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The Obama transition team and the Bush Administration should have every progressive and liberal blogger beat right now. There is plenty of fodder for editorials and news writing.

Due to the overwhelming need for commentary on the incoming Obama Administration and the outgoing Bush Administration, two editorials were written for today---this one and a piece on the mindset that 4,000 soldiers had to die in Iraq.


The recent announcement that the man who may lead the most “purpose driven life” in American society, Pastor Rick Warren, will be providing the invocation proves that progressives and liberals are willing to acquiesce and let the Obama Administration set the terms for change and proves that the Obama Administration will be all too willing to give individuals that promote hatred and intolerance of human beings a seat at the table.

The news that Pastor Warren was providing the invocation at the inauguration was quickly overshadowed as it became apparent that progressives and liberals were going to be rationalizing and justifying Obama’s decision so that progressives or liberals could be “okay” with Obama’s decision.

Thom Hartmann, writer of Cracking the Code, described the story of Greg Mortensen and three cups of tea, which he mentions is a metaphor for hospitality.

Hartmann writes:

“You'd think that we'd have learned from these experiences - particularly those of us who call ourselves "progressives" - that you get your desired results faster when you embrace, engage, and nurture your "enemies" than when you physically or rhetorically bomb them.”

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Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, right?

One would never have thought that we were electing Don Corleone to the presidency in November, but more and more individuals from the left seem to be rationalizing Obama with logic that one might find in the storyline of a Mario Puzo story.

Huffington Post had pieces of writing that clearly acquiesced to the decision Obama made.

Lee Stranahan encouraged people to “embrace what you have in common with Rick Warren.”

Like my comrades, I think Warren is dead wrong on same sex marriage. But the reality is that at the end of 2008, a majority of voters in California agreed with him. A majority of Americans agree with Warren about same sex marriage and many more states have made marriage equality unconstitutional than have ratified it…

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… If you are mad about Rick Warren, I'm not attacking you. I understand your anger and I'm not saying it's not justified. But it's all right to let your anger go, too. It doesn't mean surrender, it doesn't mean giving up the struggle for equality.

It means doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. It means winning, right now - because the fight against hate starts whenever you want it, in your own heart. You can win a battle right now by not hating.

The editorial is loaded from beginning to end with wishful thinking.

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Kevin Gosztola is a writer and curator of Firedoglake's blog The Dissenter, a blog covering civil liberties in the age of technology. He is an editor for OpEdNews.com and a former intern and videographer for The Nation Magazine.And, he's the (more...)

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Rick Warren: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing... by Kevin Gosztola on Friday, Dec 19, 2008 at 10:55:20 AM
 The position of Obama, and many so-called pr... by Richard Hirschhorn on Friday, Dec 19, 2008 at 1:01:32 PM
He's simply providing the invocation. Nothing ... by sbaker on Friday, Dec 19, 2008 at 2:48:48 PM
Feel free to utilize your full First Amendment rig... by Kevin Gosztola on Friday, Dec 19, 2008 at 3:44:24 PM
"Relax, smile, step in line, nothing here to ... by William Whitten on Friday, Dec 19, 2008 at 5:43:14 PM
If you're a rational, reasonably educated &nbs... by Ray Smith on Friday, Dec 19, 2008 at 3:33:22 PM
of whiners.... by larry booth on Friday, Dec 19, 2008 at 8:47:24 PM
I'm sorry. Who are you?... by Kevin Gosztola on Friday, Dec 19, 2008 at 9:51:47 PM
Mr. Booth is so eloquent! Absolutely brilliant, he... by William Whitten on Saturday, Dec 20, 2008 at 1:42:31 AM
Some believe Rick Warren is a crypto New Ager... by pft on Saturday, Dec 20, 2008 at 12:09:30 AM
"Take a look at the salors fighting in the da... by William Whitten on Saturday, Dec 20, 2008 at 1:47:39 AM