Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer pull no punches. First he asks which controversial statements did Obama sit through without a word of protest. Did they include:
- Wright’s assertion from the pulpit that the U.S. government invented the HIV virus “as a means of genocide against people of color”?
- Wright’s claim that America was morally responsible for 9/11 — “chickens coming home to roost” — because of, among other crimes, Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
- the charge that the U.S. government (of Franklin Roosevelt, mind you) knew about Pearl Harbor, but lied about it?
- the government gives drugs to black people, presumably to enslave and imprison them?
He then attacks the comparison of Rev Wright to his white grandmother who said she was scared of black men who passed her on the street:
“I can no more disown (Wright) than I can my white grandmother.” What exactly was grandma’s offense? Jesse Jackson himself once admitted to the fear he feels from the footsteps of black men on the street. And Harry Truman was known to use epithets for blacks and Jews in private, yet is revered for desegregating the armed forces and recognizing the first Jewish state since Jesus’ time. He never spread racial hatred. Nor did grandma.
Yet Obama compares her to Wright. Does he not see the moral difference between the occasional private expression of the prejudices of one’s time and the use of a public stage to spread racial lies and race hatred?
Krauthammer does get to a key point. There is no comparison between the two. And I wonder how many people listened to those sermons and believed that the US Government invented AIDS to use against black people.
Finally he asks:
If Wright is a man of the past, why would you expose your children to his vitriolic divisiveness? This is a man who curses America and who proclaimed moral satisfaction in the deaths of 3,000 innocents at a time when their bodies were still being sought at Ground Zero. It is not just the older congregants who stand and cheer and roar in wild approval of Wright’s rants, but young people as well. Why did you give $22,500 just two years ago to a church run by a man of the past who infects the younger generation with precisely the racial attitudes and animus you say you have come unto us to transcend?
To balance things up, here’s an article on how Hillary Clinton is a active participant in conservative Bible study and prayer circles which is known as “The Family”. The article alleges The Family has Nazi and fascist links over many decades. I don’t think the allegations are credible somehow.
And to add to woes for the Democrats, 25% of Florida Democrats have said in a poll they are less likely to support their party’s nominee if their state is not seated at the Democratic Convention.Tags: 2008 US Presidential Election, Barack Obama, Charles Krauthammer, Hillary Clinton, Rev Wright, United States