Along with those who rubbed their eyes in disbelief when Lamborn entered/exited the presidential plane from DC to COS, I too could not help but think of the hypocrisy and irony displayed in the situation [written so well by McComb & Nicholl (July 4)]. I remember standing with that colorful crowd outside Lamborn's office in the Springs almost a year ago after his infamous 'tar-baby' quotes directed at Obama; I remember feeling snubbed by Lamborn and associates because they couldn't seem to bother to tell us at the time why he made such racist remarks to explain his hate toward Obama's economic policies.
But now I'm ready for another view: instead of looking aghast at Lamborn, I'm looking with increased admiration toward Obama. No matter Lamborn's motives, Obama is the one who extends his hand (and forgiveness) toward an avowed enemy. I don't think the idea to "come fly with me" initiated from the Lamborn camp. And if Obama was the one who extended the invitation, then it was quite ingenious and Christ-like at the same time. Looking past differences to concentrate on the need at hand; finding common ground to work together -- that is a government I'd like to see a bit more of, and yes, I find it QUITE hopeful that it took a place like our beloved (yet hurting) Colorado Springs to see it happen!
Bruce McCluggage, PPCC philosophy instructor
p.s. And yes, I am the proud father of Jonas McCluggage whose artful rendition of Smokey the Bear on Indie's front page put a tear in ALL of our eyes (red/blue, black/white, churched/unchurched, et al.)
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