I love hearing these pundits wag their fingers at Rev. Wright's wood-work shattering "Hi America!" tour. I guess he's now the poo in Obama's shoe. Whatever...He can't be more right about the confusion of criticism with anti-patriotism. Which antics are worse, the droll bombast of a preacher or the antics of cowardice, hubris & denial? Kinda brings me back to the antics of denial practiced by some really, really old pundits, when they asked Jeremiah I,
"Why have you prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, 'This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without an inhabitant'?" And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD. When the princes of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king's house to the house of the LORD and sat down in the entry of the New Gate of the LORD's [house.] And the priests and the prophets spoke to the princes and all the people, saying, "This man deserves to die! For he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your ears" (Jeremiah 26:9-11)
I practice architecture and urban design in Charlotte, N.C., often as a consultant in transportation projects. The rest of my time I help layout the developments of the clients of the firm I work for. While I'd like to be an urbanist, if anything, I'm an expert in the layout of parking lots. For now, just consider me an "aspiring urbanist", until governments allow me to practice what I preach.