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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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President-elect: ‘You can call me Barack’

Posted November 26, 2008 5:15 PM Veronica Lewis bows for President-elect Barack Obama, and his family, from left, Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha, 7, (hidden) Malia, 10, distributing Thanksgiving turkeys at the food bank at St. Columbanus Catholic Church on the South Side of Chicago today. (AP Photo by Pablo Martinez by Mark Silva On the […]

27Nov2008 | | Comments Off on President-elect: ‘You can call me Barack’ | Continued
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The Barack Obama Fan Club

Barack Obama has a fan club.  The fans own the club.  They are the club.  Without the fans there would be no club.  The Barack Obama Fan Club is inclusive, anyone who wants to join is welcome.  And no one knows this better than Barack Obama.  Obama defined the rules before the Fan Club was […]

9Nov2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Barack Obama, Romanticism Restored

H. W. Brands has written a compelling biography of Teddy Roosevelt, “T. R. The Last Romantic.” Published by BasicBooks in 1997, Brands biographical depiction of Roosevelt is as intriguing as any novel. But I cannot help making a comparison to Barack Obama of 2008.

6Nov2008 | | Comments Off on Barack Obama, Romanticism Restored | Continued
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Barack and Michelle – Happy Together

3Nov2008 | | Comments Off on Barack and Michelle – Happy Together | 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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Senator Obama, To Sir With Love

Senator Obama, Thank you.  You have brought a sense of hope to this country, nay – to this world.  It seems so long since we felt hope. On  September 11, 2001, the rooster crowed.  A new age was upon us but the world was slow to awaken.  Stumbling in the early morning darkness we knocked […]

29Oct2008 | | 9 comments | Continued
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Who is That Masked Man? (Obama)

Every time we hear McCain or Palin say, “Who is Barack Obama?” we have to laugh to ourselves.  They remind us of the town folks in the small town that has just been rescued by The Lone Ranger – they always ask, “Who was that Masked Man?”  The next person marvels, “I don’t know.  But […]

14Oct2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Obama and the Christian Right

The conservative media and christian right refers to “The Liberal Blogosphere” and the “Liberal Media” and the “Liberal Internet.”  We looked around the internet and found these clips attacking Obama.  According to these folks Obama is anti-christian, the anti-Christ, a Muslim, and anything else they can think of. This writer believes the Bible is not […]

7Oct2008 | | 1 comment | 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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Video – Kennedys endorse Obama, from MSNBC

Son, I could not capture the power of the news conference today. My earlier post has some of the quotes from the Kennedys – but the written word cannot capture their presence. We can all have hopes for the future of America. Hopes for Social Justice, for health care, for education, for peace, for prosperity, […]

25Aug2008 | | Comments Off on Video – Kennedys endorse Obama, from MSNBC | Continued
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Obama, More Perfect Union speech

11Apr2008 | | Comments Off on Obama, More Perfect Union speech | Continued
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Al Gore in Obama Administration

What role might Al Gore play in the upcoming Barack Obama Presidential Administration. Here is a good discussion on MSNBC:

3Apr2008 | | Comments Off on Al Gore in Obama Administration | Continued
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Hillary’s Dignity Tank Is On Empty

John McCain is a sharp politician. Many people have criticized his decisions, his shifting allegances, and his fence-sitting positions in this primary. But he is winning. He has a lot of exerience winning and he has enough foresight to know that he has to make some smooth moves and some hard decisions to unite the […]

20Mar2008 | | Comments Off on Hillary’s Dignity Tank Is On Empty | Continued
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Declaring Independence from Politics as Usual

Son, This is truly an exciting election.  I have said Revolution, and the numbers continue to support that conclusion.  Wisconsin is important.  This state represents a string of victories for Barack Obama – with a two week break before the next big primaries in Texas and Ohio.  But are there any other demographic changes from […]

