(first posted on March 19, 2008, updated July 3, 2008)
“We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.”
Barack Obama starts out improperly quoting the preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America, which reads:
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Obama shortens “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union…” down to just “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.”
That may seem insignificant at first, but it’s not. Will Obama’s speech be true to the Constitution of the United States of America, or true to the Constitution of the Communist Party of the United States of America?
Will he tell the whole truth or will he be a deceiver who tells a partial truth and then twists things in order to take people where they wouldn’t otherwise go…down The Road to Socialism USA?
Barack Hussein Obama’s alteration of our Constitution, shortening “We the people of the United States” down to just “We the people” is the first clue. When he says “We the people”, he means this. When he says “Dreams From My Father” he means his father’s dreams of Socialism and Communism. Barack’s father was a co-author of “Problems Facing Our Socialism“. That’s “Change Communists can believe in”, not change that we freedom-loving Americans can believe in. We want no part of Obama’s Socialist Dreams.
Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America’s improbable experiment in democracy.
In his first sentence after improperly quoting the Constitution, Obama has told his first lie. The Constitution did NOT create a democracy. It created a Constitutional Republic. A democracy is ruled by popular vote on every issue. Our Constitutional Republic is ruled by the rule of law. Our laws are created by our Legislative bodies (the House and Senate), signed or vetoed by the chief Executive (the President), and judged as Constitutional or unconstitutional by the Judicial body (the Supreme Court). While it is true that our House, Senate, and President are elected using a (mostly) democratic process, that does not make the United States of America a democracy. The Pledge of Allegiance correctly calls the United States of America a Republic, not a Democracy:
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787. The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished.
That’s what Constitutional Amendments are for. For example, Mike Huckabee is in favor of a Human Life Amendment.
It was stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery, a question that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a stalemate until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least twenty more years, and to leave any final resolution to future generations.
Resolved over 100 years ago in the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments.
Of course, the answer to the slavery question was already embedded within our Constitution – a Constitution that had at is very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law; a Constitution that promised its people liberty, and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected over time.
And was perfected by the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, which were the third, fourth and fifth amendments after the initial Bill of Rights.
And yet words on a parchment would not be enough to deliver slaves from bondage, or provide men and women of every color and creed their full rights and obligations as citizens of the United States. What would be needed were Americans in successive
…as in succession?
generations who were willing to do their part – through protests
…are you suggesting…
and struggle, on the streets
…are you suggesting…
and in the courts,
…yes, a battle is being fought in the courts…
through a civil war
…are you suggesting civil war?
and civil disobedience
…are you suggesting civil disobedience?
and always at great risk – to narrow that gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of their time.
What gap do you believe needs to be narrowed today?
This was one of the tasks we set forth at the beginning of this campaign
which task? Civil war? Civil disobedience?
– 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 – unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction – towards a better future for of children and our grandchildren.
Classic Obama feel good warm-fuzzy love and unity message, when he really wants to inspire division, race conflict, class conflict, and revolution to “bring an empire [this country] to it’s knees“.
This belief comes from my unyielding faith in
God? Oh, no, not that…his unyielding faith in…
the decency and generosity of the American people. But it also comes from my own American story.
I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas.
“black” and “white”? Race comes out early in this speech, doesn’t it?
Barack also fails to mention that his father (and step-father) were Muslims.
I was raised with the help of a white
grandfather who survived a Depression to serve in Patton’s Army during World War II and a white
grandmother who worked on a bomber assembly line
“bomber assembly line”? This sentence would have worked just fine with just “assembly line” and without the word “bomber“. Barack has a close association with William Ayers, the Weather Underground bomber who was quoted in the September 11, 2001 edition of the New York Times as saying, “‘I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” The exact same day that those words were published in the New York Times, two very large flying bombs destroyed the World Trade Center towers. Those bombs were a follow-up to the bomb detonated on February 26, 1993 in the garage of the World Trade Center. Combined, these bombing attacks resulted in a tremendous loss of life: 2,980 innocent men, women and children from 92 countries. What connection do Communists have with Islamic terrorists? Start with the fact that Russia is an observer of the 57 states of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), whose flag includes the words “Allahu Akbar”. Then recall how Barack Hussein Obama II mentioned “57 states”. Why did he say “57 states”? What natural born Citizen of the United States would ever say that there is anything other than “50 states” in the United States of America? Why has Barack Hussein Obama II provided a Photoshopped document as his “Birth Certificate”?
at Fort Leavenworth while he was overseas. I’ve gone to some of the best schools in America and lived in one of the world’s poorest nations. I am married to a black
American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slaveowners – an inheritance we pass on to our two precious daughters. I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race
and every hue, scattered across three continents, and for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.
