June 4, 2008
Enjoy the moment!
Thank you MLK Jr., LBJ, Bob Moses, Diane Nash, Bobby Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Medgar Evers, the families of the three boys killed in Mississippi, John Lewis, Connie Curry, Paul Potter, Paul and Sheila Wellstone. Some names you will recognize and some you won't, but all are heroes to me. Thanks to thousands of good people who not only sang We Shall Overcome but believed it. Lived it. Thanks Pete Seeger, Woody and Arlo. Special thanks to Jesse Jackson.
Yes, a black man is the nominee for President of the United States.
This is an amazing moment. How lucky we are to have lived long lives so we could tell the Civil Rights story to grandchildren. A new chapter? No, a new book. America, enjoy the moment. I can hear the refrain from King, "Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last!"
The only sour note was the refusal of Senator Clinton to graciously join the celebration. Instead of accepting the results, she will seek "guidance" from Party leaders--while she pushes to be vice president. I suggest she might start with Jimmy Carter, Jim Webb, Ted Kennedy, Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Tom Harkin, Gwen Moore and Al Gore.
And can anyone explain this headline? "Kohl nears endorsement as Obama nears nomination." I searched but could not find out if Kohl did endorse.
Sad Day in Janesville: News of 2,400 good jobs lost and the ripple has not started. OK, I'm just going to blurt it out--"How do you like NAFTA now, Bill Clinton?" Had you listened to David Bonier, Janesville might be in business to stay.
Jim Doyle said, "I'm mad and I want to get even." I don't know what that means. Meanwhile, it is time for more than the usual "job training funds...re-training...will be provided." We need a plan. Yes, we will have to raise taxes to develop a meaningful plan of action.
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