THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 466, May 4, 2008
"LP Abandons Libertarianism"
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise
No, it isn't because the Reverend Wright is a former Marine, and it sure isn't because I think he is such a great speaker. I believe what makes me like the Jeremiah Wright is that he speaks the truth, he helps the homeless, and he feeds the poor. Reverend Wright started his church, Trinity United Church of Christ, in Chicago almost four decades ago, and has devoted his life to that ministry.
If you would take the time to go the church's web page and take a look at the "Ministries" section and then look at Scholarships and Youth Updates, you too will be impressed with what this man has accomplished. Reverend Wright is proud of the fact that his congregation has sent 35 men and women through accredited seminaries to earn a masters of divinity, and right now they have another 40 currently enrolled.
The church has built two senior citizen housing complexes and runs two child care programs for the poor. The church also feeds 5,000 homeless families every year.
Everything about Reverend Wright's life's work is a testament to the goodness of this man, but the American media has searched high and low looking for a few minutes of sound bites to pummel this man as a means of getting at Barrack Obama, a member of Reverend Wright's congregation, who is running for president.
Now they have driven a wedge between the two men, and while Jeremiah Wright is out telling the nation what he believes, Barrack Obama is looking for any way he can distance himself from the minister the one who 26 years ago brought Obama to Christ, has been his pastor and by his own admission been his confidant, married him and his wife, and baptized his children.
Do I believe everything Reverend Wright believes? No, I don't. However, maybe if I had been born black and was raised hearing about our government's Syphilis Experiments on black men at the Tuskegee Institute, I just might believe what Pastor Wright believes..
This week I did something I bet few of the political pundits and news reporters have done I listened to Reverend Wright give his speech to the NAAACP in Detroit, and I listened to part of his speech and read the transcript from his talk at the National Press Club. I have to say, the man impresses me. He impresses me a lot more that Barrack Obama ever has.
Jeremiah Wright speaks with a clarity that lets you know where he stands, but, as he admits, he is not running for office. So unlike Obama, he doesn't have to say what people want to hear. Almost every news outlet has tried to paint Reverend Wright as anti-American, but read the following quote from his Press Club Speech and see what you think:
Here is another quick quote that says it all:
Here is a short summery of Wright's military service and his education from Wikipedia:
Try looking up what our President, Vice-president, most of the Bush Administration, and what most of Congress has done for this country in the way of service, and you will quickly see that Reverend Wright has given more time and service than most in Washington. If that isn't enough, here are some personal honors Reverend Wright received:
Yes, some black ministers get all riled up in the delevery of their message, and to white Americans, this can sound as Wright says it, "Bombastic." Any way you call it, it is different than going to your white Sunday service, so those sound bites can shock most of America. Like I said, I listened to Reverend Wright this past week, and the man sounds like a fine man to me. I am white, so I don't look at the world the way a black man or a black minister does, but I believe Jeremiah Wright is getting a bad rap from the press and much of America.
Long story short: Jeremiah Wright has given his life to the Lord and has led his church and served mankind for almost forty years. A member of Reverend Wright's congregation, Barrak Obama, decided to run for president. Those who want to stop Obama from making it to the top of the ticket have cherry-picked out a few provocative remarks made by Reverend Wright from his almost 2,000 sermons, as a way to tarnish Barrack Obama. Reverend Wright has been put in the spotlight by an arrogant and narrow minded hoard of news decision makers. He didn't seek it out. He was put in it. and because he won't back down like a coward, but chooses to stand his ground for what he truly believes in, the media wants to crucify him.
I have to say again, I like the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.