Obama’s Race Speech

Affirmative Action Definedan exercise by wide-eyed liberals to purchase racial reconciliation on the cheap.

Obama’s own words…..I am sure he didn’t mean to reveal this little truth, but finally a liberal is truthful on affirmative action! Obama says in his speech today:

“On one end of the spectrum, we’ve heard the implication that my candidacy is somehow an exercise in affirmative action; that it’s based solely on the desire of wide-eyed liberals to purchase racial reconciliation on the cheap.”

You heard it from the leading liberal contender for President ladies and gentleman — 

Who knew? 🙂 ( I am having a little fun with that, can you tell?)

Anyway, more on the points of his speech—I did not view the speech live, but have read the transcript from the Drudge Report a couple of times or more.

When I first read it, I thought it may work for him….as I read it again, I began to really get angry at assumptions that this man makes about America and people of all colors.  This man claims to be a unifier, but he consistently talks about people according to their race, color, religion, you name it.

I have a few thoughts and reactions to what I read…..and then I will post other thoughts from those around the blogs

Obama says:

For the men and women of Reverend Wright’s generation, the memories of humiliation and doubt and fear have not gone away; nor has the anger and the bitterness of those years.

Why is that?  Rush Limbaugh had a great point today about this when responding to a caller who was upset about things happening to him in the 1960’s!  Rush’s response was everyone has been discriminated against or not liked in one form or another; some forms worse than others.  But you must find a way to overcome those types of problems and prevail—-in my words, become a survivor!  You can’t wallow in your pity for years and then have to explain at the end of your life why you couldn’t move past that point.  That is the pass Obama gives Jeremiah Wright….for some reason, he believes that it is justified to remain in victim status and never become “survivor”–no matter the efforts that have been made to right the wrong.

That anger may not get expressed in public, in front of white co-workers or white friends. But it does find voice in the barbershop or around the kitchen table.

No problem expressing it amongst those who think alike—while it may be totally useful to do so, it doesn’t make the pity and victimhood legitimate.

In fact, a similar anger exists within segments of the white community. Most working- and middle-class white Americans don’t feel that they have been particularly privileged by their race. Their experience is the immigrant experience – as far as they’re concerned, no one’s handed them anything, they’ve built it from scratch. They’ve worked hard all their lives, many times only to see their jobs shipped overseas or their pension dumped after a lifetime of labor. They are anxious about their futures, and feel their dreams slipping away; in an era of stagnant wages and global competition, opportunity comes to be seen as a zero sum game, in which your dreams come at my expense. …..

…..Just as black anger often proved counterproductive, so have these white resentments distracted attention from the real culprits of the middle class squeeze – a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many.

When I read this….first thought was, so it is White America that suppressed blacks 40 years ago (and White America, is still to blame for the issues in Black America)….and it is White America that is suppressing White America!  And somehow we are all victims and we need Barack in order to become “survivors”.  His statements reek of an interesting twist of Socialism, Marxism (class struggle/exploited workers), and Facism (victimhood). 

The profound mistake of Reverend Wright’s sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society. It’s that he spoke as if our society was static; as if no progress has been made; as if this country – a country that has made it possible for one of his own members to run for the highest office in the land and build a coalition of white and black; Latino and Asian, rich and poor, young and old — is still irrevocably bound to a tragic past. But what we know — what we have seen – is that America can change. That is true genius of this nation. What we have already achieved gives us hope – the audacity to hope – for what we can and must achieve tomorrow. 

What really upsets me about this passage is that Obama speaks as a person with an inherent view that America IS bad.  He sounds like the Reverend only with a masterful speaking ability and less self-feeding emotion. 

Obama forever sections America off into race, color, financial status, religion…..yet claims to be the Uniter.

You know, on the surface, you can view the words of his speech as rational, but read it again….there is frequently an underlying tone or theme to Barack’s charmed words that “America is bad and needs change”, “People are divided by race, class, creed, religion”, White America has made it bad for Whites and Blacks alike”—-we are all victims of this bad thing called America!  I just don’t buy it….

Early on Obama says:

This was one of the tasks we set forth at the beginning of this campaign – to continue the long march of those who came before us, a march for a more just, more equal, more free, more caring and more prosperous America. I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together….

I am always amazed at those of the “liberal persuasion” that somehow America just doesn’t have enough justice, freedom, caring, prosperity.  I don’t say that from the standpoint that we are perfect with no room for improvement or enhancing those traits of the country. 

