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Obama's Speech Leaves a Few Question Marks(Charles Krauthammer)
townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2008 | Charles Krauthammer

Posted on 03/20/2008 11:27:51 PM PDT by kellynla

WASHINGTON -- The beauty of a speech is that you don't just give the answers, you provide your own questions. "Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes." So said Barack Obama, in his Philadelphia speech about his pastor, friend, mentor and spiritual adviser of 20 years, Jeremiah Wright.

An interesting, if belated, admission. But the more important question is: which "controversial" remarks?

Wright's assertion from the pulpit that the U.S. government invented the HIV virus "as a means of genocide against people of color"? Wright's claim that America was morally responsible for 9/11 -- "chickens coming home to roost" -- because of, among other crimes, Hiroshima and Nagasaki? (Obama says he missed church that day. Had he never heard about it?)

What about the charge that the U.S. government (of Franklin Roosevelt, mind you) knew about Pearl Harbor, but lied about it? Or that the government gives drugs to black people, presumably to enslave and imprison them?

Obama condemns such statements as wrong and divisive, then frames the next question: "There will no doubt be those for whom my statements of condemnation are not enough. Why associate myself with Reverend Wright in the first place, they may ask? Why not join another church?"

But that is not the question. The question is why didn't he leave that church? Why didn't he leave -- why doesn't he leave even today -- a pastor who thundered not once but three times from the pulpit (on a DVD the church proudly sells) "God damn America"? Obama's 5,000-word speech, fawned over as a great meditation on race, is little more than an elegantly crafted, brilliantly sophistic justification of that scandalous dereliction.

His defense rests on two central propositions: (a) moral equivalence, and (b) white guilt.

(a) Moral equivalence. Sure, says Obama, there's Wright, but at the other "end of the spectrum" there's Geraldine Ferraro, opponents of affirmative action and his own white grandmother, "who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe." But did she shout them in a crowded theater to incite, enrage and poison others?

"I can no more disown (Wright) than I can my white grandmother." What exactly was grandma's offense? Jesse Jackson himself once admitted to the fear he feels from the footsteps of black men on the street. And Harry Truman was known to use epithets for blacks and Jews in private, yet is revered for desegregating the armed forces and recognizing the first Jewish state since Jesus' time. He never spread racial hatred. Nor did grandma.

Yet Obama compares her to Wright. Does he not see the moral difference between the occasional private expression of the prejudices of one's time and the use of a public stage to spread racial lies and race hatred?

(b) White guilt. Obama's purpose in the speech was to put Wright's outrages in context. By context, Obama means history. And by history, he means the history of white racism. Obama says, "We do not need to recite here the history of racial injustice in this country," and then proceeds to do precisely that. And what lies at the end of his recital of the long train of white racial assaults from slavery to employment discrimination? Jeremiah Wright, of course.

This contextual analysis of Wright's venom, this extenuation of black hate speech as a product of white racism, is not new. It's the Jesse Jackson politics of racial grievance, expressed in Ivy League diction and Harvard Law nuance. That's why the speech made so many liberal commentators swoon: It bathed them in racial guilt, while flattering their intellectual pretensions. An unbeatable combination.

But Obama was supposed to be new. He flatters himself as a man of the future transcending the anger of the past as represented by his beloved pastor. Obama then waxes rhapsodic about the hope brought by the new consciousness of the young people in his campaign.

Then answer this, senator: If Wright is a man of the past, why would you expose your children to his vitriolic divisiveness? This is a man who curses America and who proclaimed moral satisfaction in the deaths of 3,000 innocents at a time when their bodies were still being sought at Ground Zero. It is not just the older congregants who stand and cheer and roar in wild approval of Wright's rants, but young people as well. Why did you give $22,500 just two years ago to a church run by a man of the past who infects the younger generation with precisely the racial attitudes and animus you say you have come unto us to transcend?


