Archive for April, 2008

The only thing we have to fear is pride itself!

April 28, 2008

Today, America’s greatest challenge is not fear, but pride.  “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”  (Proverbs 16: 18).  Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s most recent remarks delivered before the Detroit NAACP and then at the Washington D. C. National Press Club, have created another stir, or manufactured, mainstream media meltdown.  Rev.Wright plainly states:  “America is in dire need of radical change and honest dialog on race!”  And Rev. Wendell Anthony proclaims:  “It’s not about man’s acceptance; it’s about God’s approval!”  What we don’t need now is the mainstream media’s version of the truth broken down for us. They are part of the problem, exceptional in the business of disinformation, lending credence to the sheep in wolves’ clothing, and supplying millions of voters with their mental breakdown.  They are no longer a reliable source of information in an open society.

 

Ironically, a black leader and the black church have opened the eyes of real America.  Instead of reacting to words, educated people choose to hear the truth. This is no time for treading softly, business as usual, or measured remarks.  America has its faults!  Rev. Wright is not in need of rehabilitation, America is.  Historically, those in power are corrupted, blinded by pride, and in denial as to the error of their ways. Traditionally, we attack the messengers—like Jeremiah—willing to “die over a lie!”  Today is no exception.  Roused from sleep, millions of Americans elect to re-think critically the sins and faulty assumptions of their past.  In solitude, they may read Isaiah 61 and Luke 4, reflect long and hard, and hopefully heal, moving down the road of reconciliation.  Praise be to God for the preachers who “brought it on home” and woke up America in time.  Barack Obama, this is a test of your steel and leadership.  Answer the call!

And which god does white America worship?

April 25, 2008

And which god does white America worship?

 

The attacks against Rev. Wright were unfair.  They show how too much of America—including the mainstream media—is still racist and out of touch because they choose to be and have no experience of the everyday life of the black church.  And the mainstream media, rather than helping the situation, is guilty of adding fuel to the flames.  They say: “Ignorance is bliss.”  All this blindness is no surprise to me because, as a native New Englander, I grew up with blacks and visited their churches often.  Much of white America has a lot of nerve when they call Rev. Wright racist and unpatriotic.  Instead, they should be outraged at their own white supremacist views.  The role of true patriots—like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Wright—has always been biblical and prophetic, preaching which:  “comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.”

 

White America still needs to come to the table and talk about all of this.  “The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.” (Proverbs 3:35).  Like the prophets of the Bible, and Jesus himself, who called out the moral failings of the powerful, Dr. King, Rev. Wright, and Senators John Edwards and Barack Obama have all taken America to task—and rightly so—for its racism and poverty.  Rather than question how black Americans worship, white America better question its own form of worship, and to which god.

 

Tell Hiliary where to get off!

April 24, 2008

Republicans do all they can to get Hiliary Clinton nominated and to take Barack Obama out.  The North Carolina Republican Party will run a Willie Horton-type ad against Barack Obama because that’s the game plan. John McCain and the National Republican Party can denounce and implore all they want; it’s never enough that anyone says:  “It distracts Republicans, degrades our civics, and seeks to divide the American people.” This racist ad will run just once and do its damage.  Millions of smart voters figured out the old games played by McCain and Clinton.  Isn’t it the “Good Cop-Bad Cop,” or the “Hot-Cold vs. Bitter-Sweet Game?” Clinton hasn’t denounced the ad as more of the same because she is more of the same!  Both McCain and Clinton use the same playbook.

 

On the Democratic side, Hiliary Clinton doesn’t have a chance of winning the nomination statistically.  Yet she’ll waste our time playing the waiting game, and ruin the Democratic Party, in the process.  For me, and millions of disgruntled, bitter Democrats, this is more like “the crying game!”  The super Superdelegates need to step in and tell Hiliary where to go!  Why should it become a game of The Mean Machine vs. Retribution?  The Democratic Party, and American public, loses.  WE should not have to wait for her clock to run out!   She and the Democratic Party are taking up valuable time by not allowing Barack Obama to build up the constituencies now favoring her.  This we cannot forgive! 

 

 

 

With faith, Obama forces march on to Waterloo!