It’s a story that hasn’t made me the most conventional candidate. But it is a story that has seared
seared?…sounds just like John Kerry with “Christmas in Cambodia” falsely “seared” in his memory…
into my genetic makeup the idea that this nation is more than the sum of its parts – that out of many, we are truly one.
Then why are you trying to divide people? Why are you bringing up slavery? Why are you acting like Constitutional Amendments that were ratified over 130 years ago don’t exist?
Throughout the first year of this campaign, against all predictions to the contrary, we saw how hungry the American people were for this message of unity.
Yes, they are, but you are a deceiver who takes advantage of that and truly desires something very different.
Despite the temptation to view my candidacy through a purely racial lens,
Who’s bringing up race? You are.
we won commanding victories in states with some of the whitest
populations in the country.
Who’s bringing up race? You are.
In South Carolina, where the Confederate Flag still flies, we built a powerful coalition of African Americans
What? How many Americans with dark skin are 1st generation immigrants from Africa? How about just calling us all “Americans”? What purpose do you serve in being divisive and calling people who were born in America “African Americans”? That’s not unity, that’s division.
Got that? Obama makes distinctions between “African” Americans and “white” Americans. Mr. “Unity”. Yeah, right! Obama sounds like John Edwards with his “two Americas” garbage! Stop trying to divide Americans and then lie saying you are trying to unite them! Americans are Americans. I feel no need to separate them into an “African” group and a “white” group…so why do you?
This is not to say that race
has not been an issue in the campaign.
You’ve chosen to make it one, so don’t point fingers at anyone else!
At various stages in the campaign, some commentators have deemed me either “too black” or “not black enough.” We saw racial
tensions bubble to the surface during the week before the South Carolina primary. The press has scoured every exit poll for the latest evidence of racial
polarization, not just in terms of white
And yet, it has only been in the last couple of weeks that the discussion of race
in this campaign has taken a particularly divisive turn.
Oh, here it comes…anything negative said about Rev. Wright or Obama is “racist”…
On one end of the spectrum, we’ve heard the implication that my candidacy is somehow an exercise in affirmative action;
(who said that?)
that it’s based solely on the desire of wide-eyed liberals to purchase racial
reconciliation on the cheap.
(who said that?)
On the other end, we’ve heard my former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, use incendiary language to express views that have the potential not only to widen the racial
divide, but views that denigrate both the greatness and the goodness of our nation; that rightly offend white
Why is Obama separating us into “white and black”? Doesn’t he believe in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther’s Dream? Remember, the dream that we would not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character? I find your character severely lacking, Senator Obama!
I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy. For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally
fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy?
So, Wright was only a critic of policy? …Yeah, right!
Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes.
(Then why did you deny it on Fox News?)
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.
I have strongly disagreed with my pastor only 1 time in my life, and I chose to leave and find a new church. I didn’t stay there for 20 years and make him my advisor for major decisions. You have stated that Wright is your advisor, and you always go to him before making important decisions. If you “strongly disagreed” with him, then why is he your advisor? He used to hold the highest honor on the “Faith” portion of your web site!
But the remarks that have caused this recent firestorm
You know, those remarks that are consistent with everything Wright has said over the last 20 years!
weren’t simply controversial. They weren’t simply a religious leader’s effort to speak out against perceived injustice. Instead, they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country
A view you share, Obama X.
– a view that sees white
as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America; a view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel, instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam.
(and you, Obama X, agree with those profoundly distorted views, although you are about to lie to us and say you don’t agree with them…)
As such, Reverend Wright’s comments were not only wrong but divisive,
(just as you are wrong and divisive, Obama X)
divisive at a time when we need unity;
(we do need unity, but it’s not coming from you, Obama X)
at a time when we need to come together to solve a set of monumental problems
– two wars, a terrorist threat, a falling economy, a chronic health care crisis and potentially devastating climate change;
problems that are neither black
(race) Oh, so now it’s not just two groups [black and white], but four groups…
but rather problems that confront us all.
Given my background, my politics, and my professed values and ideals,
Professed, but not actual, values and ideals…what Obama believes and what he professes are two very different things.
there will no doubt be those for whom my statements of condemnation are not enough.
