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By John Trandem, Published January 23 2009

Left was back to its bad ways during Obama’s inauguration

It looks like the left has already tired of their supposed inclusionary bipartisan approach to political events. The entire Barack Obama campaign was about change, togetherness, bipartisanship, etc., but over the course of the inauguration, that supposed tenet was tested.

Even prior to Inauguration Day the left tipped their hand by lashing out at the Rev. Rick Warren because they disagree with him on a few issues. There was no reaching out there. Not even to the man who delivered the opening prayer.

As President George W. Bush made his initial appearance on Inauguration Day, the crowd greeted our outgoing president with taunts and jeers as well as a chanted rendition of “Nah nah, hey hey, goodbye!”

The left is always creative with their standards and tailor them to fit their agenda, so as “global warming” gave way (necessarily) to “climate change,” tolerance and reverence were demonstrated through disrespect and immaturity.

The inauguration was brought to a close in the most disgusting and repugnant manner possible by the Rev. Joseph Lowery in his benediction/lecture. A benediction is typically a prayer for the divine protection of God.

This particular benediction concluded with these words: (Lord,) “we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around ... when yellow will be mellow ... when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right.”

In what America are blacks being compelled to “get in back,” is the “red man” precluded from getting “ahead, man,” or are whites embracing what is wrong? These words were blatantly racist, inflammatory, offensive and insulting to the vast majority of Americans.

Suggesting that the civil rights of minorities hinged on Obama’s election and will, in time with Obama’s help, be embraced by whites is sick and wrong. If you on the left really want an inclusionary, respectful, tolerant world, Lowery should be run out of town never to be heard from again. His words should be denounced by Obama, and an apology should be issued by his administration.

If unification is Obama’s aim, his inauguration represented a very shaky start for the incoming administration.


Trandem lives in Fargo