April 23, 2008

Hiliary Clinton beat Barack Obama by 8 points in Pennsylvania.  She obviously connected with the voters there.  From Indiana, the Obama campaign asked for $100. Though a sacrifice, for the next two weeks, we must wage the war against Hiliary, Bill, and McCain.  Come hell or high water, the People’s Revolution must succeed.  Because she has loads of bills, a campaign that is broke, and her contributors are dried up, Hiliary doesn’t have a prayer.  “These are the times that try men’s souls.”  Superdelegates need to pay Hiliary a visit to remind her how she’s tearing up the party.  But, they probably still don’t have the moral backbone.  Meanwhile, faith keeps us going: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  (Hebrews 11:6)

 

The bottom line, Barack Obama?  You need to get into general election mode and attack McCain!  Attack Clinton for her mistakes too, especially her incendiary, cowboy Iran rhetoric and other foreign policy blunders.  Ordinary people want you to stop playing it “too cool!”  Stand up to the disconnected media!  Tell ordinary people why you love America.  On the economic side in Indiana and North Carolina, go grocery shopping!  Indiana is hers to lose, and North Carolina is yours to lose!  So connect, have faith, and we’ll make up the difference because May 6th is our Waterloo!

 

May your own words bury you, Hiliary!

April 22, 2008

No, we don’t get to choose our family; but fortunately, we do get to choose our president. The current primary race has the American public bogged down in three wars:  a war of words, our economic war, and our war in Iraq.  The Good News is on all these fronts, Barack Obama is winning.  Try as they have, the Clinton Machine has been unsuccessful in their swift-boat assaults on Barack Obama.  He still leads—clearly out front with the most delegates and popular vote—and, the People believe he’ll be the best as steward for the economy and preparedness to be our next commander-in-chief.  Even though Hiliary Clinton may claim a win is not necessarily a win, or Obama’s a loser, the People have heard and had enough! 

 

As long as Hiliary Clinton insists on dragging this process out, the People lose.  My prayer, and only ray of hope, is: “May your own words bury you.  Amen!”

Pope Benedict XVI takes high road in U.S. tour!

April 21, 2008

Take note, President G.W. Bush, just as Pope Benedict XVI took the high road of hope and reconciliation in his United Nations address on Human Rights, highlighting religious freedom and liberty and the dignity and worth of every living individual—as he has throughout his U.S. tour—so too will Barack Obama, our next president.  He will break your hold on our foreign policy, and the Era of the Long War will be over.  Further, he will restore the Constitution—and our rights and civil liberties—and every American citizen, will be worthy of benefits of the American Dream. Benedict noted: Not just the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, acting out of their own self-interests, but all member nations of the General Assembly must act collectively to solve today’s world’s problems.  Again, take note, Mr. President because you have acted out of your own self-interests in an imperial presidency.  The People of these United States will elect to take their government back.  We will act collectively to solve our problems. With our goodwill and blessing, and the longed-for 21st century leadership, President Barack Obama, on our behalf, will make the necessary, sincere apologies to mend our fences, turn the page on the atrocities of the Bush-Clinton Era and, with renewed hope, vigor, and reconciliation, solve our most-pressing problems.

 

P.S.  The above expressed views are those of a recovering Catholic.  Traditional Roman Catholics may differ.

Step aside, John McCain and Hiliary Clinton!

April 21, 2008

If we’re not yet the country we ought to be, and if we haven’t yet provided all Americans with the economic and social justice they’re entitled to, then it’s much too late for John McCain or Hiliary Clinton to expect the voters will back either of them this election cycle.  For far too many election cycles, the candidates have pumped up the voters with the usual wedge issues, ad hominem attacks, platitudes, and promises.  Then, once the election is over, you never ever see or hear from them.  They don’t deliver on the promises and “do their own thing,” all at the voters’ expense.

 

En masse, the voters are after new leadership and a fresh start. This is why they’ve come out of the woodwork to take back their government.  Finally, they believe they have the candidate who will deliver on the promises of the past.  The media and rightwing blow hearts don’t have a clue how bitter the People have become, or over what, and that’s part of this excitement.  Step aside, John McCain and Hiliary Clinton.  You had your chance and blew it!  The People are passing you by with Barack Obama.

