Let me finish with those few lines from the Martin Luther King, Jr. speech of 1963.
“But not only that: Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.”
Dr. King was talking about the founding place of the KKK, Stone Mountain, the site of the Scottsboro Boys trial, Lookout Mountain.
This was 1963, never forget. The civil rights bill was a year away.
Let me finish tonight with the story of Ken Mehlman.
Ken was campaign manager for President George W. Bush's re-election campaign of 2004. He was also chairman of the Republican National Committee.
What brings him back into the news is his public acknowledgement that he's gay. He said he plans to be an advocate for gay rights within the Republican party.
Let me finish tonight with a tribute to a leader. Whatever your position on the proposed Islamic center in southern Manhattan, this is one person who has stood up, stood out and done the fine thing, the historic thing.
Again, there are people of goodwill on both sides of this debate, good people with different views. There are also, to be truly candid, some real troublemakers, people who love this topic and this fight "precisely" because it has drawn heat.
Michael Smerconish writes: Lost in the deluge of news reports about the Ground Zero mosque was this headline from yesterday's New York Times: "U.S. Said to Plan Easing Rules for Travel to Cuba."
Michael Smerconish writes: Permit me a final word about that mosque. If you havent already, I recommend that you take the time to read the president's actual remarks from Friday. My hunch is that you will be hard-pressed to disagree with anything he actually said.
Let me finish tonight with that ruling in California this week on same-sex marriage.
I am reasonably confident that years from now this ruling will be viewed as anything but exceptional. I say that because young people, meaning young adults, don't see it really as an issue.
Judge Vaughn Walker has ruled this is a matter of liberty as guaranteed by the American constitution. The 14th Amendment says that a U.S. citizen cannot be denied “life, liberty or property" without due process of law, that citizens are entitled to "equal protection of the laws."
Let me finish tonight with the 14th Amendment to the constitution.
"All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside."
Some senators now say they don't like this provision. They don't like all the Hispanics who have come here illegally and have had children here. They want this provision of the 14th Amendment changed.
Is this want "we" want to do: say that the children of immigrants, no matter how they got here, are not Americans?
A stunning new poll shows that only a minority of Americans – 42 percent – believes the President of the United States was born in this country and is therefore eligible for the office.
The new CNN survey, released today, found just 23 percent of Republicans believe that Obama is a native-born American. This means that most Americans and three-quarters of Republicans harbor either the belief, or the suspicion, that the president is an illegal alien – that he was not born here, never went through an naturalization process, and therefore is a potential subject for deportation.
For tens of millions of Americans, and not just Democrats, the scariest three words in the English language are: President Sarah Palin.
Those words could, if events go a certain way, get a helluva lot scarier.
One is deflation – the prospect that we will be producing goods and services that do not get the prices that they cost to produce. Scary to imagine, but we've been there before, during the Great Depression when farmers couldn't get enough to meet the costs of farming their produce when they brought those goods to market.
Let me finish with a very short, sharp statement of why Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign from the Department of Agriculture.
She's right and President Obama is wrong. The villain was not some amorphous entity known as "the media."
That's like that old cliché you used to used to hear after every national tragedy.
"We're all guilty." No we're not.
Certain people did certain things. If they hadn't done those things, this episode would not have occurred, the attack on Shirley Sherrod that led to her forced resignation.
Let me finish tonight with this federal injunction against the new Arizona immigration law.
First of all, it is a "killer" issue politically for the Democrats this fall and a huge windfall for the right. It will anger even those people who believe the Arizona law went too far. It will dramatize the main case raised by the Tea Party people: that the federal government in Washington has become too powerful, that the rights of the states have been terribly abridged.
That is the political consequence and it will be felt mightily this November.
Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky was the key vote in 1993 for the Clinton economic plan, which set about creating the economic wonder of the 1990s – a wonder that created millions upon millions of jobs and more than balanced the federal budget. It gave this country a surplus and set us on course towards actually shrinking the national debt.
What grabbed me was today's account of the Taliban attack on a small American outpost near the Pakistan border.
The attack on Combat Post Keating occurred last summer, as the United States was shifting from a strategy of defending outposts like Keating to one of concentrating forces in key areas.