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People are exploding fireworks right outside my window, it sounds like. All I can hear are explosions and sirens, it's a bit disconcerting. And is it safe for helicopters to be zooming around tonight?

Time for some cynicism. While I did think most of McCain's concession speech was good, full of grace and humility and the will to go forward and work together, this bit annoyed me:

Though we have come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation's reputation and denied some Americans the full blessings of American citizenship, the memory of them still had the power to wound.

A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt's invitation of Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage in many quarters.

America today is a world away from the cruel and frightful bigotry of that time. There is no better evidence of this than the election of an African-American to the presidency of the United States.

Let there be no reason now for any American to fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth.

My immediate reaction was that he was saying "You minorities have nothing to complain about now a black man is President Elect, so shut up and do what you're told." "We'll have a black president, so every American is treated equally in every way." Which is especially galling in light of the probable passing of Proposition 8 in California. (It's apparently possible that absentee votes could overturn the result, but I think it's unlikely.)

I feel I should complain about something in Obama's speech too, for balance, but the only thing that annoyed me there was the "God bless America", and I think that's compulsory.



Nov. 5th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
I don't see the problem with it at all. That says nothing that political pundits across the world and countless Obama voters have said themselves.
Nov. 6th, 2008 10:01 am (UTC)
I've only seen people saying they're proud of America, which is very different from saying that America is now perfect in its treatment of everyone... (Which, yes, isn't exactly what McCain said, but it's implied.)
Nov. 6th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC)
"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer."

If that's not just another way of saying exactly what McCain said, I have no idea. Yet we both know full well that 'all things' are NOT possible in America, but I don't hear you criticising that.
Nov. 7th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
Man. Why is that different in my head? I have no idea. You're right, it does sort of say the same thing, but... I guess because Obama just says anything is possible, not that everything is perfect.


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