Post-Election Irony

Oceans of ink are being spilt as the nation (and the world) collectively pats itself on the back. It is fitting and proper that we do, of course, but Americans being Americans, we’ll manage to carry it too far in about 48 hours, I fear. Lincoln as a Monkey, holding a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation David H. Strother [attributed], Pencil on paper, Richmond, 14 Jan. 1863. I have nothing profound or zippy, or anything to compete with all those clever writers, and I won’t try. But I do have this asterisk, this one small piece of history rattling around in the back of my head.

Pundit Parlor Game: Name the New Cabinet

Now that the election is over pundits will soon begin to speculate as to who Barack Obama will select for his cabinet.  While I’m hardly a pundit, and just a simply country doctor, I thought I’d put in my two cents on health care related appointees before all the real pundits drown me out.  I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again, I hope the President Elect nominates former Governor of Oregon John Kitzhaber as either  Secretary of Health and Human Services or as Surgeon General of the United States.  Here’s Dr. Kitzhaber’s brief resume from wecandoit.org: Born in Colfax, Washington on March 5, 1947 South Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon in 1965 Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Dartmouth College, 1969 … Continue reading

Ten Post Round-Up: Proud To Be An American Edition

Before we just roll right into today’s Ten Post Round-Up, I just gotta say, “Wow!  Just: Wow!”. Wow: At the voter turnout.  Young folks finally got off their humps to vote for a change. (No pun, intended) Wow: At the fact, that despite all the shenanigans perpetrated by electronic voting machines and some “operatives” at the polls and some operatives trying to trick people into missing the polls, FINALLY, this was on election that they couldn’t flip. Wow: At the fact that for whatever reasons: the economy, the war, civil rights (particularly for LGBT citizens), or women’s rights, even Americans who said they would never vote for a black person, voted for a man who is not only African-American, but … Continue reading

Preface to The Declaration of the Democratic Worldview

By John Hank Edson               Dedicated to Barack Obama     History will honor the architects who advance the quality of humanity by improving the structures of democracy.      This Election Day, November 4, 2008, we find ourselves in the midst of an extraordinary and important moment in the history of the United States of America.  In May, 75,000 people overflowed an auditorium in Portland, Oregon to hear Barack Obama give a campaign speech in his run to become the first African American president of our nation.  By the end of May, the Federal Elections Commission reported that so many Americans had donated money to Obama’s campaign that the commission could not keep up with its regulatory oversight duties.  In July, … Continue reading

Mr. President-Elect Barack Obama

At exactly 11:01 EST MSNBC and every other news organization has called the 2008 Presidential election for Barack Obama. The scene with hundreds of thousands of people in Chicago at Grant Park is one of happiness, tears and celebration. Like the song says, ‘signed,sealed, delivered I’m yours.’  That’s President-Elect Obama’s message to us tonight. Can you believe that in 1968 some of us fought and shed blood in that same park? Soon an African-American man and his beautiful family will be the First Family. The ultimate color line has been broken forever.  This is the ultimate realization of the goal of all that blood shed so many years ago in so many ways has been realized. The dogs in Birmingham, … Continue reading

Election Night in Eastport, Maine

It’s election night and after a long break from blogging I decided it was good night to sit down and do some live-blogging. The polls just closed here and CNN is projecting that Obama has taken Maine. I’m happy to say I was able to be a part of the victory for Obama here in Maine. Thankfully I was able to register to vote here today and cast my first vote as a resident of Maine.   The results are pouring in. I’m going to head out and meet some of my new neighbors and then I’ll be backwith more news on the results.