Beth BSC smacks down cryptomarxism: Barack Obama to Middle America: You Are a Bunch of Hillbillies
Beth MVRWC has the SNOBama poster
Beth BSC smacks down cryptomarxism: Barack Obama to Middle America: You Are a Bunch of Hillbillies
Beth MVRWC has the SNOBama poster
Today at The Corner, Victor Davis Hanson asks, The Chickens of Identity Politics Come Home to Roost? when it comes to the exceptions from the norms of public discourse:
This is what the triangulation of Obama has helped to unleash: most Americans will now doubt the moral authority of the African-American intellectual and religious community not just to question the questionable racial remarks of a Bill Clinton, Ed Rendell, or Geraldine Ferraro, but also the Wright-like crudity of a Don Imus or a Michael Richards. Context is now king.
This disastrous regression in race relations is the natural dividend of liberal identity politics, most recently brought to the fore by the wife of the first “black President”, the first “transracial” black Presidential candidate, and the “prophet” and “healer” Reverend Wright.
It’s high time we put identity politics to rest.
Until we do, all candidacies associated with identity politics will descend, as VDH puts it, into McGovern candidacies.
Obama’s Ex-Pastor Cancels Speeches ostensibly because of safety and security concerns.
Last Saturday Belmont Club had an excellent essay on racialist theologies, which you should read in its entirety,
Racialist theologies are so absurd that they are probably atheisms or political programs in religious disguise. Ivan in the Brothers Karamazov renounces God out of a love for mankind; he wants to supplant the deity with man. And when Jeremiah Wright puts a black man on the Throne of God we should recognize the obvious: that there is no God left after the transaction, only a man raised as high as human hands can hold. Dostoevky’s character Kirilov observed “if you shoot yourself, you’ll become God, isn’t that right?” Or as Cone put it orbicularly “Hope is the expectation of that which is not. It is the belief that the impossible is possible, the ‘not yet’ is coming in history.” He might have been talking about Obama.
Belmont Club links to The peculiar theology of black liberation, a must-read.
Obama took a brief vacation last weekend with his family in the Virgin Islands.
Apparently Obama stayed at the home of a well-known black nationalist, while Wright stayed at the Ritz Carlton Great Bay instead of tending to his congregation in Trinity Church during the highest of all Christian Holy Days.
Pamela has more on the VI trip.
More recently, Obama has released his tax records and urges Hillary to release hers before the Pennsylvania primary.
Fat chance on that.
If you read the article on the Obama tax records, you can see that earning $1.6 million in one year apparently was no reason for Ivy League-educated Michelle Obama to have pride in the land which affords her and her husband such riches and opportuniy, but clearly Michelle allocates her pride sparingly.
Chicago Tribune: Obama’s assertion that nobody had indications Rezko was engaging in wrongdoing ‘strains credulity.’ “…Obama has been too self-exculpatory. His assertion in network TV interviews last week that nobody had indications Rezko was engaging in wrongdoing strains credulity: Tribune stories linked Rezko to questionable fundraising for Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2004 — more than a year before the adjacent home and property purchases by the Obamas and the Rezkos.” [Chicago Tribune editorial, 1/27/08]
As if that weren’t enough, Arab-American Activist Says Obama Hiding Anti-Israel Stance (h/t Marc)
In an article he penned for the anti-Israeli website Electronic Intifada, Abunimah wrote:
“The last time I spoke to Obama was in the winter of 2004 at a gathering in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. He was in the midst of a primary campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat he now occupies. But at that time polls showed him trailing.
“As he came in from the cold and took off his coat, I went up to greet him. He responded warmly, and volunteered, ‘Hey, I’m sorry I haven’t said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race.
‘I’m hoping when things calm down I can be more up front.’ He referred to my activism, including columns I was contributing to the The Chicago Tribune critical of Israeli and US policy [and said:] ‘Keep up the good work.’
The Arab-American activist went on to say: “In 2000, when Obama unsuccessfully ran for Congress I heard him speak at a campaign fundraiser hosted by a University of Chicago professor. On that occasion and others Obama was forthright in his criticism of US policy and his call for an even-handed approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”
Michael Goldfarb today posts on Obama’s Jewish problem, related not only to por-Palestinian sympathies, but also to Trinity Church’s publication of an open letter to Oprah Winfrey by Ali Baghdadi, “Middle East advisor to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad the founder of the Nation of Islam, as well as Minister Louis Farrakhan”. The letter says,
The Israelis were given a blank check: they could test whenever they desired and did not even have to ask permission. Both worked on an ethnic bomb that kills Blacks and Arabs
Obama has a Jewish problem, whether or not it’s merely guilt by association is irrelevant. Politics is about perception, and the perception is that Obama’s one step removed from the Nation of Islam. If he wants to get the anti-Semitic stench of Trinity United off his campaign, it’s going to take more than the all-clear from Marc Ambinder and Marty Peretz.
