Monday, April 28, 2008

Obama's Past

While Barack Obama has not been in the Nation's Spotlight for as long as Hillary Clinton or John McCain, he has a past which may cause him trouble. For a good summary of the skeletons in his closet, follow this link (How much will Obama's past haunt him?)

As this article points out there is a lot of stuff in that Closet.
The former law professor was cast as an elitist after he said people in small towns clung to guns and religion because they were bitter about decades of job losses.
Republicans and Democrats have questioned his patriotism. Obama has refused to wear a US Flag Lapel Pin but then implied that anyone who does is not patriotic. Obama's relationship with 1960's radical William Ayres further fuels this questioning of patriotism.

I believe the most damaging will be Obama's 20 year association with his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Obama's pastor has made unpatriotic and racist comments, which Senator Obama claims to disagree with, while simultaneously refusing to distance himself from the man he claims is his mentor, Spiritual Teacher and friend as well as his pastor.

It is beyond belief that someone could be closely associated with reverend Wright and not know his beliefs. How could Obama not know his pastor believes and preaches that the US Government spread AIDS to blacks, practices terrorism around the world and tries in every way to repress the blacks in general?

The reverend Wright is credited in this article (Wright says criticism is attack on black church) making the claim that...
He said he hopes "the most recent attack on the black church—it is not an attack on Jeremiah Wright—it's an attack on the black church," he said to applause, "just might mean that the reality of the African-American church will no longer be invisible."
To which many will claim that if reverend Wright represents the black church view, they can be compared to the KKK. Both are racist hate groups who deserve to be condemned.

Fortunately I don't feel reverend Wright represents the majority black view any more than the KKK represents the majority white view. But it does make Senator Barack Obama appear to be a man who follows rather than leads. He gives the impression that he will adopt any view if it will further his political ambitions.

In short, Obama twists in the wind like a weather vane.

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