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Congratulations

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Congratulations to the United States.

Obama giving his inaugural address

Obama giving his inaugural address


On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

Today we are reminded again what it’s all about.

That our system of government can do the right thing. That an election (or two) can turn the course of the country.

That hope is a traditional American value.

My parents were activists in the 60′s and 70′s. I wish that my mother could have lived to see it, she would have loved what Barack Obama stands for. My father, I believe, held on when his health was failing just to see what the outcome of the election would be. Then, when he knew our country was safe again, that we were on the right track, let himself fade and passed away the same month as Obama’s election just a few weeks later.

Congratulations to the United States.

Today we proved that we can still be great.

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January 20th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Wonderful bit from Tommy Frank

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I really dig this first part from Thomas Frank‘s recent piece in the WSJ:

OK, let me get this straight: The central axiom of conservative Republicanism is that government is inherently corrupt and can’t do anything right.

Over many years of ascendancy, conservative Republicans have filled government agencies with conservative Republicans and proceeded to enact the conservative Republican policy wish list — tax cuts, deregulation, privatization, outsourcing federal work, and so on.

And as a consequence of these policies our conservative Republican government has bungled most of the big tasks that have fallen to it. The rescue and recovery of the Gulf Coast was a disaster. The reconstruction of Iraq was a disaster. The regulatory agencies became so dumb they didn’t even see the disasters they were set up to prevent. And each disaster was attributable to the conservative philosophy of government.

Yet now we are supposed to vote for more conservative Republicans because we learned from the last bunch of conservative Republicans that government just doesn’t work.

Just like Republicans in the Senate since 2006 have filibustered every major piece of legislation and then blamed the Democrats for being a do nothing congress.

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October 10th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Posted in Politics

Send Karl Rove to Jail

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I just can’t help it. I love saying it. I love that he actually is so clearly breaking the law and we actually have a chance to do it. Though I doubt the Democrats on the hill will really have enough spine to follow through.


I signed the petition, even though I doubt it will really happen.

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July 19th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

Posted in Politics