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November 04, 2008
Filed Under (Opinion) by transom

John McCain is one of America’s great heros. His honor and duty to the country would be enough to make him a figure of history.

As I mentioned in personal discussions throughout this campaign, America would be hard pressed to lose in this election as both candidates were men of honor and civility. Reasonable men can disagree reasonably.

In John McCain’s concession speech, we saw the man that I wished had shown up during the campaign. The one for whom we could reasonably consider casting our vote. The speech’s graciousness and aspirational vision of an America were ideals that any American, regardless of party could relate. It stands in sharp contrast to the worst moments of the campaign itself, we got pandering to the “right”, and to the worst instincts in ourselves.

I doubt anyone will be surprised that once the glow of the fabulous oratory of these election nights speeches fade in the bitter gales of partisanship in the coming month, we find ourselves wishing we could reconnect to the emotions and joys of tonight’s result.

September 13, 2008
Filed Under (Opinion) by transom

With a tip of the hat to I’m Gina Smith:

“The First Dude and more …

  • If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you’re ‘exotic, different.’ * Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential American story.
  • If your name is Barack you’re a radical, unpatriotic Muslim. * Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you’re a maverick.
  • Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable. * Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you’re well grounded.
  • If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate’s Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran’s Affairs committees, you don’t have any real leadership experience.
  • If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you’re qualified to become the country’s second highest ranking executive.
  • If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you’re not a real Christian.
  • If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you’re a Christian.If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
  • If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state’s school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you’re very responsible.
  • If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family’s values don’t represent America’s.
  • If you’re husband is nicknamed ‘First Dude’, with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn’t register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

August 08, 2008
Filed Under (Opinion) by transom

It’s a intellectual curiosity thing!

I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. … I don’t e-mail; I’ve never felt the particular need to e-mail. I read e-mails all the time, but the communications that I have with my friends and staff are oral and done with my cell phone. – John McCain

Even my father who was in the generation before the Senator has mastered his computer and bravely tackles new projects betting he can figure it out.