Jeremiah Wright is not the story

250px-detroitskyline.jpg I already know I’m not the first one to say this, so no need to attack me for claiming to be an original thinker on this particular point, but you do have to wonder why it is in this current presidential campaign that we’re still discussing (non) issues such as Sen. Barack Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright. At this late date. Among other (non) issues. Like Barack’s low bowling score.

I guess I just wanted to add my name to the roster of those who keep trying to bring everyone’s attention back to what this election is supposed to really be about. About what really matters. Why it is that so many major media outlets continue to spend more effort keeping everyone’s focus away from what’s important instead of the other way around is maddening to me, even though it’s been this way now for probably close to two decades if not more. But I still can’t get used to it. Don’t want to get used to it.

And, thankfully, there are still occasionally stories reported out there that attempt to balance the scales. For example, there’s the story that appeared in the New York Times this morning which begins with the unfortunate but hardly unique circumstance being faced by a man from my beloved city of Detroit. The man’s wife took a job in Phoenix, AZ, last fall, and figured her husband would be right behind her just as soon as he sold the house. He had just taken a comfortable early retirement package from General Motors and apparently figured it wouldn’t take that long to unload their Detroit home.

You already know where this is going. The man is still here, his wife is still there, and who knows when they will ever sell their Detroit home. Which means he is still apart from his wife, and she may ultimately have to give up her job in Phoenix and return here. Because one mortgage is enough to sink some families. Two mortgages is guaranteed to sink just about any family.

Meanwhile, on a related note, the discussion continues among the High and Almighty Lords of Judgment about whether the supposed dumb, ignorant homeowners should pay the price for the foreclosure crisis because they just didn’t have the good sense not to know they were buying too much house before they got scammed by crooked lenders. This self-righteous crew insists these foolish citizens are flat out guilty of financially biting off more house than they should have known they could not afford. Consequently they of course should be allowed to drown in a fiery lake of debt and misery while clutching a load of crumbling bricks torn from their once-upon-a-time dream home.

Well, that was the case until the government decided it was OK to bail out stupid, ignorant Bear Stearns, the nation’s fifth-largest investment bank, to the tune of, ohhh…around $30 billion. Now, suddenly, miraculously, the discussion in the Senate seems to be much more accommodating, realizing that, you know what? Maybe these poor homeowners do deserve a break after all. All those things we said before? We misspoke. Oopsie. And the world stumbles on…


~ by Keith A. Owens on April 3, 2008.

4 Responses to “Jeremiah Wright is not the story”

  1. Now that.s the writing that drawed me to the d-spot,the unabash truth,I knew you would break out

  2. Thanks Tootsie. I appreciate that. Been away awhile, so still getting the rust out I guess.

  3. 50 Lies and Counting: Posted on Political – Elections and Campaigns by Latisha

    1.) Selma Got Me Born – LIAR, your parents felt safe enough to have you in 1961 – Selma had no effect on your birth, as Selma was in 1965.

    2.) Father Was A Goat Herder – LIAR, he was a privileged, well educated youth, who went on to work with the Kenyan Government.

    3.) Father Was A Proud Freedom Fighter – LIAR, he was part of one of the most corrupt and violent governments Kenya has ever had

    4.) My Family Has Strong Ties To African Freedom – LIAR, your cousin Raila Odinga has created mass violence in attempting to overturn a legitimate election in 2007, in Kenya. It is the first widespread violence in decades.

    5.) My Grandmother Has Always Been A Christian – LIAR, she does her daily Salat prayers at 5am according to her own interviews. Not to mention, Christianity wouldn’t allow her to have been one of 14 wives to 1 man.

    6.) My Name is African Swahili – LIAR, your name is Arabic and ‘Baraka’ (from which Barack came) means ‘blessed’ in that language. Hussein is also Arabic and so is Obama.

    7.) I Never Practiced Islam – LIAR, you practiced it daily at school, where you were registered as a Muslim and kept that faith for 31 years,until your wife made you change, so you could run for office.

    8.) My School In Indonesia Was Christian – LIAR, you were registered as Muslim there and got in trouble in Koranic Studies for making faces (check your own book).

    9.) I Was Fluent In Indonesian – LIAR, not one teacher says you could speak the language.

    10.) Because I Lived In Indonesia, I Have More Foreign Experience – LIAR, you were there from the ages of 6 to 10, and couldn’t even speak the language. What did you learn, how to study the Koran and watch cartoons.

    11.) I Am Stronger On Foreign Affairs – LIAR, except for Africa (surprise) and the Middle East (bigger surprise), you have never been anywhere else on the planet and thus have NO experience with our closest allies.

    12.) I Blame My Early Drug Use On Ethnic Confusion – LIAR, you were quite content in high school to be Barry Obama, no mention of Kenya and no mention of struggle to identify – your classmates said you were just fine.

    13.)An Ebony Article Moved Me To Run For Office – LIAR, Ebony has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn’t, and never did, exist.

    14.) A Life Magazine Article Changed My Outlook On Life – LIAR, Life has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn’t, and never did, exist.

    15.) I Won’t Run On A National Ticket In ‘08 – LIAR, here you are, despite saying, live on TV, that you would not have enough experience by then, and you are all about having experience first.

    16.) Present Votes Are Common In Illinois – LIAR, they are common for YOU, but not many others have 130 NO VOTES.

    17.) Oops, I Misvoted – LIAR, only when caught by church groups and democrats, did you beg to change your misvote.

    18.) I Was A Professor Of Law – LIAR, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

    19.) I Was A Constitutional Lawyer – LIAR, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

    20.) Without Me, There Would Be No Ethics Bill – LIAR, you didn’t write it,introduce it, change it, or create it.

    21.) The Ethics Bill Was Hard To Pass – LIAR, it took just 14 days from start to finish.

