01 March 2010

Farrakhan's Nation of Racism and the "White Right"

Say What?

This story, from the Associated Press, features none other than Nation of Racism's - er, Islam - leader himself, Louis Farrakhan and his warning that the very undoing of the Obama presidency will be the "white right" alone.

CHICAGO — Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, boasting his divine stature, on Sunday predicted trouble ahead for President Barack Obama and urged him to do more to improve the lives of blacks and the downtrodden.
The 76-year-old leader said the "white right" was conspiring to make Obama a one-term president, and pointed to his stalled efforts to introduce health care legislation as proof. He said those opponents and lobbyists were trapping him into a future war with Iran that could lead to mass destruction.
It is so convenient to throw out the "racist" cry when things aren't going your way.  And, since  I'm "white" (my self-appointed hyphenated heritage is Anglo-Celtic American) and "right" (I'm a conservative, but that's stating the obvious), I'd like to address this directly.

Mr. Obama will be President One-Term because he:

  • is a Progressive who sold himself as a "moderate centrist"
  • believes the United States Constitution is a document of negative liberties
  • said "We are no longer a Christian Nation"
  • apologizes for America
  • bows before leaders, dignataries and even city mayors
  • lied about his ties to ACORN
  • believes that government is the solution to our problems
  • has a cabinet full of radicals
  • appointed 10 attorneys to serve under him who were formerly counsel to terrorists
  • denies outright associations with people like William Ayers, Tony Rezko and Reverend Wright
  • Threatens, or has already written, Executive Orders to over-ride Congress' actions

Do I need to list more?

The article continues and includes:
 "Farrakhan recounted how his divine knowledge has allowed him to recognize countless warning signs over the decades — such as natural disasters such as the earthquake in Chile — and said they indicate impending trouble, including for Obama. 
Dressed in ornate creme robes, he addressed the president directly: "Your people are suffering. You can't ease their plight, but you can use your bully pulpit. Speak for the poor. Speak for the weak." He said helping the Nation of Islam, which has worked to reform black inmates for decades, would also be an answer. "Put some money on back of us," he said. "We can reform our people." 
Farrakhan has vigorously supported Obama for years and used his presidency as a call to action for blacks.
 Again...does this not smack of racism? Do you hear any of the so-called "white right" spewing this kind of stuff?

Who follows this nut anyway? He doesn't know what he's talking about.

A brief history lesson: The "right" I assume Mr. Farrakhan is referring to is short for "right wing."
According to the webiste Word Origins  the term dates back to pre-revolutionary France. "In 1789, the French National Assembly was created as a parliamentary body to move control of issues, such as taxation, from the king to the citizenry. Inside the chamber where the National Assembly met, members of the Third Estate sat on the left side and members of the First Estate sat on the right. The Third Estate consisted of revolutionaries, while the First Estate were nobles. Thus, the left wing of the room was more liberal, and the right wing was more conservative."

According to the late Cleon Skousen, Constitutional Scholar and the author of more than 30 books including The 5,000 Year Leap, the right and left wings are depicted symbolically on the National Bird:

The 3 heads represent the 3 branches of government. The center head is the legislative branch; one eye represents the House of Representatives and the other represents the Senate; they need to see eye to eye in order to pass legislation. The head on the left side represents the executive branch and the other head on the right, the judicial.
The wings of the eagle also have significance. The left wing represents the ‘problem-solving’ wing,  and the right wing represents the ‘conservation’ wing.
The problem-solving wing has always traditionally been the more compassionate, making elaborate plans to remedy the unfulfilled needs of the people, while the conservation wing’s job is to analyze said plans by asking two questions: Can we afford it? What will it do to the rights and individual freedoms of our country?
The idea is that if each wing fulfills its duty, then the eagle will fly straight and remain in the center of the power-spectrum (tyranny on the extreme left and anarchy on the extreme right). But if either wing falls asleep on the job, then the eagle will fly to one of the extremes of the spectrum, resulting in the end of freedom.
Now, do the words "white right" sound different in context? I wonder if Mr. Farrakhan knows about the 3-headed eagle? Doubtful.

Incidentally, the AP article also stated, "...Obama [has] distanced himself from the group (Nation of Islam) for Farrakhan's past comments that many considered anti-Semitic. Supporters say Farrakhan's words are often taken out of context. Farrakhan continued his praise of Obama Sunday, and said the nation's first black president was manipulated into disavowing FarrakhanHe would not say if he and Obama had ever met on the issue. "They all want to know did I ever meet with him and what did I say or what he say," Farrakhan said in the speech. "I ain't going there."


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