Seriously, What Are the other Two Offering That is Remotely Comparable?

The complete text of the speech can be found here.

In the end, then, what is called for is nothing more, and nothing less, than what all the world’s great religions demand — that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Let us be our brother’s keeper, Scripture tells us. Let us be our sister’s keeper. Let us find that common stake we all have in one another, and let our politics reflect that spirit as well.

For we have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism. We can tackle race only as spectacle — as we did in the OJ trial — or in the wake of tragedy, as we did in the aftermath of Katrina – or as fodder for the nightly news. We can play Reverend Wright’s sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words. We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she’s playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies.

We can do that.

But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we’ll be talking about some other distraction. And then another one. And then another one. And nothing will change.

Listen to — or read — or hell, just skim that speech and then tell me that Clinton or McCain are offering anything close to that.

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10 Responses to Seriously, What Are the other Two Offering That is Remotely Comparable?

  1. Dave says:

    Incidentally, this is what CNN — you know, the liberal media — was running right after the speech.

  2. Lanf says:

    I read the speech yesterday. I’ve already mentioned my support for Clinton in the primary (or maybe it was on Anna’s site, whatever) but I’ve always been very okay with the idea of Obama as president. This speech reinforces that, and at this point I’m looking forward to an Obama presidency a lot more than I look forward to a Clinton one.

  3. It was a great speech, and I am an Obama supporter, but you cannot deny harm has been done to his image, even though the speech addresses some great points. Even for me, who supports Obama because this is the only person is my adult life I am voting *for* as opposed to voting for the lesser of two weasels, I find it difficult to believe that he was never in service when this moron said something stupid. He brushes it off as controversial and “everyone’s preacher says controversial things”, but I question why you would stay at a place where the ‘leader’ of a flock says things like AIDS is a government conspiracy against blacks. I can separate the moron from Obama – I fear more than just a handful of people are unable or unwilling to separate these two things. And I wonder which Clinton staffer found those clips of the moron to begin with…….

  4. Matthew Glover says:

    Disclaimer: I’m a big Obama supporter. I helped out with canvassing and phonebanking for the primary here, and I stood in line for hours to see him speak at Jackson State.

    I think it’s absurd to associate Obama with the crap that Wright says. Wright isn’t working for the campaign. He’s not any sort of political advisor, and the moment it became apparent that he’s a whackjob, Obama made it clear that whatever role he may have had in the past, he certainly isn’t a spiritual or moral advisor.

    The junk that Wright says is exactly counter to everything that Obama has stood for from day one. Had Obama attempted to brush it under the rug, it would’ve been a fairly obvious sign that he doesn’t really stand behind his message. Because of the way he’s put it in the spotlight as an example of his message, I think it’s made clear once again that he represents political change in a fundamental way.

    And Brian, when you say “I find it difficult to believe that he was never in service when this moron said something stupid,” weren’t you just telling us about the time when you were at a Christian meeting where people were saying things you found stupid? Didn’t you keep your mouth shut? Or did you make a spectacle? If you were at your own church, the church where you and your wife were married, where your kids grew up, where the congregation is like family, and the pastor said something you disagreed with, would you make a spectacle by publicly denouncing him? I think I’d frown and move on. I think I’d just let it slide until it reached a point where I absolutely could not let it slide any further. I think that’s what Obama did.

    That’s just my guess, though. I don’t know that Wright ever said a contrary word about anybody before this. Does anybody have a real source about that?

  5. Deirdra says:

    I occasionally go to a UU Church here in Jackson. Despite it being the UU, normally a bastion of inclusiveness and carefully-crafted ambiguity, there have been times where I have STEWED myself in a service because something insensitive or heavy-handed the minister said. What I remember most, though, was the talk on Ramadan given by a young Muslim from the Center for Interfaith Dialogue. He gifted each of us wee books about Ramadan, which he nervously paraphrased as we followed along. These books were informative, but also peppered with very condescending language about other faiths and non-Muslims in general. We watched his face burn with shame every time he glossed over something nasty or negative, until he put the little book away and finished his talk. This generous and kindhearted guy devotes his time and energy into speaking about building bridges through common ideals and respect for each other’s differences. I had so much sympathy for him, because he was trying to reconcile his joyous, beautiful experience with the words in an ill-chosen book.

    While my mother was always very egalitarian and inclusive in the life lessons she taught me, the majority of my family has been another story. All my life, I grew up around people on both sides of my family who said hateful, bigoted things; sometimes they were entirely unfunny jokes, but sadly, most of the time, it was vicious and shocking. I have wanted the ground to open up and swallow various family members a thousand times. When you have a deep seated relationship with someone, you sometimes excuse things they say and do because you love them. I think Obama and his family have had a longterm relationship with a man who turned Obama’s life around, evidently for the better. This man also has a thoroughly shitty outlook on our country, and a vengeful nasty streak, but just like all of us, he’s been an asshole at some point and time.

    I think everyone gets pissed off at heavy-handed generalizations. I think each of us probably has a relationship with someone we care about, but deeply and profoundly disagree on a passionate issue. Obama is having to deal with his troubled relationship in a very public forum. I’m really impressed that Obama can convey his conflict with the guy without rejecting him completely. That’s a very human and vulnerable response. I don’t know if it will cost him votes or not, but at least it didn’t cost him his integrity.

  6. Matthew, I get what you are saying and I don’t necessarily disagree with you. Obviously, if you have embeeded emotional relationships with people, you cut them more slack. I’m just not sure, due to the severity of the preacher’s hateful bitterness (some of which I intellectually understand but all of which I him for espousing in the arena he did), if the public in general is wanting to reconcile that Obama had to know this guy was goofy and didn’t leave his company sooner.

    And on a tangential note, it’s funny what you say about the church we were married at. I spoke up about various very unbiblical things going on there at the quasi-cult church (Google ‘ICC’ if you’re curious and have some fun seeing what I was dumb enough to get wrapped up in) and got excommunicated (and I wasn’t nasty about it at all). I’ve moved on, and helped people come to terms with what was really going on there and helped them leave, but man, that was an experience, and one of many factors that lead me to atheism.

  7. Albatross says:

    Woop, not exactly the link of which I was thinking.

  8. Albatross says:

    You know one of very many examples that obviously drives me to personal frenzy (I work in community media) is that all week the local SPORTS RADIO channel, WEEI, 105.5 around my parts, has done nothing but slam Obama for being a racist ass.

  9. Albatross says:

    To rant on….was the Wall Street Journal the only major player news agency to run the full text?