Yes, it was a remarkable week for Obama — and now on to gun control!

It was a remarkable week for President Obama, as the New Yorker’s David Remnick writes so eloquently: “What a series of days in American life, full of savage mayhem, uncommon forgiveness, resistance to forgiveness, furious debate, mourning, and, finally, justice and grace.”

Indeed, it was a remarkable week for America, capped by Obama’s eulogy over the victims at the AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s a must to see and to listen to, for all American. So go ahead!

Now, let’s now hope the Confederate flag really does come down from the South Carolina State House, and everywhere else where it might fly. And let’s hope the discussion about the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage is over. Because it is done. Finished. Let’s move on!

Sadly, however, most Republicans, including the “clown bus” of presidential candidates, seem reluctant to do so, holding on to something that has passed them by. That doesn’t seem to be a  winning strategy, and it is disappointing.

And let’s hope the Democrats, going against their own President on the Asian trade bill, will come to their senses. I come from a country ruled by Social Democracy for decades and where everyone belongs to a union. Still, it is a country that firmly believes in international trade, in an open world, in the globalization that we are all experiencing. There is no going back here either, so how could Nancy Pelosi and the great majority of the other Democrats go so wrong? It is not a winning strategy for America, and it is, also, disappointing.

Remnick’s article talks about Obama’s “resolve.” He is still the President for another year and half, so let’s hope he uses that remaining time to move forward on gun control. The curse of guns in this country must come to an end. Let’s hope.

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One thought on “Yes, it was a remarkable week for Obama — and now on to gun control!

  1. Hey Klas, nice piece, and yes indeed, it’s with great relief and joy to see my wayward, backward southern kinfolk striking the battle flag at last.

    Speaking of kinfolk, I wanted you to see this link that was sent my way by a journalist, to a new book by a free-market right-wing UK think tank. The book “Scandinavian Unexceptionalism,’’ tries, as all the righty tanks have for a long time, to discredit the Scandinavian progressive model.

    http://www.iea.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/files/Sanandajinima-interactive.pdf

    Any thoughts you have about how to respond to it or refute it, if our local bad boys wave this around, would be most helpful.

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