I Have a Dream… A Capitalist Dream

From Dr. King’s famous and inspiring speech,

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Contrary to popular opinion, Barack Obama’s election to the Presidency was for the most part, a betrayal of Dr. King’s dream. Why? Because his historic victory was buttressed by the many who voted for Sen. Obama, not because of his character, but because of the color of his skin (Columnist Bret Prelutsky makes the same point in Mourning in America).

Then there is this,

King family seeks to cash in on MLK-Obama items

What kind of items? For example, t-shirts like one the woman on the left is wearing in this picture:

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(Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

Is it just me or does the shot look like a capture from one of those annoying ‘lower your interest rate’ web ads?

According to the story, MLK’s nephew, Isaac Newton Farris Jr., who is the head of the King Center, said this about the merchandise in question,

Some of this is probably putting food on people’s plates. We’re not trying to stop anybody from legitimately supporting themselves, but we cannot allow our brand to be abused.

Our brand, huh? Intere$ting…

On a related note, here is a picture from L.A.,

obama-mlk-malcolm-xAnne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Wow, some enterprising soul hit a trey from the corner by sneaking Malcolm X into a shirt. I wonder if his people are going to throw their hat into the ring.

The $us$pen$e is riveting…

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Ben Shapiro Hits the Nail on the Head

One of the things that was hyped up in this recent election was the newfound enthusiasm of youth towards Barack Obama the political process.

Cue the music:

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I was personally told that it was exciting to see so many young people voting and caring about the direction their country would be taking in the next 4 years.

That’s good and all but are the folks who waxed poetic about all this aware that no good has come out of youth-fueled political movements? While it is not a given that age brings wisdom, for the most part it can be said that age does bring valuable experience. What is done with that experience is, of course, at the mercy of human nature/depravity.

These thoughts swirled around in my head, then I ran across this column by 24-year-old (gasp!) Ben Shapiro:

The Sheer Idiocy of Following Youth Movements

He lists several historical examples (Hitler Youth, Soviet Communism, Maoism, etc) to back up his thesis.

Here’s how Shapiro closes it out,

Young people should be involved in politics — they should protect their interests. But they, like all other voters, should be expected to get informed, not just motivated; they, like all other voters, should be expected to learn about policy, not merely follow a leader.

And the rest of America should be expected to take the voting preferences of those who have never studied history, held a job, paid a bill, or built a family, with a large grain of salt.

Right on the head…

Comparing Barack Obama to Royalty

No, the post does not refer to the endless and erroneous comparisons to Camelot, the closest America has had to even a hint of royalty.

The comparison is to Princess Di and it came in one of the 2 columns referenced here.

Both of these pieces ran in the UK’s Daily Mail, quick someone cue up Paperback Writer!

One piece is written by Peter Hitchens (below)

The night we waved goodbye to America… our last best hope on Earth

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To paraphrase Brian Giles, “his brother’s Christopher”

Whether or not Mr. Hitchens’ laid it on a little thick with the column’s title can only be ascertained after reading his opinion. I thought he made a couple of keen and dispassionate observations.

Here’s the intro to the column,

Anyone would think we had just elected a hip, skinny and youthful replacement for God, with a plan to modernise Heaven and Hell – or that at the very least John Lennon had come back from the dead.

The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilisation. At least Mandela-worship – its nearest equivalent – is focused on a man who actually did something.

I really don’t see how the Obama devotees can ever in future mock the Moonies, the Scientologists or people who claim to have been abducted in flying saucers. This is a cult like the one which grew up around Princess Diana, bereft of reason and hostile to facts.

It can be argued that Obamamania hasn’t been described any better than this.

The second piece is by Liz Jones and it focuses on our future First Lady, Michelle Obama.
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New Zo Vid: “The Aftermath”

Zo, the guy in “One of the Best Videos You’ll Ever Watch”, is at it again.

Here’s his reaction to the 2008 Presidential Election:

Ann Coulter’s Reaction to Election Results

Whatever one might think of right-wing pundit Ann Coulter (below, posing with Bookman from Good Times), one cannot help but be drawn to her first post-election column. The same would be the case for one of her left-wing counterparts had Sen. McCain won, though that box of Lucky Charms would come with a free “I’m moving to Canada” toy inside, but I digress.

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After 2 years of continuously (perhaps uncharitably) referring to the now President-elect by his full name in her columns, one could almost imagine what sort of mischief the willowy Ms. Coulter had up her designer sleeve.

Well, the wait is over for friend and foe alike.

The opening line sets the table. She comments on the historicity of last night’s outcome,

Last night was truly a historic occasion: For only the second time in her adult life, Michelle Obama was proud of her country!

Click on the link below to read the rest of the column:

The Reign of Lame Falls Mainly on McCain

Senator Barack Obama wins the 2008 Student Council Election

That is ABC’s projection at least. If this inevitability holds up (and it will), Sen. Obama becomes the first biracial individual to be elected President of these United States.

What I think interesting about this whole deal is the focus on how we as a nation have come a long way in exorcising our racist demons of years past. Tonight I watched/heard a black U.S. Congressman say on national television that (I’m paraphrasing) America is ready to bury its race burden.

Really? I agree, racism (regardless of the criterion) is an evil that should be buried and done away with (one day it will but not by our efforts) but is this nation ready to bury its race burden?

Not judging by this election. Not when a large number of people vote for a candidate based mostly (if not solely) on the basis of the color of his skin (or half of his ancestry).

A black person voting for Barack Obama on the grounds that he’s half-black is just as racist as a white person voting for McCain on the grounds that he isn’t half-black. A Mexican voter voting for a Mexican candidate just because of his ethnicity is equally injurious. Racism is racism no matter who it’s coming from.

I truly believe that true progress would be marked by a total disregard for a candidate’s ethnicity or skin color. Color blindness is not making a huge deal of the melanin a person’s genes are programmed to express. Color blindness is looking past this, not focusing on it as has been done ad nauseam throughout this laborious election process.

Congratulations to Senator Obama on winning what has become, the world’s most important popularity contest. He should thank the press for delivering this victory to him, I would (tonight, ABC’s Diane Sawyer found it a Sisyphean task to contain her glee).

Judging by the amount of people present at his victory party, methinks the President-elect needs a bigger Jeep than this one (click on the pic and watch the celebratory hilarity ensue):
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Just so long as he keeps the tires properly inflated…

Barack Obama Gets Ready for the Big Show

I don’t mean this show:

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(Fark credit:  Unknown farker)

But rather the post’s title refers to his coming victory in the Presidential election and subsequent celebration.

As for the Church, no matter who does win, our co-mission remains the same.

May God help him and us all.