For the record, I never said that. (The Twitter handles of those who sent it will go unmentioned in order to protect the guilty.) That’s a Tweet I saw, and to which I responded this way: “Obama wasn’t referring to greed. He was referencing FDR’s 4 Freedoms Speech. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Freedoms”
What upset me more than the sarcasm was the ignorance it showed. I couldn’t decide what surprised me most; that “freedom from want” could be so easily misinterpreted as ‘freedom from desire’, or that the phrase “freedom from want” didn’t immediately spark recognition of an allusion to one of Franklin Roosevelt’s most famous speeches?
The banner on my website, which I seem to quote with annoying frequency, is, “An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.” This is a prime example of why that’s so. Continue reading →
Literally… It came too soon because the precinct ballots (in Harris County, at least) were literally still en route to Reliant Stadium for counting.
Below is the email I sent to the Bill White campaign:
To have conceded barely more than an hour after the polls closed with 18% of the vote counted and the vast majority of Harris County’s ballots literally en route to Reliant Center for counting – and I know this because I was a poll watcher — is really sad.
It’s like saying that the people who actually went to the polls today didn’t even matter. Their votes didn’t remotely effect the outcome. I think you should have waited at least a couple more hours, if only so the voters could feel they mattered to the outcome.