Barack Obama may or may not be damaged by new "revelations" about his friend and the pastor of his church, the reverend Jeremiah Wright, who damned America. But Obama knew that Wright had damned America and had blamed the US for the AIDS epidemic and nonetheless made him a central part of his campaign.
Here's a brief review of some of the Wright stuff:
"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people," he said in a 2003 sermon. "God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme."
In addition to damning America, he told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda's attacks because of its own terrorism.
"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye," Rev. Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001.
"We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost," he told his congregation.
And here are some more words of wisdom from the man of God:
The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., pastor of Mr. Obama's Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, gave the sermon at the school's Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel in Washington on Jan. 15, 2006.
"We've got more black men in prison than there are in college," he began. "Racism is alive and well. Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run. No black man will ever be considered for president, no matter how hard you run Jesse [Jackson] and no black woman can ever be considered for anything outside what she can give with her body."
Mr. Wright thundered on: "America is still the No. 1 killer in the world. . . . We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns, and the training of professional killers . . . We bombed Cambodia, Iraq and Nicaragua, killing women and children while trying to get public opinion turned against Castro and Ghadhafi . . . We put [Nelson] Mandela in prison and supported apartheid the whole 27 years he was there. We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God."
His voice rising, Mr. Wright said, "We supported Zionism shamelessly while ignoring the Palestinians and branding anybody who spoke out against it as being anti-Semitic. . . . We care nothing about human life if the end justifies the means. . . ."
Concluding, Mr. Wright said: "We started the AIDS virus . . . We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty. . . ."
Amen brother, tell it like it is. All those years, Obama tells us he had no inkling of his spiritual mentor's views until the beginning of his campaign, and then he didn't do anything about it out of consideration for the nice old man:
Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue. ...
The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments. But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it appropriate to leave the church. ...
Let's say it is really true that Obama had no idea that Wright had damned America, had accused the US of starting the AIDS epidemic until the beginning of his campaign. But he admits he knew at the beginning of the campaign. Perhaps he didn't have to leave the church, but he certainly didn't have to make Wright a central part of his campaign, did he? He couldn't figure out on his own that those statements would be lethal to his campaign.
Wright's statements were made over many years. His trip to Libya with Louis Farrakhan in the 1980s is no secret either. I have mentioned Reverend Wright before as a worrisome aspect of Obama:
In addition to his two advisers, Obama has yet to explain his long standing friendship and support of Pastor Jeremiah Wright, who traveled to Libya with Louis Farakhan. Obama also has yet to explain why he only reminded himself to repudiate Farakhan after all the "wingnuts" made sure people knew about the association between Farakhan and Obama's church.
Likewise, Wright's "wisdom," which had to have been all too well known to Obama, had to get to the mainstream media before he even thought it necessary to lie about it.
Obama is not even smart enough, or sensitive enough, to make believe he didn't know about Wright's views until now. Obama is belatedly doing damage control. Wright is no longer a part of the Obama campaign. The audacity to hope for what? Surely, what is happening here is not the audacity to hope, but the audacity to spit in the face of America, the audacity to lie and the will to believe?
The will to believe is not absent. Already, the Wright relationship is being spun away by the true believers at The Nation, and the Wright remarks are being whitewashed and the whole problem is being blamed on right wingnuts:
Sermons of Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, otherwise known as Barack Obama's pastor, are circulating wildly around the internet the last 24 hours. They show Wright passionately denouncing racism against blacks in America, in sometimes sharp language, and pointing out the ills of American foreign policy pre-9/11. Fox News and the right-wing blogosphere are outraged, the mainstream media is eagerly amplifying the selected sermons and the Clinton campaign is delighting that Obama's Chicago ties are receiving serious scrutiny....
What Wright is saying, moreover, is not particularly radical. The legacy of racism in America--and its existence today--can't simply be ignored or washed away. As one of Wright's church members says of his sermons near the end of a highly skewed ABC News "investigation" into Obama's Chicago church, "I wouldn't call it radical. I'd call it being black in America." Amen.
That is not a parody. Accusing the US of starting the AIDS epidemic, according to The Nation, is just "being black in America," and so is "Goddamn America." ABC News, which brought Wright's comments to the mainstream, is part of the right wing blogosphere according to this spokesman for the black people of America, whose first name is Ari. That's right! The person who wrote this nonsense, pretending to speak for black America, is Jewish! Wouldn't it be wiser for black Americans to explain how they feel about America?