Here comes the “shame on you for not believing my professions…”
Why associate myself with Reverend Wright in the first place, they may ask? Why not join another church? And I confess that if all that I knew of Reverend Wright were the snippets of those sermons that have run in an endless loop on the television and You Tube, or if Trinity United Church of Christ conformed to the caricatures being peddled by some commentators,
You, yourself Obama X, said “none other than a UCC church inspired the Boston Tea Party [revolution] and helped bring an Empire to its knees” in your speech: A Politics of Conscience Hartford, CT on June 23, 2007.
there is no doubt that I would react in much the same way
(This is the classic “Feel, Felt, Found”…”I understand how you feel, I would have felt the same way, let me tell you what I found…” He just gave you the “Feel” and the “Felt”, here comes the “Found”)
But the truth is,
(when a Democrat says, “the truth is”, they’re getting ready to lie to you!)
that isn’t all that I know of the man. The man I met more than twenty years ago is a man who helped introduce me to my Christian faith, a man who spoke to me about our obligations to love one another; to care for the sick and lift up the poor. He is a man who served his country as a U.S. Marine; who has studied and lectured at some of the finest universities and seminaries in the country, and who for over thirty years led a church that serves the community by doing God’s work here on Earth – by housing the homeless, ministering to the needy, providing day care services and scholarships and prison ministries, and reaching out to those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
(none of which does anything to lessen the negativity of Wright’s comments)
In my first book, Dreams From My Father, I described the experience of my first service at Trinity:
“People began to shout, to rise from their seats and clap and cry out, a forceful wind carrying the reverend’s voice up into the rafters….And in that single note – hope! – I heard something else; at the foot of that cross, inside the thousands of churches across the city, I imagined the stories of ordinary black people merging with the stories of David and Goliath, Moses and Pharaoh, the Christians in the lion’s den,
What? Barack Obama doesn’t know enough about the Bible to know that the “in the lion’s den” story is only about Daniel in the lion’s den, and he was not a Christian – he was Hebrew! Perhaps Obama is thinking about Christians devoured by lions in the Roman Coliseum, and while that did in fact happen, it is not recorded in the Bible…it’s merely one of Obama’s “imagined stories”.
Ezekiel’s field of dry bones. Those stories – of survival, and freedom, and hope – became our story, my story;
Then why do you quote Malcom X instead of the Bible?
the blood that had spilled was our blood, the tears our tears; until this black church,
What? There you go bringing race into it again!
on this bright day, seemed once more a vessel carrying the story of a people into future generations and into a larger world. Our trials and triumphs became at once unique and universal, black
and more than black;
in chronicling our journey, the stories and songs gave us a means to reclaim
memories that we didn’t need to feel shame about…memories that all people might study and cherish – and with which we could start to rebuild.”
Rebuild what? Rebuild after what? After riots? After civil war?
That has been my experience at Trinity. Like other predominantly black
churches across the country, Trinity embodies the black
community in its entirety – the doctor and the welfare mom, the model student and the former gang-banger. Like other black
churches, Trinity’s services are full of raucous laughter and sometimes bawdy humor. They are full of dancing, clapping, screaming and shouting that may seem jarring to the untrained ear. The church contains in full the kindness and cruelty, the fierce intelligence and the shocking ignorance, the struggles and successes, the love and yes, the bitterness and bias that make up the black
experience in America.
Ah, yes, “the black experience in America”. Verses what? The “white experience”? The “Latino experience”? The “Asian experience”? I thought you were supposed to be a uniter, not a divider…
And this helps explain, perhaps, my relationship with Reverend Wright. As imperfect as he may be,
he has been like family
(a father figure)
to me. He strengthened my faith, officiated my wedding, and baptized my children. Not once in my conversations with him have I heard him talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms, or treat whites
with whom he interacted with anything but courtesy and respect. He contains within him
(and within his sermons)
the contradictions – the good and the bad – of the community that he has served diligently for so many years.
I can no more disown him than I can disown the black
…but you flip-flopped and did disown him not long after this speech…
. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother –
…race…and, again, you flip-flopped and did disown Rev. Wright not long after this speech…
– 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.
Way to though your own grandmother under the bus…but your pastor’s racial and ethnic stereotypes never made you cringe?
These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love.
You claim to love this country, but your pastor doesn’t. You are lying through your teeth. You do not love this country. You are not proud of this country. Just as your wife admitted she has never been proud of this country until you were running for office.
Some will see this as an attempt to justify or excuse comments that are simply inexcusable.
It’s not just comments that are inexcusable…it’s an entire thought process! These are not isolated “comments”!
I can assure you it is not.
