Chris Floyd who documents the “high crimes, and low comedy of the Bush Imperium” at his blog, takes Obama to task for denouncing his own pastor’s righteous words and his “hysterical — and hypocritical — reaction to them.”
Floyd actually cogently invokes Peter’s own distancing from his Lord when asked:
“Art not thou also one of his disciples?” He denied it, and said, “I am not.” (John 18:25)
Floyd goes further:
Let’s give Obama the benefit of the doubt when he says he is not just “politically posturing” in his denunciations, that he is speaking from the heart. What are we left with? That his “vision of America” does not include any “positive change, transformation, real change, not cosmetic change” in a “social order that has gone sour.” And that the “War on Terror” is just peachy-keen with him; in fact, it is so sacrosanct that it cannot even be criticized. A war of agression that kills hundreds of thousands of innocent people cannot be compared with “terrorism”; it is a legitimate expression of national policy, even if one might disagree with its timing and the mechanics of its execution.
Obama won’t vote to impeach the president for his high crimes; he won’t even denounce them for what they are. But he has sure enough impeached his preacher for all the world to see. Which, as Silber says, is “much more significant — and much more revealing — than any of Wright’s comments themselves.”
Obama has veered sharply to the right in recent days, pandering to AIPAC and Cuban exiles. Fidel Castro responded charitably, claiming that Obama is still the progressive choice in the election despite his obligatory Cuba-bashing to please foreign policy hawks in Washington and Miami. He rightfully decried the hypocritical politics of Imperialism that infects mainstream candidates. It is just very sad to see Obama pander in such a way to demean other countries. However, he has already demonstrated his political instincts by throwing his own Pastor under the bus, so it seems not much more can be expected from him.
Arthur Silber, another fantastic writer on the web, sees this ominous trend even in Obama’s much touted Philadelphia speech on Race:
Obama speaks of “views that denigrate both the greatness and the goodness of our nation; that rightly offend white and black alike.” This is a lie: Wright’s views express the truth of our history, and of our present. No, it is not all of the truth, but it is an absolutely essential and major part of the truth. It is the part of the truth that our fictionalized, mythologized history denies, the truth that many Americans will not permit themselves to understand or acknowledge. You are profoundly wrong if the truth “offends” you. If you remain determined to cling to the lies that sustain you, you may certainly make that choice. But that does not make it right, or true.
Obama speaks of “a profoundly distorted view of this country — a view that sees white racism as endemic…” But white racism has been endemic to America’s history, and its effects are still painfully visible in most aspects of American life today. Indeed, a good portion of Obama’s speech itself details the effects of that “endemic” white racism. Wright does not “elevate what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America” — he demands acknowledgment of the part of our history drowned by the propaganda that inundates us every day. For those who remain wedded to the mythologized America, such acknowledgment cannot be tolerated. Truth must be destroyed.
Obama states: “I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy.” What Obama has “condemned, in unequivocal terms” is the truth — the truth that is forbidden by the fictions that feed the myth of American exceptionalism. Obama has fully embraced the lies at the heart of mythologized America — an embrace that is underscored by his inclusion of this phrase: “a view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel, instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam.” In this manner, Obama confirms that he will continue our policy of global interventionism including our endless interventions in the Middle East, which have been unceasing ever since World War I. Obama embraces all the lies that support that policy, and he will challenge none of them. (See “Songs of Death” for many more details concerning Obama’s embrace of this murderous policy.)
Almost every politician lies, and most politicians lie repeatedly. Yet in one sense, Obama’s speech is exceptional, rare and unique — but not for any of the reasons offered by Obama’s uncritical, mindless adulators. It is exceptional for this reason: it is rare that a candidate will announce in such stark, comprehensive terms that he will lie about every fact of moment, about every aspect of our history that affects the crises of today and that has led to them, about everything that might challenge the mythological view of America. But that is what Obama achieved with this speech. It may be a remarkable achievement — a remarkable and detestable one, and one that promises endless destruction in the future, both here and abroad.