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Jeremiah Wrights hypocrisy

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Thomas Sowell made a great observation in a recent column: "Hillary Clinton is a liar; Barak Obama is a lie." As usual, Mr. Sowell is right on and quite correct.

Recent revelations about Senator Obama have certainly displayed more and more of the character behind the character. From his association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. and 60s era terrorist William Ayres, to his disparaging comments on small-town America made to uber-wealthy campaign contributors in San Francisco, more and more of the real Barak Obama is coming to light.

His "they’re picking on me" reaction to some tough but legitimate questions during the recent ABC-sponsored debate in Pennsylvania only point to someone who, in spite of what he thinks, is not exactly ready for prime time. If he’s thinking he can sit down with Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Korea’s Kim Jung Il, he certainly didn’t show that capability during the debate.

The first chink in Obama’s armor came when rantings of his pastor, friend and mentor, Jeremiah Wright, Jr., came to light. Much has been made of statements he made and the man Obama describes as being like an uncle has blamed America and whites for starting the AIDS virus to kill off blacks, training professional killers, importing drugs and creating a racist society for the sole purpose of oppressing blacks. "The government gives them drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants them to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, not ‘God Bless America’ – God damn America," Wright has said.

Obama sought to evoke sympathy for Wright in his speech on race. He described a "lack of economic opportunity among black men and the shame and frustration coming from not being able to provide for one’s family…" Yet, that statement doesn’t explain why Jeremiah Wright said what he did. It certainly doesn’t explain Jeremiah Wright in view of Wright’s past.

Wright was born in Philadelphia in 1941 and lived in a racially mixed section called Germantown, which consisted of homes on broad tree-lined streets in northwest Philadelphia. The owners were middle-class families.

Wright’s father, the Rev. Jeremiah Alvesta Wright, was pastor at Grace Baptist Church of Germantown for 62 years. He was one of the first blacks to receive a degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Wright, Jr. attended the elite Central High School rather than the closer and more racially mixed Germantown High, graduating in 1959. Central High has a distinguished record and admits only highly qualified applicants who are privileged to attend from all over the city. When Wright attended Central, it was 90 percent white according to students who attended when Wright did and at least three-quarters of the students were Jewish. According to former students of the period, racial tension did not exist. Bill Cosby, one of the famous alums of the school, said Central was a "wonderful" school.

Obama said this was "the reality in which Rev. Wright and other African-Americans of his generation grew up." Well, Rev. Wright did not grow up in that reality, far from it. In fact, he grew up in a middle class world bearing no relation to the hatred he later spewed from his pulpit. It leaves one to wonder what happened to bring him to the point where he stated shortly after 9/11 that "America’s chickens are coming home to roost."

The yearbook at Central High described Wright as a respected member of the class. "Always ready with a kind word, Jerry is one of the most congenial members of the 211 (211th class). His record in Central is a model for lower class [younger] members to emulate." His racist, hate filled speech of today certainly belies that de scri ption.

Now, in his retirement, Jeremiah Wright is forsaking Chicago’s South Side and the black ghetto for a gated, golf club community in Tinley Park, an affluent suburb. The area has seen a boom in growth from mostly non-Hispanic whites buying upscale homes in subdivisions like Wright’s adopted Odyssey Club neighborhood. It’s one of Tinsley Park’s areas with the largest homes and a mix of townhomes.

It’s the American dream. Except that Wright has condemned that dream in sermons he’s preached at Trinity United Church of Christ. He said it’s all a part of the white man’s conspiracy to get blacks hooked on the middle class materialism and separate them from their inner city and African roots.

So, now after decades of preaching a false Christian doctrine promulgated by Marxist-leaning black writers of the 1960s, he’s building a 10,340 square foot mansion in the white suburbs. Among its amenities: an elevator, a rubberized exercise room and a room for a future theatre and indoor swimming pool. The concept of practicing what you preach is apparently lost on Rev. Wright.

So, perhaps this is just "sharing in the prosperity," as Barak Obama has put it when eloquently describing redistribution of wealth. It’s just funny how those who demand economic equality usually wind up taking up the biggest share.

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