“Cynical reactions and pecking to death aside, there is a resonance in Obama's Tuesday speech that I find quite hopeful - and this is what Richardson was responding to in his endorsement of the Senator, I believe. Obama's sincere effort to voice a troubling issue affecting all the others is reminiscent of great orators of the past, Lincoln and others who did similarly (and often were misunderstood and derided mercilessly for taking their stand). What if Obama is really an heir to this legacy? Could we pick up on that, like Richardson and others seem to be doing? How else are we going to heal these divisions in our country?”
“Bill's criticisms strike me as simple recycling of the Fox soundbites that every other media outlet picks up later and parrots with little if any conscientous journalist intent.
All of these simplistic attacks made on Obama's lack of experience make me wonder how someone like Lincoln would have fared in the midst of such overzealous scrutiny. Oh, wait, Lincoln also got shafted by others for that and everything else he struggled to do for his principles just as much in his own time. Certainly seems like the recent Illinois congressman interested in unifying a divided nation and using a rare gift of persuasive oratory is in good company.”
“I wonder if this would have come up at all without Obama daring to stick his neck out on so many things right now and getting villified and berated - both left and right - for doing so. We have such quick knee-jerk reactions, especially to real efforts to put forth a dialogue and effort to understand each other while standing up for our rights to privacy and free speech such as are guaranteed in our Constitution.
Whether or not he gets elected, the Senator from Illinois is reminding me more and more of another congressman hailing from Illinois some time back - bringing an air of consideration for our national heritage and standing up for that, whatever our backgrounds are. That's a tough sell in an otherwise hopelessly cynical and divisive world in America at this time. Can we hear that if we're already convinced that he and all other politicians are just self-serving demagogues?”
“Knowing all the invective and derisive comments shelled out like bombs these days, I actually think Obama knowingly put his candidacy at risk by giving his Tuesday speech, thinking that an effort to heal and examine this issue for all is more important than whether he personally is in the White House. He even implied as much when he recalled the basis for his campaign and choosing to run at this time.
There's no question that he has a gift of speech and oratory, perhaps a lost art. I've posted detailed thoughts on this elsewhere, but his effort certainly reminds me of another well-known junior congressman from Illinois who spoke well and who was fervently interested in saving his country from its division on the very same issue. What if Obama knowingly or not is trying to sound Lincoln's note in our time? Could we hear it?”
Buddhabman on Mar 21, 2008 at 13:42:10
“Listen and watch. This is not the version edited and sent to Fox news and ABC news. This is the version that the world should have seen, and the speech would not have been necessary.
This is going to bite you in the butts Republicans
“The important question is can enough voters hear it to make it impossible to safely rig the election for McCain. I think we have come to a dark time in our nations history, where the lack of trust and faith and credibility are nearly insurmountable. How many of us are willing to open our hearts and listen to the truth any more, that this can be a great nation which governs itself by the power of its citizenry instead of by the power to influence above all? To have Frank here on Obama's side is proof that it is possible to once again become a nation governed by its citizens, intent on a better future for the whole nation and for the world, intent on expanding the opportunity for all to be happy, not just a few who have everything that matters in the material world and lord it over the rest of us.
Right now it is just possible. Frank hears the note. I feel it. Can you see the future it will bring us? Isn't it what you want? If not, why not? If not, consider the alternative. Choose. Live in one or the other. But think about your grand children first. Thanks.”
“What they're not telling you is that 50 years ago it was 5000 sperm cells per second, and if that trend keeps up male birth control just won't be necessary. Of course then we'll have other problems to deal with.”
“Senator Franken knew this would happen - good for him, and I hope he continues. He's quietly and gradually going to produce a clear visible voting record of the despicable inhumanity these republi-cretins represent - one that will be harder and harder for them to hide.”
Oct 8, 2009 at 17:11:02
“Hear hear! The article headline and entry also give the impression that you need to avoid proteins, which for Type I especially would be an anathema.”
laocoon on Oct 11, 2009 at 15:45:18
“I had scrambled tofu this morning. high protein tofu, high protein nutritional yeast, high protein amino acid flavoring (Braggs), half of a tomato, some hot sauce. probably qualified for an Adkins meal.”
Aaron Pinkham on Oct 8, 2009 at 20:48:10
“EricR- please get informed before continuing messages such as a plant based diet doesn't have protein. If you were to look, you will find that vegetabes and starches do in fact have protein and plenty enough for our bodies. Avoiding proteins? A terribe message to the already confused. Hear hear.”
“Hey, this is just like a divorce, in that you would like it to go amicably as possible if you can - so you make gracious and honorable moves before abandoning negotiation. Let's just hope the President doesn't wait 3 years like I did before proceeding unilaterally. This country doesn't have that amount of time.”
sheoples on Aug 22, 2009 at 19:00:25
“reform at the speed of molasses..............it's not like congress's lives are at stake....”
“Remember, these people aren't going to go easily. We're in a war here.”
Godweiser on Aug 4, 2009 at 14:18:17
“Absolutely,, and progressively-minded Democrats need to fight it by adopting the strategy of hitting these guys in the primaries. The Republicans do this for ideological trivialities, but it's a solid tactic that gets results. I think it's worth using the same tactic over healthcare; you have to hit these guys where they hurt. Emphasizing who their donors are and threatening their incumbency in the primaries is the best way to do a double whammy; the primaries thing is particularly a crowbar to the back of the knees.
If we're in a war, we gotta start fighting it, that means psychologically dislocating the enemy, putting them on ground of our choosing and offering them a way out-- our way out. If they don't take 'em, finish them off.
I've never really found myself in favor of dividing the Democratic party while the Republicans were out there and an electoral threat, but now it's time to clean house and put the Blue Dogs in line.”