Burris Flap Tosses Glare on Virtual Lily White Senate

ImageIllinois Congressman Bobby Rush took much heat for saying this, "don't hang and lynch" him. The "him" is Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's hotly disputed Illinois senate appointee Roland Burris. Rush deliberately spoke in racially charged terms. His point was that if the Senate tried to kick Burris out it would be a political and public relations disaster.

How the American Health Care System Got That Way

ImageAs Americans respond to President-elect Obama's call for town hall meetings on reform of the American health care system, an understanding of how that system came to be the way it is can be crucial for figuring out how to fix it. The American health care system is unique because, for most of us, it is tied to our jobs rather than to our government. For many Americans, the system seems natural, but few know that it originated not as a well-thought-out plan to provide for Americans' health, but as a way to circumvent a quirk in wartime wage regulations that had nothing to do with health.

American Mandela

ImageSince winning his election, the president-elect has been as solid and sure-footed as he was during the campaign. He's sought out the best minds and surrounded himself with talented, if not universally popular, advisers. He's slowly and deliberately set in motion a plan to turn campaign talk into real policies of his administration.


Acquiring Black Political Power

ImageDo African people in America have political power to the extent that we can determine significantly, throughout the United States, “who gets what - when, where, and most importantly of all, how?” The answer to this question is and obvious “NO!”

Obama Says Change Is in His Vision

Image "Understand where the vision for change comes from, first and foremost," Obama said. "It comes from me. That's my job, is to provide a vision in terms of where we are going, and to make sure, then, that my team is implementing."

"That One": President-Elect Barack Obama And the Fulfillment of Unreasonable Expectations

ImageThe day we all thought we’d never see became a reality this week as the nation took a major step toward racial reconciliation by entrusting the country’s government to a black man. President-elect Barack Obama, soon to be President Barack Obama - doesn’t that have a fantastic ring to it - a man who John McCain once called “that one” is now the one who has been charged with leading the nation, over the next four years, and out of a host of global and domestic quandaries.

Obama Wins! -- The Beginning of Transformational Leadership

President ObamaThis election has been one of those experiences that history may define as "once in a lifetime." It is not often that we get to utter those words. How does an event or occurrence meet this definition? Like the occurrence of a perfect storm, events come together in an historic time, place and importance -- and we are fortunate to be there at a moment in history that others will remember and reflect on for a long time to come. One of the observations that have been made by many voters in this election has been, "I didn't expect to see this in my lifetime."