Barack and his minister – Thoughts from others


I have read so much about this topic, I want to share a few of the few choice articles and comments I’ve found…most with unique views and information (even humor) that I haven’t seen elsewhere:

First, Rich Lowry at the National Review has an article about the Geraldine Ferraro flap.  However, one of his comments is pertinent to this discussion about Barack, in general, and his minister as well:

And the left has cultivated a deeply paranoid worldview that sees everything through the prism of identity politics and assumes malign motives on the part of anyone not the “correct” gender or race.

I might add also that anyone can also be accused of malign motives, or misunderstanding, if you don’t have the proper “victimization”.  I had one commenter tell me “you don’t know what it feels like to be victimized”.  This was an insinuation that  I am not allowed to have any perspective on the Rev. Wright who was “victimized” over 40 years ago….because I apparently am not a victim.  (thank God!)

You know, since America’s government has made great progress over the last 40+ years in correcting, if not erasing racial injustice, I just wonder when the Reverend will ever feel like a survivor rather than a victim? One of his favorite “sons” Obama has a real chance at the Presidency– a black man in America –that sounds like an example of not just survival, but even thriving, to me.

 Another thought comes from Juan Williams, who is black and a liberal.  From Juan:

“…Wright’s sermons reflect “the victim mindset that is so self-defeating in the black community and one that is played on by weak black leadership that chooses to have black people identified as victims rather than inspiring them as people who have overcome. In posing as victims, they say the most prejudiced and vicious things, not only about whites but about America. They call it theology. In fact, it’s nothing but bigotry.”

Oh my goodness….I don’t always agree with Juan Williams, but I couldn’t have said that any better.  Full article:  From Newsmax’s Ron Kessler:  Obama Attended Hate America Sermon

And finally from Mark Steyn: Obama’s Pastor Disaster.  Steyn has an entertaining and unique way of getting the point across.  In one part, he basically points out how not everyone oppressed at one time or another wears their “victim” status on their sleeve; and they can even overcome and actually love America:

 The song the Rev. Wright won’t sing is by Irving Berlin, a contemporary of Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin and Lorenz Hart, all the sophisticated rhymesters. But only Berlin could have written without embarrassment “God Bless America.” He said it directly, unaffectedly, unashamedly – in seven words:

“God Bless America

Land that I love.”

Berlin was a Jew, and he suffered slights: He grew up in the poverty of New York’s Lower East Side. When he made his name and fortune, his marriage to a Park Avenue heiress resulted in her expulsion from the Social Register. In the Thirties, her sister moved in with a Nazi diplomat and proudly flaunted her diamond swastika to Irving. But Berlin spent his infancy in Temun, Siberia (until the Cossacks rode in and razed his village), and he understood the great gift he’d been given:

“God Bless America

Land that I love.”

The Rev. Wright can’t say those words. His shtick is:

“God damn America

Land that I loathe.”

I understand the Ellis Island experience of Russian Jews was denied to blacks. But not to Obama. His experience surely isn’t so different to Berlin’s – except that Barack got to go to Harvard. Obama’s father was a Kenyan, he spent his childhood in Indonesia, and he ought to thank his lucky stars that he’s running for office in Washington rather than Nairobi or Jakarta.

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