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Yes, we can

Posted by Richard on November 5, 2008

They're on a roll at The Corner. Is this a great country, or what? Mike Potemra at the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard in Harlem:

The scene was Congressman Charlie Rangel's block party celebrating the election of Barack Obama. People of all races and ages were there on this mild Manhattan evening, and they were in a festive mood even before the big news was announced. American flags abounded; a platform preacher repeated "God bless America, God bless America."

Why was I, a John McCain voter, there? A bit of personal history. I was born in 1964, and on the day I was born the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Prince Edward County in Virginia had to reopen its public schools. The county had closed the schools because they decided it was better to have no public schools at all than to have to admit black kids into them. Here we are, just 44 years later, with an African-American president, a president elected with the electoral votes of that very same Commonwealth of Virginia.

I voted for John McCain because I admire him immensely as a person, and agree with him on many more issues than I do with Senator Obama. And I ask a rhetorical question: Can we McCain voters, without embarrassment, shed a tear of patriotic joy about the historic significance of what just happened? And I offer a short, rhetorical answer.

Yes, we can.

Amen. It's significant and it's special and it's rather moving. At least for those of us who've been around for, say, fifty-odd years and are thrilled by how things have changed. 

(But I still wish the first African-American president were Condi Rice. That would have been a twofer!)

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If Clinton did it, it must be good

Posted by Richard on September 29, 2006

Remember when Bill Clinton got caught lying about sex? In the wake of that, a whole bunch of stories appeared in the mainstream media explaining that, according to experts, lying is actually good — especially if it’s about sex.

The folks at the Associated Press apparently remembered how well that spin worked, and decided to try it again. In the wake of Clinton’s incredible display of petulance and temper — a display bordering on physical assault — on Fox News Sunday, the AP’s Jocelyn Noveck sought out an expert to explain that public anger is good, too:

Can public anger — in politics, business and elsewhere — be a good thing? Is a little tantrum now and then just what’s called for?

Under the right circumstances, yes, say some analysts of social behavior.

"It’s more important than ever to cut through the clutter," says Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean at Yale’s School of Management. "All of us are so overmanaged these days. Public figures have platoons of protectors. It’s more important than ever to show authentic, real emotion."

Showing emotion has never been a problem for Bill Clinton. The man is completely ruled by his emotions. His reality is defined by his feelings.

As for the rest of us, I guess we’re supposed to stop condemning road rage and lack of self-control in general, and accept these things as healthy and positive. So, once again, Bill Clinton helps to define deviancy down.

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