To answer MJ's questions, no, we won't question "what members of a church say OR what members of a church believe God has told them." Reverend Wright isn't any old member of Barack's church. He's a leader. And according to the things we've read and watched fall from Wright's lips, it doesn't seem like he's claiming that his statements have a divine source--they are just his opinion.
Regarding the argument that Rev. Wright's arguments have been taken out of context: how could they possibly be put in context? The clips we've seen and things we've read aren't stray sentences, they are full paragraphs. This isn't the case of a single statement being out character with the rest of a body of work. Rev. Wright serially bashes this country using racist, anti-semitic language punctuated by crazy conspiracy theories.
We want to know why Obama maintained such a close relationship with this loon--he married the Obama's, baptized their child, served as an advisor on his campaign, and provided the title for his book, "The Audacity Of Hope." We don't think Obama believes any of the ridiculous things spewed by Wright, but we'd like to know why Obama associated himself so closely with Wright for 20+ years. A reasonable request, no?
It may be that their choice of church was prompted by Michelle Obama who is on the record as not being proud of this country until her husband's presidential candidacy. Maybe it's Michelle Obama who is sympathetic to Wright's whacked out world view. We don't know.
Here's the latest from the newswire:
Obama Decries Racial Rhetoric
Obama Plans Major Race Speech Tomorrow
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- The Seattle PI just won't let Rachel Corrie die. First it was all the stories about how Israeli forces intentionally killed the misguided young woman, then it was the idiotic off-Broadway play (yes, an oxymoron), and now they have published her diary and the PI is running a few excerpts.
Her death is tragic. But not for the reasons the PI and their readership believe. What's tragic is that Rachel died naively promoting the Palestinian cause. It's not that we don't hope for peace in the Middle East, it's that peace is never going to come so long as Palestinians continue to support and vote for Hamas, a group whose stated goal is the outright elimination of Israel.
The tragedy is that Rachel was used and turned into a tool of propaganda by these terrorists. For the love of Pete, let her RIP.
- We don't mean to defame the entire NYC theatre industry, there are a few smart people, like playwright David Mamet. He recently wrote a piece entitled "Why I am no longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal' for the Village Voice. From that article:
I took the liberal view for many decades, but I believe I have changed my mind. As a child of the '60s, I accepted as an article of faith that government is corrupt, that business is exploitative, and that people are generally good at heart.... [Now I] question my hatred for 'the Corporations' -- the hatred of which, I found, was but the flip side of my hunger for those goods and services they provide and without which we could not live. And I began to question my distrust of the 'Bad, Bad Military' of my youth, which, I saw, was then and is now made up of those men and women who actually risk their lives to protect the rest of us from a very hostile world.... I began reading not only the economics of Thomas Sowell (our greatest contemporary philosopher) but Milton Friedman, Paul Johnson, and Shelby Steele, and a host of conservative writers, and found that I agreed with them: a free-market understanding of the world meshes more perfectly with my experience than that idealistic vision I called liberalism.- Speaking of industries dominated by liberals, if you're conservative and in Hollywood, you're not entirely alone. Dave Berg, political director for The Tonight Show spoke about conservatism in Hollywood at a recent Republican gathering. From The Politico:
Berg, the "Tonight Show" segment producer, delivered an informal talk about the pride and pitfalls of being a conservative working in Hollywood. Peppering his speech with references to Michael Moore, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and other Tinseltown lefties, he argued against the liberal mindset that he believes dominates the industry.Click the link, the whole article is worth the read.
“We [conservatives] believe capitalism isn’t a dirty word,” he said. “If you’ve seen Daniel Day Lewis’ portrayal of a greedy, sinister oilman in ‘There Will Be Blood,’ it’s just another example of the Hollywood left’s contempt for capitalism.”
- According to a Pew Research Poll, a majority of Americans now believe that "the U.S. will ultimately succeed in achieving its goals" in Iraq.
Good to see the positive news of the surge is getting through the mainstream media filter.
- Be sure and read this transcript of a speech given by Lt. General Raymond T. Odierno, Commanding General of U.S. III Corps given at The Heritage Foundation. He reviewed his experience with Iraq from November 2006 to his recent return home.
No Rachel Corrie moral equivalence here, we join with General Odierno in honoring the memory of those who were injured and lost their lives in Iraq:
The gates of freedom remain open today because of our fallen comrades: noble and gallant warriors who gave everything so others can enjoy life, liberty, and happiness. We will honor their memory and remain dedicated to ensuring their sacrifices are never forgotten.This seems as good of a place as any to end this long post.
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