"We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." James Madison

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Obama Missed the Mark with this Speech.

"We the people, in order to form a more perfect union."

Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.

It was delivered with great eloquence and candor, but he neglected to address the very point that was motivating it: the divide between conservatives and liberals. It was the perfect opportunity to speak to the conservative black leaders such as Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas and Michael Steel who have been called 'uncle toms' by the black democrats, and to address the great divide within the black community. Instead, it was nothing more that elegant damage control.

He presented an emotional argument with nothing substantial, which is exactly what his campaign has been. Emotions without substance. Most adults will agree, when one bases ones decisions on feelings rather than logic, the outcome is almost always disastrous, yet that is exactly what Barack Obama is asking us to do; choose him based on how we 'feel'. Sorry, I need a little more than a warm and fuzzy to vote for the next leader of my Country.

And as a non-sequitur, I am sick to death of hearing the terms ‘African-American’ and Hispanic-American’. It is time for all to recognize the fact that if one resides in the United States, and is a Citizen of the United States, they should be Americans first. Then if they choose to acknowledge their heritage, they can hyphenate American-African and American-Hispanic. If not, go back to the Country in which their allegiance lies.

I didn’t serve the United States of Mexico or the United States of Africa; I served the United States of America.