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04/29/2008 01:17 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

I'm Wright and You're Not: Is He One of the Pharisees Who Will Not Abide the Popularity of the Upstart?

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Obama and the media, particularly those who welcome his new low impact politics, could (and should) be applauding Rev. Wright's very public testing of one of the most celebrated and quintessentially American rights of this great country of ours: the freedom of speech.

Even if that speech is self-aggrandizing...

The prevailing opinion seems to be that the very intelligent and the extremely articulate Rev. Wright is deliberately undermining the forward momentum of Barack Obama.

But why?

One has to wonder if the savvy Rev. Wright is simply fearful of losing his job.... the one where he speaks to, and for, the oppressed and the downtrodden; where his central theme is that the real problems lie outside of his congregation; where his responsibilities are decrying this injustice and defending his children like any valiant father.

This is Wright's franchise.

And he would have to radically change his own message about America if America "changed" and elected a member of his own congregation to the most powerful position in the world. How will he cry that his flock is down on the farm, so to speak, after an Obama victory?

Since Rev. Wright is a religious figure, does anyone else see similarities between him and the Pharisees, the elders of Judaism who could not abide the rising popularity of the upstart Jesus of Nazareth, who preached a transformational, kinder, "all men are brothers" message?

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