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One of the most quoted articles around today is David E. Sanger’s piece in The New York Times, Obama tilts to center, inviting a clash of ideas. His lead paragraph is a winner:

WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination with the enthusiastic support of the left wing of his party, fueled by his vehement opposition to the decision to invade Iraq and by one of the most liberal voting records in the Senate.

First off, Obama only received “enthusiastic support” from some people who are in the left wing, while others voted in fear of John McCain.

Second, he made one speech against the war while a candidate for the Illinois senate and took no other action to oppose the war. In the US Senate he voted to fund the war, like all of the other sitting Democratic Senators who were candidates for the nomination.

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November 22, 2008   10 Comments


It was afternoon and I was on my way to a chemistry class. I had stopped for a drink of water when the news came over the speakers in the classrooms.

For those who weren’t alive at the time: remember what you felt on September 11, 2001 for a taste of November 22, 1963. It was a massive change for the worldview of my generation and it marked the beginning of a period of disruption and decline in the civility of American society. Arthur had died and Camelot fell.

At his inauguration John Kennedy made the point: “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”

The colors of my world will never be as bright as they were on November 21, 1963.

November 22, 2008   8 Comments