Sunday, March 23, 2008

A More Perfect Idiocracy?

Hi everyone,

Okay, my opinion:

Obama's speech on race in America, A more perfect union, is the most important American political speech since John F. Kennedy's Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association .

The media, uniformly, spent last week missing the point. None addressed the content of the speech, only its effects; none addressed the meat, only the sizzle.

Everywhere on television "experts" blathered on about political effects while none of them raised the only important question: Did Obama say anything that is true?

Comedians like Rush Limbaugh and Fox News dismissed the speech as rhetorical shuck-and-jive but, again, none of them addressed the content of the speech, only its marketing profile.

I suspect this is because Obama used words Rush didn't understand: specifically the words "white" and "black" -- and, of course, because Rush isn't interested in the truth.

My read: every word of the speech was self-evident. Every word rang. Every word carried the complex experience of what it really means to be an American.

Do we live in a country that believes having big ideas is a sign of political weakness?

Could be.

If so, hacks like Jefferson and Madison wouldn't stand a prayer of being elected today, and what does that say about the health of our republic?

Yadda yadda yadda.


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