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Commentary :: DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics
Obama Gives Nader Voters Excuse to Vote for Nader
02 May 2008
Obama Has Apparently Forgotten that He Needs the 3 - 5 Percent Core Left Vote to Win in November
Many Nader supporters fear next November. They want to vote for him but don't want to see another Republican. However with Hillary and her husband having reversed more of the New Deal than Bush, choosing Ralph over Hillary isn't hard for many. Choosing Ralph over Obama is a bit harder. He hasn't been around long enough to make as enemies as Hillary has.

Given last two elections, Obama should know that without the Nader 3 to 5 percent of the vote, he could lose the election. With his remarks on Jeremiah Wright Tuesday, Obama could have thrown away the election.


Follow what the Reverend said:

"The prophetic theology of the black church is not only a theology of liberation; it is also a theology of transformation, which is also rooted in Isaiah 61, the text from which Jesus preached in his inaugural message as recorded by Luke. When you read the entire passage from either Isaiah 61 or Luke 4, and do not try to understand the passage or the content of the passage in the context of a sound bite, what you see is God's desire for a radical change in a social order that has gone sour.

. . .

"Our congregation, as you heard in the introduction, took a stand against apartheid when the government of our country was supporting the racist regime of the Afrikaner government in South Africa. (Applause.) Our congregation stood in solidarity with the peasants in El Salvador and Nicaragua while our government, through Ollie North and the Iran-Contra scandal was supporting the contras who were killing the peasant and the Miskito Indian in those two countries.

. . .

"The prophetic theology of the black church is a theology of liberation. It is a theology of transformation.

"And it is ultimately a theology of reconciliation. The Apostle Paul said, "Be ye reconciled one to another, even as God was in Christ reconciling the world to God's self."

"God does not desire for us, as children of God, to be at war with each other, to see each other as superior or inferior, to hate each other, abuse each other, misuse each other, define each other or put each other down.

. . .

The Roman oppression is the period in which Jesus was born. And comparing imperialism that was going on in Luke, imperialism was going on when Caesar Augustus sent out a decree that the whole world should be taxed -- they were in charge of the world; sounds like some other governments I know -- that yes, I can compare that. We have troops stationed all over the world, just like Rome had troops stationed all over the world, because we run the world. That notion of imperialism is not the message of the Gospel of the Prince of Peace nor God, who loves the world.

. . .

Well, let me try to respond in a non-bombastic way. (Applause.) If you heard the whole sermon, first of all, you heard that I was quoting the ambassador from Iraq. That's number one. But number two, to quote the Bible, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked, for whatsoever you sew that you also shall" --

AUDIENCE MEMBERS: "Reap."

REV. WRIGHT: Jesus said, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." You cannot do terrorism on other people and expect it never to come back on you. Those are biblical principles, not Jeremiah Wright bombastic divisive principles.

(Applause.)


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-wrighttranscript-0428


Wright is stating core Christian principles, Catholic and Protestant. If asked, Hillel would have said these particular principles are Jewish, and would have reminded everyone that Isaiah came before Luke and the Jews opposed Roman oppression while the Christians collaborated with it. Nader has long drawn from people who believe in these principles.

In response, Obama said:

Yesterday, we saw a very different vision of America. I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened over the spectacle that we saw yesterday.

. . . The person I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago. His comments were not only divisive and destructive, but I believe that they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate and I believe that they do not portray accurately the perspective of the black church.

They certainly don't portray accurately my values and beliefs.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/04/30/america/29textobama.php

Obama doesn't believe in Luke 4 and Isaiah 61? He doesn't know that we killed peasants and Indians in El Salvador and Nicaragua? God doesn't mind all his children fighting each other? Obama believes American imperialism is the message of the gospel of the "Prince of Peace?" He disputes the verse about sowing and reaping?

That is what he said Tuesday. If he thinks that, he is not getting my vote. By not distinguishing parts of what Wright said, Obama has managed to raise doubts about his own ethical core beliefs. If he can't accept these principles, what does he accept?

Does the shallowness he has shown on core ethics here arise from a larger shallowness underlying his lack of substance in ariculating economic and political campaign issues?

Obama has given Nader voters an excuse to vote for Nader.

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