One thing about "The Speech" that St. Barack Obama gave today in Philadelphia is that he did not back down and gave tacit support for his spiritual advisor, the "Reverend" Jeremiah Wright, soon to be former Head Pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ.
And it is both a testament to "keeping it real" and the tragedy that he not only should have repudiated the vitriolic statements of the "Rev" Wright but said that he would have left the church.
The reality is that St. Barack was in a box. Had he condemned the "Reverend's" statements and said that he would leave TUCC, he would be a hypocrite and a political opportunist. And it would be correct. But, he threaded the needle by condemning the comments and explaining his relationship with the "Rev." Wright and basically saying he would not leave and is still a member of TUCC.
So, St. Barack has come to earth and is back to being Sen. Barack.
As far as the speech, there were some nuggets meant to appeal to a broad-spectrum in general, but when it comes to specifics, it was a rehash of grievances that will never seem to be overcome. Ever.
On the one hand, he talks about continuing the long march for a more equal, just, free, caring, prosperous America. Good, left-wing boilerplate issues.
As Sen. Barack goes on in the speech, he talks about his background, which is very much a modern American background for many. A black, African father, a white woman from Kansas, deep in the heartland of the United States. He talks about having relatives scattered across three continents. And, he pays due to the fact that this could only happen in the United States.
Sen. Barack addresses the issue of him being "too black" or "not black enough" for some Americans.
Then, he addresses the insidious comments of the "Rev." Wright.
Sen. Barack admits that the "Rev." Wright has been a harsh critic of United States domestic and foreign policy. That the "Rev." Wright had indeed made controversial remarks during sermons while he was attending services. And, that Sen. Barack did disagree with some of the comments and or views. And he points out that some pastors, priests and rabbis may have made remarks in which we have disagreed.
A couple of asides.
Sen. Barack does not mention imams for that would play into the rumors of he really being an Islamic, which I do not believe that he is. And, Sen. Barack deftly avoids some of the "Reverend's" greatest hits. Because he did not address specific remarks, he left it up to the imagination were he disagreed with the good "Reverend". And, that keeps the controversy from being swept under the rug, as Sen. Barack hoped that he would with this speech today. He failed on this point.
But, to Sen. Barack's credit, he went on to try to explain the "Reverend" Wright, where he is coming from so to speak. And here, he failed once again because it looked more that he was reading from Democrat talking points.
No where does Sen. Barack talk about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the fact that Jesus was so obedient to his father in heaven that he went to death on the cross to atone for our sins. And that Jesus sits at the right hand of God to await his coming in glory to judge the quick and the dead.
No, it is the Social Gospel. Or the Socialist Gospel. And in the case of TUCC, it is a black liberation, social gospel. It is where the "Reverend" Wright can, audaciously, claim that Jesus Christ was a black man that was killed by the white establishment of the day. Well, Jesus and the Jews are a Semitic people, not black. Unless the "Rev." Wright is referring to the Roman overlords, he really needs to re-read his Holy Bible. Pontius Pilate washed his hands and gave Jesus to the Jews to crucify. It is where the "Rev." Wright can say "No, no, no. Not God Bless America, but God D--- America. It is right there in the Bible!" Hmm, I am still looking for the "God D--- America" reference since America as a nation did not exist in biblical times.
Another aspect of the Sen. Barack speech is that he makes a not-to-subtle reference to his white grandmother. The reference is to her admission that she feared black men who passed her on the street. And for good measure, Sen. Barack made another reference to her uttering racial and or ethnic stereotypes that made him cringe. My question is, did anything his pastor may have said that were racial and or ethnic stereotyping make the senator cringe? How about when the "Rev." Wright made reference to "white" America getting what it deserved with the evil terrorist attacks on 9/11? Oh, thats right, he was not there that Sunday, so he says. And to the good "Reverend". Did the terrorists make sure to fly the planes into the buildings where only "white" Americans would be? Were there no blacks killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11? I will not hold my breath waiting for that answer.
As the speech went on, Sen. Barack talk about his perception that issues of race have never really been talked about and worked out in this nation. Anytime people who think differently on race issues, like conservative black thinkers like Thomas Sowell, Dr. Walter Williams, Armstrong Williams (no relation to Walter), Larry Elder, Michael Steele and many others, they are referred to as sellouts or the time-worn insult, "Uncle Tom". So, unless we all agree with the socialist, left position on race relations, there will be no peace.
Further into the speech, Sen. Barack tries to justify how the "Reverend" came to his views. Coming of age in the 1950s and 1960s, when segregation was still law of the land. WHAT?! Yes, segregation was still the law, in a narrow part of the United States, almost entirely in the South.
Not to say that there was not tacit segregation in other parts of the nation, but it was not in law as it was in the South. That was not a slight error, it was a slight of hand to make his point larger. That it was in a negative environment that the "Reverend" Wright became the racial firebrand that he is now.
While there were some good points in the speech, overall it brought the once St. Barack back down to earth. He is now a human like the rest of us. His fault, if it is a fault, is that he is taken in by a minister that perverts the Holy Bible to justify an "African" view of the Christian story. In a sad way, it is no different from those in the Islamic community who pervert their religion for dominance and control.
But, Sen. Barack is running for president of the United States. For all Americans, not just black America. And, he needs to affirm that now more than ever. This was a mediocre start and it is a diversion that he can not afford to have now as he is about to nail the door shut on Sen. Clinton and become the Democrat nominee for president.
St. Barack is now Sen. Barack and that may not be a bad thing.