"Selma", 50th Anniversary of Selma to Montgomery March, Obama's Remarks at Selma, Pres. Obama, Selma to Montgomery March, Video of Obma's Selma Remarks
The Washington Post recently had a lengthy article about the background to the speech President Obama gave in March at the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march.
That article sent me to read the entire transcript of his speech and then to watch the video of that speech. I was reminded why I thought the election of Obama was so important.
While we must wait for historians to judge what kind of president he has been, it can be said that his words and his oratory have been powerful.
As the presidential election ‘season’ is emerging, we are and will hear much about patriotism, about what it means to love America, to believe in America, to say America is exceptional.
If you want to understand what Pres. Obama has learned and believes about our country, take some time to click on one (or more) of the three links below. The first is to the WaPo article. The second is to the written transcript of the Selma speech. The third is the video of the Selma speech.
How Obama has used his presidency to redefine ‘American Exceptionalism’ (Washington Post article, June 4, 2015)
Remarks by the President at the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches (the transcript)
The Complete Selma Speech (the video – 32:43)
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With all due respect, you SHOULD allow anonymous posting. I have many liberal friends who read this blog….but if they knew I was a conservative, I’d lose them as friends. This is the state of the “tolerant left”. This is not a major website, can’t we just talk about ideas? Indeed, shouldn’t EVERY poster be anonymous?
You can use your initials as long as your email address (which only I see and never post) is legit.
Why would you lose friends if you respectfully posted your views?
Some people have difficulty facing the truth about themselves. I figure that’s their problem, not mine, and I can still enjoy their company and support them as best I can. Although I think it’s respectful, it may be perceived as somewhat impolite to ask a question like “Why do Democrats think minorities are too stupid to obtain a free government ID?”, so I’d rather get the idea out there, no one needs to know it’s me…
I don’t think your question is disrespectful at all.
And while I too disagree with some of my friends about political issues, I
have found a way to remain friends, and, generally after a bit of joking and
poking, we move on to other, nonpolitical issues.
Wouldn’t you agree that you will therefore AVOID such topics, IN GENERAL, with these folks?
I do indeed avoid some topics, not only with friends but with family also as certain relationships are more important to me than trying to win an argument or winning a given argument.
As for an earlier Comment by you re: voting laws, ‘free government ID’s’, etc., I think both parties are hypocritical. The Republicans because there is little to no evidence of any significant voter fraud, the Democrats because they won’t call the issue what it is:
Republicans benefit from lower registration, Democrats from higher registration. It’s not about voter fraud. It’s about who will benefit and who will be hurt from more restrictive voting laws.
So you agree that posting anonymously is a way of bringing an argument to light without jeopardizing a friendship.
Regarding Voter ID laws…….I might disagree with you about “no evidence of significant voter fraud”. Google the term, and every left-leaning organization or news source will say this, and any right-leaning organization or news source will say the opposite.
Why not play it safe….why fear honest elections?
So….for anyone to say that these laws are “racist” or somehow “bringing back Jim Crowe” or “voter suppression” are lying. Obama has mastered the art of the straw man argument. Democrats are still applying their long standing love of keeping blacks in chains…..literally, 150 years ago, figuratively now with the methadone of entitlements.
liz Frost said:
Thank you for the information!!!!