But I say it because Obama and liberals use those words with their own skewed view of America, its history, and its founding.  As examples:

  • Where justice is concerned, they want to eliminate the death penalty and think “too many are in prison”;
  • Where freedom is concerned, they recite the freedoms outlined in the constitution, yet wish to silence those with different views, strip away the right to own guns, even strip life from the smallest among us;
  • Caring–where communities and individuals have proven an ability to help those among us, liberals want government to do it; and
  • Prosperity – they want wealth for themselves, but your prosperity must be shared among the masses.

Thoughts of others—Excerpts from around The Corner at National Review Online:

From Kathryn Jean Lopez:  

“The more I think about this speech, the more I think Obama said: Damn straight, Rev. Wright is angry. That’s how I wound up at his church. That’s why I stay there. I’m mad too, I just control it better. Now let’s get electing me president so we can all feel good. “

Kathryn Jean Lopez from e-mail:

An e-mail: “the NYTimes and other MSM will officially declare this issue over after this speech. but it has the same emptiness of his standard stump speech, and he still hasn’t said how it is he could sit in any church where the minister damns America from its pulpit.”

I think if you want to be romanced by your candidate, he romanced you. And if you’re a guilty white person, you’re with Obama because he said so.

And if you’re a Democrat (and maybe some MSM-acceptable conservatives), you loved, loved, loved that he hit right-wing talkers.

If his audience was super-delegates, job well done. This speech won’t win him the general, however. 

From Kathleen Parker:

What may be most telling about Obama’s predicament may be found in his reference to his white grandmother — her fear of black men on the streets and her stereotypical remarks about blacks. He said he cringed, but I’m betting he did more than that. Those remarks had to cut deep. A young boy who looks different from his immediate family is going to have identity issues of much greater magnitude than your run-of-the-mill  “Who Am I?” questions all adolescents usually ask. His narrative of self-discovery and self-identification as an African American in Chicago begins there and the subtext is that his own source of emotional nourishment was polluted by a prejudice that was aimed indirectly at him. His grandmother — his surrogate mother at that point — rejected the black man he was becoming. The anger Obama heard in Rev. Wright’s church may not have felt so alien after all.

From Rich Lowry e-mail:

AP is reporting that Obama is “calling for both sides to tone down its rhetoric.”    

That’s the story then, that Reverend Wright is no worse than Geraldine Ferraro or anyone and anything that the Republicans will serve up this fall. So let’s just tone it down – all of us – and work towards universal health care and getting out of Iraq. That’s what the Founders would want.

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  1. […] In God We Trust Blog wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt Affirmative Action Defined:  an exercise by wide-eyed liberals to purchase racial reconciliation on the cheap. Obama’s own words…..I am sure he didn’t mean to reveal this little truth, but finally a liberal is truthful on affirmative action! Obama says in his speech today: “On one end of the spectrum, we’ve heard the implication that my candidacy is somehow an exercise in affirmative action; that it’s based solely on the desire of wide-eyed liberals to purchase racial reconciliation on the c […]

  2. I was once an Obama supporter and made hundreds of calls for him, but now I do not trust him. His actions speak louder than his words, and by continuing to stand by Rev Wright speaks volumes. I cannot support Obama and I believe he is now a very scary candidate since Wright’s church gave a big award to Louis Faracon.

    Civil Rights in this country and Racism just took a giant leap backwords thanks to Rev Wright and Obama. By the way, why did Rev Wright leave the country and fly to Africa… he can’t even talk to reporters.

    We must insure that Obama does not win because he is really scary, more scary than Hillary.


    Why, after 20 years at that house of ill-worship, couldn’t Barak Hussein Obama get the WrongReverand Wright to tone his rhetoric down? And, how is it we should feel guilty when they injected race into this, not us? And, if he is such an abject failure to achieve calm in his own back yard, just how does he think he can achieve it nationally?

    His con-job is, hopefully, becoming exposed for the “hoodwink” that it is trying to be.

    Oh, and I’ve seen where his wife whined that he was, as a black man, likely tp get shot at a gas station. Yes, right, shot by a black man, more than likely. What a sad twisted person, and what a sad time for America where someone like him can come so vary far on nothing but hype and smoot talk.

  4. Obama is the “mole” candidate of the CPUSA, he is the perfect blend of Rascism + Marxism to hoodwink the white guilt vote, the oppressed white vote & by capturing 90% of the black vote, gaining the WH. This was a stealth campaign that just got sidetracked by the need for Obama to address his true racial position to stay in the run for the D nomination.
    Never ever trust a Lieberal, sp, they always lie!
    Scratch a Lieberal and get a Socialist if not worse.
    Joe McCarthy was an American Heroe!

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