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Monday, January 21, 2013

Frank Rich, New York magazine writer-at-large, talks about the speech, the state of the country, and the challenges facing the president as he begins his second term. Read his latest here.

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Comments [10]

Taher from Croton on Hudson

Frank Rich doesn’t seem to get the huge demographics change that is happening in this country.
Specifically that the new non-white voters are much more likely to want government involvement then their white counter parts. The mistrust for government has been imbedded in the American psyche since the founding of the Republic by white males.
That ethos may be over. The majority new voters may have and probably will have an expectation of more government involvement.

Jan. 21 2013 01:30 PM
David

@Jim. You'll notice that ALL of the articles I linked to on Obama's Wars were written by LEFT-wing writers and/or appeared in LEFT-wing publications. There are a few LEFT-wingers who stick to their principles regardless of who sits in the Oval Office.

Jan. 21 2013 01:27 PM
David

On gay marriage:

Why adult human beings involved in any voluntary actions with other adult human beings need the “permission” from a third group of adult human beings in order to be involved in any voluntary actions is beyond me.

Jan. 21 2013 01:25 PM
CK from Yorktown

How many times do we have to hear speeches and then realize it's all hot air? He talks a good game.

Jan. 21 2013 01:11 PM
jmk from East Village

Ok I realize the President mentioning Stonewall is a big seal but how about the first thing mentioned Gentleman? Senaca Falls. I nearly fell off my chair.

Jan. 21 2013 01:09 PM
David

Ed, do you mean, "Other than THAT, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?"

Jan. 21 2013 12:38 PM
Jim

@David

Scary isn't it? I'm going to wage that the discussion will not be about any of these issues, except perhaps, to discuss the challenges he will have trying to further erode our civil liberties (e.g. gun control and domestic surveillance).

Obama, and those on the left, might be more effective when demonizing groups like the NRA if they actually had a record of protecting any sort of civil liberties.

Jan. 21 2013 12:27 PM
Ed from Larchmont

This is not to take away from the history-making nature of the event.

Jan. 21 2013 08:21 AM
David

This segment hasn't started yet, but here are some key issues for me.

Obama's War on medical marijuana
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/obamas-war-on-pot-20120216

Obama's War on whistleblowers
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/06/obamas-whistleblowers-stuxnet-leaks-drones

Obama's War on innocent civilians in Asia
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/public-editor/questions-on-drones-unanswered-still.html

"The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in Britain has estimated that, in the first three years after President Obama took office, between 282 and 535 civilians were credibly reported killed by drone strikes — including more than 60 children."

Obama's War on civil liberties
http://m.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/26/drones-yemen-fbi-occupy-terrorism

and

http://www.salon.com/2010/05/13/citizens_2/

Obama still hasn't closed Gitmo
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/21/AR2009052104045.html

Obama's War on U.S. citizens with drone attacks
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/21/coming-drone-attack-america?INTCMP=SRCH

Jan. 21 2013 07:04 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Since President Obama campaigned on abortion and contraception it's appropriate that he is inaugurated on January 20th and 21st. 500,000 people will go to the capitol for the inauguration, and 3-500,000 people will go to Washington for the March for Life on Friday.

The president supports abortion, same sex marriage, restriction of religious liberty, funding of embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia (not yet). The Catholic bishops told us that we can't vote for someone who supports any one of these things, the president supports all five.

Hate to be a downer, but I can't see how this can go anywhere except for an imminent disaster.

Jan. 21 2013 06:09 AM

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