Posted on May 9, 2008 by haitisheri1804
The great advantage of the Americans is, that they have arrived at a state of democracy without having to endure a democratic revolution; and that they are born equal, instead of becoming so
– Alexis de Toqueville, Democracy in AmericaHonestly, I’m very disturbed by the latter part of the quote , “that they (Americans) are born equal.” What Toqueville might have in mind was a selective number of people, not all Americans equally. Condoleezza Rice , in a recentspeech, notes that “Black Americans were a founding population,” she said. ” Africans and Europeans came here and founded this country together — Europeans by choice and Africans in chains. That’s not a very pretty reality of our founding.” Furthermore, she notes that “What I would like understood as a black American is that black Americans loved and had faith in this country even when this country didn’t love and have faith in them — and that’s our legacy.”
Am I perhaps misreading Toqueville? What say you?
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Posted on April 26, 2008 by haitisheri1804
Human nature manifests itself universally in the quest for freedom. Political self-government emanates from individual self-control.- Joyce Appleby, Liberalism and Republicanism in the Historical Imagination, 1.
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Posted on February 17, 2008 by haitisheri1804
Barack Hussein Obama
Two days ago, I read a thought-provoking post written by our own Michael L. Westmoreland-White ( peace activist, Christian ethicist and theologian) entitled Why I Am Supporting Barack Obama for President. Wesmoreland-White writes, “I want to live in an America where the son of a Kenyan father and a white Kansan mother can be president. I want to know that 40+ years after the end of legal segregation, white folks, even in the South will vote for a black president;”
…Bush’s policies and actions, including: a strategy of preemptive war, ignoring or flaunting international law and undermining international institutions of peace and security (we used to call other nations which did this “rogue” nations), the torture at Abu Ghraib, and at Guantanemo Bay, “extraordinary rendition,” imprisonment without trial and in violation of the Geneva Conventions, spying on own citizens without warrant, etc., etc.
He conludes his post with another courageous statement,
The bottom line is that I believe Obama is the president we need at this time. He won’t be perfect or a savior–no politician is. But with progressive social movements to keep pushing him–and with his visionary ability to reach beyond narrow constituencies, I think electing Obama can give us back the promise of a moral America. I don’t want to be a Christian nationalist. But I would like to be a Christian who is not deeply ashamed of my country. An Obama presidency, I believe, offers that opportunity.
You may not agree with everything Michael writes; nonetheless he does have some good things to say most of the time.
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