The Audacity of Hate
Today at HillBuzz, we worked the phones calling voters in Pennsylvania on behalf of Hillary Clinton. Here is an example of one of those calls — and it is indicative of the sorts of things we heard all day from people in the Keystone State:
Sarah, 69, Rural Valley, Pennsylvania, Catholic:
“All of my life I registered as either a Democrat or Republican depending upon who I thought was most qualified to be president.
I am 69 years old and I raised 6 children. For half of my voting life I was registered as a Republican for the other half I was registered as a Democrat because I truly vote my conscience. I have been paying careful attention to this election. I think Hillary Clinton has the answers and the solutions for our country this time. The other candidates really make me frightened.
John McCain, I like him, but he has a history of illnesses and is old. If we elected him President, in almost no time we would have to elect another President or his VP would become President. I have a son and daughter in Iraq. I can not wait until this war is over. I want my son and daughter to come home. I don’t think Mc Cain would bring my son and daughter home.
And the other candidate? Well did you see the Reverand Wright on television? I am seriously scared. This was his pastor for 20 years, he married him and his wife, baptized his children, was his spiritual advisor. I thought I had seen everything, but I had not. This was the most racist, frightening, Anti-American thing I have every seen in my life. He talked about hating white people, the KKK. I am Catholic and I have Protestant and Jewish friends. We are all Christian, we work together in Pennsylvania. To see something like that coming from his religious figure is utterly frightening.
When I go into town and visit cafes people are talking about this. People are in an uproar about this.
Hillary is the best candidate, she has the answers.”
* We made 100 calls here at HillBuzz today, and the majority of them were like this.
Barack Obama was inspired by his pastor and spiritual advisor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright of the Trinity United Church of Christ, to title his second book, “The Audacity of Hope”, after one of Wright’s sermons. Obama’s bestseller obviously went through several drafts before publication. So, we at HillBuzz wondered what some of Obama’s first considered, but ultimately rejected, titles were for his second tome. Maybe he could dust off these gems for future use.
Here are some other “inspiring lines” from Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s speeches that Obama could use as book titles for his next bestseller:
– “G** Damn America!”
– “In A Country and A Culture Controlled By Rich White People”
– “I Am Still In Bible Country, I Am Still In the Text”
– “Jesus Was A Poor Black Man Who Lived In A Country, And Lived In A Culture, That Was Controlled By Rich White People”
– “The Romans Were Rich, the Romans Were Italians. Which Means They Were European, Which Means They Were White”
– “Hillary Never Had A Cab Whiz Passsed Her And Not Pick Her Up”
– “I’m Just Sick of N****** Who Just Don’t Get It”
– “Hillary Was Not A Black Boy Raised In A Single Parent Home”
– “Barack Knows What It Means To Be A Black Man Living In A Country Controlled By Rich White People”
– “Hillary Ain’t Never Been Called A N*****!”
– “Hillary Has Never Had Her People Defined As Non-Persons”
– “Hillary Ain’t Had To Work Twice As Hard To Be Accepted By the Rich White Folk Who Run Everything”
– “Oh, I Am So Glad We Got A God Who Knows What It’s Like To Be A Poor Black Man In A Country And A Culture That Is Controlled By And Run By Rich White People”
– “Jesus Taught Me To Love the Hell Out of My Enemies And Not Be Reduced To Their Level of Bigotry And Small-Mindedness”
– “Hillary Ain’t Never Had Her Own People Say She Isn’t White Enough”
– “The Government Gives Them the Drugs, Builds Them the Prisons, Passes the Three Strike Rule, And Expects Us To Sing God Bless America, Oh No No No, Not G** Bless America, G** DAMN AMERICA!”
– “It’s In The Bible, For Killing Innocent People, G** DAMN AMERICA!”
– “I Don’t Think That, Uh, My Church Is Actually, Particularly Controversial”
Obama: I would not repudiate the man, as I said. This is somebody who I have known for 17 years — helped bring me to Jesus — and helped bring me to church. He is like an uncle who has talked to me, not about political things, not about social views, as much as about about Faith, God and Family.
Mr. Obama issued a personal video statement on the issue:
“He has never been my political adviser, he’s been my pastor…”
Mr. Obama cannot deny his strong belief in a direct correlation between the teachings of the church and politics. HillBuzz uncovered an essay originally published by then-Sangamon State University in which Mr. Obama directly links the black church, social justice and politics:
Nowhere is the promise of organizing more apparent than in the traditional black churches. Possessing tremendous financial resources, membership and — most importantly — values and biblical traditions that call for empowerment and liberation, the black church is clearly a slumbering giant in the political and economic landscape of cities like Chicago. A fierce independence among black pastors and a preference for more traditional approaches to social involvement (supporting candidates for office, providing shelters for the homeless) have prevented the black church from bringing its full weight to bear on the political, social and economic arenas of the city.
