Eden Hill Journal

Comments, dreams, stories, and rantings from a middle-aged native of Maine living on a shoestring and a prayer in the woods of Maine. My portion of the family farm is to be known as Eden Hill Farm just because I want to call it that and because that's the closest thing to the truth that I could come up with. If you enjoy what I write, email me or make a comment. If you enjoy Eden Hill, come visit.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Is Wright Wrong?

There's a new controversy swirling around Barack Obama this week, a controversy over the impassioned words of Obama's Black pastor back home in Chicago. From what I gather, Fox News aired a January 13 speech by Pastor Wright where he describes Jesus as a poor black man in a rich white country and culture.
After reading some commentary about Wright's speech in the liberal blogs basically advising Obama to renounce his relationship with Pastor Wright, I was expecting to hear a dark sermon of black racism and hatred. Instead, I hear a man passionately describing what it means to be a minority black in a majority white country. I hear a man brilliantly describing what it meant in the world of the Roman Empire for a man born into racial and cultural oppression to embrace his enemy with love.
In the same way that Jesus embraced his enemy with love, so now does Barack Obama. The enemy isn't the white skin, it is the idea that white skin makes people more worthy. Nothing could make more sense nor be more positive than the message of Wright's speech.
Yet in our racially charged but politically correct world, we react to this notion by saying this pastor is a racist and should be shunned in today's world.
When will we ever rise above reactionary politics and begin to see the light?
Obama isn't a man who is being favored by a politically correct mentality that forces us to bend over backwards and support him because of the color of his skin. Obama is a man who has risen spiritually to a point where he can transcend racism and speak the truth to a world that is blinded by racism, blinded to the fact that truth can come from the mind and mouth of a dark-skinned person.
When I look at Obama, I don't see a black man. I don't see a white man. I don't see a colored man. I see a man who speaks the truth in a world filled with lies. That's why Clinton will never embrace him. That's why the Republicans will fight against him. He speaks truth and hope into a world filled with the despair generated by layer after layer, year after year of lies.
Wright was right, but in the eyes of the reactionary right, he is wrong. I hope Obama has sense enough to embrace and not repudiate these truths.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Spit on Spitzer

I don't know anyone including myself who isn't repulsed at the discovery that New York's Democrat governor was spending tens of thousands of dollars on sex with high-priced prostitutes. Eliot Spitzer, who as New York State Attorney General, won fame as a champion for law enforcement even against prostitution. This week he fell from grace as the entire nation reacted to the news of his $4,000 plus hotel visit in Washington with an "escort" a.k.a. hooker. Various sources suggest that Spitzer may have spent as much as $80,000 on these call girls. Most people find this behavior troubling, especially for someone in Spitzer's position as Governor of New York, married man, and father of three lovely girls.
But park your reaction of disgust to this situation for a few minutes and let's think about this.
While it is very clear that Spitzer worked really really hard to get himself into this mess, it isn't as though he didn't have some help from a few of his enemies. Spitzer fell from power because of information that was leaked from what we now know is a highly politicized US Justice Department now under the direction of Michael Mukasey, a New Yorker, Republican, and orthodox Jew whose father emigrated from Russia shortly after the Communist takeover. I have nothing to base this idea on, I'm not from New York, but I'd bet that Mukasey has more conflicts of interest with Spitzer than you could fit on Babe Ruth's bat. I mean, how could that not be so?
The reality of this situation is that agents under the supervision of Mukasey probed into the private life of New York's governor, then without even filing charges illegally leaked information to the press that brought about Spitzer's downfall. If this isn't politics, what is? And if this is true, then it nails the lid on the coffin for Bush's Justice Department. Law enforcement doesn't get much lower than this.
And I thought Ohio politics was corrupt...
OK, I release you. Go back to your reactionary politics.


Geraldine Ferraro became a household name in yesterday's political history when she was chosen, because she was a woman, to be the vice presidential running mate for Walter Mondale in 1984 running against Ronald Reagan then running for his second term. Mondale lost despite his politically correct choice for a running mate.
Ferraro has now resurfaced in political politics as a member of the Hillary Clinton campaign and an outspoken critic of Obama's qualifications suggesting that Obama in 2008 is where he is because of his race just as she was chosen in 1984 because of her gender. Many people, not just Obama supporters, see this as nothing but the most vile of politics.
I really don't need to say more, but just in case you might wonder what my feelings are, I give you MSNBC's Keith Olbermann!