"Learning from America" by Naomi WolfSubmitted by JKap on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 10:34
By Naomi Wolf
Examiner Guest Columnist 1/2/09
As the United States prepares to celebrate the inauguration of its first African-American president, it showcases again one of the best aspects of its national identity. Though it took more than 200 years to reach this point, foreign observers, especially in Europe, marvel at Barack Obama's ascendancy.
America certainly has its flaws and its struggles over race and national identity, but it also has much to be proud of in terms of how it assimilates those with foreign or minority backgrounds. Obama's example -- and that of his newly formed Cabinet, which includes many accomplished leaders from ethnic or racial "out-groups" -- holds useful lessons for other nations, particularly in Western Europe.
So what is it that America is doing right?
Continue here: http://www.baltimoreexaminer.com/opinion/36977619.html
It's a pretty pedestrian piece about her views on national, racial and ethnic 'identity' other than her outward adoration of Superman Obama for his black-ness. My intention here is to only pass along this latest averment by Ms. Wolf demonstrating her fondness for our Decider/Dear Leader-elect.
Perhaps she could have taken the opportunity to offer even the slightest criticism of Mr. Obama's designates for Secretary of 'Defense' and the 150 Bush political appointees at the Pentagon that Mr. Obama made the decision to retain (you know, the "Republican" Bad Guys™ that Ms. Wolf has vilified so often)? No. We're simply supposed to be impressed that Mr. Obama is descended from a mixed racial background which includes that of African lineage (I guess).
I see that there is also a new interview with Ms. Wolf (that I cannot access at this time of day) on the Campaign for Liberty. http://campaignforliberty.org/blog.php?view=7310
UPDATE: Apparently it's not a new interview. Sorry about that. But indeed the article above is new!