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KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; ihaveanexcusespeech; jeremiahwright; krauthammer; nobama; obama; racism; wright
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Chuckie just put the last nail in Obama's political coffin.
1 posted on 03/20/2008 11:27:51 PM PDT by kellynla
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To: kellynla

“Why did you give $22,500 just two years ago to a church run by a man of the past who infects the younger generation with precisely the racial attitudes and animus you say you have come unto us to transcend?”

Because Obama is anti-American proven by his refusal to place his hand over his heart during the national anthem and his refusal to wear the American flag pin on his lapel. That’s why.
If he didn’t approve of what Wright was saying, Obama could have & should have picked up and left the “church” twenty years ago and NEVER RETURNED! But he didn’t...
Obama is toast.


2 posted on 03/20/2008 11:41:05 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla
Absolutely brilliant!!! Well Obama, answer the question.
3 posted on 03/20/2008 11:42:42 PM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: kellynla

Here is the text of the letter I sent to the editor of my paper today. BTW, I hope it appears in tomorrows paper. Obama acually will be giving a speech in my hometown (Salem, OR) tomorrow.

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The more I think about Obama and his “historic” “throw Granny from the train speech”, the madder I get.

How dare Barack lecture me about race. How dare he tell me that those of us that were a part of the Reagan Revolution did so because we were racists!!!

Listen Barack, you didn’t give that speech because you WANTED to. You gave that speech because you HAD to. And why was that Barack? I’ll tell you why! It was because you sat under the teachings of a rabid racist for 2 DECADES!!!! You Barack! NOT me!

Don’t lecture me. I’ve spent my years as a white mother teaching my kids, in the words of MLK, to judge someone not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. What have you done? You’ve taken your kids and put them under the racist views of Wright only to raise up another generation to hate. Which one of us is the uniter here Barack?

If you can’t stand up to Rev. Wright, how in the world can we trust you to stand up to Ahmadinejad, Bin Laden or Chavez? The answer is, we can’t! And when I think about it, the only difference between YOUR pastor and these guys, are their addresses. ALL of them hate America and Israel and all of them do it in the name of God!

I have judged the content of your character by those whose company you CHOOSE to keep and I find it to be severely lacking! My prayer is that America will do the same in the privacy of the voting booth.

In other words, SCREW YOU Barack and the RACIST pastor you rode in on!!!


4 posted on 03/20/2008 11:43:11 PM PDT by Anti-Hillary (Lest anyone forgot, WE ARE AT WAR!!!!! NOW IS NOT THE TIME IN HISTORY TO TEACH THE PARTY A LESSON!!)
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To: kellynla

“That’s why the speech made so many liberal commentators swoon: It bathed them in racial guilt, while flattering their intellectual pretensions. An unbeatable combination.”

Beautiful! Krauthammer is up there with Steyn as a wordsmith!!

In one sentence he explains all the tears of the DU and dailyKos crowd at hearing the speech. Masochism rewarded.


5 posted on 03/20/2008 11:43:37 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...

ping


6 posted on 03/20/2008 11:43:58 PM PDT by nutmeg (Obama supporters: Drink the Kool-Aid? Yes we can!)
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To: kellynla
A year ago on Hannity & Colmes, that little ignorant loud-mouthed bigot Jeremiah Wright was pummelling Sean Hannity on the air about whether Sean had read any of James Cone's work.

Jeremiah Wright credits James Cone as being a founder of "Black Theology" which Wright says forms the very foundational beliefs of Barack Obama's Church:


"Black liberation theology started with Jim Cone in 1968... Do you know liberation theology?... How many books of Cone's have you read? How many books of Cone's have you read?"
~ Rev. Jeremiah Wright,
explaining his Church while berating Sean Hannity, 3/1/07.

