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Why the Obama Speech Didn't Work Despite the Pretty Language
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Barack Obama's speech in Philadelphia yesterday designed to douse the flames caused by his on-again, off-again disinheritance of and then endorsement of, Rev. Jeremiah Wright was pretty-but sorry, no cigar.
Then along comes the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Laden with the old rhetoric he is a recycled Minister Louis Farrakhan. Whitey is the problem. Whitey is the only racist. In fact, whitey's government smuggled drugs to people (a reference to the uncorroborated allegations that some Nicaraguan Contras peddled drugs), whitey this and whitey that. Well, let's hear Rev. Wright speak for himself:
"Blacks should not sing `God Bless America!' but `God Damn America!' The government [sic] gives them drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a 3-strike law and then wants us to sing `God Bless America!" No-no-no, `God Damn America'-that's in the Bible for killing innocent people. God Damn America for treating our citizens as less than human"
The fact is, I deduce, that Jeremiah Wright’s fulminations have more than convinced Obama and his wife. Listen to Michelle on the occasion of an Obama primary victory: “For the first time in my adult life I am proud of America!”
Consider these quotes from “Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance”:
1. “It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year, where white folks’ greed runs a world in need, apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere. That’s the world! On which hope sits!”
2. “And so it went, a meditation on a fallen world. While the boys next to me doodled on their church bulletin, Reverend Wright spoke of Sharpsville and Hiroshima, the callousness of policy makers in the White House and the state house.”
Now here is a news dispatch from last June, reporting on a speech Obama made at Hampton University, a predominately black college to a black ministerial convention.
“Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Tuesday that the Bush administration has done nothing to defuse a `quiet riot’ among blacks that threatens to erupt just as riots in Los Angeles did 15 years ago.
“The first-term Illinois senator said that with black people from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast still displaced 20 months after Hurricane Katrina, frustration and resentments are building explosively as they did before the 1992 riots.
“`This administration was colorblind in its incompetence,’ Obama said at a conference of black clergy, `but the poverty and hopelessness was there long before the hurricane. All the hurricane did was to pull the curtain back for all the world to see,’ he said.
“Obama’s criticism of Bush prompted ovation after ovation from the nearly 8,000 people gathered in Hampton University’s convocation center…Repeatedly he referred to the riots that erupted in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four police officers of assault charges in the 1991 beating of Rodney King, a black motorist, after a high speed chase. Fifty-five people died and 2,000 were injured in several days of riots in the city’s black neighborhoods.
“`Those quiet riots that take place every day are born from the same place as the fires and the destruction and the police decked out in riot gear and the deaths,’ Obama said. `They happen when a sense of disconnect settles and hope dissipates. Despair takes hold and young people all across the country look at the way the world is and believe that things are never going to get better.’
“He argued that `once a hurricane hits or a jury renders a not-guilty verdict the frustration is there for all to see.’”
Who does he sound like? If you think it’s a cleaned up version of a certain Chicago minister you get a cigar.
The answer: Essentially Barack believes this stuff.
That’s why now there’s an outside chance the party that hasn’t gotten a majority of white votes for a long time will continue in its ways unless McCain screws up.
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Does Barack Obama believe in the fulminations his pastor preaches?
Yes, Obama's speeches on many occasions alludes to these teachings
No, Obama has stayed clear & above race politics
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