Obama’s Real Preacher Problem

During the primary season much was made of the preachings of a there-to-fore unknown reverend, the Reverend Wright. His catch phrase, “God Damn America” was all the rage, eventually forcing his favorite son, Barack Obama, to disown his church. You can take the man out of the church, but can you take the church out of the man?

It is clear that Obama was listening during his Reverend Wright’s sermons. What he learned was, first, how to talk like a reverend, second, how to preach a sermon, and third, how to whip up a crowd with inflammatory rhetoric. I doubt he learned any of that at Columbia or Harvard.

Obama has now topped all other former preacher candidates such as the Reverend Jesse Jackson and the Reverend Al Sharpton. Normally I do not agree with anything that Jackson has to say, but for once I think Jesse Jackson got it right. He just didn’t go far enough. I not talking about Jackson’s desire to do some no tool tool removal, I’m talking about his statement that Obama talks down to blacks. In fact, Obama talks down to everyone. He has “advise” for us all: black men, single language speakers, wealthy people, middle class people, Hispanics, women, you name it, he has something to say.

Obama is giving sermons now, in churches and in big stadiums. Most people call it his political campaign, but all I hear is preaching. He tells me how it is. He tells me about my life. He tells me that I am good but that I need to give more. He tells me about my flaws but that I can do better. He tells me that he has seen the way to a better life for all of us. I’m asked to believe in goodness and strength and honor and justice and … vote for him if I like all those things. I can’t imagine four years of listening to these preaches. At least Bush is generally so inarticulate that his speeches aren’t covered by the news.

BTW, I hear Obama is challenging the most famous of black preachers. He now plans to give his acceptance speech for the Democratic party nomination on the anniversary of the Honorable Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech. What Audacity. I hear he wants to preach at the Brandenburg gate in Germany next. If he goes to Israel, we can expect he will be giving a new sermon on the mount.

I thought liberals were against mixing church and state? Oh well, 8 out of 10 amendments is still a pretty good grade at Harvard.

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