Posted on January 21st, 2009 in blogging, General, History, National Politics | Written by Ben | 3 Comments »
I don’t have time to put down much original thought this morning, so here are three pieces I commend to readers on the Morning After the inauguration.
First, the Denver Post‘s David Harsanyi eloquently asks the rhetorical question many of us have wanted to ask:
Do all Americans truly have a yearning to fundamentally “remake” our nation? There must be a subversive minority out there that still believes the United States â€” even with its imperfections and sporadic recessions â€” is, in context, still a wildly prosperous and free country worth preserving.
Some of you must still believe that politicians are meant to serve rather than be worshiped. And there must be someone out there who considers partisanship a healthy, organic reflection of our differences rather than something to be surrendered in the name of so- called unity â€” which is, after all, untenable, subjective and utterly counterproductive.
How about those who praised dissent for the past eight years?
David, consider me part of this subversive minority.
Second, when we dissent – whether it’s now “patriotic” or “un-American” – Andy Levy has some very good (and sometimes amusing) guidelines for how NOT to do it, such as:
DONâ€™T apologize to foreigners and say things to them like, â€œI didnâ€™t vote for Obama,â€ or â€œHeâ€™s not MY president.â€
Finally, for those buying breathlessly into the contrived imagery of Barack Obama as the second Abraham Lincoln, Joseph Ashby at American Thinker points out the seriously “Bizarro” flaws with that thesis. He makes a terrifically compelling argument in light of historical scholarship.
Certain souls still sadly obsessed over the demise of Jefferson Davis and the Confederate Slave States might be inclined to agree with the Obama mythology in their own “Bizarro” way, but we must do our best to treat their desperate cries for attention with humane sympathy and compassion rather than bitterness and scorn.
Now, on to service in the dedicated loyal opposition….
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