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Origins: Thomas Sowell is described by Wikipedia as:
An article entitled "An Old Newness," which offered the example of baseball player Paul Waner to caution about the pitfalls of wanting "to reach [a] landmark so badly that we are willing to overlook how questionably that landmark is reached" (in reference to Barack Obama's possibly becoming the first black President of the United States) is a genuine Thomas Sowell column from 29 April 2008. Its opening paragraphs read as follows:
Waner hit a ball that the fielder did not handle cleanly but the official scorer called it a hit, making it Waner's 3,000th. Paul Waner then sent word to the official scorer that he did not want that questionable hit to be the one that put him over the top.
The official scorer reversed himself and called it an error. Later Paul Waner got a clean hit for number 3,000.
What reminded me of this is the great fervor that many seem to feel over the prospect of the first black President of the United States.
An article entitled "Obama and McCain," which criticized both candidates as "painfully inadequate" but vetted John McCain as the one who would better deal with a nuclear threat from Iran is also a genuine Thomas Sowell column, published on
Not since 1972 have we been presented with two such painfully inadequate candidates. When election day came that year, I could not bring myself to vote for either George McGovern or Richard Nixon. I stayed home.
This year, none of us has that luxury. While all sorts of gushing is going on in the media, and posturing is going on in politics, the biggest national sponsor of terrorism in the
The point when they get that bomb will be the point of no return. Iran's nuclear bomb will be the terrorists' nuclear
"Senator John McCain could never convince me to vote for him. Only Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama can cause me to vote for McCain."
Oh, and in case you aren't familiar with Thomas Sowell, He happens to be black.
PLEASE READ THIS ALL THE WAY THROUGH!
After long and serious thought, I have decided to endorse Senator John McCain for President.
I have always voted for the person and have not voted for anyone because some political party was telling me who I should vote for.
We all know the choices by now and, that said, I do believe that the process of selecting a chief executive is deeply flawed. The words "money" and "special interests" come to mind, among many others.
Here's the way I see it:
Barack Obama, you are a fine public speaker. You are also an extremely liberal Senator from the State of Illinois, which has a long and rich history of political corruption of the first magnitude. You are indeed a child of that system.
You have finally insulted my intelligence far beyond my capacity to tolerate your insults. It has nothing at all to do with your skin color. As a matter of fact, it would be so COOL to finally have an African-American for President. What a great statement that would be to the entire world that we are indeed the greatest country on earth!
But, unfortunately, General Colin Powell is not running, and YOU are NOT the man for this job!
Letters, phone calls and e-mails from readers around the country have asked me if I wrote a column saying that Barack Obama is not an American citizen. The answer is "No."
Many of my readers have been savvy enough to tell that the style of the phony column is not mine, but checked with me just to be sure.
What is puzzling about all this is that some people would take seriously a chain letter on the Internet saying what some
Last updated: 27 November 2011