Barack Obama may not be a racist, but he definitely got his socialist worldview from someone somewhere, and crazy uncle Jeremiah Wright is the most likely candidate by a long shot. Second-tier commentators like Michelle Malkin and Ken Blackwell have hit the rusty red nail on its head, but what about the big mouths, like Hannity, Limbaugh, and O'Reilly? Why don't they harp on it day and night? Why doesn't Sean Hannity make it the incessant theme of a "Stop Obama Express"?
The Irreverend Mr. Wright preaches nothing more than a racially charged version of South American Liberation Theology. A heretical offshoot of Roman Catholicism that became the Sandinista hue and cry in 1970s Nicaragua, it is a syncretistic attempt to portray Jesus as the logical predecessor to Karl Marx. Wright merely adds cornbread to the chili sauce. (He's a North American Hugo Chavez, ergo, a shoo-in as Danny Glover's next pastor.)
Socialism has been called (quite accurately) the politics of guilt and pity, because of the way it hammers at the rich and seduces the poor, so its appeal to the American Left is obvious. They may have traded the irreparably ruined term "liberal" for the hilariously ironic "progressive," but today's Democrat Party, which wants to be like Western Europe when it grows up, is becoming more overtly socialist every day. That's why Jim Wallis is their chaplain, and also why so many of them wanted Hillary Clinton to be America's mommy-in-chief…until Barack came along.
Senator Obama made a huge splash as a freshman when he spoke at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. In fact, from that day forward I believed (and warned my friends) that he would prove a far bigger worry than Mrs. Clinton, although I figured he would wait until 2012 or 2016. A fatherless generation relies on its mother, but craves a father.
That is Obama's appeal. While he has the big mommy heart every true socialist must have, he speaks with fatherly authority. And that makes him viscerally attractive to a generation that is all about feeling versus thinking. (Today's interviewers never
ask guests what they think, but only what they "feel" about the subjects at hand.)
It is a vain hope that John McCain will be able to point any of this out, because Mr. McCain clearly does not examine life and politics on a philosophical basis. His own worldview is grounded in suffering, not philosophy; that explains why it runs so deep, yet is so inconsistent. Of course, calling him inconsistent would be impolite, so the press assigns him the cute label "maverick," which is their way of saying he occasionally dances some big-government step that they like.
Yes, Mr. Obama may be post-racial, but he certainly is not post-socialist. I just wish he had the audacity to come right and out and say it. Like his pastor.