Obama: Guilty By Association
June 24, 2008, 1:24 am
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By Burt Prelutsky, Townhall

Seeing how thrilled so many of my fellow Americans are that a black man — even a half-black man — is going to be on the presidential ballot in November I can’t help wishing I were one of them. It’s as if there’s a great big party taking place and I’m stuck outside with my nose pressed against a window. But, frankly, I don’t know what the hoop-de-do is all about.

I mean, it’s always nice to be reminded that America is the place where anyone is free to achieve his dreams, although perhaps not quite yet her dreams. But when it comes to being president of the United States, the commander-in-chief of the best and the most powerful nation on earth, I don’t think we should be getting quite this excited. To me, Barack Obama seems like nothing more than the end result of affirmative action run amok.

His fans insist that it’s unfair to question his qualifications or judge him by his associations. That makes sense because if I were a fan of his, I sure wouldn’t want anyone scratching beneath the surface of a pleasant smile and a soothing voice. And, believe me, if he were auditioning for a job as a TV announcer, I’d hire him.

The Obamans insist that mentioning any of the man’s disreputable friends and religious mentors is a no-no that smacks of McCarthyism. This is an odd complaint because, one, McCarthy was right when he pointed out that the folks who associated with other people at Communist cell meetings were in fact Communists, and, two, every child is told that he’s going to be judged by the company he keeps. So, let’s face facts — John Dillinger ran with a nicer crowd than this guy.

The first screwball we found out about was Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the gutter mouth whose swinish sermons Obama lapped up for a thousand Sundays. Then there was Bill Ayers, the mad bomber who should have wound up sharing a cell with Ted Kaczynski, but instead was apparently offered the option of becoming a professor. And let us not forget Tony Rezko, who was recently found guilty by a Chicago jury of just about everything except kidnapping the Lindbergh baby. It’s still up in the air whether he’ll be offered the same deal as Bill Ayers, but there’s no getting around the fact that “Professor Rezko” has a nice ring to it.

It probably isn’t cricket to include Michelle Obama in this dirty laundry list of Barack’s associates, and yet it’s hard to simply overlook the fact that he chose to marry this nasty, bitter, openly racist ingrate.

Finally, when it appeared that we couldn’t sink any lower in the barrel, out popped Obama’s longtime friend and religious mentor, Father Michael Pfleger. The first time I became aware of this fellow was when I heard segments on the radio of the speech he delivered at Trinity United. When, later that day, I saw him on TV, I was shocked to see that he was white. Although he seems to have forgotten much of his religious training while serving at Faith Community of St. Sabina, on the South Side of Chicago, he has certainly mastered the black patois. He actually sounded blacker than either Rev. Wright or Louis Farrakhan, but he obviously thinks along the same unsavory lines.

Later in the week, Father Pfleger apologized for his performance, saying, “I regret the words I chose on Sunday. These words are inconsistent with Senator Obama’s life message, and I’m deeply sorry if they offended Senator Clinton or anyone else who saw them.”

Apology not accepted. I, for one, am getting sick and tired of being played by the Obama crowd. Michelle didn’t mean she’d never been proud of America, Barack didn’t mean Iran was a small country we had no reason to fear, and Father Pfleger didn’t mean a word of his racist screed. Right…and a bear doesn’t make do-do in the woods.

Pfleger, by the way, not too long ago urged a crowd of blacks to drag a gun shop owner, John Riggio, into the street “like a rat” and “snuff him,” along with any Illinois state legislators who voted against gun control legislation. When accused of trying to incite murder, Father Pfleger, who prides himself on his street creds, claimed he had no idea that “snuff” is a synonym for murder. So far as I know, nobody bothered asking him, that being the case, exactly what it was he was exhorting the mob to do. Drag Mr. Ruggio out of his place of business and make him sneeze until he agreed to close up shop?

Frankly, I can’t fathom how it is Pfleger still has a job. But, perhaps after what it’s gone through in the past decade, the Church is so grateful that he’s not a pedophile costing them millions of dollars in lawsuits, this creep could walk down State Street at high noon wearing nothing but his turn-around collar and playing a harmonica and still be in line for a red hat.

