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Is all fair in presidential politics…Jeremiah Wright, Mormonism fair game?

Last week the New York Times ran a story detailing a proposal submitted to a superpac detailing an attack plan against President Obama. The plan included the ressurection of Rev. Wright something that Sen. John McCain would not do in 2008. The White House and its supporters cried foul and some of his supporters said if Wright reappears they would start talking about the Mormons and their troubled racial history. Are both subjects are fair game? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.


Elizabeth Hasselbeck Compares Rev. Wright to Christine O’Donnell…is this fair?

Over the weekend Bill Maher former host of Politicaly Incorrect released tapes of Delaware Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell. She siad that she “dabbled in witchcraft” during high school. Joy Behar said they really need to investigate O’Donnell’s past. Elizabeth Hasselbeck compared O’Donnell’s revelations to Rev. Wright. She contends that O’Donnell’s comments do not reflect her beliefs today and the media should leave her alone. She says if they look into her past they should further investigate the president’s relationship with Rev. Wright. Tell me what you think.


President Obama Has to Just Say No to Radicals

Last year Rev. Jeremiah Wright almost derailed President Obama’s quest for the presidency. Once America got the opportunity to hearing some of Rev. Wright’s controversial sermons President Obama was labeled a radical just by his association with the minister. The Wright tapes were on a 24/7 loop on Fox News. The president weathered the storm and won the office, but now we have Van Jones. Jones has resigned from his position of “Green Czar”. His job was to lead the country in the development of more green jobs, but he also had some questionable baggage that should have been discovered during the vetting process. Who does the vetting? We have seen tapes of Jones calling the Republicans a-holes. Some Republicans are really insulted by the usage of such a vile term, but let us not forget President Bush and Vice President referred to a journalist by this term and they did not mean it as a term of endearment. He should not have said it because anything taped will undoubtedly make it to YouTube. Just ask the newest Supreme Court Justice, a wise Latino woman. That might not have been enough to take him down, but to say our government  “may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war” will put anyone in the White House in the unemployment line. I am just left wondering how did this happen? Did the administration not learn anything from the Rev. Wright situation? Sure Glenn Beck led the charge to get Jones’ scalp, but he can’t bare all the blame. The administration should have known this information, and in this time of heightened partisanship they can not afford to be derailed by a White House worker who signed a petition and then claims he did not know all of the elements of the petition. This is bad and it should not have happened.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright Says The Jews are “Keeping the President”

In a recent interview Rev. Wright said “Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me,” Wright said. “I told my baby daughter that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office. They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. … I said from the beginning: He’s a politician; I’m a pastor. He’s got to do what politicians do.”  This is the kind of conversation that keeps us divided. It helps keep the us versus them mentality in full effect. Black people hate to call this hatespeak, but that is what it is. Rev. Wright is a citizen of this country and he is free to speak his mind, but with free speech comes responsibility, and this kind of dialogue is irresponsible. No one is keeping the president from him. President Obama made a choice to cut his ties with Rev. Wright and the more we hear from Rev. Wright the more we know it was the wise choice.

Collateral Damage of Election 2008: William Ayers and Rev. Jeremiah Wright

During the election we heard the names William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright constantly associated with Barack Obama. Obama was accused of “palling around” with terrorists by Sarah Palin,  and the controversial sermons of Rev. Wright were used to question Sen. Obama’s character, but what effect did this have on the lives of Ayers and Wright? No one in the media seemed to care. They were pawns in the political process. These men unlike Obama were not running for office they were dragged into the process.  The members of Trinity United were under siege. Members of the press were even calling members of the congregation who were on the sick and shut-in list in an effort to get statements about their then pastor.  Both of these men have families and friends who witnessed how the press portrayed them to the nation. So the election is over and both men have come out of hiding and they are both having their say. Rev. Wright has verbally chastised two of his assailants: Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Sean Hannity and both are upset that Rev. Wright in particular is now taking swipes at them. What did they expect? William Ayers appeared on Hardball yesterday and he said this guilt by association is simply going too far. Pretty soon if you were simply on the same bus with someone you will be accused of “palling around” with them. The election is over and these two maligned citizens have the right to come out swinging because fair or unfair they have already taken their lumps.

