Skip to comments.Radical-In-Chief: Truth Finally Comes Out On Jeremiah Wright Connection
Posted on 01/01/2011 6:44:06 PM PST by Ooh-Ah
Most of the the nation was shocked during the 2008 presidential campaign when videos came out of Reverend Jeremiah Wright. After all, this was candidate Barack Obamas spiritual advisor and mentor. The initial reaction was typical of our divided nation. Conservatives pushed the Wright videos and the Left tried to silence their importance. After a while people just got sick of talking about it.
When the dust settled the accepted reality was that Jeremiah Wright was nuts but Obama barely knew the guy and never heard any of Wrights more extreme teaching. Today if you bring up Jeremiah Wright, eyes roll and the Left claims youre making mountains from mole hills. But now a new book has revealed unequivocal proof that Obama was deeply connected to Wright in order to promote and push a socialist agenda.
Stanley Kurtzs Radical-In-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism is one of the most important books to come out in recent years. NewsReal Blog has already written about some of the books revelations here and here. David Swindle described the book well:
What makes Kurtzs book so unique and vital among all the other anti-Obama tomes to come out? Simple: Kurtz did original research, digging through obscure archives of socialist groups and piecing together the history of socialism in America in the 70s, 80s, and 90s and Obamas extensive, overwhelming, intricate connections with it. Its a challenging book to try and summarize adequately. (The whole point is to just try and take in all the evidence that Kurtz has assembled.)
One of the many informative chapters of the book is chapter 8 on Wright. Kurtz shatters many of the myths used by the media and the Obama administration to try to disconnect Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama. Obama clearly did not believe some of the lunacy of Wrights views (like the government creating AIDS to kill off black people). However, Obama shared a socialist worldview with Wright and knew he could use Wright and the radical black-church movement he represented to be an important element of Obamas populist-bred, socialist-led coalition.
The facts show that Obama never picked Wrights church simply for lessons on Jesus and the Bible. He understood Wright was a champion of black liberation theology and had the connections to make things happen. Both Obama and Wright were acquainted and even fans of James Cone who wrote the founding text of black liberation theology in 1969. Cone argued that blacks are oppressed by whitey and that the job of the preacher is to angrily call for the destruction of America as he knows it.
Most mainline black churches would eventually reject Cones theology, but some would cling to and champion the message of rising up against a racist and oppressive government. Cone himself has proclaimed that Wrights church (Trinity) best holds to his radical theology. So Kurtz writes bluntly but accurately that Obama arguably belonged to the most radical black church in the country.
Jeremiah Wrights damning videos were obviously not slips of the tongue and momentary outbursts as the Left would have us believe. It is not as if Wright preached on the gospels every week and only shouted down with America once or twice when Obama wasnt around. The evils of America and Zionism was the consistent message of black liberation theology and Jeremiah Wright consistently and passionately proclaimed it.
Kurtz shows that at the time Obama was meeting Jeremiah Wright he was also reading Cones work. Moreover, Wrights Trinity United Church of Christ gave new church members writings on Cone right at the same time Obama joined the church. Obama was reading Cones writings like, Together black religion and Marxist philosophy may show us the way to build a completely new society, when he joined the church known for promoting Cones views. In other words, Obama did not only know about Wrights radical black liberation views, but he joined the church because of them. As Reverend Arthur Brazier, a pastor who used to work with Saul Alinsky proclaimed: Obama preferred Wright because Reverend Wright is more into black liberation.
Kurtz also reveals that in 2004 Wright was in a very public battle in his church with church members who did not like his radical and political teaching. Many in the church despised Wrights consistent talk against Jews and blaming America for 9-11. Such comments at the time were so common that Wright even defended himself in the churchs newsletter and attacked those who disagreed with him. At this very time the Chicago Sun-Times had reported that Obama was attending services on a near-weekly basis and described Reverend Wright as Obamas close confidant. Kurtz asks:
How likely is it, then, that Obama could have been unaware of Wrights views of 9/11, or of the bitter internal conflict roiling his church in 2004? Yet so far from picking up and leaving the congregation (as Oprah Winfrey had years before, out of concern with Wrights inflammatory talk), Obama went on to write a book with a title borrowed from one of Wrights sermons.