Some of Obama’s other questionable associates are the thousands of blacks who flock to Trinity United every Sunday, eager to soak up their weekly dose of racist swill, laughing and applauding and shouting their heart-felt “amens;” thousands of nicely dressed black Americans who don’t have to pretend they disagree with a single ugly word of it because, unlike Barack Obama, they don’t happen to be running for president.


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You appear not to understand black liberation theology. I recommend that you watch Wright’s interview with Bill Moyers here:


Out of the “spiritual guiders” that Obama and McCain have, Wright is far, far more mainstream (and innocuous to the majority of the country) than Rod Parsley or John Hagee. The latter two are genuine bigots with whom McCain has gone arm-in-arm for years. Despite his claim that they were never his pastors, they certainly were his bedfellows until the media forced him to leave their home. While McCain depended on these ultra-rich xenophobes to help him bring out the ultra-conservative base, Wright was spending his time helping the black community pull itself out of poverty.

I’ve limited the scope of this comment to the topics I’ve had a chance to review, hence the lack of response to Pfleger and otheres.

Comment by wordadvocate

Black liberation theology, according to its prophet James Cohn: “Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill all gods who do not belong to the black community. Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in black power which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.”

Comment by obamarxist

This quote is widely-circulated on conservative blogs and is presented in the total absence of any fact-checking, and your choice to use it has several conclusions that unsettle your argument and instead support my previous comment. You’ve stepped even further away from Obama, and any apparent relation that this quote has to his policy is due to the convenience of juxtaposition rather than substantive similarity. I note that you were not able to find an /apparently/ equally inflammatory comment by either Rev. Wright or Sen. Obama.

I could not easily find the original source of this quote. If you have it, I’d like to see it. Even if Cone really said this, then you’ve misrepresented it by taking it out of its historical context. Remember, Cone was born in 1938 and has lived the majority of his life under the codified repression of black people by the white majority, and has been alive to see the worst of this country’s racial violence. Note, however, that in his most fiery alleged comment, he uses restraint: “Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy.” He did not say “white people” in that clause, but the “white enemy.” While he may or may not have had any close white friends, he’s showing a tacit understanding that not all whites are his enemies.

Further be aware that Cone was a scholar, not a soldier. He never killed anybody. Furthermore, his use of the sentence “The task of black theology is to kill all gods who do not belong to the black community,” shows that he is not speaking about physical violence. A god, by definition, cannot be killed (except, perhaps, some classical or Eastern gods which are clearly not the subject of this discourse.) Scone’s use of the word “kill” is a symbolic way to call for a complete revision of theology so that it supports the black community. It is not a call to violence, and you’ve mislead your readers by portraying it as such. This should be elementary: the God of the KKK is not the same God as their victims.

Consider another quote from Cone: “The black theologian must reject any conception of God which stifles black self-determination by picturing God as a God of all peoples.” (Source: Cone’s wikipedia page.”

Cone and Wright are both men of peace, and reading their work or listening to their speeches /in their entirety/ shows this beyond any doubt.

What’s really scary, instead, are the eschatologies of McCain’s bedfellows, Hagee and Parsley. Hagee claims Jews have dead souls and will burn in hell for failing to profess faith in Christ from their mouths (though he is unimpressed by the fruits of Jewish faith, and in all liklihood is receiving medical treatment developed by a Jewish scientist at some point.) Parsley openly advises a call to arms against any and all Muslims.

And McCain called them “spiritual guiders” for years.

Comment by wordadvocate

Edit: The entire quote. In my previous post, I did not include the entire text:

“The black theologian must reject any conception of God which stifles black self-determination by picturing God as a God of all peoples. Either God is identified with the oppressed to the point that their experience becomes God’s experience, or God is a God of racism…. The blackness of God means that God has made the oppressed condition God’s own condition. This is the essence of the Biblical revelation. By electing Israelite slaves as the people of God and by becoming the Oppressed One in Jesus Christ, the human race is made to understand that God is known where human beings experience humiliation and suffering…Liberation is not an afterthought, but the very essence of divine activity.”

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