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Politics of Racism, 1903, 1968, 1988, 2009

I collect political memorabilia. As I looked through my junk last night I realized how much we have changed.

I have a George Wallace neck tie from his 1968 run at the Presidency. It is a thin white tie with bold red letters horizontally positioned that reads Wallace ’68. Twenty years ago I attached a campaign button to the Wallace tie – it reads Jesse Jackson ’88.

19Jan2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Veterans Day, 2008

Posted November 11, 2008 11:34 AM Veterans aboard the former warship Olympia, now a museum, salute the United States flag during a Veterans Day ceremony in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008. The Olympia served in the Spanish-American War. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) by Frank James To all the veterans out there, thanks for your service and […]

11Nov2008 | | Comments Off on Veterans Day, 2008 | Continued
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2008 Election: Winners and Losers

By Chris Cillizza Barack Obama will be the 44th president of the United States. John McCain will not, likely capping a long and well-decorated political career with a loss. Democrats will expand their majorities in the House and the Senate. Republicans will be relegated to minority status in both chambers, forced to re-calculate what their […]

5Nov2008 | | Comments Off on 2008 Election: Winners and Losers | Continued
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Finally, An Intellectual Moral President

Barack Obama is the President-elect. We should say that again: Barack Obama is the President-elect. It has been a long time.  We in America can be proud of ourselves.  Barack Obama is scholarly, educated in constitutional law, intellectually curious, a master communicator, and possesses the moral values of Ghandi, the wisdom of Solomon, and the […]

4Nov2008 | | 15 comments | Continued
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Barack Obama – The Color of Water

These are troubling times of war and of economic despair. Yet there is a sense of hope. 50 million people in this country lack health care. Yet there is a sense of hope. We speak of immigration as if we are talking about cattle. Yet there is a sense of hope. Hope transcends troubles. Hope […]

30Oct2008 | | 9 comments | Continued
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Republicans, Intellectual or Joe Six-Pack

Is there something wrong with being intellectual?  There was a time when Republicans were proud of their position on advancing education, proud of elite education, proud that America offered educational opportunities to all.  But something has gone wrong.  The Republicans of the past thirty years have discredited thier greatest strength – the opportunity of America. […]

26Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Republicans, Intellectual or Joe Six-Pack | Continued
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We don’t want to see this headline again.  It was 1948.  Harry Truman was running to capture the White House on his own merit.  He had been Vice President to Franklin Roosevelt when Roosevelt passed away in 1945.  Truman was not popular and was challenged by Thomas Dewey – the darling of the Republican Party.  […]

16Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Live Debate analysis – McCain, Obama, Video Excerpts

We will be posting live on the final debate between McCain and Obama.  Tonight we will refine our process to include live analysis, and possibly scoring points as the debate unfolds.  The pictures framing this paragraph reflect our expectations and bias. Stay with us: Bob Schieffer is the moderator – the format is a sit […]

14Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Live Debate analysis – McCain, Obama, Video Excerpts | Continued
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Education and the Presidential Election of 2008

Education, experience, life – what is really important when choosing a President.  Morality, integrity, honesty, compassion, empathy – we could go on with our hopes for the next President – but for now, let’s look at education. John McCain “…graduated, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. 1958, and the National War College, Washington, D.C. 1973…”  […]

13Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Can McCain Win The Debate?

McCain can win this debate – but he will have to hire Bill Clinton as a stand-in to do so.  We are seeing very clearly that words do matter – and Bill Clinton is the modern master of words.  McCain is a seasoned politician, able to deflect criticisms, able to spin content; but this debate […]

13Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Teddy Roosevelt, Racism and the Presidency

Teddy Roosevelt was the Vice President under McKinley. He went about the ceremonial duties of the Vice President of that time – accepting an invitation by Booker T. Washington to visit Tuskegee Institute. But fate interceded, McKinley was assassinated and Roosevelt became President. Roosevelt offered a dinner invitation to Booker T. Washington which was readily […]

9Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Johnny Horton sings Republican Theme Songs

Johnny Horton sang a bunch of ballads for a couple of decades. The Republicans seem to have taken up the mantle of Horton in the 2008 Presidential Election. North to Alaska is a nice marching tune to line up the rank and file – well, the rank anyway. And how about The Battle of New […]

9Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Johnny Horton sings Republican Theme Songs | Continued
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McCain, Palin is Great Because I was a POW

John McCain had a news flash for Americans in the town hall debate the other day.  McCain was clever in demonstrating his comprehension of American politics.  Some of his jargon is difficult to follow – probably because his language was affected while serving as a POW. Highlights from McCain’s debate answers: The moderator is a […]

8Oct2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Obama, McCain, Townhall Debate, 10-7-2008

Obama and McCain  will be facing off tonight in a Town hall style debate.  This is a format that McCain has favored.  During the primaries, when McCain was down in the polls and in money, he resurrected his campaign with a town hall format.  McCain is relaxed in smaller groups of people, talking freely with […]

7Oct2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Tina Fey In The Debate

Saturday Night Live has hit a gold mine with Governor Sarah Palin.  Tina Fey has mastered the impersonation.  This particular piece of October 4, 2008, captures the comedy of Joe Biden and Sarah Palin in their one and only vice presidential debate. …… Check out Brian Williams with David Letterman HERE.

5Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Americans want a Revolution – 2008

We are ready.  We are ready for change.  We are ready for a Revolution. The American people have already demonstrated a powerful desire for revolution.  Witness the Party Primaries of 2007 and 2008.  Democrats have registered to vote in historic numbers.  Barack Obama – a relative unknown – won because he represented the best chance […]

4Oct2008 | | 7 comments | Continued
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Biden, Palin Debate, 10-2-2008

Tonight is the night.  This is the most talked about debate in recent memory (we have Alzheimers, or some cousin of that dementia) – so it should be interesting.  Everyone is looking for theater – It is almost as if no one expects substance – we are looking for the big gaff.  The nice thing […]

2Oct2008 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Obama Explains Economy in Speech

Barack Obama has come through with a practical explanation of the economic problems and the fear Americans are experiencing.  Obama has remained cool and Presidential while McCain continues to harangue anyone who questions his judgement. This is an excellent example of the difference in leadership styles.  McCain is erratic and risk taking, bounding from one […]

1Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Obama Explains Economy in Speech | Continued
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Who Won The Debate, 9-26-2008

This writer watched closely. We felt that each candidate accomplished what they needed for this particular evening. Obama showed he could stand on the stage of foreign policy with McCain. After a tumultuous week of zig zagging McCain needed to show himself in command of his faculties. Here are some reviews done by other media […]

27Sep2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Obama, McCain Debate, Video and summary 9-26-2008

Tonight is an important event in the 2008 Presidential election.  The debate on national security between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain will help voters understand their choices.  These are very different men.  They have very different ideas about National Security.  Both are patriotic – both are ambitious. The Fireside Post will be posting […]

26Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Obama, McCain Debate, Video and summary 9-26-2008 | Continued
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Slacker Uprising – Michael Moore

The devil is in the house.  Michael Moore has created a new documentary encouraging all slackers to get out and vote.  Moore traveled to 62 cities in battle ground states and chronicled his journey and his audience response.  This man is gifted – that is not to say correct – but he is gifted. By […]

24Sep2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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McCain gets really NASTY!

Check out his new ad.   Three black men doing bad things followed by an elderly white woman.  What a cheap and nasty campaign ad.   Let’s elect McCain and Palin, we can set Civil Rights and the Women’s movement back fifty years in one shot.  The Republican Party is the Lynching Party – bring your own […]

19Sep2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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McCain’s RNC speech – text & video, 2008

I don’t mind a good fight. For reasons known only to God, I’ve had quite a few tough ones in my life. But I learned an important lesson along the way. In the end, it matters less that you can fight. What you fight for is the real test.I fight for Americans. I fight for […]

5Sep2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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RNC Video Bio of Sarah Palin

We don’t have to comment – the video speaks for itself. We are proud that America produces great leaders.

