17 Mar 2008

Obama & the Reverend Jeremiah Wright

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Bill Siegel explains what Obama’s choice of churches and his close twenty-year association with Reverend Jeremiah Wright proves about Obama’s real ideology and agenda.

Barack Obama’s response to the outrageous views and statements of his pastor, Reverend Jeremiah A.Wright Jr., was that he should not be tagged with “guilt by association.” In addition, his surrogates and supporters quickly joined to recite the full gamut of distracting, misdirecting, and irrelevant defenses — that the pastor doesn’t really mean what he says but uses material to stir up his congregation, whites do not understand the context of the statements, he is permitted these views because of the oppression blacks have endured, if Obama was seeking any other job these statements be irrelevant so ignore them here, only a few of the Reverend’s statements are possibly objectionable, if Obama was white this would be a non-issue, this is not the first time a candidate has been burned by an endorsement, Bush and Reagan visited Bob Jones University, John Hagee has endorsed McCain, Wright is off the campaign now so case closed and so on.

First, the “guilt by association” approach admits guilt. It merely argues over who is guilty. Therefore, any in depth analysis of the virtues or truth of Reverend Wright’s charges is clearly a waste of time. Little could be clearer on its face than the racism, anti-Americanism, and anti-Semitism spewed by the pastor. The only issue is whether Obama shares in any of this guilt.

The defense rides on the notion that “association” is an insufficient connector between the pastor and the candidate. In law, this defense is often sensible. We typically require significant evidence of connection between parties to pass guilt from one party to another but what constitutes significance depends upon the case. In many other cases, however, the defense does not work. Being members of the same organization can often do the trick. Under the recent Sarbanes-Oxley laws, a CEO can be charged with the offenses committed by a junior officer if he should have been aware. In conspiracy cases, one member of a conspiracy can be guilty of the offenses of another merely by agreeing to be in the conspiracy even if the former was completely unaware of the specific acts of the second and would not have intended those acts himself. …

Obama followers have been failing to accept what is right in front of their eyes. Obama had stated in a February debate “The implication is that the people who have been voting for me or involved in my campaign are somehow delusional” as a joke to convey that of course that is impossible. And the public bought the joke. Similarly, when Obama or his surrogates assert that this is merely “guilt by association,” the public seems to buy it as well. The hypnotic instruction seems to be that as long as Obama can stand up and offer a counter statement that takes the focus off of him, we can still believe in him.

Nonetheless, Obama’s connections with the reverend are considerably close and meaningful. He calls Wright his “uncle” and a “sounding board.” He chose the pastor as his “spiritual advisor” who helped him “find Christ” and included him, until now, in his campaign. He has been a member of the church for roughly twenty years. He had the pastor oversee various personal occasions including his own marriage and children’s baptisms.

He has involved Wright in his political life. The title “Audacity of Hope” came from Wright. He only made any attempt to appear to disconnect from Wright following his decision to run for President.

Conversely, Wright has involved Obama as well. Wright referred to Obama in one of his diatribes of which we have been made aware: “Barack knows what it means to be a black man controlled by rich white people.” It seems the reverend knows Obama quite well. Is he telling us Obama is like the other cheering congregants who clearly accept and identify with the picture Wright paints of blacks?

And, as reported recently on MSNBC’s “Hardball”, Obama and Wright had one or more conversations in which they agreed that Obama might have to distance himself from Wright in a national campaign. Which — directly and clearly — calls into question Obama’s sincerity in supposedly distancing himself from Wright. If he planned to distance himself from Wright during the campaign it is logical to infer that Obama plans to embrace Wright again after it.

It is difficult to trust Obama’s responses. He has tried to frame the issue as concerning these specific “statements” of Wright’s, as if these are rare utterances that occurred outside of Obama’s presence. He says he hadn’t heard these statements and repudiates them and that now that he has heard them he does reject them. He has even tried to suggest that what he has heard from Wright over twenty years is simple talk about helping the poor and Jesus and so forth, subliminally suggesting to his consuming audience that the typical Wright speech is similar to any decent sermon that could be heard across the nation. It is simply disingenuous to assert that a man filled with these points of view accompanied by the rage that flows out of him in these appearances gives no hint in any of the services Obama attends or in their frequent “uncle-nephew”, “spiritual advising”, or “sounding board” interactions.

