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.
This is what Obama said: "Long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples. The British and French, the Dutch and Spanish, to Mexicans, to countless Indian tribes. We all shared the same land."
This is what Obama was thinking.
"Long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples. The Chicago political machine that by 1730 made sure that even the dead had the vote, the mansion-dwelling liberals who support higher taxes but do not want to pay taxes on their yachts, the Black Panthers who began supervising Georgia elections by 1650, those lace curtain Irish in the Boston suburbs who in 1680 preferred Mao's philosophy to that of Johnathan Edwards, the transgendered, the ACORN activists who create voters out of thin air, the Muslims with ten thousand mosques across America by 1750, the full-pensioned UAW workers who had carved assembly lines out of the Michigan wilderness with their bare hands well in advance of the Pilgrims' landing on Plymouth Rock, the government unions who had made sure that the trains ran on time in San Francisco in 1750, to countless community organizers. We all shared the same land."
I believe the Congressional Black Caucus has completel bought the entitlement mentality but I don't know that the Jackson article illustrates the point. The alleged misconduct -- sexual infidelity, use of contributor funds for more personal purposes, fund-raising to get a Senate seat -- these accusations and actions have turned up across the political spectrum.
I think the accusations are plausible and he seems to be conceding the infidelity charge. If he were a private figure, I'd see he has the right to privacy. As a political figure, his personal integrity is part-and-parcel of his public job. It is shameful of such people to drag their spouses, the women they pledged to cherish, through such humiliation.
But hey, someday soon we'll have a public figure explaining how sorry she is that she betrayed her husband, I suspect. I have no idea who, no suspects, I just know that it will happen.
Maybe I should do a little research before I go too far on this line, but this is what I recall of Spanish-American colonial history.
The Spanish sent a small number of explorers, exploiters and soldiers to the New World. They sent very few settlers. Instead, they conquered or dominated the local Indians and they imported a significant number of Africans as slaves. This led to a stratifcation in Hispanic America that remains to this day: the darker your skin and hair, the lower you are likely to be on the social-economic ladder. Richard Armour wrote about this ranking among Hispanics fifty years ago in his autobiography, "Drug Store Days". Armour's comic work was very popular in the 60's -- "The Mouse That Roared".
There were Americans long before there were Mexicans. I don't know when the term "Mexico" or "Mexican" was first used; the people of the British colonies were called Americans well before the actual revolution.
This is all typical of His Hopeful Changeness the Immaculation's general grasp of history, economics, the Constitution or the law.
"There were Americans long before there were Mexicans. I don't know when the term 'Mexico' or 'Mexican' was first used; the people of the British colonies were called Americans well before the actual revolution."
Although "American" was originally used for the native peoples of the Americas, by the middle of the 17th Century it started to appear as a term for the English-speaking colonists of what would become the Thirteen Colonies.
Mexico City was the capital of both New Spain and what is today Mexico.
"Mexican" only became a national term after 1810 - when the name of the capital was adopted as the name of the country.