5Sep2008 | | Comments Off on RNC Video Bio of Sarah Palin | Continued
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Joe Biden responds to Governor Palin

Joe Biden talked on the air with Matt Laur – that guy from one of those morning shows.  Joe Biden is not intimidated and is showing his considerable political skill.  McCain’s speech writers prepared a well crafted speech – but Sarah Palin delivered it with vigor and skill. Listen to Biden’s response:

5Sep2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Gustav Moves In, Iowa Moves Out

Natural disasters are good press.  Its a sure thing.  Its like marketing Jesus.  You can’t go wrong.  But, much like marketing Jesus, you can’t stick with the same old spiel.  You have to be fresh and relevant.  You have to go with the flow. When Iowa was hit with severe flooding this summer, it made […]

4Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Gustav Moves In, Iowa Moves Out | Continued
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Sarah Palin RNC Speech video and text – 2008

The McCain staff did a nice job of writing this speech for Governor Palin. Mr. Chairman, delegates, and fellow citizens: I am honored to be considered for the nomination for Vice President of the United States… I accept the call to help our nominee for president to serve and defend America. I accept the challenge […]

4Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Sarah Palin RNC Speech video and text – 2008 | Continued
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Andy of Mayberry for President

One of the Republican talking heads was on television today saying that there are about 100 cities of over a million people in America and there are 10,000 cities with fewer than 10,000 people.  “We are a nation of small cities.” That is their defense of Sara Palin for Vice President.  Whooee!  Why don’t we […]

3Sep2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Karl Rove on Palin and election (video)

The Washington Post is very generous in sharing information (well, I guess that is their job). This writer believes that Karl Rove is an excellent example of someone who does things right – but seldom does the right things.  This is a man who has successfully shaped American politics the past eight years.  This is […]

2Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Karl Rove on Palin and election (video) | Continued
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Political Humor – 2008

These cartoons are made available by the Time web site.  Thanks to Time for sharing.  Others are self attributed.

1Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Political Humor – 2008 | Continued
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Barack Obama DNC speech, Video and Text, 8-28-2008

Some speeches are meant to be read, some to be heard.  Barack Obama’s style punctuates his rhetoric with exponential force.  Obama’s speeches are meant to be heard – delivered by Obama himself. Barack Obama’s prepared speech for the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, August 29, 2008. “Four years ago, I stood before you and […]

31Aug2008 | | Comments Off on Barack Obama DNC speech, Video and Text, 8-28-2008 | Continued
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Obama and Biden on 60 Minutes

These are true statesmen. Senator Barack Obama is ready to talk policy – he does not have to attack John McCain for making the most ludicrous choice for Vice President since that guy in 1856.

31Aug2008 | | Comments Off on Obama and Biden on 60 Minutes | Continued
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Joe Biden DNC Speech Text & Video, 8-27-2008

Joe Biden was emotionally introduced by his son Beau. Beau is the Attorney General of the State of Deleware. He is also a Captain in the Army Guard – in a unit that is being activated for duty in Iraq. Beau Biden is on his way to Iraq. Here is the Biden speech: I love […]

28Aug2008 | | Comments Off on Joe Biden DNC Speech Text & Video, 8-27-2008 | Continued
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A Season for Hope – Ted Kennedy

This writer grew up watching the Kennedy family. We watched and followed John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. We cried with the nation when those great men were assassinated. We were saddened when Senator Ted Kennedy seemed to fail the legacy. But Ted Kennedy is a man who demonstrates that there is salvation in America. […]

26Aug2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Michael Phelps, Pro Bowl in Eight Positions

Michael Phelps won eight gold medals in one Olympics.  Mark Spitz won seven in the 1972 Olympics.  Johnny Weissmuller won four in the 1928  Olympics.  All in swimming.  So multiple gold medals is not unheard of.  But it is certainly unusual.  Why is this so? This writer has been digesting the news of the Phelps […]

20Aug2008 | | Comments Off on Michael Phelps, Pro Bowl in Eight Positions | Continued
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The Bird’s Nest – Cradle of the Future? (Video)

China has given the world a demonstration of their claim on the future. The opening ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics are unrivaled – and will remain unrivaled for generations. The grandeur of the Chinese coming out party was a delicate mix of technology and humanity. At the center of the spectacle was “The […]

10Aug2008 | | Comments Off on The Bird’s Nest – Cradle of the Future? (Video) | Continued
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Obama on Hardball, 4-2-2008

Barack Obama is the guest on Hardball’s College tour. I’ll give some summary comments. Matthews: “How do we know you are tough enough?” Omaba: “…I am leading in a contest with a very powerful political Clinton machine – I think I have proved I am tough…” Matthews, “Can you ignore public opinion to do the […]

3Apr2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Obama Clinton Ohio debate, 2-26-2008

