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Race and politics (Thomas Sowell)
Jewish World Review ^ | March 18, 2008 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 03/17/2008 6:58:36 PM PDT by jazusamo

There is something both poignant and galling about the candidacy of Barack Obama.

Any American, regardless of party or race, has to find it heartening that the country has reached the point where a black candidate for President of the United States sweeps so many primaries in states where the overwhelming majority of the population is white.

We have all seen the crowds enthralled by Barack Obama's rhetoric and theatrical style.

Many of his supporters put their money where their mouths were, so that this recently arrived Senator received more millions of dollars in donations than candidates who have been far more visible on the national stage for far more years.

That's the good news. The bad news is that Barack Obama has been leading as much of a double life as Eliot Spitzer.

While talking about bringing us together and deploring "divisive" actions, Senator Obama has for 20 years been a member of a church whose minister, Jeremiah Wright, has said that "G-d Bless America" should be replaced by "G-d damn America" — among many other wild and even obscene denunciations of American society, including blanket racist attacks on whites.

Nor was this an isolated example. Fox News Channel has played tapes of various sermons of Jeremiah Wright, and says that it has tapes with hours of more of the same.

Wright's actions matched his words. He went with Louis Farrakhan to Libya and Farrakhan received an award from his church...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blackchurch; jeremiahwright; nobama; obama; sowell; thomassowell; tsbo; wright
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1 posted on 03/17/2008 6:58:36 PM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 03/17/2008 6:59:33 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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3 posted on 03/17/2008 7:01:23 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

But does any of this matter? Dude still leads in the delegate race, and Hill can’t win enough to get over the top. It’s still going to come down to Denver.


4 posted on 03/17/2008 7:01:47 PM PDT by ichabod1 ("Self defense is not only our right, it is our duty." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: jazusamo

Obama says that he might not have heard these exact words from his minister...

sure

/s

Wright’s actions matched his words. He went with Louis Farrakhan to Libya and Farrakhan received an award from his church...


5 posted on 03/17/2008 7:05:07 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: ichabod1

I sure think it matters if he gets the nomination. His so called preachers words are going to echo for months.


6 posted on 03/17/2008 7:06:11 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

I guess it’s good that at least one prominent black American has had something to say about this.


7 posted on 03/17/2008 7:07:53 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (A moderate Muslim is one who acts like a Christian.)
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To: jazusamo

I love Thomas Sowell. When I get to read his articles I find I agree with him totally.


8 posted on 03/17/2008 7:09:23 PM PDT by seekthetruth
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To: george76

Yep, the Three Amigos; Wright, Farrakhan and Ghadafi. I doubt BO can talk smooth enough to explain it away.


9 posted on 03/17/2008 7:10:51 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Exactly, and they don’t come any more intelligent and prominent than Dr. Sowell.


10 posted on 03/17/2008 7:12:19 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

Not only did Sowell hit a home run- the ball got out of the park like a laser.


11 posted on 03/17/2008 7:14:42 PM PDT by Canedawg (No Che Hussein NObama, and Hildebeast, too)
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To: jazusamo

I like his columns. His books are a difficult read.


12 posted on 03/17/2008 7:19:06 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: jazusamo

Great column by Sowell, as usaul, but I was hoping for his take on the Bear Stearns collapse.


13 posted on 03/17/2008 7:21:31 PM PDT by vamoose
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To: vamoose

I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him write one on it yet.


14 posted on 03/17/2008 7:25:42 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo
If Barack Obama was not in church that particular day, he belonged to that church for 20 years. He made a donation of more than $20,000 to that church.

In all that time, he never had a clue as to what kind of man Jeremiah Wright was? Give me a break!

Multiple choice
Obama was
A) Deliberately deceptive
B) Incredibly naive and a poor judge of character
C) Slept through every sermon he attended

15 posted on 03/17/2008 7:40:18 PM PDT by listenhillary (You watch, Hillary will challenge McCain for the R nomination)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Not just 'an', the most formidable mind in the black community.
16 posted on 03/17/2008 7:44:35 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN
Not just 'an', the most formidable mind in the black community.

and the only one who speaks up? are they any other blacks who don't agree with Pastor Wright?

17 posted on 03/17/2008 7:45:52 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (A moderate Muslim is one who acts like a Christian.)
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To: listenhillary

Probably all of the above plus more. :)


18 posted on 03/17/2008 7:49:15 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo
You can't be with someone for 20 years, call him your mentor, and not know about his racist and anti-American views.

Exactly! But even if you could, as Obama claims, the last place you would want him to be is in the Oval Office.

19 posted on 03/17/2008 7:52:31 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: the invisib1e hand

The writer, Larry Elder!


