Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Over His Dead Body

George Wallace was a segregationist, racist, and a bigot for much of his life. (At least until he wasn't). His daughter, apparently, is not. Of all the reflections I have read on the events of the past 24 hours, I think this composition is the most compelling. Ms. Wallace Kennedy observes that:
And now a new call to arms has sounded as Americans face another assault on freedom. For if the stand in the schoolhouse door was a defining moment for George Wallace, then surely the aftermath of Katrina and the invasion of Iraq will be the same for George W. Bush. The trampling of individual freedoms and his blatant contempt for the rights of the average American may not have been as obvious as an ax-handle-wielding governor, but Bush's insidiousness and piety have made him much more dangerous.
And concludes that:
Today, Barack Obama is hope for a better tomorrow for all Americans. He stands on the shoulders of all those people who have incessantly prayed for a day when "justice will run down like waters and righteousness as a mighty stream" (Amos 5:24). [. . .] And today, the day after the election, I am going to ride to the cemetery so that if asked, I can vouch for the fact that the world is still spinning but my father lies at peace.


1 comment:

Open Bar said...

Every time I see it, I think it's funny that there's a book in the Bible called "Amos."