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By James Lewis
Posted April 28, 2008
If you haven't listened to Jeremiah Wright's hate sermons at Hugh
Hewitt's website, you must do so. Every American with open eyes and ears
has to listen to the voice of racial hatred, coming not from the Klan but
from a clergyman of the Christian Left. Reading his words isn't
enough, because you won't hear the unmistakable meaning of his vocal
intonations. If you are a person of good will you will feel upset. But it's of
the utmost importance to understand this moment of truth.
Because Jeremiah Wright -- the respectful word "Reverend" seems
grotesquely out of place now -- is shouting out the slander catechism of the
Left. His sermons say exactly what other Leftists say in calm voices,
over and over again. Mr. Wright just does it with real, raw hatred, and
every new slam is cheered on by his jubilant congregation. His is not a
lone voice. He just sings the music to fit the words.
We have been nursing a viper in our national bosom. Seven years after
September 11, 2001, this is the moment of truth, when the Left must
finally decide what side it's on. Wright's sermons may signal the end of
the Obama campaign, and they may mean the breakup of the Democratic Party
as we know it. I don't see how any centrist Democrat can still belong
to this partyif Obama is its nominee. Jeremiah Wright may mean the
historical end of the Civil Rights Era, because fifty years after Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., the Left's presumption of victimhood and innocence
is now gone.
The Rev is only the visible bulge of this lethal political tumor. This
is Saul Alinsky's sociopathic teachings on display, and this is what
Hillary Clinton learned back at Wellesley College. It is the voice of
feminists who hate all men, and of radicalized blacks who hate all
Hate mongers collect injustices. If you and I did that, we could
collect an endless laundry list about all the bad things somebody did to us.
Maybe we have been hurt by men, or by women. Maybe we have been hurt by
rich people, or by the angry poor. Maybe we have been hurt by Jews or
blacks or whites, and we can put all our built-up rage on their heads.
It's been done many times in the human past; that's exactly the
psychology we see at work in Africa, the former Yugoslavia, Sri Lanka, and
various Muslim nations (among others), when explosive massacres take
place. Mob psychology has been manipulated by demagogues throughout history.
This is simply the another version of the Kluxers and Jim Crow lynch
mobs. Today I see that psychology clearly enough on the Left, but
outside of the ranting rooms of verifiable paranoids I don't see it many
other places in this country.
Selectively collected injustices can keep us on the boil for a
lifetime, because we ruminate on and on in all our waking hours about all the
terrible things people have done to us. That is what the Left feeds
itself in an endless stream; it is not a healthy thing to do. But it's what
Jeremiah Wright has done to himself and to his congregation -- and who
knows to how many thousands of other people? -- for almost all of his
adult life. This is the Grand Inquisitor's view of America, the enraged
prosecution case, without even imagining the possibility of innocence.
This is what demagogues and witchhunters have always done, but I had
never thought I'd see it in my lifetime.
Most of us take a more balanced view on our lives; we've had undeserved
good fortune some of the time, and we've suffered undeserved pain at
other times. That's life. If you look at the facts of Jeremiah Wright's
life, he has been a child of good fortune -- excellent schooling well
into graduate school, privilege and money, the support of a community of
believers, vast political clout in Chicago. But hate mongers don't
think that way. They just collect more and more injustices as they go
through life, and load it all onto some enemy. They are constantly reading
the minds of the enemy -- whites and especially Jews, in the case of
Mr. Wright -- and all they see there is malevolence. Evil is what evil
For Jeremiah Wright, the enemy comes with a white skin. He has taken
historical injustices and turned them into a lifelong call for vengeance.
This is the official doctrine of Black Liberation Theology, and it is
freely supported by powerful institutions on the religious Left. BLT's
founder, Dr. Jim Cone, is a professor of systematic theology at the
Union Theological Seminary. It's utterly bizarre but true.
So it's not just Senator Obama who is stuck with Mr. Wright today. We
are all stuck with a rageful Left, which really wants to destroy rather
than to build. They mentally rehearse perceived injustices over and
over again, and they blame this country for all the evil in the world,
including AIDS in the black community. They never look at another side.
Many have no honest conception of other countries, other cultures, or
other points of view. They are not balanced people.
So the entire American body politic has a festering sore on its hands.
This will not go away by itself. It will not be bought off by more
money. It must be repudiated by the sensible Left, if it is still there.
Just as William F. Buckley denounced the anti-Semites on the right, and
sensible Americans rejected segregation and the Klan, just as American
unions expelled Stalinist unions from the AFL-CIO, the time has come for
the decent Left to draw a bright line in the sand, and keep the hate