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Clinton – Conservative at heart?

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 23, 2008


“There’s a reason Hillary Clinton has remained relatively silent during the flap over intemperate remarks by Barack Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. When it comes to unsavory religious affiliations, she’s a lot more vulnerable than Obama. You can find all about it in a widely under-read article in the September 2007 issue of Mother Jones, in which Kathryn Joyce and Jeff Sharlet reported that “through all of her years in Washington, Clinton has been an active participant in conservative Bible study and prayer circles that are part of a secretive Capitol Hill group known as “The “Fellowship,” also known as The Family.”
Hillary Clinton
The Family…the most conservative, power focused and fundamentalist Xian Cult there is, and Hillary Clinton has been an “elite member” for 15 years. Interesting, don’t you think? Yet, as I said about the Red Herring the Konservative, Korporate and Kapitalist Fox News is trying to create to derail Barack Obama’s campaign, I can’t help but think that Mother Jones and the Nation is trying the same by publishing this. On the other hand, apparently Hillary Clinton’s involvement with the Family has been covered up by someone. Let’s not forget that Clinton has been closer than most to the Power, and it’s associates within the Konservative, Korporate and Kapitalist Organizations than most – she is also the only woman to get into High Power Politics as a result of her husband having been the President of the US. So there would plenty of “behind the scenes” people to keep her membership of The Family out of the Public Eye.
Given this, Red Herring or not, it is interesting that Clinton’s Campaign has not jumped on the bandwagon in the wake of the Wright-Obama disclosure. Also given that Konservative, Korporate and Kapitalist Fox News, which is exactly that; Konservative, Korporate and Kapitalist, it’s notable that THEY have not picked up this – after all politically they would be behind John McCain. So something is definitely fishy here. My guess is that despite being a candidate for the Democrats, Hillary is indeed as conservative as can be.

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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.

Barack Obama 2008

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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