Barack Obama’s “Spiritual Advisor”

What is your opinion of Obama and his relationship to Reverand Wright?

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  1. NOT MUCH!!

  2. The Barack Obama Double Standard
    By Doug Patton
    March 17, 2008

    Imagine in 1999, that a videotape had come to light showing the pastor of Texas Gov. George W. Bush’s church making vicious, hateful comments about America and cruel, racist statements about Americans of color. Suppose this preacher had given a lifetime achievement award to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, and had traveled to Europe with Duke to meet with neo-Nazi terrorists.

    Now try to envision that the candidate’s family had attended this church for more than twenty years, that George and Laura Bush had been married there, by this pastor, and that the Bush daughters had been baptized by him.

    Picture George Bush titling his autobiography after a phrase in one of this minister’s sermons, writing that the man was his mentor, and then putting him on the presidential campaign staff as a trusted advisor and confidant.

    Say it came to light that for several years George W. Bush had been friends with Eric Rudolph, the notorious Olympic Park bomber and anti-abortion terrorist. Furthermore, let’s suppose that Bush had remained friends with Rudolph over the years and still considered him a colleague today.

    Now imagine Laura Bush, on the campaign trail for her husband, telling supporters and the national media that America is “mean” and that for the first time in her adult life she was proud of her country.

    Is there a doubt that Republican officeholders would have run from the Bush campaign like rats from a burning barn, that he would have become the political leper of the 2000 campaign? And what about the media? They virtually crucified candidate Bush that year for daring to give a speech at Bob Jones University, which had once banned interracial dating. I cannot imagine the field day they would have had with something like this.

    And yet excuses are made for Barack Obama, who now finds himself in exactly this situation. Obama’s pastor of more than two decades – the man who married Barack and Michelle Obama, who christened their daughters, who inspired the title of the candidate’s book, “The Audacity of Hope,” – is now at the center of a storm that would have destroyed the candidacy of
    any Republican the day the story broke.

    Rev. Jeremiah Wright, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago for the last 36 years, has been caught on tape denouncing the United States and the white race in terms that should shock and disgust every thinking American. Wright and the church swear allegiance to the “mother country” – Africa. (Presumably this includes the Obama family.)

    Rather than trying to infuse his congregation with hope and encouragement, Wright poisons them with vitriol about how the U.S. government has tried to commit genocide against the black community using drugs and the AIDS virus as weapons of choice.

    “Don’t say God bless America,” Wright screams in one sermon. “God damn America!”

    Wright, representing the church, bestowed a lifetime achievement award on Louis Farrakhan, the racist leader of the Nation of Islam. In the 1980s, Wright traveled to Libya with Farrakhan to meet with Muammar Gaddafi.

    If Barack Obama has not been paying attention in church, it is apparent that his wife, Michelle, has. Campaigning for her husband recently, she said that for the first time in her adult life, she is finally proud of her country. In a separate speech, she said America is “a mean country.”

    Obama is friends with William Ayers, an admitted domestic terrorist with the Weather Underground, which declared war on the United States and claimed responsibility for bombing several government buildings, including the Pentagon and the State Department building, in the 1970s. In an interview with The New York Times, ironically published on the morning of September 11, 2001, Ayers was quoted as saying, “I don’t regret setting bombs; I feel we didn’t do enough.”

    Now a tenured professor at the University of Chicago (only in America!), Ayers met Barack Obama in the 1990s. They have remained friends ever since.

    We are judged not just by our words, but by the company we keep. The litmus test should not be whether or not everyone a candidate knows is ideal. That is an impossible standard. The true measure of a man is in his ability to choose friends with which he can be proud to stand shoulder to shoulder, not those about whom he must equivocate and for whom he must apologize.

  3. With all this information, doesn’t it seem ironic that so many Americans are backing Obama? Do they just not care where his allegiance lies?

    Most of us never heard of Obama before he decided to run for president. Where are his credentials in the political world?

    I just wonder who the Democrats will pick to be the Democratic candidate.

  4. Since Obama’s reverand hate speech has been seen Obama is taking hits in the polls. He’s dropped by twelve points in less than two weeks already.

  5. Just Some of What Defines Barack Obama:

    He voted against banning partial birth abortion.

    He voted no on notifying parents of minors who get
    out-of-state abortions.

    Supports affirmative action in Colleges and Government.

    In 2001 he questioned harsh penalties for drug dealing.

    Says he will deal with street level drug dealing as minimum wage affair.

    Admitted marijuana and cocaine use in high school and in college.

    His religious convictions are very murky.

    He is willing to meet with Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Kim Jung Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    Has said that one of his first goals after being elected would be to have a conference with all Muslim nations.

    Opposed the Patriot Act.

    First bill he signed that was passed was campaign finance reform.

    Voted No on prohibiting law suits against gun manufacturers.

    Supports universal health-care.

    Voted yes on providing habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees.

    Supports granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

    Supports extending welfare to illegal immigrants.

    Voted yes on comprehensive immigration reform.

