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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Oh Bama

I find Barack Obama very scary. His speech yesterday, besides the racial angle, reflected tired old left wing ideology. Nothing "new" at all. As far as his relationship with the Reverand Wright, comparing his relationship to Wright to that of his white grandmother is completely disengenuous on many levels. One may have made a throwaway racist remarks privately; the other openly espouses a racist theology. One is related to him (you can't choose your grandparents); the other he chose to get and remain close to for over twenty years.

And his comparison of what Wright has said from the pulpit to what Geraldine Ferraro said about Obama's success is equally disengenuous. Wright, again, is espousing a philosophy. She simply stated an obvious truth (whether you like it or not).



  • At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Couldn't have said it better! I know the "Lefties" thought his speech was the greatest thing since sliced bread; their minds would never change. I'm hoping those Democrats "sitting on the fence" will wake up and smell the coffee about this guy, before it's too late!!

  • At 3:17 PM, Blogger Still Wonderin' said…

    Preferring substance over style, of which John McCain conveniently has both, I wouldn't even think about voting for Obama.

    But on reading his speech, I found it very stirring. I was impressed with the structure of his speech, validity of its content aside.

    It's possibly that I'm easily impressed, although I usually can't help but to make decisions based on less emotional instincts.

    And yet, millions of people are beyond enraptured by Barak Obama, due simply to his speaking ability.

  • At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think you should concentrate on Obama's observation that whites and blacks don't speak candidly to one another regarding their truest deepest feelings, the ones they reserve for their own kind. Once we all of us can bring ourselves to say what we think and listen to others do the same, always with respect for their feelings, maybe we'll make some progress.
    I find it interesting that this reflects so nearly an occurrence here in LA recently, wherein a popular rabbi at the Chai Center was criticized and defended for his treatment of nonJewish women at his functions (you can read about it in the Jewish Journal). Some of his followers have left and some remain EVEN THOUGH THEY DISLIKE THIS PART OF HIS THINKING. So, respect. That's where it's at.

  • At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Scott said…

    >Obama's observation that whites and blacks don't speak candidly to one another regarding their truest deepest feelings, the ones they reserve for their own kind.

    Nu, and does the government have anything to say about that? People's "truest and deepest feelings" are precisely the sort of thing that the government should keep its nose out of.

    Perhaps the idea is that Obama isn't simply going to be the president, but some kind of transcendent inspirational figure. But he can be that without being elected president. MLK Jr never held office, and neither did Gandhi. If you elect him president, you give him all kinds of power that he may not use wisely.

  • At 8:40 AM, Blogger Abbi said…

    Anon- why is it necessary to reveal one's truest and deepest feelings in order to gain/give respect to other pple? Should we all respect each other just for the very fact that we're all human beings?


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