We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Stanley Kurtz on Obama's speech. With me, you will get no perfect union on far Left-wing policies and judges. Count me out of that love-fest. My other reaction: Even if this guy is blowing up, he is sure dominating the news cycle.
Rush today (approximately): "People say Obama can heal racial divisions. I say that Obama is proof that they have already healed."
Are we being handed slick victimology? The points of the speech summarized, quoted at Q and O:
- Black people have reasons to be angry about slavery, Jim Crow, and ongoing discrimination;
- Whites have reason to be unhappy with (pre-reform) welfare, affirmative action, busing, and being called a racist for worrying about black crime rates.
- Wright was wrong in both his racial divisiveness and his belief that American society was static, and progress was not occurring.
- whites needed to do more to raise up black schools and black communities.
Wait! Did he lose a page here - what, if anything is the black community meant to do differently?
Black people have reasons to be angry about slavery, Jim Crow, and ongoing discrimination
Then leave the Democratic party ya nitwit: the Dems supported slavery, attempted to make the North lose the Civil war, imposed Jim Crow laws, created its militant wing the KKK, ran the South from post-Recontruction until the late 60s early 70s, and opposed the civil rights laws of the 60s.
And Obamie, stop smoking - permanently - tobacco was one of the reasons for which slaves were brought over.
My Indian ancestors were seduced by booze, blankets and trinkets. I am mad as hell at the Dutch imperialist capitalist invaders. And some of my Brit ancestors were doubtless serfs (eg slaves), for which I blame Mr. Free Market, The Queen, Tony Blair, The Beatles, King Arthur, and especially Heather Mills.