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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Jeremiah Wright Off-Limits

I started this election cycle off intending to vote for Obama, because I have a son in eleventh grade who wants to join the military straight out of high school. I may yet hold my nose and do so, simply because my son's safety is far more important to me than any other issue. But Obama has shifted his position on Iraq (no more timetables) and Afghanistan (he now wants two more battalions there). And he now says that he would follow Osama bin Laden to "the gates of hell" (i.e., Pakistan) in an effort to sound stronger on defense. (Is that what we want to call a nominal ally?) Yet Obama still seems more peaceable than the other candidate, who almosts visibly lusts to do the neocons' bidding.

But now I'll have to not only hold my nose, I'll have to suppress my anger as well. The way the Obama campaign -- with the help of their allies, the media -- has framed it, you are now considered racist if you even bring up the subject of Jeremiah Wright's racism.

Let's put this in perspective. Imagine there was a white candidate who had attended a white nationalist church where the pastor was caught on tape calling this country "the U.S. of Crips and Bloods" (instead of "the U.S. of KKK"), and saying that he was tired of living in a country "where white people work and black people shirk" (instead of a world of "people in need run by white folks in greed"). And let's say the white candidate had attended this church for seventeen years, had his children baptized by this pastor, and counted him among his close friends and mentors. Then, after the tapes were made public, and the media questioned the white candidate about his association, he claimed, "Oh, I wasn't there on the days when he said those things," and that this is not the pastor he knows. But we'd all know perfectly well what the spirit of the pastor's other remarks must have been from the snapshot we got.

Next the white pastor says that the media is just using these "sound bites" to further their own ends, but then he goes on the road to not only repeat but go further with what he was caught saying on tape, and adds that the candidate is only saying what he has to (in repudiating him) in order to get elected.

Is there any chance, any chance at all, that this white candidate would not be forced to withdraw from the race? Of course not. But if you so much as bring up the subject of Barack Obama's tacit acceptance of Jeremiah Wright's racism, you are the one who is considered racist.

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