Elizabeth Hasselbeck Can Dish it Out, but She Can’t Take It

This morning on The View the team was discussing the fact that Rev. Wright was back in the Trinity pulpit yesterday. He is rightfully angry at the media and their treatment of him last spring. Trinity United was under a media spotlight like no other church has ever been. During this media blitz Elizabeth did her share of Rev. Wright bashing. As a matter of fact she took swipes at Barack Obama’s patriotism and she also made some snide remarks about Mrs. Obama at a GOP luncheon held during their convention.  So today she is taking extreme umbrage to the fact that Rev. Wright referred to her as a “broad”. She says this term is sexist and I actually agree with her, but she has said some vile things during the course of this campaign so if you are dishing it out you have to learn how to accept it and move on. Rev. Wright took a lot of heat for the things he said and now he is just taking this opportunity to strike back at some who had no problem piling it on him

Jeremiah Wright Says Obama Made a Mistake When He Left Trinity

This spring during the primaries ABC News unearthed some very firey and controversial sermons delivered by Barack Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Initially Obama denounced the sermons, but he supported his former pastor, but after Wright’s appearance at the National Press Club Obama had to cut all of his ties with Wright. Wright has since stepped down as the pastor of Trinity but he was in the pulpit yesterday celebrating the church’s anniversary. Wright who is angry at his treatment by the media said  “The hatred of the media and the haters in politics may have caused him to distance himself from us, but the love of Christ will never allow me to distance myself from him,” Wright said of Obama. “I can no more disown him than I can disown any other child of mine who makes [a] bad decision. He made a bad decision, but he’s still my child.” This was a very personal decision for the president-elect, but had he not made the decision he would not be the president elect.


The GOP Revives Jeremiah Wright in the Closing Days of the Campaign

Over the past two days we have seen Republican ads featuring Jeremiah Wright. The commercials say Obama sat there for 20 years and did not feel the need to leave until he decided to run for president. The purpose of revisiting the Wright tapes from their point of view is to question Obama’s judgment. We heard these snippets this spring, and we also saw Rev. Wright’s appearance at the National Press Club, and we again condemn what the pastor said, but this should not be the only thing that a person considers when determining whether Barack Obama is the right man for the presidency. He is. He has condemned Rev. Wright and in no way does this preacher speak for Obama. We need a person with the right judgment on critical life and death issues. We need a candidate that knew we should never have entered Iraq without an exit strategy. We need a candidate that knows the fundamentals of the economy are not strong, but with the right plans they can be made strong again. We need a candidate that is a uniter and not a divider. We make no excuses for the words of Jeremiah Wright they were divisive and wrong, but that does not make John McCain the answer to the problems we are facing.

Barack Obama Finally Leaves His Church

Today Barack Obama did what some think he should have done a long time ago. He sent his church Trinity United a letter stating that he and his family were leaving the church. In light of the remarks made by his former pastor Rev. Wright and the most recent remarks made by Father Pfleger he had no choice. When I heard the statements this spring made by Rev. Wright I found them disturbing but I did not think the short snippets represented the totality of the ministry. In some ways I felt sorry for Rev. Wright because I knew that his church has done a lot of good for that neighborhood and I felt the media attack was unfair, but when Rev. Wright reappeared before the National Press Cub I had to take a more critical look at Rev. Wright.  He came across as very aggressive, flippant and almost arrogant as he performed on the national stage. This latest tirade by Rev. Pfleger was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It seems almost as if Trinity has turned it’s pulpit into a stage for political extremism. In looking at the priest on this past Sunday it leaves the viewer to ask “What would Jesus Do”? It was time for Sen. Obama to cut his ties with the church. Hopefully the hijinx at Trinity will no longer be a distraction this election season. This can only happen if the press stops giving Trinity United center stage.

Preachers Need to Stay Out of Politics and in the Pulpit

Campaign 2008 has shown us that mixing preachers and politics can be a lethal combination. We have seen the media tear two preachers to pieces. What both Jeremiah Wright and John Hagee said to their congregations was indefensible. In some cases their words were downright ridiculous.  After being tried and convicted by the American people both preachers have made similar statements. The media have played selected clips and each minister has been defined by their most outrageous statements. The good things they have both done for their communities are merely footnotes. In Rev. Wright’s case his statements have been and will be used against Sen. Obama for the duration of this campaign. The two ministers arrived in the spotlight two different ways. Rev. Wright was pulled out by the media. Rev. Hagee was invited into the spotlight by the candidate. Rev. Hagee represented the gateway to the white evangelical voters, but after his most outrageous statements started appearing on mainstream media McCain had to cut him loose.  In this political season the preachers have done more harm than good and they probably need to deliver their messages only to their members.