Smells traitorous

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!

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9 Responses to Smells traitorous

  1. Aaminah says:

    Asalaamu alaikum.

    Ah… finally. Thank you. Someone says the truth…

  2. Umm Layth says:

    I agree, and I’m disappointed. Rev. Wright has uttered nothing that isn’t truth, and unfortunately I think Obama is losing sight of what really matters. I mean yeah fine, politics is politics, but this may cause him to lose that strength he brags about (i.e. black voters and people who are at the front of fighting racism).

  3. Aaminah, Wa ‘AlaykumusSalaam. You are welcome … and it feels a lot nicer getting that off my mind 🙂

    Umm Layth, I guess Rev. Wright had the audacity to hope in the freedom of thought and speech, and that is limited to being slogan-deep. I do hope that his supporters do take a long look and go beyond the pretty words to see the politician beneath. If not, they are going to feel rather gypped with the difference between Candidate Obama and President Obama. Better to be disappointed now, and see the train wreck coming. I am sorry for all of his supporters who might have hopefully expected better.

  4. mehreen says:

    Well, frankly, who’s surprised? When you get down to the nitty gritty details, they’re all the same. I listened to this on Democracy Now yesterday morning.
    “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!” Hear hear!

  5. mehreen, I guess it’s us cynics who are not surprised.

  6. Umm Ibrahim says:

    Assalaamu alaikum,

    Aaaah, all this Obama and Clinton stuff is just going over my head! I really don’t ‘get’ American politics! 😳

    Wanted to say though, you’re tagged :mrgreen:

  7. Wa ‘AlaykumusSalaam! You’re not alone on not getting our bizarre system…I think our politicians are just a bunch of attention-seekers! God knows they hardly seem to get anything done!

    And will get on this tag soon, inshaAllah! 🙂

  8. Umm Layth says:

    They have to be attention seekers. I’m so glad he beat Hillary last night, though. I never thought our little state could bring about what happened last night.

  9. Ms. Hillary certainly took a thumping last night. I do admire her ability and stamina to continue in the face of certain defeat!

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