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Congratulations to President-Elect Obama
Posted by: Dale Franks on Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Unlike the more unhinged portions of the left for the past eight years—and as of tonight, some on the right—I won't be declaring that "Barack Obama is not my president!"

I expect that over the next four years, I will actively oppose many of his policies. But I'm uninterested in getting into the swamp of Obama Derangement Syndrome. I just hope our friends on the left remember their stirring slogan of the past eight years: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

But that's for the future. It will come soon enough.

But tonight, I am reminded of when I was 11 years old.

I was a sixth-grader at C. E. King Junior High in Sheldon, Texas. One day, the principal, Mr. Nichter, made an announcement over the PA system that we would all be required to attend an all-student assembly in the Gym.

Naturally, we wondered what it was all about, since a full student assembly, aside from the Friday afternoon pep rallies during football season—it was Texas, after all—was unheard of.

When we were all assembled, Mr. Nichter stepped up to the podium to announce that the following day, three black students would be attending Sheldon schools, starting the next day. Two would be attending Parkway Elementary, right down the street, and one would be attending C. E. King. We were sternly warned that the occasion of the first-ever black children attending school in the Sheldon Independent School District was not, under any circumstances, to be a cause for any trouble.

And it wasn't. The next day, those three children began school, and...nothing happened. But, clearly, this was a subject that had given the adults who ran the school some cause for concern.

And why shouldn't it? For those people remembered a time, barely a decade previously, when black people could not only not attend a Sheldon school, they couldn't vote, eat at the same restaurant, or even drink from the same water fountains as white people.

As Mr. Obama came to the stage tonight, Jesse Jackson was in attendance. Tears were streaming down his face.

Forget the Jesse Jackson you know now, and whatever you may think of him. Whatever he has become over the years, think of him as he was 43 years ago.

On "Bloody Sunday"—March 7, 1965—when the Selma to Montgomery marchers were savagely beaten by police for the temerity of marching to the state capitol to ask, as American citizens, for the right to vote, he was a young seminarian at Chicago Theological Seminary. When he heard this, he and some friends drove down to join the march.

For days, they tried to march. It took two weeks to complete the march. Despite the harassment of police, obstruction, and the ever-present danger of another Bloody Sunday, they marched.

So, I looked at Jesse Jackson's tears, and I thought, here is a man who, in the space of his adult life, has watched black people beaten for peacefully demanding their basic rights as American citizens...and a black man elected president of the United States.

And for that reason, whatever else Mr. Obama's election might mean tomorrow, for tonight, it is something worth celebrating.
 
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"It is one of the great weaknesses of reasonable men and women that they imagine that projects which fly in the face of commonsense are not serious or being seriously undertaken."

- Margaret Thatcher
 
Written By: Adriane
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"I just hope our friends on the left remember their stirring slogan of the past eight years: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."

The amount of time the left even remembers this sentiment will be measured in hours after the Jan. 20.
 
Written By: jpm100
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Congrats Mr. President. Though I disagree with most of what you ran on, you occupy the office and therefore have my respect.
 
Written By: meagain
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Altough I do not like Obama or his fan club whatsoever, as a musician/performer I can assure anyone who cares that I will never disparage this or any other President over a microphone and any performance ever. I’ve always felt that was bad form, distasteful, and immature.
 
Written By: David
URL: www.heavyrebel.net
On a similar note, I waited in line 1.5 hours yesterday and chatted with several of the people in line. When it became our time to vote, the gentleman that I had been chatting with, an African-American ~mid-60’s, called to who I assumed were his parents, who had been waiting inside (it was in the 70’s here in North Alabama yesterday) while their place in line was held. He had to help steady his mother’s hand to draw the line.

I was watcing her, thinking about everything that she had witnessed during her lifetime. When she finished, the biggest grin covered her face. It was a special moment. I was glad for her.
 
