Could there have been a cheesier choice of location for a kumbiya rally for the two top Democrats? Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, fashionably coordinated in blue - her pants suit, his tie - awkwardly acting as though everything is just fine.
We now know the price of her support for the Presidential run of Obama is $10 million. That's the number allegedly agreed upon to help retire her campaign debt. Whatever. All about the money for these two. Change?
So, they chose Unity, New Hampshire for the first joint appearance of these two. A state Hillary won in the primary season. The party ripped apart by decades of identity based politics now using town names as symbols. It's all been reduced to a little too cute by half.
Cal Thomas, conservative commentator and writer, remarked today on a chat show that Bethlehem, Pennsylvania would have been a better choice - "since he's suppose to be the Second Coming."
You notice they didn't choose Hope, Arkansas or Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
This morning I was able to attend the monthly meeting of the Houston chapter of Saturday Morning in America. A lively discussion and insight into the local radio market operations was provided by the local producer of the Bill Bennett talk radio show. Coffee, light breakfast fare, and politics on a Saturday morning. Good stuff.
One name that came up in discussion was that of Larry Elder. Yesterday I read an article written by him and published on Investors Business Daily. He wrote of a letter he received by someone signing the letter as 'your former supporter' because Elder doesn't support Obama. The former supporter asked how could "fellow black American feel this way?" Seems for many supporters of Obama, the support for his candidacy is not for any other reason but that he is running as the first bi-racial candidate, mostly referred to as black. I wonder how the white grandmother who raised him, the one he called 'a typical white person', feels about that. Does she think he should be President as an affirmative action candidate?
Elder points out in his response to the former supporter the history of the Democrat and Republican parties as it applies to race. He begins with recalling that it was the Democrats that opposed the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution. Those would be the ones abolishing slavery, citizenship rights to freed slaves, and the right to vote to blacks.
Southern Democrats were the party of segregation. The Ku Klux Klan was founded by Democrats, and they made as their goal to stop the rise of the Republican Party. We still have a former KKK member, the most senior of Democrats in the U.S. Senate, Robert Byrd of West Virginia. He even threw out the N word in an interview not so long ago on television and there was no uprising of outrage from his party. No reprimand.
The percentage of Republicans to Democrats voting in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was higher. Al Gore, Sr. voted against it.
Obama opposes school vouchers for school choice, a way for parents to choose a better school for their children in failing urban schools. Especially affected are young black children. Vouchers work. Is there anything more important than quality education with parental support? The Department of Education was created by former President Carter's failed administration. This bloated and ineffective monstrosity haunts us today. Charter schools are also an excellent alternative.
The litmus test for Democrats - the issue of abortion rights - Elder states that 36% of black babies are aborted, while live births are 17% of total births. Even though blacks are more pro-life than whites the Democrat Party - supported by over 90% of blacks - is the party of abortion on demand. Just that fact that 90% of one ethnic group in our country supports one political party is disturbing.
Elder points out that Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, believed "that poor blacks were inferior and that aborting their babies made our society better."
Obama opposes privatization of Social Security, though blacks would benefit more than whites. Elder points to research produced by the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation.
Big government programs instituted by Democrats have produced generations of low income voters, dependent on living off taxpayers. The War on Poverty? Welfare? Discouraged marriage and the strong presence of a male in the home. How's that worked out?
The Republican Party is no longer the party of the Fat Cats. The Democrats are supported by the wealthiest in the country. George Soros has brought about the widest divide between the parties. He is a self-professed Socialist and has brought the party to his side of the spectrum. Republicans give more to charity - both in time and money - and poor Republicans give more than poor Democrats. Democrats are supported by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett - the top two wealthiest Americans.
Elder wrote,"Compassion is not about making people dependent on government. Compassion is about encouraging personal responsibility, and getting people to understand that life is about making choices."
"You ask how can a "fellow black American feel this way"? Quite a statement. You may disagree, but it doesn't' make me less caring and compassionate. I'm sure you truly consider yourself open-minded and tolerant. But based on your letter, tolerance ends - especially with "fellow black Americans" - if someone has an opposing point of view."