Gore, I Mean Obama: “The Debate Is Over”
By JR Dieckmann
When Barack Obama gave his Jeremiah Wright speech on Tuesday morning, it was thought that he would explain his relationship with the Reverend Wright and the Trinity United Church of Christ of Chicago, and explain why he continued to be a patron of that church in light of the racist and anti-American sermons of Rev. Wright. Well he did, but not the way most people expected.
Rather than distance himself from Wright and the church, he defended them both in an insightful depiction of the "black experience" where he portrayed blacks as victims and justified their racial hatred for the white folks based on a pre civil rights mindset. Obama justified Wright's outbursts this way:
“But for all those who scratched and clawed their way to get a piece of the American Dream, there were many who didn’t make it – those who were ultimately defeated, in one way or another, by discrimination. That legacy of defeat was passed on to future generations – those young men and increasingly young women who we see standing on street corners or languishing in our prisons, without hope or prospects for the future. Even for those blacks who did make it, questions of race, and racism, continue to define their worldview in fundamental ways. For the men and women of Reverend Wright’s generation, the memories of humiliation and doubt and fear have not gone away; nor has the anger and the bitterness of those years. That anger may not get expressed in public, in front of white co-workers or white friends. But it does find voice in the barbershop or around the kitchen table. At times, that anger is exploited by politicians, to gin up votes along racial lines, or to make up for a politician’s own failings.”
I might point out that there were, and still are, many white people who have not gotten a piece of the American Dream as well, but they don't have claims of "discrimination" to blame it on. That's just an easy excuse to proclaim victimhood. Obama did, however, attempt to distance himself from Wright repeatedly, by referring to him as his "former minister". But then he said the following:
“And this helps explain, perhaps, my relationship with Reverend Wright. As imperfect as he may be, he has been like family to me. He strengthened my faith, officiated my wedding, and baptized my children. Not once in my conversations with him have I heard him talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms, or treat whites with whom he interacted with anything but courtesy and respect. He contains within him the contradictions – the good and the bad – of the community that he has served diligently for so many years. 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.”
So apparently, nothing has changed for the man who campaigns on "change." But what else could he do and still appear genuine? Any sudden reversal of Obama’s position on Wright or the TUCC would appear as nothing more than a political move to salvage his campaign. His statements were a subtle admission that he was aware of the controversial statements by Wright at the time they were made, yet still insists that he now "strongly condemns" those statement.
“I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy. For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely – just as I’m sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.”
Those are not exactly the questions being asked of Obama. No one asked if Obama knew him to be a fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy. The question was; - did Obama hear, or have prior knowledge of Wright's outrageous anti-American statements such as "God damn America," and 911 was American's own fault, etc.? Obama's answer was, "Of course."
The question was not; - did Obama ever hear Wright make remarks that could be considered controversial while he sat in the church. The question was; - did Obama ever hear Wright make hateful racist statements as we saw in the video clips? Obama's answer was "Yes."
The questions was not; - did Obama disagree with many of Wright's political views. The question was; - did Obama disagree with the anti-American and racist statements made by Jeremiah Wright? Obama's answer was "Absolutely." But why then did he never express his disagreement to Wright about these statements? Instead, he tries to dismiss the issue by saying that "many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed." That may be, but I doubt that many of you have ever heard remarks from your priests or rabbis that sounded anything like the remarks made by Jeremiah Wright.
Obama suggests that we should just move on from this issue and change the subject. This is reminiscent of Al Gore proclaiming "the debate on global warming is over," so Obama returns to the usual liberal rhetoric with:
“We can play Reverend Wright’s sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words. We can do that. But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we’ll be talking about some other distraction. And then another one. And then another one. And nothing will change. That is one option. Or, at this moment, in this election, we can come together and say, “Not this time...” "We need to solve monumental problems including a chronic healthcare crisis and potentially devastating climate change..."
Let's get a couple of things straight right now. There is no "chronic healthcare crisis" in this country. Those crises exist in countries where they have government imposed, socialized healthcare of the kind Obama and Clinton want to impose on the American people. A healthcare crisis would have people dying in the streets from uncontrolled disease. In our country, we have pretty much the same healthcare that we have always had where no one is turned away from receiving the medical care they require. We only ask that you pay for what you get, but if you can't pay, you still get it. Healthcare has only become a “crisis” since it became a political campaign issue. There is no healthcare "crisis" any more than natural climate change is “devastating.” You'll notice that liberals don't call it "global warming" anymore since it's become apparent that the globe is no longer warming. The only thing warming up is the political rhetoric.
Obama goes on to apparently blame failing black students on the white ruling class:
"Segregated schools are inferior schools. We still haven't fixed that 50 years after Brown vs. Board of Education. And the inferior education they provided then and now helps explain the pervasive education gap between today's black and white students."
Is that a fact? If so, then how did Barack and Michelle become so well educated? We even gave them that horrible "bussing" program but Obama is telling us that it didn't do any good. So it's the white man's fault that black kids are failing in school, and not the fault of the black culture itself and the way black kids are being brought up these days?
Here’s a news flash for Barack. We no longer have “segregated" schools, and the problems he is talking about are systemic throughout all public schools, not because of any discrimination, but because the education system is being run by liberals who would rather indoctrinate than educate.
Obama gave us a rare and candid look into the black church as he explained - and yes justified - the anger in the black community against the whites as having it's roots in discrimination prior to the civil rights act. That anger is manifest in a large portion of the black community as racism against whites. For the most part, whites have gotten over their racial feelings about blacks, and want to accept them as equal Americans. But according to Obama, the racism against whites in the black community is just as strong as it ever was. So the question is; - exactly where is the real source of racism in America? Is it in the white community, or in the black community? Obama has just answered that question.
It's not a question of just brushing off Jeremiah Wright as some sideshow issue and moving on. It has been revealed who Obama is and who he represents. It has been revealed to too many now that Obama is not the candidate they want to ascend to the presidency. It's over for Obama, but he still doesn't get it. Even if he wins the Democrat nomination, he can't win the general election when non Democrats will have a say in the outcome.
I really believe young Barack means well, but his perspective on America is all wrong. Wrong because of the influence Rev. Jeremiah Wright has had on his young life, and wrong because of his Marxist-Socialist philosophy which is in total conflict with the American capitalist, free enterprise system. Rather than encouraging personal responsibility in his people, he promotes government entitlements, and the excuse of slavery and racial discrimination to avoid it.
In his closing statements, Obama told the story of one of his campaign workers which began like this:
“There is a young, twenty-three year old white woman named Ashley Baia who organized for our campaign in Florence, South Carolina...And Ashley said that when she was nine years old, her mother got cancer. And because she had to miss days of work, she was let go and lost her health care. They had to file for bankruptcy, and that’s when Ashley decided that she had to do something to help her mom. She knew that food was one of their most expensive costs, and so Ashley convinced her mother that what she really liked and really wanted to eat more than anything else was mustard and relish sandwiches. Because that was the cheapest way to eat.”
Obama ended his speech by again repeating that blacks and whites must come together but offered no solution to the problem of racism that exists in the black community, that must be resolved before any coming together can happen. Socialism isn't going to solve it. I can only suggest that if Obama is elected as our president, we are all going to be eating mustard and relish sandwiches after paying our taxes to pay for Obama’s programs.