Thursday, January 17, 2008

Come Again? Obama Likens Himself to Whom?

I've been a supporter of Barack Obama's presidential aspirations since he was in kindergarten. Or, more like since he announced. You've read my posts generally praising him. Before this blog, I defended against chargers of anti-gay rights. (No one has explained to my satisfaction how having Donnie McClurkin perform one night of a three-night concert series amounts to pandering to African American homophobia. Though, you can take a crack at if you wish. I guess I agree with the Reverend Lane Hudson that Obama should make his stance for equality for everyone regardless of race, sex, religion, creed, or sexual orientation, but I don't believe a vote of Obama is a vote against gay-rights.)

I've never been a Ronald Reagan fan. And you should at least be aware of my post on the issue of Republican candidates touting him as an icon.

So, for Obama to compare himself to Ronald Reagan . . .

Okay, so, he's only comparing the aspects of change. He credits Ronald Reagan for changing the trajectory of the country. And, well, that's true. The country was head fairly left. We were about to ensure equality for all citizens, except for maybe LGBT, though, I'm sure we would've gotten there sooner had he not been president; and, Reagan took us to the right. Many citizens still have whiplash, I'm sure. So, Obama's telling the truth. But, I'm with John Edwards on this one. Saturday, when he's restating his commitment to equality for all, he should also clarify the whole Reagan comparison. And then, hopefully, he'll stop making it.

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This isn't too complicated. If you disagree with me, I'm more than happy to have an honest discussion. I'm quite open to learning new facts and ideas. I'm dying for a conservative to explain their ideas in a sensible way.

But, I do have rules, and they also apply to those who agree with me. They just get the benefit of my already knowing the fact they'll be referring to.

So, here're the comment thread rules:

1 - Use facts.
2 - Refer to policy.
3 - Don't rely on theories and conjectures. Show me how, for example, a public health insurance option will lead to "rationing" of health care.
4 - No unfounded attacks on any entity.

If you break those rules, I will edit your comment to my own whimsical satisfaction.

Lastly, perhaps most importantly, I'm not going to entertain too much pro-white/racism-denying discussion. I want this to be a space to discuss strategies to fight racism, not space where I have to fight racism. I want anti-racists to be able to come here for a mental respite. If what you're interested in doing is attempting to demonstrate the fallacy of anti-racism by repeating the same ole comments and questions and accusations we hear all the time, please do that somewhere else.

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