Obama A Radical: Is That Bad?

The media, especially those supporting either Senator Clinton or Senator McCain, are having a field day bashing Senator Obama’s minister, Jeremiah Wright, for some comments about America he made recently. The story was first printed in an op-ed pice in the Wall Street Jorunal called Obama and the Minister, published on March 14, 2008.

The author of the piece, by Ronald Kessler, “a former Wall Street Journal and Washington Post reporter, is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com and the author of “The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack” (Crown Forum, 2007),” is very offended by Rev. Wright’s criticisms of the United States. And that we all should be very concerned about Mr. Obama’s relationship with Rev. Wright.

Much as most of us would appreciate the symbolism of a black man ascending to the presidency, what we have in Barack Obama is a politician whose closeness to Mr. Wright underscores his radical record.

The media have largely ignored Mr. Obama’s close association with Mr. Wright. This raises legitimate questions about Mr. Obama’s fundamental beliefs about his country. Those questions deserve a clearer answer than Mr. Obama has provided so far.

So, according to Mr. Kessler, and I suspect the WSJ, a deeply conservative newspaper, the fact that Mr. Obama might agree with Rev. wright;s assessment of America makes him a “radical.” And that’s bad?

I read the remarks made my Rev. Wright, which I will discuss tomorrow, and I agree with all but one and that one is open for discussion. I guess that makes me a radical too. Good, because I was beginning to think I had lost my touch.

The Wall Street Journal, a paper closely associated with the financial services industry in this country, should be praying that we get a radical President like Obama. The conservative policies, and not just those that relate directly to the US economy, but all of its polices, of the current conservative administration are driving this country to moral and economic bankruptcy. The incredible increase in home mortgage defaults, Bear Stearns, the freefall of sock markets worldwide are not signs of a healthy and prosperous country. as far as moral bankruptcy goes, what’s moral about torture or lying to the American people or spying on them?

The only negative that I see about the relationship between Obama and Rev. wright is Obama’s mealy-mouthed handling of the criticism he’s received because of that relationship. Both men are African-Americans, and most African-Americans have a somewhat different perspective on things than white corporate types. For one thing, their main concern, from the exit polls I’ve read, is the economy. They, like many other Americans, are scared of where the economy is headed. Those fears are more than justified, a lot more so than the fears of Mr. Kessler and the WSJ about Obama’s radicalism.

I wish that Obama had stiffened his spine and stood up to the critics. I believe that he agrees with the spirit of Rev. Wright’s remarks and I believe he values their relationship very highly. So, he should stand up and say that, rather than trying to walk the fine line of not offending anyone, including Rev. Wright. I’m afraid he sounds too much like the “old-school” politicians he is trying to distance himself from.

Tomorrow we will look at these so-called radical criticisms of Rev. Wright’s, and see whether they are valid or not. Until then, peace!


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