Sean Hannity has been sounding the alarms about Obama and his agenda from the start. Now—in his first new book in six years—he issues a stirring call to action. Hannity surveys all the major Obama players—from the president's affiliation with radical theology to his advisers' history of Marxist activism, repression of the media, support for leftist dictators, and worse. He exposes their resulting campaign to dismantle the American free-market system and forfeit our national sovereignty. But he draws on the examples of Ronald Reagan and the GOP's Contract with America to show how conservatives can unite behind this country's most cherished principles and act now to get America back on the right track—while we still can.
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Defeating Obama's Radical Agenda
Obama's History Of Radicalism
When it comes to Barack Obama's now well-known history of associating with far-left radicals, I can modestly say I was way ahead of the curve. During the 2008 presidential campaign, I took some criticism for probing the past of this little-known candidate. But I trust that now most can see the relevance of the associations he has made throughout his life, and how they've shaped the policies he pursues today. The connection is undeniable.
On February 28, 2007, I pointed out a discrepancy that troubled me. The media had been making great hay over Mitt Romney's affiliation with the Mormon Church. But little interest had been shown in candidate Barack Obama's membership in a different religious organization: the Trinity Unity Church in Chicago. At a time when we knew little about Obama's past...other than what he'd revealed in his own writings...it struck me that this chapter in Obama's past deserved deeper scrutiny.
That night I interviewed columnist Erik Rush, who had written a piece on Obama and his church.
In his piece, Rush pointed out that the biography appearing on Obama's official U.S. Senate website disclosed that he and his family "live on Chicago's South Side where they attend Trinity United Church of Christ." When Rush checked into that church, however, he discovered that this was no conventional American religious gathering. Trinity, he wrote, was "not simply afrocentric, it's African-centric. In fact, one could argue this organization worships things African to a far greater degree than they do Christ, and gives the impression of being a separatist 'church' in the same vein as do certain supremacist 'white brethren' churches...or even Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam."9
Rush cited the church's mission statement, which was displayed on its website (www.tucc.org):
We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian. . . . Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.
Trinity United Church of Christ adopted the Black Value System written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee chaired by Vallmer Jordan in 1981. We believe in the following 12 precepts and covenantal statements. These Black Ethics must be taught and exemplified in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever Blacks are gathered. They must reflect the following concepts:
1. Commitment to God
2. Commitment to the Black Community
3. Commitment to the Black Family
4. Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
5. Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
6. Adherence to the Black Work Ethic
7. Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
8. Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness"
9. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the Black Community
10. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions
11. Pledge allegiance to all Black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System
12. Personal commitment to embracement of the "Black Value System."
Rush added that the church's vision "more resembles a cult than a church. Only this one has as one of its most prominent members a serious contender for the White House."
These weren't my personal assessments, keep in mind: They were Rush's reporting, based on the characterizations of church insiders themselves. The Chicago Tribune reported that "Vallmer Jordan, a church member who helped draft the [church's] precepts, said they were designed to empower the black community and counter a value system imposed by whites."10
During my interview with Erik Rush, I said to him, "You know, if there were a presidential candidate, and they were part of [this] church...and, as you point out in your column, you substitute[d] the word 'black' for the word 'white'...there would be an outrage in this country. There would be cries of racism in this country."11 And I meant it. It was troubling to find that a serious presidential candidate had long attended a church that seemed so racially oriented.
The following night, I interviewed the pastor of the church, Dr. Jeremiah Wright. I wanted to get to the bottom of this issue and find out if the church was as race-centered as its precepts made it sound...and, if so, why Barack Obama would attend such a church.
I opened the interview with direct questions, citing the church's tenets and asking Reverend Wright whether he believed that, if another church had adopted those tenets but had substituted "white" for "black," we would call that church racist.
Without skipping a beat, and certainly without apology, Wright responded: "No, we would call it Christianity. We've been saying that since there was a white Christianity; we've been saying that ever since Christians took part in the slave trade; we've been saying that ever since they had churches in slave castles. We don't have to say the word 'white.' We just have to live in white America, the United States of white America. That's not the issue; you're missing the issue."
As I tried to pursue my line of questioning, Reverend Wright cut me off, telling me that Erik Rush "doesn't know anything more about theology than I know about brain surgery. . . . If you're not going to talk about theology in context, if you're not going to talk about liberation theology that came out of the 1960s . . . black liberation theology, that started with Jim Cone in 1968, and the writings of Cone, and the writings of Dwight Hopkins, and the writings of womanist theologians, and Asian theologians, and Hispanic theologians . . . [Once you've done that,] then you can talk about the black value system."Conservative Victory
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