20 posted on 03/17/2008 7:56:51 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN
The writer, Larry Elder!

wow. that's two.

I know more moderate muslims than that.

21 posted on 03/17/2008 7:59:08 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (A moderate Muslim is one who acts like a Christian.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

There’s always Steele and Rice!


22 posted on 03/17/2008 8:03:34 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

Does Oprah belong to that church?


23 posted on 03/17/2008 8:09:33 PM PDT by Snapping Turtle (Slow down and get a grip!)
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To: jazusamo

Another great column by Sowell. Thanks for posting it.


24 posted on 03/17/2008 8:10:14 PM PDT by Rocky
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To: Snapping Turtle

As I understand it, she was an attending member but has withdrawn now ... if it’s too hateful and racist for Oprah, it’s over the edge.


25 posted on 03/17/2008 8:20:03 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: jazusamo
a black demagogue who has been exposed as a phony deserves exactly the same treatment as a white demagogue who has been exposed as a phony.

Deserves - yes, but that same treatment is still doubtful in the age of "political correctness". It seems that there always be large groups of people who would rather judge person by color of the skin, then by the content of the character.
26 posted on 03/17/2008 8:23:46 PM PDT by alecqss
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To: MHGinTN
There’s always Steele and Rice!

Or Condonesia, as Jeremiah Wright called her.

27 posted on 03/17/2008 8:37:42 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Democrats spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: AlaskaErik

Which raises an important point: this overt racism and hate-whitey-hustle actually hurt the well educated, intelligent and very capable black people like Condi and Shelby more than it hurts whitey or helps the dupes amening the race pimps like Wright, Freakhan, Jackasson, or Sharptoon.


28 posted on 03/17/2008 8:42:19 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

“Not just ‘an’, the most formidable mind in the black community.”

Nuts to that. One of the most formidable minds in the entire American community, and in close contention for first place.


29 posted on 03/17/2008 8:49:40 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (http://www.publishedauthors.net/benmaxwell/index.html or try http://astore.amazon.com/bemasnebo-20)
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To: jazusamo

I would be very happy if the new Pres/VP were a ticket of Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams, one on top one in the second spot, machts nichts.


30 posted on 03/17/2008 8:49:48 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Would not disagree at all.


31 posted on 03/17/2008 8:50:58 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: jazusamo

Another great article, thanks for the ping.


32 posted on 03/17/2008 8:51:59 PM PDT by MitchellC (Thomas Sowell: 'I will be delighted.. if someone with such views gets elected.' ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: ichabod1

Yes, it matters. You can stick a fork in Obambi, he’s done.


33 posted on 03/17/2008 9:00:29 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam.)
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To: jazusamo
Equality means that a black demagogue who has been exposed as a phony deserves exactly the same treatment as a white demagogue who has been exposed as a phony.

Precisely.

34 posted on 03/17/2008 9:01:24 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: jazusamo

“Which raises an important point: this overt racism and hate-whitey-hustle actually hurt the well educated, intelligent and very capable black people like Condi and Shelby more than it hurts whitey or helps the dupes amening the race pimps like Wright, Freakhan, Jackasson, or Sharptoon.”

Actually, it’s hurt a great many more people outside the black community. I worked and lived in New York City for years, and because I have a beard and sidelocks and wear a yarmulke, I was regularly threatened, screamed at, or otherwise humiliated on the subways and the streets by adherents of these “race pimps.” My experience is anything but unique. Then there was the Korean grocery store that was hounded out of existence, and the store in Harlem that was burnt to the ground by a maniac with a gun who was part of the never-ending “protest” outside. They were refusing to renew their sub-lease with a black-owned business, and Rev. Al branded them “interlopers”. Let’s not forget the Crown Heights riots, in which one Jewish scholar was murdered, one holocaust survivor committed suicide, and a few days later one Italian American was murdered in his car, because his beard made him look chassidic.

The harm these people (the Wright/Sharpton/Jackson/Farrakhan/Carson/Daughtry/Whoever demagogues) have done to well-educated, intelligent, very capable black people is a direct factor of the physical and emotional harm that their acolytes have inflicted and continue to inflict on non-black ethnics, be they Jew, Italian, Korean or Anglo Saxon. What they are is fascism in action, folks.


35 posted on 03/17/2008 9:01:49 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (http://www.publishedauthors.net/benmaxwell/index.html or try http://astore.amazon.com/bemasnebo-20)
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To: jazusamo
Americans like the idea of themselves being big enough not to care about race, and like Biden's clean and articulate. But now they realize Obama actually knows other typical modern American black people and worse, actually agrees with some of them in their wild hatreds, conspiracy theories, digust at the great nation on earth, and world historical ingraditude. So the bloom is off the rose.
36 posted on 03/17/2008 9:26:34 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: listenhillary

Right!
“Yeah, sure, I went to those Klan meetings for 20 years, paid all my dues, wore the robe (dashiki), but i never heard them say anything BAD!”
Okay.


