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Obama Disses Trinity United Church

Posted by Ryan on May 31, 2008

OK, so there’s this bus that Obama has.  He occasionally throws his Pastor, old friends, and grandmother under it.  This time, he’s announced that he’s altogether leaving the Trinity United Church after sitting in the pews for 20 years… except for the time he got married there and had his kids baptized there as well!  It’s getting in the way of his political career so it has to go.

I think back to just March 18 of this year when Obama said in a well-received speech on religion:

“I can no more disown [Reverend Wright] than I can disown the black community.”

March was, like, ancient history to a Democrat, however. 

If his religious foundations, principles, and longtime friends can be tossed away so quickly, what will he do as President if things get uncomfortable there?  This further makes Obama look like a typical heartlessly shrewd politician willing to toss people away when things get uncomfortable, not a man who’s trying to be above the fray.

AP photo.

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Another Obama Preacher

Posted by Mike on May 29, 2008

This isn’t exactly the same situation as the Reverend Wright controversy because unlike Wright, Michael Pfleger was not the person from whom Barack Obama received twenty years of spiritual guidance. However, Obama has some more explaining to do about his Trinity pseudo-church in Chicago.

We’re all familiar with the racist Wright who closely counseled and preached to Obama for 20 years. At the time, Obama tried to explain Wright away by pretending that Wright had been taken out of context, something that’s a little hard to do when the “church” itself has a mission statement like this. Now if it was difficult for Obama to explain away his radical “church” before, just imagine how hard it will be now that the church decided to bring in a preacher who gives sermons like this one:

The problem for Obama, other than the fact that this type of speech is what repetitive campaign commercials are made of, is that no one took Reverend Wright out of context and no one is taking Michael Pfleger out of context. When one considers the “church’s” mission statement, Reverend Wright’s sermons, Pfleger’s sermons, the fact that the candidate’s wife was never proud of her country, the fact that Obama himself stopped wearing the American flag on his lapel in September 12, 2001, then it is obvious why the candidate views the American people with such contempt.

With values like these (and he must share them otherwise he would not have maintained his close relationship with Wright or remained in the pews for 20 years), it is no wonder why Obama has such little faith in people’s abilities that his only policy prescriptions involve government solutions. With values like these, it is no wonder why he has so little understanding of real Christianity that he claims people “cling” to the beliefs out of bitterness.  With values like these, it is also no wonder that he puts more faith in a potential meeting with a dictator like Ahmadinejad than in a meeting with our own soldiers in Iraq.

If incidents like these continue to surface, Obama will need a miracle to win in November. If that’s the case, I think its time he start clinging to the kind of religion practiced in a real church.

Hat tip: Hot Air

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Now John McCain has a Crazy Reverend? Nice Try.

Posted by Ryan on May 4, 2008

Liberal New York Times Opinion Editorial Columnist Frank Rich wrote this piece, trying to play “gotcha” with John McCain over John Hagee, a radical white preacher who has endorsed McCain.  Where Rich’s argument collapses is about when Rich says: “It boils down to this: Mr. McCain was not a parishioner for 20 years at Mr. Hagee’s church.”  Well, that’s that — that is what makes all the difference!

There are plenty of crazies that are going to endorse whoever they are going to endorse in the course of this campaign.  It happens every year!  Rich’s disclaimer makes the point as to why most Americans have reacted so sharply towards Obama and Wright.  There isn’t a double standard: Obama is a relative unknown who wants the most important job in the world.  Hence the scrutiny that should have occurred earlier in Obama’s career is happening now — early in his career.

But, oh no, that’s not enough for Rich!  He declares open season on John McCain as a clearly transparent attempt to numb the pain Barack Obama is feeling over his crazy Reverend by essentially saying “you too.”  He also plays “nyah nyah” by essentially inferring towards the end of this piece that since there are so many Hispanics in America, it doesn’t matter what happens to this Republican “double standard” because Republicans are doomed.

Nice try, but I don’t think this will stick, despite the MSM’s best efforts.  He’s not the only one to bring this up over the last eight weeks and surely won’t be the last.  I can’t wait for Wright’s book tour this Fall just to see how MSM shills like Rich react to the continuing damage done Obama towards election day.

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58% of Americans are “Wright” about Obama

Posted by Ryan on May 2, 2008

Stemming the conversation away from Obama and the Democ-“Rat” Race has been tough lately, but this was too good to pass up!

Scott Rasmussen released a poll today which attempted to gauge the political fallout from the recent remarks on Obama’s old Reverend Wright debacle.  A whopping 58% of respondents believe that Obama condemning Wright this week out of “political convenience,” rather than pure outrage!

Well, duh! 

I think this is significant, not because Obama had any new damage done to him, but this poll increases the sense that the damage Reverend Wright has done to Obama’s campaign, image, and chances is deep, lingering, if not permanent. 

What’s a superdelegate to do if this holds into the Fall, right about the time Obama’s Reverend releases his book?  All Wright has to do is say that Barack was there during one of those classic tirades Obama said he knew nothing about and all bets are off.

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Obama Takes a Stand on Wright

Posted by Ryan on April 29, 2008

NEWSFLASH: It only took Barack Obama 20 years to notice that his Reverend is crazy.  That’s the kind of man I think we need to bring “hope” and “change” to the White House and America!  Obama calls Wright’s statements over the weekend as, among other things, “a bunch of rants that aren’t grounded in truth.” 

True.

