Ross Mackenzie

(3) Two years later he sermonized urging African-Americans to condemn the U.S.: “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law, and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no — God damn America. That’s in the Bible for killing innocent people.”

(4) Wright is a close friend of Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan. In the 1980s the two journeyed to Libya together to pay homage to Moammar Qaddafi. In November, Wright gave Farrakhan a “lifetime achievement” award and featured Farrakhan on the cover of his church magazine.

(5) In 2005 Wright sermonized: “White America got a wake-up call after 9/11. White America and the Western world came to realize that people of color had not gone away, faded into the woodwork, or just disappeared as the great white West kept on its merry way of ignoring black concerns.”

And (6), in 2006 he sermonized: “Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run. We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God. And, and, and — God! Has got! To be sick! Of this s--t!”

Obama has disavowed all that, saying last week: “I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies.”

But the distinguished Shelby Steele, of mixed blood as Obama is, notes (in The Wall Street Journal March 18) that the damage already may be done. Steele finds Obama a man of “slight political record (130 ‘present’ votes in the Illinois State Legislature, little achievement in the U.S. Senate,” who “stacks up as something of a mediocrity.”

Devastatingly, Steele writes, Obama has “fellow-traveled with a hate-filled, anti-American black nationalism all his adult life, failing to stand and challenge an ideology that would have no place for his own (white) mother.” Obama’s run at the presidency “is based more on the manipulation of white guilt than on substance.” And so?

And so, for Obama, this: A leftist campaigning as a moderate, a novice campaigning as hugely experienced, a political insider campaigning as an outsider (a U.S. senator is a D.C. outsider?), an adamant partisan campaigning as a uniquely successful bipartisan — now is revealed as possibly a racial divider dissembling as a racial unifier.

As word spreads about yet another aspect of Obama not being as he presents it — not being all he would have it seem — his soaring star may burn dim and begin to plunge in the political night sky.

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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