Over the past few years, however, more and more young and forward-thinking pastors have begun to look at community organizations such as the Developing Communities Project in the far south side and GREAT in the Grand Boulevard area as a powerful tool for living the social gospel, one which can educate and empower entire congregations and not just serve as a platform for a few prophetic leaders. Should a mere 50 prominent black churches, out of the thousands that exist in cities like Chicago, decide to collaborate with a trained organizing staff, enormous positive changes could be wrought in the education, housing, employment and spirit of inner-city black communities, changes that would send powerful ripples throughout the city.
And what of Obama’s new pastor, Rev. Otis Moss III? Many YouTube videos showing a level-headed man, a stark contrast to the YouTube videos flying around on Rev. Wright.
On Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network website, a different Rev. Moss is illustrated:
The Rev. Moss had most of the lunch crowd on its feet for much of his fiery speech on the difference between a peacekeeper and a peacemaker, between a “prophetic preacher” and a “prosperity preacher.”
“I believe the role of prophetic faith is to disturb the peace,” he said. “In the words of Al Sharpton, ‘There will be no peace where there is no justice.'”
It is also being reported that the Obama family donated more than $ 27,000 to Trinity Church between 2005 and 2006.
HillBuzz is also beginning to believe the Rezko story to be an Obama campaign cover. Whenever they get into hot water, Rezko comes roaring back. Mr. Obama admitted to a “bone-headed” move when dealing with Tony Rezko. This is an issue the public doesn’t care about, can’t understand or doesn’t believe. Rezko is a red herring, a bait and switch for the Obama campaign. It’s a comfortable subject because they are driving the news on the subject.
HillBuzz presents “The Miseducation of Michelle Obama”
Michelle Obama isn’t proud of America.
Despite all the things we have to be proud of.
So, we thought we’d try to show Michelle Obama all the things she missed out on being proud of while she was attending Princeton and Harvard, and working at a top Chicago law firm, and working in prestigious positions with the City of Chicago and the University of Chicago Hospital, and living in the spacious Obama Mansion in Hyde Park.
So, obviously, there was nothing to be proud of America for all this time.
HillBuzz saw someone on the internet posted these Inconsistencies in Obama’s March 14th interviews on MSNBC, FOX, and CNN
1. In his first interview with KO he says he didn’t become aware of these statements until he started his Presidential run, pretty much what he said on HuffPo.
2. Then on Fox in response to Garrett he says he heard “1 or 2” after he started his presidential run but not enough to get rid of him. He said he never heard the most recent stuff until these tapes started going around.
3. On CNN, he pretty gave the Fox version, except Anderson Cooper got him to admit that he listened to tapes of Wrights sermons while he was at Harvard Law School.
HillBuzz has some advice for Obama: when you lie, at least try to tell the same lie every time you are on TV. If you can’t be truthful, at least be consistent.
Change you can believe in!
The link above is to an article from 2007. It states:
Obama’s Church: Cauldron of Division
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007
Presidential candidate Barack Obama preaches on the campaign trail that America needs a new consensus based on faith and bipartisanship, yet he continues to attend a controversial Chicago church whose pastor routinely refers to “white arrogance” and “the United States of White America.”
In fact, Obama was in attendance at the church when these statements were made on July 22.
Obama has spoken and written of his special relationship with that pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.
The connection between the two goes back to Obama’s days as a young community organizer in Chicago’s South Side when he first met the charismatic Wright. Obama credited Wright with converting him, then a religious skeptic, to Christianity. [Editor’s Note: Can Oprah Winfrey make Barack Obama president? Click Here.]
“It was … at Trinity United Church of Christ on the South Side of Chicago that I met Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., who took me on another journey and introduced me to a man named Jesus Christ. It was the best education I ever had,” Obama described his spiritual pilgrimage to a group of church ministers this past June.
Since the 1980s, Obama has not only remained a regular attendee at Wright’s services in his inner city mega church, Trinity United Church of Christ, along with its other 8,500 members, he’s been a close disciple and personal friend of Wright.
Wright conducted Obama’s marriage to his wife Michelle, baptized his two daughters, and blessed Obama’s Chicago home. Obama’s best-selling book, “The Audacity of Hope,” takes its title from one of Wright’s sermons.
HillBuzz found this online tonight….it’s an Obama supporter struggling with the revelation that Obama’s candidacy cannot recover from the revelations of Jeremiah Wright.
Obama has said that there is nothing particularly controversial about his church: like the Obama supporter said below, just imagine what John McCain will do with that quote, superimposed with excerpts of Wright’s speaches. And that’s not even including the whole “God Damn America” thing.
He lied to America. He lied to the media. He lied to his supporters.
Is this change we can believe in?