However, what about all the crazy things Wright said before and after 9/11?  Back then, at least until last month, Obama could “no more disown him than [he] can disown the black community.”  Sounds like a flip-flop.

This episode has illustrated one major thing about Obama: he’s a politician just like every other politician, except even worse in some regards.  Of course, he needed to do this politically, but it also showed himself to be a hypocrite who’s willing to dump those he’s closest to if that means scoring political points — and doing so in the most public of ways. 

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Obama Talks to Chris Wallace

Posted by Ryan on April 27, 2008

Until this morning, Obama has ducked Fox News for the entire campaign and WOW! was my B.S.-o-meter on overdrive!

On Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Barack Obama showed himself to be an articulate, yet condescending liberal elitist trying to sound human who revealed that he knows nothing about the challenges of globalization, tax policy, or foreign policy.  Chris Wallace did an OK job trying to bring up important issues like Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, being “bi-partisan,” the problems with real blue collar folks, etc., but didn’t push specifics out of him enough (which will bite Obama in the general).

One can see his appeal as an articulate person who seems to believe what he says, it’s just what he says that makes no sense to anyone who either lived through or has read about the Carter Administration.  He offers nothing new, just old school class warfare and ignorant foreign policy, reminiscent of Jimmah’s tenure.  It’s kind of scary that so many young skulls-full-of-mush are buying into this old school failed bilge.

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Don’t Stop the NCGOP Ad!

Posted by Ryan on April 25, 2008

I know I’m going to disagree with John McCain more times than my conscience will like, but he needs to back off this one. The North Carolina Republican Party is trying to paint a Barack Obama out of touch with mainstream North Carolinians by citing Obama’s close relationship to the crazy Reverend Wright.

Here’s the ad which is causing all sorts of stress for the GOP right now:

John McCain calls the NCGOP as “out of touch” for airing such an ad.  It’s not out of touch, it’s a decent ad which highlights real voter concerns in a local election.  For McCain to come out before the MSM to condemn this ad, he’s adding unnecessary friction within the GOP at a time when we need to sit back and enjoy the other side’s breakdown.  Obama’s people are already painting this as McCain’s inability to control his own peeps.  Unfortunately, I’m sure this will not be the last time parts of the GOP clash with McCain this year in such a fashion. 

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Hasselbeck Tries to Stick It to Obama

Posted by Ryan on March 29, 2008

Back on March 19, the lovely Elizabeth Hasselbeck, “The View’s” token conservative and fellow Rhode Island transplant, made a great point about the double standard Obama has on race: Obama condemned Don Imus, who had been on radio since 1968 and made an inappropriate three-word joke in bad taste that got him fired within a week, but Barry O is still defending his Reverend Wright.  Elizabeth gets harped on by the harpies on “The View” but she made a great point — and another indication that Obama’s foes on the Left and Right are not going to let this issue slide.

Yesterday, Obama paid a visit to the ladies on “The View.”  Some important points related to his distant relation to Brad Pitt, how “sexy” he is,  if he’s tough enough to survive a Republican “swift-boating,” yak yak yak.  However, Barbara Walters did eventually bring up the Imus stuff.  Obama , in typical form, split hairs and parsed words, not hearing “some of the things” Wright said, etc.  Soon he turned into his friendship with She Who Must Not Be Named (gag). 

It appears in the first two to five minutes of this clip:

It’s funny because the YouTube clips from the news stations skip the Imus part and go straight to dealing with the “Republican attack machine.” Elizabeth then tries to call him out about his “uniter” farce.  Yet, Obama dances some more, even telling an anecdote about how Reverend Wright saved an interracial couple through Wright’s guidance.  However, to my disappointment, the Imus double standard was not addressed further. 

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An Education: Democrats on the Economy

Posted by Ryan on March 27, 2008

We’ve finally learned something (on the record for a change) about Democrat’s vision for the today’s ailing economy!  Here’s a sample of Obama’s take on what he to do in tough economic times:

“To renew our economy — and to ensure that we are not doomed to repeat a cycle of bubble and bust again and again — we need to address not only the immediate crisis in the housing market; we also need to create a 21st century regulatory framework, and pursue a bold opportunity agenda for the American people….  We do American business — and the American people — no favors when we turn a blind eye to excessive leverage and dangerous risks….  If we can extend a hand to banks on Wall Street, we can extend a hand to Americans who are struggling.”

OK, let me get this straight:  Regulation.  Government handouts.  Ending the Business Cycle.

Been there, done that.

  • One of the things we learned from the 1970s (before Obama met Reverend Wright and while She Who Must Not Be Named was still wearing those dorky glasses) is that the more regulation the government imposes the less economic activity takes place from those targeted companies/industries, which will destroy job growth and diversification. 
  • Plus, government hand-outs to the “struggling” might be good mid-20th Century populist/class-warfare politics, but we’ve seen the abject failure of wealth redistribution in our own country: “War on Poverty” anyone?  
  • Back in the 1990s people were also talking about the end of the business cycle.  I don’t want an end to the business cycle because, quite simply, that means the end of capitalism.  Bad companies must be made to account, bad behaviors by consumers must be stymied by market realities, and bad investments must be punished if an economy is to learn and grow in the fastest and most natural way. 

So, what did I learn about the Democrat candidates and the economy today? 

Same old populist-socialist dribble that won’t fix anything but would continue the cycle of dependency.  But that’s what I expected them to say.  The bigger question to ask is:

Will John McCain take advantage of these scary policy positions that his opponents are putting forward on the record? 

One hopes.

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