Well we have all heard it.The Reverend Jeremiah Wright "God Damned" the US of A. He called it the US of KKK. Wow! he even said the attacks on 911 were the result of failed US foreign policy. Imagine that!
Let me tell you something. NOTHING Jeremiah Wright said terrorized or shocked me. In fact many of he things he said I have also said, though not from the pulpit and not in front of a camera. You see I agree with Thomas Jefferson in his second inaugeral address that " a government that can not stand up under criticism deserves to fall"
But what occurred in the media feeding frenzy after his comments went public, DID frighten me. You see, I was under the impression that the Reverend's speech was protected under the First Amendment Freedom
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Has Wright broken any laws?
Has he incited his congregation to riot and mayhem?
Is it illegal for him to speak these things or, god forbid, think them?
Doesn't anyone read James Madison anymore?
-Annals of Congress 1789
BTW The Constitution bestows no special privileges to the press to deny others of their freedom of speech. Freedom of speech guaranteed to the press is the same freedom of speech guaranteed to the individual.
If the media does not understand the laws pertaining to freedom of speech of the individual, how can we trust them to understand the laws pertaining to freedom of the press? Is this why the press has been so woefully negligent in their responsibility to tell us truth even if it is inconvenient to our present leaders? Have they allowed so much censorship to their own stories that they now take it upon themselves to censor others?
And what about Barack Obama listening to Reverend Wright? Is the media suggesting that Barack Obama has no right of free association?Are they saying he was there to plot the overthrow of the government? Is the news media implying that Wright was inciting his congregation to break the law? Are they implying that Obama came to that meeting to conspire to commit a crime?
Or was Barack Obama in that church as a part of a peaceful and lawful gathering of citizens?Was he there because he liked that church and those people who went there? Is his right to peacefully congregate and speak freely protected by the US Constitution? Does the press know this?
There is also no evidence that Barack Obama agreed with everything Jeremiah Wright said! The media is saying that simply because Wright said something inflammatory and Obama might have been there, Obama is guilty by association of something though I am not sure what. That is as repugnant to me as the HUAC hearings and the Salem witch hunts.
To be honest with you, except for the lack of sheets I would say the mostly white news media is lynching that uppity boy.
Is Barak Obama the new Emmet Till? Till was a Chicago teen murdered by Mississippi vigilanties for speaking to a white woman. By strange coincidence Till went to stay and his uncle Moses Wright's house.