Congratulations to President-Elect Obama

It is now the appropriate time to congratulate President-Elect Barack Obama. Although we find here his policies to be in severe error and in many ways a threat to liberty, his election brings an important salutatory result. With the election of an African-American president, we have erased one more vestige of a sometimes ugly past that included slavery, Jim Crow laws, and all manner of discrimination against black Americans. The legal discriminatory restrictions passed decades ago, but this election provides evidence that Americans now generally see beyond color. Given the historic nature of this election, race has played a thankfully small role.

Conservatives now should regroup and re-articulate our vision of freedom and stand up to those who would trade freedom for security. We should, at all costs, avoid an Obama version of “Bush Derangement Syndrome” that polluted politics for the last eight years.

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