Monday morning I caught Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s appearance at the National Press club, and guess what? He thinks America is a murderous, imperialistic force in the world. Also, we had the 9/11 attacks coming.
Declaring that he speaks for all black Christians – which somehow prohibits dissent – Barack Obama’s former pastor described his religious philosophy, Liberation Theology, (the love child of Marxism and Christianity) as “the thoughts and understandings of God, faith, religion and the Bible from those whose lives were ground under, mangled and destroyed by the ruling classes or the oppressors.”
However, after viewing Monday’s anti-American tirade, peppered with the defiant gesticulations of a hyperactive fifth-grader, (Has America apologized to Japan for not handing over the Eastern Hemisphere?) I suspect former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, is correct that while Wright claims to speak for God, he is really just another representative of America’s hard left, “closer to a tradition that sees America as the center of evil in the world.”
But suppose there really is such as a scourge as American imperialists, roaming about the world in search of new victims to grind, mangle, and destroy? A quick look at history will reveal the fruits of our unique brand of “imperialism.”
In the face of Joseph Stalin’s purges, Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward, the Hungarian Revolution, Prague Spring, the Killing Fields, and re-education camps; American imperialism offered the Berlin Airlift, the Marshall Plan, and a cure for polio.
When Stalin and Zedong-backed communists tried to overrun and enslave South Korea and South Vietnam, American imperialism stood with them against the invaders.
While the truly oppressed have risked machine guns, police dogs, gulags, and the savage seas in leaky boats to flee their homelands; American imperialism offers the world asylum for refugees, humanitarian aid drops, natural disaster assistance, and global AIDS relief.
When Islamic zealots blow up wedding parties, funerals, religious pilgimages, crowded marketplaces, and school children waiting for candy; American imperialism destroys weapons caches, car bomb factories, and drives terrorists away from the innocents –lending action to President Bush’s declaration after 9/11: “The advance of human freedom – the great achievement of our time, and the great hope of every time – now depends on us.”
Any person of color can attest that America isn’t perfect. She is inhabited by the usual cross-section of humans – the noble, the apathetic, the easily led, and the downright evil. But America’s history testifies to her ability to recognize and atone for past wrongs. And despite the rantings of Wright and his left-wing ilk – and despite opinion poll numbers in foreign countries whose liberty was secured by American blood – most reasonable Americans agree we’ve got the best thing going.
If Wright knows of a better place, I suggest that he move there.