Second debates have produced great debate moments. Sometimes they even get higher ratings. In this episode, we look at great moments of second presidential debates. Including the two Nixons the …
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I’ve just recently returned from Buenos Aires and I thought these images from an upscale shopping mall–Alto Palermo–were fascinating (and a little disconcerting). Evidently the post-Charleston terror attack response to the Confederate flag has not crossed beyond US borders yet!
This past summer several people asked me to weigh in on my feeling about the Confederate flag removal, but I feel like I’ve been pretty clear on that over the years. This issue is a bit trickier and I hope to get to that over the holiday break. On the 2015 Confederate flag moment I’ll just quickly add: Yes, it needs to go from anything publicly funded or associated with the current government. Yes, much of the debate wasn’t really about that flag. No, this scene’s poignancy and impact hasn’t been diluted.
Soon after the US Supreme Court final decision on marriage equality reports began to emerge from (mostly Southern) county clerks who claimed they can refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, despite the highest court’s order to do so. A handful were reported to have resigned their jobs, which I can respect if not particularly admire. I would equate it to a public school teacher from Alabama who quit in light of Brown vs Board of Education because she didn’t believe in integrated education. She too would deserve some credit for resigning and not engaging in narcissistic grandstanding on the job, unlike these state employees following the Obergefell decision in June, 2015.
The above photograph from this past weekend features another public employee. One who understands that freedom of speech and assembly are constitutional rights protecting all Americans, even for those views we find most odious. An African-American public employee who didn’t refuse to report to duty the day the Ku Klux Klan was to protest at the South Carolina capitol building. A public employee whose motto is likely “to protect and to serve”. In other words, someone who can put their job and the Constitution above personal beliefs–much less mere pique and pettiness.
As many of you have noticed, it has been pretty quiet around here since summer. I hate making New Years resolutions, but I do plan on being more active again in 2015. As some of you know I’ve spent most of my non-working, non-playing time the past 6 months researching the 1840s, 1850s, 15th POTUS James Buchanan (yup, he was gay) and Senator William Rufus King (him too). It’s been an honor to assist on this project. I am incredibly proud and excited for my very talented friend. Hopefully I’ll have a few spin-off posts that are related to the time period and people researched. In the meantime, thanks so much for your messages and tweets over the last year (and the shirt Kressenda! It was a pleasure to help you out on your paper–I wear it all the time!).