Saturday, January 13, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
There are only a few things that John McCain could say that would be "major." Since he's unlikely to switch his position on Iraq or leave the Republican Party, odds are that he's making his entry into the Presidential race official.
He wouldn't be the first candidate to announce in Charleston. In 2003, John Kerry announced for President on an aircraft carrier in Charleston Harbor. McCain's presumed choice of location for an announcement is significant because in modern history, no Republican has won his party's nomination for President without winning the South Carolina Republican Primary.
The McCain folks are mum. So far, inquiries at his Senate office and the Straight Talk America Committee have been not been returned. I'll update you if I get further confirmation.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Bob Jones University is a bastion of conservative, evangelical politics. In fact, those wishing to completely indoctrinate their children into a long life of closed-minded philosophies can enroll their children at a Bob Jones school from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Then, they can go directly to the University and earn a Bachelor's degree in fascism. Not really, but they are nuts.
One of their most notable former students is the Reverend Fred Phelps, the idiot who protests the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq saying they deserved to die because America condones homosexuality. They also gave an honorary degree to John Ashcroft, the guy who loved to abuse our civil liberties when he was Attorney General of the U.S.
While Mark Sanford purports himself to be a "man of the people," his choice of Bob Jones III to deliver the closing prayer at his inaugural is a disgrace. He represents a small faction of people in South Carolina, a faction which discriminates against millions of Americans and twists the words of the Bible to fit their narrow definition of society. Shameful.
Here are some of his statements. Visit his Wikipedia page for more:
-Jones once "denounced Ronald Reagan as 'a traitor to God's people' for choosing as his vice president George H.W. Bush, whom Jones called "a devil." But some years later, he personally thanked the elder Bush for being a good president.
-Jones has referred to Catholicism as "the religion of the anti-Christ and a Satanic system" and called Mormonism and Catholicism "cults which call themselves Christian."
-Shortly after George W. Bush won reelection in 2004, Bob Jones III sent a congratulatory letter to the president declaring that he had "been given a mandate. ... Put your agenda on the front burner and let it boil. You owe the liberals nothing. They despise you because they despise your Christ."
Monday, January 8, 2007
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said he was touched the debate will be held at his alma mater.
"I fully expect that the leading Democrats who are considering a run for the presidency, will not miss this opportunity to travel to Orangeburg and meet the terrific students, faculty and staff of S.C. State for this historic occasion," Clyburn said.
Last summer, the Democratic National Committee sought to expand the early primary field in order to reach out to African American voters as well as Hispanic voters. South Carolina was selected because of the prominence of African American voters in its Democratic Primary. South Carolina Democrats also held a First in the South Primary in 2004.
That the debate will take place at South Carolina State, a Historically Black College, underscores the importance that African Americans will play in the Southern Primary. Jim Clyburn's influence in Washington and in South Carolina will ensure the debate is widely attended by all would-be candidates.
As with the debate held by SC Dems in the 2004 cycle, this debate will bring much attention to the Palmetto State. I have no doubt that my fellow SC Democrats will make us all proud with a first class event to showcase the talent we will have heading into the 2008 Presidential election.