A lot more, and racialist theologies won’t be the answer.
Via Siggy, a roundup of eye-opening articles about the company Obama keeps:
Sen. Barack Obama’s Chicago church reprinted a manifesto by Hamas that defended terrorism as legitimate resistance, refused to recognize the right of Israel to exist and compared the terror group’s official charter – which calls for the murder of Jews – to America’s Declaration of Independence.
The Hamas piece was published on the “Pastor’s Page” of the Trinity United Church of Christ newsletter reserved for Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., whose anti-American, anti-Israel remarks landed Obama in hot water, prompting the presidential candidate to deliver a major race speech earlier this week.
In his July 22, 2007, church bulletin, Wright reprinted an article by Mousa Abu Marzook, identified in the newsletter as a “deputy of the political bureau of Hamas.” A photo image of the newsletter was captured and posted today by the business blog BizzyBlog. The Hamas piece was first published by the Los Angeles Times, garnering the newspaper much criticism.
You can see the screen capture right here. Go read every word.
Obama’s church pro-Hamas; in addition to the above, the article talks about the Global Poverty Act that Obama backs
Moreover, Obama has put a bill before Congress asking for immense taxpayer funds sent to Africa.
Obama will see through his bill in Congress. It’s Global Poverty Act (S 2433) which would shell out of America $845 billion as welfare moneys to third-world countries.
What will this cost each of us?
The tab is a tax more than $2000 on each American breathing. Our nation’s budget for foreign this-and-that already comes to $300 billion. But what’s the diff? The Act would merely add the additional moneys out to the already elephant-sized total.
Also at Bizzyblog, Church Bulletin Bonus: Omid Safi and the Progressive Muslim Union (PMU).
Then there is Another ‘Close Religious Adviser’ to Obama Old Media Has Ignored, Illinois State Sen. James Meeks, who moonlights as the pastor of Chicago’s Salem Baptist Church:
It’s likely that the Obama-Meeks adviser relationship has not been as close as the candidate’s relationship with Wright, and though I could find no evidence of it, Obama may have spoken out against Meeks’s ugly 2006 remarks.
But the news-related issue is why Old Media, first in the case of Jeremiah Wright, and now in the case of “close religious adviser” (and possible Illinois Senate mentor) James Meeks, never looked into their background. After all, neither man is a casual acquaintance, and a Republican or conservative candidate would never get the kind of pass Barack Obama received until the contents of certain of the Rev. Wright’s sermons were revealed.
The Rev. James Meeks is a South Side pastor-turned-politician who is considering a gubernatorial run as an independent candidate. In addition to shepherding the mega Salem Baptist Church, he’s also a Democratic state senator and vice president of the Rainbow/PUSH coalition. However, Meeks disagrees with the Jesse Jacksons on lgbt equality and has made blatant overtures to the far right.
The pastor of the state’s largest church, Meeks would use an anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage platform and said white evangelical leaders have encouraged him to run. “I’ve had tremendous response,” Meeks said. “We are both very concerned with the direction of Illinois.”
At the Values Voter Summit in Washington last weekend, Obama’s campaign announced that they, too, could help conservative voters have a voice in the presidential campaign. They then announced they would be hosting the “Embrace the Change! Gospel Series.” It’s a gospel fest to run in three South Carolina cities – Charleston, Greenwood and Columbia – this coming weekend with gospel mega-star Pastor Donnie McClurkin as part of the concert line-up.
McClurkin is not the only singer on the gospel tour who has publicly spewed vitriolic statements against LGBTQ people. But he is the biggest one Obama can use to try to win over black evangelical voters.
So once again, Obama is proving that his campaign marketed as “The Audacity of Hope” is really based on the audacity of hypocrisy.
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
To have a thankless child!
According to Wikipedia, Obama’s white grandma took care of him for several years,
Obama attended local schools in Jakarta from ages 6 to 10, where classes were taught in Indonesian. He then returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents while attending Punahou School from the fifth grade until his graduation in 1979.
According to Powerline, Obama
chose to live with his maternal grandparents rather than his mother, who was then in Indonesia
And she took him in.
So yesterday, rather than praise a woman who generously agreed to raise him for seven years, he refers to her as,
a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.
Throw grandma under the bus?
Yes we can!
