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Monday, June 02, 2008

Why Obama Joined Trinity United And Stayed For Two Decades

After the Obamas declared they were leaving Trinity one has to ask why they were there to begin with. Could it be that they really believed in what they were hearing from the pulpit or was it more politically motivated from the beginning? It appears to be both as more and more starts to come out about Obama's past work as a community organizer with the radical communist Saul Alinsky and his own words about being collective rather than individualistic in the pursuit of social justice. He seeks to unite the anger and energy of black churches like Wright's, Pfleger's and Meeks' with the secular community organizing of the communist movement to attain real change in the economics of America to a more marxist brand; from each according to ability to each according to need, to form a real political grassroots base to the left of even the Chicago Democrat Machine. He did this through his work for progressive groups like the Woods Fund, money, The Annenburg Challenge, education indoctrination with Bill Ayers and ACORN, get out the vote.
Stanley Kurtz has unraveled some of this tightly woven knot in a must read essay for National Review that digs deep and looks at some of Obama's older interviews and writings. There is much to quote in this essay so read the whole thing for a better understanding of Obama's far left views and how he was working to use Trinity and its Marx based Black Liberation Theology to advance his own political advancement.

Having now left Trinity United Church of Christ, can Barack Obama escape responsibility for his decades-long ties to Michael Pfleger and Jeremiah Wright? No, he cannot. Obama’s connections to the radical-left politics espoused by Pfleger and Wright are broad and deep. The real reason Obama bound himself to Wright and Pfleger in the first place is that he largely approved of their political-theological outlooks.
Obama shared Wright’s rejection of black “assimilation.” Obama also shared Wright’s suspicion of the traditional American ethos of individual self-improvement and the pursuit of “middle-classness.” In common with Wright, Obama had deep misgivings about America’s criminal justice system. And with the exception of their direct attacks on whites, Obama largely approved of his preacher-friends’ fiery rhetoric. Obama’s goal was not to repudiate religious radicalism but to channel its fervor into an effective and permanent activist organization. How do we know all this? We know it because Obama himself has told us.

So Obama’s political interest in Trinity went far beyond merely gaining a respectable public Christian identity. On his own account, Obama hoped to use the untapped power of the black church to supercharge hard-left politics in Chicago, creating a personal and institutional political base that would be free to part with conventional Democratic politics. By his own testimony, Obama would seem to have allied himself with Wright and Pfleger, not in spite of, but precisely because of their radical left-wing politics. It follows that Obama’s ties to Trinity reflect on far more than his judgment and character (although they certainly implicate that). Contrary to common wisdom, then, Obama’s religious history has everything to do with his political values and policy positions, since it confirms his affinity for leftist radicalism.

Obama is a uniter in that he wants us all to unite in a communist collective as he is fond of saying:"We are all in this together". He just fails to realize that communist socialism is a failed and discredited policy that history teaches leaves nothing but misery in its wake not the utopia of progressive liberals dreams. Obama may be a great charismatic orator but so were Hitler, Lenin and Mao and we all know how well that worked out.


Kim said...

I believe Mr. Obama is like-minded with the teachings at Trinity Unity Church. I believe this because of his words and actions. His weak and scripted apologies, to the American people re Wright and then to Hillary Clinton re Pfleger, as well as the timing to distance himself from these individuals, and now the Church. Only when it has threatened his political position has he acted ; and acted in calculating ways. I am left to conclude that his actions and statements reflect an individual that really doesn’t understand that this is so horribly wrong.

Gayle said...

Excellent analysis, Goat. I don't believe being an great charismatic orator is qualifications enough to be the President of the United States, or anything else, for that matter.

Off topic, but I found a video of Pfleger threatening to snuff out the gun shop owner and had to post it. Don't have the time to be doing that during the week, but did it anyway. Thanks for letting me know about it. I left a link back to you, as you alerted me to it.

suek said...

Lots more on Obama on this site.


>>I am left to conclude that his actions and statements reflect an individual that really doesn’t understand that this is so horribly wrong.>>

Disagree - otherwise he wouldn't be working so hard to cover up his actual political beliefs...

Amy Proctor said...

Obama stayed as long as he did because he agrees on some level with the rhetoric. It's that simple. He even said in his speech explaining why he left that the primary reason was to not further hurt his campaign.