Written By: Is
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Dale, I have to say, your current piece gave me goose-bumbs (the feel-good kind). I was a former poster here at QandO but haven’t posted anything in years...but I still like to come in and see your (and McQ’s and everyone else’s) sentiments on the current news/issues.
We’re obviously on opposite ends as far as parties are concerned but yesterday proved to be bigger than parties.
You guys keep it up, I’m sure the left will give you plenty to write about in the next few years : )

DannyBoy
 
Written By: DannyBoy
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I often say that I was in the third grade before there were any black kids in my class. The same kids had been in my grade since kindergarten but I was never aware of their "blackness" until we were taught about the Civil Rights era (this was in the mid ’70s). That experience convinced me early on that race is a completely manufactured issue and that this moment would arrive eventually, probably being a largely non-event. Okay, it IS an event but not that major in the grand scheme of things.

Congratulations and Godspeed, President-elect Barack H. Obama. Don’t go wobbly and don’t screw up!
 
Written By: CR
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Good writing.

Let’s hope this throws a dent in the propensity to play the race card, and the reverse race card, and the race-card-playing card.. etc, etc.

There were some genuinely racist incidents in the election, but there were also more than a few overreactions and false positives. John McCain’s campaign, in this specific respect, was clean. Gracious concession speech, too.
 
Written By: glasnost
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Let’s hope this throws a dent in the propensity to play the race card, and the reverse race card, and the race-card-playing card.. etc, etc.
Then your side should stop doing it for real instead of baiting it.
 
Written By: capt joe
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McCain’s concession speech showed the good man I would have voted for in 2000, before he realized he had to pander to the hateful (Palin) right to win.
 
Written By: TomD
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As Mr. Obama came to the stage tonight, Jesse Jackson was in attendance. Tears were streaming down his face.
He was crying because of his newfound irrelevance
 
Written By: shark
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He was crying because of his newfound irrelevance
Now, now...
 
Written By: Dale Franks
URL: http://www.qando.net
Dale, don’t take this the wrong way, but I would have regarded you as too intelligent to fall for the guff of "race." We, that is to say anyone recognizing Obama as a dangerous socialist, did not bring up the racial issue. Obama’s supporters did, creating faux "outrage" throughout the campaign. Even now, we have the irrelevant "first black president" constantly shoved down our throat. Really? I never saw him as a "black man," but as a dangerous, unprepared child who will be weak against our enemies while ruining our domestic economy. He could be of Franco-Teutonic-Filipino descent like me, and I’d still oppose him.

Yes, there was systemic racism in American history up until the last third of the 20th century. So what? Those times are past, and they are — or ought to be — irrelevant in today’s perspectives. Why should the bad events of the past make today’s happenings any more "special" or "remarkable," and why should I accept that someone is given an advantage because people before me (I was born after the so-called "Civil Rights" movement) sinned against others of his skin color?

But now we have our first affirmative action president, whose election is some sort of "reparations" for the past. And like any other affirmative action beneficiary, the person was completely unqualified but was "helped up" because of his skin tone. Moreover, I can’t believe you, or anyone else blogging here, has yet to pick up on this: Obama isn’t like most black Americans! His white mother met an African student during the Civil Rights days, but Obama doesn’t have slaves and sharecroppers in his family. He has nothing, NOTHING in his heritage in common with black Americans who did in fact endure the likes of Jim Crow. Well, nothing except attending a "black liberation" church for two decades.

So when Obama’s black supporters cheer about how "a black man finally will be president," it shows me their racism. But somehow I’m the racist one, the "selfish" one, because I actually believe in keeping what I earn from government’s grubby hands.

meagain: respect is earned, not bestowed. I’m not going to respect a damn thief who uses the weapon as government to punish me for being more economically successful than others.

Is: what that old woman experienced in her lifetime is still irrelevant. It still does not give her the right to vote for an overt socialist who wants to redistribute my property.

CR: Race IS in fact manufactured. I took a "race and gender" class in college. "Race is a social construct" was the only true thing the professor ever taught us.
 
Written By: Perry Eidelbus
URL: http://eidelblog.blogspot.com
I am proud of America for electing to vote for hope, and not let cynicism stop them.

I can see a picture, maybe framed, maybe not, maybe just cut from the front page of today’s paper, placed up on the kitchen walls of many houses, so parents can point to it and say "See? Yes, you CAN."


".. but you should pull your trousers up."
 
Written By: George
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How old are you, Perry?
 
Written By: Dale Franks
URL: http://www.qando.net
No, pulling the "you’re too young to have seen" card will not work. I may be younger than you are, but I do know better.