Calling Jesse Jackson.
I would love for him to have given the speech he gave today to Jeremiah Wright twenty years ago… the same speech.
We discussed the speech in this morning’s podcast (the first 30 minutes of the podcast were the speech itself). Siggy did a particularly passionate argument on how Jews in the South were not detained by the prejudiced they faced; Laurie Kendrick asked cogent questions; later on Jazz Shaw and Michele Huges join in. It was an animated and interesting conversation.
Obama could have disavowed the church but chose instead to essentialy say that rejecting Jeremiah Wright means rejecting the entire black community.
What I want to know, and what Obama didn’t answer, is, why hasn’t Obama disabused Wright, in all the 20+ years of their acquaitance, of all the horrible preconceptions and misconceptions Wright holds against whites.
I also would like to know how Obama reconciles his hopes for the next generation with his support for the murder of viable babies through partial birth abortion, among other things.
Of course I don’t expect Obama to answer that. His speech (and the rest of his campaign until the Democrat convention) was aimed 795 specific individuals – Democratic superdelegates. And that’s what he was after.
All part of the Obama bargain.
Stop the ACLU has roundup and the video of the speech.
Again I say that Obama’s speech was well done–for what it intended to do: lure back those who were beginning to slip out of the camp. Those of us who were never there in the first place remain unmoved or are pushed further away.
Via Ace, listen for yourself:
But you can count on Obama to support Israel. This is merely his “Crazy Uncle Jerry” who supports the Palestinian terrorists over Israel. It’s got nothing at all, nothing I tell you, to do with Obama.
After all, those were not statements [Obama] personally heard him preach while [he] sat in the pews of Trinity Church.
I’m sure it’ll all come together in his upcoming speech on race today.
While he’s at it, Obama May Want to Rethink His New Black Panther Webpage.
Obama will do one of two things. He will either repudiate Reverend Wright and the Trinity United Church or he will seek to ‘redefine’ his relationship with Wright and the church.
It is unlikely that Obama will repudiate Wright or the church. He has already coming to the defense of Trinity United Church and his own long time association with Jeremiah Wright, whom he claims as a spiritual mentor.
That leaves Obama with the unenviable task of trying to rewrite history. It is even more astonishing that the attempt to redefine, reinvent and whitewash a bigot is being made by a credible candidate for the office of the President of the United States of America.
We all have an elderly uncle or relative who turns off their hearing aid when they don’t want to hear things. Some do it discreetly, some are more blatant about it, but hearing aids’ on-off switches come in handy at times.
It appears Obama had turned off his hearing aid:
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.
Which he repeated on TV,
But apparently he was at the church during one of those sermons:
In fact, Obama was present in the South Side Chicago church on July 22 last year when Jim Davis, a freelance correspondent for Newsmax, attended services along with Obama. [See: “Obama’s Church: Cauldron of Division.”]
In his sermon that day, Wright tore into America, referring to the “United States of White America” and lacing his sermon with expletives as Obama listened. Hearing Wright’s attacks on his own country, Obama had the opportunity to walk out, but Davis said the senator sat in his pew and nodded in agreement.
Addressing the Iraq war, Wright thundered, “Young African-American men” were “dying for nothing.” The “illegal war,” he shouted, was “based on Bush’s lies” and is being “fought for oil money.”
Since there are eyewitnesses that Obama was in the church when Wright was carrying on with his profanity, either Obama
1. was not in the pews
2. he had turned off his hearing aid and coudln’t hear it.
In that case, perhaps Obama’s hearing aid batteries must have run out while he was listening to Jeremiah Wright: The Greatest Hits Collection Volume 1. Obama has been sufficiently acquainted with Wright’s sermons that the title of his book, The Audacity of Hope, comes from one of the sermons by the pastor who married him and baptized his children and with whom he keeps sincere close, personal, and political ties. At the same time, in the above video he says,
When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments. But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it appropriate to leave the church.
Which is it? He didn’t hear it, if he had heard it he would have left the church, he heard it at the beginning of his campaign, he turned off the hearing aid, or what?
Obama clearly considers religious discourse important, and his own campaign style echoes the style of revivalist meetings.
It is important, then, that we learn just what ideology his religious affiliations expouse.
By the way, whatever happened to those fainting women?
Via commenter Gringo, A Candidate, His Minister and the Search for Faith
When Mr. Obama arrived at Harvard Law School later that year, where he fortified himself with recordings of Mr. Wright’s sermons, he was delivering stirring speeches as a student leader in the classic oratorical style of the black church.
No, he didn’t turn off his hearing aid.