Rush Limbaugh: Lowery ‘just insulted this country’
By Chelsea Schilling
Outrage is erupting over the inauguration benediction by Rev. Joseph Lowery, an 87-year-old civil rights pioneer, for asking God to help mankind work for a day when “white would embrace what is right.”
Lowery, known for co-founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Martin Luther King Jr., opened with a quote from the “Black National Anthem.” He then asked God to encourage America to make “choices on the side of love, not hate, on the side of inclusion not exclusion, tolerance not intolerance” after President Barack Obama took the presidential oath.
Then he ended his prayer with, “Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get 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.”
Obama reacted to the benediction with a smile.
The crowd cheered and boomed with a loud “Amen.”
However, talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Lowery’s prayer “offended” and was “far more memorable than the inaugural address by President Obama.”
Referring to Lowery’s “When black will not be asked to get in back” comment, Limbaugh responded, “When does that happen today? Did we not just inaugurate a black man as president of the United States?”
Limbaugh went through each statement about color, attempting to decipher Lowery’s intended message.
“I know it’s a left over from the ’60s thing,” he said. “It’s not relevant today! Everybody here is living in the past, and they don’t want anybody to think we’ve made any progress at all despite inaugurating Barack Obama as president today.”
Repeating Lowery’s “When white will embrace what is right” statement, Limbaugh said, “He just insulted this country, large numbers of which elected Barack Obama president of the United States.”
Several angry bloggers posted reactions to Lowery’s prayer, including the following:
- Didn’t whites just do that by electing Jesus Christ president?
- Am I allowed to be offended?
- Race card pulled during the inauguration. Wow that didn’t take long.
- It is completely inappropriate to have that in any prayer, much less a prayer at an inauguration that is supposed to be about how “We’re all one.”
- Black … brown … red … yellow … white? I’m stunned. The prayer is so racist and so inappropriate. Is Rev. Lowery just a kinder, gentler Rev. Wright?
- You guys are all spelling it wrong. That’s the problem. I’m sure that if you look at his notes you’ll see that it says “… whites will embrace what is Wright.”
FROM RIA NOVOSTI
MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti foreign news commentator Ivan Zakharchenko) – South Korea, the closest military-political ally of the United States in Asia, seems willing to become Russia’s strategic partner.
Although developments in the Caucasus have been sharply criticized in the West, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak spoke pragmatically about promoting relations with Russia during his visit to Moscow late last week.
Strategic partnership provides for economic cooperation and close diplomatic, political, security and defense ties. The joint Russian-South Korean declaration on the results of Lee Myung-bak’s visit consists of 10 points reflecting bilateral accords in different fields and includes a common assessment of Georgia’s invasion of South Ossetia.
In the declaration, the sides expressed their concern over the recent situation in Georgia and their support for using peaceful means and dialogue to settle the problem.
President Lee Myung-bak is considered a conservative yet pragmatic pro-American politician. Evidence of that is his decision to open the South Korean market to beef imports from the U.S. contrary to public protests. He has also initiated talks with the U.S. to revive the close military ties eroded during the 10-year rule of Liberal Democrats, who had worked to ease tensions in relations with North Korea.
The current Seoul authorities are busy tackling economic problems, and business ties with Russia apparently influence Lee Myung-bak’s political priorities.
The South Korean president likes to speak about his visits to the Soviet Union even before diplomatic relations were established with South Korea, when he was Hyundai’s CEO. He says he has been willing to take part in developing Russia’s East Siberian and Far Eastern resources since then.
When he was in Moscow last week, Lee Myung-bak met with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. They agreed that South Korea would participate in projects in Russia’s Far East within the federal program of economic and social development of the Far East and the Trans-Baikal Territory approved for 1996-2005 and up to 2013.
According to the South Korean government, the two countries’ striving for peace and security in Northeast Asia, their proximity to each other, and their mutually complementary economies hold promise for their relations established in September 1990.