Then why do you espouse the same thought process…I repeat your words again for emphasis: But my journey is part of a larger journey – one shared by all who’ve ever sought to apply the values of their faith to our society. It’s a journey that takes us back to our nation’s founding, when none other than a UCC church inspired the Boston Tea Party [revolution] and helped bring an Empire to its knees. Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. A Politics of ConscienceHartford, CT | June 23, 2007
I suppose the politically safe thing would be to move on from this episode and just hope that it fades into the woodwork.
You are hoping it will, but it won’t…
We can dismiss Reverend Wright as a crank or a demagogue, just as some have dismissed Geraldine Ferraro, in the aftermath of her recent statements, as harboring some deep-seated racial
It is your own deep-seated racial bias that leads you to even say this here. If you had forgiven her, as a Christian should, you wouldn’t even be raising that here.
is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now.
That’s quite obvious! You bring it up all the time! Why don’t you tell people the truth that we are all ONE Race?
We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made
(What? WHAT? WHAT?!)
in his offending sermons about America – to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality.
It is your reality that is distorted, not mine
The fact is
When a Democrat says, “the fact is”, they are getting ready to lie to you!
that the comments
(where? On blogs?)
that have been made and the issues that have surfaced over the last few weeks reflect the complexities of race
There you go bringing race up again! Biblically, it’s not complicated at all…we are all part of Only One Human Race. Things only get complicated when you believe Darwinian evolution and try to assign everyone to a “race” as if it’s a species!
in this country that we’ve never really worked through
– a part of our union that we have yet to perfect.
(wrong. See amendments 13, 14, and 15)
And if we walk away now,
Walk away from what? From race warfare?
if we simply retreat into our respective corners, we will never be able to come together
Nice forked-tongue…you actively divide, then call for unity!
and solve challenges like health care, or education, or the need to find good jobs for every American.
So racism is his chosen route to socialism…
Understanding this reality
Racism must be a “reality” because Barack says it is, and if you don’t accept what Barack says, then you aren’t accepting “reality” and you are a “racist”.
requires a reminder of how we arrived at this point. As William Faulkner once wrote, “The past isn’t dead and buried. In fact, it isn’t even past.”
Barack’s candidacy depends on: “Racism isn’t dead and buried. In fact, it’s alive and well!”
We do not need to recite here the history of racial
injustice in this country.
But Obama will recite that history anyway, just wait…
But we do need to remind ourselves that so many of the disparities that exist in the African-American
community today can be directly traced to inequalities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery and Jim Crow.
…See, he just recited the history of racial injustice in this country, even though he said we do not need to! But he’s not done yet reciting the history of racial injustice in this country…read on…
Segregated schools were, and are, inferior schools; we still haven’t fixed them, fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education, and the inferior education they provided, then and now, helps explain the pervasive achievement gap between today’s black
students. There are other reasons that he neglects to mention. Single-parent homes has a correlation, too.
Legalized discrimination – where blacks
were prevented, often through violence,
Aare you promoting violence?
from owning property, or loans were not granted to African-American
business owners, or black
homeowners could not access FHA mortgages, or blacks
were excluded from unions, or the police force, or fire departments – meant that black
families could not amass any meaningful wealth to bequeath to future generations.
(The Communist Manifesto is against inherited wealth)
That history helps explain the wealth and income gap
and the concentrated pockets of poverty that persists in so many of today’s urban and rural communities.
A lack of economic opportunity among black
men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one’s family, contributed to the erosion of black families
No, it was a lack of responsibility…men who father children and then walk away…just like your own father did. Your father abandoned his first wife when she had one small child and was pregnant with a second. Your father conceived you out of wedlock with your mother, while he was still married to his first wife. Your father abandoned your mother and married a third woman he met at Harvard. That woman returned with him to Africa, where he conceived two children with her while at the same time conceiving two more children with his first wife. Your father conceived an eigth child by a fourth woman, again out of wedlock. Now, you owe NO responsibility for your father’s actions, but you DO have a responsibility to tell the truth. But as someone else said, “At the end of the day Barack wants the story to help his political cause, so perhaps he couldn’t afford to be too honest.”
– a problem that welfare policies for many years may have worsened.
(ya think? Could it be possible that providing a financial incentive to be dependent on the government was a bad thing? An incentive that rewarded you for not working, and paid you more the more kids you have as a single parent?)
And the lack of basic services in so many urban black
neighborhoods – parks for kids to play in, police walking the beat,
I know for a fact that police departments put MORE (not less) police officers in urban and lower income areas than they do in rural and higher income areas, so don’t go blaming “the lack of basic services”.
regular garbage pick-up and building code enforcement – all helped create a cycle of violence,
Why are you stirring up thoughts of violence? What are you promoting?
blight and neglect that continue to haunt us.
