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I am not a Republican. I feel that most times when people discuss the political half-circle, the difference between falling to the left, falling to the right or landing smack-dab in the middle is more of a question of upbringing, sociology, commercialization or liberal hoopla.

During the 2008 Presidential Campaign, America saw a changing of the guard. A black man was elected to the most pristine and powerful office in the world and with this change, the United States saw the dawning of a brand new day. A race that went from being victimized, a race that was forced into slavery, a race which did not even have the right to vote until the 15th Amendment was passed (and even at that point it was for numbers only) had their “Chosen Son” Barack Obama elected king of the world as John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin became sacrificial lambs to an energized political machine. And while President Obama captured the hearts of America, the question of how the Republicans ran their campaign has never truly been addressed.

I am not a Democrat. While I’ve worked on campaigns for both parties and I was a staunch Right Winger at 20 only to turn into a “Bleeding Heart” Liberal by 30, I have seen the best, and the worst of both sides of the illusive political half-circle. With that thought in mind I’ve left to wonder, How in the world did the Republicans not launch a full-blown attack on the Jeremiah Wright controversy?

Jeremiah Wright was President Obama’s pastor. While Wright had seen the worst of America, he became a strong-willed religious leader that completely turned around the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, the church where our newly appointed leader regularly attended. While the history of Jeremiah Wright pulling himself up by the bootstraps is impressive, the bullets that fired off of his tongue on numerous occasions left wounds in the hearts of not only “White America” but also the entire United States. Many of the sermons delivered by Jeremiah Wright were anti-American and it is amazing that the man who now leads our country turned to Reverend Wright for spiritual support for many years.

One of the more famous sermons authored by Reverend Wright was entitled “The Day of Jerusalem’s Fall.” In this speech, which was made shortly after 9/11 which is unquestionably the most tragic day in American history, Wright said, “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye and now we are indignant, because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own front yard. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

As if this hate speech was not anti-American enough, the Reverend did it days after 9/11 and during this time, President Obama was a church-going member of Wright’s congregation.

During another one of Jeremiah Wright’s sermons entitled “Confusing God and the Government”, Wright said, "And the United States of America government, when it came to treating her citizens of Indian descent fairly, she failed. She put them on reservations. When it came to treating her citizens of Japanese descent fairly, she failed. She put them in internment prison camps. When it came to treating her citizens of African descent fairly, America failed. She put them in chains, the government put them on slave quarters, put them on auction blocks, put them in cotton field, put them in inferior schools, put them in substandard housing, put them in scientific experiments, put them in the lowest paying jobs, put them outside the equal protection of the law, kept them out of their racist bastions of higher education and locked them into positions of hopelessness and helplessness. The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, not God Bless America. God damn America — that's in the Bible — for killing innocent people. God damn America, for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America, as long as she tries to act like she is God, and she is supreme. The United States government has failed the vast majority of her citizens of African descent."

When these sermons hit the Internet and YouTube, President Obama was asked about these situations and at first he denied he had ever heard such remarks being made and this report came from CNN on March 15, 2009. 2 weeks later, our President admitted he heard his Reverend say controversial things and on the ABC news with Charles Gibson on March 28, 2008, President Obama tried to justify his religious advisor’s comments by saying, “It's as if we took the five dumbest things that I've ever said or you've ever said in our lives and compressed them and put them out there — I think that people's reaction would, understandably, be upset." I can’t speak for everyone but I’ve said some pretty dumb things in my life but hatred towards the country I love has never been amongst them.

When asked about the Reverend Wright’s controversial speeches, John McCain, as he has done his whole life, took the high-road when he said, "I think that when people support you, it doesn't mean that you support everything they say. Obviously, those words and those statements are statements that none of us would associate ourselves with, and I don't believe that Senator Obama would support any of those, as well.”

To counter all of the controversy, President Obama gave a stirring speech called “A More Perfect Union” which is considered by many political pundits as the greatest political speech ever made. In this renowned Speech, our president puts race and society in its historical terms and condemns Reverend Wright once and for all.

After the speech, John McCain told Chris Matthews in an interview on April, 15 2009 at Villanova University that “A More Perfect Union” was an excellent speech and was an important statement that Obama had to make at the time and it was good for all of America to hear it. John McCain, took the high-road once again. President Obama went the other way during the campaign.

While President Obama would eventually leave the church, he ran what political pundits classified as a brilliant political campaign which smeared John McCain on a daily basis. It was Obama who said, “No matter who wins, you will get the President you deserve.” It was Obama who said, “They (referring to Republicans) don’t want to see someone who looks different then themselves.” And it was Obama who bought air time to delay the start of a World Series game and plotted commercials of John McCain looking like an idiot over and over again. John McCain stuck to the issues and his reward was not just a defeat but a humiliating defeat where the Liberal-biased media attempted to destroy this war hero’s reputation.

During the campaign, you never heard how John McCain was against George W. Bush on so many issues. We never heard how when McCain was a prisoner of war and how he could’ve left the prison camp earlier but elected to stay behind to let others leave. We never heard about all of the tremendous political endeavors John McCain had planned. And at the end of the day, Obama may have been the best candidate but John McCain was never given an opportunity to present who he was and isn’t opportunity what America is all about?

Throughout history, there have been some tyrants who have run for the Oval Office but these men were still given respect. Obama is lucky that he was not facing the likes of Ronald Reagan or Richard Nixon because these “Old-School” Republicans would have declared political war had there been a Reverend Jeremiah Wright in their opponent’s camp whom their opponent turned to for spiritual guidance on a weekly basis.

I love America and I truly feel with all of my heart that this is the greatest country in the world. America has made some incredible mistakes but we’ve come such a long way and that should be noted by all. A black man is our President and that is a great thing because it shows just how far we’ve come as a society. As my President, if asked to do so, I would pick up a rifle and attack the enemy on a moments notice because he is my leader and deserves my respect. However, with skeletons such as Jeremiah Wright who spewed out such a vast amount of Anti-American Sentiment, it’s hard to believe that the man who had Reverend Wright in his corner is the man who ran the dirty campaign. I will fight for Obama, I will defend Obama, but in the political poll of character, John McCain has my vote.

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Comments


11:06 PM
Thu Sep 3 2009
Excellent article, Bill!

And now, we have Van Jones picking up where Rev. Wright left off: http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/09/03/blogs/coopscorner/entry5286699.s...

Is there no end to the parade of radicals who march with our president?