[rollei_list] Re: Happy MLK Day

  • From: Marc James Small <marcsmall@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 19:01:13 -0500

At 06:39 PM 1/19/2009, marvin0@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>Congratulations Americans on electing the first leader of your country
>who is a man of colour.
>In a glowing testament to American this is something that could only
>in my opinion happen in the USA. As a British person of Jamaican
>decent I could not image England electing a "darkie" under any
>circumstances and as for a major European county electing a darkie,
>there is more chance of the particle collider in Switzerland opening
>the way to an alternate universe.

Thanks! Your comments are most interesting. Interestingly, there is a segment of the US Black populace who are a bit stand-offish about Obama as he is both half-white and as his father was a Luo Kenyan (for that matter, born a subject of either King Edward VIII or King George VI, that "Last Emperor"), meaning that Obama has no direct link to US slavery or the US Civil Rights movement. Those questioning his status as a "real" US Black are few, but very vocal, and we are deluged with Op-Ed columns and talking heads so opining. Bear in mind that Obama's popular-vote margin was not that great, only five per cent or so, but those who did not vote for him seem anxious to see him do a proper job, as his success will mean, of course, success for our nation. None of us want a Carter, Version 2!

What is even more reassuring is that this will be the 54th time we have sworn in a President as called for by the Constitution. (Tyler, Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Arthur, Teddy Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman, and Lyndon Johnson all were sworn in when their predecessors died in office. Of these, only the last four sought re-election, and then only for one full term of their own.) The US has always enjoyed an orderly transition of office, without rebellion or revolt or coup. (Well, several were contemplated over the years, but none ever got far.) We have had a functioning representative republican governance in place since 1776 and are the oldest such polity in existence today I believe other than the Swiss.

My only immediate complaint is that Obama didn't take his earliest significant supporter, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, with him to Washington. Kaine would pray to have approval ratings as high as those of Congress (9%) or George W Bush (pushing 30% the last time I checked). Oh, well, we cannot expect everything to happen all at once: Kaine is term-limited this year, so he'll be gone though he does have an additional year to trash Virginia.


Cha robh bàs fir gun ghràs fir!

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