It’s official! President-elect Obama has been officially elected the 44th President of the United States of America by the arcane Electoral College.
And to top it off, On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court again turned down a challenge to Obama’s eligibility based on his citizenship. Obama was born in Hawaii. But the rejected case, like another appeal turned away last week, argued that since Obama had dual nationality at birth – his mother was American, his Kenyan father a British subject – he could not possibly be a “natural born citizen.” It is absoultely dumbfounding that all of these right wing nut bags have suddenly developed an interest in the Constitution. Where have they been while the Bush administration has summarily dismantled the Constitution article by article?
Will this stop those crazies from ignoring the results of the election? Probably not ignorant people are by definition people who ignore.
So say it loud and say it proud, the 44th President of the United States is Barack Hussein Obama II. To Mr. Obama’s credit he is using his full name when he is sworn in on January 20, 2009.
Its official we have a black President, with an Islamic / African name who was elected by a substantial majority of this nation. I know that this will just infuriate the crazy white ring— oops I mean right wing of the Republican Party but live with it. And many of us lily white Americans voted for the President-elect. Those ignorant fear mongering right wingers wanted to play on our fears again- portraying Mr. Obama as a Muslim (he isn’t but so what if he were?) or as someone exotic, someone who couldn’t be trusted although they couldn’t say why – can we say racism?
Fear of the politician with the unusual name and look did not end with Election Day’s vote in rural red swatches of the Deep South where buck heads and rifles hang on the wall. Parts of the Deep South still resonates with negative feelings about the race of President-elect Barack Obama.
What may have ended on Election Day, though, is the centrality of the South to national politics. By voting so emphatically for Senator John McCain over Mr. Obama — supporting him in some areas in even greater numbers than they did President Bush — voters from Texas to South Carolina and Kentucky may have marginalized their region for some time to come, political experts say.
The region’s absence from Mr. Obama’s winning formula means it “is becoming distinctly less important,” said Wayne Parent, a political scientist at Louisiana State University. “The South has moved from being the center of the political universe to being an outside player in presidential politics.”
One reason for that is that the South is no longer a solid voting bloc. Along the Atlantic Coast, parts of the “suburban South,” notably Virginia and North Carolina, made history last week in breaking from their Confederate past and supporting Mr. Obama. Those states have experienced an influx of better educated and more prosperous voters in recent years, pointing them in a different political direction than states farther west, like Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, and Appalachian sections of Kentucky and Tennessee.
Southern counties that voted more heavily Republican this year than in 2004 tended to be poorer, less educated and whiter, a statistical analysis by The New York Times shows. Mr. Obama won in only 44 counties in the Appalachian belt, a stretch of 410 counties that runs from New York to Mississippi. Many of those counties, rural and isolated, have been less exposed to the diversity, educational achievement and economic progress experienced by more prosperous areas.
So go ahead, marginalize yourself and stay in the 20th century, or more likely the 19th century. The world would like you to move ahead with us, but we are just fine in doing so without you.