Wright and Obama … Its About the Content of One’s Character … Trumpet Newsmagazine


Reverend Wright … The Gift that keeps on giving, this time its the Trumpet  Newsmagazine. Also, character is defined as what one does when no one is looking and the acts that one does when you cannot benefit personally from their outcome.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. (MLK Jr.)

As Obama comes closer and closer to the Democratic nomination to represent the Democratic Party in the 2008 Presidential Election some serious character issues remain. Obama can distance himself all he wants from Reverend Wright after the fact when it is politically expedient to do; however, that does not explain away his judgement to having spent 20 years in a church listening to a message of hate. Why did Oprah find the judgement to leave?

Obama’s latest spin is that he never attended a Wright sermon where the reverend made such hateful comments. However, as the Weekly Standard states, “A careful reading of nearly a year’s worth of Trumpet Newsmagazine, Wright’s glossy national “lifestyle magazine for the socially conscious,” makes it next to impossible to conclude otherwise.”

Wright founded Trumpet Newsmagazine in 1982 as a “church newspaper”–primarily for his own congregation, one gathers–to “preach a message of social justice to those who might not hear it in worship service.” So Obama’s presence at sermons is not the only measure of his knowledge of Wright’s views. Glance through even a single issue of Trumpet, and Wright’s radical politics are everywhere–in the pictures, the headlines, the highlighted quotations, and above all in the articles themselves. It seems inconceivable that, in 20 years, Obama would never have picked up a copy of Trumpet. In fact, Obama himself graced the cover at least once (although efforts to obtain that issue from the publisher or Obama’s interview with the magazine from his campaign were unsuccessful).

One did not have to attend sermons to know what Wright was about. There was so much other material that was available that it would simply be impossible not to have known. Wright has been correct on one issue, Obama distanced himself from Wright for political reasons only, he acted like a typical politician.

I obtained the 2006 run of Trumpet, from the first nationally distributed issue in March to the November/December double issue. To read it is to come away impressed by Wright’s thoroughgoing political radicalism. There are plenty of arresting sound bites, of course, but the larger context is more illuminating–and more disturbing–than any single shock-quotation. Trumpet provides a rounded picture of Wright’s views, and what it shows unmistakably is that the now-infamous YouTube snippets from Wright’s sermons are authentic reflections of his core political and theological beliefs. It leaves no doubt that his religion is political, his attitude toward America is bitterly hostile, and he has fundamental problems with capitalism, white people, and “assimilationist” blacks. Even some of Wright’s famed “good works,” and his moving “Audacity to Hope” sermon, are placed in a disturbing new light by a reading of Trumpet.

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    One Response to “Wright and Obama … Its About the Content of One’s Character … Trumpet Newsmagazine”

    1. Tamikosmom on May 11th, 2008 1:24 pm

      The American people must discern … “Does Obama not only “talk the talk”. Does he “walk the walk”. The future political direction of the United States of American demands it.



      Obama: ‘I’m a Pretty Darned Good Politician’
      by FOXNews.com
      Wednesday, April 16, 2008

      In a speech to Jewish community leaders in Philadelphia, the Democratic presidential candidate was asked whether the recent controversy over Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s retiring pastor, could lead to him being attacked by Republicans in the fall and create the possibility of turning his candidacy into one akin to failed candidates George McGovern and Michael Dukakis.

      At the end of a long response, Obama said: “Let me make one last point about the comparison to McGovern and Dukakis, both excellent men, but I’m a pretty darn good politician. And I can give a pretty good speech and I can connect and inspire the American people in ways that I think will become apparent.


      Sermons We See
      Edgar Guest

      I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
      I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.

      The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
      Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;

      And the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds,
      For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.

      I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;
      I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.

      And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,
      But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;

      For I might misunderstand you and the high advise you give,
      But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

      When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind.
      When a weaker brother stumbles and a strong man stays behind

      Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me
      To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.

      And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today
      Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.

      One good man teaches many, men believe what they behold;
      One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told.

      Who stands with men of honor learns to hold his honor dear,
      For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.

      Though an able speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say,
      I’d rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day.

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