    Voted yes on allowing illegal aliens to participate in
    Social Security.

    Wants to make the minimum wage a “living wage”.

    Voted with Democratic Party 96 percent of 251 votes.

    Is a big believer in the separation of church and state.

    Opposed to any efforts to Privatize Social Security and instead supports increasing the amount of tax paid.

    He voted No on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax

    He voted No on repealing the “Death” Tax

    He wants to raise the Capital Gains Tax.

    Has repeatedly said the surge in Iraq has not succeeded.

    He is ranked as the most liberal Senator in the Senate today and that takes some doing.

  6. Here’s Ann Coulter’s opinion…

    Throw Grandma Under the Bus
    by Ann Coulter

    Posted: 03/19/2008

    Obama gave a nice speech, except for everything he said about race. He apparently believes we’re not talking enough about race. This is like hearing Britney Spears say we’re not talking enough about pop-tarts with substance-abuse problems.

    By now, the country has spent more time talking about race than John Kerry has talked about Vietnam, John McCain has talked about being a POW, John Edwards has talked about his dead son, and Al Franken has talked about his USO tours.

    But the “post-racial candidate” thinks we need to talk yet more about race. How much more? I had my fill by around 1974. How long must we all marinate in the angry resentment of black people?

    As an authentic post-racial American, I will not patronize blacks by pretending Obama’s pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is anything other than a raving racist loon. If a white pastor had said what Rev. Wright said — not about black people, but literally, the exact same things — I think we’d notice that he’s crazier than Ward Churchill and David Duke’s love child. (Indeed, both Churchill and the Rev. Wright referred to the attacks of 9/11 as the chickens coming “home to roost.”)

    Imagine a white pastor saying: “Racism is the American way. Racism is how this country was founded, and how this country is still run. … We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority. And believe it more than we believe in God.”

    Imagine a white pastor calling Condoleezza Rice, “Condoskeezza Rice.”

    Imagine a white pastor saying: “No, no, no, God damn America — that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people! God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human! God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme!”

    We treat blacks like children, constantly talking about their temper tantrums right in front of them with airy phrases about black anger. I will not pat blacks on the head and say, “Isn’t that cute?” As a post-racial American, I do not believe “the legacy of slavery” gives black people the right to be permanently ill-mannered.

    Obama tried to justify Wright’s deranged rants by explaining that “legalized discrimination” is the “reality in which Rev. Wright and other African-Americans of his generation grew up.” He said that a “lack of economic opportunity among black men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one’s family, contributed to the erosion of black families.”

    That may accurately describe the libretto of “Porgy and Bess,” but it has no connection to reality. By Rev. Wright’s own account, he was 12 years old and was attending an integrated school in Philadelphia when Brown v. Board of Education was announced, ending “separate but equal” schooling.

    Meanwhile, at least since the Supreme Court’s decision in University of California v. Bakke in 1978 — and obviously long before that, or there wouldn’t have been a case or controversy for the court to consider — it has been legal for the government to discriminate against whites on the basis of their race.

    Consequently, any white person 30 years old or younger has lived, since the day he was born, in an America where it is legal to discriminate against white people. In many cases it’s not just legal, but mandatory, for example, in education, in hiring and in Academy Award nominations.

    So for half of Rev. Wright’s 66 years, discrimination against blacks was legal — though he never experienced it personally because it existed in a part of the country where he did not live. For the second half of Wright’s life, discrimination against whites was legal throughout the land.

    Discrimination has become so openly accepted that — in a speech meant to tamp down his association with a black racist — Obama felt perfectly comfortable throwing his white grandmother under the bus. He used her as the white racist counterpart to his black racist “old uncle,” Rev. Wright.

    First of all, Wright is not Obama’s uncle. The only reason we indulge crazy uncles is that everyone understands that people don’t choose their relatives the way they choose, for example, their pastors and mentors. No one quarrels with idea that you can’t be expected to publicly denounce your blood relatives.

    But Wright is not a relative of Obama’s at all. Yet Obama cravenly compared Wright’s racist invective to his actual grandmother, 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.”

    Rev. Wright accuses white people of inventing AIDS to kill black men, but Obama’s grandmother — who raised him, cooked his food, tucked him in at night, and paid for his clothes and books and private school — has expressed the same feelings about passing black men on the street that Jesse Jackson has.

    Unlike his “old uncle” — who is not his uncle — Obama had no excuses for his grandmother. Obama’s grandmother never felt the lash of discrimination! Crazy grandma doesn’t get the same pass as the crazy uncle; she’s white. Denounce the racist!

    Fine. Can we move on now?

    No, of course, not. It never ends. To be fair, Obama hinted that we might have one way out: If we elect him president, then maybe, just maybe, we can stop talking about race.

  7. Malcolm, maybe on has to be of color to understand.

    For that matter, when I turned on my computer this morning I saw a headline that a father killed himself and his three children in a field in Georgia and the first thing that came to mind was “HUMMM??? I bet he was white. Blacks aren’t known to do those kind of crimes!”

