“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Talking about God, Character and Judgement

Back in April of this year Barack Obama was "outed" for saying "And it's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

In comment after comment he raises questions in the minds of many regarding his stated commitment to the Christian faith. I have no idea what is in his heart or whether he is a Christian as he claims, or a closet Muslim as some contend.

Recently the question of "using" the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's nasty version of religion has again come up. I for one think it's valid to bring up the subject. Obama chose to go to that church for twenty years. Whether he did it for political reasons as some assert or whether he simply liked what he heard Sunday after Sunday matters not to me. Either way he made a bad choice and it speaks to his judgement.

Add up all the questionable characters he's chosen to pal around with and I have huge doubts about his judgement and his foundation. How do you judge the people you meet? Often it's based on who they choose for friends along with many other factors.

You won't let your children hang out with kids who act out, who get into trouble, who have certain tendencies or problems. Life is all about choices and judgements. If Obama was blind to Rev. Wright's nature after hanging out with him, being mentored by him for that length of time, how easy will it be for the wrong element to pull the wool over his eyes?

It says a lot about a person's character if they're willing to overlook the elephant in the room along with the person who owns the elephant. Barack Obama has a herd of elephants hanging out in his room and half the nation is willing to ignore them. I suppose using an elephant in the room analogy isn't the best given what it symbolizes politically! Pretend it's a room full of donkeys. Hard to ignore either animal yet there are a lot of people who are doing just that, and doing it happily.

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