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Am I reponsible for what my pastor says?

It has recently come to the public attention that Barack H Obama’s pastor believes that “the chickens came home to roost” on 9/11/01. He stated that this is the US of KKKA, black Americans should not sing God bless America but rather God d*** America, that the US created the AIDS virus to oppress the poor, that the US is an oppressor of black people, that the US is a terrorist nation, and that the US is hypocritical because we support state sponsored terrorism against the Palestinian people (that is to say Israel is the real terrorist nation in the Mideast). Click here for some excerpts. Is Mr. Obama Responsible for what the Reverend Jeremiah Wright says?

Well, yes he is. Wright was a member of his campaign team. Wright was his pastor, spiritual leader, and mentor for 20 years. If he was attending for a short period, and the quotes in question came to light, he could easily distance himself from this bigoted hate-monger. There is a lot more to this story, though. This is a good example of why it helps to “be put through the wringer” early in the vetting process. This stuff should have come out long ago: either to end his candidacy while the Dems still have chances to look at other people, or to give him ample opportunity to develop a position that would totally shield him from this criticism. The liberal-loving media tossed softballs at Mr. Obama for a long time, but it is definitely coming back to haunt him in a big way.

To me, it explains a lot about his wife’s comment that this is the first time in her adult life that she is proud of her country, and that she believes America is a mean nation. Mr. Obama has also stated that this inflammatory figure is his mentor and spiritual leader. Obama and WrightThat ratchets up the connection many times more than had he just been an attender or member of his church. Mr. Obama stated that he was shocked to learn that his pastor said these things (though they are public statements), and he totally rejected those statements. He said he would have left the church and made a public statement about this one year ago, but he knew that Wright was retiring within a year. If unity was his goal, what difference does it make if he is retiring in a year, a day, twenty years? The right thing to do is the right thing to do, regardless of time. He likened Wright (who was on his campaign advisory board) to a crazy uncle who shows up at the family reunion and says and does silly things that nobody agrees with. Are you kidding me? Since when do you make the crazy nut case uncle in your family your mentor and a high-ranking member of your campaign team? Let’s just be honest here; Obama was not properly vetted. His church of which he has been so proud up to this point has given an award to Louis Farrakhan (he openly calls Israel terrorists, called Judaism a “gutter religion”, and has been supportive of Islamic terrorism).

Ultimately, the level of one’s responsibility to what their surrogate says depends on the depth of the comment. Obviously, if it isn’t a serious issue, or if the comment was isolated, it wouldn’t be hard to be distanced from it. But since these comments by his mentor and long time pastor/spiritual leader have followed in a pattern of very serious allegations against the US, it is almost impossible for me to see the disconnect. In my opinion, this will hurt Obama, badly. He may even be undone in his own bid for the Democratic nomination. Without a doubt, he will not be able to stand up to scrutiny in the general election.

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