Would it be OK for us to be against Barack Obama for reasons that have no relation to the fact that he is half black?
You would think, after all the discussions of race, someone would notice that he is a typical Chicago Democratic machine politician who has never actually held a real job yet has managed to project himself well beyond the middle class, from which he came.
You would think that someone would notice that despite his flowery bloviating on the campaign trail about "hope" and "change" that he has not put forth a single viable plan to change anything which has a prayer of getting through Congress, especially the Senate, a body to which he was elected and nominally serves in whenever he takes a break from running for President.
You would think that someone would notice that whatever skills he actually has, one of them is not the broad grasp of government and policy issues which Bill Clinton has and the knowledge of each attempted solution. In short, Obama will never be accused of being a policy wonk which is a useful skill if you have only a few years of legislative experience before you would like people to elect you to the most powerful office in the world.
And you would think that someone who wants to be President of the United States of America would have actually done something in the United States Senate other than run for President for almost three years.
Obama’s youth corps may well be too young to remember the television series Doogie Howser. After all, it premiered in 1989, when Obama was all of 27 and a "community organizer" (whatever that is) in Chicago.
It was about a (fictional) 14-year-old graduate of Princeton who became the youngest doctor in the country.
At least Doogie’s father was also a doctor in the series.
If one were to reduce Obama’s life to such a TV series, his mentor would be the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
OK, you knew we were going there eventually.
But I want to separate Wright from Obama. Obama, as I’ve pointed out, has plenty of reasons to disqualify him from the Presidency without anything related to race.
Wright, on the other hand, is old enough to know better.
He’s a charming, eloquent and funny old coot when he’s not being disingenuous and a relic of the 1960’s civil rights movement who has become, himself, a racist.
He has become an impediment to racial relations in this country and, like many of his fellow impediments, (I’ll let you fill in the names) his motives are suspect.
You see, screaming about racial injustice pays well.
Wright is moving into a multi-million dollar golf-course suburban Chicago mansion (parsonage?) which his followers have bought him.
A less, shall we say, outspoken, minister—one who stuck to the gospel in a poor black church—might never have been so blessed.
I don’t have any problem with a preacher doing well. But doing well by doing good is one thing. Preaching hatred (and I’m sorry, Rev, but this is NOT the United States of KKK America) as a way to make money is NOT doing good.
I once wrote that I would have a lot more respect for Obama if he refused to roll Wright under the bus, given their association since roughly the premier of Doogie Howser.
Perhaps, in view of Wright’s recent magical media tour, I need to rethink that.
It's possible that Obama simply committed the cardinal sin of politics. He thought that he could trust Wright.
And, if that's true, it's another reason not to vote for him.