• kesmarn : Good day to everyone! Sorry I faded out there. Phone call. But what a wonderful event. See you all later.

  • AdLib : Thanks to everyone who joined us for President Obama’s inauguration and our live chat today! Hope to see you Friday night for our weekly live chat, Vox Populi! Have a great week!

  • glenn : Thanks AdLib.

  • AdLib : Thanks glenn, glad you were here! Have a great day!

  • AdLib : See you then, Murph! Hail to the Chief indeed! Well done all on making this day come true!

  • glenn : Bye all! What a great morning, and I enjoyed spending it with all of you.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Thanks to one and all for the opportunity to share this day with you. See you all at Vox on Friday. Hail to the Chief!

  • AdLib : AB – Great seeing you here, we did indeed do it!

  • glenn : Happy inauguration day and MLK day to you too Choice Lady. See you soon!

  • AdLib : Have a great day CL! Cheers back to you, a very memorable MLK Day indeed!

  • choicelady : I’m signing off to go do something – don’t know what – with my husband who has cabin fever! We are celebrating with a road trip, maybe the mountains, to find fresh air, scenery, a good lunch. Happy Inauguration Day! Memorable Rev.Dr. MLK, Jr. Day!

  • AlphaBitch : Sorry- had to check out. Now it’s time to get to work for a while. Love to all, and WE did it!

  • choicelady : Murph – that WAS magnificent! Each name an echo of great struggle. He linked them all. I’d have added CA and Wounded Knee, but the laundry list is less effective than the clear metaphor.

  • AdLib : Heh! Borhner and Cantor trying to keep pleasant smiles on their faces, that’s the hardest work they’ve had in the last 4 years.

  • AdLib : Signing nominations for cabinet positions, it would seem to be typical. Anyone know if it is?

  • AdLib : I can see this speech having a subtle resonance as the weeks and months go by, especially in contrast to the simple hatreds and dishonesties of the GOP.

  • AdLib : Wonderful sentiment, CL!

  • AdLib : CL – I don’t think there was anything in this speech for emoprogs to have any legit argument against…not saying that they won’t concoct them but anyone who had trouble with this speech is not committed to Progressive principles.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : CL when Obama invokes Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall he is identifying himself with the struggle that West can only provide wind and fury for.

  • choicelady : It is here, at the Planet and other sites devoted to thoughtful reflection that the voices of compassion and civility will prevail AND lead. That doesn’t mean we can find humor in extremists and their extremism, but we have always been people who lead with principle not anger. It is part of the turning of the times that we do these things. It matters that there are places were thought and reflection are the most important aspects, leaving anger and division to trail in their wake. Thanks to all who participate in these discussions.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Choice- Cornel West has done one significant thing. He wrote “Race Matters” and has been nothing but trouble since. He, and others in his club, take every opportunity to cut the legs out from under Obama because he does not play by their rules and he has not asked them to become his kitchen cabinet.

  • AdLib : West is the traitor that he tries to label Obama as. It’s all about West’s pompous ego, he felt rejected by Obama by not being invited to the 1st inauguration and not given meetings with Obama. Like the Baggers, West realizes that Obama’s election and position makes his less necessary and he will be a hypocrite to fight for relevancy.

  • choicelady : Murph – yes, it IS progressive. It DOES require us to work. So faux progressives will still bash him even as he leads the rest of us to fulfilling their wants.

  • choicelady : AdLib – this morning Cornell West said it was vile for PBO to use Rev. King’s Bible without embracing the struggle. Oh? His entire work has been to keep that alive. West, liar that he is, pretended he’d been shackled and abused after being arrested at an Occupy event. He was cited and released – and to my knowledge has NEVER participated in anything significant on behalf of civil rights.

  • AdLib : Can we dispense now with America being a center-right nation?

  • AdLib : Murph – An ideal speech for our times. We are at a point where the people who became apathetic in the past, are called to action because there is no other way to defeat the forces that would take America for themselves.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : His Inaugural Address….readi ng through it….a Progressive manifesto….rea lly quite extraordinary.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : WHAT A FINE DAY. Not self congratulatory. Not self effusive. Not self aggrandizing…. .instead a call for balance, community, rooted in reality but still reaching out and forward.

  • choicelady : AdLib – The very notion of Victoria Jackson as an inaugural speaker gives me heartburn!

  • escribacat : I think climate change is the most important issue at this point.

  • AdLib : CL – I agree with you and Murph, there will be more of these extremists who sense that their day is over, they lost and there’s nothing left to lose. A dangerous time but also a time when such people will inspire more and more Americans to come out against them. It will be an accelerated tailspin but dangerous.

  • escribacat : Murph, she is amazing.

  • choicelady : Murph – Michah rocked, no doubt. He’s considered one of the prophets of the coming massive transformation from narrow tribalism to universal love. Works for me.

  • escribacat : Glenn jinx!

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Beyonce!!!!! I am always wary of these “interpretation s”- they take a poor national anthem (words and music) and so often make it worse. In this case……she elevated it….my goodness.

  • escribacat : Adlib — or Ted Nugent

  • glenn : AdLib–or Ted Nugent! Shudder!

  • AdLib : Instead of Beyonce, Kid Rock would have sung a hatcheted version of The Star Spangled Banner.

  • choicelady : AdLib – I do think 2010 will be their highwater mark – but Murph is right. They are not going down without a dangerous resistance. That happened in the 90s and touched me personally. It scares me a very great deal to think of going through it again. Dr. Tiller’s murder in 2009 was just one. I fear there will be more and different types of violence now.

  • kesmarn : Glenn, yes. That electoral college situation really needs to be addressed.

  • AdLib : had Romney won, we would have heard a paranoid monologue by Victoria Jackson instead of a reciting of poetry.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Choice….hard to do better than the Prophet Micah

  • glenn : Beyonce and the U.S. Marine Band. Now there’s diversity!

  • AdLib : Murph – Indeed, as they are cornered more and more, the extremists will become more extreme in word and deed. They need to be watched closely and considering all the threats the Secret Service receives against Obama on a daily basis, I think it’s a major focus of theirs.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : CL….yes, it was the correct decision, but one that I think was made by all involved including that clergyman.

  • choicelady : That is the Bible passage we in my organization totally follow. Seek justice, love kindness, walk humbly with your God.

  • glenn : Murph–you’re right. As I said Friday night, this electoral college nonsense scares me the most!

  • choicelady : Murph – I totally agree. Violence attended all of Clinton’s administration. I fear it will not change now.

  • AdLib : Murph – Disgusting and transparent, their poor camouflage no longer seems to be working, even with the media. The majority of Americans now see the GOP for the greedy, dishonest and hostile people they are and their trajectory downward seems to be unavoidable.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Ad Lib…the desperate efforts of the GOP legislatures to rig the electoral college that are now unfolding speak to the passing of the extremists. But like all wounded animals, they are more dangerous now than ever.

  • glenn : “mistrust, rancor, and prejudice will rule our hearts.” Describes the t/partiers perfectly!

  • AdLib : CL – I think the window of opportunity for extremists closed after the 2010 election, people were so desperate, making them easy prey for the extremists and their simplistic hatreds and dishonest proposals. It does seem that it will be a gradual process though, too many extremists remain, they will become more and more abandoned and isolated with each year, especially as the desperation that comes from a dismal economy and joblessness is left behind.

  • MurphTheSurf3 : Ad Lib…I am reading through the stories of the GOP’s “anything but the inauguration” ploy…..started with the NYT and it is so disgusting.