The First family attended Easter Services at the Shiloh Baptist Church (pictured above) in D.C. on Easter Sunday, but the Reverend Dr. Wallace Smith came off sounding strangely reminiscent of Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
“[Pastor Smith] talked about how his baby grandson’s gurgling is actually “talking” because he is saying ‘I am here...they tried to write me off as 3/5 a person in the Constitution, but I am here right now...”
Where to begin?
Is it really possible that there are people so STUPID (and stupidity - the inability to comprehend properly - differs greatly from ignorance - the lack of information) that they don’t know that the “3/5th’s compromise” was an ANTI-SLAVERY resolution?!
First, a little history about the “3/5th’s compromise” – It was proposed by two northern delegates James Wilson (PA) and Roger Sherman (CT) so that Southerners couldn’t use slaves to increase their representation in Congress.
As you might expect, the delegates opposed to slavery generally wished to count only the free inhabitants of each state, while the delegates supportive of slavery, on the other hand, generally wanted to count slaves in their actual numbers, since those increased numbers (of non-voting slaves) would deliver the benefit of increased representation in the House and the Electoral College.
The final compromise of counting "all other persons" as only three-fifths of their actual numbers reduced the power of the slave states relative to the original southern proposals.
So NO, “they didn’t try to write off Reverend Wallace or any free blacks (ironically enough there were many freed blacks who WERE counted as whole citizens even back then) as 3/5ths of a person.” Abolitionists from the north forced a compromise on the south that decreased southern representation, WITHOUT WHICH, the slavery debate would’ve been greatly delayed in America and given that chattel slavery STILL exists in much of the world even today (in the Arab Mid-East, in large tracts of Asia and ironically enough, in sub-Saharan Africa), that delay could’ve been a long one indeed!
Apparently a lot of people who SHOULD “know better,” simply DON’T.
And that’s called STUPIDITY.
Since it can’t possibly be argued that people like Reverend Wallace Smith “don’t have access to that information” (which would be mere IGNORANCE), the only possible conclusion one can reach is that such people are “too stupid to actually understand the facts and use them correctly.”
More troubling still is Barack Obama’s penchant for seeking out these kinds of radical and rabidly anti-American “Reverends.”
That doesn't seem to be a very promising way to kick off the 2012 re-election campaign.