Obama ain't Wright
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UPDATE: This blog was recently referenced at the New York Times politics blog as a post speech blog. For the record, I wrote this before the speech. Thanks!
It's true, Barack Obama is not Reverend Wright. Reverend Wright is not Barack Obama. That's the only disclaimer from Obama regarding Wright that's right. In fact it's one of the few things Obama has had to say that isn't an outright lie. What's amazing is the willingness of the Barackolytes to swallow his outrageously obvious dishonesty.
Americablog, for a convenient example, in a blog entry hilariously titled "Obama quells the media frenzy over the words of his pastor" pasted Obama's "vehement" (we know it was vehement because Barack said so) denunciation of his old uncle's cantankerous ravings (we know they are ravings because we have hearing and eyesight) with a satisfied air that left the impression of them brushing off their hands and patting one another on the back (or wherever Americabloggers pat one another) for a job well done.
You've seen much the same, I'm sure, at D blogs across the web. We saw Dodd and Schumer on FNS chalking this up to guilt-by-association, which is apparently not a reasonable tactic for Dems anymore, all of a sudden.
I've been out of town on business for the last week or so. Early mornings and late nights have left me out of the news cycle, but not far enough to miss the explosion of coverage on Wright, who Redstaters, particularly gamecock, have been on about for some time. The story is pretty big, which is OK, but it ought to be a lot bigger. It's not our favorite hobgoblins the press at fault for that, though. It's the people.
How easily the lie is swallowed. Barack says in twenty years attending this church he never heard these controversial remarks. I won't mince words: that's a lie. He's lying. He's a liar. There's simply no possibility that this is true. It is a bald and ridiculous lie. It's also a very lame lie. It's amazing that he would expect it to be believed, and even more amazing that it is believed.
... or is it?
On the O'Reilly Factor this week, Bill had on two guests with what should not have been surprising points of view, but nevertheless caught me off-guard. Hermene Hartman is publisher of a weekly African-American magazine, and Jasmyne Cannick, who had the title "BARACK OBAMA SUPPORTER" above her name throughout, and who is apparently a contributor to NPR.
These two women suggested that no one should have been surprised or alarmed by the Wright Reverend. After all, these clips represent something heard in black churches around the country every day, they said. Hermene also felt it necessary to add that the statements were out of context, which seemed a superfluous objection if the content was so totally innocuous anyway. They both suggested Bill's problem was that he wasn't visiting African American churches. Asked point blank if they thought there was anything fundamentally wrong with the message of Reverend Wright they responded "Not at all" "No" and "Absolutely not," and threw in a "I'm surprised you guys are even acknowledging he's a Christian now because for so long the message was Obama is a Muslim."
I guess "you guys" means white people in that sentence, sort of like saying "you people" only without the protests. I also think she confuses "acknowledging Obama attends hate parties masquerading as a Christian church" with "acknowledging he's a Christian." Not the same thing Jasmyne.
They also predictably trotted out Catholic pedophile priests. They accused O'Reilly of being a white man, a derogatory appellation if you weren't clear. Hermene invited O'Reilly to the Wright Reverends church, and followed up on her accepted invitation by suggesting Bill had "exploited" the story. They wrapped up ranting at Bill about how "his" country brought over slaves from Africa, lynched people, experimented on them, and Bill just basically didn't want to deal with that.
Not exactly "He denounced the old uncle" is it? Maybe people aren't swallowing his lie that he didn't know these things were being said, or that he denounces them. Maybe they accept he has to say it for the white people, like he had to say something different to Canada ... and really, who is whiter than Canada?
The country these ladies believe exists, the country the Wright Reverend ranted relentlessly over, or rather, ranted relentlessly over except when Obama came to church, is the kind of country one might go their whole adult life without being proud of. A country infecting people with designer diseases, experimenting on them, and actively engaging in racial cleansing and lynching would be a God Damned America indeed.
That is the greatest lie, and the Wright Reverend has exposed how insidious this lie is. We all know the culprits: the race demagogues, the democrats, liberal media, hollywood. This doesn't change it, though.
This lie is spread not just by fiery Reverends on Obama-free Sundays, it's spread by fiery university professors (when Obama was out sick of course). It is discussed in airline terminals while waiting in line for coffee. It's professed by "entertainers" during benefit telethons, and it is spread in lyrics and movies. At Redstate we love to talk about our big enemy, the press. This isn't the work of the press. This lie, that America is a black-hating, AIDS-creating, 9/11-inviting monster wasn't created in the news. It makes the news, sure, just like it makes the O'Reilly factor.
No, this lie spreads on its own, person to person. It's accepted because minority groups in America are taught they are owed, that they are being wronged, and that white people are the enemy. America, you see, just ain't Wright. This lie comes from decades of wrong-headed thinking and social tinkering by bored white liberals and their guilt-by-association indictment of all living Americans for all sins ever committed in her name.
The only way to fight the lie is with the truth. In a way the Wright Reverend is a boon. Maybe it's time this lie saw light. I don't pretend to know what will happen. I don't know where the coverage is going, I don't know where the lie will go. I do believe in the Truth, though. It's time we put the Truth against the Lie.
Barack Obama is a liar. He has lied about his church, he has lied about the Wright Reverend, and he and his wife lie about America. When Barack talks about unity, I wonder who it is he plans to unify, and who it is he does not intend to include.
For the Obamas of the world, America just ain't Wright. Thank God for that. I hope we never are.