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Sarah Palin Deal With It…America Voted and You Loss

Sarah Palin will not quit whining. It is everyone’s fault that the McCain/Palin ticket loss.  Sen. McCain has moved on and is offering words of encouragement for President Elect-Obama, but not Palin she is still in her Monday morning quarterback mode. She is blaming the bloggers, the staff and the mainstream media, but none of the blame seems to land on her doorstop. Palin said “If I were giving advice to myself back on the day my candidacy was announced, I’d say, Tell the campaign that you’ll be callin’ some of the shots. Don’t just assume that they know you well enough to make all your decisions for ya. Let them know that you’re the CEO of a state, you’re forty-four years old, you’ve got a lot of great life experience that can be put to good use as a candidate.” Judging from the quote we can see why America found this woman woefully inadequate to fulfill the role of vice-president of the United States.  

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Black History Did Not Begin With Obama, and It Won’t End With Him

Today I had a light bulb moment. I was driving my daughter home from school and she told me she had to do some research on Jim Crow. She then asked me who was Jim Crow? I also drive one of her classmates home and he piped up and said he knew who Jim Crow was. I said tell us, and he proceeded to say Jim Crow was a boy from Chicago who went south and whistled at a white woman during the 1950’s. He said men came to his house and dragged him out and killed him. I told him the person he was describing was Emmett Till. What did I learn? Our kids need to know our rich history did not start with the election of Barack Obama.  We had the benefit of our parents who had lived through Jim Crow. They had personal stories to share with us that told of their personal struggles and their triumph over racism.  Our kids don’t have this in their lives and this is not being taught in their schools. So who is going to teach our children about our history? We are and we can not abdicate our responsibility. I know some people reading this will say I am teaching my kids about black history, That’s great. You can ignore this but for those of us who have not been it is time to do it. This is a wonderful time for this country but there have been other wonderful times for this country and there will be more, but we can not afford to forget our history.  

Blagojevich Might Be a Crook, but He is Also A Brilliant Politician

When the news broke that Gov. Blagojevich was attempting to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat everyone thought this guy would resign from office. The charges alleged against him would seemingly make it impossible for him to perform his duties. The state was threatening to remove him from office.  Well Blagojevich’s theme song must be, “I’m Telling You I’m Not Going Nowhere”. He is still in office and he is still making waves. The Senate had vowed not to seat anyone that this governor appointed to this vacancy. Well, what a difference a few days make.  On Tuesday the Senate blocked the door and would not let Roland Burris enter the chamber, but on yesterday Burris had a pleasant sit down with Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid and Sen. Dick Durbin. It looks like if Burris gets his paperwork in order (signature from IL Secretary of State) he could be seated. Blagojevich played a political game of chicken with the Senate and he won. They basically dared him to make an appointment and he accepted the dare. Blagojevich at this point had nothing to lose, and when someone has nothing to lose they can wait until you blink, and blink is what the Senate leaders had to do yesterday. Burris has an exemplary record of public service. He is not a fiery intimidating guy. He is a kindly avuncular fellow and to see him being shoved and jostled by the press on Tuesday was an ugly sight and not the look of the “change” we had been promised. It is time to fix this situation and place our attention on the many real problems that plague our country. Like it or not Blagojevich won this round.

The Senate Should not have Denied Roland Burris Entry

Things are getting ugly on Capitol Hill. Roland Burris was denied entry into the Senate. I have said that Burris should not have accepted the appointment, but he did. Blagojevich has been accused of a number of wrong doings, but in this country we believe an individual is innocent until proven guilty and as of today Blagojevich has not been convicted of anything. He is still like it not the lawful governor of Illinois and it was within his right to make an appointment. I have heard some pundits say “well Illinois should have held a special election and all of this would have been settled.” In a perfect world that would be a solution, but last night I talked to a friend of mine in Chicago and she says the city does not even have the money to remove snow from the side streets. This means people have to clean their own streets to simply get to work. So this does not sound like a state that had money set aside for a special election. The truth is Blagojevich is probably laughing at this whole mess. He has managed to take the spotlight off of his alleged misdeeds and he has shifted that spotlight to the Senate chambers, and today the Senate put out a You Are Not Welcome Sign to the lawfully appointed junior senator from Illinois.

Reid Vows to Block Burris, but Would He Have Blocked Tammy Duckworth?

Now we hear via the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times that Senate majority leader Harry Reid had told embattled governor Blagojevich that he did not want  Emil Jones, Jesse Jackson Jr. or Danny Davis to get Barack Obama’s seat. What do all of these men have in common? He was pushing for Tammy Duckworth.  I have tried to keep race out of this equation, but this does raise the question. Reid had his conversation with the governor prior to the allegations being made public, but this does show that Reid had and still has an agenda that does not necessarily have the people of Illinois at the center. If Blagojevich had appointed Duckworth one wonders would Reid have blocked her entrance?

