Bull Connor’s Revenge?

What if instead of a European-American grandma from a small redneck town in lily-white Oregon, I was an African-American grandma from Alabama?

There’s a good chance that as a young girl I would have heard about Martin Luther King’s dream – the desire of his heart – that "little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers."

And I would have been inspired with hope that the future would be bright for my children and grandchildren.

But, instead, I would see many of them continue to be locked away from the American dream – this time because of an incessant drip drip of resentment and bitterness fed to them by other blacks.

"The South Side of Chicago is no cakewalk – it’s a tough place – so he speaks the language of the streets, but he also knows the academy, and has been able to mix the two together, so that the Gospel is given to the people in a way that it can uplift them," said Rev. Wanda Harris Watkins a UCC minister in Massachusetts said of Barack Obama’s pastor, friend, and mentor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

Uplift them like this? "We bombed Hiroshima! We bombed Nagasaki!" Wright thundered from his pulpit. "And we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye….We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yard. America’s chickens are coming home to roost."

How can anyone who loves America not bolt for the bathroom during such a vicious, lying tirade?

Barack Obama overlooked his pastor’s rants for God to damn America – which Wright believes is a genocidal hellhole that addicts blacks with drugs and injects them with AIDS – because Wright had taught Obama about the Christian faith and "spoke to me about our obligations to love one another; to care for the sick and lift up the poor."

Likewise, Obama isn’t unduly alarmed that Wright counsels convicts and gang-bangers that they are victims of a corrupt American racist conspiracy and bear no personal responsibility for their actions, because Wright had strengthened Obama’s faith, "officiated my wedding, and baptized my children."

"For two decades, Obama tethered himself to a fire-breathing pastor peddling bitter Marxist "black liberation theology" in the name of God. Behind the "audacity of hope" was a grievance-mongering preacher animated by the voracity of hate. And understand this: The Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama were not merely passing "associates." They were mentor and mentee, guru, and student, with fates and fortunes intertwined." Michelle Malkin wrote today.

Electing a president is a little like buying a used car. You drive it, examine it, kick its tires, and your senses are tuned for every little squeak or rattle that might indicate a problem down the line.

Because that the car isn’t going to come right out and tell you that it has a cracked block.

For an aspiring president of the United States, not loving America is a cracked block. Once detected, you’re out. End of story.

But maybe it’s not true. Dick Morris thinks that Obama has only attended Wrights’ church for political gain, because as a Honolulu-born, Ivy-League outsider he needed to create inroads with the black community.

It was the first plausible explanation – other than unpatriotism – that I had heard for Obama’s devotion to that congregation, and it actually made me feel better. Because I don’t like to think that Barack Obama doesn’t love his country. I find self-serving political ambition and blatant insincerity much easier to stomach.

But it still nags me. How could he not weep for that black grandma who saw such a bright future as a girl? Because many of her children and grandchildren are now running with gangs and incarcerated – bitter, angry, vindictive, and separated from a country that has so much to offer them.

Can’t Obama see that fomenting grudges and vendettas cheats the black community out of the rich rewards of being an American? The rewards that Martin Luther King died for?

Obama says he could no more turn his back on Wright than he could turn his back on the black community.

He needs to turn his back on Wright for the sake of the black community.

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