My age is also irrelevant to the fact that every mention of Obama as "black" is contrary to the mindset we’re supposed to have. Judging people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, and all that. By that standard, I judge Obama as a very poor man for associating with known terrorists, for corruption in getting earmarks for the hospital where his wife works, and for daring to accuse me of being "selfish" for wanting to keep what I earn.

Either we have moved beyond the point where race is an issue, or we have not, and it’s perpetually Obama’s supporters, not you or I, who make it an issue.

I’ll leave you with this joke, my own, that I sent to McQ a while back:

Approaching the end of his presidency, George W. Bush works with the Democrat-controlled Congress to write a law giving a one-time $250,000 reparations payment to each black American descended from slaves. Democrats naturally support it wholeheartedly, and Bush convinces barely enough Republicans so it would pass: "Just trust me." But the GOP can’t believe it when Bush proudly announces that he’s invited Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to the signing ceremony.

So there’s the trio in the Oval Office, surrounded by White House aides and the press. Jesse’s thinking how the money will come in handy for his child support payments, and Al’s dreaming of a hamburger run. Bush signs the bill and then asks the two, "Do you happen to have your checkbooks with you today?" Jesse and Al look at Bush quizzically and simultaneously say, "What do you mean?"

Bush replies, "Well, I guess you missed the key amendment that Republicans put in. Reparations will be paid out after deducting the costs of welfare, housing projects and other federal social spending for black Americans, and after giving reparations to descendants of Union Army men who died in the Civil War. Rather than receive $250,000, the GAO calculates that each black American instead owes $39,165."

Jesse blurts out, "That’s ridiculous! I was never on welfare. Why should I pay for something that never involved me?"

Al blows up, "Yeah, and why should money go to the descendants who were never hurt themselves?"

Bush looks up with a smile, his eyes twinkling. "Bingo!"
 
Written By: Perry Eidelbus
URL: http://eidelblog.blogspot.com
No, pulling the "you’re too young to have seen" card will not work. I may be younger than you are, but I do know better.

My age is also irrelevant to the fact that every mention of Obama as "black" is contrary to the mindset we’re supposed to have. Judging people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, and all that. By that standard, I judge Obama as a very poor man for associating with known terrorists, for corruption in getting earmarks for the hospital where his wife works, and for daring to accuse me of being "selfish" for wanting to keep what I earn.

Either we have moved beyond the point where race is an issue, or we have not, and it’s perpetually Obama’s supporters, not you or I, who make it an issue.

I’ll leave you with this joke, my own, that I sent to McQ a while back:

Approaching the end of his presidency, George W. Bush works with the Democrat-controlled Congress to write a law giving a one-time $250,000 reparations payment to each black American descended from slaves. Democrats naturally support it wholeheartedly, and Bush convinces barely enough Republicans so it would pass: "Just trust me." But the GOP can’t believe it when Bush proudly announces that he’s invited Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to the signing ceremony.

So there’s the trio in the Oval Office, surrounded by White House aides and the press. Jesse’s thinking how the money will come in handy for his child support payments, and Al’s dreaming of a hamburger run. Bush signs the bill and then asks the two, "Do you happen to have your checkbooks with you today?" Jesse and Al look at Bush quizzically and simultaneously say, "What do you mean?"

Bush replies, "Well, I guess you missed the key amendment that Republicans put in. Reparations will be paid out after deducting the costs of welfare, housing projects and other federal social spending for black Americans, and after giving reparations to descendants of Union Army men who died in the Civil War. Rather than receive $250,000, the GAO calculates that each black American instead owes $39,165."

Jesse blurts out, "That’s ridiculous! I was never on welfare. Why should I pay for something that never involved me?"

Al blows up, "Yeah, and why should money go to the descendants who were never hurt themselves?"

Bush looks up with a smile, his eyes twinkling. "Bingo!"
 
Written By: Perry Eidelbus
URL: http://eidelblog.blogspot.com
HNIC?.....(sigh)....and great joke by the way.
 
Written By: DannyBoy
URL: http://
It’s my way of exposing the hypocrisy of black Obama supporters who see no problem using it.
 
Written By: Perry Eidelbus
URL: http://eidelblog.blogspot.com
You go, Perry.

+1
 
Written By: Billy Beck
URL: http://www.two—four.net/weblog.php

 
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