We know from some of Obamas earlier writings that he saw the usefulness of churches like Wrights. Pastors had the oratory skills and spiritual authority to spur on congregations to want to take action. But Obama needed a connection from sermons to community and political action. He saw powerful black liberation churches as a key. Such churches believed in deep political involvement.
Shortly after allying with Jeremiah Wright in 1988, Obama wrote:
Nowhere is the promise of organizing more apparent than in the traditional black churches. Possessing tremendous financial resources, membership and most importantly values and biblical traditions that call for empowerment and liberation, the black church is clearly a slumbering giant in the political and economic landscape of cities like Chicago Should a mere 50 prominent black churches out of thousands that exists in cities like Chicago, decided to collaborate with a trained and organized staff, enormous political changes could be wrought.
Obama needed and longed for more churches like Trinity and more pastors like Jeremiah Wright. It is ridiculous to think Obama was clueless on the views of Jeremiah Wright. He understood everything Wright was about and joined with him hoping to use Wright as a model and tool for change. As Kurtz points out, Obamas greatest hope, in fact, was to build a political movement around Wright and preachers like him.
Its time to stop rolling our eyes about Jeremiah Wrights connection to Barack Obama. Its time to revisit the topic to better understand what Obamas radical plans are. Its time to put a magnifying glass back on the loud-mouthed Reverend and just how close to Obama he really is. Obamas socialist past is his secret. Reverend Wright is one of several gateways to the truth about the past.
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The Black Church is not a monolith, but there is an undercurrent that can play on resentment in many traditionally black denominations.
The New Testament would have us love one another, the Old might have us exact an eye for an eye.
Derailing black Christians is as critical to the devil’s objective as derailing white Christians is.
Thanks for posting. Just added this to my reading list.
Thanks for posting...
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Hogwash. The truth hasn’t come out. If it had, it would be finally covered by the MSM...we outed it 2 yrs ago. Just an editorial from nowhere isn’t some new victory. I’m not mad at you, just venting.
The truth was always there, but the media protected him.
Oprah didn't want her link to Wright interrupting her money stream from crackers , or her caring front tarnished. Zero, not as smart as Oprah.
I wonder if Sean Hannity will have the author on his show and encourage people to buy it? I hope so.
Personally I don’t think Baraq embraced Wright, Muslim, or any religion. He went to Wright’s Temple of Hate for street cred, just like he married a black woman.
The “eye for an eye” meant an eye and nothing more in retribution.
I have also a hunch that Kennedy made a deal team Obama: "I'll get you the Catholic vote if you get socialized medicine done".
Know it in my bones.
That would seem self-evident...I must be missing your point?
It’s not like the directive to drive out and kill the last remnant of the Jebusites, Hittites or Amorites.
I suppose it does someone somewhere some good to have all the facts and supporting documents laid out in academic fashion, but it amazes me that there is anyone left (not in complete denial or complicity) who either doesn’t know who Obama is, or thinks it takes more evidence to figure it out.
It’s an interesting thing, but in my psychiatric training I did a lot of ER work, and when I would get a call in the middle of the night from the ER clerk - who knew nothing about the patient and the reason for the referral - to come downstairs and evaluate someone, I would usually know the jist of the situation intuitively before I ever got to the ER, and in cases where I didn’t know it by then I almost always knew it in the first five seconds, and invariably the first five minutes were the absolute most it ever took me to size them up.
Obama’s completely transparent, and I thought the same of him from the outset as many others are starting to figure out now: A deeply flawed and most dangerous man. That even supposedly conservative people are still giving this guy a pass or the benefit of the doubt is beyond my comprehension.
Street credibility. Obama needed political support from poor urban blacks. Poor urban blacks distrust anyone from outside their community, eg, someone with less prominently black features, not born in an urban US environment, and having more education than they did.
“That even supposedly conservative people are still giving this guy a pass or the benefit of the doubt is beyond my comprehension.”
I would say allegedly conservative. I view most politicians as whores. Many of them have a finger in the air before they even decide which Party they want to run as. Look at the “compromise” Republicans reached with the Obama Administration
“Poor urban blacks distrust anyone from outside their community, eg, someone with less prominently black features, not born in an urban US environment, and having more education than they did.”
I do not see that as an accurate analysis. How does it explain people like Adam Clayton Powell and Charlie Rangel. Both are more educated and do not have prominently black features. This is a complex dynamic that goes back to pre-Civil War days in the slave holding South.
