Barack Obama’s speech yesterday and repeated remarks today do little to nothing to expel the Wright infection. It’s great that Obama’s maneuvered toward a correction about Wright’s influence in his life — even so little as appearing to hop away, however modestly — but the reality of the Jeremiah Wright-Barack Obama “relationship” is that it’s set in stone. Obama can say anything he may want to now, but the reality is that he’s suffering from a bad infection he should have taken steps to avoid contracting many years ago — but many years ago, the infection was useful to Obama.
Today, however, damages are done, Obama’s suffering the negative consequences of something similarly real to biological fact: even if you try to pretend some infections don’t exist, they can still ruin you and in some cases, as this, they do not pose a good outcome, whether you admit their existence or not.
Excerpt from Obama’s Speech in Philadelphia on March 18, 2008:
I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but 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. These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love.
Nothing new has been introduced by Wright, from Wright, about Wright from that date forward. Wright’s televised ugliness from yesterday does not capture anything “new” or amending as to what his beliefs and offensive opinions are, that have not already been abundantly captured on film and in-the-real on tape and on stage for the past several decades.
Obama participated in Wright’s social and political environment for several decades, he’s gone so far as to have (what appears to be extensive) private confabs with Wright, there’s just no way Obama can even begin to be believable that he had no idea as to the extent of Wright’s disturbed mind. Until yesterday. What it appears to be is Obama admitting he’s only yesterday recognized Wright’s level of disturbance, which still reflects badly on Obama, that degree of lack of awareness.
So Obama only yesterday declaring his rejection of Wright and his beliefs is hollow. It’s Obama self-saving and being insincere, or, it’s Obama being so slow to realize reality that it’s a very bad statement about his level of competentcy. What I think it was was Obama being self-saving, the act of a man doing whatever he could do to attempt to bargain his way out of corner, a sick corner, trying to avoid a quarantine.
Another one of Jeremiah Wright’s offensive, outrageously cheap and flat-out wrong rant points is confronted by Glenn Beck in his latest column, OBAMA’S PROBLEM:
Glenn: Here’s one thing about Reverend Wright that I don’t really understand. I don’t understand how he feels honestly about God, because I want you to listen to this last part of this answer about Lewis Farrakhan.
Glenn: Is he your friend?
Glenn: That’s the question I want to know. Here’s the question: He didn’t put me in slaves. He didn’t put new chains. Who did? Who did you, sir. You. Who put you in chains? It’s my contention that you put you in chains because there are no literal chains that are hanging around you now. The chains are created by you and that’s a mighty nice multimillion dollar chain that you have there that you call a house. So, you are putting you in chains and then he says, He didn’t create me this color. Who created you this color? Is this a problem with God? Do you have a problem with God creating you that color, quote, unquote?
Here’s another quote. He said, God set me free to forgive stupidity. He set me free to praise God in spite of an oppressive government. Your government has been oppressing folks since we stole this country from the Comanche, but I’m going to praise him in spite of the government. Our government has been oppressing folks since it defined the African‑American man as three fifths a person, but I’m going to praise him in spite of our government.
Okay. You’re going to praise him in spite of. So, I don’t understand that relationship, but here’s something else. And I wanted to make sure I was absolutely right and I called professor after professor after professor yesterday to make sure that I was right on this. The three fifths of a person drives me crazy because it shows people’s ignorance of history. It’s related to Article 1 of the Constitution. Representatives and direct portions shall be apportioned among several states which may be included in this unit according to their respective numbers which shall be determined by adding the whole number of free persons, including those bound as service for a number of years and excluding Indians not taxed three fifths of all other persons.
Now, he says, Reverend Wright keeps saying that you have to consider the context of everything. They’re taking me out of context. They’re only using a sound bite, kind of like you quoting the founding fathers by same I’m only three fifths a person. Well, let’s just look at this in context. This was pro ‑‑ this was pro abolition. It was the proslavery faction that wanted to give the slaves the full human status. Why? Why? Because they wanted more representation in Congress. It would have maximized the congressional representation of the southern states. It was the abolitionists who wanted to completely do away with slavery, that didn’t want black individuals to count at all. They said, Let’s not let them count at all because then their population in the south will be very small and we’ll have a chance to overturn it in Congress. It had nothing to do with rejecting someone’s humanity, but to preserve and strengthen the anti‑slavery majority in Congress. It was not a ‑‑ proslavery southerner but an anti‑slavery northerner. His name was James Wilson of Pennsylvania. Why does Pennsylvania play such an important role? Oh, I remember, because Ben Franklin was one of the first big abolitionists. It was James Wilson that proposed the three fifths compromise.
Now, why, why would you do this, Jeremiah Wright? Why would somebody who is anti‑slavery propose this? It kept the southern slavery views in check. It reduced their political power by limiting their representation in the House of Representatives. That’s why it happened. Frederick Douglas, quote, it gives representatives to the south for three fifths of its slaves but what does that amount to? It’s a down right disability laid upon the slave holding states, one which deprives those states of two fifths of their natural bias of representation. Instead of encouraging slavery, the Constitution encourages freedom by giving an increase of two fifths of political power to free over slave states, end quote. Frederick Douglas.
I am so sick and tired of people distorting our history for their own political gain. I am so sick and tired of people teaching my daughters, your family lies about our founding fathers and lies about our country. We are a good country. We are a decent people. Our founding fathers were God inspired and they did not hate others, period.
I’m closing this post today with these final remarks:
There is no “Black Church,” as Wright harps on about every other second or so, alleging criticism of Wright is criticism of “the Black Church” — there is a Christian Church, the Body of Christ but what Wright is involved in is deception about just who it is he’s serving, though I admit that he’s probably convinced he’s not human but megalomaniacal as a figurehead of that which he’s serving.
I think Jeremiah Wright’s overall message to the world can be summarized best as: “I’m a deceiver.”
And I think Obama’s been deceived and has a distance yet to go to be able to confess to what degree he’s allowed himself to be taken.