Re: Barack vs. Jeremiah
Thank you Glenn, your discussion was fascinating.
I think you're right, they prayed together before he started and, I think that Obama must have reneged on what they said.
I am the same age as Obama and by a strange twist of fate have a very similar life story to his. We survived real hardship because of my "typical" white mother's courage and abnegation. She didn't, she died at 39 (another reason why I disagree with his healthcare plan, sometimes you are too poor to pay even peanuts, healthcare should be universal, because we're all human beings). I was profoundly offended when he threw his "typical" white grandmother under the bus. I was also profoundly disgusted when he said his pastor was cockadoodle because he was "old". Obama should have stood up and said my gran right or wrong, my pastor right or wrong, and anyone who disrespects them should come to me first. I felt what he said was ageist and racist.
Obama is a good guy (I think, it's hard to tell, he never stands up for what he believes) but he needed to get himself together for all this. He's a rookie. I think his life paradoxically has also been too easy. He doesn't have a resumé he can point to and say "this is what I stand for".
I think the first black pres will be a Rebublican, because they don't have to wade through all these problems.
I don't agree with you at all on militant Islam, it is as unpleasant as is said. They really do hate us for what we are, prosperous and above all free, not what what we do. It is especially unpleasant to women.