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Thursday, January 6, 2011

A bit of confusion

A one-time director of the NAACP said “We have no permanent allies, only permanent positions.”

Someone else said “Politics makes strange bedfellows.”

That said I draw your attention to this piece, if you have not already perused it. If you have, recall it.

Now eyeball THIS piece.

Telling quote: "Many of us don't want that to be lost upon the reading of our sacred document," Jackson said. "The three-fifths clause would not be mentioned."

The Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was referring to the clause in the Constitution which made slavery legal. This was later amended with an Amendment.

I agree with JJ Jr. Read the original and the amendments. It’s important.

Ok, it was grandstanding in Congress to read the Constitution with no real good resulting. The fact remains the original document and its amendments are VERY important. The amendments are important because they point to an earlier mistake in the Grand Old Document, a mistake that was corrected.

We learn, those of us with brains anyway, from our mistakes.


A very visible member of what some call a minority in the United States demands that recognition be given to the history of this nation which legalized slavery. This same person (not his dad) has no doubt screamed his head off about what he perceives as injustices.

Arg. Arg. Arg. There’s something in here I’m missing. I just cannot put my finger on it. I’m thinking it has something to do with revisionist history, being accountable for your own actions, being considered based on who, not what, you are and learning from mistakes.

Damfino. It’s in there I know. I’ll put this one in the to percolate a while in what Freud’s called the ego and get back to you.

Meantime, more mental fodder - Thomas Jefferson said, “There is nothing more unequal, than the equal treatment of unequal people.” I’m not seeing a contradiction here in what I write and say (and try to do), but am seeing it in folks like JJ Jr.’s dad.

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