20Feb2008 | | Comments Off on Declaring Independence from Politics as Usual | Continued
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“Yes We Can,” The Mantra of Barack Obama

Son, Supporters of Barack Obama have created this inspiring video.  There is a clear demonstration of unity across race, age, gender, and gifted talented people. Barack Obama has inspired America. We must help share this message of hope.  This is not just about America – it is about standing up at a time when our […]

5Feb2008 | | Comments Off on “Yes We Can,” The Mantra of Barack Obama | Continued
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Maria Shriver Endorses Obama

Son, I am shocked – but not surprised. Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger, the First Lady of California, married to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, is endorsing Barack Obama. She appeared in California today with Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Caroline Kennedy in a shocking and surprising presentation. Maria Shriver is the daughter of Sargeant Shriver – a get […]

4Feb2008 | | Comments Off on Maria Shriver Endorses Obama | Continued
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Clinton-Obama, Democratic Debate, 1-31-08

Son, For the first time ever we are watching a woman and an African-American debate for the nomination of their party for President of the United States. Wolf Blitzer has just introduced the candidates. There is a couple of minutes of photo-ops. The stakes are very high – with only five days to the Super […]

1Feb2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Obama is shaping the national debate

Son, Giuliani was on television tonight – talking about the need to overcome the idea of red states and blues states, noting that we have to be united. Romney is on right now – talking about a new generation of problems.  New technologies and new competitors on the world market.  “We must leave our children […]

30Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Clinton Ambushed Obama in Florida

Son, Hillary Clinton played a nasty game tonight. She ambushed Barack Obama in Florida. How so? There was no open competition. The Democratic National Committee chose not to recognize the Florida Primary because Florida chose to move the date of the Primary. The candidates had agreed not to campaign in Florida and to not accept […]

30Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Video comparing Obama to Robert Kennedy

Son, The excitement of hope has returned to America. I was 18 and eligible for the draft when Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. An entire generation of Americans was devastated. I remember the sense of loss, loss of hope, loss of dreams. Today I believe there are better days ahead. Dad

29Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Video comparing Obama to Robert Kennedy | Continued
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A Sense of Hope, A Sense of Destiny…. Kennedy

Son, Inspiring events are happening in America. Civil Rights, Social Justice, workers, disabled, education, voters rights, quality Health Care, Senator Edward Kennedy. There is a movement afoot, and the Republicans will not be able to stop it. Senator Kennedy is endorsing Mr. Obama as I write and I can barely keep up. “…Courage, insight, bold […]

29Jan2008 | | Comments Off on A Sense of Hope, A Sense of Destiny…. Kennedy | Continued
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Kennedys endorse Obama – so what?

Son, There is an old axiom in local politics, “When someone or some group endorses you, you get all of their enemies and none of their friends.”  Is this true?  What can an endorsement by Ted Kennedy add to Mr. Obama’s candidacy. This is important on a couple of notes.  Senator Kennedy has as many […]

27Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Kennedys endorse Obama – so what? | Continued
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Video – Obama South Carolina Victory Speech

Son, This man could stand on the stage with Abraham Lincoln.  Watch for yourself. Dad

27Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Video – Obama South Carolina Victory Speech | Continued
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Obama speech in South Carolina.

Son, I was able to capture some of Obama’s words. There is no way I could capture the power. Mr. Obama has the oratory skills of Abraham Lincoln. The depth of his intellect is inspiring – This man is the real deal. Here is some of what he said: “Where we are met with cynicism […]

27Jan2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Obama South Carolina Slide Show – powerful!

