Monday, March 24, 2008

Obama Obscenities?


I don't know how big of a deal to make of this....but since it's something that will probably gain national media attention, I thought I'd mention it in advance of the lumbering dinosaur media.

And since we're on the topic of Senator Obama, from Thomas Sowell:

Someone once said that a con man's job is not to convince skeptics but to enable people to continue to believe what they already want to believe.

Michael Medved's 3 Big Problems with Barack's Speech

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4 Comments:

Blogger Gayle said...

I have to leave for most of the day, and will have to come back to read the entire link and listen to the audio clip, Wordsmith, but from what I did read I'll bet the media, at least Fox News and right-wing talk shows, do make a big deal out of it.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 7:39:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I have to leave for most of the day, and will have to come back to read the entire link and listen to the audio clip, Wordsmith, but from what I did read I'll bet the media, at least Fox News and right-wing talk shows, do make a big deal out of it.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 7:39:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Sowell's column is really good, as he usually has the courage to tell what needs to be said. Unlike the 'brave' Obama who refuses to confront his friend, the minister Wright. I wonder what he thinks of the new preacher in his church, Wright's successor. He certainly made a splash on Easter Sunday.

I'm still a Medved listener. Still just him and Bill Bennett.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 8:00:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Another piece from Medved:

Friday, March 21, 2008
Obama's Mysteries -- Revealed!
Posted by: Michael Medved at 10:20 PM

The biggest mystery about Barack Obama’s relationship with Pastor Jeremiah Wright is why the ambitious young politician ever chose to affiliate himself with such a controversial and radical congregation in the first place?

With all its emphasis on “blackness” and loyalty to “black values” and “black leadership,” its “non-negotiable commitment to Africa” (rather than the USA that nourished and privileged him), why would Trinity United Church of Christ appeal to a bi-racial rising star, raised entirely by white relatives, who seems so sincere in his emphasis on trans-racial unity and patriotism?

In an excellent column in today’s Wall Street Journal, Naomi Schaefer Riley provides the answer by quoting Obama himself. “As Mr. Obama recounts in his memoir,” she writes, “he went to meet Pastor Wright because he was advised that it would ‘help your (community organizing) if you had a churchhome…It doesn’t matter where really.’ So he became a member of the largest black church in the neighborhood thereby furthering his activism and eventually getting the votes of Trinity’s 8,000 congregants. Which is fine, but such an attachment is more utilitarian than religious. And sooner or later its true character will show.”

In other words, Obama’s never felt particularly committed to the Afro-Centric ideology of Pastor Wright and his church – with its stained-glass windows highlighting the life of a black-skinned Jesus.

This may reassure the public about his racial attitudes, but it’s hardly reassuring as a testimonial to his character.

We’re left with only two alternatives to consider this odd relationship, both of them highly unflattering to Senator Obama.

Either (as Ms. Riley argues) he joined the church out of political convenience, rather than faith or else he this week jettisoned the long relationship with Pastor Wright out of convenience rather than conviction.

There’s no sense that he can claim he was sincere and honest in both his initial attraction to the church and his current efforts to distance itself from its black supremacist stance.

It’s possible that both decisions reflect political calculation rather than heart-felt faith, or that one of the two shows his true feelings, but there’s no credible way to claim that he was completely straight and genuine in both his original decision to join the church and his recent denunciations of the intemperate extremism of its spiritual leader.

So, Senator, which is it—you were either a phony when you joined Trinity, or you’re a phony now – or else you’ve spent all of the last twenty years manipulating symbols of faith for political convenience.

None of the available choices make the presidential candidate look good, let alone heroic and fresh as an agent of messianic change.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 12:39:00 AM  

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