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Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

Will the True Left leave Obama?

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 23, 2008


“What always comes into my mind when in this context is how my father would bully me, berate me and beat me and then insist I was not to cry, not to resent, and then he’d hit me again. — because I cried OR because I did not cry.I felt such identification with what was being presented [by Reverend Wright] that I never felt the object of it. As well, the people all around me didn’t act as if I were the object either. Nor was this by any means the entire service. The service, the address, the sermon rolled, it really rolled, from abject hell to the sublimity of paradise. And I was caught on the wave.”
This is what I sense also, when watching the entire sermons by Reverend Jeremiah Wright. An identification. Not based on color but on similar experiences of oppression and abuse. I somehow cannot stop myself from thinking that all the bruhaha around the clips presented by the Right-Wing Media, is more based in that the arrow Rev. Wright is aiming at them hit home, and hit home really hard. So they try and divert attention from what is he saying and why, so they won’t be implicated in any way. Instead they implicate Rev. Wright and Barack Obama, i.e their victims. The question is, will the true Left buy this and withdraw their support from Barack? In that case the Right and their Minions [Hillary Clinton] will have won. That should be reason enough to vote Barack Obama into the White House.

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What did Reverend Wright actually say?

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 23, 2008


I decided to do some research in the wake of the allegations of racism against Barack Obama, and waded through a whole lot of Sermons given by Reverend Jeremiah Wright. I also found the videos that has been circulating on the Net. See for yourself.

“The government gives them the drugs [referring to the Iran-Contra Affair][15], 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”

in its context – do you find anything RACIST in this?

“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…and now we are indignant, because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

in its context – do you find anything RACIST or Anti-semitic in this? I don’t. In fact I agree with a lot of what the Reverend is saying. He is full of criticism of the American Government’s treat of people of color (all people of color, mind you) throughout it’s history. Strong, harsh, but then it has always been one of the obligations of the clergy to whip the Government. That has always been the prerogative of the people of Faith. In fact, in my opinion, if people of Faith don’t speak up on behalf of the poor, the disadvantaged, the down-trodden and the hopeless, they are failing the Creed they profess.

I can understand how f.i Fox News, which is constantly brown-nosing and patting the Konservative, Korporate and Kapitalist America on the back, would pull out snippets here and snippets there of the sermons to try and discredit Barack Obama. They would, wouldn’t they? Think about it. The big News Tycoons always do that, don’t they?

I think this whole Wright-Obama business is a Red Herring, an attempt to derail Obama’s campaign and force him to debate the issue of what Jeremiah Wright said, rather than the issues of where America is going.

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Questioning a Presidential Candidate’s Moral Fiber

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 22, 2008


When Barack Obama had the chance, out of the public eye, to reject racism and reject homophobia, he did not act. He did not act. Why should I trust him now, after making an eloquent speech years too late? […]I want to see Barack Obama explain to me why he didn’t walk the walk. At the least, I want Obama to admit he was wrong. Then the issue will be over for me. Otherwise, like you, A, it sure looks like a political move, weak on morality and high on manipulation.

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I think it’s not only natural but required of a democratically inclined voter to scrutinize the candidates for Head of State. This questioning doesn’t exclude an understanding of where the candidate comes from, not politically, but emotionally and culturally.

While I can question Barack Obama’s motives for not stepping up and away from Reverend Wright and his alleged racism, I can see how for a person of “mixed blood” in the US, where skin color seem to be very important, it might be difficult to do that. I can only vaguely imagine what it means to be both “too white” and “too black” and basically be told that one doesn’t belong in either group in a culture where so much revolve around racism, race and culture. But I can imagine, perhaps more than most why one would choose not to bring one’s pastor’s possible racism up to his face, or even leave that church. I have stayed in places I didn’t like simply because I liked some of the people or because I had no “elsewhere” to go. It can and has been argued that Obama’s racial background shouldn’t have anything to with his lack of objection homophobia from those close to him. I would disagree with this, because the emotional set-up of Obama’s basic background most likely has made him dependent on approval, and one is ready to accept a lot, also ideas and views that one disagrees strongly with.

This is not an excuse, but I do think it puts the matter into perspective.

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