Beiträge vom 19. September 2010

Obama and Wall Street

Sonntag, 19. September 2010 16:10

A NYTimes article about New York’s Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg supporting candidates of both parties across the country is worthy reading for the insights into two opposing political currents that are facing off right now. And that’s not the two parties — it’s a reconciliatory, bipartisan note versus a radical, partisan idea, incorporated most strongly by the Tea Party movement. And I think it’s outcome (partly to be decided already in the upcoming primaries and elections) will be quite influential for the American political climate of the next decade or so. But apart from recommending that read, what I wanted to share here is a quote from Bloomberg, depicting his (and assumedly many of his wealthy Wall Street friends‘) judgement of Obama’s financial politics:


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Nicholas D. Kristof stands up to extremists

Sonntag, 19. September 2010 14:42

In the debates about the association between Islam and terror, moderate Muslims are frequently asked to take a stance against the militant extremists sharing their faith. NYTimes Op-Ed contributor Nicholas D. Kristof has taken this message home, by doing just that — apologizing for the freakish stuff directed at Muslims by his fellow American Christians:

Many Americans have suggested that more moderate Muslims should stand up to extremists, speak out for tolerance, and apologize for sins committed by their brethren.

That’s reasonable advice, and as a moderate myself, I’m going to take it. (Throat clearing.) I hereby apologize to Muslims for the wave of bigotry and simple nuttiness that has lately been directed at you. The venom on the airwaves, equating Muslims with terrorists, should embarrass us more than you. Muslims are one of the last minorities in the United States that it is still possible to demean openly, and I apologize for the slurs.

The article goes on with interesting examples of how hypocritical these demands towards Muslims can be. Which doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be made, but — in good Christian practice — you shouldn’t fail to begin with yourself …

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