Every American should know about Jeremiah Wright by now, President Barack Obama’s former pastor who said that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were simply “America’s chickens… coming home to roost.”
If you care to, you can watch the larger segment of that particular sermon here, though it’s honestly a waste of time. Fox News may have just focused on just the one line, but it is in essence the very thesis of Wright’s ramblings.
In his mind, we stole land from the Native Americans, we enslaved Africans, we forced our will on Muslim countries and used them as pawn pieces to accomplish our own agenda… and therefore we deserve exactly what we got: planes ramming through our buildings and thousands of civilian lives cut lost.
Jeremiah Wright would have us all forget all of the good that this country has also done: the men and women who fought against slavery tooth and nail through both legislative attempts and by means such as the underground railroad; those members of our armed forces who sacrificed their lives to help completely unrelated people in World War II; the regular, ordinary citizens today who gave above and beyond from their own pockets to relief efforts in Haiti; and countless others throughout our history and today that simply think of others as they go about their daily lives.
Jeremiah Wright would also have us discount the horrors and atrocities committed by every other nation that has ever existed on this earth. If the U.S. deserves to be attacked, then so does everybody else. In fact, we might as well just nuke ourselves and be done with it.
Put in that way, Jeremiah Wright’s argument looks even more deranged.
Many people like to believe that he’s just a fringe-radical, a voice that isn’t represented at all in our mainstream American politics or ideologies. But that voice of hate isn’t nearly as isolated as you may think.
That fact came to a much-muted highlight with the plane crash in Alaska that took the lives of five people on Monday, including that of former Senator Ted Stevens.
They Want Her Dead
In response to the tragedy, two politicians posted the following comments on Facebook:
“[A] dead Palin would wd be even more dangerous than a live one… [she] is all about her myth & if she was dead she cdn’t commit any more gaffes.”
- Rep. Timothy Horrigan (D)
“Just wish Sarah and Levy were on board [the crashed plane].”
- Democrat House Candidate, Keith Halloran
Both men tried to backtrack of course after people started complaining, and Horrigan even resigned. But it doesn’t change the fact that they held those views strongly enough to publish them, even if it was just on Facebook.
Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley said of Horrigan, “His comments were innappropriate and do not reflect the views of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. As an elected official, this type of rhetoric is out of line.”
I agree that it’s out of line, but I’m not really convinced it doesn’t “reflect the views” of liberals in general. I had my own Facebook altercation recently with a friend of a friend who suggested stuffing the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico with Sarah Palin.
(Incidentally, I also saw another friend’s Facebook conversation likening Palin to a schoolyard bully, which I found highly amusing.)
I also have a friend who honestly agrees with Reverand Wright’s comments that America got what it deserved on September 11, 2001. She seems to adopt Michelle Obama’s philosophy that the U.S. is “just downright mean” and to my knowledge, has never found a negative critique of her homeland that she doesn’t agree with.
For that matter, so does her husband, though he might not count in this discussion, considering that he’s Canadian.
Regardless – and sadly – no, I think that both Democrats actually expressed exactly what the liberal machine is really about… and it isn’t anything good.