As Clinton remembers, Graham was “the living embodiment of Southern Baptist authority, the largest religious figure in the South, perhaps in the nation.” What he said carried enormous weight, and the segregationists backed down. “I wanted to hear him preach even more after he took the stand he did,” said Clinton, “and the Reverend Graham delivered a powerful message…. I loved Billy Graham for doing that.”
Hillary had similar experiences in her youth, starting at Park Ridge United Methodist Church. She has never forgotten the moment in April 1962 when her youth minister, Don Jones, took her class to Chicago to hear a rousing speech by a man named Martin Luther King, Jr. at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, where the civil-rights pioneer preached a sermon titled, “Sleeping Through the Revolution.” In his talk, King said that too many Americans were like Rip Van Winkle, snoozing through the historic changes happening all around them.
That night was one that Hillary would never forget, particularly because Jones stunned the teen and her friends by arranging to have them briefly meet King.
As Hillary moved from high school to college, the civil-rights struggle became an enduring cause of her social, political, and spiritual life.
Now, alas, after lives molded by such experiences, the two Clintons are forced to endure humiliating video clips from the pulpit of the man who will likely deny Hillary her dream of the presidency. Such moments did not impel Barack Obama to leave the church at anytime over the past 20 years—only now does he distance himself because of the political fallout. Obama’s responses to this outrageous behavior are obviously not believable, and would be comical—akin to the antics of Rev. Wright and Father Phleger—if so much were not at stake.
And yet, the Clintons watch in horror as their friends on the left sit in silence, letting their pro-Obama biases dictate whether they grant media attention to these obscene outbursts—leaving it to FoxNews, conservative radio, and YouTube to do what CNN, NPR, and the New York Times should be doing, and would be doing 24/7 if Obama were a Republican. (Sean Hannity was covering Rev. Wright literally a full year before the mainstream press could no longer ignore him.)
The Clintons must be beside themselves. This is their reward for lives spent fighting racial injustice? They now understand what it’s like to be a conservative Christian Republican. They should have a chat with George W. Bush.
The left, it seems, is like Saturn: it eats its own children. The Clintons stand in the way of the anointed one, and they are thus being devoured by their erstwhile allies. They are, in the end, expendable.
Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, and author of the book, “The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor.” His other books include "The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism" and "Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century."