The Anacostia section of Washington, D.C. is, to put it bluntly, a slum. Has been for decades, likely will be as long as it is populated by folks who expect the government to do for them. But, now, hallelujah, Lord God almighty, things are different. The One, Lord Obama, has deigned to inconvenience these folks by attending church in Anacostia.
As reported by the WaPo, the churchgoers did not mind lining up as early as 3:30 am for an 11 am service, for, as the church pastor, said:
“This is a monumental moment for us as a community,” said the Rev. Dr. Michael E. Bell Sr., the church pastor, soon after Obama sat down. “Ward 8 has not been forgotten, not when the president would come here at a time like this.”
The pastor went on, gushing that Obama is “the most intelligent, most anointed, most charismatic president this country has ever seen.” Amen, brother, sing the praises of The One. Easter? Christ risen? As nothing, compared with Barack Obama being in the pews.
It’s all so wonderful; you’ve now got hope, but, perhaps not so much on the change front. Obama and his family gets whisked back to the safe confines of the White House, y’all just stay put, with your drugs, crime, and unemployment almost triple the national average.
The view expressed by this foolish pastor, and doubtless echoed by most of his parishioners, shows one reason why blacks will never be free: they are waiting for a messiah, in this case a political messiah, to pay their mortgage, free them from debt and misery.
To be fair, this is not a message that Obama himself preaches. He talks about self-reliance. But talk is cheap. What Obama and his ilk actually do is increase the dependence of citizens on the government. Since LBJ’s Great Society and the welfare state that has grown up around it, blacks have lagged. A visit from a black president to a church in a poor black neighborhood won’t do a bit of good, may even make things worse, as people wait for manna to fall from heaven because of the sainted ObamaMessiah’s visit.