6:30 PM CST at Cleveland State University. The debate should be interesting. We will open with a brief synopsis of the past few days and then have a running commentary during the debate – the post will be updated every 15 – 20 minutes, the first update at about 8:20 PM CST. I sit at […]

27Feb2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Schizophrenic Politics – a Penrose Triangle

The observation of politics is a science and an art. The Love/Hate relationships of candidates create that schizophrenic confusion that befuddles ordinary people. The triangles of relationships is unsettling. Obama and McCain challenge each other – but what is the context? We can follow an argument, or debate if you will, along logical lines – […]

26Feb2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Mike Huckabee on SNL

Son, I don’t know what Mike Huckabee is trying to accomplish.  He has certainly become a national figure – but….  What I one say – he has a good sense of humor, if not a good sense of politics… I watched this clip with mixed feelings.  This is a former Governor, a good man with […]

24Feb2008 | | Comments Off on Mike Huckabee on SNL | Continued
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Ralph Nader is a Beetle

Son, Ralph Nader is running for President – again. Well, he is not actually running for President – he is running for wackiest looney to have ever achieved notoriety. His sad story began with legitimate consumer safety studies that changed the way people view transportation. He changed the world of auto making – and in […]

24Feb2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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An American Epic – the Election of 2008

Son, Pay attention.  Don’t blink.  We are watching history unfold.  We are seeing voters showing up for Party Primaries in numbers that are unprecedented.   The Democratic Party is drawing twice the number the Republicans are drawing.  We see a black man, a woman, and aging war hero, and an evangelical Christian minister in the […]

13Feb2008 | | Comments Off on An American Epic – the Election of 2008 | Continued
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McCain looks to Rove

Son, The ultimate in betrayal. The turning on one’s followers. The lost hope. John McCain was once the hope of the Republican Party. McCain was the man who was to bring the Party back from the wacko fringe of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. He was the man who was to restore the Reagan Revolution. […]

11Feb2008 | | Comments Off on McCain looks to Rove | Continued
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George Wallace Tie – 1968

Son, As I said before, I collect political campaign paraphernalia. Some people have asked to see a picture of my George Wallace tie from the 1968 Presidential election. Here is the tie with a 1988 campaign button for Jesse Jackson. I had to attach them because of the striking contrast. What do you suppose this […]

30Jan2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Republican Debate, 1-24-08

Son, Brian Williams is on stage to moderate his biased colleague Tim Russert. The Republicans are at it. These folks are much less inspiring than the Democrats. Is this because I don’t believe that any one of these men will be elected President. Perhaps. At any rate the Republican debate is at times boring. Mike […]

25Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Barack Obama at Ebenezer Baptist Church

Son, Barack Obama is a compelling speaker. He spoke on January 20, 2008, at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Coincidentally – one year until George W. Bush is out of office. Dad

22Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Barack Obama at Ebenezer Baptist Church | Continued
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Bush – the Jimmy Carter of Republicans

Son, We should thank George Bush. He is the Jimmy Carter of Republicans. People talk about the Reagan Revolution – it was really the anti-Carter Revolution. Bush has led this country to a new revolution. His hard line on everything has highlighted the fundamental problem with being hard line. He has highlighted the fundamental problem […]

8Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Bush – the Jimmy Carter of Republicans | Continued
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Resolutions 2008 – WWJD

Son, Faith is expounded by all candidates.  Hey – the evangelicals have done a good job in politics.  They have swayed elections.  They have gained power.  They influence the national debate. I just wrote a post on Mike Huckabee.  He is that one guy who is a Christian Minister who is running for President.  I […]

2Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Resolutions 2008 – WWJD | Continued
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2008 Resolutions – Gotta have a list

Son, The idea of resolve – what a concept. Who needs it? What about a parent – should they have resolve? How about Democrats, or Republicans – what might resolve look like in a political party? And how about elected government leaders – a little resolve could go a long way with those folks. So […]

1Jan2008 | | Comments Off on 2008 Resolutions – Gotta have a list | Continued
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The Year of Fear – 2008

Son, Irony abounds. An Election for President of the U. S. is upon us. We are talking about the leader of the free world. Some candidates for this heralded office use fear to jerk the chains of voters. Freedom and fear are not compatible concepts. Further irony reeks from the pores of candidate supporters – […]

30Dec2007 | | Comments Off on The Year of Fear – 2008 | Continued