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Black Frederick and Matters of Race and Politics

Dumping on the Chesapeake Bay

Common Sense Writ Large

The Next Mayor of Frederick

Democracy in Action!

Ottawa: About a Greenbelt, Transit Oriented Development and Government Fiat

Countering Alderman Imhoff's Growth Beliefs

An Alternate View of Frederick City

Growth Policy

An Acorn in the Bucket

Monocacy River Part II

Monocacy River Part I

New Market Regional Plan Affirmation

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Fish and Life

Talking Trash

Strike Three, Smoking Out!

A Green Fund Too Far, Or Not Far Enough?

Growth Back to the Future

Revisiting an Iraq War Opinion Four Years Later

Second Anniversary of the Frederick Citizen

Unrepentant Cady

Sour Grapes and Fine Wine

There's Hope for Good Government

The Democratic Fifth

The County of Feel Good

Hypocrisy Indeed

The Alliance

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"The Issues are Bipartisan" - David Gray

The Importance of Jan Gardner's Campaign

Form Follows Function

Route 15 Scenic Walmart

Frederick Blue

The Curtain Rises

Housing Growth, Not Smart Growth, Not Progressive Planning

Understanding Lennie Thompson

Frederick's Tale of Two Rabbi's

Wellhead Protection

Make Believe, or Desperate Duncan?

A Progressive Concept Approved...then Defeated!

Hog Wild

Anniversary of the Frederick Citizen

We're No Gwinnett County

"An Election, Not a Selection...!"  Indeed!

A Potpourri of Thoughts and Issues...

Now That the Smoke Has Cleared

Nuts

How am I to Decide on Mayor of Frederick?

Doomed To Repeat It

Frantic Orthodoxy

Stealth Candidate

Another Perfect Day for Bananafish

This Summer Election

Building Issues

Just Powers

Death Defying Election?

In the Heat

Horse Sense for Frederick County?

Kudzu and Million Dollar Homes

Bartlett's Ozone Trip

Let the Games Begin

Blood in the Water

Coffee Klatch

Archaeology in Frederick

Bizarro World

Mr. O'Malley's March

Playing All the Cards

Who are Your Friends New Market?

Mixed Use

Beijing Spring, Interrupted

Passion, People and Politics in Frederick City

Millennium project

A Frederick Leader of Distinction

APFO Under Attack

State Lands Sale

Frederick Water Sourcing

Frederick Water

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Hairly There by Constance Trump

West Virginia Glen Looks at Frederick

Against Gun Control by Jesse Atchison

Republican Fissures by Ted Waddelow

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American Promised Land - American All

November 5, 2008

We stand at the cusp of an American renewal.  We need that collective refreshing of the bonds of community, shared responsibility, and openness of the American Dream to new citizens if we are to remain the last, best hope of humanity in a world long mad for the natural capriciousness of nature in humanity.

The rising of Obama to the Presidency is even more poignant than the glory of the first elected African American to the highest office of the nation, living out the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. that the race would live in a promised land.  It is further the fulfillment of the American expectation written in the self evident truths of Jefferson, - that all men are created equal, and thus they would rise, by their natural abilities, in our American Eden.

But Cain slew Abel in the first Eden.  There is still an undercurrent of blind fear of the other in the elevation of a black leader in America.  The ignorant, the racist, the socially excluded, and the mentally deficient – a veneer is stripped away and the reality causes them discomfort, distress, irrational fear.  The danger is not often real, the threat implied often fantasy fulfillment, the means, while simple to mount an attack, not as easily accomplished by plan or sheer luck as it may seem in the nervous jokes and gibberish of the individuals caught up in these crevices of the American soul.

Then the noble opposition, that large segment of the population that voted for an alternate vision and held out against the values of our change this election season, they must be given a hand shake and shown a willingness to engage them again in common action for the good of citizens and the country.  Let's turn the voices of “Country First” into ‘American All”.  Our most noble outcomes and greatest strength come from a shared vision and mutual authority.

The messenger of the change in America could hardly be better than Obama, a man rounded and educated and stabilized in emotion to suffer the more outrageous, misguided fortunes of being a figurehead and symbol with great grace and dignity.  A cooler head prevails.  Let it receive wisdom and advice at every turn and lead with the grace and dignity he has portrayed on the election trail.

It is endearing to see the wonder and joy in the public response, the affirmation of many people, who, like myself up until the past year, believed that this change would not be realized in our lifetimes.  It is real, and it will endure.  This modern American story is inclusive in a way it has never been before and we should celebrate the differences.

The world watches, awed by our capacity to renew ourselves and break the shackles of the social and racial conventions that have deep roots in American soil.  Their old disparagements of the nation fall away.  A new light shines upon the waters, giving hope and guidance once again to a turbulent world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chesapeake Blues on Tangier Island

July 4, 2008

Mass Burn

Appalachian Blues on Hillbilly Highway

Buying a Congressional Seat in Maryland's First District - Coming to the Sixth District?

Democratic Candidates on American Foreign Policy

All the King's Horses!

Campaign in Song: Bushie Head Out the Mixing Bowl

Democratic Campaign's Vertical Treadmill on Space Mission

A Bit of Olympic Political History

Obama for the Chesapeake Bay?

Politics is Personal: Repeat Three Times

Prediction: Bad News for Obama, The End of Post-Racial Politics

American Exceptionalism on the World Stage

Obama Speaking on March 18th - Political Equinox

Yee Haw! On to Pennsyltuckey!

American Blackface: Tragic Octoroon

Key to Success - Lesson for Frederick:

Republicrats Yes, Middlecrats No

Too Many Promises ...Loaves and Fishes

Identity Black and White in Frederick

Mashup 1968 - 2008: On to Texas, Out with Clinton?

Fat Tuesday!

Symbol, Sense and Substance

Eight More Years

The Dollar Bubble

Judging a Candidate By Their Website

Baby, We Were Born to Bun!