America owes a debt of gratitude to Rev. Wright — for being his egotistic, arrogant, extremist self in public now — instead of quietly retiring.
Rookie United States Senator and presidential aspirant Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. should be very thankful to have been brought to Jesus Christ, whether he was brought to Him by Rev. Jeremiah A. "God damn America" Wright, Jr. or anyone else, but he must be resentful that Rev. Wright is torpedoing his campaign as the first serious black presidential hopeful (and by serious I mean having a reasonable chance of becoming the President of the United States).
For more than a year, Obama benefited immensely from favorable media treatment and lack of media scrutiny and he went from long shot to serious presidential hopeful to Democrat frontrunner.
In March 2007 The New York Times reported that Obama had "disinvited" Rev. Wright to his announcement of his campaign for the presidency about a year before excepts from Rev. Wright's "greatest hits" were broadcast in connection with the presidential campaign.
The article reported that Obama had told rev. Wright that he had to "disinvite" because Rev. Wright's sermons could be "rough."
But the media did not follow up and detail what "rough" meant.
Those excepts the showing of which Rev. Wright is now apoplectic about are on a DVD for sale at Rev. Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ.
They either went unnoticed or did rise to the level of what was considered "newsworthy" until Obama became the frontrunner for the 2008 Democrat presidential nomination.
Obama briefly deflected attention from questions about his long-term relationship with Rev. Wright with his Race in America speech, but then that tape of Obama disparaging religion and guns as things to which economically challenged Americans in small towns "cling" because they are "bitter" at a closed door fundraiser in San Francisco became public and Obama was trounced in the Pennsylvania Democrat presidential primary.
Unsurprisingly, Obama won 97% of the votes of black Democrat men and 87% of black Democrat women in that primary, but despite his huge financial expenditures and frontrunner status, Obama only won among atheists. Whether churchgoers went often, occasionally or seldomly, most of them rejected Obama and rallied to Hillary. The more often they went, the less likely they were to vote for Obama.
Now Rev. Wright is out and about, addressing an NAACP meeting in Detroit and the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
If he had been a year earlier, Hillary Rodham Clinton would have won the 2008 Democrat presidential nomination in a route.
As is, Rev. Wright may well have come to the fore in time to save Hillary's campaign.
Rev. Wright is loudly NOT apologizing or atoning.
So realistic Obamaites are grimacing and groaning.
Even Obama condemned Rev. Wright's "controversial" statements and acknowledged that his relationship with Rev. Wright is a legitimate political issue.
But Rev. Wright is saying that Obama had to do that because he's "a politician" and charging that an attack on Rev. Wright is an attack on "the Black church."
That's reminiscent of obstreperous Obamaites ridiculously railing that any attack on Obama is racist.
Does Obama get absolution from Rev. Wright for "attacking the Black church" by criticizing Rev. Wright because Obama's "a politician," or a half-black and half-white "politician," or Rev. Wright's favorite presidential candidate and best known political protege?
In his first race for mayor of Los Angeles against incumbent Sam Yorty, Tom Bradley, who was black, lost, because he did not successfully distance himself from black extremists. (He did NOT repeat that mistake and won the second time.)
Obama will lose his race for President of the United States because voters who thought he was within the political mainstream will realize he isn't, NOT because he's half-white and half-black and male.
Obama's MANNER is ingratiating instead of off-putting, but his style no longer will suffice as a substitute or camouflage for lack of substance.
The more Americans see of Rev. Wright, the less confident they will be that Obama should be entrusted with the Presidency of the United States.
The more Americans see of Rev. Wright, the more they will suspect that Obama stayed silent because he is a political opportunist who needed Rev. Wright.
The more Americans see of Rev. Wright, the more they will realize that Obama is not the unifier who would transcend race for whom they were hoping.
The more Americans see of Rev. Wright, the more they will appreciate that Obama's judgment is the flawed judgment of a radical.
America owes a debt of gratitude to Rev. Wright--for being his egotistic, arrogant, extremist self in public now--instead of quietly retiring.
Michelle Obama, a attorney who graduated from Princeton College and Harvard Law School and declared in her college senior thesis that she put "the Black Community first and foremost," must be torn.
Michelle is surely smart enough to realize that the man who performed her wedding ceremony, baptized her daughters and served as her pastor for so many years is torpedoing the Obama campaign (if not in the race for the Democrat nomination, then in the general election).
Michelle previously publicly admitted that the success of the Obama campaign finally gave her a reason to be proud of America.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.