Well for 20 YEARS Obama was an active member and close associate of this "Black Theology" Church founded on the ideas of James Cone - founded on THESE ideas:


And here's even more goodness and love from the Founder of Obama's "Black Theology" Religion, James Cone:


THAT is the foundational doctrine of Obama's "Black Theology" Church that he CHOSE to join and that he CHOSE to stay in.

THAT is the belief system that he just couldn't leave to go find a more rational and less racist and hate-based theology.

THAT is the belief system that he CHOSE to stay in and baptize and raise his children under.

Obama comes across to the public as a very quiet, reasonable man - yet he is a very devoted adherent and follower of the most vile, bigotted hate-spewing radical racist GARBAGE of the lowest possible level.

So either he's the most naive and ignorant member of his Church's congregation - or else he just doesn't CARE how vile and hateful his Church's belief system and Pastor is.

7 posted on 03/20/2008 11:47:45 PM PDT by The_Macallan
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To: kellynla

Yep, Obama Hussein’s rhetoric sounds just like radical muslim rhetoric. Definitely hard to tell the difference.


8 posted on 03/20/2008 11:52:08 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Anti-Hillary
"Listen Barack, you didn’t give that speech because you WANTED to. You gave that speech because you HAD to. And why was that Barack? I’ll tell you why! It was because you sat under the teachings of a rabid racist for 2 DECADES!!!! You Barack! NOT me! Don’t lecture me. I’ve spent my years as a white mother teaching my kids, in the words of MLK, to judge someone not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. What have you done? You’ve taken your kids and put them under the racist views of Wright only to raise up another generation to hate. Which one of us is the uniter here Barack?"

Bravo! Absolutely on target. Send that to major newspapers everywhere.

AND to Rush and Sean and Laura etc.

9 posted on 03/20/2008 11:52:09 PM PDT by The_Macallan
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To: kellynla
...the U.S. government invented the HIV virus "as a means of genocide against people of color

I thought it was to get rid of Elton John.

10 posted on 03/20/2008 11:55:32 PM PDT by Rudder (Klinton-Kool-Aid FReepers prefer spectacle over victory.)
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To: kellynla

‘Then answer this, senator: If Wright is a man of the past, why would you expose your children to his vitriolic divisiveness? This is a man who curses America and who proclaimed moral satisfaction in the deaths of 3,000 innocents at a time when their bodies were still being sought at Ground Zero. It is not just the older congregants who stand and cheer and roar in wild approval of Wright’s rants, but young people as well. Why did you give $22,500 just two years ago to a church run by a man of the past who infects the younger generation with precisely the racial attitudes and animus you say you have come unto us to transcend?’

....that sentence above is a killer blow...absolutely devestating...


11 posted on 03/21/2008 12:01:13 AM PDT by Irishguy (How do ya LIKE THOSE APPLES!!!!)
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To: Anti-Hillary

excellent letter.


12 posted on 03/21/2008 12:05:56 AM PDT by Tammy8 (Please Support and pray for our Troops, as they serve us every day.)
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To: Anti-Hillary

If that last line is part of your letter to the editor, I’m guessing it won’t get published. Keep us posted.


13 posted on 03/21/2008 12:05:56 AM PDT by Rocky
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To: kellynla

Charles Krauthammer is imho about the sharpest commentator on the block. Hard or impossible to beat.


14 posted on 03/21/2008 12:08:44 AM PDT by matthew fuller (United We Stand- Diversified We Fall)
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To: Rudder
"I thought it was to get rid of Elton John. "

The government invented AIDS to take our minds off of herpes.

15 posted on 03/21/2008 12:12:58 AM PDT by matthew fuller (United We Stand- Diversified We Fall)
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To: kellynla
Obama condemns such statements as wrong and divisive, then frames the next question: "There will no doubt be those for whom my statements of condemnation are not enough."

Ummmm ... Senator Obama ... your "statements of condemnation" took 20 years to be made and, if not for the videos seen around the World on YouTube and on news programs, your "statements of condemnation" may never have been made.