Really? You don't have to be a right wingnut to understand that the US didn't start the AIDS epidemic and is not at fault for the 9-11 attacks. You don't have to be a flag waving RNC member with an eagle on your lawn to be scared of a US presidential candidate whose spiritual mentor, an honored member of his campaign, said, "Goddamn America." That might be a good campaign slogan in Tehran. In Wichita, it won't work. Not even in Spokane or Portland.
And here's another attempt at "helping" Obama:
By the end of this more and more will recognize that what Jeremiah was saying was merely a recapitulation of what Malcolm X said, minus the threat of an eye for an eye which was also a part of Malcolm's message.
. Right on, brother! Do you really think America is going to elect President X?
Obama and the spinmeisters may be able to paddle away from the Reverend Wright and his views. At the very least, however, the whole incident tells us that Obama is lacking several qualities needed in a US president. Farrakhan's anti-Semitism would not have been Obama's fault, if Obama had denounced it early in the campaign. Likewise, Wright's rants about America starting the AIDS epidemic would not be Obama's fault, if only he had distanced himself from Wright in time, instead of making him a centerpiece of his campaign. A person with bad judgment should not be president. Obama has shown execrable judgment in choosing friends and mentors, worse judgment in choosing what to ignore, and even worse judgment in choosing his lies. If Obama believes that Wright brought him to Jesus, that's fine for him. He must've been thinking Jesus was an African, but faith is a personal matter, and nobody should interfere with that or question it as long as Barack Obama remains a private citizen or even a U.S. senator. But Obama had to understand that those views could never be compatible with being president of the United States. Nonetheless, he didn't dissociate himself from Wright. He made him part of his campaign. Even the stupidest political novice could understand that "Goddamn America" could not be ignored or kept out of the campaign, and could also have puzzled out the idea that Americans would not take kindly to the accusation of having started the AIDS epidemic.
Rightly or wrongly, as Barack Obama admits, he has gotten a lot of support from American Jews as well as other Americans. He didn't give Jews much in return except for a grudging, belated and mendacious disavowal of Louis Farakhan's racism. Now he 'graciously' gives a similar 'gift' to America, disavowal of Wright's ranting, and no doubt he expects praise from the faithful. Who else, and what else, is lurking in Obama's campaign and his ideas? When will he do Americans yet more 'favors' and disavow them? Are we going to get an Obama speech like this: "Ahmadinejad's nuclear program and his views about the Jewish problem were brought to my attention early in my presidency, but as he was retiring as president, I didn't see any reason to stop the program. I mean, who knew the guy would really use the bomb? I'm really sorry about what happened to Israel, some of my best friends were Jews."
In case anyone didn't understand, I will repeat. Nobody is saying Obama damned America or accused America of starting the AIDS epidemic. But if he doesn't agree with those statements, he showed unacceptably bad judgment in making the man who made the statements a part of his campaign, knowing that he had said those damning things. What else is he wrong about? A person with that sort of judgment can't be president, can he?
Ironically, if Obama's campaign fails, it is likely that the Farakhans and the Al Sharptons and the Jeremiah Wrights will blame it on the Jews. Presumably, nobody but Jews and right wingnuts might hesitate to vote for the man whose spiritual mentor said "goddamn America." It will be a great day when the right African-American becomes President of the United States, but apparently, not if this black American becomes president.
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A thorough review of the cancer research medical journals will reveal why immunosuppressive viruses like HIV were invented by cancer vaccine researchers. The earliest journal article I found in the med school library stacks describing such viruses involved a mouse AIDS virus that was tested in the early 1960s. It did in mice exactly what HIV was designed to do in humans--selectively suppress the immune system for cancer transplant research. Here's a summary of my research describing why I believe AIDS is a biological warfare agent developed and tested under the pretext of an international cancer experiment, based on numerous animal and human experimental precedents:
The AIDS Epidemic at 25:
The Hidden Benefits and Design Behind the Devastation
Here's how I propose they did it:
How To Make An AIDS Virus
Why AIDS Was Invented
winstonsmith, Wednesday, March 19th
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