    Maybe it’s how we in the USA are conditioned? I’m not PRO-Obama yet if he IS elected president maybe that be Gods will to what our country needs right now.

    There is a reason China owns controlling interest in Bank of America. There is a reason the USA is selling it’s land and assets to foreign investors.

  8. Drew, I don’t think being of color is any excuse. African-Americans in this country have been afforded the greatest opportunity the world has ever known for advancement of their race – and many have taken advantage of it and live comfortably and productively. America has poured out its wealth, its tolerance, and its excuses for the attitudes and behavior of the remainder, yet apparently that’s not enough. The Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons and Louis Farrakans and Rev. Wrights try their best to make sure that relations don’t improve – that’s their key to power, fame and wealth. Until that affected segment of the African-American community turns away from such hate mongers and concentrates on taking advantage of what this country has to offer, relations will not improve. Obama has not done so (20 years in Wright’s “church”). That’s one reason I could never support him.

    The reason America’s wealth is disappearing is 1) the illegal Federal Reserve has interfered in the free market for over 80 years. The printing of fiat money (Nixon, 1971) spelled the end for the USA. Jefferson warned of the creation of a central bank. 2) Gutless politicians are more concerned about being reelected than they are about the good of the country. Our government – and our corporations – are almost totally corrupt. 3) The Constitution of the USA has been ignored. Our government is more fascist than ever, with a real possibility of either martial law or dictatorship within months or very few years.

    I could go on, but those are (in my opinion) the primary reasons for the downfall of our country.

  9. Malcolm, your response reads as someone who carrys a gun looking for some black man to shoot at but is too scared to actually use his gun so he misses his aim.

    I bet you shake at night and act like a big man in the day and behind your cover.

    Sad for you that you can not let go of your frustration.

    Think “LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Let it go! Go get a massage!

  10. Drew, I suggest you see a good psychiatrist.

  11. I agree with Malcolm. I do not think personal attacks are needed here. This forum is to express opinions and discuss.
    One more thing!! Obama is biracial. His mother was white. so literally speaking he is not a black man. How does one biracial decide what color they want to be anyway. Black, white, red, blue

  12. Pat Buchanan’s opinion…

    A Brief for Whitey
    by Patrick J. Buchanan

    How would he pull it off? I wondered.

    How would Barack explain to his press groupies why he sat silent in a pew for 20 years as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright delivered racist rants against white America for our maligning of Fidel and Gadhafi, and inventing AIDS to infect and kill black people?

    How would he justify not walking out as Wright spewed his venom about “the U.S. of K.K.K. America,” and howled, “God damn America!”

    My hunch was right. Barack would turn the tables.

    Yes, Barack agreed, Wright’s statements were “controversial,” and “divisive,” and “racially charged,” reflecting a “distorted view of America.” But we must understand the man in full and the black experience out of which the Rev. Wright came: 350 years of slavery and segregation.

    Barack then listed black grievances and informed us what white America must do to close the racial divide and heal the country. The “white community,” said Barack, must start “acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination — and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past — are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds … .”

    And what deeds must we perform to heal ourselves and our country?

    The “white community” must invest more money in black schools and communities, enforce civil rights laws, ensure fairness in the criminal justice system and provide this generation of blacks with “ladders of opportunity” that were “unavailable” to Barack’s and the Rev. Wright’s generations.

    What is wrong with Barack’s prognosis and Barack’s cure?

    Only this. It is the same old con, the same old shakedown that black hustlers have been running since the Kerner Commission blamed the riots in Harlem, Watts, Newark, Detroit and a hundred other cities on, as Nixon put it, “everybody but the rioters themselves.”

    Was “white racism” really responsible for those black men looting auto dealerships and liquor stories, and burning down their own communities, as Otto Kerner said — that liberal icon until the feds put him away for bribery.

    Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America.

    Fair enough. But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation. White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to. This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:

    First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.

    Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.

    Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ’60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.

    Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants.

    Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.

    We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?

    Barack talks about new “ladders of opportunity” for blacks. Let him go to Altoona and Johnstown, and ask the white kids in Catholic schools how many were visited lately by Ivy League recruiters handing out scholarships for “deserving” white kids.

    Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America? Is it really white America’s fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent? Is that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of the black community itself?

    As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?

    Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?

    We have all heard nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena. And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.

    Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago.

  13. How can one associate oneself with a church that spews racism and hatred from the pulpit and expect to be President.

    Drew, above you said “Love, love , love…” in a message full of hate. Do you support hate or love?

    Drew, why does on have to be of color to understand? I understand racism is wrong. How does that change based on my birth?

    Wrong is wrong. Drew, get your head out of that stinky place.

  14. Drew, in another post you talked about the selling of America to China and other foreign investors.

    Why is that?

    Do you know under whose watch this happened? Do you know anything about history or just repeat what hatred is spewed to you?

    While you are researching these, look up the word pawn.

  15. I know who I didn’t vote for!

  16. Drew, I don’t understand your post. Will you respond to any of the questions that were asked of you or just avoid the issues with some meaningless evasion?

  17. Obama video…

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