Jesse Jackson’s Very Loud Whisper
Posted by Ryan on July 10, 2008
Here’s a clip of an off-the-air comment uttered by Jesse Jackson the other day about Barack Obama’s faith-based initiative:
Jackson, of course, apologized for the remarks, but nonetheless he still said it in an unscripted moment when he thought the cameras were no longer recording. Obama’s done the same thing when he talked about bitter small town America! In the YouTube era, the cameras are always on and will be seen everywhere fast! Obama quickly accepted the apology ostensibly so that the story would die as quickly as possible.
On the larger point though, Obama’s faith-based initiative would not let faith-based organizations screen clients or workers based on religious or ethical standards, which essentially makes the faith-based organization simply another arm of the government, without any regard for the faith itself. I’d be upset too if I were Jackson, since the black community has been served very well through Bush’s faith-based programs as they are. I don’t think I’d say I want to “cut his nuts off,” but I would be upset about Obama’s incessant condescension to blacks and his planned reversal of Bush’s successful policy.