Lee Myung-bak was accompanied to Moscow by a group of leaders of major South Korean companies. One of them, Hyundai-KIA CEO Chung Mong-koo, told journalists upon his return to Seoul that Russia could become a global automotive leader. He said the Hyundai assembly plant in the Kamenka industrial park near St. Petersburg would produce 150,000 cars annually beginning in 2011.
The two countries also signed a memorandum of understanding in the gas sector stipulating the delivery of 7.5 million metric tons of Russian natural gas to South Korea for 30 years beginning in 2015. This is approximately 20% of South Korea’s annual natural gas consumption.
The South Korean leader is fully aware that stable relations and cooperation with Russia would be impossible without political rapprochement. Besides, Seoul needs to balance the interests of Russia, the U.S., China and Japan in order to maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula and the rest of the region.
The Korean authorities believe that Russia as the legal successor of the Soviet Union can influence North Korea in the event of problems with its nuclear program.
South Korea is working jointly with Russia, the U.S., China and Japan to convince Pyongyang, which tested its nuclear weapons in October 2006, to terminate its nuclear programs. This dialogue has stalled because of the upcoming presidential elections in the U.S., and North Korea has reportedly resumed its nuclear programs.
Russia and South Korea have agreed to strengthen cooperation to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
They have also agreed to consider civilian nuclear cooperation and upheld Russia’s initiative on setting up an international uranium enrichment center so as to prevent nuclear proliferation and ensure uninterrupted supplies of nuclear fuel to international players.
Strategic dialogue between Moscow and Seoul should strengthen mutual trust. Consultations will be held at the level of deputy foreign ministers, with First Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Denisov representing Russia and his colleague, Kwon Jong-nak, speaking on behalf of South Korea.
South Korea needs to promote relations with all of the above-mentioned four countries, but its relations with them differ in scale and intensity.
According to South Korea’s diplomatic vocabulary, it has “strategic allied relations” with the U.S., “mature allied relations” with Japan, and “allied relations of strategic cooperation” with Russia and China.
In other words, South Korea’s relations with Russia, although not as close as with the U.S., should help maintain the balance of regional forces and create a positive precedent of global importance. This can be interpreted as one more proof that unipolarity in international affairs is untenable and unviable.
The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s and do not necessarily represent those of RIA Novosti.
‘We are already building practically as many ships as we did in Soviet times’
Russian Navy cruiser
Russia’s one-dominant navy is being returned to power, and it already has been successful in taking over Georgia’s Black Sea port of Poti,” according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Officials say the navy is being refurbished and expanded and will be used to respond to what Russians perceive as growing threats to their security interests.
“We are already building practically as many ships as we did in Soviet times,” First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said during a recent visit to Severodvinsk. “The problem now is not lack of money, but how to optimize production so that the navy can get new ships three, not five, years after laying them down.”
The nation’s economy has improved because of the rise in the price of oil, so there has been a significant increase in defense spending to include more ships under construction as well as a plan to refit some older ships.
Moscow already has in place a recently approved rearmament program that runs through 2015. Now for the first time in Soviet and Russian history, development of the navy will almost equal the increase in strategic nuclear forces. The program covering the period until 2015 is expected to replace 45 percent of the navy inventory.
Russia intends to bolster its four fleets and one flotilla of the Black Sea Fleet based in Sevastopol, Ukraine; the Russian Northern Fleet headquartered at Severomorsk, Russia; the Pacific Fleet headquartered in Vladivostok, Russia; the Baltic Fleet headquartered in Kaliningrad, Russia; and the Caspian Flotilla headquartered in Astrakhan, Russia. The improvements are to be used to guard Russia’s interests.
“We’ll do all we can to build up our presence where Russia has strategic interests,” Russian Navy Commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky recently said.
With greater Black Sea access, Russia will have more opportunity to use the ports as bases from which to project power into the Mediterranean and then on to the Atlantic.
Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin is the premium, online intelligence news source edited and published by the founder of WND.