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Barney is coming out against Obama

Well the first shot across the bow has been made.  One of the loud mouths of the House of Representatives has made it unmistakenly clear he disapproves of some of the decisions Barack Obama has made regarding selecting as Pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inaugural.  Now on the surface we could simply dismiss Barney Frank given his reputation for spouting irrelevant information from time to time.  But he had been a very strong ally of President-elect Obama.  The issue is not so much his ramblings as it opens the door for others to openly criticize him.  Presidents are always criticized, but it seems this is a little early given he is not even in office yet   You woul think the honey moon would last some after the marriage but the marriage has happen nor has it been consumated and groups are lining up to destroy the honey moon.  The problem Barack faces is unrealistic expectations.  Gay groups, women groups, and black groups think he is going to pander to them and promote their agendas.  Barack is a shrewd politician and haven said that he is a politician.  He speaks of being post-partisan which means he will not govern as a Democrat.  Now to not govern as such he will piss off a lot of people who helped elect him.  That is dangerous water to navigate.  That will be a delicate political dance that he may pull off.  We will have to wait and see.  Should Barack ignore those loyal constituents who elected him and do what he feels is best?   What do you think?

Article:Obama overestimates his charm


December 23, 2008 Posted by | barack, Black Experience, black history, Education, politics, power politics, race, religion, world affairs | Leave a comment

Clinton as Secretary of State

Team of Rivals

Some would ask, why would President-elect Obama tap Ms. Clinton to be his Secretary of State.  Of course the cynics say to keep her from running in 2012.  Others say to put her on a leash and to remove her from his domestic agenda.  I agree with those thought processes.  He does something else with this as well, he prevents John Kerry from raising his voice because Mr. Kerry will not oppose Ms. Clinton.  He also takes Mr. Clinton out of the picture because as much as Bill wants to dominate the headlines, he wants his wife to be considered successful since that is the only reason they stayed married. 

Furthermore he also neutralizes Joe Biden on the foreign policy front.  Now when Ms. Clinton and Joe Biden disagree Barack comes in and resolves the dispute.  Clearly he is following in President Lincoln’s footsteps by building a team of rivals using the old adage of:

Keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer.  What do you think?  Does this move of selecting Hillary make sense because she is qualified or was this a political calculation?  Think about it.  His rivals are responsible for his success or they can be blamed for his failure.

November 19, 2008 Posted by | barack, Black Experience, Education, politics, power politics, Relationships, world affairs | Leave a comment

Barack: I can do whatever I like



just flat out funny

November 16, 2008 Posted by | barack, Black Experience, black history, Economics, Education, Entertainment, family, Health, Just for Fun, military, politics, power politics, race, Relationships, religion, science, tv shows, Videos, world affairs | 1 Comment

and then there was 44

Economic Transtition.

Whatever you think, one thing strikes me.  These are two men that America has placed their trust in.

November 10, 2008 Posted by | world affairs | Leave a comment

Blacks not civilized to rule

Article:Barack Obama ‘not civilised’ enough to rule, says Austrian pundit

Now you would probably guess who said this.  Yes this statement is borne of ignorance and hate.  The whole world does not welcome Barack with open arms which is to be expected.  Take a gander at the article and know the enemy of progress.

November 9, 2008 Posted by | world affairs | Leave a comment

Who is most likely to double cross Barack?

November 9, 2008 Posted by | Black Experience, Education, power politics, world affairs | Leave a comment

Meaning of His Victory

CNN has a very interesting article trying to capture and articulate the meaning of Barack’s victory.  One sentence in their is both informative and disturbing.  It said

“Barack Hussein Obama did not win because of the color of his skin. Nor did he win in spite of it. He won because at a very dangerous moment in the life of a still young country, more people than have ever spoken before came together to try to save it. And that was a victory all its own. ”

This is a little scary to me because it casts him as a messiah for the country.  No man other than God can do that.  Expectations are simply too high for him.  This to me dooms him to fail or at a minimum let a lot of people down.  What would saving the country mean and would the results of this salvation be permanent? 

Read the article:Saving the country

Hope has no limitations.  Dream big and dream often.  This country is in peril.  What are the answers to the problem?

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Black Experience, power politics, world affairs | Leave a comment

Martin Luther King’s Dream and the American Dream Merge


Now every man, woman, and child can say unequivocally, that MLK’s dream has come true.  Barack’s victory included 61% of white Americans, 13% black Americans.  Now, young people of the majority and minority can say anything is possible in America.  There are no excuses, because Barack represents the manifestation of the American Dream and Martin Luther King’s dream.

November 5, 2008 Posted by | Black Experience, Education, world affairs | 2 Comments

What is Biden doing?

How is it that while they are on the verge of winning Joe Biden speaks about an international crisis testing Barack in his first  six months?  Wouldn’t this be something that causes people to question Barack’s readiness and maybe vote for McCain since this is Barack’s vulnerable spot? 


“Mark my words,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. “It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”

Rest of the article:Biden talking about international crisis

October 20, 2008 Posted by | Black Experience, power politics, world affairs | 2 Comments

The rest of the campaign

I heard something today that made me realise something.  Last night during the debate the two Presidential candidates agreed unknowingly that the rest of the campaign will be about taxes and spending.  John McCain will attempt to show that Barack will make government bigger and spend more.  McCain opened up an  opportunity for his campaign that may close the gap some through an unsuspecting bystander called Joe.  Joe the plumber is now the face of this race.  McCain will keep it that way and that helps him.  Many people may identify with Joe and therefore may decide whose policies will best help Joe and themselves.  The election is not over by far and the polls which will vary wildly show the race tightening.  For McCain to win, this election has to be about someone other than himself.  He is old, uncharismatic, intelligent but boring, and therefore lacks a connection with people.  Thus he needed Sarah Palin to galvanize supporters and she has.  Now he needed someone else to pin his economic face on and he has found him in Joe the plumber.  If you talked with him alone with no chance of a leak, McCain himself would have said there is no chance he would win prior to last night’s debate.  Now that he has a chance he is now enthusiastic, with some air underneath his wings.  In the end he alone will have to make the case that he is the one people are voting for because Joe is not on the ballot, McCain is.  This will be a cliff hanger and will be down to the last votes.

October 16, 2008 Posted by | Education, power politics, world affairs | Leave a comment