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Rush’s Morning Update: Change
August 29, 2008

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The political choreography of Senator Obama accepting the Democrat nomination on the 45th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” was designed for maximum symbolic impact. The reality is, if you read the entire text of Dr. King’s speech, the America Dr. King described as “sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation” is not the America of today.

Yet this week in Denver, the Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO– a union that backsObama– said: “Quite frankly a lot of union members believe he’s the wrong race.” That comes on top of the racial overtones within the Democrat Party and Drive-By Media for this entire political season. There were claims that Obama “wasn’t black enough,” didn’t have “slave blood,” or was a “Magic Negro.” Bill Clinton and Barack Obama bitterly accused each other of playing the race card.

The most quoted line from Dr. King’s speech is the dream that his children would “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” For conservatives, politics is not about “identity.” We are not invested in the color or gender of a candidate; we are focused on their ideas, and whether they intend to protect and defend the traditions and institutions that made this country great.

Over the last 18 months, we’ve heard a lot about the need for “change.” It’s time you “identity-based” Democrats joined us. That would be a welcome “change” we could believe in.

I’m not holding my breath, but it would be nice.

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