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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Obama's Pastor vs. Obama

The latest dust-up between Senator (and Democratic presidential candidate) Barack Obama and his minister Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright showcases how disingenuous "pro-peace" Barack and his pro-war cronies are to the electorate.

Here's what Reverend Wright said about our interventionist foreign policy:

'We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,' Wright said. 'We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost.'

Obama blasted the reverend's statement, calling it "inflammatory" and "appalling."

'I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies,' Obama said. 'I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Reverend Wright that are at issue.'

Wright also condemned the U.S. for its assaults on the African-American community, especially with the federal government's agenda of importing drugs, training terrorists, and exporting guns.

Furthermore, he said the following:

'The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-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. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.'

While he is right about the government's past treatment of blacks on American soil, he forgets easily that the African-American community is responsible for its own self-sabotage and acceptance of the modern welfare-warfare state. Furthermore, his disparagement of "America" is not so much directed at the American government, but at the American people. That's where he is wrong on that point, yet he is right to criticize the government's domestic policy on drug abuse prevention and its foreign policy of interventionism.