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Barack Obama, his minister, and the Wellstone funeral

By Charles A. Morse
web posted March 24, 2008

The hate filled rhetoric of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who Senator Barack Obama has described as "a man who helped introduce me to my Christian faith" poses as a threat to the presidential ambitions of the Democratic candidate not because of the undeniably racist nature of the minister's comments, but, rather, because the rhetoric is yet another naked and crude display of old fashioned left-wing agitprop.

The inflammatory rhetoric of Obama's minister, and the indignant reaction to that rhetoric by the public at large, reminds me of the October 2002 memorial rally that followed the funeral of the iconic liberal Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone who was tragically killed in a plane crash. The left-wing political pep rally that followed the funeral, attended by approximately 20,000 people, included televised images of well known liberal icons such as former President Bill Clinton, former Vice Presidents Walter Mondale and Al Gore, and Senators Hillary Clinton and Teddy Kennedy sneering from their seats and engaging in such antics as waving their fists in the air as a succession of speakers mounted the stage to regurgitate predictable left-wing slogans.

It has been generally acknowledged that the Wellstone funeral, in which Vice President Richard V. Cheney was dis-invited to attend and in which Senator Trent Lott was booed, was a disaster for the Democrats in the 2002 mid-term elections. The negative reverberations were felt during the 2004 presidential campaign of Democratic Senator John Kerry.

The left just doesn't get it.

They just don't realize that most Americans are simply not burdened with the same malevolent hatred for this country that is the hallmark of their debased outlook. Most Americans don't damn their country, as did Obama's minister, or do they blame their country for the ills that beset other countries, many of which suffer under the stultifying yoke of the very same left-wing systems that are so admired by the elites who dominate the Democratic Party and by the likes of the rabble rousing spiritual councilor to Barack Obama.

No, in fact, most Americans embrace a more positive view of the American way of life. Most average Americans aspire to achieve the kind of success that has been experienced by Barack and Michelle Obama, by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and by the insufferable gang of liberals who attended the rally following the Wellstone funeral. Most African-Americans appreciate the gains they have been able to achieve as they enter the middle and upper classes in increasing numbers. While much progress still awaits, most Americans understand that the best hope for the future lies in capitalism, patriotism, and in an embrace of the traditional values that have provided the undergirding for genuine progress.

The vile speeches of Obama's minister, like the Wellstone rally, provide rare examples of left-wing arrogance on display for all to see in all of it's ugliness. These candid moments, more often covered up by liberals, often even within themselves, are instructive and revealing. Let's examine these events very carefully and lets remember these unguarded moments of unvarnished honesty. They provide an opportunity to learn the true nature of many of those who seek to influence our culture and public policy. These unguarded moments are a gift and a blessing in disguise. ESR

Charles A. Morse is a senior writer for Enter Stage Right and can be heard every day from 9:00am to 11:00am on WSMN in Nashua. His web site can be found at http://www.chuckmorse.com/ and his blog is located at http://www.morsescode.com/.

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