This is the
reality in which Reverend Wright and other African-Americans
of his generation grew up. They came of age in the late fifties and early sixties, a time when segregation was still the law of the land and opportunity was systematically constricted. What’s remarkable is not how many failed in the face of discrimination, but rather how many men and women overcame the odds; how many were able to make a way out of no way for those like me who would come after them.
But for all those who scratched and clawed their way to get a piece of the American Dream, there were many who didn’t make it – those who were ultimately defeated, in one way or another, by discrimination. That legacy of defeat
Let’s hope “legacy of defeat” applies to Obama’s current and future campaigns…not because of his skin color, but because of his character…the contents of his character are hard-core Marxist revolutionary.
was passed on to future generations –
The Bible talks about generational curses. But anyone can break those curses.
those young men and increasingly young women who we see standing on street corners or languishing in our prisons, without hope or prospects for the future.
It’s all the “white” man’s fault, right?
Even for those blacks
who did make it, questions of race,
continue to define their worldview in fundamental ways. 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. 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. At times, that anger is exploited by politicians, to gin up votes along racial
lines, or to make up for a politician’s own failings.
How utterly ironic! It is Obama who is exploiting that anger to gin up votes along racial lines and make up for his own failings!
And occasionally it finds voice in the church on Sunday morning, in the pulpit and in the pews. The fact that so many people are surprised to hear that anger in some of Reverend Wright’s sermons simply reminds us of the old truism that the most segregated hour in American life occurs on Sunday morning.
So, according to Barack’s logic, if we’re surprised to hear anger in Wright’s sermons, it’s our fault because we’re clueless racists. While Sunday morning is segregated in Obama’s American life…Wright’s church is “predominantly black”, Sunday morning is not segregated in my American life…my church is more diverse than any company I have worked for in Corporate America, from private startup to one of the top Fortune 500 companies. Look at what you find in wikipedia when you lookup “Black church” versus “White church“, Asian church, or Latino church. As of this writing, there are no entries found for “White church”, “Asian church”, or “Latino church”. The only entry found is for “Black church”. By and large, the people trying to divide America are not “white”, “Asian”, or “Latino”. The people who divide instead of unite are people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Rev. Wright, and Barack Obama.
That anger is not always productive;
(anger rarely is, but Obama is doing his best to stir up that anger)
indeed, all too often it distracts attention from solving real problems; it keeps us from squarely facing our own complicity in our condition, and prevents the African-American
community from forging the alliances it needs to bring about real change. But the anger is real;
(Obama is doing his best to stir up that anger)
it is powerful;
(Obama is doing his best to stir up that anger)
and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding
(Obama is doing his best to stir up that anger and widen the chasm)
that exists between the races.
In fact, a similar anger exists within segments of the white
(Obama is doing his best to stir up that anger)
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
(Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt…FUD)
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
(zero sum game is a lie – a rising tide lifts all ships)
, in which your dreams come at my expense. So when they are told to bus their children to a school across town; when they hear that an African American is getting an advantage in landing a good job or a spot in a good college because of an injustice that they themselves never committed; when they’re told that their fears about crime in urban neighborhoods are somehow prejudiced, resentment builds over time.
(Obama is doing his best to stir up that resentment)
Like the anger within the black community,
(race, Obama is doing his best to stir up that anger)
these resentments aren’t always expressed in polite company. But they have helped shape the political landscape for at least a generation. Anger over welfare and affirmative action
(Obama is doing his best to stir up that anger)
helped forge the Reagan Coalition.
What a crock! Nice job projecting on others and maligning both Reagan and the Reagan Republicans. Of course, the Communists realize how much ground they lost during the Reagan years, so it’s natural for them to be “bitter” about it.
Politicians routinely exploited fears
(Obama is doing his best to exploit fears)
of crime for their own electoral ends.
(for Obama’s own electoral ends)
Talk show hosts and conservative commentators
(best defense is a good offense, eh, buddy?)
built entire careers unmasking bogus claims of racism
while dismissing legitimate discussions of racial
injustice and inequality as mere political correctness or reverse racism.
Just as black
(Obama is doing his best to stir up that anger)
often proved counterproductive, so have these white
(Obama is doing his best to stir up that resentment)
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. And yet, to wish away the resentments of white
Americans, to label them as misguided or even racist
, without recognizing they are grounded in legitimate concerns – this too widens the racial
(Obama is doing his best to widen that divide)
, and blocks the path to understanding.
This is where we are right now. It’s a racial
stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years. Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, black
, I have never been so naïve as to believe that we can get beyond our racial
(Obama is doing his best to stir up those divisions)
in a single election cycle, or with a single candidacy – particularly a candidacy as imperfect as my own.