What is even more incredible is the notion that any person of reasonable judgment could walk into that church over twenty years and not know exactly what is being communicated, the radical far left bias of the pastor, and the rage-filled leanings of the entire congregation. The joy and excitement seen throughout the congregation does not come forth only after brute sublimation. This reverend knows exactly what to say to elicit that response and it is and has been exactly his job to do so. It is far more likely that these hate America views are central to what holds the entire church together rather than simple incidental slips of a pastor’s private views which were inadvertently leaked. If the Obamas are so completely in the dark as to this pastor’s sentiments, they have no judgment whatsoever. The more likely reality is that they know exactly what is happening and that is why they have been supporters for years.

Wright’s statements also give a fuller picture to Michelle Obama’s comment that she had never before been proud of America. Having Wright as one’s teacher of what America is would destroy anyone’s pride in their country. The problem, then, is that we run the risk of electing a couple whose understanding of America should probably bar them from even taking a White House tour.

To oversimplify Shelby Steele’s extremely valuable theory in A Bound Man, Obama is in the untenable position of having to keep the real Obama hidden from the public. In short, it is part of the negotiation arrangement Obama has chosen with whites — that of what Steele calls a “bargainer” — in which whites turn over power to Obama so long as he does not in any manner use his blackness as a means to make whites act as if they feel guilty. Yet in a presidential campaign, it is virtually impossible to stay hidden.

Obama has done a great job to date in hiding behind his mesmerizing speeches, his charm, his affable humor, and gentle persona, just to mention a few of his gifts and tactics. He loves to claim he is a bringing in a new politics and is “transcending” the old. It sounds wonderful to his deluded audience yet what he transcends is merely his being tagged with exactly who he is. “Transcendence” is most often used by him as an escape, an excuse to wiggle away from some charge. Yet, as he approaches nomination, much is starting to leak out. It is precisely for this reason that Obama’s associations are all the more relevant and need to be amplified. They are precisely the best window into what is behind his curtain.

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Robert

WRIGHT IS A RACIST, BIGOT AND SHOULD BE TREATED THE SAME AS A KLANSMAN WOULD BE TREATED FOR SPEWING RACIAL HATRED. THIS MAN IS NO MORE A “REVEREND” THAN DAVID DUKE WAS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE. “GOD DAMN AMERICA”? I SUGGEST THAT IRREVEREND WRIGHT BOOK PASSAGE FOR KENYA AND TAKE HIS RACIST FILTH OUT OF THIS COUNTRY. WE NEED HIM LIKE WE NEED AIDS!



walker

If this country is foolish enough to allow Obama to be elected then they should prepare for the irreverend wright to be invited as the guest of honor to the Whitehouse in a very short while. The fact that Obama claims to have attended that church for 20+ years and never heard Wrights ranting against the USA, just further prooves that he is a liar.



Wade

This is all bad. We all should pull together especially now and love one another. Obamma may be a Gods sent to us. Lets not judge him for others that hate. Hate is the worst word anyone could use. Good should overcome bad. Most of us have it good. Food on the table. Health. and of course our loved ones. It may take a good afro American such as Obamma to straighten out the bad. When that time comes then we all will be united.By the way. He is half white, rich, and has been very privledged.So why listen to a Reverend that like to here himself talk. God Bless America. We the people shall bond.



Shaun

What Obama did tonight is called being transparent, this is what most people find hard to do, especially now adays. Us as black people have a whole different view on this country, as say white people do. Just like a native american has a different view of this country, that I’m sure would sound anti-american. But you know what, who the hell are you or me, to say what is anti-american. I thought racism was getting better, until I saw most of the white reactions to Wright’s comments. This man spoke what most blacks felt, but maybe didn’t feel comfortable saying. By calling it fiery, anti-american or rascist, doesn’t make it go away. We really need to get past this politically correct bullsh*t, and start to have an open dialog, on race, politics, our foreign policy, and yes 911 (there’s too many unanswered questions-75% of americans think so). Let’s wake up people, lets stop acting like our government can do no wrong, lets stop acting like slavery never existed, and it doesn’t affect its victims, and lets ask ourselves seriously, how do all these drugs get in this country (it couldn’t all be illegally transported). Real patriots protected their country, and despise corruption of its leaders, we have had a lot of leaders and a lot of corruption. So was he just an extreme anti-american, or a true patriot who cares about the future of his country.



