremely close and personal
relationship with Wright, who officiated at Obama’s wedding, baptized
Obama’s children and helped Obama through his spiritual challenges.
Obama is on record as saying that Don Imus should be fired for referring
to a women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hoes,” and has pledged to
never again appear on Imus’s show. Obama has also been a member of
Wright’s congregation for 20 years.
is a fact that Obama said his church was not “particularly
controversial,” yet after Wright’s words became widely publicized, Obama
said that he had heard Wright being a “fierce critic” of U.S. policies.
Also factual is Obama’s insistence (during the “big” speech) that he
could not disown Wright, yet Obama soon thereafter also said the
following: “Had the Reverend (Wright) not retired and had he not
acknowledged what he had said had deeply offended people and (was)
inappropriate and mischaracterized what I believe is the greatness of
this country, for all its flaws, then I wouldn't have felt comfortable
staying there at the church.”
Those were the facts. You can make what you will of them. The analysis
Obama said that if Wright hadn’t resigned and acknowledged the
inappropriate and offensive nature of his words, he would have left the
church. But Wright spent the 20 years of Obama’s church membership
repeating similar statements without any acknowledgment of
inappropriateness, so why, only now that the point became moot, is Obama
saying he would have left the church? Why the inconsistency? Could it .
. . Could it be dishonest politics?
And besides, how would leaving the church have been any different from
“disowning” Wright, which, in the greatest-speech-since-ever, Obama
stressed he could not do?
Wright’s rhetoric about “fighting the wrong enemy” and “White America,
the U.S. of KKKA” is the equivalent to a white pastor saying that white
infighting is “fighting the wrong enemy” and calling America “Black
America, the U.S. of Black Panther USA.” So why does Obama insist he
cannot disown Wright, who has made far more recurrent racist statements
than Imus’s one-time error of judgment, while insisting that Imus be
fired and promising to never appear on Imus’s show?
Obama has spent 20 years being willingly guided by Wright, and fully
knowing the nature of Wright’s beliefs and philosophy. Obama also knew
that Wright thought it his mission to actively spread his dangerous
beliefs to his trusting congregation, and yet Obama contributed to that
goal by pouring large amounts of money into the church’s coffers. And
now, when the publicity arrived, Obama has come out with a series of
excuses that show him as inconsistent, and, unless he clarifies his
answers, quite dishonest.
Obama has the opportunity to either express regret for his intimate
affiliation with Wright, or to remain loyal to his lifestyle of 20
years. Instead, he is trying to have it both ways, and is only digging
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