America, FINALLY a Great Nation
(FROM: YouTube/CBS) As an American, as a student of our history, as a believer in equality, I am absolutely thrilled that a black man has been elected as president of the United States. Aside from the fact that I do not agree whatsoever with the politics and ideology of that man, we are not that far removed even from Brown v. Board of Education and, for that reason, am happy that America’s freedom is on display. However, one thing that concerns me is a trend I’m beginning to see. About three minutes into the CBS video, Harry Smith sits down with Maya Angelou who, obviously proud of Barack Obama’s election as the 44th president, makes it pretty clear that she is finally proud of her country. This is the same sentiment we heard earlier this year from Michelle Obama, and even from Barack himself in his victory speech on Tuesday night. America is finally what it should be, they say. America will finally be seen as a great nation, they maintain, as if on Monday it was not, as if under John McCain it would not be. This perspective saddens me, it makes me angry, and I’m not so sure what can be done about it.
Obama and Preferences: It’s time to move past racial quotas
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) As I wrote before, seeing Jesse Jackson weep while at Obama’s Grant Park victory rally was oddly moving, especially knowing that he might not have known that the camera was right on him, and that Jackson doesn’t necessarily care much for Obama (after all, just a few weeks ago, he said that he wanted to “cut his nuts out”). It showed that, to Jackson, much of his life’s work, regardless of how wrong he might have gone about it, was coming to fruition. As I hope that, if some good is to come of it, Obama’s election as president will show that anything is indeed possible in America and for anybody, those images of Jackson crying really came to mind when I read this piece. An excerpt:
The existence of racism in America has long been used by some civil rights leaders and the political left as an all-purpose explanation for racial disparities. According to the likes of Al Sharpton and Julian Bond, bigotry is at the root of higher rates of black teen pregnancy or lower rates of black homeownership. The election of a black President doesn’t mean that racism no longer exists. But it does make it harder to justify the claim that a racist country is the major obstacle to black advancement.
As President, Mr. Obama will have to meet the expectations of millions of voters, including minorities. Symbolism can only go so far. He could make a major contribution to American society — and help his own popularity — if he used his bully pulpit to facilitate minority advancement without resorting to discriminating against others.
Emanuel Accepts Job as White House Chief
(FROM: Associated Press) If President-elect Barack Obama wants to keep his promise of governing more from the center, this move sure doesn’t show it. Emanuel, a Chicago-style politician, congressman and former policy aide to President Bill Clinton described by Dick Morris as a guy who keeps his own political ambitions as top priority, a guy whose style was described by Democratic party strategist Paul Begala as a “cross between a hemorrhoid and a toothache,” is aggressive, venomous, and the quintessential uppity democrat. I can understand why Obama picked the guy, however. Emanuel knows Congress and knows the White House, while Obama spent two-thirds of his time in the senate running for president, and is completely new to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Still, the democrats are now completely and totally accountable for what goes on in Washington (whether or not the media will hold them as such is another question) and, while Obama will need to stand up to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, who will inevitably want to take a course and do things which Obama may not want to do for political reasons or otherwise, I’m not sure that Emanuel is the guy to help him stay defiant. Any way you look at it, however, this tough-as-nails former ballet dancer is far from a post-partisan pick.
Putin May Return to Kremlin in 2009
(FROM: Reuters) Is there anyone out there that believes Dmitry Medvedev is actually in control? Especially considering that we just elected, as our next president, a man with zero foreign policy experience, this move doesn’t surprise me one bit. Think about it — Iran was releasing hostages while Ronald Reagan was being sworn in; here, we see the exact opposite. See a weakness? Hit it with everything you’ve got. It’s obvious, from this report and from yesterday’s Guardian (UK) report that Russia will be deploying missiles near the Polish border, that Russia sees a possible opening to exploit in their goal of meeting, if not usurping, America’s position as world superpower. And President-elect Obama wants to decrease military spending and dilute military strength — maybe it’s a good spot for that video again…
- Day One: Obama Faces a Cold War Threat and a Warning from Israel (UK Daily Mail)
Nader Out, Predicts Obama Landslide
(FROM: Detroit Free-Press) This just makes me laugh. Ralph Nader conceding the race is, to me, no different than if I were to stand up and concede.
PHILADELPHIA (America’s Right) — Conservative Blogger Jeff Schreiber has conceded his bid for the presidency of the United States of America, saying that he was proud as an American to have been considered for the post alongside former POW and “American hero” John McCain and “half-term senator” Barack Obama.
“With careful thought, I am abandoning my hope to be president,” Schreiber said. “I’d just like to thank Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama for running such respectful campaigns, and for not mentioning my name in a bad light. Or a good one, for that matter.”
HA! Maybe in 2012, Ralphie.
Treasury Submits to Shariah
(FROM: The Washington Times) This, my friends, is why we need a strong judiciary that looks to the United States Constitution alone as binding authority. Sandra Day O’Connor considered international law “persuasive” … in this global climate, with the way radical Islam is conducting Jihad From Within in Western Europe and the UK, we can ill afford to look anywhere else than our own founding documents.
Ann Coulter: The Reign of Lame Falls Mainly on McCain
(FROM: Human Events) I’ve written a bit, over recent days, about the ideological struggle now going on in the Republican Party. In fact, it’s been everywhere. Only Ms. Coulter, however, could put it so … so … nicely? I certainly don’t agree with her all of the time, but here, she’s pretty well right on the money. An excerpt:
Republicans lost this presidential election, and I don’t blame the messenger; I blame the message. How could Republicans go after B. Hussein Obama (as he is now known) on planning to bankrupt the coal companies when McCain supports the exact same cap and trade policies and earnestly believes in global warming?
How could we go after Obama for his illegal alien aunt and for supporting driver’s licenses for illegal aliens when McCain fanatically pushed amnesty along with his good friend Teddy Kennedy?
How could we go after Obama for Jeremiah Wright when McCain denounced any Republicans who did so?
How could we go after Obama for planning to hike taxes on the “rich,” when McCain was the only Republican to vote against both of Bush’s tax cuts on the grounds that they were tax cuts for the rich?
And why should Republican activists slave away working for McCain when he has personally, viciously attacked: John O’Neill and the Swift Boat Veterans, National Right to Life director Doug Johnson, evangelical pastors Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and John Hagee, various conservative talk radio hosts, the Tennessee Republican Party and on and on and on?
Education, or Indoctrination?
(FROM: Hot Air) This is what I was talking about yesterday, this is why we need to be more involved with our children’s lives, learn what they’re learning in their classes, read what they’re reading in their textbooks, hear what they’re hearing from their teachers. We cannot afford to allow the future of our nation to be corrupted. Look at this video, and tell me that it doesn’t make you livid: