Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Black, White, Obama and Wright

I don’t know what is more disturbing, listening to one of Jeremiah Wright’s hate filled screeds disguised as a sermon, or the fact that a viable candidate for the Presidency of the United States has for years chosen to sit with his family and in effect become an intellectual accomplice to Wright through his continued participation in Wright’s church.

By not denouncing Wright and disassociating himself long ago, one must believe that Barack and Michelle Obama share many of Wright’s extreme views. Obama has been attending Wright’s church for 20 years, Obama and his wife were married in the church, and their children were baptized by Wright, but after the video of Wright and his Joseph Goebbels-like hate speech hit the internet, Obama wrote this on a Huffington Post blog;

“The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. … All of the statements that have been the subject of controversy are ones that I vehemently condemn. They in no way reflect my attitudes and directly contradict my profound love for this country.”

Two decades of close association with Wright, in and out of church, and he’s never heard this type of speech from the man? Then there are only three possibilities; A. Obama has a sleep switch on his rear end that knocks him out as soon as he sits on a pew. B. the Reverend Wright has only recently begun expressing his extreme views. Or C. the more likely possibility; Obama is lying.

It defies credibility to believe that Obama would choose to associate with Wright for so many years if he did not in fact share many of the same attitudes. Like-minded people tend to gravitate toward one another and in many cases form long lasting relationships. Obama knows this guy is the equivalent of a political dirty bomb that can contaminate his candidacy with enough fallout to cost him votes and give Hillary Clinton and the GOP some much needed ammunition against him. At the very least this relationship raises serious questions concerning Obama’s judgment.

Obama is certainly hoping that his recent “reconciliation” speech will explain his motivations, beliefs and attitudes. Words have served Mr. Obama well to this point in the campaign, but as scrutiny increases on the Obama-Wright relationship, mere words may not be enough to wash away the taint of what goes on inside the Trinity United Church of Christ.

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