Posts Tagged ‘Washington DC’

What a Picture Says

January 19, 2009

  As I looked at the picture in the Ledger-Enquirer Sunday of Columbus High students getting ready to board their bus to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for their flight to Washington for the Obama inauguration,  I was struck with the fact that most of the students were white.  Another thing also stood out.  The blacks in the group were not all standing together;  they were sprinkled throughout the  group.  They were not separate.  They were simply a part of the group.

Such incidents give us hope that the dark days of racial prejudice and hatred may,  for a large part,  be on the way out.  The election of a black American president is an enormous event.  He could not have been elected without a lot of whites and other ethnic groups voting for him since the black population is only about 12 percent of the American population.  Maybe change is indeed here.

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Ben Holden and I Both Got it Wrong

January 16, 2009

When I read Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Executive Editor Ben Holden’s column this morning about his conversation with his daughter about the election of an African-American president,  I had to reflect that I had said the same thing to a number of my friends.

Ben said he was doing the same thing his father had done for him when he was child,  trying to protect his child from being hurt by unrealistic expectations.   He told his daughter that Barack Obama could not be elected president because no African American would achieve that accomplishment in his lifetime.

When I first got the feeling that the Democrats might actually nominate President-elect Obama, I told friends that the Democrats had once again  figured out a way to lose an election.  It wasn’t that I was against Obama, because I wasn’t.  I just thought America was not yet ready to elect an African-American for president and wouldn’t be in my lifetime, especially since I am  78 years old.   (Should 78-years-old be hyphenated?  I need an editor.)

I was wrong and glad I was wrong.  The election of Barack Obama is a huge historical event.  The rest of the world is ecstatic over it.  Remember, he drew an incredible crowd of 200,000 people when he spoke in Berlin.  Frankly, I think President Bush likes him,  as evidenced by the smooth and helpful transition he is facilitating – that luncheon at the White House for him and the living presidents  was especially noteworthy – and I think a lot of other Republicans like him and understand what his election means.  He is reaching out to them and does appear to want a bi-partisan effort to get this country out of the monumental mess it is in.   

Ben said he will be in Washington for the inauguration. I won’t, and that suits me fine.  It’s going to be cold,  and I had just as soon not be in a crowd that is projected to be 3-million strong.  I am going to be watching the event with a crowd at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.  There will probably be over a hundred people there for the Inauguration Celebration Luncheon,  hosted by the Working Excellence Ministries, Inc.  I don’t know if any tickets are available, but you could call Adam or Pat Parkman at 706-563-7298 of 706-289-9304 to find out.   By attending that you get to experience a crowd reaction to the swearing-in ceremony on big-screen TV and stay warm at the same time.  Actually,  I think you get to see such events a lot better on TV, anyway.

Alice Pate and Josh McKoon on McCain’s Choice for VP

August 30, 2008

 Alice Pate, chair of the Muscogee County Democratic Party:

 There were no surprises in Sen. McCain’s pick for VP. Gov. Palin is a radical right wing candidate. She was energy adviser for Sen. McCain and she supports drilling in Alaska — a policy which will not solve our energy crisis.

 She opposes a woman’s right to choose and if she were to become president would nominate extremists who would overturn Roe vs. Wade.

She is a card carrying life long member of the National Rifle Association an organization which opposes limits to automatic weapons which endanger the lives of law enforcement officials and threaten the safety of all citizens.

Her selection is designed to attract the extreme right to support this ticket. With no experience in Washington, if McCain were elected, we would have a woman who is just a heart beat away from the presidency serving as vice president.

 She will not attract independents, moderates and progressives to the party. Gov. Palin is the traditional candidate. We want a ticket which offers a better future not just for our daughters and granddaughters but for our sons and grandsons and for all Americans. As Sen. Barack Obama stated in his historic acceptance speech from Denver, “This election is not about me – it’s about you.” The Promise of America will not be realized by the McCain-Palin ticket. Gov. Palin is the not the right woman. Obama-Biden is the ticket of change.

John McKoon, chair of Muscogee County Republican Party

  What a great day for America!  Gov. Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be President. She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her administration and has seen approval ratings of over 80 percent.
 
·         She has challenged the influence of the big oil companies while fighting for the development of new energy resources.
 
·         She leads a state that matters to every one of us. Alaska has significant energy resources and she has been a leader in the fight to make America energy independent.
 
·         She has actually used her veto and cut budgetary spending.  And she put a stop to the bridge to nowhere that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.
 
·         In Alaska, she challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill.
 
·         As the head of Alaska’s National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself, Gov. Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops.
 
Her experience in shaking up the status quo is exactly what is needed in Washington.
 
In choosing Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain put Washington on notice that he is serious about shaking up the status quo.
 
What we’re seeing is a maverick who has shaken up Washington picking as his teammate a maverick governor who has shaken up her own state.
 
What it’s going to take to change Washington is a team of Mavericks who have a record of accomplishment in shaking up the status quo.