No time now to go into any more detail, but there is much more involved than you have described. No offense intended. I sure don’t want to start a fight.
Oprah had Michelle and Barack on her show early on and endorsed him for President. Oprah is all about race, first, last and foremost.
It is thought of as harsh and vengeful, but it’s actually defining limits - no more than —
I tend to concur- punishment under the Law was meted out most typically congruent with the crime.
Some crimes(sins), however were dealt with quite harshly by today’s standards. Adultery, witchcraft, etc.
I think they were the signs of apostasy, to be driven out so that Israel was pure in the eyes of the LORD.
Today we are under a new covenant and may rely on God to exact justice.
“The truth was always there, but the media protected him.”
Just like the media tried to play down the swifties. Funny, if Hllary didn’t have aspirations for 2008, the media might have worked a bit harder to cover the swifties up.
Wonder why he left out Wright being an apostate.
Ryan Lizza was steadfast about the interview. ( since washed from the internet )
The original article has been washed from the internet.
and The New Republic is blocking wayback.
However, Barack Obama provides an account of his meeting Rev. Wright in Dreams from my Father, as well as this brief bio of Wright on p. 282:
He had grown up in Philadelphia, the son of a Baptist minister. He had resisted his fathers vocation at first, joining the Marines out of college, dabbling with liquor, Islam, and black nationalism in the sixties. But the call of his faith had apparently remained, a steady tug on his heart, and eventually hed entered Howard, then the University of Chicago, where he spent six years studying for a Ph.D. in the history of religion.
Maybe just more determined, like a good Leninist.
There's another piece to the story ..... the fact that there aren't more churches like Wright's (as Obama hoped there would be), and that even in Wright's church, some congregants had serious problems with Wright's message.
I tend to forget that the Left groomed Obama with radical views from the time he was very small. He could be nothing else but radical.
Obviously false. If it were true, John McCain would be President.
Most of the nation are sheeple. That's supportable conclusion!
Obama’s ties to socialist groups has been exposed many times yet the media turns a blind eye to it,wonder what that makes the media out to be?. /s
“The Black Church is not a monolith, but there is an undercurrent that can play on resentment in many traditionally black denominations.”
What in the world does that mean?
You may be onto something there.
Baraq is 50% white, was raised middle class in Hawaii, attended an elite college prep high school, went to Ivy League colleges, and was a law prof @ Univ of Chicago.
In order to gain the 99% support of the black underclass / black political establishment (which was the foundation of his political career in Illinois), he needed to do his time as a community organizer, marry a "real" black woman, and attend a "real" black church.
I think they got their badge of blackness during the civil rights era of the 50s and 60s. Baraq was too young for that so he needed other avenues, thus community organizing, marrying a "real" black woman, and attending Rev. Wright's Temple of Hating Whitey.
BTTT and Happy New Year!
Neglected to add the legislative, monetary kick-backs and Hamas columns in the bulletins.
Not to mention the, er, same-sex goings on and murders.
But then, I could go on for days.
Righto. And in these parts, they call him an “Uncle Tom” anyway.
That's a false dichotomy -- either religion or ideology and nothing else.
The other, missing alternative is that he picked the church for the connections and the career help it would give him in the community.
I don't know why Obama picked Wright's church, but to leave out Obama's interest in personal career advancement is to ignore what's usually the biggest part of the puzzle when it comes to politicians.
The conservative talk radio jocks are fond of saying "The American people are not stupid". It's a nice, populist thing to say. It's good for ratings, I'm sure. But, if we're not a stupid people, we do not come close to electing people like him. Or Pelosi, or Reid, or Frank, or Boxer, and on and on.
“he was twice protected as an African American and as a lefty.”
Teflon squared, beyond the wildest dreams of Dutch Reagan.
“The other missing alternative is that he picked the church for the connection and the career help it would give him in the community...I don’t know why Obama picked Wright’s church, but to leave out Obama’s interest in personal career advancement is to ignore what’s usually the biggest part of the puzzle when it comes to politicians.”
A major point is that he picked that church because he could use it to help his agenda advance - which of course includes his career. Maybe I just assumed that was obvious and should have spelled it out more. But it wasn’t just that Obama wanted his career to advance for personal glory. He wanted to advance so he could advance his radical ideology. They are connected.