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Obama’s Joshua generation

I’ve read Obama’s Selma speech, which has its moments of strength. It is in the first instance very Old Testament, with lots of references to the civil rights generation Moseses, to which Obama and his contemporaries play Joshua. (I note in passing that Generation Joshua is a label already appropriated by someone else.)

While a good chunk of the spech consists in a litany of conventional big government progams, Obama, to his credit (yes, you read that), takes a page from Bill Cosby:

Government alone can’t solve all those problems, but government can help. It’s the responsibility of the Joshua generation to make sure that we have a government that is as responsive as the need that exists all across America. That brings me to one other point, about the Joshua generation, and that is this -- that it’s not enough just to ask what the government can do for us-- it’s important for us to ask what we can do for ourselves.

One of the signature aspects of the civil rights movement was the degree of discipline and fortitude that was instilled in all the people who participated. Imagine young people, 16, 17, 20, 21, backs straight, eyes clear, suit and tie, sitting down at a lunch counter knowing somebody is going to spill milk on you but you have the discipline to understand that you are not going to retaliate because in showing the world how disciplined we were as a people, we were able to win over the conscience of the nation. I can’t say for certain that we have instilled that same sense of moral clarity and purpose in this generation. Bishop, sometimes I feel like we’ve lost it a little bit.


[E]ven as I fight on behalf of more education funding, more equity, I have to also say that , if parents don’t turn off the television set when the child comes home from school and make sure they sit down and do their homework and go talk to the teachers and find out how they’re doing, and if we don’t start instilling a sense in our young children that there is nothing to be ashamed about in educational achievement, I don’t know who taught them that reading and writing and conjugating your verbs was something white.

We’ve got to get over that mentality. That is part of what the Moses generation teaches us, not saying to ourselves we can’t do something, but telling ourselves that we can achieve.


We have too many children in poverty in this country and everybody should be ashamed, but don’t tell me it doesn’t have a little to do with the fact that we got too many daddies not acting like daddies. Don’t think that fatherhood ends at conception. I know something about that because my father wasn’t around when I was young and I struggled.


Don’t tell me that we can’t do better by our children, that we can’t take more responsibility for making sure we’re instilling in them the values and the ideals that the Moses generation taught us about sacrifice and dignity and honesty and hard work and discipline and self-sacrifice. That comes from us. We’ve got to transmit that to the next generation and I guess the point that I’m making is that the civil rights movement wasn’t just a fight against the oppressor; it was also a fight against the oppressor in each of us.

Sometimes it’s easy to just point at somebody else and say it’s their fault, but oppression has a way of creeping into it. Reverend, it has a way of stunting yourself. You start telling yourself, Bishop, I can’t do something. I can’t read. I can’t go to college. I can’t start a business. I can’t run for Congress. I can’t run for the presidency. People start telling you-- you can’t do something, after a while, you start believing it and part of what the civil rights movement was about was recognizing that we have to transform ourselves in order to transform the world. Mahatma Gandhi, great hero of Dr. King and the person who helped create the nonviolent movement around the world; he once said that you can’t change the world if you haven’t changed.

I’ve seen glimpses of this before in Obama. He should be applauded for saying it, even by conservatives, indeed, especially by conservatives. I wonder whether and how the cultural Left in the Democratic Party will respond to it.

Discussions - 2 Comments

What you’re wondering about is precisely the question. Or is this Obama’s Sister Soulja moment?

Should Hussein Obama be applauded if his intention in making the speech is to deceive? Clinton never made good on that "Sister Souljah moment." Nor did he ever intend to. It’s whole purpose was political cover. It was a false flag operation from the start.

If Hussein Obama doesn’t BELIVE what he’s saying, {and there’s little evidence of that for there is NO TRACK RECORD of similar comments, NOR is there a track record of those beliefs being articulated into legislation}, if he isn’t sincere in his utterances, if it’s all a political gimmick designed to procure moderate support, if that’s all it is, then why should he be applauded?

Since when does Christendom applaud men for making false and deceptive utterances?

He’s being slick, nothing more, nothing less.

If he was substantive, if he was real deal, if we had seen and heard stuff like this way back in Illinois, THEN WE WOULD HAVE HEARD ABOUT HIM, long before he was plucked from well-deserved obscurity, and lofted to the Senate.

We need to stop judging men for the comments they make during a campaign, and assess them for the stresses they bore, and the policies they favoured BEFORE the campaign.

After GW’s administration, we know without a doubt, the office is about strength, steel and character. That’s what it’s all about. Ask Lincoln, or Washington. Query Reagan, when he was hanging on for all he was worth during the first 3 years of his economic reforms.

Hussein Obama couldn’t even handle Maureen Dowd ribbing him about his ears............. What would he do, how would he handle it when his form is burned in effigy throughout islam? What would be his response when whacked out, anti-American Europeans deride him as a killer for nothing more than ordinary commerce?

I have more confidence that Hillary could kill our enemies than any I have in Hussein Obama. Hillary has a vicious streak. So far, the only people she’s been irritated by are her domestic political opponents. If the arabs being to tick her off, ..... she just might be the type to unleash.

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