We Were Right, Unfortunately

29 Apr

Seth: We were right. Reverend Jeremiah Wright has gone and done it. He’s made a fool of himself by basking in his intelligence, proudly displaying his moral superiority, and allowing his cockiness and flamboyance to cause further harm to Senator Obama. Because of these actions, the Senator has had to completely distance himself from the Reverend. This is not something he wanted to do, but because of Rev. Wright’s “performance” (Senator Obama’s own word) it has come to this.

I admire Reverend Wright. He is obviously well educated, well read, and has many mature, Bible based beliefs that are true. If you’ve seen them, take the time to contrast his appearances with Bill Moyers, the Detroit NAACP speech to the National Press Club speech, and the Q&A session that proceeded it. It was like watching a car wreck in slow motion.

He starts off fine, obeying all traffic laws. But then, he starts talking on his cell phone, gets unfocused and BAM! Disaster strikes. Reverend Wright took his eye off the prize. Watching the Q&A after his speech at the National Press Club event was almost like being in a black church on a Sunday morning, but that’s not where Rev. Wright was. He got up on that stage and strutted his stuff. And the poor woman who was asking the prepared questions received a great deal of his frustration. In all fairness, the one question she did ask that was her own (“You just mentioned that Senator Obama hadn’t heard many of your sermons. Does that mean he’s not much of a churchgoer? Or does he doze off in the pews?”) was out of line.

The problem with Reverend Wright and other charismatic figures, especially pastors, is that they become the story, not the message. People in the black church give too much allegiance to pastors and they become the central figure, sometimes overshadowing Christ. If you listened, a lot of what he said was logical and well thought-out. But that was overshadowed by what became a spectacle. He never said Louis Farrakhan was a great and honorable man, what he did say was:

…And everybody wants to paint me as if I’m anti-Semitic because of what Louis Farrakhan said 20 years ago.

I believe that people of all faiths have to work together in this country if we’re going to build a future for our children, whether those people are — just as Michelle and Barack don’t agree on everything…Louis and I don’t agree on everything, most of you all don’t agree…

So what I think about him, as I’ve said on Bill Moyers and it got edited out, how many other African-Americans or European-Americans do you know that can get one million people together on the mall? He is one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century. That’s what I think about him.

…[W]hen Louis Farrakhan speaks, it’s like E.F. Hutton speaks, all black America listens. Whether they agree with him or not, they listen.

I can find no fault in that. But the media isn’t going to play it like that. Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and the NY Daily News are going to play “He is one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century” and that’s it.

This is not about what he said, or black religious tradition, or hermeneutics; this is about Senator Obama. Politics is about winning, and Rev. Wright may be the reason Obama loses. Reverend Wright is now a bigger story than Obama could have ever anticipated. At this point, all that Senators Clinton and McCain have to do is sit back and enjoy “the spectacle of what we saw yesterday” (Obama again).


2 Responses to “We Were Right, Unfortunately”

  1. Candace April 30, 2008 at 6:20 am #

    ::shaking my head:: What a shame.

  2. Leo May 5, 2008 at 5:28 pm #

    Is it really a surprise that the same media (sin faux news) that built Obama up is tearing him down? Pardon me if I sound cynical but Wright is just a pawn in this game. If it wasn’t him, they’d be using something else to bring down Obama. The MSM wasn’t going to let him get that far. 48 Laws of power, you give the people a little something to make them think they’ve gained a lot. I am willing to bet my life that Clinton will win the Democratic primary and loses to McCain in November. Prepare for war with Iran. This Wright thing isn’t going to stop until Obama loses. Please pay attention to how every single syllable Obama utters is now scrutinized. I’m not choosing sides, just being extra attentive.

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