Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Obama Condemns Wright

I CAN'T quite wrap my mind around all of this just yet. But for now, here is Obama's response to the latest spectacle that is Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Obama is being consistent with his belief that we, as a nation, need to keep away from divisive rhetoric. It seems to have grown into an eight hundred pound gorilla.
In the prologue of "The Audacity of Hope", Obama states that "We need a new kind of politics, one that can excavate and build upon those shared understandings that pull us together as Americans." Later he says, "not so far beneath the surface, I think, we are becoming more, not less, alike". The observation is even more profound than the statement. Obama raises the idea that basic common values "should be at the heart of our politics". The contentiousness of some of Wright's statements belong to the old politics of fear.
To qoute a line from the movie "Men in Black", "A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals..." Which is to say, you can take almost anyone from any walk of life in America, break bread with them and find; whether they come down on any side of abortion, or religion, or political party, or gay rights, or right to bear arms, or choice of plastic or paper at the check out, that in short, what they value most, is a better world for their children - a world where health, understanding, tolerance, fairness, neighborliness, and,in short, harmony flourish. The converse is mob rule,insidious and ever popular with the power seekers, those brimming with idealogical certitude, monetary obsession, or whateverthehell. Wait a minute, I'm starting to sound sardonic; those manipulators have children too. We have to exercise the realization that as (once again) Obama puts it,"that the other side might have some good points." I emphasize "some", but that's where we have to start isn't it?