37 posted on 03/17/2008 9:41:33 PM PDT by gigster
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To: jazusamo
"...just as his wife's statement that she was never proud of her country before is consistent with that ideology."

Have we heard from Michelle lately?

38 posted on 03/17/2008 9:42:25 PM PDT by norton
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To: norton

Hah! I haven’t seen or heard anything from Michelle for several days. Someone in the campaign must have finally convinced her to put a sock in it and she listened.


39 posted on 03/17/2008 9:48:49 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: Eleutheria5
The fact that such rhetoric is harming successful, hard-working blacks is not a problem for race pimps like Wright. It's the icing on their cake, IMO.
40 posted on 03/17/2008 10:41:32 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: jazusamo
"I sure think it matters if he gets the nomination. His so called preachers words are going to echo for months."

We may here an echo but not much more.
John McCain won't refer to the issue or run the videos of Rev Rageboy in his campaign ads.

He doesn't want democrats to think he isn't a nice guy.
After all, they are his friends.

41 posted on 03/17/2008 10:53:10 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.)
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To: jazusamo

mark for later ... love this man but gotta get some shuteye.


42 posted on 03/17/2008 10:56:46 PM PDT by EDINVA (Proud American for 23,062 days.... and counting!)
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To: jazusamo
...they don’t come any more intelligent and prominent than Dr. Sowell.

Since the process has shown that Americans are ready for a black president, I wish Thomas Sowell would run.

Unfortunately, given today's corrupt Washington culture and joke journalism, he is overqualified.

43 posted on 03/18/2008 12:47:23 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter.óWChurchill)
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To: jazusamo
"...The bad news is that Barack Obama has been leading as much of a double life as Eliot Spitzer..."

Ouch! That's gonna leave a mark.
44 posted on 03/18/2008 1:27:20 AM PDT by Islander7 ("Show me an honest politician and I will show you a case of mistaken identity.")
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To: jazusamo
Exactly, and they don’t come any more intelligent and prominent than Dr. Sowell.
They don’t come any more intelligent and patriotic than Dr. Sowell. They do, unfortunately, come a lot more prominent than Dr. Sowell.

It certainly would be a more healthy country if Dr. Sowell were more prominent than Oprah and Cosby put together. But in reality you can't mention Sowell's name in general conversation without describing him; people do not know him.


45 posted on 03/18/2008 3:13:16 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The Democratic Party is only a front for the political establishment in America - Big Journalism.)
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To: listenhillary
In all that time, he never had a clue as to what kind of man Jeremiah Wright was? Give me a break! Multiple choice Obama was A) Deliberately deceptive B) Incredibly naive and a poor judge of character C) Slept through every sermon he attended

You've nailed it -- one of the most important things to be revealed by Obama's minstrel show (Purposely Politically Incorrect Statement Alert) of trying to distance himself from the Wright controversy, is that it shows Obama to either be stupid or duplicitous, and puts it in the store window for all to see.

46 posted on 03/18/2008 3:57:08 AM PDT by hoosier_RW_conspirator ("Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes." -- Benj. Disraeli)
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To: Eleutheria5
What they are is fascism in action.
47 posted on 03/18/2008 4:12:10 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The Democratic Party is only a front for the political establishment in America - Big Journalism.)
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To: jazusamo

Now it is time to do what we can to keep Hussein in the race. The Clintons are just getting started. By the time they are done Hussein will either be out of the race early or he will be relieved that he isn’t under arrest.


48 posted on 03/18/2008 4:46:45 AM PDT by arthurus (And just why should he resign?)
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To: jazusamo

Is there anything this man says that DOESN’T make sense? LOL!

I am currently re-reading his “Basic Economics.” It was on my desk at work, and one of our new employees is an Econ Major (which I didn’t know) and we had a GREAT conversation about Economics for a few minutes between projects. His professor recommends Sowell to all of his students...which is a rare feat in “The People’s Republik of Madistan.”

So, there is hope for the next generation, but not Obama-Lama-Ding-Dong’s type of “hope.”


49 posted on 03/18/2008 6:19:14 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“His books are a difficult read.”

I’m re-reading his “Basic Economics.” It’s a good place to start. But you’re right...you need to take it in small chunks because it’s a lot to understand. He’s very detailed about why things work the way they do.


50 posted on 03/18/2008 6:21:36 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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