Category Archives: Progressive Politics
"If we set the precedent of limiting the First Amendment, in order to protect the sensibilities of those who are offended by flag burning, what will we say the next time someone is offended by some other minority view, or by some other person's exercise of the freedom the Constitution is supposed to protect?" - Senator Edward M. Kennedy, constituent letter 1997 (link) The quote reminds me of one of the many reasons I was not a fan of Hillary, even before the election. For those who aren't aware, she supported a law making flag burning a criminal offense. Many believed she did so merely for political gain. I agree. In fact, I'd like to hear her answer Senator Kennedy's hypothetical question . . . for that matter.
It really won’t.
We all hate writing them, but mine are heartfelt. Here are mine for an Obama presidency.
First and foremost thank you George W. Bush. Without you things could not have gotten so horrible that a mixed race man with a dark-skinned wife could become President.
Thank you Hillary Clinton for beginning to run a racially tinged campaign that awakened the black vote to the fact that Bill Clinton was not really the first black President (or if he was he was a self-hating black President). Had you not done so you would have split the black vote with Obama, and might have been President now.
Thank you Bill Clinton for being crazy, and reminding us that despite your many talents, you have some serious ego issues that will affect you to the point that you attempt to play into black people’s doubts and fears. Also thank you for reminding us that you’re not really black, and that even if you were, you still need to earn our vote. Extra points for calling Obama’s campaign a fairy tale.
Thank you Jesse Jackson for making such an ass of yourself that you furthered the narrative of a new racial construct and helped make Obama’s campaign possible.
Thank you Jeremiah Wright for being so juvenile, petty, and pathetic, that you drove Obama so far as to completely cut-off ties with you. This complete break dulled attacks of association relying on your past relationship. Thanks my man. Oh yeah, and extra points for forcing my man Obama to give one amazing speech on race – which also helped him win the presidency.
Thank you to those who ran campaigns across the nation based on the politics of fear. Your error in believing that fear triumphs over hope allowed as to teach you otherwise, and in doing so win a major landslide victory that will help Obama’s future agenda.
And I almost forgot, thank you Sarah Palin, for tempting John McCain to pick you, and then sucking so abslutely totally and utterly.
And my biggest thank you to John McCain for 1) picking Sarah Palin and 2) discarding his beliefs and morals to run on an extreme right platform that was ten times less effective than his 2000 campaign approach would have been.
There are so many people to sarcastically thank. I’ll have a list of genuine thank yous later on.
So tonight, let us ask ourselves — if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?
This is our chance to answer that call. – President-Elect Barack Obama acceptance speech, November 4, 2008
My favorite part of the entire speech (at 6:55). It asks a question which makes you fundamentally ponder the meaning and purpose of your existence, the existence of your children, and there children’s children.