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March 24, 2008
Obamanation (Interlude)...
Filed in: Current Affairs, It feels so wrong so it's gotta be Wright, Politics

In these next few months there will be troubled waters.

There are many, many things to say. Some are very difficult to say. Perhaps it is a good time to have a national conversation.

Interest across all media regarding Barack Obama's relationship with Jeremiah Wright seems to continue unabated. Some number of media pundits are now of the view that it's over though there may be some typical blips - though it appears that, perhaps because of Obama's allowance by not repudiating Wright, a number of defenses of Wright are occurring . But, as I've been positing, it is comprehending Barack Obama's underlying theological point of view that should eventually become the focus - for the purpose of understanding just what is going on during this particular American season.

[Having just completed reading Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left (which, by the way, I think is the most important political book that I've ever read - and, please understand, by saying that, I'm not saying that I agree with everything dear Jonah says, but I am offering my opinion that it is the most important political book of our age...), I am realizing just how many political views of the American polity are not necessarily guided by critical thinking and in many cases, perhaps, those points of view have been unwittingly shaped by revisionist history and appealing calls that mask intention. I know that I've had to recalibrate many areas of my own views in light of Jonah's book.]

In the culmination of Obama's speech last week, he suggests we have two alternatives: one (which he eschews) is that we can have a politics of division that continues the discussion that we have had in the last couple of weeks preceding his speech (including the implications of the meaning of the messages of Jeremiah Wright), or two, we can reject that and:

This time we want to talk about the crumbling schools...This time we want to talk about how the lines in the Emergency Room...This time we want to talk about the shuttered mills...This time we want to talk to bring them home from a war that never should've been authorized...

He states this because Obama's constituency is the oppressed. His ministry is to the oppressed (which for him also includes those in military service - he projects that they are oppressed by having to participate in an unjust war). With whatever platitudes he offers about having some national conversation about race, what he says that is ultimately important is that our country is made up of the oppressed and the oppressors and what we need to talk about is the oppressed (and certainly with a sprinkling of the primacy of black experience).

People of all political positions have commented on whether Obama played the race card or commended himself well but it doesn't seem that anyone has pointed out that, after some forty years of our Great Society experiment, his call to action about what America's should be focused on is more fully realizing that experiment - and more can really only mean that we further expand entitlements somewhere above the something more than twenty percent of GNP that it is now. (Doesn't it occur to anyone that, should we contemplate Kenya, the Sudan, and Darfur (along with many other places in the world), whether we should ask "Is anyone in America really oppressed?")

Isn't it time, and really past time, to have a conversation about how the Great Society experiment has utterly failed? Isn't it time to cease the crushing weight of that part of the entitlement system that creates fatherless children and broken lives? Isn't it time to talk about the value of personal responsibility and how energy-sapping is the soul of victimhood?

It is the ultimate irony perhaps to suggest to Mr. Obama that there is perhaps a Third Way.

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I'm confused. So "Emcee" is Jeff Goldstein -- is this right? And he no longer posts at Protein Wisdom, but rather at this site and at "Protein Wisdom Pub" ... which is what, exactly?

How the heck did I miss all this? And when did it happen? And why???

Posted by: RDWa at Mar 24, 2008 6:24:47 AM


Jeff's an old friend (I don't mean he's old, I mean I've known him for a long time - long in internet years anyway). He is gracious enough to allow me to post on his Pub site, which is like the small ball team at Protein Wisdom.

Posted by: MC at Mar 24, 2008 11:23:45 AM

So this is NOT Jeff Goldstein? OK, then, because the identifier over on the left is quite confusing.

Emcee - "Don't encourage him!" Jeff Goldstein

Additionally, Jonah Goldberg identified you today as "Protein Wisdom," which probably skewed my perspective coming in.

Posted by: RDWa at Mar 24, 2008 5:36:20 PM

Nope not JG. Once, in a Protein Wisdom post I was waxing on about something and Jeff suggested that I not be encouraged any further - or else it was something in these posts. I'm not sure I can remember anymore...

Anyway, cheers. Thanks for stopping by. And please visit Protein Wisdom and encourage Jeff to post. He's holding out on us...

Posted by: MC at Mar 24, 2008 8:53:53 PM

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