    22.) I Wrote A Tough Nuclear Bill – LIAR, your bill was rejected by your own party for its pandering and lack of all regulation – mainly because of your Nuclear Donor, Exelon, from which David Axelrod came.

    23.) I Have Released My State Records – LIAR, as of March, 2008, state bills you sponsored or voted for have yet to be released, exposing all the special interests pork hidden within.

    24.) I Took On The Asbestos Altgeld Gardens Mess – LIAR, you were part of a large group of people who remedied Altgeld Gardens. You failed to mention anyone else but yourself, in your books.

    25.) My Economics Bill Will Help America – LIAR, your 111 economic policies were just combined into a proposal which lost 99-0, and even YOU voted against your own bill.

    26.) I Have Been A Bold Leader In Illinois – LIAR, even your own supporters claim to have not seen BOLD action on your part.

    27.) I Passed 26 Of My Own Bills In One Year – LIAR, they were not YOUR bills, but rather handed to you, after their creation by a fellow Senator, to assist you in a future bid for higher office.

    28.) No One Contacted Canada About NAFTA – LIAR, the Candian Government issued the names and a memo of the conversation your campaign had with them.

    29.) I Am Tough On Terrorism – LIAR, you missed the Iran Resolution vote on terrorism and your good friend Ali Abunimah supports the destruction of Israel.

    30.) I Am Not Acting As President Yet – LIAR, after the NAFTA Memo, a dead terrorist in the FARC, in Colombia, was found with a letter stating how you and he were working together on getting FARC recognized officially.

    31.) I Didn’t Run Ads In Florida – LIAR, you allowed national ads to run 8-12 times per day for two weeks – and you still lost.

    32.) I Won Michigan – LIAR, no you didn’t.

    33.) I won Nevada – LIAR, no you did not.

    34.) I Want All Votes To Count – LIAR, you said let the delegates decide.

    35.) I Want Americans To Decide – LIAR, you prefer caucuses that limit the vote, confuse the voters, force a public vote, and only operate during small windows of time.

    36.) I passed 900 Bills in the State Senate – LIAR, you passed 26, most of which you didn’t write yourself.

    37.) My Campaign Was Extorted By A Friend – LIAR, that friend is threatening to sue if you do not stop saying this. Obama has stopped saying this.

    38.) I Believe In Fairness, Not Tactics – LIAR, you used tactics to eliminate Alice Palmer from running against you.

    39.) I Don’t Take PAC Money – LIAR, you take loads of it.

    40.) I don’t Have Lobbysists – LIAR, you have over 47 lobbyists, and counting.

    41.) My Campaign Had Nothing To Do With The 1984 Ad – LIAR, your own campaign worker made the ad on his Apple in one afternoon.

    42.) My Campaign Never Took Over MySpace – LIAR, Tom, who started MySpace issued a warning about this advertising to MySpace clients.

    43.) I Inspire People With My Words – LIAR, you inspire people with other people’s words.

    44.) I Have Passed Bills In The U.S. Senate – LIAR, you have passed A BILL in the U.S. Senate – for Africa, which shows YOUR priorities.

    45.) I Have Always Been Against Iraq – LIAR, you weren’t in office to vote against it AND you have voted to fund it every single time, unlike Kucinich, who seems to be out gutting you Obama. You also seem to be stepping back from your departure date – AGAIN.

    46.) I Have Always Supported Universal Health Care – LIAR, your plan leaves us all to pay the 15,000,000 who don’t have to buy it.

    47.) I Only Found Out About My Investment Conflicts Via Mail – LIAR, both companies you site as having sent you letters about this conflict have no record of any such letter ever being created or sent.

    48.) I Am As Patriotic As Anyone – LIAR, you won’t wear a flag pin and you don’t put your hand over your heart during the Anthem.

    49.) My Wife Didn’t Mean What She Said About Pride In Country – LIAR, your wife’s words follow lock-step in the vain of Wright and Farrahkan, in relation to their contempt and hatred of America.

    50.) Wal-Mart Is A Company I Wouldn’t Support – LIAR, your wife has received nearly a quarter of a million dollars through Treehouse, which is connected to Wal-Mart.

    51.) Obama didn’t have good sense to vote no on the war. The war is going on 6 years Obama only a senator for little over 3yrs. Another lie

    52. He gave that speech only cause do damage control of Rev. Wright. when Obama was going to distant himself from the Rev. the church and Wright came out on CNN and saide Obama was doing that for his own personal gain. Than Obama knew he would loose Black votes. so he came out with his flowery sermon to through everyone off the Rev. Wright.

    Obama’s wife Michelle wrote and stated she hated White Honkies. She was proud for the first time to be an American. But both of them being so POOR got through college Michelle went to University of Princeton now making $300, thousand a year. She wasn’t proud than? Give me a break who paid for those degrees? Did you children have the opportunity to go to Princeton? Obama never speaks of his white mother and NEVER HAD ANY ADS with HIS WHITE GRANDPARENTS in the WEST. What a con and Obama is a TRUE Wolf in Sheep’s clothing. He FLIPS FLOPS and has others do his dirty work.
    They are not squeaky clean.

    The man lies and more will come out. He always wants to put things behind him when he gets caught in lies. He waits till other candidates come out with their plans or solutions and rides on those. He plays the race card and always has. Open your eyes and listen.

  4. Obama is not the a leader and having the Rev. Wright as his mentor and polictical advisor. Obama should just go into ministry for he does give a lot of speeches that say nothing important unless his hands are caught in the cookie jar than those speeches are to cover his butt or for damage control. If you all think he is going to change anything in DC you are all wrong. Once the election is said and done the cut throats will be at it again as usual. The politicans know this also. In fact when are they going up for re-election???

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