You were not fighting racial hatred with your staments. You could have done that at any time in the past 20 years. You were merely saving your political fortunes.

Taken as a whole, your conduct of the past 20 years up to and including the speech has been a "Profile in Cowardice".

16 posted on 03/21/2008 12:15:42 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: kellynla

Thanks for this post. Krauthammer is great (as well as concise!)


17 posted on 03/21/2008 12:15:44 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Rocky

I left that sentence out actually. I had it posted first to another thread and someone suggested that I send it to the editor. I did, but I did have the foresight to leave out that last sentence.


18 posted on 03/21/2008 12:17:35 AM PDT by Anti-Hillary (Lest anyone forgot, WE ARE AT WAR!!!!! NOW IS NOT THE TIME IN HISTORY TO TEACH THE PARTY A LESSON!!)
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To: kellynla

Chuck Hunbanger states the obvious better than anyone.
Once found out as an enabler of racism the frost has gone off the Obama pumpkin.
Recalcitrant sad,silly and sick liberal white guilt along with the historical violence-prone threat of paranoid African-American umbrage are the only two things that can still give Barrack the nomination.Political correctness will then give him the presidency.
Look for Barry X to exploit all three to the max.

Instead of spending all of her time blabbing racist and ethnic bigotry,his grandmother could have taught him some traditional values.


19 posted on 03/21/2008 12:31:40 AM PDT by Happy Rain
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To: The_Macallan
Black liberation theology

It's absolutely appalling that Obama can stand by and continue to associate with this man. It demonstrates a profound lack of judgement. Who would he appoint to be his advisors and cabinet members? Rev. Wright as Sec. of State? Al Sharpton as Sec. of HHS? Louis Farakkhan as Sec. of Defense? What evidence do we have that his administration would not include people like this?

20 posted on 03/21/2008 12:35:18 AM PDT by giotto
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To: kellynla
Obama can't hear for the trees.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=d15tRhy-Fmw

21 posted on 03/21/2008 12:41:53 AM PDT by Democrap (http://democrap.com --- We have a plan!)
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To: kellynla
Obama supposedly sent ill gotten Rezko political contributions to charity. Was that charity Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ?
22 posted on 03/21/2008 12:43:13 AM PDT by ricks_place
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To: ricks_place

good thinkin’.


23 posted on 03/21/2008 12:44:40 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: kellynla
Chuckie just put the last nail in Obama's political coffin.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

YEAH! Two Big Spikes, and the second one, right through vampire Obamas dark racist heart:

1)That's why the speech made so many liberal commentators swoon: It bathed them in racial guilt, while flattering their intellectual pretensions. An unbeatable combination.

2) Why did you give $22,500 just two years ago to a church run by a man of the past who infects the younger generation with precisely the racial attitudes and animus you say you have come unto us to transcend?

Yup, Ole Chuckie nailed him and I hope he stays nailed.

Obama, a closet totalitarian Hewy Newton, black nationalist, racist politician,could croak tommorrow and I would dance with glee.

24 posted on 03/21/2008 1:01:11 AM PDT by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing.)
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To: Happy Rain
Instead of spending all of her time blabbing racist and ethnic bigotry,his grandmother could have taught him some traditional values.

All we know of Obama's grandmother is what he tells us. She's still alive, in her late 80's, but "unavailable" to the media. OHB doesn't want to be white -- it's the thread that runs through his three self-serving books -- and to believe in black liberation theology is to look upon white people as the embodiment of evil in the world. His grandmother, who obviously can't refute his description of her, is a bit too convenient a target, I'd say.

I also find it repulsive that he uses the person who, along with his white grandfather (now deceased) raised him from the age of eight, provided him with a comfortable middle-class existence in Hawaii, and sent him to an expensive private school, as a rhetorical punching bag -- no matter what her real or imagined shortcomings.

What a glorious pair these two will make in the White House -- Michelle Obama is ashamed of the country her husband wants to lead, and he's ashamed of his white family.

