I like Barack Obama, but ...

South Florida Sun-Sentinel


by Colonel Bob Pappas, USMC, Retired

In the continuing firestorm over Obama's pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's incendiary racist comments, it comes to light that he is not the only pastor of a predominantly black congregation to engage in such vitriol. At the recent conference of black/African American pastors in Dallas it was revealed that anti-American, anti-white commentary in black/African American churches is commonplace. Wow! That's a shocker!

One can certainly agree that the nation has trodden a moral path that leaves much to be desired, with its ancient historical embrace of slavery and contemporary embrace of perverted sexual behavior; its embrace of the culture of infanticide; its embrace of wanton selfishness and greed; its disregard for the plight of persecuted and martyred Christians worldwide while at the same time on repeated instances acting in blind defense of Islam both at home and abroad.

It is appropriate to condemn evil and is quite something else to damn America for things about which it has at least legislatively, repented. If anything is clear since the enactment of the Civil Rights Law, and was argued before the law was cast into stone, it is that "love and harmony cannot be legislated." That requires a change of heart and it is that, "change of heart" that is salient in the continuing discussion of racism within the black/African American community toward the rest of us.

Given that it is commonplace to malign and stereo-type white people in black/African American churches, which judging from "a hundred" comments by Obama/Wright apologists on a number of TV and radio shows is the case, then black/African American churches are the black/Afro-American Christian version of Wahabi Islam.

About a year ago in an essay titled Imus, Sharpton, Jackson and Hypocrisy, I wrote: "The question that constantly comes into this writer's thinking is, "When will the real African-American community stand up and shout at those two, 'enough!' and, stuff a sock in their mouths?" Or is the "real" African-American community as lackadaisical about doing something to ameliorate African-American racism directed at the rest of America, as the Muslim-American community is doing about Islamic-terrorism directed toward anyone who does not embrace their beliefs?"

I believed, and still have hope that black/Afro-Americans will lead in setting this nation aright as it pertains to morality, spirituality and racial conciliation. But after witnessing the black/Afro-American pastors comments incident to the Dallas Convention, and Obama's unyielding ties with his former pastor whose now well-known racism is profoundly anti-American and anti-white, my optimism is shaken.

The trouble with the Obama candidacy is that he is indelibly tainted by and with the words of his racist pastor notwithstanding his disclaimer. He remains tainted because he cannot point to one instance where he attempted to cool the pastor's rhetoric; where he endeavored to stand up for racial harmony and unity that are the hallmark of his crusade for the Presidency; or, point to one instance where he raised a finger to initiate racial conciliation within his own church. Like his experience for leadership, this situation reveals him as an empty suit. It is apparent that he is full of smooth and grandiose words but empty of substance, and that's on the racial issue alone.

I have never considered voting for a Democrat for President for many well justified reasons until now, and that is because I am drawn to Obama by his oratorical skills and general demeanor, but that eventuality has evaporated in the storm that he has managed to create by his 20 year affiliation with and support of a church whose soul and mission are fundamentally anti-American as was clearly and emphatically stated ("...God damn America...") by its pastor during the period when Obama was a parishioner. Or, it's mission statement that states in part:

"The fortunate who are among us combine forces with the less fortunate to become agents of change for God who is not pleased with America's economic mal-distribution!"

First, how about the "fortunate among us" within the church combining forces to assist the "less fortunate" within the same church? That my dear friends is Biblical which, incidentally states zero, nada, about government programs. Second, to claim "mal-distribution," after trillions of dollars have been spent on educational programs, welfare programs, subsidies, and the gamut of government programs for blacks/Afro-Americans belies that portion of the churches' mission statement and is an affront to American Taxpayers generally; shame on them.

A number of years ago, one respondent noted that Islam legitimizes black/Afro-American animus toward whites, and thus the rise of Islam among black/Afro-Americans. It is notable that Pastor Wright's rhetoric has a similar ring to the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomein whose referral to America was as "the great Satan," or to Louis Farrakhan who routinely bashes whites and Jews, and thus raises grave questions about Obama's real loyalty given his twenty-year connection to Wright; thus, disclaimers and all, Obama is a liar; and, as a reformed liar, I can't stand it in a person who aspires to be President.

To his shame, one black/Afro-American pastor at the Dallas Conference noted that Obama has to say what he has to say (even if it's a lie) in order to get elected.

God deliver us! We've had a belly full of lies from the Clintons and they continue, witness the Bosnia "caper." We don't need another Clinton, ever, and that now includes Obama!

Semper Fidelis

Bob Pappas is a writer and former district administrator of the Florida Department of Children & Families. If you wish to send a comment or ask a question of Bob Pappas please use: pappas@gulf1.com

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