“New Declaration of Independence Required”

17 01 2009

We need to declare ourselves free from ideology and small thinking!
From his pre-inaugural whistle stop tour today, that’s what Barack Obama prescribes:

“While our problems may be new, what is required to overcome them is not,” said the president-elect.

“What is required is the same perseverance and idealism that our founders displayed. What is required is a new declaration of independence, not just in our nation, but in our own lives – from ideology and small thinking, prejudice and bigotry – an appeal not to our easy instincts but to our better angels.”

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17 01 2009
JJ

My better angels hope this is the kind of ideology and small thinking he means to end?

Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart bashes atheism

17 01 2009
JJ

It’s Michelle Obama’s birthday.
Some way to spend it, huh? 😀
She’s tall and bright, cool and complicated, like him. I’m not used to having such a mindcrush on my political leaders . . .

17 01 2009
JJ

The New Republic’s upcoming editorial here:

“In 1960, The New Republic ran an editorial that began on the magazine’s cover. Its title was “These New Men,” and its subject, in part, was the hard-headed idealism of the young generation of liberals–led by John Kennedy–who had just taken over the Democratic Party, and who the magazine hoped would show “a commitment to the widest possibilities of life.” “. . .

Idealism, in other words, had to be tempered by pragmatism. . .this isn’t a mystical formula and possesses its own perils. But, now that he has won the White House, Obama should not forget that he sold himself to voters as an idealist. From him, they have felt the jolt of great things in the making.”

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