Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Why I Write
We live in interesting times. In 2008 we elected the nation's first African American president--a truly historic occasion. At the time I wrote that as a conservative I was disappointed but that as an American I was proud. I also expressed my hope that President Obama would lead us on a new path toward racial reconciliation modeled after Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Such reconciliation, based on forgiveness, would enable Black Americans to move forward without the burden of bitterness and anger for past oppression. My skepticism about Barack Obama was soon realized. As I suspected, Obama is neither a King nor a Mandela. He is not even a leader. In all things related to governing, he has proven to be a run of the mill Saul Alinsky disciple and an empty suit.
Saul Alinsky, Neo-Marxist and father of the community organizing movement, became the icon of many academics and students of the '60s including Hillary Rodham Clinton. His Rules for Radicals became required reading for all proponents of a "social justice " agenda. I myself studied Alynsky as part of my sociology courses in the '60's. Back then, the fact that he was a Neo-Marxist added to his "cool factor". To understand the Obama and modern Democrat playbook, study Alynsky.
The people rioting outside the Democrat National Convention in Chicago, 1968 are now in charge of the party. Maybe not the actual people themselves, but the beliefs and ideology that drove them now drives the Democrats. The party of JFK, LBJ, Harry Truman etc. is now dead.
That concerns me and it should concern all of us. That's why I started this blog. I want my country to remain true to its founding principles of individual liberty, limited government and free markets. Adherence to these principles made our nation the most prosperous nation on earth in less than 200 years. America is truly an exceptional nation. It's becoming objectionable to many to proclaim America as extraordinary. They ask if we think we're better than everybody else. I say we're Americans. We ARE everybody else.