Posted tagged ‘Politics’

Reverend Lowery’s Moving Benediction

January 21, 2009

Reverand Lowery’s Benediction (transcript, video) on the occasion of Barack Obama’s historic Inauguration lit a fire in my heart and my soul.

The man spoke from his guts. He used straightforward language, and he wasn’t afraid to say what was on his mind. Don’t call him a racist or a man who is stuck in the past; he is a national hero.

A lot of people want to sit on their laurels and celebrate the election of a black man to the highest office in this country. It is a noble accomplishment, and it is something which I hope will be remembered for a very long time. It is something I will tell my children about with pride, and that I will always look towards as a sign of hope and possibility.

But there is still a lot of suffering and discrimination in this world, and in this country. People are put down and kept down for reasons of race, religion, gender, sexuality and creed. Bigotry and hatred persist in this country despite the hard work of men like Reverend Lowery.

There are over 1,000 laws in this country that apply to heterosexual married couples, but do not apply to same-gender couples who are denied the right to marry. Muslim men and women are discriminated, stereotyped and racially profiled everywhere they go. People are judged by the color of their skin, their dress, and their speech. People are not judged by the content of their character.

Rev. Lowery’s words were stirring. He used terms and expressions I would not feel comfortable using, but which he was able to deftly disarm. He was charming, witty, and inspiring. I was lifted by his words like no one elses since Dr. King.

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Good Riddens Caroline Kennedy

January 21, 2009

The news broke just now: Caroline Kennedy has told Gov. Paterson to withdraw her name from consideration for Hillary Clinton’s NY seat in the US Senate.

It is time to get rid of this woman. She is not qualified to be a U.S. Senator. She comes from a very important family, but she does not deserve to be given this position without having to prove herself. If she wants to be Senator, and people believe in her, then let her run during an election, and be vetted by the public.

Polls have been showing that Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Attorney General, is the preferred choice of the citizens of New York.

I don’t care if she says it’s because of her sick uncle (may he recover speedily), as long as she pulls herself out of the running. This state deserves more.