Daily Archives: June 30, 2008

Breaking Down Obama’s “Patriot” Speech

Here I go — criticizing Obama’s patriot speech. 

First thing that caught my ear was: “On a spring morning in April of 1775, a simple band of colonists – farmers and merchants, blacksmiths and printers, men and boys – left their homes and families in Lexington and Concord to take up arms against the tyranny of an Empire…… And yet they took that chance.  They did so not on behalf of a particular tribe or lineage, but on behalf of a larger idea.”  

I know it’s a small thing, just words, but when is the last time you heard of the early colonists referred to as “a  band” or a “tribe” or “lineage”?  This is just so bizarre.  

And this statement:  “So let me say this at  the outset of my remarks.  I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign.  And I will not stand idly by when I hear others question mine.” 

 Well, whoop-de-do.  He doesn’t get to decide if and when anybody questions his patriotism.   I think he is saying just that, don’t question me, period.  

Then he goes on to invoke the names of Thomas  Jefferson, John Adams, Franklin Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln as being examples of “greater men” than him having their patriotism questioned.  One point, he is not president yet — the country is trying to decide if he should or should not be.  All questions concerning him are on the table. 

And, of course , he brings up the civil rights movement, counter-culture of the sixties.  I’m sick to the bone of hearing about the civil rights movement.  That’s just me.  Enough.  Was that the same time period his buddy Ayers was setting off bombs?  I’m just asking.

Dissent does not make one unpatriotic.”  Right.   And I dissent to the nomination and certainly the election of Barack Obama. 

Sitting on his grandfather’s shoulders watching the astronauts come to shore in Hawaii.  Yep, that’s right, nothing wrong with Hawaii but it’s not the mainland USA. “I remember, when living for four years in Indonesia as a child, listening to my mother reading me the first lines of the Declaration of Independence.” 

Surely we are not expected to believe that.  But he is weaving some truth in there.  Does it matter he did not come to the mainland until he was in his twenties?  And almost the first thing he did was hook up with Jeremiah Wright and Trinity church.  It matters to me. 

“As I got older, that gut instinct – that America is the greatest country on earth – would survive my growing awareness of our nation’s imperfections: it’s ongoing racial strife; the perversion of our political system laid bare during the Watergate hearings; the wrenching poverty of the Mississippi Delta and the hills of Appalachia.”

And he says: 

It is why, for me, patriotism is always more than just loyalty to a place on a map or a certain kind of people.  But when our laws, our leaders or our government are out of alignment with our ideals, then the dissent of ordinary Americans may prove to be one of the truest expression of patriotism.”  

Well, let me say this — My loyalty certainly IS TO A CERTAIN PLACE ON A MAP.  America!

He goes on:  “We must remember, though, that true patriotism cannot be forced or legislated with a mere set of government programs.  Instead, it must reside in the hearts of our people, and cultivated in the heart of our culture, and nurtured in the hearts of our children.”

 (Yeah, like the sermons of Jeremiah Wright — I’m sure they really nurtured patiotism in the hearts of the children.  Right.  (As in – The United States goverment injected AIDS in people and participated in terrorism like that of al Quada, just under a different flag.  And how rich white people are the cause of any and everything that has gone wrong in the world.)  Yeah, right.

And he goes on to say – “Too many children are ignorant of the sheer effort, the risks and sacrifices made by previous generations, to ensure that this country survived war and depression; through the great struggles for civil, and social, and worker’s rights.

“It is up to us, then, to teach them.  It is up to us to teach them that even though we have faced great challenges and made our share of mistakes, we have always been able to come together and make this nation stronger, and more prosperous, and more united, and more just.”  

Well, give Jeremiah Wright and Pfleger a big gold star for that one!  Not.  

 More – “It is up to us to teach them that America has been a force for good in the world, and that other nations and other people have looked to us as the last, best hope of Earth.”  

Well, yes, it is but all I heard was the opposite coming from the Trinity United Church’s pulpit  and that is a big deal to me and lots of others as well.

And, oh, Lord, here we go again, he invokes the names of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and the  “most famous son of Independence, Harry S. Truman”,  (D) who dropped the atom bomb on Japan.  Rightly or wrongly.

“That is why our heart swells with pride at the sight of our flag; why we shed a tear as the lonely notes of Taps sound.”

And ending with :

“That is the liberty we defend – the liberty of each of us to pursue our own dreams.  That is the equality we seek – not an equality of results, but the chance of every single one of us to make it if we try.  That is the community we strive to build – one in which we trust in this sometimes messy democracy of ours, one in which we continue to insist that there is nothing we cannot do when we put our mind to it, one in which we see ourselves as part of a larger story, our own fates wrapped up in the fates of those who share allegiance to America’s happy and singular creed.

“Thank you, God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.”



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Florida Prepares For Execution on Tuesday (Updated)

Florida has set the execution of Mark Schwab, — again.

Mark Dean Schwab

Mark Dean Schwab had only been out of prison for one short month before he raped and murdered his next victim, an 11-year-old elementary school child, in 1991.  He had gotten an early release from a prison sentence he got for raping a 13-year-old boy.

Junny Rios-Martinez was a  Florida sixth-grader who liked baseball and surfing.   Junny also liked to fly kites, which earned him a picture and short article in Florida Today, a Brevard County newspaper, after he won a kite-flying contest.

After seeing this in the paper, Schwab posed as a photographer who wanted to do another article and in so doing gained the trust of Junny and his family.  Junny’s parents did not know Dean was really Mark Dean Schwab, a child molester who had served time for sodomizing a 13-year-old boy at knife point.

About 10 days later, Schwab called Junny’s school  and pretended to be his father telling Junny to meet him at a nearby baseball field.  When the boy arrived, he found Schwab driving a U-Haul and willingly got into the truck.

Junny Rios-Martinez

Schwab took the boy to a hotel room and bound him with duct tape. Then he cut the crying boy’s clothes off with a knife, raped him, then killed him. Schwab stuffed Junny’s body into a footlocker he’d bought at K-Mart earlier that day and hid the trunk in some woods.

Schwab was sentenced to death in the 1991 slaying of Junny Rios-Martinez, but the execution was delayed by appeals. On Nov. 14, Schwab’s execution was delayed until the U.S. Supreme Court decided whether lethal injection is constitutional. In April, the court ruled it is, and in May, Gov. Charlie Crist ordered that Schwab be executed.

His execution marks Florida’s first state killing since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that the commonly used, three-drug lethal cocktail is not cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. Constitution.

Schwab’s execution is now set for Tuesday, July 1, 2008, barring any last minute reprieves.

We always hear a lot about the person to be executed, many times in sympathetic terms because it’s never a happy time, but I think we should take a good long look at the picture of Junny before we feel too sorry for Mark Dean Schwab.   Junny is the one who was tortured, raped, and murdered.  Junny hasn’t breathed another breath since April 18th of 1991.

Let’s Just Remember Junny.



RAIFORD– Florida’s first execution in more than 18 months happened without a hitch Tuesday, as the state put to death a man who raped and killed an 11-year-old boy.

Mark Dean Schwab, 39, was executed by lethal injection shortly after 6 p.m. at Florida State Prison near Starke. He was sentenced to death in the 1991 kidnapping, rape and murder of Junny Rios-Martinez of Cocoa.



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