The Speech, for those of you who missed it:
- Angry black people have legitimate gripes
- Angry white people have legitimate gripes
- Things have gotten a lot better, but not perfect
- Can’t we all just get along?
Well, he said it better and at much greater length, but that’s the gist. It was an eloquent speech, as always, but I didn’t see anything brave or even unusual about it. Who would argue against everybody working together to make the world a better place for all of our children? Not even Republicans would.
As for the Reverend Wright, his anti-whatever bluster doesn’t disturb me. He’s a preacher. You don’t go to church to hear calmly stated facts and carefully delineated policy points. You go to Hillary Clinton for that.
It does bother me that Obama is apparently extremely religious. I don’t trust religious politicians. Religion clouds judgment. George Bush is extremely religious and look what it’s done for him. Yeah, I know Clinton is religious too, on the campaign trail anyway, but Methodists keep it to themselves.
It especially bothers me that candidates HAVE to be Christian. We’re all gung ho about pouncing on any sign of racial bias, but not one word about religious bias, ever. My daughter is watching the race closely to see if it really is possible for a woman to become President, or even win a major party nomination (apparently not), but I haven’t told her yet that she’ll have to convert before she can think about running.
And now that I’ve offended nearly everyone, Adieu.