25 posted on 03/21/2008 1:42:08 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: kellynla
(b) White guilt. Obama's purpose in the speech was to put Wright's outrages in context. By context, Obama means history. And by history, he means the history of white racism. Obama says, "We do not need to recite here the history of racial injustice in this country," and then proceeds to do precisely that. And what lies at the end of his recital of the long train of white racial assaults from slavery to employment discrimination? Jeremiah Wright, of course.

If we're going to be accused of being "racists" when we have done no such thing some 50 years after the civil rights movement began, what's the point of bothering anymore?

By nature, I can't be a racist. There's so many people of different pursuasion in my life, in my own family. I was just saying yesterday that a birthday party at my house looks like a UN gathering (without all the pricey hookers!)

Yet just listen to this @sshole! He wants to be President? Sc@w these racist pigs.

26 posted on 03/21/2008 2:14:09 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: kellynla

27 posted on 03/21/2008 2:18:16 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Anti-Hillary

Perfect! While you’re at it, send it to the Atlanta Journal Consitiution where racist editor Cynthia Tucker telling all the good people of Metro -Atlanta what a wonderful person obama is.


28 posted on 03/21/2008 2:37:58 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: kellynla

The man is dangerous. Thank God, RACE is behind us. I for one am tired of listening to the Al Sharptons of this world telling me I should feel guilty for being white in America.

This whole campaign is about race. Hillary I think may be worse, but this guy is a charlatan....


29 posted on 03/21/2008 2:50:39 AM PDT by nikos1121 (I'm voting for McCain...and fixin' to get excited about it.:)
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To: kellynla
Excellent!

Kraut bump.

30 posted on 03/21/2008 3:21:49 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Anti-Hillary

That’s a great letter. I think the question of why he would subject his children to that garbage is the biggest question here.

Obama is not only an unfit candidate; he’s an unfit parent.

More people in the conservative community should be hammering home that point.


31 posted on 03/21/2008 3:22:02 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: kellynla



32 posted on 03/21/2008 3:26:29 AM PDT by SkyPilot ("I wasn't in church during the time when the statements were made.")
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To: matthew fuller

Krauthammer has picked up Buckley’s baton.


33 posted on 03/21/2008 3:34:00 AM PDT by chopperman
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To: kellynla

Obama needs to be hammered by the following question.

Since a person can not pick their family yet they can pick those they choose to associate with, support and defend, why did you pick an overt racist?


34 posted on 03/21/2008 3:43:22 AM PDT by Brytani (Jesus, Whom I know as my Redeemer, cannot be less than God. -- St. Athanasius)
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To: Anti-Hillary

What an eloquent letter! I wish it could appear in every paper in America tomorrow, not just your local paper!


35 posted on 03/21/2008 4:08:20 AM PDT by srmorton (Choose life!)
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To: browardchad

Black Liberation Theology is what led to the “Zebra” murders in San Francisco during the 70s.
1 point for a murdered white man,2 for a white woman,4 for a white child—accrue enough points and you get your wings,become a “Dark Angel” and are thus guranteed paradise.
After we elect a black racist President,Chuckie Manson may still get to sit out Helter Skelter until it’s over so HE can take over.
But then I’m just a “typical white person” so what do I know?


36 posted on 03/21/2008 4:30:16 AM PDT by Happy Rain
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To: Anti-Hillary
osamabama is just as big of a racist... he just does not have the guts of Reverend racist to make his feelings public.

LLS

37 posted on 03/21/2008 4:31:48 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Could I ever vote for mcstain? osamabama hussein may convince me yet!)
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To: kellynla
The beauty of a speech is that you don't just give the answers, you provide your own questions.

Good point!!! If Obama wanted to address the problem correctly he should have had a press conference where the media could have asked him questions,( with followups). Instead he chose to address the problem in a speech where he could leave so many questions unanswered.

