Arrogant Obama

Long, long ago, when my father was deeply into Christian spirituality, serving for years as a Methodist minister, he asked his bishop if it would be okay to smoke while he prayed.

The Bishop was firm. Of course not. Prayer should be thought of as a deeply religious expression of faith, a conversation with God. Smoking would be out of place.

My father was considered a bit of a gadfly in the early 1950s. As pastor to a rural conservative church, he preached a sermon against McCarthyism. The Bishop resisted the tsunami of outraged demands that this troublesome preacher be rid of.

A couple of years later, after the outcry diminished, my dad was quietly transferred to a small town. It was there that he objected to a cherished annual event, a minstrel show in blackface.

The outcry became deafening when he preached about it in a sermon entitled:

Know the truth, and the truth shall make you sick.

I think the title was taken from something written by noted liberal crusader Norman Cousins, which wouldn’t have gone over well.
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Here’s a Thought: Let’s Not be the First to Use Nuclear Weapons

Barry Goldwater was widely considered to be sort of a hybrid between a loose cannon and an out-and-out nut when he ran for President in 1964. He lost in a remarkable landslide.

Today he is remembered with some affection as a conservative who, in many respects, went beyond dogma to morality.

His conservatism was not so much cultural, or racial, as it was libertarian.

He was solidly for abortion rights. Gay rights as well.

In 1993, he wrote to the New York Times advocating for gay people in the military:

You don’t need to be ‘straight’ to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight.

He had no kind words for Jerry Falwell types.

I said all good Christians should kick him in the ass.

Barry Goldwater, July, 1981

Well, he was direct.

Yeah, quite the lovable old fellow.

But I still remember 1964. Especially the Civil Rights Vote. As Senator, Barry Goldwater opposed it. He had nothing against black people. He just thought it was wrong to tell employers whom they could hire, and to tell hotels and restaurants and bus lines whom they must serve.

1964 was part of the season of violence against black people who wanted to vote and to be treated equally. Southern conservatives consigned still-warm corpses into secret shallow holes, decorated trees with cindered bodies, blew up churches, murdered little girls, beat peaceful protestors marching across bridges.
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