Aww, isn’t that sweet…Obama admits he’s imperfect (in response to those bloggers who say “It’s the Arrogance”)
But I have asserted a firm conviction – a conviction rooted in my faith in God
(which God? Can you say, “Jesus Christ is Lord”? No, I knew you couldn’t. That would be Biblical and “Ultra-Right”, while you are focused on Defeating the Ultra-Right)
and my faith in the American people – that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial
wounds, and that in fact we have no choice is we are to continue on the path of a more perfect union.
(Deal with race MY WAY, or I will bring this empire to its knees)
For the African-American
community, that path means embracing the burdens of our past without becoming victims of our past. It means continuing to insist on a full measure of justice in every aspect of American life. But it also means binding our particular grievances
(Obama is doing his best to stir up those grievances)
– for better health care, and better schools, and better jobs – to the larger aspirations of all Americans — the white
woman struggling to break the glass ceiling, the white
man whose been laid off, the immigrant trying to feed his family.
(Obama is doing his best to stir up some of the most emotional things people face – he’s playing on people’s emotions)
And it means taking full responsibility for own lives
(Now this is interesting…he’s starting to say what conservatives say…what’s he up to? How will he twist it?)
– by demanding more from our fathers, and spending more time with our children, and reading to them, and teaching them that while they may face challenges and discrimination
in their own lives, they must never succumb to despair or cynicism;
(yes, Obama is the great hope)
they must always believe that they can write their own destiny.
(Many have written their own destiny, in spite of the adversity that you choose to focus on.)
Ironically, this quintessentially American – and yes, conservative – notion of self-help
(you’re playing us now)
found frequent expression in Reverend Wright’s sermons.
(so now, Wright is a conservative?!? LOL)
But what my former pastor too often failed to understand
(So why didn’t you try to help him understand 20 years ago, rather than waiting until now?)
is that embarking on a program of self-help also requires a belief that society can change.
Wrong. You don’t have to believe that society can change as a pre-requisite “requirement” to self-help! Obama is blaming others for the fact that some people have chosen not to help themselves!
The profound mistake of Reverend Wright’s sermons is not that he spoke about racism
in our society.
(It’s that Reverend Wright himself was racist in his sermons!)
It’s that he spoke as if our society was static;
LOL. Really? That was “the profound mistake of Reverend Wright’s sermons”? Saying “God D@mn America!” is a profound mistake because that’s speaking as if our society was static? When has it ever, or when will it ever NOT be a mistake to say ” God D@mn America!”?
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
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
(shameless book promotion)
– for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.
(Don’t stop thinkin’ about tomorrow!)
In the white
community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American
community does not just exist in the minds of black
people; that the legacy of discrimination – and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past – are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds – by investing in our schools and our communities; by enforcing our civil rights laws and ensuring fairness in our criminal justice system; by providing this generation with ladders of opportunity that were unavailable for previous generations. It requires all Americans to realize that your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams;
I agree with that, but he’s about to twist it…
that investing in the health, welfare, and education of black
children will ultimately help all of America prosper.
(In other words, if we don’t support his plans for government healthcare, welfare, and public education, we are racists.)
In the end, then, what is called for is nothing more, and nothing less, than what all the world’s great religions
Speaking of the world’s great religions…
Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”
Yet Obama can’t confess with his mouth, “Jesus is Lord.” Why not?
demand – that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Let us be our brother’s keeper, Scripture tells us. Let us be our sister’s keeper. Let us find that common stake we all have in one another, and let our politics reflect that spirit as well.
…And you guys thought Huckabee was “too religious” for quoting one or two Bible verses per speech? The Bible tells us to take care of children and widows, but it doesn’t “demand” that I be my brother’s keeper if my brother is an able-bodied man! Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. is very sly here…who else except Bible-literate Christians (who understand that Barack fails the “Jesus is Lord” test) will suspect that Obama is a closet Muslim?
For we have a choice in this country.
(And if we don’t chose Obama, we’re racists, right?)
We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism.
I saw that coming a mile away! If Obama loses, to either Hillary or a Republican, it will be because of the “politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism, right? It is Obama who is breeding that division, Obama who is breeding that conflict, Obama who is breeding that cynicism.
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. 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.
The truth is, Obama DOES believe Wright’s most offensive words. Obama just can’t have everyone knowing that. So, he has to find a way to silence it. And he does so by playing it as a race issue…if we play Reverend Wright’s sermons, we are guilty of “tackl[ing] race only as spectacle”. This isn’t about OUR racism, it’s about Wright’s and Obama’s racism. Nice way to try to turn the tables, Barack!
