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Obama’s 2nd Inauguration

I don’t know about you, but every now and then I have to pinch myself. I still don’t truly believe that Barack Obama was elected the first time. I remember his walking hand in hand with Michelle in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue. I just … let’s just say I had bad thoughts. A second inauguration? No way. Yet, it did happen. It was wonderful.


I have heard the pundits slice and dice Obama’s address. In my opinion, he just said that we need an America where everyone has the opportunity to be great. Everyone can get a good education. Everyone has the opportunity for a good job that pays a living wage. That’s all he said. Don’t believe me

This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it — so long as we seize it together.

He went on to say:

For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.

We need a fairer society that doesn’t discard the elderly or the sick:

We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. (Applause.) For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn.

Barack Obama didn’t say anything radical. He just said that we need to embrace our ideals.

By |2013-01-23T06:47:08-04:00January 22nd, 2013|Obama administration, Party Politics|Comments Off on Obama’s 2nd Inauguration

Something crazy going on in South Carolina

Alvin Greene. Mister Greene won the Democratic primary in South Carolina on Tuesday. How did this guy win? Was it one of those odd quirks that we see in politics from time to time? From my standpoint, I don’t know. From what I can see Mister Greene really did not run any campaign. It’s unclear how somebody who was on unemployment was able to afford the $10,000 needed to file an application with the board of elections.

Maybe this was some incredibly dynamic young man who was simply irresistible. Whereas some politicians have charisma, Alvin Greene has anti-charisma (see the video). This gentleman has been in the military and served both in the Army and the Air Force. He was discharged under somewhat interesting circumstances. (The Pentagon would not confirm whether he was honorably or dishonorably discharged. This is their standard procedure with all serviceman.) According to Greene, “things weren’t working out…” He appears to have a looming obscenity charge. This is the Democratic nominee for Senate.

Watch the video:

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There are some people who are upset with Keith Olbermann for interviewing Alvin Greene, who is relatively inarticulate. He never really faced the camera. He’s not gone through “basic training for politicians.” So, somehow it is Keith Olbermann’s fault for showing the world that this guy would have a lot of trouble running for dog catcher, let alone for the Senate. I don’t blame MSNBC or Keith Olbermann. I blame Alvin Greene.

As far as Alvin Greene being a poster child for the openness of elections, I think that this author is extremely misguided. I think, as others do, that there are some shenanigans going on. Could he have actually won the election without campaigning? Doubt it. Even in South Carolina people have to campaign in order to win. He had no word-of-mouth campaign. He had nothing. He did nothing. This whole thing smells rotten.

By |2010-06-11T19:39:16-04:00June 11th, 2010|Party Politics|Comments Off on Something crazy going on in South Carolina
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