What is up with Barack Obama?
Barack Obama angrily disowned his former pastor and friend of 20 years, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., saying Tuesday that Wright’s recent comments about race, religion and the U.S. government were “divisive and destructive” and had undermined the purpose of Obama’s presidential candidacy.
So, his Reverend of 20 years finally went on the defensive, to clear up all the stupid misconceptions about his beliefs and words. And what does Mr. Change-you-can-believe-In do? He considers it an insult to himself and his campaign. Senator, everything is not about you. Why does your Reverend not have the right to defend himself, at a time of his own choosing, from attacks that came about not at a time of either his or your choosing? If you actually expect him to sit by, mute and defenseless, then your belief in the First Amendment is extremely shallow. Beyond that, it makes you look like just another politician, because you really seem to believe in saying what you need to say to get where you want to get. What’s the difference between you and any other politician?
And the contention that his Reverend’s beliefs “undermined the purpose of his candidacy” is simply ridiculous. Since when is the Reverend part of his campaign? The Reverend has been preaching the same things for probably the entire time that Mr. Obama has been his church member. It’s awfully convenient to deny all knowledge of the Reverend’s belief system now, and its highly arrogant to believe that a pastor ought to change with the wind like politicians generally do.
Sorry, but this smacks of good old politics. And that does not sound like the kind of change I wish to believe in. Now, if only America would give Ralph Nader a chance!