Obama’s judgment: Wright or Wrong
By – March 14, 2008, 4:11PM
By now everyone has seen some of the exceedingly provocative clips from
Mr. Wright’s (Obama’s pastor) sermons. As an Obama supporter I am
assailed by the following questions/confusions regarding the fallout of
this episode. I have tried my hardest (believe me it’s been excruciatingly hard)
to objectively confront the implications of our candidate’s
relationship with his pastor. I persuaded myself to face these
questions by telling myself that one is nothing if one is not
1. There is an undeniable close knit 20 year relationship between the
pastor and Obama. I gather, the Pastor married Barrack and Michelle,
baptized his children, dedicated Obama’s house, has been his “sounding
board” for all that time. The title of Obama’s book “Audacity of Hope”
is from the Pastor’s sermon. From WSJ I gather, the Pastor was one of
the first people Obama thanked after his election to the Senate in
2004. That, Obama consulted him before deciding to run for president
and prayed privately with him before announcing his candidacy last
year. How can one distance oneself from this deep and this long a
relationship? That would be akin to trying to distance yourself from
half your life. Won’t it?
2. The Pastor called US the number one killer, held US responsible for
AIDS/9-11/Mandela’s imprisonment and apartheid/Palestinian
plight/killing of innocents to bring down Castro & Libya – I mean,
it goes on and on over, not one or two, but several sermons. How do you
explain how you presumably sat through such incendiary sermons with
your family? Or, at a minimum, continued having a spiritual
relationship despite such rhetoric?
3. Then I read that these clips directly contradict some of the things
Obama has been saying about the pastor. It seems Obama said clearly
that he does not regard his church to be “controversial”. While
addressing the Jewish Leaders he apparently explained his pastor’s
anti-Zionist statements as being rooted in Israel’s support for South
Africa when it seems those statements were never qualified as that. I
don’t know if anyone has more insights on this.
4. Our candidate’s primary counterpoint to Hillary’s Experience has been his Judgment. If people question his judgment for keeping close kinship with someone who was asking God to damn America, how will he respond? What will he say?
5. Obama’s candidacy is significantly based on his crossover appeal.
That is, his appeal to Republicans and Independents. He may yet get the
nomination but is his appeal not fatally compromised? How can he hold
on to the mantle of being the less divisive candidate while having an
unapologetic 20 year spiritual relationship with such a radical
preacher? I feel so hopeless about this point. I mean, how would we
feel if McCain was taking his family most Sundays to Jerry Falwell’s
6. Obama’s appeal to the young and the “latte liberals” has been his
fresh-faced sincerity and honesty. To me, I know, that has been his
primary appeal. Now, how do I reconcile this with what his detractors
will call: the hypocrisy of calling, say, Ferraro as divisive? I mean,
folks, what is more divisive than the things the Pastor said about
“white folks”, even clearly lambasting Europeans.
7. Of all the incendiary things one can say about race and society and
country where is an Obama supporter or surrogate who now has the moral
high ground to accuse the opponent’s surrogates for being divisive.
What is disheartening here is that Obama has forever ceded that high
ground to Clinton/McCain.
I may be wrong – do persuade me that I am. It is very hard for me to
vote for Hillary but now I am thinking about the general election and
finding it really hard to figure out how Obama can keep his
constituencies, his image of being a uniter. How can he? I am seeing
those Republican ads running day and night showing a montage of all the
different ways this Pastor has denounced America and Europeans and
Israel, punctuated by Obama in his own words “I don’t think actually
that my church is particularly controversial”. I mean, Judgment,
Moderation, Sincerity – can they be Obama’s defining pillars anymore?
This is so disheartening. Where do we go from here?
Taylor Marsh had this to say about Democrats for McCain:
Obama knew exactly what Reverend Wright stood for, which is conveyed through his words, his sermons and his politics. Otherwise, why did he disinvite him from his presidential announcement? Senator Obama obviously thinks Democratic voters are stupid. It’s insulting. And you don’t have to turn towards McCain to be a turned off Democrat at the thought of Obama as the nominee. It’s another judgment moment that reminds everyone of Tony Rezko. It’s yet another example of politics as usual.
So as things stand today, if Clinton is not the Democratic nominee, which is anything but certain as things stand today, there will indeed be a new breed of voter out there, according to the emails flooding in to me: McCain Democrats. As a former Reagan Democrat I know the signs. To their numbers or impact I can’t attest. I don’t say this lightly either, and have no intention of being one of them. Buchanan’s statement in the video above is just one sobering reality.
Obama says that Reverend Wright’s statements were “cherry-picked“. The most damning part about this is the manner in which he casually dismisses questions and concerns about his pastor and spiritual mentor. Mr. Obama, how dare you, sir!
Q: I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but it’s all over the wire today (from an
ABC News story), a statement that your pastor (the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of
Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s South Side) made in a sermon in
2003 that instead of singing “God Bless America,” black people should sing a
song essentially saying “God Damn America.”
A: I haven’t seen the line. This is a pastor who is on the brink of
retirement who in the past has made some controversial statements. I profoundly
disagree with some of these statements.
Q: What about this particular statement?
A: Obviously, I disagree with that. Here is what happens when you just
cherry-pick statements from a guy who had a 40-year career as a pastor. There
are times when people say things that are just wrong. But I think it’s important
to judge me on what I’ve said in the past and what I believe.
As we previously stated, the God Damn America wasn’t the worst of it. Never let ANYONE forget that. The media, the bloggers, the people.