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THE KEY THING TO KNOW ABOUT BARACK OBAMA

Posted by PrestoPundit on 03/21/2008

is that the man isn’t a liar, he’s a bullshitter in Harry Frankfurt’s sense — he has no regard for the truth one way or the other.  He isn’t intent on deceiving you, he just wants to tell you whatever he needs to to get along and get what he wants.  This has a lot in common with Shelby Steele’s various discussions of Obama as a “bargainer”, a man without an authentic identity, and an “invisible man”

Barack Obama was up to his old bullshitting again last night, in his interview with Larry King.  It is well known that Jeremiah Wright and his Trinity Church are very much not your typical black church.  Jeremiah Wright is a pioneer of “Black Liberation Theology”, he’s a former member of the Nation of Islam, and he’s the one who very controversially introduced many of the themes of Black Nationalist Muslims into the black Christian church.  If fact, every aspect of the Trinity church are centered around the racist themes of “Black Liberation Theology” which many Christians must understand as fundamentally sacrilegious in their racist distortions of the Christian creed.

Jeremiah Wright himself says that his church was very much outside the mainstream of black churches in Chicago, as he explains in this interview:

I am not your typical garden-variety
African-American clergy person, and because I’m not — [Obama] was talking
about organizing the churches in those early days. I said, man, you
don’t know who you’re talking to. They don’t like me. I’m not well
liked in the city of Chicago, so you tell them you’re a member of
Trinity, you’re going to turn off preachers before they ever get to
know you, ’cause they’re going to associate you with me, and just that
association could be a negative in terms of how you are perceived in
their eyes before you open your mouth — “Oh, you go to Jeremiah’s
church.” That kind of negative imaging I said might be harmful to him
in terms of what he was trying to do in building coalitions and getting
other churches to do things, again, for the benefit of the people. That
would never happen just because they’re going to associate your name
with mine.

Contrast the truth about Jeremiah Wright and Trinity Church with this bullshitting by Barack Obama about his church on Larry King:

the church that I have attended for 15 years is a very conventional
Christian church, a African-American church, squarely grounded in the
tradition of the African-American church, that we talk mostly about
Christ and salvation and sin and mercy and justice and hope.

This isn’t intentional deception, this is bullshit.  Obama assumes the audience doesn’t need to be deceived, it’s an ignorant audience with a desire to believe a particular thing, and Obama is more than happy to tell them what they want to believe.  He gets what he wants (at the price of being genuine) and the audience gets what it wants (at the price of being bullshitted), and everyone feels good about themselves.  It’s all bullshit, but it buys everyone what they “bargained” for, as explained by Shelby Steele.

UPDATE:  I call it bullshit, Charles Krauthammer calls it fraud.  Also — Powerline calls “bullshit” on the post-modern “narrative” dodge used by Jeremiah Wright’s racist successor at Barack Omama’s church.

UPDATE:  McClatchy takes a look inside Obama’s “conventional” church:

Jesus is black. Merging Marxism with Christian Gospel may show the
way to a better tomorrow. The white church in America is the Antichrist
because it supported slavery and segregation.  Those are some of the more provocative doctrines that animate the
theology at the core of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago,
Barack Obama’s church ..

Via Instapundit via Gateway Pundit.  Gateway Pundit also has a link to what must be considered the ultimate in Obama bullshit:

(AP) Senator Barack Obama has told members of
his denomination that some conservative Christian leaders have
exploited and politicized religion to sow division.   In a 30-minute speech before the national meeting of the United
Church of Christ .. the Democratic
presidential candidate said, “Faith got hijacked, partly because
of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, all too eager to
exploit what divides us.”

Read the whole thing.

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