Obama: Black Community First and Foremost

  • Rick Scarborough
  • Apr 23, 2008

A pattern seems to be growing clearer about the Obama family after the release of Michelle Obama's Princeton University thesis.  In it she writes that there is "no doubt in my mind that as a member of the black community, I am obligated to this community and will utilize all of my present and future resources to benefit the black community first and foremost."   Mrs. Obama clearly identifies herself in her thesis as a “separationist" and not an integrationist.  She states that there are clearly separate black and white societies in America and she elevates black over white.  

Her thesis together with her recent statements of being proud to be "American" for the "first time" in her life and that America is "downright mean" are difficult to ignore against the back drop of their controversial church.  The church adopted the "Black Value System" and its members covenant their commitment to the "Black Community,"  "Black Family," "pledge allegiance to all Black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System."  The church identifies itself as made up of African people who remain "true to our native land, the mother continent" which helps explain their apparent disdain for America.  Even Hillary Clinton is now campaigning that she would not have attended this church.  This all gives a new meaning to his campaign slogan, "Change, we can believe in."  Can fostering raci sm in any form be a positive change for our country?   I believe most Americans do not see a person by the color of their skin but by their character and their beliefs and I would hope any president would do the same.

Obama was finally pressed in a debate last week with questions of his relationships and character.  The moderators asked Obama about his remarks that white small-town residents were "bitter" and so they "cling to guns and religion"; the black-supremacist and anti-American sermons of his pastor and "mentor" for 20 years; why Obama refuses to wear an American flag pin and his relationship with William Ayers, who bombed American interests.  He seemed distracted and defensive during much of the debate not really answering the questions put to him.  Obama supporters are willing to give him a pass on most issues but working-class, culturally-conservative Americans who constitute the swing vote may well have gotten some of the answers to their already growing suspicions. 

Clinton's victory in Pennsylvania by 10 points will not be enough to close the Democratic primary for either candidate so it looks like the convention may decide the nominee.

McCain is pushing his independent image with a tour that started in Alabama and moves to New Orleans and Kentucky focusing on the economy, health care and education.  He will need such a creative approach to overcome the record breaking fundraising of his Democrat rivals.  For social and fiscal conservatives who feel used or abandoned by the Republican Party -  this could provide a second look at McCain.  He launched the tour stating, "There must be no forgotten places in America, whether they have been ignored for long years by the sins of indifference and injustice, or have been left behind as the world grew smaller and more economically interdependent."

The intended audience seems to be moderate independent voters who are not looking to vote for a typical Republican but are starting to have second thoughts as the Democrat primary grows more negative by the day.  McCain does have the potential to win the support of non-traditional GOP groups and has a chance to compete in some states that have not been competitive during the last several presidential campaigns.  McCain must walk the tight rope of appealing to these new groups without alienating the two key bases of social and fiscal conservatives.  His best hope of doing so seems to be that Obama and Clinton are far to left of him on fiscal and social issues.

"America is, after all, the country of the second chance, and we need to stay true to that creed," he said.  "I've had a few extra chances myself along the way. They made all the difference, and those opportunities belong to everyone."  His choice of a running mate will have a significant impact on whether some social an" fiscal conservatives will give his campaign such a second chance.   Select here to contact Senator McCain and tell him who you think he should select as his running mate.

Rick Scarborough Ministry Report     

I am in Washington, DC for high level meetings with a number of our pro-life and pro-family legislators to discuss our priorities for the next legislative session.  There were about 20 organizational leaders invited to attend this important meeting.  Each of us was requested to submit three items for the agenda.  My list included hate crime legislation, ENDA and the Fairness Doctrine;  all three items are high on the agenda of those who hate what we who stand for life and family believe in and all three would be in place today were it not for the outcry generated by many of you who responded to our alerts last fall.  We must always remember that the price of freedom is vigilance, and I pledge to you that I will be vigilant in my efforts to prevent the left from silencing the church with these wicked proposals which are sure to raise their tyrannical heads a gain.

I am also delivering our Value Voters Contract with Congress, which was prepared three years ago, for the third time in as many years.  More than 60 leaders of the pro-life and pro-family movement signed this document which was prepared over a period of more than two months.  While the bill numbers change with every legislative session, each point was prayerfully prepared and represents concerns we still hold.  I am convinced that what we achieved was a work of the Spirit of God and if our representatives would catch the vision which we have cast, they would see millions of ordinary Americans rise up and stand with them.  Please pray for this document to be well received and acted upon.

On Thursday of next week I will participate in the National Day of Prayer in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on the steps of the State Capitol.  Immediately following the time of prayer, Vision America is convening a meeting with 30 leaders from around the state to discuss voter education and mobilization in their state.  Over the next five months Vision America Action will conduct an aggressive voter registration effort in New Mexico.

Our Seventy Weeks to Save America continues to pick up steam.  Upcoming One Day Crusades include First Baptist Church of Dallas, Two Rivers in Nashville, Tennessee and Southcrest Baptist in Lubbock. 

Harvest Point, where Chris Holloway and I minister every Sunday, continues to blossom and grow with new folks coming each week.  I am currently preaching a series on the Names of God taken from the Old Testament.  It is a fascinating study which allows you to see what an awesome and wonderful God we serve.  The series will soon be streamed on our website along with study outlines for your benefit.

Please forward this alert to your friends and help us expand our outreach to Christians who want to see America restored to her Judeo-Christian heritage and revived. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this e-mail alert. I am looking and praying for Pastors and Patriot Partners who will help me restore our nation.  Please consider becoming a Patriot Partner. Your donation of even $25 allows us to continue our work nationwide on your behalf - standing for the values and morals that beat in all our hearts.

Select here to Support Vision America Action - which is a 501(c)(4) and not tax deductible but is God blessable and allows more freedom of speech on political issues.

I remain...Your servant and friend,

Pastor Rick Scarborough 


Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.     Ephesians 2:16  NLT          

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