The presidential election is in the news again, as our primary draws closer. Over the weekend, Barack Obama’s pastor proved to be the gift that keeps on giving, with his “All Wright, all the time” tour. Instead of explaining away his remarks, Rev. Jeremiah Wright only became more offensive, until Obama finally had enough; yesterday at a press conference, he declared that his spiritual guide is not the man he met twenty years ago. Will it be enough to save his campaign? We will see, in this “anything can happen” election year. Myself, I thought the words were good, but not the timing; he should have said that when the trouble started last month.
I’m ready to declare Black Liberation Theology a heresy, after hearing some more whoppers about what it teaches. I have a low tolerance for historical errors, when made on purpose. Previously, I mentioned their insistence that Jesus was poor and black. I have also heard that that in the Trinity United Church of Christ, Oprah Winfrey and Tiger Woods don’t fit their definition of “black,” because they are successful, so I guess you’re only acceptable to them if you’re a failure. This week, I learned that in Rev. Wright’s church they have a quiz for new members, and one of the questions asks which continent do the stories of the Bible take place on, from Genesis to Malachi? The correct answer is Africa! That can’t be the same Bible I use, because Israel is part of Asia, not Africa, and except for a few references to Libya, Ethiopia, and maybe “Ophir” (the land where King Solomon got his gold), Egypt is the only African country that is even mentioned. I’m also hearing a rumor that Moslems have become church members without converting. Well, the church I attended in Florida had Jewish visitors all the time, because unlike other Evangelical bodies, we never tried to convert them. However, I don’t think this is quite the same thing; how often was the Rev. Louis Farrakhan a visitor there? And I wouldn’t be surprised if Wright believes that Jesus only came to save black people.
In local news, Hillary Clinton’s campaign opened an office in Lexington today, and our congressman, Ben Chandler, announced he’s now a super-delegate endorsing Obama. He gave several reasons, but the main one is that his kids find Obama exciting. Well, I did say Obama is the first presidential candidate from a major party who’s younger than I am.
As for me, I’m still not excited about anybody. There’s no candidate or party to represent my point of view. Since folks these days like “sound bites,” here’s the sound-bite version of what I want to hear a presidential candidate promise to do:
- Abolish the IRS.
- Cut spending.
- Ignore the tree-huggers.
- Secure the borders.
- Kill the terrorists.
- Smack the hippies.
Of course Hillary and Barack aren’t in favor of any of these; heck, they’re ex-hippies. The only ones John McCain supports are #2 and #5, and I have my doubts about his commitment to #5.
Finally, while I’ve been enjoying the Democratic catfight, it looks like others aren’t. Party chairman Howard Dean, for instance, said one or the other candidate must drop out of the race by July 1. Howard, you ought to know Democrats don’t follow rules. Remember what Will Rogers said about that, eighty years ago:
“I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.”
And pray tell, why did you schedule the convention so darn late? What is everybody supposed to do in July and August, if the primary campaign ends in June?
Jackie and Dunlap, those crazy good ol’ boys at Red State Update, are tired of the campaign, too. As Dunlap put it last week: “So now all you Democrats out there, you need to gather up all the homosexuals, and your atheists and your elitists and your baby-killers and your tree-huggers and your flag-burners and your socialists and your communists and your undercover Islamofacists and the Screen Actors Guild and the last living members of the Weather Underground, throw up a bunch of pictures of Obama and Hillary, grab one and go with it!”