March 19, 2008

Measure Of The Man

Obama's speech has told me what I need to know...

What I learned from Barack Obama's Philadelphia speech...

Barack Obama will tell a bald faced lie if he feels it politically expedient. There is simply no other conclusion to be drawn, no other way to reconcile the denial of knowledge, and subsequent acceptance of knowledge, of Reverend Jeremiah "McCrazy" Wright:

March 15th: "But the sermons I've always hear were no different than the sermons you hear in many African-American churches. I had not heard him make such, what I consider to be objectionable remarks from the pulpit. Had I heard them while I was in church, I would have objected. Had that been the tenor of the church generally, I probably wouldn't be a member of the church."

March 18th: "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..."

So which is it? It is, of course, the latter, the first claim was simply unbelievable. To return to an analogy we've used before, one does not eat at the same restaurant for 20 years and profess ignorance of the menu. He had might as well have said he attended the sermons, but didn't inhale - too incredulous and clever by half. So, now he's apparently got religion and copped to attending church with the full knowledge that the Reverend occasionally asked the Lord Almighty to use his omnipotent power to damn the United States. Now that we've cleared that up...

Barack Obama will use his own grandmother as a political prop. The wheels on the bus may go round and round, but it goes right over his poor Grandmother, who he felt he could toss under the bus - and who, if she could get the bus off of her, might be rolling over in her grave.

"I can no more disown him (Reverend McNutty) 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."

The ease of using Grandma as a decoy buoy leaves a bad taste in ones mouth. Grandma loves me, but Grandma was... what exactly? A racist? A closet bigot? Not so closeted? And note that Grandma made him cringe, but 20 years of the Sermon on Mount Crazy didn't evoke any public comment until it started causing trouble with his campaign machinery.

Here's a question I am *dying* for someone to ask - did Barack ever take his white mother or grandparents to his church for a taste of Reverend Wrights bilious rants?

Barack Obama will present a Hobson's Choice as your only choice. This paragraph actually tells you all you want to know, and is masterful in creating a choice that actually is no choice at all. Let's pick it apart. Here is your choice, America:

"For we have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism." First, establish an onerous windmill to tilt against. "We can tackle race only as spectacle - as we did in the OJ trial - or in the wake of tragedy, as we did in the aftermath of Katrina - or as fodder for the nightly news." Okay, here he's attempting to establish both the middle ground and moral high ground - by choosing two well known racial touchstones and take his position as being distanced from each. It is an appeal to occupy a reasonable center. "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." Ah, here's the first punch - almost a soft, rhetorical blackmail that intones the playing of these videos - which are the center of this controversy - is part of the problem, part of cynical racial politics, is in itself a racially charged act. "We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she's playing the race card" The follow up punch, when stuck in the mud, attempt to drag your opponent down with you. This says "See Mom! It's not just me!" - rhetorical smoke screen. "...or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies." This is a shot at the solar plexus of the electorate. Translation - white males, you aren't going to be racist and vote for John McCain en masse are you? Or just the racist ones? Are you racist white McCain voters still beating your wives?

Setting up this almost caricaturish false set of alternatives uses a well worn rhetorical tool to create a choice that is indeed no choice at all.

Barack Obama will divine the victim in all of us. I guess the audacity of hope demands an abundance of despair. To be honest, the grievance politics of Reverend Wright and Barack Obama are not that far apart - we noted the hard left coating to the chewy center of Wright's obnoxious anti-American tirades. Both rely on the presupposition that we are all getting screwed - for Wright, it is white America, for Obama, corporations. Bogeymen of different stripes are still bogeymen.

Barack Obama wants you to pay no attention to that man behind the pulpit. As noted above, his speech has soft sold the notion that continuing to play the incendiary remarks of Reverend Wacko is an act that continues racial exacerbation - nevermind the net result is to bury a problem for him. The Reverend has almost been disassociated from being truly a party to his remarks: because he is a product of a segregated upbringing, because he baptized his kids, because Barack simply knows him better than us, and trust him, he's really not all that bad once you get to know him. He's been doing "God's work" which apprently when it doesn't involve invoking the Lord's damnation upon the nation he resides in, "housed the homeless", presumably put there by white racism, spent time "ministering to the needy", presumably robbed by whites, provided "day care services and scholarships and prison ministries", which I assume was the best place to inculcate hate and anti-social racist rhetoric, and "reaching out to those suffering from HIV/AIDS", which I can presume also included letting them know their disease was caused by the US government and designed to get rid of minorities.

Obama has tried to inoculate this relationship, to create some kind of perverse equivalence that intones that we all have disagreements with the our pastors on some things, don't we?

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.

This is phony baloney - these aren't remarks which we disagree with, these are outlandish invective that go far, far beyond doctrinal or topical disagreement. There are topics upon which reasonable people can disagree - and Reverend Wright isn't bringing up a single one of them. That AIDS is a bio-weapon created by whites to off the earth's black population isn't something reasonable people can disagree upon, it is a lunatic proposition wholesale. Obama's ridiculous attempt to equate this idiocy with the differences one may have with your church on what to serve at the Sunday social or if full immersion is the only scripturally approved form of baptism is insulting. Recommending that his worshipers sing God Damn America instead of God Bless America is not a topic on which reasonable people can disagree, it is in fact a most unreasonable topic which reasonable people will find offensive.

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain, because he may be saying something crazy to the next President of the United States...

Posted by MEC2 at March 19, 2008 03:27 AM
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