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Part I: Why Obama Scares Me

Mark Steyn wrote one of the best articles I’ve read on Barack Obama and his former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. [Hat tip: Scott Shepherd]

Incidentally, if you missed hearing one of Wright’s fiery sermons, just search “Reverend Wright” at www.youtube.com and take your pick.

Steyn’s article, dated March 15th, opens with his observations on Rev. Wright’s views:

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright thinks that, given their treatment by white America, black Americans have no reason to sing ‘God Bless America.’ ‘The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America,’ he told his congregation. ‘God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human.’

Steyn goes on to discuss Obama’s relationship with Rev. Wright, which he sarcastically describes as “not exactly peripheral.” No, their relationship isn’t at all peripheral. Obama’s life is intricately tied to Wright’s and has been for 20 years. And this is why, when the media started playing the sermon tapes, Obama, as a candidate for U.S. President, had no choice but to respond.

Obama’s response speech, delivered on March 18th, is worth reading (or watching) in its entirety. The speech is classic Obama: It’s eloquently written and, of course, it’s eloquently delivered. Obama is a masterful orator. So much so that he scares me.

To be fair, in the speech, he “unequivocally” denounces Wright’s most offensive statements, which were played out ad nauseam in the media. Then, in typical Obama magic-speak, he somehow defends the same man he denounces.

He goes on to say he does not deny being cognizant of Wright’s hateful and anti-American diatribes; but, then he defends this anger as part of the American black experience, which he cannot separate himself from.

Then he says, in essence, that white people often feel the same way Wright feels, just for different reasons. Somehow he manages to come all the way back from praising the Founding Fathers and almost issuing an apology for Wright’s hate and anger toward America to unite his audience under the spell of a typical Leftist viewpoint: We all suffer. And, in our bonds of suffering, there is hope—”the audacity of hope,” as he and Wright like to call it.

The real problem, according to Obama, is that Wright is actually right to be so angry. Oh, maybe he’s wrong about some things, like damning America and all that because we did fight the Civil War and abolish slavery, but ultimately his anger at America and the American system is justified. He states:

This time we want to talk about the fact that the real problem is not that someone who doesn’t look like you might take your job; it’s that the corporation you work for will ship it overseas for nothing more than a profit.

The true enemy, according to Obama, is the “corporation.”

This is hardcore Leftist/Marxian ideology. And this is what scares me about Obama. Not only does he fundamentally believe that corporate America is somehow the enemy of the people, he also happens to be one highly intelligent, Harvard-educated, hypnotic speaker.

The root of this belief—that corporations are evil—probably began with the “father of the New Left”, Herbert Marcuse. You may or may not know Marcuse was a German social philosopher who studied under Martin Heidegger but who preferred the philosophy of Hegel. Marcuse emigrated to the U.S. after WWII and ended up at none other than Berkeley in the 1960s, where he sparked the “counterculture” movement.

[More on the Obama-Marcuse connection and the philosophical subjectivism of the liberals will follow in Part II.]

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