The White Lily Blog

If You’ve Got Faith, Barack’s Got the Cure

This was the week that Barack Obama said typical-white-persons respond to layoffs and hardships four ways. Or maybe it was typical-small-town-Pennsylvania-people, but if you’ve been there, you already know it’s pretty much the same thing.


His exact words were, “And it’s not surprising then 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.”

So Obama made those four responses equal and parallel, and the only sensible meaning a listener can get from it is that racism, guns, religion, anti-immigrant sentiment, and anti-trade sentiment, are parallels.  All are unfortunate responses to difficult circumstances, although  they are understandable to a compassionate, cool guy like Barack.

Logically, then, when the reason for these four responses disappears — Barack said the reason was neglect for the area from Bush and Republicans — these ‘unfortunate behavior’s will all go way.  And Barack’s running on that ticket.  That’s the ‘change’ he’s plumping for, and thank God we finally got something concrete.

So our faith is equal to racism. Our prayers are as childish as buying a pistol for protection.

Of course he tried to take it back, but it rings pure Obama.  Barack believes what he said. He just got mixed up in his audiences.  This is what he taught to college students for years. And they have to like it. And he forgot and said it to us.

In Barack’s world there appears to be no room for dialogue, either, with dumb legal gun owners, stupid religious people, idiots who might point out problems with our “free trade” legislation as it stands, or those anal retentives who are concerned with our porous borders.  Because there is no room for dialogue with racists, and he put them all in the same leaky boat.  That’s not Barack’s view, either, that’s pure America.  We’ve long taken that as a truism. Anyone who argues for discrimination solely on skin color is a nut job.  We have learned to pity them rather than harsher actions. We certainly don’t dialogue with them.

That’s the politically correct position.  For the very good reason that pity is a remarkably painful and effective weapon.  It is used most often by those who like to manipulate environments to get virtue, rather than teach human beings in fair and open discussion and then allow them freedom of choice.  If challenged, it’s just pity, don’t be mean.

Gun owners, people with trade issues, and ordinary Americans (including Spanish-speaking Americans) with a legitimate beef with illegal immigration, will admirably defend themselves against Obama’s remarks in the time remaining before the election.  Barack will live to rue his snotty universityman dismissal of their concerns.

But who will deconstruct his equation of religion with racism? Who will manage to see through all the media smoke to realize that Barack Obama actually said that faith is just another coping mechanism that the Democratic platform can cure? So far nobody has seemed to parse the offending sentence, let alone talk back.

Let’s give it a shot.

In the venerable Baltimore Catechism, we read the teachings that form the heart of Christianity for Catholics and Protestants alike: Why did God make us?   God made us to show forth His goodness and to share with us His everlasting happiness in heaven. What must we do to gain the happiness of heaven?  To gain the happiness of heaven we must know, love, and serve God in this world. 

See, what Barack doesn’t get, religion is about God. It’s not about Marxism’s Man.

Getting a little dressed up and going to church on Sunday morning isn’t about not feeling so alone in this world, let alone a way to get votes, which seems to be the point for Barack, when he goes to church.

And worship isn’t a New Age exercise in auto-suggestion to soothe our wounded existential hearts.

It’s paying a debt we owe to a God who created us, and a whole beautiful world for us, so we could show up and love Him. We do it in good times and bad. Sometimes it makes us feel better. Sometimes it makes us feel like shit. It doesn’t matter how it makes us feel. We owe it. This is the Faith.

Catholics believe that the mass the priest offers with their assistance is Calvary again, today. We believe that Christ offers Himself again to atone for our sins before God, every single mass every single day. It’s not something you’d just love to let go like a bad habit should a Democrat wind up president and open a plant or two in western Pennsylvania.

Evidently Barack missed more of his reverend’s sermons than a few God Damn Americas. Either he missed it, or Black Liberation theology has abandoned the Christian teaching:  worship is what God wants. God wants us to know, love, and serve Him. It’s a damn poor Christian that doesn’t know that.

Obama will not be able to explain this away. His explanation just made it worse, revealing that he somehow thinks we’ll forgive the remarks if we just see them as an expression of his sympathy for us — us poor typical-human-beings– forced by the economy into such unnatural perversions as racism– and religion.

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