We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she’s playing the race
card, or we can speculate on whether white
will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies
Nice job, Obama! If white men vote for McCain or another white male, it MUST because they are racist or sexist, right?!?
We can do that.
(Or, we can aspire to loftier goals…to be just like Obama…)
But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we’ll be talking about some other distraction.
And then another one.
(more riots, perhaps?)
And then another one.
(more riots, perhaps?)
And nothing will change.
That is one option.
Or, at this moment, in this election, we can come together and say, “Not this time.” This time we want to talk about the crumbling schools that are stealing the future
(we are mean, mean people who are stealing from children!)
children and white
children and Asian
children and Hispanic
children and Native American
children. This time we want to reject the cynicism that tells us that these kids can’t learn;
(who said they can’t learn? Not me!)
that those kids who don’t look like us are somebody else’s problem.
(who said that? Not me!)
The children of America are not those kids, they are our kids, and we will not let them fall behind in a 21st century economy.
(Bush was the initiator of “No Child Left Behind”. You’re a little late…)
Not this time.
This time we want to talk about how the lines in the Emergency Room are filled with whites
who do not have health care; who don’t have the power on their own to overcome the special interests in Washington,
George Soros is a Billionaire “special interest” who supports Obama, but move along, nothing to see here…
but who can take them on if we do it together.
This time we want to talk about the shuttered mills
John Edward’s father worked in a mill…is this a “Two Americas” reference?
that once provided a decent life for men and women of every race,
and the homes for sale that once belonged to Americans from every religion,
(This country was founded as a Christian nation, but Barack doesn’t want you to know that…he wants to talk about “every religion” because…hint…he’s a closet Muslim, just like “Rev” Wright…they both are on record quoting Malcom X)
every region, every walk of life. This time we want to talk about the fact that the real problem is not that someone who doesn’t look like you might take your job; it’s that the corporation you work for will ship it overseas for nothing more than a profit.
Socialist revolution time…those evil corporations need to be controlled by the government!
This time we want to talk about the men and women of every color
who serve together, and fight together, and bleed together under the same proud flag. We want to talk about how to bring them home from a war that never should’ve been authorized and never should’ve been waged, and we want to talk about how we’ll show our patriotism by
…letting them finish the job they started and that they want to finish? No…
caring for them, and their families, and giving them the benefits they have earned.
While veteran’s benefits are vitally important, our service men and women are not asking for us to “care for them”, they’re asking for us to let them finish the job!
I would not be running for President if I didn’t believe with all my heart that this is what the vast majority of Americans want for this country.
What Americans want and what Obama would deliver are two completely different things!
(he could have said country, but “union” is a better Democrat word)
may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected. And today, whenever I find myself feeling doubtful or cynical about this possibility, what gives me the most hope is the next generation – the young people whose attitudes and beliefs and openness to change
…make it really easy to deceive them, as I…
…and plan to…
made history in this election.
(or else those young people will be inspired to riot, revolt, and start a revolution)
There is one story in particularly that I’d like to leave you with today – a story I told when I had the great honor of speaking on Dr. King’s birthday
There he goes trying to connect himself with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! Obama wants you to believe that he is the embodiment of Rev. King’s dream, when in fact Obama is acting exactly contrary to Rev. King’s dream! I believe in the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His dream includes this:
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
That speech was delivered on August 28, 1963, almost 45 years ago. His “four little children” aren’t children anymore, and we shouldn’t be either. It’s time to grow up and realize the dream. It’s time to stop talking about the color of people’s skin and instead talk about the content of their character. That said, I have never heard a more racist speech than this one by Barack Obama.
at his home church,
(See! I’m a Christian! I’m a Christian! I was in Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s church!)
Ebenezer Baptist, in Atlanta.
There is a young, twenty-three year old white
woman named Ashley Baia who organized for our campaign in Florence, South Carolina. She had been working to organize a mostly African-American
community since the beginning of this campaign, and one day she was at a roundtable discussion where everyone went around telling their story and why they were there.
And Ashley said that when she was nine years old, her mother got cancer. And because she had to miss days of work, she was let go and lost her health care. They had to file for bankruptcy, and that’s when Ashley decided that she had to do something to help her mom.
She knew that food was one of their most expensive costs, and so Ashley convinced her mother that what she really liked and really wanted to eat more than anything else was mustard and relish sandwiches. Because that was the cheapest way to eat.
