This Week in History

President Barack Obama: a Proven Preference

An article entitled “The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama,” written by Paul Glastris in the March/April 2012, edition of the Washington Monthly, discusses many of President Obama’s accomplishments while in office. It puts into perspective how essential it is for Americans to seek facts for themselves rather than rely on the distortions of those with a different agenda. Glastris stated that President Obama has gotten more done in three years than any president in decades. The public has been led to think otherwise. Even with the monumental barricades set up by an uncooperative Congress and Senate, he managed to pass legislation that resulted in this country avoiding a major financial crisis.

Here are a few reminders:

1. Passed Health Care Reform: After five presidents over a century failed to create universal health care insurance, he signed the Affordable Care Act (2010). It will cover millions of uninsured Americans beginning in 2014 and mandates experimental measures to cut health care cost growth, the number one cause of America’s long-term fiscal problems.

2. Passed the Stimulus: Signed $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 to spur economic growth during the greatest recession since the Great Depression.

3. Passed Wall Street Reform: Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) to re-regulate the financial sector after its practices caused the Great Recession.

4. Ended the War in Iraq: Ordered all American military forces out of the country. Last troops left on December 18, 2011.

5. Began Drawdown of War in Afghanistan

6. Eliminated Osama bin laden: In 2011, ordered Special Forces raid of secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in which the terrorist leader was killed and a trove of al-Qaeda documents was discovered.

7. Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry: In 2009, injected $62 billion in federal money (on top of $13.4 billion in loans from the Bush administration) into ailing GM and Chrysler in return for equity stakes and agreements for massive restructuring. In 2011, the Big Three automakers all gained market share for the first time in two decades.

8. Recapitalized Banks

9. Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

10. Toppled Moammar Gaddafi:

In March 2011, joined a coalition of European and Arab governments in military action against Gaddafi regime to defend Libyan civilians and support rebel troops. Gaddafi’s forty-two-year rule ended on October 20, 2011.

This is only ten of the top 50 accomplishments described in Glastris’ article, co-authored by Ryan Cooper, and Siyu Hu. A strong America is an informed America.

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This Week in History

The cry for liberty echoes across the centuries in South Carolina

Rebellion is nothing new in South Carolina. We’ve all seen rednecks waving their “rebel” flag, taking pride in the fact that South Carolina went to war with the country as it was moving away from enslaved labor. Throughout American history, South Carolinians have led the fight to preserve and defend slavery, white supremacy, and racial segregation. They pride themselves on the fact that the first shots of the Civil War were fired from Fort Sumter and it is no secret that almost 40% of all enslaved Africans entered North America through Charleston.

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Hallelujah Singers & USC Gospel Choir to Kickoff 2012 Palmetto City Classic

Dr. Marlena Smalls, founder of The Hallelujah Singers to perform.

The 2012 Palmetto City Classic will be launched with a Gospelfest on Sunday, September 9 at 6:00 p.m., at Saint John Baptist Church, which is located at 3404 West Beltline Avenue.

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Rogers Editorial Cartoon

Mitt’s Lying Game

Very rarely these days do I get worked up by a political speech; perhaps I have just reached that age where I can’t sweat the small stuff. Thursday night was an exception as I watched Mitt Romney spin a pack of lies and carefully coded insults into a nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. If Republicans don’t have a clue as to why Blacks, at least conscious African-Americans, deplore the party they need to view Romney’s speech again but with a Black interpreter. Last night was a shameful exercise in revisionist history topped by a naked appeal to the virtues of pre-Civil war whiteness and state’s rights, all ending with a minstrel show featuring a Black gospel recording artist singing ‘America the Beautiful.’

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FLOTUS Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee

Combining the star wattage of a wildly popular first lady, the skills of a now-seasoned political pro, and the carefully curated stories of real people, Michelle Obama on Tuesday knocked it out of the park during her Democratic National Convention speech.

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Parenting Solo: Homeland Security

One of my closest friends surprised me today when I found out that she used some of the same tactics to raise her daughter that our government uses to protect our country from terrorists. The National Strategy for Homeland Security defines homeland security as “a concerted national effort to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage and recover from attacks that do occur”. Sounds like a good parenting strategy to me.

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Congaree Swampfest 2012

The ever popular Congaree SwampFest is a unique opportunity to celebrate the rich heritage of Lower Richland County. The tenth annual Congaree SwampFest will be held on Friday, October 5, 2012 and Saturday, October 6, 2012.

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