We compromised with slavery in the Declaration of Independence—and four score and nine years later we had buried 600-thousand of our sons and brothers in a Civil War.
Archive: January, 2009
I'm biding my time until I can declare the Obama presidency a massive disappointment, probably tonight. Until then, the time's yours. I sure there are 50 different things you can talk about.
Tomorrow's news today -- the top of my story for tomorrow's paper:
UPDATE: Here's a link to the full story -- a rare treat in that you can bash me in the comments there as well as here.
1:00: Well, it was worth the wait. The inauguration of Barack Obama as 44th president of the United States had something for everyone. That includes his critics, who will surely seize on his flubbing of the oath (twice!) as some kind of grand metaphor about what they see as a blend of cockiness merged with unreadiness. (And yes, he should have practiced that part of day). But as Sigmund Freud once said, sometimes a flubbed oath is just a flubbed oath.
UPDATE: Actually, it was Chief Justice John Roberts who did the main flubbing.
Keith Olbermann's special comment tonight was on prosecuting torture, and it was powerful -- here's an excerpt:
Sadly, as commendable as the intention here might seem, this country has never succeeded in "moving forward" without first cleansing itself of its mistaken past. In point of fact, every effort to merely ‘draw a line in the sand' and declare the past, dead, has served only to keep the past alive—and often to strengthen it.
How's this for bad karma? -- McNabb and Co. weren't the only Eagles grounded yesterday:
Spectators at Sunday’s star-studded celebration at the Lincoln Memorial might have noticed the cameo by Challenger, an imposing bald eagle that appeared briefly on stage, flapped its wings and then exited with its handler.
The newspaper crisis has entered a bizarre new phase -- now editors are being "disappeared."
Meanwhile, Mexico is buying the New York Times. OK. not exactly -- but it will be interesting to see how Sean and Rush spin this story.
After Dr. Martin Luther King won the Nobel Peace Prize and saw the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, it would have been easy for him to hang the big "Mission Accomplished" banner and rest on his laurels, maybe even cash in with some big-bucks speeches or writing his memoirs.
He didn't do that. One of the reasons that we honor King today is that he never stopped marching, even as the causes became more controversial and the dreams became more impossible, such as ending senseless wars like the one that was raging in Vietnam. The picture at top shows King marching against the war in Vietnam in April 1967. That same month, King spoke at the Riverside Church in Harlem on the subject of the war. You'll hear King's remarkable, awe-inspiring "I Have a Dream" speech many times today, but it's doubtful you'll hear this: