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Nothing Like a Teachable Moment

January 16th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 8 Comments · Comment Contest Friday

Many blogs do a caption contest every Friday wherein the blogger posts a picture and then visitors leave their take on an appropriate and funny caption for that photo. I really enjoy contributing to those sorts of things, but it doesn’t seem appropriate for TNC so how about a comment contest on Fridays. We select an article—nothing too lengthy—and you supply a comment analyzing it. Our commenters thus far have been exceedingly insightful so I’ll be most interested to read your take. Winner gets a free RSS subscription to TNC!

“Inauguration Is Inspiring Classrooms Nationwide”

8 Comments so far ↓

  • Bill Brown

    Side note (just because this is too rich to pass up): here are the lyrics to “Black President”, mentioned in the article’s first paragraph.

  • Jim May

    “Ideas? What are those?”

  • L-C


    Stand on your desks and salute O Captain! Our Captain!. The world’s greatest reality show is about to begin. Who will be eliminated first?

  • Mike N

    I think some of this hype is due to the fact that the new president is of African descent and would still happen for any black president who is the first.

    I suppose this euphoria had to happen as part of America’s continuing maturation if you can call it that. But after a few years in office he will be seen as just another man, not a god or superhero.
    Then I think the novelty of a black president will wear off as people begin to pay more attention to what they deem is in their self-interest.

    I don’t know what kind of president Obama will make though what I’ve seen so far doesn’t look good: more calls for sacrifice by everyone, more government expansion, less individual freedom, etc. i.e. more George Bush.

  • Peter Murphy

    A theme of this article is: inaugurating the nation’s first black President is a “teachable” event.

    Given the fact the Obama’s desultory altruist/collectivist/statist positions are the most anti-American and stale of centuries-old poisons, it’s sad but obvious that only a thoroughly concrete-bound, increasingly racist culture could find this “teachable.”

  • madmax

    Is anyone else getting nauseous at the mere thought of Obama’s inauguration? And all these liberals jumping for joy while the threats to civilization continue to multiply is just driving me nuts. I think it better when leftists are miserable. No good can come of them being happy.

  • Bill Brown

    I know I am. I thought we’d get a respite after the election but Obama’s found a way to occupy the national stage ever since. It’s going to be a long four years, that’s for sure. I know the history of the Great Depression and the effects of Keynesianism all too well. The only thing our age has going for it that the 30s-era didn’t is that the Austrian School and Ayn Rand have made a solid case for the economic and moral defense of capitalism. So at least there’s a chance that they could have an effect.