It’s been said that a person is known by the company he keeps unless he’s a Democrat. I added the Democrat part. But it’s true.
How many times did Democrats stand behind Robert C. Byrd (1917–2010), the longtime Senator from West Virginia, even though he was a member in good standing in the Ku Klux Klan? At Sen. Byrd’s funeral, former President Bill Clinton said the following in defense of the senator’s past as a KKK Kleagle (an organizer and recruiter):
“He was a country boy from the hills and hollows of West Virginia. He was trying to get elected.”
In attempting to “humanize” the former Klansman, Clinton said that Byrd’s KKK past “makes him more interesting.”
Compare Byrd’s past with the KKK with an alleged one-time hair-cutting incident that Mitt Romney was said to be involved in when he was in high school, and event that took place 50 years ago. The media turned this singular event into a major story.
Clinton went on to say that Byrd spent the rest of his life doing good things, and it was these good things that erased Byrd’s past KKK affiliation. But this only true if you’re a Democrat. For a Republican, no amount of contrition or time can erase a past indiscretion.
Now let’s take a look at the company that Barack Obama kept for 20 years. Dr. Gary North notes that it’s not Barack Obama’s anti-colonialism views that should concern us (that would be a good thing); it’s the fact that he drank deeply from the radical sermonic waters of Jeremiah Wright:
“If a man goes to church every week, and he sits under the same pastor for 20 years, then we can assume that he agrees with the pastor. For me, the fundamental verifiable historical fact of Obama is that he put up with Jeremiah Wright for 20 years. If you subject yourself to somebody’s preaching for a long period of time, you probably think the way he thinks. When he is a screaming preacher, as Wright is, you leave if you do not like what he is preaching. If you don’t like it, then you don’t think much about church, because you’re listening to something you can’t stand, week after week, for 20 years. I don’t think people do that. So, if you are going to try to figure out what Obama is really all about, you probably ought to listen to a few dozen sermons by Jeremiah Wright. His sermons are racist to the core. It is liberation theology from start to finish. It is left-wing to the core.”
It’s no wonder that the press failed to cover the Jeremiah Wright-influence story. It’s the key to who Barack Obama is. Mix Jeremiah Wright with Saul Alinsky, whose disciples trained Obama when he was a community organizer in Chicago in the mid-to-late 1980s, and Bill Ayers, and the result is a volatile mix of political and social radicalism that’s second to none.