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Text of Sen. Alexander’s ‘Peaceful, Orderly’ Remarks at Obama Inauguration

The text of Sen. Lamar Alexander’s remarks during inauguration ceremonies for President Barack Obama, as provided by his office:
“The late Alex Haley, the author of Roots, lived his life by these six words: Find the Good and Praise It.
“Today we praise the American tradition of transferring or reaffirming immense power as we inaugurate the President of the United States.
“We do this in a peaceful, orderly way.
“There is no mob, no coup, no insurrection.
“This is a moment when millions stop and watch.
“A moment most of us always will remember.
“A moment that is the most conspicuous and enduring symbol of our democracy.
“How remarkable that this has survived for so long in such a complex country with so much power at stake–this freedom to vote for our leaders and the restraint to respect the results.
“Last year, a tour guide at Mt. Vernon told me that our first president, George Washington, posed this question: ‘What is most important of this grand experiment, the United States?’
“And then Washington gave this answer: ‘Not the election of the first president, but the election of its second president. The peaceful transition of power is what will separate this country from every other country in the world.’
“Today we celebrate, because this is the 57th inauguration of the American President.
“Find the Good and Praise It.
“Now, it is my honor to introduce Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor, who will administer the oath of office to the Vice President.
“Everyone please stand.”

On Joe Carr & Rape Remarks

State Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, has denied telling a reporter that he agreed with U.S. Rep. Todd Akin’s theory that victims of “legitimate rape” seldom carry pregnancies to term, according to The Tennessean, but he stood by his position that the Akin should not be pressured to leave the Missouri Senate race.
The Memphis Flyer reported this morning that Carr told its correspondent to the Republican National Convention that he believes pregnancies terminate automatically after a rape, a medical fiction sometimes advanced by opponents of abortion. The remark — which the Flyer summarized and did not quote directly — came after a lunchtime speech by GOP strategist Frank Luntz in which Luntz asked members of the Tennessee delegation to demonstrate by show of hands whether they agree Akin should step aside.
(The Flyer text in dispute: All except for three naysayers– one of whom, State Rep. Joe Carr of Rutherford County, had previously made a $3,000 bid that won a brief auction held by Luntz for a large portrait of Thomas Jefferson. Looking straight at Carr, Luntz said, “I don’t know what you’re saying, but you can still have the painting.”
Carr would explain later on that he agreed with Akin that women did indeed possess certain biological means to close themselves off against pregnancy in cases of violent rape. He further thought that Republicans had no business telling a bona fide Republican primary winner what to do.
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Carr was one of only a few delegates, alternates and guests who raised their hands to indicate a belief that Akin should stay in. His reported remarks were condemned by Democrats Tuesday afternoon.
“Rep. Joe Carr has shown today what many of the women in the General Assembly have known for a long time — he is completely and totally unfit for office,” state Rep. Sherry Jones, D-Nashville, said in a press release. “Claiming that women’s bodies possess the ability to ‘close themselves off’ from pregnancy in cases of violent rape is not only biologically inaccurate, it is offensive to each and every Tennessee woman who has ever been the victim of rape.”
But as reaction spread, Carr distanced himself from the story.
Carr would confirm that he does not think Akin should be forced to drop out, but he said that view does not constitute proof that he agrees with Akin on the subject of rape.
“That’s not what he (Luntz) asked,” Carr said. “I don’t have an informed opinion on it (Akin’s views). I really don’t. … I just think they should find out what he meant first.”

UPDATE: Jackson Baker’s followup on Carr is HERE.

Rep. Brown Protests Councilman Remarks Deemed Racist

State Rep. Tommie Brown, D-Chattanooga, said Friday that Councilman Manny Rico should immediately step down after making what she perceived to be racial remarks in a City Council meeting, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
“His comments and his behavior, I was just appalled,” Brown said. “I can’t forget that. I won’t ever forget that.”
Rico said he was expressing his freedom of speech and has no intentions of stepping down.
“Do I get in trouble for speaking the truth for what I feel?” he said Friday.
The controversy started Tuesday night during the City Council’s Legal and Legislative Committee meeting discussion about redistricting. Several council members expressed disappointment in a redistricting plan Brown and other community leaders supported.
Rico abruptly told the audience he felt there were racial overtones in the community group’s presentation. He said he is sick, tired and resentful of racial suggestions and comments.
As a Hispanic, Rico said he has worked hard to earn what he owns.
“White people have been more fair to me than anyone else,” he said. “White people have bent over backward to make right what’s wrong.”