I am by no means a Hillary supporter (as a matter of fact I'd hate to see her win the presidency) but I remember her doing the "pretty in pink" press conference to answer questions about the missing Rose Law Firm billing records. She's got a bigger set than Obama does.

38 posted on 03/21/2008 4:47:30 AM PDT by NRG1973
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To: kellynla
When I saw the video of the ‘reverend's’ “sermon”, I could not believe that normal people would bring their children to learn about Christianity in a place like that from a man like that. Not exactly wholesome I would say!

After sanctioning that kind of speech and THAT mentality for your child in your ‘church’, how do you then go home and impress ANY moral/ethical/intellectual/social lessons on that same child?

39 posted on 03/21/2008 5:05:12 AM PDT by SMARTY ('At some point you get tired of swatting flies, and you have to go for the manure heap' Gen. LeMay)
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To: kellynla
Jesse Jackson himself once admitted to the fear he feels from the footsteps of black men on the street

Great, another old white woman who is exposed as a racist. Oh, wait, that was Michael Jackson, not Jesse.

Never mind.

40 posted on 03/21/2008 5:10:12 AM PDT by Bernard (If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember exactly what you said.)
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To: Anti-Hillary
Obama's I Have An Excuse Speech!

* All Black Pastors do it
* I was not there on that day
* Typical White Person reaction
* It's in their (Typical White Person & Grandmother) genes
* Pastor Wright, everyone has a nutty uncle
* Blacks have legitimate grievances
* Talk Radio is the real racist

41 posted on 03/21/2008 5:19:07 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

Great list!


42 posted on 03/21/2008 5:23:12 AM PDT by syriacus (Obama: Racists who are TOO set in their ways, like Wright, are excused from the need to CHANGE.)
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To: Anti-Hillary
Here is the text of the letter I sent to the editor of my paper today

Please let us know if it gets posted.

Did you really have the SCREW you part in the end or was that just for us FReepers for emphasis?

43 posted on 03/21/2008 5:42:32 AM PDT by proud2beconservativeinNJ ("In God We Trust")
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To: kellynla
Obama's purpose in the speech was to put Wright's outrages in context. By context, Obama means history. And by history, he means the history of white racism.

Bingo.

44 posted on 03/21/2008 5:48:40 AM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Is this tagline governed by McCain-Feingold?)
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To: proud2beconservativeinNJ; Anti-Hillary

Just finished the thread and have the answer. But I can see several of us want to know if/when you letter gets printed.


45 posted on 03/21/2008 5:50:08 AM PDT by proud2beconservativeinNJ ("In God We Trust")
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To: Anti-Hillary

Amen and Halleujiah sister!!


46 posted on 03/21/2008 5:58:26 AM PDT by wordsofearnest (Hunter-Thompson not Hunter S. Thompson)
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To: NRG1973

One lesson I’ve learned through all this about Hillary:

It appears we have overestimated either her cunning, ruthlessless, or ambition. Or else, we’ve underestimated her own white guilt.

Could she not have had someone mine YouTube for these obvious pearls a few months EARLIER? If she had, and if she were careful how it were released, she would have sent a torpedo straight to the hull of good ship Obama.

As it is, it’s too late to save her. McCain will destroy Obama, even if reluctantly.


47 posted on 03/21/2008 6:14:08 AM PDT by Palmetto
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To: Anti-Hillary

EXCELLENT!

I couldn’t have said it better if I tried.

Let us know it they publish it in the newspaper.

Semper Fi,
Kelly


48 posted on 03/21/2008 6:26:38 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

mark


49 posted on 03/21/2008 6:29:58 AM PDT by Christian4Bush ("41-David, you are clear for end of watch." Rest in Peace, SWAT Officer Randal Simmons.)
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To: TexasCajun

BTTT


50 posted on 03/21/2008 6:30:46 AM PDT by Unicorn (Too many wimps around.)
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