Thursday, May 29, 2008

They're a GREAT audience

Barack Obama assures us that his plans for meeting unconditionally with leaders of tinpot dictatorships will help reduce anti-Americanism around the world and make us all safer. He contends that he will heal divisions here at home, especially racism, and make us all more tolerant. Obama has a history of local activism wherein he has been able to hone such skills for an international stage.

So, you would think he's well qualified to bring some of this reconciliation and understanding to his own church. Apparently not. The tinpot dictator wannabes who regularly rant there are too tough for him, despite 20 years of unconditional negotiation. They don't stop foaming at the mouth even when it will obstruct Obama's path to the Presidency.

Jeremiah Wright's foibles are well documented by now, but here's another long time Obama friend continuing the hysterical, anti-American, racist tradition of Barack's Trinity United Church of Christ just this last Sunday:

The worshippers LOVE this exhibitionist vitriol. It's a tribal victory dance led by a narcissistic megalomaniac.

It's no wonder Obama can't persuade such friends not to screw up his presidential campaign. Still, he chose these friends. Still, his fellow congregants cheered in joy at Father Michael Pfleger's words.

Obama repudiates Wright and Pfleger when they piss in his ear 2 or 3 times, but how little can he then credibly claim to know about people he's called friends for 20 years, who've been advisors listed on his campaign website?

Until at least May 24th of this year, Father Pfleger's endorsement was featured on Barack Obama's official website. Pfleger's entry has been removed sometime in the last 4 days. It is easy to see why Pfleger is no longer featured, but via the magic of Google's cache, we can find this:

Father Michael Pfleger
Senior Pastor, St. Sabina Church, Chicago, IL
I’m concerned by issues of poverty and issues of justice and equal access and opportunity especially when dealing with children and education and healthcare. Also, the war in Iraq is non-negotiable: end it! The faith community has to be a prophetic voice to bring us to where we ought to be as a country. Its voice should call every individual to be their best and not assimilate into anything less. Obama is calling back those who have given up and lost hope in the political system both young and old in the belief that we can fix it. He has the intellect for the job and I haven’t heard anyone since Robert F. Kennedy who is causing such an emotional and spiritual awakening to the political possibilities.

Father Pfleger has also been disappeared from the Obama News and Speeches section of Obama's site, where Obama, up until at least May 23rd, noted that he hosted a Climate Change event in Iowa where Pfleger participated in discussion panels. Google cache comes to our rescue again. Also here. And here.

So far, they haven't deleted this reference to Pfleger or this one or this one. Maybe Obama's people couldn't reasonably delete those last 3 because they originate with external bloggers. I suppose the Obama campaign can claim they weren't there the days these were written.

People Barack Obama has closely associated with for 2 decades or more have demonstrated hatred for their country, hatred for those of a specific skin color and hatred for Jews. It's that simple. Whether Obama agrees, or whether he just played along, isn't important. He is unfit to be president on the basis of his character.

It's time for change, all right. Barack Obama may be able to put up with this for many years, but he needs to get his daughters out of that church.

The really odd part is that Father Pfleger would seem to be an Obama supporter. It is hard to understand why he just couldn't stop himself from delivering a deranged rant damaging to his candidate. Here's Pfleger on Obama's passion for change:
"He really came here with a very strong passion about how can we change things, and he understood the churches as being a vehicle for doing that," recalls the Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of the Saint Sabina Church, a Catholic church on the South Side, who has known Obama since his early days in Chicago. But he also "realized that with some churches there would be a credibility issue if he were organizing churches but didn't have a home church."
Here's one thing Obama did for Pfleger:
"It happens that there were major supporters in my district who had been supporters before they got member initiatives," Obama said, noting that some of his contributors had been his allies for years.

One of those long-time supporters was Rev. Michael Pfleger, the politically active leader of St. Sabina Church. He gave Obama's campaign $1,500 between 1995 and 2001, including $200 in April 2001, about three months after Obama announced $225,000 in grants to St. Sabina programs.
I bet Obama is disappointed.

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