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Bowyer: Proud Of My Country Today

Tuesday, 20 Jan 2009 | 10:38 AM ET

No, Obama was not my choice.

No, I don’t believe that he is at the present moment a centrist, though history may teach him to be.

No, it’s not because I’m following Peggy’s advice to suspend my disbelief. Disbelief is an essential skill around politicians, and the more eloquent they are, the more critical thinking skills are needed. Logic was codified by Socrates, Plato and Aristotle specifically to deal with the problem of ambitious, golden-throated pols and mass movements.

I’m proud because America showed that she really meant it when she said she want a color blind society.

The decades of accusations from the left about how this society is fundamentally racist, are now rebutted. America has acquitted herself well. I find this to be a very encouraging thought. The economic policy drift from the White House and Congress will be in the wrong direction for a time, but the people themselves have forcefully stated that we believe that ‘all men are created equal’.

That’s the beginning of the renewal which this country desperately needs.

Martin Luther King Jr., who I believe was the greatest America of the 20th century, shared this optimism. Unlike other reformers who are more tear down artists than builders, he believed in the premises of the American experiment. When asked by a BBC reporter whether he agreed with the assertion of Bobby Kennedy (another reformer/builder) that the country would be ready to elect an black president within 40 years, King said: “I am very optimistic about the future. Frankly I have seen certain changes throughout the united states that have surprised me…on the basis of this I think that we may be able to get a negro president in less that 40 years…”

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Jerry Bowyer is chief economist at Benchmark Financial Network, is a member of the Kudlow Caucus, and makes regular appearances on CNBC. He also writes extensively on finance and history for the National Review, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Crosswalk.com, and The New York Sun. He can be emailed at jerrybowyer@comcast.net.

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