She did this for a year until her mom got better, and she told everyone at the roundtable that the reason she joined our campaign was so that she could help the millions of other children in the country who want and need to help their parents too.
Now Ashley might have made a different choice. Perhaps somebody told her along the way that the source of her mother’s problems
who were on welfare and too lazy to work, or Hispanics who were coming into the country illegally.
Got it. Republicans who want us to respect the rule of law are racist against illegals.
But she didn’t. She sought out allies in her fight against injustice.
Anyway, Ashley finishes her story and then goes around the room and asks everyone else why they’re supporting the campaign. They all have different stories and reasons. Many bring up a specific issue. And finally they come to this elderly black
man who’s been sitting there quietly the entire time.
(cue emotional background music)
And Ashley asks him why he’s there.
(music starts faintly)
And he does not bring up a specific issue.
(music grows slightly louder)
He does not say health care or the economy.
(music grows slightly louder)
He does not say education or the war.
(music grows slightly louder)
He does not say that he was there because of Barack Obama.
(music grows louder)
He simply says to everyone in the room, “I am here because of Ashley.”
(crescendo of emotion! Everyone weeps! It’s all because of you, Barack, it’s all because of you!)
“I’m here because of Ashley.” By itself, that single moment of recognition between that young white
girl and that old black
man is not enough. It is not enough to give health care to the sick, or jobs to the jobless, or education to our children.
No, that’s not enough! We must keep progressively progressing towards complete Socialism!
But it is where we start. It is where our union
(Democrats love unions)
grows stronger. And as so many generations have come to realize over the course of the two-hundred and twenty one years since a band of patriots signed that document in Philadelphia, that is where the perfection begins.
Socialism is Barack Hussein Obama II’s idea of perfection. It was the dream of his father. And now the son wants to carry that Communist dream into the office of the President of the United States of America.
Barack Obama…If you were elected, would you choose “Reverend” Jeremiah Wright (over the “white” Chief Justice John Roberts)to administer this oath of office to you? (I bet you would!)
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Will you protect and defend the “imperfect” Constitution of the United States, or will it be “words, just words” to you? Is your idea of a “perfect” Constitution the Constitution of the Communist Party of the United States of America?
Barack Hussein Obama, you began this speech with a deliberate misquoting of our Constitution. You used this speech to attack our Constitution. You used this speech to stir up anger, resentment, and border on inciting a riot. I consider you a domestic enemy of the Constitution of the United States. Your agenda is the same as Rev. Wright’s agenda, which is the same the following agenda:
The Road to Socialism USA:
Unity for Peace, Democracy, Jobs and Equality
Program of the Communist Party USA
28th National Convention
First published 05/19/2006 04:45 by the Communist Party, USA
The summary of your agenda is:
The problems of exploitation, oppression, and survival facing humankind can only be solved, ultimately, by the elimination of the exploitative system of capitalism. Our survival depends on a transformation to socialism. The U.S. working class, with a long revolutionary history and many powerful mass movements and organizations, has the potential to make this transition happen. That means building unity for peace, for protecting and expanding democracy, for living-wage jobs, for universal health care, for real equality for all those who are nationally or racially oppressed and women, for an end to the political control of the ultra-right over our political institutions, and for an end to the economic rule of the transnational corporations. Building and strengthening organizations of and alliances between the working class and its allies, winning real unity in the course of struggle, is the path from our current struggles towards socialism.
Blog readers, I welcome your comments. In the past, I have found that those who agree with you tend to be quiet, while those who disagree with you tend to be quite vocal. Please leave some comment, no matter how short, to reflect your opinion of this post. Thank you in advance.
UPDATES: A Different “9/11 Truth”
UPDATE: If there was ever any doubt that Obama’s goal was to form a more Socialist union, read this:
Obama, ACORN and Stealth Socialism
posted at 5:00 pm on May 29, 2010 by Anita MonCrief
As an ex-ACORN insider and ex-radical who used Democrat donor lists to raise money for ACORN alter-ego Project Vote and designed the ACORN 2005, 2006 and 2007 Political Operations Year End PowerPoint presentations, I know that President Obama (for whom I now regretfully admit I proudly voted) was an ACORN guy for many years and realize that he became the instrument for the implementation of its stealth socialism agenda.
UPDATE: I updated this post on July 16, 2013 to replace this deactivated URL:
with this archived URL:
More than 5 years after I wrote this post, people are finally waking up to how Obama’s actions, and the actions of those in his “Justice Department”, have made race relations WORSE, not better, and how in many ways Obama and his appointees have done much to bring the “empire” of the U.S.A. “to its knees”…