Monday, April 28, 2008

Do you support Jeremiah Wright?

Below are some excerpts from an excellent article published in the Washington Post by Dana Milbank:
Speaking before an audience that included Marion Barry, Cornel West, Malik Zulu Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party and Nation of Islam official Jamil Muhammad, Wright praised Louis Farrakhan, defended the view that Zionism
is racism, accused the United States of terrorism, repeated his view that the
government created the AIDS virus to cause the genocide of racial minorities,
stood by other past remarks ("God damn America") and held himself out as a
spokesman for the black church in America.


Wright suggested that Obama was insincere in distancing himself from his pastor. "He didn't distance himself," Wright announced. "He had to distance himself, because he's a politician, from what the media was saying I had said, which was anti-American."

Explaining further, Wright said friends had written to him and said, "We both know that if Senator Obama did not say what he said, he would never get elected." The minister continued: "Politicians say what they say and do what they do based on electability, based on sound bites, based on polls."

That significantly complicates Obama's job as he contemplates how to extinguish Wright's latest incendiary device. Now, he needs to do more than express disagreement with his former pastor's view; he needs to refute his former pastor's suggestion that Obama privately agrees with him.


Jeremiah Wright has been Obama's pastor for 20 years. Presumably that means Wright knows Obama reasonably well. So if Wright says that Obama is just distancing himself from Wright and Wright's beliefs solely for the purpose of political expediency, shouldn't that raise a big red warning flag in the minds of those who would support Barack Obama? Unless, of course, they also support the views of Jeremiah Wright.

4 comments:

vicit said...

The crazy thing is, I am open minded to anything resembling an intellectually valid response to all of this... I would LOVE for someone to change my mind on what it seems is every indicator that Obama is just a guy who hates white people, and his country...

Obama supporters: THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO TURN ME AROUND... IF YOU COME EVEN WITHIN A COUNTRY MILE OF SAYING SOMETHING THE SLIGHTEST BUT MATURE, INTELLECTUALLY HONEST, OR LEGITIMATE, I'LL SAY, HUH?, OKAY, THAT EXPLAINS IT...

So far the best response has been to bring up some distant thing about McCain in 1999, or accuse us of being nean, or the kicker: I am a racist for thinking Obama is a racist... um... yes, thats like accusing me of being a flood for claiming that water is wet...

Then when I say, I've heard no good defense, they all claim that they have already made a good defense... its like a really cruel joke that everyones in on but me...

I would die a thousand times over and pinch myself to wake up if any of you beyond-closed-minded, irrational, hysterical Obama devotees actually honestly considered what was going on here when people expose him. I swear to God, sometimes I actually (yes, really actually) wonder if there actually has been a government conspiracy to spray half of us with "crazy spray" or has put "crazy pills" in half of the water supply?

I would think I had died and gone to heaven if this would just be a good-old bitter political disagreement, but I guess thats too much to ask that you just enumerate to me how you disagree with me...
*and NO I don't mean attacking me with a list of "isms", I mean actually showing me why I'm wrong to observe that a guy is a racist who hates white people and America.

L'oiseau said...

There's only one hysterical person here. And it's you.

Tic tac?

apettythief said...

This is the link to an article on another blog, asking a rather similar question...


http://www.wscleary.com/pov/home?month=04&year=2008#4255

Robert said...

There seems to be a very calculated response of Wright and Obama now. They're both distancing themselves from each other.

Since the uproar has failed to die, exactly what Wright suggested earlier is transpiring. They're both moving away from each other to maintain the appearance that Obama doesn't support the more extreme views.