McCain’s hard Rock of Ages!

April 20, 2008

John McCain’s latest faux pas was the publication of his income tax returns for the past two years.  His campaign—and his Free Ride Media Express—is bitter-sweet.  Once the American public knows the truth, he’ll be cast aside like the Clintons. I’m still furious about ABC’s Philadelphia Democratic Debate, featuring George Stephanopoulos and Charles Gibson.  “All is fair in love and war,” so John McCain should not be given the media’s free ride treatment, let alone by George Stephanopoulos this Sunday on This Week.  When it’s said the press likes McCain because of his maverick status or because he grants them more access, that’s a smoke screen.  McCain’s out of touch with real Americans—like most the media are—with no understanding of their economic pain and other inequities.  He’s a flip-flopper, like Hiliary Clinton.  He supports long wars.  He also says he supports our troops; yet, like President Bush, he really supports their continued brutalization by not supporting the new GI Education Bill.  Ever since his return from Vietnam and the Keating Five incident, he’s been a man of questionable character.  So, there’s plenty there for George Stephanopoulos to uncover—if he had the balls and was fair—starting with Cindy June Cleaver McCain’s family recipes and the publication of their recent tax returns for the last two years.  Get on with it, George.  Uncover McCain’s hard Rock of Ages!

ABC is hurting? So are the American people!

April 18, 2008

ABC wanted ratings real bad as host of the Philadelphia Democratic Debate, but has since received failing grades.  Good!  I hope they suffer as many of us are. This was the worst presidential debate in my lifetime.  Hiliary Clinton threatened Iran (supporting the administration’s faulty logic) and promised a NATO-like umbrella for the Middle East—sounding more far-right than G. W. Bush or John McCain—and there was no follow-up question for her. Yet debate moderators, George Stephanopolous, a former, senior advisor in the Clinton administration, and Charles Gibson, a capital gains tax guru, devoted 40 plus minutes to non-issues and attacks on Barack Obama.  It was unfair, absurd, and an insult to the American people.  I was never a fan of Charles Gibson anyway…he’s always come across as an overpaid elitist.  I WAS a fan of George Stephanopoulos, however, faithfully watching This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sundays, but no more!  He lost all credibility with me when a recording was released proving he took dictation from Fox News’ Shawn Hannity on the Ayers matter then  put the exact same question to Obama during the debate.  Stephanopoulos also repeated the Bus administration and Senator Clinton’s Iran faulty logic claim. ABC deserves to take the heat for the entire industry.  Why were these hosts heckled following the debate? Millions of voters believe the media sucks because they just don’t get it!  I’m pulling the plug after I say: God bless America and Barack Obama. 

 

P.S.  If you feel as I do, you can do what I did and call 1-212-456-7777, the ABC switchboard, to voice your complaint. 

 

It’s a matter of trust!

April 17, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI’s U.S. message of hope and reconciliation has been Barack Obama’s message throughout his campaign for the presidency.  Rather than bring any real change to last night’s Democratic Debate from Philadelphia, ABC host, and moderators, Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos chose instead to devote the first 40 minutes or so festering negatives, feeding wedge issues, and playing the guilt by association game.  What a travesty, especially since, after grilling Senator Clinton on whether or not Barack Obama could win this fall, she emphatically admitted: “Yes, yes, yes!”

 

Millions of voters have figured out—no matter what the media or the Clintons have thrown at Barack Obama—that he connects with the People.  Polls show Senator Clinton high on baggage and negatives and low on trust and honesty.  Last night, she said:  “What’s important is what we stand for!”  Millions of Americans agree. 

 

Barack Obama believes we can solve today’s real issues by changing the culture in Washington, D.C., or as Senator Clinton said:  “We’ve got to come together!”  Voters will elect Barack Obama president because only he has the 21st century mindset to solve the issues we face today.  Under his leadership of reconciliation, the hopes and dreams of millions of Americans will be realized.  Together, we will end the Iraq War, rejoin the world community, restore economic and social justice here at home, and break the mold of the Bush-Clinton Era.  God bless America and Barack Obama!