Monday, June 16, 2008

Obama’s Gospel of Envy

Obama’s Gospel of Envy
By Ralph R. Reiland

Like losers in a shell game, most of us got snookered into looking under the wrong nutshell in regards to the inflammatory and racist sermon that was delivered by Rev. Michael Pfleger during his guest appearance in May at Barack Obama's church in Chicago.

The media focused the spotlight on what Pfleger, a visiting Catholic priest, said about Hillary Clinton from the pulpit at Trinity United Church of Christ, prompting Obama to end his 20-plus year association with the church.

"When Hillary was crying and people said that was put on, I really don't believe it was put on," proclaimed Pfleger, feigning tears and waving a hanky and generating uproarious laughter from the congregation . "I really believe that she just always thought 'This is mine. I'm Bill's wife. I'm white. And this is mine! And I just gotta get up and step into the plate.' And then out of nowhere came, 'Hey, I'm Barack Obama,' and she said 'Oh Damn! Where did you come from? I'm white! I'm entitled! There's a black man stealing my show!' She wasn't the only one crying.

There was a whole lotta white people crying."What might be more significant than this mocking of Hillary Clinton, more significant in terms of perhaps predicting the economic goals of an Obama presidency, is what Pfleger said about collective white guilt and white people's trust funds and 401k retirement funds.

After being introduced by Rev. Otis Moss, Trinity's new pastor, as "a prophetic, powerful pulpiteer," a "preacher par excellence," Pfleger began his sermon by telling his adoring audience how to address someone who doesn't buy the idea of collective racial guilt, someone who says, "Well, don't hold me responsible for what my ancestors did.

"Pfleger's answer to that person of insufficient guilt and inadequate color, delivered in an increasingly breathless and crazed voice to an applauding congregation : "But you have enjoyed the benefits of what your ancestors did and unless you are ready to give up the benefits, throw away your 401 fund, throw away your trust fund, throw away all the money you put into the company you walked into because yo' daddy and yo' granddaddy and yo' great granddaddy, unless you're willing to give up the benefits, then you must be responsible for what was done in your generation, 'cause you are the beneficiary of this insurance policy!"

You're guilty, in other words, unless you give up your money.



Blogger CHOMP said...

Why is Obama even living in this country. Doesn't he have relatives in Kenya or someplace that would take in him ...and Michelle. (I really don't care!) And he wasn't even raised here.

9:42 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

He's not an American, whether he was raised here or not.
I've known people who came from elsewhere, were raised elsewhere, who are Americans.


3:06 AM  

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