Published By The Black Commentator
April 3, 2008
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
In her quest for the Democratic nomination for president, Senator Hillary Clinton was more than willing to use the race card to attack Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s pastor and mentor, for “controversial” statements he made about this country’s racist history and violent policies. “He would not have been my pastor,”
And behind the scenes, she has attempted to convince the influential superdelegates in her party that Obama is unelectable because of Dr. Wright.
Mother Jones, The Nation and The Huffington Post have reported on
At home, The Family is best known for its seemingly innocuous National Prayer Breakfast. Internationally, it has displayed a fascist leaning and a fascination with Hitler. It has reached out to Nazis, and has supported some of the world’s most brutal and criminal right-wing dictatorial regimes, including General Suharto in
The Family believes that God gives the elite the power to rule, a philosophy which sounds far from democratic.
So, as Clinton and others rake Rev. Wright over the coals and brand him as hateful, unpatriotic and un-American, Clinton aligns herself with the most theocratic and antidemocratic forces in the United States.
Her ties to The Family also help to explain, in part, her willingness to provide the Republican Party with their best material in attacking Obama. Praising John McCain’s for his experience, while denigrating Obama as inexperienced, unelectable and not up to the job of president (in other words, Black),
(It should be noted, as an aside, that
Meanwhile, when Wright said God Damn America for slavery, for inferior schools and substandard housing, for mass incarceration and for murderous policies, he spoke in the finest tradition of American patriotism. True patriots do not wave the flag and wear a red, white and blue lapel pin and believe their job is done. Rather, the measure of a true patriot is to criticize
But the God which Clinton and The Family appear to recognize - one which anoints and ordains entrenched power for power’s sake, blesses military death squads and endorses corrupt and oppressive regimes - is a completely different matter.