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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dear Mr. President, this conservative wants you to fail.

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I find myself using a lot of analogies lately and this presentation will continue that trend. First and foremost, I need you to understand one thing; President Obama (It’s still weird for me to say that), is not a terrorist. This is not a premise for my argument so if anyone brings this up again, whether personally or on my blog, I’ll just have to correct you again. So no, President Obama is not a terrorist. I also need you to remember what an analogy is, like I said last time, an analogy is comparing two things with differences and similarities to gain clarity on one of the two things being compared.

So do we understand each other? Let us begin. There is a war being fought right now in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas. The two groups believe of themselves that their goals are noble. Israel wants to just be left alone and for Hamas to stop firing rockets into their country. Hamas on the other hand are seeking the total annihilation of Israel. My question to you is this, who do we wish to succeed? Now many republicans (not conservatives) are saying, we need to support this new president and hope for his success. Well we need to ask the republicans making this silly request, how do you define success? If by success they mean the betterment of the United States then yes, this conservative wishes that. The problem lies in the incompatibility of President Obama’s goals with the betterment of this country - in the same way Hamas’ goals are incompatible with the betterment of any country or anyone for that matter.

So then what are President Obama’s beliefs and by implication, his goals?

On Social issues:
• He does not believe that a fetus is a human being until after 9 months. He expressed this view on the floor of the Illinois senate as he was explaining why a survivor of a botched abortion is owed no medical care.
• He believes that homosexual couples are equal in every way to heterosexual couples. He did stop short of supporting gay marriage but that strikes me as being rather inconsistent. My point is this; people who are on the side of gay marriage have a friend in the White house now.
• He has never opposed his party’s liberal views on anything. He was the most liberal senator.

On economic issues:
• He believes high taxes are awesome.
• He believes that all major industries would be better off if they were run by the government. So he’s definitely socialistic in his views.

On matters pertaining to government:

• He thinks Justice Clarence Thomas is not smart enough to serve on the Supreme Court.
• He wants our courts to be fair (to the small man) not just. So that our courts would no longer be guided by the constitution.
• He believes that government is the rightful benefactor of we the people.

On national defense:

• He does not believe in gaining information from terrorist by any force.
• He does not believe the United States has the moral high ground in the war on terror.
• Warrantless wire taps should be strictly prohibited in gaining intelligence on our enemies.
• He wants to quit in Iraq before the job is done.
• He thinks it is ok to advise the president of Iraq without the permission of the president (then George Bush).

Finally on love for country: Obama blames the United States at every opportunity, even on foreign soil.

There is so much more I could add to this list but as Shakespeare once wrote, “Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief.” Now I understand that you might have a more liberal worldview. And in your case I could see why you might be able to wish President Obama success in his endeavors. Please understand however that as a conservative and given everything this man believes in; I could no more wish for the success of Hamas than I could the success of President Obama because in my heart I believe his views, if he’s successful at carrying them out, will ultimately hurt the country. And so although my title for this week sounds somewhat mean-spirited, It is not meant that way, in fact I have a tremendous amount of respect for the office.

I don’t wish him success but I do wish him God’s blessings and a speedy recovery from his liberal affliction. After that miracle occurs I Danian Michael will join the chorus line wishing President Obama success. Until such time however, this conservative whishes him failure. God bless America!

Danian Michael,
Political Agenda.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Affirmative action illustrated

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Affirmation action illustrated. What does the controversy surrounding Rod Blagojevich and Roland Burris have to do with affirmative action? As I was formulating this article, I did some research to find others who have taken this angle and as far as I can tell, I am the first. And so once again, you are in for a unique treat here at Political Agenda.

I am going to make my point by using an analogy. Remember what an analogy is; it is a tool used for gaining clarity by comparing two things that have similarities and differences all at the same time. This is important to remember throughout this article because you will be tempted to think that Danian Michael believes that affirmative action is at work here in the selection of Roland Burris by Governor Blagojevich; I of course do not believe that. In fact, affirmative action is the thing I hope to make clearer in using this analogy, or at the very least, certain aspects of it.

Let’s start with affirmative action: What is unclear about it? Well in my opinion many who advocate this way of leveling the playing field, remain in the dark about the negative effects it has on its beneficiaries, mainly minorities and more to the point, African Americans. They, that is to say advocates of affirmative action, believe that the country is still way too racist to expect a level playing field in the pursuit of the American dream. A point that I have strong disagreement with. As a matter of fact, I believe that African Americans are now more likely to judge based on race than any other group, including white Americans. I refer you to my blog titled, “How the table has turned,” where I argued that the election of a black man to the presidency could not have been possible in a racist country where only 13% of the population is black. White Americans had to have voted for him in great numbers for this to have been possible. Furthermore, when senate democrats rejected Roland Burris for reasons I thought were obvious, a group of black congressmen, also know as the Black Caucus, decided to call their fellow white senators a bunch of racists. They might be a bunch of fools, but racists, I don’t think so. Now let me set up my analogy using the Blagojevich-Burris controversy. And remember, I’m trying to clarify a point about affirmative action:

Rod Blagojevich represents the government, Roland Burris represents African Americans and senate democrats represent the rest of us (oh if that were true) in this analogy of affirmative action. Now what happened when Mr. Burris tried to take his seat on the senate, well he was rejected by the senators. And why, because they believed that something stunk about the way in which he got there. Furthermore, they believed that his dubious selection by a tainted Governor would cast a cloud over everything he will do as a Senator. What’s my point here? When we the people, people who have worked hard for the positions we hold in life, see someone else (who may very well be qualified) who is given a position of privilege for reasons that do not measure up to a standard, (affirmative action being one such standard which doesn’t measure up) then of course -like congress- we will protest and reject that appointment. But even more importantly, the people who are supposed to be helped by affirmative action will always have a cloud over everything they do. Think about this, if Roland Burris is allowed to take a seat on the Senates and it now looks like he will, and knowing Blagojevich tried to sell that very seat to the highest bidder, how will we ever be able to take Senator Burris seriously? And so affirmative action boils down to this; selling seats to the blackest bidder. President Bush had something similar to this taint his presidency, because many Americans thought he won Florida through questionable means and he was never able to fully shake that stigma even though by all accounts, he actually won Florida.

Affirmative action must not be allowed to continue anywhere because it undermines the legitimate accomplishments of minorities and it impedes their growth. If African Americans are just left alone and allowed to compete by the same standards as everyone else - and that includes not holding us back because of our color - I have no doubt we will surprise everyone and we may even surprise ourselves.

Danian Michael
Political Agenda

Monday, January 5, 2009

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