Video: Reverend Wright’s healing balm

posted at 10:12 am on September 8, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

For those who thought that the appointment of 9/11 Truther Van Jones was the nadir (so far) for this administration’s moderate, post-partisan credibility, keep in mind that this man could have been in charge of faith-based initiatives if not for Hillary Clinton’s oppo research team. Jeremiah Wright gives hope to Jones and other demagogues tossed under Barack Obama’s bus that the news media will still give them camera time as long as they continue to make the kind of outrageous statements that marginalized them in the first place. Here, Wright gives his nuanced view of the debate over health-care reform (via JWF):

I think the racists in the right wing are upset because poor people are about to be helped.

Right! Because America is, after all, such an uncharitable nation. Oh, wait — we’re the nation with the highest per-capita private donations to charity, doubling our closest competition. And since conservatives give more in time and money to charitable causes than liberals, that explanation doesn’t wash.

In fact, this Wright statement shows him once again to be either an idiot, a demagogue, or both. What does that say about the man who sat in Wright’s church for 20 years and listened to his idiocy without considering other options for worship?

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Well did anyone expect Obama to join the Catholic Church when he got to Chicago? I’m sure he looked into it and once he found out that they don’t look fondly upon killing babies he crossed them off his list.

So hard to find a Christian church that will let you butcher the defenseless these days. What’s up with that?

turfmann on September 8, 2009 at 10:52 AM

The “Catholic Church” of Father Phlegmler wouldn’t have a problem with it.

Gang-of-One on September 8, 2009 at 9:58 PM

Hey crr6, how about you quit pushing your playground morality on the taxpayer like the lefty fundamentalist you are? I thought you guys hated that kind of stuff?

ClassicCon on September 8, 2009 at 10:23 PM

This is inciting racial tensions and ought to be against the law, it’s no different than inciting hatred.

scalleywag on September 8, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Nahhhh! The last thing we need is more “Hate Laws.” You want that you might as well start voting for the left-wing democratic loons. Even if you got your way The Speech Police would be 1,000 times more likely to round YOU up than any Rev. Hate Whitey. Bank on it!

Gang-of-One on September 8, 2009 at 10:30 PM

Are you sure this guy’s not from Memphis?

bubbakeg on September 8, 2009 at 10:34 PM

They have impressive levels of social equality along with impressive levels of wealth.

crr6 on September 8, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Well, their impressive levels of social equality sure as hell ain’t reflected in the racial make up of their governing bodies. I’ve always found it comical that the enlightened euros were rooting for Obeyma.

When was the last time any black euro citizen had a remote chance of winning high office–regardless of what “socially equal” country he lives in?

I ain’t buying it. Sounds clownish.

Gang-of-One on September 8, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Ed, you mis-spelled “barmy.”

Wright is an excellent example of how the left lives almost entirely in their fantasy world and reality is largely irrelevant. Like how Evan Sayet said that after 9/11 he went to look for allies on the “nasty right” after his leftist friends shunned him, and he was shocked to find that Republicans were nothing at all like what he thought they were – because he never actually ASKED them before, he just “knew” what they were about because he’d been told by other leftists.

Wright sits around with other far-left whackos and dreams up some mythical political movement whose goals are to create poverty and spread cold sores or whatever, and they studiously avoid anyone who could shatter their illusions. It is a form of mental illness, after all.

Merovign on September 9, 2009 at 1:24 AM

Too often those on the Left live in an cocoon and echo chamber. I used to attend Socialist Workers Party meetings in 1964-5 to view the other side and found the Left then to be intolerant and refused to discuss the issues on the basis of documented facts; nothing has changed. Last night a lady of the Left in her seventies asked me at our counter demonstration of a pro ObamaCare rally if I liked Medicare. While I do not like Medicare but have few other options now, I said not if $500 billion in government funds were shifted to support the government option (rather than argue the mere existence of the program). She said that was a lie; it was not proposed. Unfortunately that is a MSM reported proposal from the Democrats and reinforced in a speech by Sen. Kyl. Facts do matter regardless of the Left’s refusal to recognize them.

amr on September 9, 2009 at 7:59 AM

So all of the frenzied, hysterical, assassination-chic opposition to Bush for 8 years was… because he was white?

profitsbeard on September 8, 2009 at 10:54 AM

^^ 100+

There’s nothing reverend about race-monger Wright. His beliefs are not the true Christian beliefs.

docdave on September 8, 2009 at 10:55 AM

^^ 100+

Lourdes on September 9, 2009 at 9:57 AM

In particular the General Welfare Clause.
Regardless, I never said the burden falls solely on the federal government, although I think we could agree it would be more effective at easing inequality.

crr6 on September 8, 2009 at 12:30 PM

According to Thomas Jefferson, one of the men who actually composed our U.S. Constitution (so his point of view on terms and aspects about it is meaningful and profound), the General Welfare Clause empowers Congress to ONLY establish issues SPECIFICALLY DEFINED to them BY the Constitution.

It’s not a general sponge-statement that can be then plasted onto any and everything an ideologue in Congress drums up (which is what today’s Democrats abuse it as, unfortunately: permission to exploit).

“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” — Thomas Jefferson.

Lourdes on September 9, 2009 at 10:12 AM

^^ plastered onto any and everything…

Lourdes on September 9, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Are you sure this guy’s not from Memphis?
bubbakeg on September 8, 2009 at 10:34 PM

You’re right, Bubba. He’d fit right in.

kingsjester on September 9, 2009 at 10:43 AM

As is a forgone conclusion here at HA, Obama’s a marxist, and therefor not a christian…so why should anything this pastor says bear out on Obama at all? He surely ignored everything the pastor said…being a marxist and all…

ernesto on September 8, 2009 at 11:03 AM

I’m not sure if you are being tongue-in-cheek.

Actually plenty enought evidence that leads to those conclusions (marxist and non-christian) without one being a cause of the other.

And you are wrong about his Pastor. Wright praised the work of his mentor Cone who was just as rabid a communist as he was a racist. The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.

shick on September 9, 2009 at 11:43 AM