The Candidate and Reverend Wrong
By: Erik Rush
Itâ€™s been a little over a year since my column â€œObaminationâ€ originally appeared in this space, but the disturbing nature of Democrat presidential hopeful Barack Obamaâ€™s relationship with his pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright finally made it into the mainstream press last week. Several video excerpts of Wrightâ€™s sermons were aired in which the Reverend called upon God to damn America (using the common distasteful colloquialism), strongly intimated that the United States â€œdeservedâ€ 9/11 as a consequence of its foreign policy, and made claims that ours is a nation controlled by â€œrich white peopleâ€ who engineered the AIDS virus to kill blacks and markets narcotics to blacks in order to keep them incarcerated.
That individuals who subscribe to such insanity not only breed but vote is one of the most frightening concepts I can bring to mind at present.
For those who could do with a refresher: Early in 2007 I was indirectly approached by journalists in the Chicago area who were terribly concerned that this man who appeared poised to make a serious run for the Presidency (Obama) attended Chicagoâ€™s Trinity United Church, an outfit headed up by a seething, anti-American black nationalist (Wright), with whom he was very close. They were also experiencing vexation due to the fact that theyâ€™d had no success whatever in getting the word out.
Enter resident race-traitor black conservative columnist, Yours Truly. â€œObaminationâ€ ran on February 20, 2007, and was followed up later that month by (among other things) my appearance on Fox Newsâ€™ Hannity and Colmes. The only upshot of this occurrences was that:
1. Obama publicly distanced himself from Wright â€“ which no doubt incensed the Reverend,
2. Trinity United Church removed (and later relocated) its core doctrine, the Twelve Point Black Value System from its website, and
3. Wright posted a â€œF*** Erik Rush and everyone who looks like himâ€ screed thereupon.
Since Obama began having success in the primaries, Iâ€™ve received increasing numbers of emails from Americans who â€“ in their search to learn more about the candidate â€“ came across the Hannity and Colmes interview, Wrightâ€™s abysmal rebuttal on March 1, 2007, as well as subsequent columns I penned on the subject. Most have been shocked, and many have been grateful.
Obamaâ€™s initial assertions that Wright was akin to the opinionated but harmless uncle who occasionally goes over the top is a major sleeve-snicker if one has researched the issue at all or knows the history of Obama, Wright and Trinity United. Wright (by his admission) preaches Black Liberation Theology, which (not by his admission) is a Marxist-influenced, racist brand that arose during the 1960s, and is about as â€œChristianâ€ as certain white supremacist â€œchurches.â€
Liberal pundits (both black and otherwise) and callers to radio talk shows flooded venues insisting that Wrightâ€™s comments had been taken out of context. This is patent delusion; the context was all there, and Wrightâ€™s sentiments are evident. He adheres to insane racist conspiracy theories and the worst far Left dogma on the market.
At first, Obamaâ€™s weak response was accepted at face value. Some members of the press however, recognized the serious implications and media stories proliferated. On Friday afternoon, â€œM.C. B-Boâ€ denounced Wrightâ€™s words, calling the sermons in question â€œinflammatory and appalling.â€
A bold, decisive move? Perhaps some expected that he should say: â€œI stand by every word Reverend Wright said. America is indeed a damnable nation, a hotbed of controlling, rich white filth. If elected President, I shall do everything in my power to raze it to its foundation. Furthermore, I think that whites in America might benefit immensely in the long run from 400 years of enslavement. So there.â€
He wants to be President. Like so many before him, heâ€™ll say anything he has to say.
On Friday evening, Obama spoke with Fox Newsâ€™ Major Garrett, who did not softball the Senator. This columnistâ€™s assessment is that Obama did not acquit himself well. Although he adhered to earlier claims that Wrightâ€™s words were unacceptable and that he did not share his views, Obama was evasive, equivocal and even a tad (Bill) Clintonesque regarding Garrettâ€™s questions and took on the role of an apologist for Wright. He was on the spot and he knew it. Most telling was his use of the term â€œsocial gospel,â€ which gives an indication that he is far more familiar with and accepting of Wrightâ€™s sickening philosophy than he admits.
Nothing Obama said on Friday vis-Ã -vis this controversy addressed his view of Reverend Wright in light of it, his 20-year relationship with him, or clarified his own religious beliefs. His claims of â€œplausible deniabilityâ€ (â€œI never heard the statements while I was sitting in the pewsâ€) are incredulous at best, outright lies at worst. Wright only spoke to him about Jesus, love and helping people. Besides, heâ€™s retired now.
Are Americans that gullible? We shall certainly see.
Despite Obama himself having wisely refrained from making race an issue, the hypocrisy surrounding the topic in this campaign has been appalling. When former Vice-Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro couched the idea that America was ready for a black president in verbiage deemed unacceptable by the Obama-struck, she was branded a racist. Only the dullest individual would deny that had a white candidate been aligned as closely with a white racist pastor, they would have been shot from a cannon within hours. Their campaign would be over no matter what they said.
In the end itâ€™s going to come down to the fact that no one can definitively ascertain what is in Barack Obamaâ€™s heart, and whether his actions and associations will speak louder to the American voter than his seductive rhetoric.
For my part, I have no doubt that Obama adheres to the canon of Reverend Wright and Trinity United Church. One simply doesnâ€™t sit in a pew for twenty years and listen to that sort of swill unless they are in agreement with it. A pastor who holds such opinions doesnâ€™t conveniently veil them for the sake of one parishioner, unless we are now expected to believe that Wright possesses acute precognitive abilities and thus held himself in abeyance for years in Obamaâ€™s presence because he knew all of this was coming.
Like former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (who was one man in his home state of South Dakota and a far Left moonbat in the Senate), Obama has been playing two politicians. His persona of the charismatic, unifying orator who would usher in a bright new era in American politics and social development is but a mask. Underneath lies a far Left black nationalist who identifies completely with such as Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, their acolytes, and the acerbic black talking heads who materialized to defend Obama and Wright on the airwaves.
â€œWho are you to question his [Obamaâ€™s] Christianity?â€ Alan Colmes asked me on-air a year ago. I stand by what I said: Black Liberation Theology is not Christianity, Trinity United Church is a cult, and neither Jeremiah Wright nor Barack Obama are Christians in the biblical sense.
In Wrightâ€™s March 2007 rebuttal, he stated that members of Trinity United Church consider themselves Africans. This means that it is quite likely we may wind up with a president who doesnâ€™t even consider himself an American.
Forget the political Right and Left. Donâ€™t you think that Americaâ€™s first black president ought to be someone who dearly loves this country and at least respects everyone therein, rather than a closet black militant with a historical perspective that resides in the 1950s, who was mentored by a foul-mouthed, bitter old fool with a historical perspective that resides in the 1930s, hates more than half of all Americans, and calls upon the Almighty to damn America?
Erik Rush is a Staff Writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. (www.thenma.org).