The Company Obama Keeps
Under different circumstances, I’d be inclined to feel that Barack Obama has been treated unfairly over the past few weeks. It seems that everything he says or does gives ammunition to his opponents (both Democratic and Republican) for use against him. The guy can’t catch a break.
As if to add insult to injury, Jeremiah Wright – “spiritual” advisor to Obama – has been busy putting himself in front of as many television cameras and microphone banks as possible in order to milk the Obama campaign for every single minute of fame he can get. Not bad for a guy who has allegedly retired from the pulpit. You’d think Hillary Clinton was in charge of booking speakers for the National Press Club.
In this country there is (or at least was) a separation between religion and politics. The wise Founders enshrined that separation in Article VI of the US Constitution by declaring that no religious test would be permitted for people seeking public office. So constitutionally I am saddened by the fact that Obama is being slammed by remarks made by his pastor.
Having said that, I’m not shedding too many tears. The man whose run for the Oval I supported the most had his religion questioned at nearly every turn and opportunity by both left and right leaning pundits as well as more than a few of his opponents. Mitt Romney was peppered by religiously driven diatribes even before he actually started campaigning. More than one pundit demanded that he answer for his family’s unique ancestral family structure, the actions of his relatives on September 11, 1857, and church doctrine as to the salvation status of his long deceased family dog. I’m sure Mitt would have been questioned on his Bishop’s latest sermon had he not ended his campaign when he did.
Obama has attempted (and some would say failed) to distance himself from Mr. Wright. For his part, Mr. Wright has claimed his inflammatory remarks were “taken out of context” because the entire sermon had not been put on the sound-byte loop. Well, dear reader, Blogfather Hugh had as much of the sermons in question as are available. Read or listen to them for yourself. Let me tell you something – context doesn’t help Mr. Wright. If anything, context does little more than lump Jeremiah Wright in the same league as Ward Churchill and Michael Moore. Those boneheads occupy the lowest rungs of Cordeiro’s Sliding Scale of Humanity coming in at Miserable Vomitous Mass (MVM) and Waste Of Skin And Breathable Air (WOSABA) respectfully.
Mother Cordeiro (and a mean mother she was and is) wisely warned me (several times) that people would – rightly or wrongly – judge me by the company I keep. In my circle of friends and acquaintances both personal and professional, I can’t say that I have any unrepentant terrorists, shady political “fundraisers”, or spiritual “advisors” who want to re-work the lyrics to God Bless America. Well, there was that one lady who tried to sell me a time-share once, but what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
But I digress.
These are the people in Obama’s neighborhood – both figuratively and literally. Their association with him, and more importantly his association with them speak volumes about what kind of president he would be – especially since he’s made his finely honed judgment such an important pillar of his campaign.
Here endeth the lesson.