Son, I know that you caucused for Obama in Iowa. You should be proud. This man is sweeping the nation with the Audacity of Hope. This is not just a title of a book. This man is real and people are seeing his power. Caroline Kennedy is endorsing Obama tomorrow with an op-ed that is […]

27Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Obama South Carolina Slide Show – powerful! | Continued
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Obama Iowa Victory Speech

Son, Obama is an orator of Lincoln proportions.  Cameras love some politicians, the microphone loves Barack Obama.  Attached here is the speech Mr. Obama gave after his victory in Iowa. Dad

27Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Obama Iowa Victory Speech | Continued
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Obama has the national Delegate lead

Son, This South Carolina primary election is really big.  The Obama campaign was hoping to win up to 20 of the 45 delegates available in South Carolina.  It looks like they will round up over 25 delegates.  Obama already had a couple of delegates lead over Clinton. This clearly puts Obama in the driver’s seat.  […]

27Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Obama has the national Delegate lead | Continued
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Obama Wins South Carolina- AP says Rout!

Son, This is a big day in American Politics. Barack Obama has won the South Carolina Democratic Primary. The Associated Press is calling this victory a rout. The white vote split three ways with Obama, Clinton, and Edwards. What can this mean? Obama continues to show strength. He seemed to lose some steam after Iowa […]

27Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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MSNBC Dumbs Down Demographics

Son, The constant harping on polls by demographics is wearing thin. Chris Matthews and Tim Russert have to be two of the worst. The suggestion is that people can only vote for people like themselves. Women vote for women. Blacks vote for blacks. Matthews votes for Russert. This denigration of masses of people based on […]

26Jan2008 | | Comments Off on MSNBC Dumbs Down Demographics | Continued
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Race is perception – why it matters in politics

Son, I am a baby boomer – that generation of people that outnumber the rest of you folks. We grew up with civil rights and anti-war protesting and counter culture movements. Today we are skeptical about those who wish to claim the mantle of leadership for cultural change. Race is always important. We loved Martin […]

26Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Race is perception – why it matters in politics | Continued
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Democratic Debate – January 21, 2008

Son, These folks are working hard to distinguish themselves from the crowd.  They have similar position on a variety of issues – so what is left to distinguish.  Leadership, character, honesty, courage…  This sounds personal – but I think there is purpose. Obama has been doing well – and that attracts attention.  Clinton and Edwards […]

22Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Democratic Debate – January 21, 2008 | Continued
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Meet the Press – Jan 20, 2008, on Obama

Son, Meet the Press has finally come around to having real journalist participating – rather than have Tim Russert looking for sound bites. This is actually a good discussion on the candidacy of Obama. Dad

22Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Meet the Press – Jan 20, 2008, on Obama | 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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The Nevada Debate, 1-15-08, Domestic Issues

Son, The final section of the debate is on domestic issues – but the first question is on support of the military at college and universities and whether ROTC should be offered and military recruiters should be allowed on campus. Clinton says “Yes, they should allow recruiters and not do anything to disrespect the military.” […]

16Jan2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Nevada Democratic Debate, 1-15-08, economy

Son, The debate continues. Williams, Many financial corporations are selling shares overseas, how does this strike you? ” Hillary, “I am very concerned, these are called sovereign wealth funds and they are controlled by governmental entities.  We’ve got to know more about them… But let’s look at how we got here – our institutions made […]

16Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Nevada Democratic Debate, 1-15-08, economy | Continued
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Nevada Democratic Debate, 1-15-08, beyond race

Son, The debate continues after addressing the issues of race.  Brian Williams, Tim Russert, and Natalie Morallis are the moderators. To Edwards – What  is a white male to do running against these candidacies. Edwards – “This says really good things about America.” Williams do you regret saying that Hillary is likable enough?  Obama, “Yes, […]

16Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Nevada Democratic Debate, 1-15-08, beyond race | Continued
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Nevada Democratic Debate, 1-15-08, On race

Son, The debate is on.  Brian William is giving the introduction of a Q & A format.  Time Russert is there – unfortunately.  But Brian Williams is a fair journalist and will moderate his colleague.    It begins with race. BW to Clinton: How did we get here? Clinton, “MLK’s dreams have been realized.  Senator […]

16Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Nevada Democratic Debate, 1-15-08, On race | Continued
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Tim Russert plays the gender card

