by selfevident, Wed Mar 25, 2009 at 11:21:27 AM EDT
Bobby Jindal and Fred Thompson both have come out today saying that they wish Obama would fail.
This country has lost sight of the idea that you are only as strong as your weakest citizen. People are losing their jobs, their homes, and their retirement funds. Yet, the other side continues to play partisan, turning a blind eye to what really matters. These games look petty to the American people that are being affected by this. The top five percent have had a good ride these past few years and with money and power comes the greed for more money and power. We have let the poorest fall down while we have been the ones carrying the carrot stick. The difference in ideology is that democrats want to help them up, just get them back on their feet again and let them follow whatever carrot stick they would like. Republicans think that they are doing just fine lying on the ground, if they fell it was their fault and we have no business helping them up.
by The Opportunity Agenda, Tue Mar 24, 2009 at 06:17:41 AM EDT
Earlier this year, I visited my father, who lives in the Bay Area. As we drove from the Oakland airport, the conversation quickly turned to the Obama presidency. Born in 1923, my dad survived the Great Depression, fought in World War II, endured vicious Jim Crow segregation and violence, participated in the Civil Rights Movement, and, this year, witnessed the inauguration of an African-American president of the United States.
On our drive, he reminisced about how, at age 8, he had gone with his 2nd grade class to see the cavalcade of then-president Herbert Hoover as it drove through downtown Detroit. A year later, the country would throw Hoover out of office for his gross mishandling of the economy, choosing Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his message of change. Before my dad's teen years were through, he would join the Marines and defend a segregated nation from within a segregated military. Traveling to and from southern military bases, he would experience racial humiliation, threats, and violence from white fellow Americans, often while wearing his Marine uniform.
As we marveled at the progress we've made as a country, we drove by block after block of boarded up houses in some of Oakland's African-American neighborhoods, many with foreclosure signs visible. Many homes in the same neighborhoods still sported lawn signs reading "Change" and "Hope."
As the Obama presidency sinks in, many are interpreting it in absolute terms: arguing either that it shows that racial bias and discrimination are no longer factors in American life, or that the election means little for race relations, reflecting merely a unique confluence of events--a historically unpopular incumbent, a historically bad economy, a gifted politician raised by white folks who ran a flawless 21st century campaign against a pair of tone-deaf 20th century opponents. News media coverage mostly echoed that polarized, simplistic discourse, with an emphasis on the "post-racial America" narrative.
by brasch, Sun Mar 22, 2009 at 11:25:45 AM EDT
SUMMARY: Americans are outraged at what has happened to their money, but they may outraged at the wrong things.
by architek, Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 06:53:23 AM EDT
Viggo Mortensen as The Man in "The Road"
This is from imdb:
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the southern coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. Nothing seems alive. They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food--and each other.
Written by Anonymous
The world is in ruins after an apocalyptic event that is never described. A father and his son are walking south in an attempt to escape the increasingly cold...
There is a new movie close to release that shows the fragility of human, especially, American society in this era of global climate change. It was ready a few months ago, evidently, but its not been released.
by The Opportunity Agenda, Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 07:29:11 AM EST
As winter fights to make its last stand, I can't help but think of the tens of thousands of Americans sleeping this night with no shelter. In our benchmark study on public opinion and domestic human rights (2007), you could see it in the stars, that America was in favor of a change that lifted us all up closer toward opportunity for all. Even though a large majority of Americans were for expanding human rights (67%), issues like housing still ranked low (51%) compared to that of equal opportunity regardless of race, or quality education. Yet having a roof over your head is one of the most vital securities needed to maintain a stable existance, the foundation needed for not just obtaining the reach of opportunity, but even maintaining a status quo of existence.
I'm curious to see if this low number toward housing has shifted, due in part to the personal experience that now millions of Americans have toward housing. President Obama noted it last night—indeed it is one of the great challenges our country faces. And as we strive toward real change, its critical to look into the lives of those who struggle the most, so that we might be truly transparent as a community, assuring that everyone—even those who sleep in the darkness of subway tunnels—have a chance at bettering their lives during this era of great change.
Indeed, struggle bring solidarity. And the struggles we face now as a nation, I believe, will bring us greater change in the long run. Those issues that American's championed more strongly, like equal opportunity regardless of race, or quality education, are issues that have stories deeply rooted in their own personal experiences. Not everyone has been homeless, but most have gone to public schools, and others have had sick grandparents with high medical costs. Now that housing has become something personal, perhaps America is in a position to look face to face with one of the more serious conditions holding back people from opportunity—the lack of the fundamental security needed for human survival.
Having said this, it is good for us to look toward change that looks at the things we often try not to see, turning our gaze away whenever hardship looks us straight into our blind eyes.
Read more at The Opportunity Agenda's blog.