K

Reverend Wright,

I agree Hillary Clinton has, probably, never been called THE N WORD. I would almost guarantee she has been called a WOMAN. You may, hopefully, see your view a bit different if you research women history. Black, white, purple, orange, women have had an unspeakable history as well, and, to this very day no matter what skin color they have been given. Politically, Obama and Hillary are in the same upward battle. As people, I believe, they represent the inequalities within society that do not match the status quo. In short Obama has a racist pastor, and, Hillary believes in infedelity.



Joseph John Pisacane

It is absolutely about time the real truth and valid facts be clarified and enunciated to the American people, be they african american, euro-caucasian, asian, hispanic, or any other ethnicity that has been up till now fleeced by this Harvard graduate mouthpiece trying to snake his way into the presidency.
The philosophical approach that the true logical thinker must adhere to always will make apparent the subtle devious methods Barack Hussein Obama has used against the predominently reasonable average decent American. It must come to an end. His candidacy is based on semantic diversionary tactics that attempt to sway the impressionable.
He is a Trojan Horse that is poisoning the political landscape. He must be stopped. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing in no uncertain terms.



Sue D

A person doesn’t go to church their whole life, to be in disbelief of what one is preached! That is all I have to say, and all that needs to be said!



John Q

It’s amazing how a black person can say it’s “their point of view”, from a black person being raised in America. But us white people are called RACISTS. Typical. Blacks have certain rights that white people don’t even have, just by playing that same old “race card”, over, and over, and over again.



Ashley

I wonder how many of you has actually seen the sermon, not the 16 second clip shown by the media by the entire sermon. Say the one in which Rev. Wright is quoting the former Ambassador to Iraq, how very controversial to quote someone. Oh, and Reverend Wright isn’t racist. Proclaiming the injustice and prejudice rampant in our history and present is not racism. As a white woman I think the argument that being a woman is equitable to being black is bull. White women in America were never lynched or enslaved. While both “groups” have injustices, they are not equitable. I would suggest that people actually see the sermons before making a judgment about someones character. Sen. Obama showed me that he deserves my respect by standing by the Reverend. I’m sure he did disagree with him on occassion but one does not abandon one’s friends because they disagree.



concerned

This issue simply demonstrates Obama’s failures as a leader. He refused to stand up and contradict Pastor Wright when he was making these ludicrous, antisemetic, antiamerican,and racist claims. He calls this man his political soundingboard. I feel that pastor Wright shares a lot in common with the radical Islamic clerics who preach hate and encyte violence from the pulpit.



Thomas Wilkins

if the comments that Rverend Wright made had been made by a white minister it would have been considered racist. They where extreamly racist coments it really makes me question how a person could sit under his ministry and not feel the same way



V E CURTISS

It is extremely difficult for me to believe that after all this time we as a people are
still so “mentally ill” minded.

If we continue to surcome to our own insanity eventually we will destroy ourselves.

No amount of money, race, nothing will
save us..
What geniuses we are but what fools we continue to be…



be real

i’m not saying this coz i want hillary. for me, religion may vary but it doesn’t matter, as they all lead to ‘light’. be real, why would you go to a church who even for a few seconds you’ll hear those words said?! i stopped going to a specific church when all they do is ask for much much more money than u’ve already given them. i go to church to listen & be encouraged, follow the pastor’s advise. obama & his wife knew all about this & believe this. i don’t understand how could you bring your own kids to this church and listen to this seconds of just words. it’s funny that if its ‘black’ something ‘not nice’ it’s ok. it’s all about ‘them’. if it’s whites who said all these words – you bet the whites get in so much trouble or worst get sued. it’s sad this is happening. what more if he becomes the president.



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