Son, Tim Russert was ‘interviewing’ Hillary Clinton on Meet the Press this morning.  His line of questioning suggested his chauvinism rests just under the surface.  Russert asked of Hillary, “What was the moment of greatest adversity for you?”   Hillary’s answer, “We all know the answer to that.” Yes we do – and so did Russert.  […]

14Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Tim Russert plays the gender card | Continued
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Hillary Clinton with Tim Russert

Son, Tim Russert played his cards at the table of a master.  He came up short.  But that is why Hillary Clinton is busy running for President and Tim Russert is busy sucking up to his buddy Chris Matthews and the corporate bosses who manage the media.  One can almost see Russert thinking, “Oh Boy, […]

13Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Political endorsement, any value?

Son, There is an old axiom in local politics, “When someone or some group endorses you, you get all of their enemies and none of their friends.” Who knows?  We do know that politicians actively seek endorsements. Readers – what do you think – are endorsements valuable? Dad

11Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Political endorsement, any value? | Continued
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Hey Hillary – You go Girl!

Son, It is a great night for Democrats.  The pollsters and pundits, including me, guessed wrong on New Hampshire.  Hillary Clinton has pulled off a win that leaves the Democratic Party in a healthy position to continue this race. John Edwards is saying that he will continue through the convention.  Barack Obama has great strength.  […]

9Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Hey Hillary – You go Girl! | Continued
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Take That! Al Sharpton

Son, I am so tickled at Obama’s success. He has demonstrated that Black leaders are not just loud mouthed buffoons with a shallow and selfish agenda. Of course, I am speaking of Al Sharpton.  Barack Obam is a poke in Al Sharpton’s bigoted eye. Even setting Imus aside, Sharpton runs around the country, as he […]

9Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Take That! Al Sharpton | Continued
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Obama fulfills Martin Luther King’s Dream

Son, Win or lose, Obama has fulfilled the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.   I will quote some of that famous mastery or oratory here: “…I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that […]

9Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Obama fulfills Martin Luther King’s Dream | Continued
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Bambi Obama

Son, Barack Obama has been anointed. Personally I am happy for him and for our country. But when a super star rises and the people rally – objective politics is endangered. Who wants to shoot Bambi? Dad An afterthought – I wrote the above post with on a whim. It had already been posted when […]

8Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Bambi Obama | Continued
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For Whom The Bell Tolls

Son, No demographic is an island, intire of it self; every demographic is a piece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Political Parties, American is the less, as well as if a promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of […]

8Jan2008 | | Comments Off on For Whom The Bell Tolls | Continued
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Obama Rising

Son, Success is often dependent on understanding environment, on understanding culture, being willing to take a chance, and having a little patience.  Success requires paying attention and being nurturing.  Success requires purposeful deliberation. Barack Obama has these qualities. A good chef knows that his product is dependent on all of these qualities.  So does a […]

6Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Obama Rising | Continued
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A Personal Understanding of Racism

Son, I grew up in a segregated America.  My parents would have qualified as third generation hillbillies who came to town to work.  We lived in a mixed race neighborhood in an inner city.  Those were days when a fist fight on the corner was just that – no one pulled out a knife or […]

5Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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NH Political Predictions of Ohg Rea Tone

Son, Some processes are all about momentum.  Momentum is not arbitrary – there are roots of rationale.  There is cause and purpose.  The forces at play in breaking the sled loose continue to propel – mass in motion is difficult to stop.  The block of votes gained in Iowa have gravitational pull that directly correlates […]

4Jan2008 | | Comments Off on NH Political Predictions of Ohg Rea Tone | Continued
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Obama – the time has come

Son. The time has come for change in America. The genie is out of the bottle. The magic is in the air. Fresh breezes are blowing. Spring will see new life. How many ways can this be said. Barack Obama has sent a message to the White House. Barack Obama has sent a message to […]

4Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Obama – the time has come | Continued