Another small milestone reached. This makes 1500 posts for a blog started on a whim one morning. I do blather on I guess.
I voted for the man and, though i haven’t always been happy with things he’s done since assuming office, I generally believe he’s making some sort of effort to get things done. I realize he can’t please everybody and so don’t feel betrayed when he doesn’t always do things that I might like. Would that everyone else with half a brain would do the same.
These Birthers never bothered me, because in the long run, they lost. As I knew they would. They demanded the long form birth certificate for so long(I might be wrong, but i don’t remember any other candidate ever being asked for such). When they finally got it, their reaction was just as I thought it would be. Forgery! They are not about the truth anyway.
What they never mentioned, whether by abject ignorance or just plain willfulness, was that it would not have mattered whether Obama was actually born in this country or not. His mother was American and that made Obama American. That is the law. If the place of birth mattered, McCain was born in Panama. On an American base to be sure, but the way these Birthers operated, it shouldn’t matter.
What it all boiled down to, and what these Birthers would never admit, was that it was because Obama was black. Pure and simple.
End of rant.
Once again, Happy Birthday, Mr. President!
And for purposes of honesty, I’ve never met Obama, though my sister and one of her grandsons have.
Here’s something everyone who hasn’t yet voted needs to listen to:
It’s a damn scary thought if some of these people get elected, the damage they might perpetrate, or good things they might delay, before wiser heads prevail in the next election.
Author Jeff Mariotte has a short essay HERE. It should be required reading for all teabaggers, most politicians, anyone who’s mantra is me first, screw everybody else. The sad thing is a good portion of those people don’t realize that IS their mantra. They just set back and let those who know better lead them around by the nose. People like Sara Palin, Michele Backman, and the great majority of The Republican politicians. They have their hands out to big business and know when they hit the right buzz words, they can make most of their constituents do what they want, even though, if they would just think about it, would recognize who the real villains are here.
In following the antics of Arizona’s governor, Jan Brewer, on Jeff Mariotte\'s fine blog, I’m reminded of the Albert Einstein quote:
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GENIUS AND STUPIDITY IS THAT GENIUS HAS IT’S LIMITS.
Or even Alexandre Dumas:
I PREFER ROGUES TO IMBECILES, BECAUSE THEY SOMETIMES TAKE A REST.
Brewer is an unelected governor, being the next in line as Secretary of State, when president Obama selected Janet Napolitano to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security. Brewer is the one who signed in the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act. You know, the one which makes it illegal for aliens to not have proper papers, to aid such people, and/or transport them, and allowing police to stop at will and check any “suspicious” individuals.
Brewer is running a campaign for election now and at a recent debate, her one and only debate it seems, she froze while reading a prepared statement, admitting later that she couldn’t even have given her name then if asked. Jay Leno quipped on that that would get her deported under that law.
Seriously, she may get elected inspite of all the glaring flaws displayed. That’s why I think the Einstein quote is relevant here.
I woke up this morning to see this. I”d known it was coming ever since his battles with cancer became known. Doesn’t make it any less of a shock though.
It seems like the end of something important now that the third brother has passed away. That generation was tough, seemed to have something to say, and most of the Kennedys since, at least the ones in politics, didn’t seem to measure up.
The tough part is over now, Mr Kennedy. It’s time to rest.
Yesterday, August 21, was the fiftieth anniversary of Hawaii becoming a state. In 1959, I was just a couple of months shy of my tenth birthday. Yet I still remember the excitement I felt watching TV and reading the papers. I knew of Hawaii beforehand and the family had a very mild connection. One of my sisters was born on Pearl Harbor day in 1951 and mama said father had wanted to name her Pearl, something she absolutely forbid.
Hawaii has been on my mind lately after reading about a recent poll of fellow Tarheels on that stupid Birther nonsense. A second question asked of them was, “Do you believe Hawaii is part of the United States?”
While it wasn’t large, there was enough of a percentage to register that said no or weren’t sure to that question. That there was anyone at all is sad to me. The ignorance and North Carolinians at that! Which, in turn, set me to wondering what the percentage would be for a nationwide poll of the same question.
That says something to me about a lot of stuff in this country.