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Rev. Wright Beyond the Bite; See His Context for Yourself

Glenn:  Here’s the people who keep saying this.  Here are the people who keep saying this, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louie Farrakhan, Reverend Jeremiah Wright.  What do they all have in common?  I mean, they all have the same approach.  It’s that angry, you know ‑‑ Al Sharpton said over the weekend, "I’m going to shut this city down."  Over what?  I read ‑‑ I read the article.  I was for you until I started reading the facts of the case here in New York where, you know, the 50 bullets, the cops, they used 50 bullets and shot ‑‑ what’s his name, Bell? .

Stu:  Shawn Bell.

Glenn:  I mean, horrible, horrible situation.  Horrible tragedy, but I can see how the case worked out that way.  It’s all these people who are just ‑‑ they are ‑‑ they’re using ‑‑ why do you think Jeremiah right is up there right now?  This isn’t helpful to get the first black man elected President of the United States and you know what?  America is perfectly fine, perfectly fine having the first black American serve in office.  We’re totally cool with that.  We are not cool with the first angry black man.

Do you know what my problem is with John McCain?  John McCain, I don’t know if ‑‑ well, just one of the problems, but I don’t know if this guy has the temperament to be the President of the United States.  He’s got a temper to him and he’s arrogant.  I don’t want a guy who is arrogant with a quick temper in the White House.  I don’t want ‑‑ I don’t care what color they are.  I don’t want an angry white man and I don’t want an angry black man.  That’s why people like Colin Powell, he seems reasonable.  I disagree with Colin Powell.  I don’t think I would vote for Colin Powell because of his politics, but, you know, before I knew his politics, I was perfectly willing to vote for Colin Powell, because he seems reasonable.

Jeremiah Wright does not seem like a reasonable guy and anybody who cannot judge that this man wasn’t reasonable when you’re that close to him for 20 years does not have the judgment to be the President of the United States.

Glenn:  1‑888‑727‑BECK.

(Out at 9:43 a.m.)

Glenn:  Here’s one thing about Reverend Wright that I don’t really understand.  I don’t understand how he feels honestly about God, because I want you to listen to this last part of this answer about Lewis Farrakhan.


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Glenn:  Is he your friend?

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Glenn:  That’s the question I want to know.  Here’s the question:  He didn’t put me in slaves.  He didn’t put new chains.  Who did?  Who did you, sir.  You.  Who put you in chains?  It’s my contention that you put you in chains because there are no literal chains that are hanging around you now.  The chains are created by you and that’s a mighty nice multimillion dollar chain that you have there that you call a house.  So, you are putting you in chains and then he says, He didn’t create me this color.  Who created you this color?  Is this a problem with God?  Do you have a problem with God creating you that color, quote, unquote?

Here’s another quote.  He said, God set me free to forgive stupidity.  He set me free to praise God in spite of an oppressive government.  Your government has been oppressing folks since we stole this country from the Comanche, but I’m going to praise him in spite of the government.  Our government has been oppressing folks since it defined the African‑American man as three fifths a person, but I’m going to praise him in spite of our government.

Okay.  You’re going to praise him in spite of.  So, I don’t understand that relationship, but here’s something else.  And I wanted to make sure I was absolutely right and I called professor after professor after professor yesterday to make sure that I was right on this.  The three fifths of a person drives me crazy because it shows people’s ignorance of history.  It’s related to Article 1 of the Constitution.  Representatives and direct portions shall be apportioned among several states which may be included in this unit according to their respective numbers which shall be determined by adding the whole number of free persons, including those bound as service for a number of years and excluding Indians not taxed three fifths of all other persons.

Now, he says, Reverend Wright keeps saying that you have to consider the context of everything.  They’re taking me out of context.  They’re only using a sound bite, kind of like you quoting the founding fathers by same I’m only three fifths a person.  Well, let’s just look at this in context.  This was pro ‑‑ this was pro abolition.  It was the proslavery faction that wanted to give the slaves the full human status.  Why?  Why?  Because they wanted more representation in Congress.  It would have maximized the congressional representation of the southern states.  It was the abolitionists who wanted to completely do away with slavery, that didn’t want black individuals to count at all.  They said, Let’s not let them count at all because then their population in the south will be very small and we’ll have a chance to overturn it in Congress.  It had nothing to do with rejecting someone’s humanity, but to preserve and strengthen the anti‑slavery majority in Congress.  It was not a ‑‑ proslavery southerner but an anti‑slavery northerner.  His name was James Wilson of Pennsylvania.  Why does Pennsylvania play such an important role?  Oh, I remember, because Ben Franklin was one of the first big abolitionists.  It was James Wilson that proposed the three fifths compromise.

Now, why, why would you do this, Jeremiah Wright?  Why would somebody who is anti‑slavery propose this?  It kept the southern slavery views in check.  It reduced their political power by limiting their representation in the House of Representatives.  That’s why it happened.  Frederick Douglas, quote, it gives representatives to the south for three fifths of its slaves but what does that amount to?  It’s a down right disability laid upon the slave holding states, one which deprives those states of two fifths of their natural bias of representation.  Instead of encouraging slavery, the Constitution encourages freedom by giving an increase of two fifths of political power to free over slave states, end quote.  Frederick Douglas.

I am so sick and tired of people distorting our history for their own political gain.  I am so sick and tired of people teaching my daughters, your family lies about our founding fathers and lies about our country.  We are a good country.  We are a decent people.  Our founding fathers were God inspired and they did not hate others, period.