Friday

Word Games from the Wright - or - How are Jew doing?

Normally I try to stay with a fairly straight story, provide as many facts as I can along side my own brand of soap-boxing to interject a pithy comment or two for emphasis. The problem with this story is, I just can't stop myself from running ragged all over the turf laid out before me. There aren't just a few potholes here and there to avoid, this is like one big meteor crater that some try to obfuscate behind the 99 cent fuschias on sale at the front of the Piggly Wiggly.

Sure, we have all made verbal gaff's and embarrassed ourselves at some time or another. A friend of mine and I actually have fun spinning "spoonerisms" into almost every conversation we have. It is, however, incredulous to view Jeremiah Wright's remarks as any kind of a "mis-statement" attributable to a mere slip of the tongue. When asked if President Obama had been in contact with Mr. Wright since the election, Jeremiah responds with, "Them Jews aren't going to let him [Obama] talk to me".

There is something beyond this small, yet ever so disturbing, phrase that is the real issue to be dealt with at its heart. Mr. Wright went on to say, "I told my baby daughter that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office. They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is . . . I said from the beginning: He's a politician; I'm a pastor. He's got to do what politicians do."

We must agree that Barack Obama is a politician and, from what I can see, politicians will do anything in order to get into, or maintain their position, in office. In fact, I think it might be the only job in America where your performance rating is based almost entirely not on what you do, but simply what you say you will do or meant to do. I know this to be true of President Obama during the election, and so does anyone with an ounce of integrity. It wasn't until after it became public that Jeremiah Wright had made statements from his pulpit in the church he formerly pastored such as, "God Damn America" and accused the government of creating the AIDS virus, that Obama decided he might want to seek spiritual advise elsewhere. He had been a member of that church for 20 years (Jeremiah Wright had performed his wedding ceremony), yet we are to believe that this type of hate filled vitriol had not been uttered before?

Mr. Wright did, in fact, offer up an apology in a statement issued on Thursday saying, "I apologize for the way I framed my comments. I mis-spoke and I sincerely meant no harm or ill-will to the American Jewish community or the Obama administration." He clarified further when interviewed by Mark Thompson on the show, "Make it Plain" saying he didn't mean ALL Jews - just Zionists. Oh, that's better. You can listen to his comments yourself here.

The mis-statement was not that he didn't mean to say what he said, but, rather, he meant to say "Zionist" instead of the word "Jew". So, it's only the Jewish people that desire a homeland in the recognized nation of Israel he has issue with. I can't understand, in light of this illumination, how anyone could possibly be upset with a distinctively racist comment coming from anyone - especially during the week that an 88 year old, racist white supremacist excuse for capital punishment walked casually into the holocaust museum and killed an innocent man. Am I sounding insensitive at this point?

Whether Jeremiah Wright used the word "Jew" or "Zionist" really makes no difference in the intent of what he was trying to convey. It simply reinforces what many of us already knew about Jeremiah for quite some time. He is a racist who has spoken ad nauseum against whites, against Jews and against the government controlled by white men in an effort to control African Americans place in society. His hatred defines him and could never go unnoticed by even the most casual bystander. Yet, out President, who attended Mr. Wright's church for 20 years, never noticed. (See video posted below)

The fact that Jeremiah Wright is a hateful man, spewing hateful garbage, is only the surface story. He has been elected to no office and represents only those who choose to align themselves with him. Barack Obama is in an entirely different position. He has been elected to the highest office in the land and has the authority to bring sweeping change to the nation. Already we have seen the tripling of the deficit in the next 10 years, the nationalization of our banking industry, the takeover of our automobile industry, another new Czar (We have 16 now - only 6 fewer than the 400 years of the Romanov dynasty) in charge of making sure no one makes too much money in the job they do. Is this sounding less and less like the America we grew up in?

Then there is President Obama's policy positions with Israel. He would like them to stop building in the settlements and talk to Hamas to try to find a way toward a peaceful resolution to the problems that have plagued the area for as long as Israel has existed. Yet, when he talks to the muslim nations, he offers apologies for America's mistakes and bows to the Saudi King. Could it be that the 20 years spent in Mr. Wright's church did not lack the influence on President Obama that we are led to believe?

Here is how another describes President Obama's experience within his church:

"Human visibility is Mr. Obama's Achilles heel. If we see the real man, his contradictions and bents of character, he will be ruined as an icon, as a "blank screen."

Thus, nothing could be more dangerous to Mr. Obama's political aspirations than the revelation that he, the son of a white woman, sat Sunday after Sunday - for 20 years - in an Afrocentric, black nationalist church in which his own mother, not to mention other whites, could never feel comfortable. His pastor, Rev, Jeremiah Wright, is a challenger who goes far past Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in his anti-American outrage ("God damn America").

How does one "transcend" race in this church? The fact is that Barack Obama has fello-traveled with a hate-filled, anti-American black nationalism all his adult life, failing to stand and challenge an ideology that would have no place for his own mother.

What could he have been thinking? Of course he wasn't thinking, He was driven by insecurity, by a need to "be black" despite his biracial background. And so fellow-traveling with a little race hatred seemed a small price to pay for a more secure racial identity."

That opinion is held by Shelby Steele, a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and the author of "A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win" (Free Press, 2007).

Mr, Steele also happens to be an African American.

I am angry for the racial injustice committed every day, here in America and around the world. I am angry, also, that we are afraid to speak of it when those that perpetrate it are something other than white. Prejudice knows no color of itself, only the color we place there. It is wrong when held by a white man and no less wrong when held by persons of color. We need the strength to, as Jeremiah Wright says, call a spade what it is, whenever we find it and in whomever has possession of it - even if it lies in the heart of someone holding the highest office in the land.

That's my take - let me know what you think.

Terry





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