Why is it wrong, in any way, and especially why is it "un-American" to say that America has been a real embarrassment to anyone who realizes that:
1) "Muslim" does not equal "terrorist".
2) America is MUCH worse off because Bush attacked Iraq than they would be if he hadn't (and we predicted as much).
3) America is STILL a very racist place for many people, and it's really difficult to compete on an equal playing field if you belong to a minority.
4) America is highly favoring rich over poor during each and every year of each Republican administration during my lifetime, yet even poor Americans keep voting for Republicans!!!!
5) Every time there has been a presidential scandal involving something other than sex or money (i.e. about IMPORTING HARD DRUGS OR SELLING WEAPONS TO NON-ALLIES TO FINANCE A COUP or LYING TO START A WAR THAT ENDED UP KILLING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE NOT TO MENTION AMERICAN SODIERS and possibly bankrupting the nation
in order to take a strategic position for oil and politics), it has been a REPUBLICAN in office, yet we KEEP voting for REPUBLICANS!!!!????
It is not rocket surgery people. Stop being apologists and ignoring the fact that we HONESTLY have something to be ASHAMED of. Michelle Obama and Wright have felt as ashamed as I have. There are times when America has been so stupid that anyone who is HONEST can say "God damn America!"
Of course, it's not convenient that it's a Christian pastor who said this, and "God damn" can be interpreted as a pretty serious statement, and he should have known better, but, as Shawn pointed out, what the f*** does that have to do with Obama?
I was ashamed when Carter couldn't handle the Middle East oil crisis (even though oil prices rose less during Carter's administration than they did during GWB's administration -- explain that). I was ashamed when Carter couldn't deal with the hostage crisis. I was ashamed when Reagan introduced economic policies that would end up hurting the poor and reversing much of the progress seen since the 1950's, making the rich richer and the poor poorer ("trickle down" economics). I was ashamed when Reagan's administration fell back on lies and pretense of ignorance when it was basically proven that they sold weapons to Iran to finance the contras, incredibly likely on Reagan's orders and unquestionably not without his knowledge (unless he really was
just a figurehead). I was ashamed with Bush Sr.'s "status quo" administration when there was so much that needed to be fixed (which fortunately Clinton fixed). But then I was embarrassed with Clinton's terrible "don't ask don't tell" policy, and with his stupidity with regard to his "indiscretions". Then every day of Bush Jr's administration has been a disaster. What a fucking moron whose administration made fucking moronic decisions, for less than honorable motivations. Again, more than reversing the progress made under the Clinton administration. And to be re-elected? God Damn America for that, if anything!!!!
Again, do we have something as a nation to be proud of? OF COURSE! But for many of us, we don't settle for "we've done some things right". We expect more from what we grew up to respect as a beautiful country founded on a great concept. And for us not to speak out against what is not good enough... well, that
would be un-American.
Now, on to your post...
2) Obama agreed with some... of what Wright said.
DING DING DING! WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!!
Not all. Just like he said. Face value.
And "omygod why didn't Obama say anything to disagree with Wright for the last 20 years [before last week]"?How the hell do you know he didn't!!!???
Before the 2003 Democratic Convention did you know who the hell Barack Obama was? I didn't. He may have disagreed with Wright on many occasions. It just wasn't his responsibility to publish those things.
Let me ask you... do you (as a non-Presidential candidate) always publish things about the people you disagree with that you've grown up with? If you have a teacher who claims we should "nuke Iran" did you publish writings about how you disagree with them?
There is no "guilty by association here".
Wright is one man. Obama is another. Obama did speak out as soon as the issue came up and said he disagreed with Wright. Endy story.
I claim, with all honesty, that in criticizing America, I love America more than you do, SDW. A lot of people would agree with me there, even if they disagree with some of what I've said above.
SDW, let me make an analogy. Let's say your father is an alcoholic. Do you: 1) Claim your father is a great man out of (blind) respect for him; or 2) Tell him what he's doing is wrong and he needs help?
This country is like an alcoholic father who needs help. It doesn't mean we love this country (or father ) any less. By seeking help, we're showing that we actually love him enough to make the hard and honest statements that need to be made.