Race Matters but Not in this Blagojevich Mess

Yesterday Gov. Blagojevich announced his selection of Roland Burris to replace Barack Obama in the Senate. Rep. Bobby Rush immediately injected race into the equation. Rush told the press to not “lynch” Burris. The word lynch is particularly toxic. It evokes memories of mangled and maimed bodies of black men in the south. It was a bad time in American history, and it is a term that should not be tossed around casually or for political one upmanship. Justice Clarence Thomas pulled it out of his pocket when he was in danger of not being confirmed by the Senate for a position on the Supreme Court. He said he was a victim of a high-tech lynching. Neither of these situations comes close to the heinous act of lynching. Both situations know the word is like the third rail on a train—you simply don’t touch it. It is being used by Rush to shut off the discussion, but the discussion will continue. This governor should not have made the appointment and Roland Burris should not have accepted it, but his ego would not allow him to do so. Rep. Danny Davis simply said no. this appointment warrants criticism and discussion and the dialogue can not be dismissed for fear of being called racist. If the Senate rejects Burris it is not about him or his blackness it is about Blagojevich and his political hijinx.   

Why Roland Burris Should have Just Said No?

There are only 100 Senators. To be elected or appointed to this position is an honor, but the Roland Burris appointment will always be the exception to the rule. I am sure Roland Burris is an honorable man, but Gov. Blagojevich is a man under a cloud. He has been accused of trying to sell the senate vacancy so the appointment today is slightly tainted. Rep. Bobby Rush said today don’t criticize the “appointee because of the appointer.” That will be hard if not impossible to do. Majority Senator Reid has said he might not allow a Blagojevich appointment to be seated in the Senate. So the appointee will share the stench of the appointer. To be a Senator is an honor that few will ever experience, but is this the way one wants to gain the seat?    I guess it was impossible for Burris to decline, but he will be remembered by the person who appointed him and that legacy is tainted beyond recognition.

Surprise! Mike Huckabee Defends Chip Saltsman

Huckabee has come to his former aide’s defense. He has advised him to select his Christmas gifts more carefully in the future, but gift selection is not the real issue.  Huckabee said “Chip should have been more careful in his selection of Christmas gifts, but no one who knows him would ever suggest that he in any way would purposely disparage other people. Chip knows how sensitive such issues are. It shouldn’t be the main factor in the RNC race.”  This is not a case of you gave chocolate-covered peanuts to someone with a peanut allergy or you gave Hill Farm sausage and cheese basket to a vegetarian.  This is a case of giving a racially disparaging CD to fellow Republicans. Barack Obama is no longer the Democratic candidate for president-elect, he is now the president-elect. On January 20th he will be the President of the United States. I think it would be reckless to label Saltsman a racist, but what he did was racially insensitive and no one including Huckabee can put a pretty face on this incident. His former employer Huckabee is simply trying to calm the waters, but his statement says more about him than about Saltsman.

 

Obama’s Politics of Inclusion leads to the Politics of Exclusion

The election of Barack Obama was a bright light in American history. His message of change appealed to so many disenfranchised groups. People that have never been truly engaged in the process saw hope in this man from the land of Lincoln, but over the last few weeks we have only seen brief glimpses of the man we elected. When he had locked up the nomination we saw a notable shift to the center, but we tolerated it because we believed he was doing what was necessary to win. We watched as he nominated Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State designate. We remembered the campaign she had run and how her negative attacks against him served as the blueprint for the Republican attack machine. We tolerated this and accepted the premise “keep your friends close and keep your enemies closer. This week we watched as the announcement came that Rick Warren would deliver the invocation at the inauguration. We are now told this is the politics of inclusion, but we are left wondering is this becoming like George Orwell’s book Animal Farm. We are all equal, but some of us are more equal.  We can not be blinded to the facts. We have to hold Obama’s feet to the fire and hold him accountable. We too believe that there is one America and we have to come together, but it is impossible to come together when you elevate a person who seeks to divide us.  There are so many viable options available to Obama and out of respect for his supporters he needs to choose one of them.

Why is Rick Warren Giving the Invocation at the Inauguration?

I am a little surprised that Barack Obama is giving Rick Warren such a prominent role in the upcoming inauguration. As one activist put it Warren probably didn’t even vote for Obama, but this pick symbolizes Obama’s dramatic move to the center.  What makes me uneasy is the fact that Warren lied to the American public during the campaign. Back in the summer both Obama and John McCain participated in a Faith Forum at Saddleback Church. Obama was the first one questioned and he really did not do well nor was he well received by the pro-McCain crowd. At the beginning of the forum Warren said that McCain was safely in a “cone of silence” and could not hear the questions being posed to Obama, but what we subsequently learned is that McCain was not even in the building when the forum started. He was actually on his way to the forum and it was a real possibility that he could have heard some of the questions. When McCain appeared he seemed ready for any question and in some cases he was actually answering questions prior to them being asked. It just bothered me that Warren lied when there was no reason to do so. Warren wrote the brilliant book The Purpose Driven Life. It eloquently poses the question Why are We Here? I have read it a couple of times, but I still recognize the fact that Warren is a social conservative. The real difference between him and James Dobson is Warren prefers Hawaiian shirts to three-piece suits.  His verbiage might not be a visceral but make no mistake Warren has a very conservative agenda. Generally to the victor go the spoils. I am surprised that this invitation was not extended to one of the ministers that supported Obama. Why not Kirbyjohn Caldwell of Texas?  There is an old saying “dance with the one that brought you” , Obama is seemingly courting new dance partners and ignoring the one’s that worked for him when Warren and the crew campaigned against him. I learned in Girls Scouts “make new friend and keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold”. This simple premise seems lost on the president-elect and that is very sad.