Obama at Ebenezer

From the Politico:

Speaking of a deficit of empathy in the country, Obama said that there was much left to be done to change the United States and overcome racism, which bound into institutional structures within this country kept groups of people back. He also asked the African American community to turn an eye on itself, asking them if they had lived up to the “beloved community” King had championed, and he openly questioned the existence of homophobia, anti-Semitism and anti-immigrant sentiments, and absent fatherhood in America’s black communities.

“I’m talking about a moral deficit,” he said. “I’m talking about an empathy deficit. I’m talking about an inability to recognize ourselves in one another; to understand that we are our brother’s keeper; we are our sister’s keepr; that, in the words of Dr. King, we are all tied together in a single garment of destiny.”

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  1. John Konop says:


    You might fnd this interesting.

    Freshmen, elections give Dems incentive to move China bill

    THEHILL=Congressional Democrats’ bark has been worse than their bite when it comes to trade sanctions against China.

    Lobbyists say this year promises to be different.

    With the economy playing an increasingly important role in the presidential campaign, Democrats have new incentive to show how they hold a different view of the threat posed by China than the Bush administration. Lobbyists worry the raised stakes of an election year increases the likelihood that a China trade bill will finally reach the president’s desk after several years of falling short.

    The political pressure to move is bolstered by the new class of Democrats, many of whom believe they owe their victories in 2006 to the anti-trade stances they struck on the campaign trail. Before facing their first reelection tests this fall, these Democrats are eager to move legislation penalizing China.

    “I think the push by the freshmen will clearly be the lever that moves a bill forward,” said Cass Johnson, president of the National Council of Textile Organizations, which supports legislation introduced by Reps. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) that would define currency manipulation as a subsidy. This would allow higher duties to be imposed on imports from China, which critics argue is unfairly lowering the price of its exports by maintaining a weak currency.


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