Obama’s speech in Selma was an answer to those who question his love for America
By Ezra Klein
In this speech, Obama's answer to this criticism was direct:
That's what it means to love America. That's what it means to believe in America. That's what it means when we say America is exceptional.
Obama's answer to Giuliani is that Giuliani has mistaken uncritical adoration for the hard work required of true love. Patriotism is active, not passive. Those who love America prove it by working to perfect America. They continue marching.
Watching the commemoration in Selma on the news -- so much has changed in 50 years! Like, the cops didn't have tanks back then.
Retweeted Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith):
"What could be more American than what happened in this place?" President Obama asks. True of both the courage and the violence.
Retweeted Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren):
It's up to us to make sure our government serves ALL of our people. We must restore the #VotingRightsAct. #Selma50 http://t.co/NZpYsrBsMa
The GOP’s Conspicuous Absence from Selma
By Charles C. W. Cooke
If all men really are created equal, the anniversary of Selma must be treated as a date every bit as important to American history as is the end of the Siege of Yorktown. As it would be unthinkable for the leadership of the Republican party to ignore July Fourth, it should be unthinkable for its luminaries not to celebrate the anniversary of the March to Montgomery either. Where have you gone, Speaker Boehner, a movement turns its lonely eyes to you.
My thoughts on Obama's oration:
Good speech, though I might've cut it half.
We should elect this guy president. He has strong opinions on the things we need to change!
But why is he quoting from Scripture if he's a Muslim?!
Obama mentioned Natives twice:
We're the fresh-faced GIs who fought to liberate a continent, and we're the Tuskeegee Airmen, Navajo code-talkers, and Japanese-Americans who fought for this country even as their own liberty had been denied.
Canceling out these two mentions were these lines, which came just before the code-talker paragraph:
The phrase "opened the West" covers up a lot and obscures the truth. The only way the West was "closed" was "closed off to the white man's colonization by signed treaties." So we're celebrating how ranchers, miners, and railroads opened the West to disease, poverty, and land theft? Great.
Or as I tweeted:
Obama at #Selma50: "We're the ranch hands and cowboys who opened the West"...by breaking treaties and killing Indians, he forgot to say.
For more on the subject, see What the Crusades Controversy Is About and Ryan: Obama Threatens Western Valuess .