Is Barack Obama Alien?

By: Randall H. Nunn

The Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Senator Barack Obama’s spiritual mentor, believes, among other things, that merging Marxism with the Gospel may show the way to a better tomorrow. The basis for the black liberation philosophies advocated by Reverend Wright is the work of James Cone, founder of the modern black liberation theology movement. Senator Obama, a graduate of Harvard Law School and a member of Reverend Wright’s congregation for many years, surely knows the views of Reverend Wright and presumably the views of James Cone. Does Senator Obama believe that merging Marxism with the gospel will show the way to a better tomorrow? And, if not, why did he sit in Reverend Wright’s congregation for more than 20 years, listening to his anti-American tirades and soaking up philosophies incompatible with the views of the great majority of Americans?

If one disagrees with a philosophy disseminated from the pulpit, not in a subtle and devious fashion but in a blisteringly blatant bombardment by a loud and rabid activist, how likely is it that he or she would remain as a loyal attendee of the church? Yet, Senator Obama and his wife continued to attend Reverend Wright’s ranting sermons with no protest. None, that is, until Senator Obama realized that his attendance of Wright’s church and support for his “spiritual mentor” might become a political liability. And even then, Senator Obama was careful not to totally repudiate Reverend Wright. Obama said he “strongly disagreed” with “many” of Wright’s political views. It’s just that it took over 20 years for this Harvard-trained lawyer and aspirant to The White House to get worked up enough to register his disagreement. I have a feeling that the majority of Americans do not believe Obama’s remarks aimed, as they were, at carefully distancing himself from Wright’s more outrageous statements without antagonizing the far left wing of his party.

What does the Reverend Wright affair tell us about Senator Obama’s political views? It clearly tells us that Senator Obama is not just liberal—he is liberal to the point of being radical and on the very fringe of liberal political thinking in this country. Of course, Senator Obama’s soothing words and mellifluous voice seek to reassure Americans that he is a gentle and decent man who is in the mainstream of American political thought. In fact, many of us suspect that he is much more comfortable with Reverend Wright’s Marxist philosophy and radical opinions than either he, the mainstream media or the Democratic Party would have us think.

Webster defines “alien” as “differing in nature or character typically to the point of incompatibility”.The Reverend Wright imbroglio leads to one inescapable conclusion if one uses all of his or her faculties and life experiences in analyzing the statements and explanations of Senator Obama—that Senator Obama’s political beliefs are alien to those of the vast majority of Americans. Senator Obama’s true political views—those distilled from his actions over the past decades as opposed to those carefully contrived words that ooze with slithering smoothness from his lips—confirm that he is the most liberal senator in the U.S. Senate and probably the most liberal person ever to run for the presidency.

One does not continue to sit in a congregation for over 20 years listening to Marxist philosophies and anti-American sentiment if one does not agree, in whole or in part, with such sentiments. One does not take the title of his best-selling book, “The Audacity of Hope”, from the sermons of a minister who espouses such far left political views unless one agrees with them, in whole or in part. And one does not consistently and regularly vote in favor of a liberal agenda in the Senate and state legislature unless one is a dedicated liberal supporter of greater government control over our lives. Senator Obama is alien to American mainstream political thought and values.

We can all admire a candidate’s rhetorical skills and glibness on the campaign trail. However, there comes a time for plain talking and direct answers to questions about a candidate’s political philosophy when a candidate’s beliefs are called into serious question by actions, or inactions, of the candidate himself. That time is now.

Randall H. Nunn is a Staff Writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. (

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