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Cornel West Blasts Obama Is A "Brown-Faced Clinton", A "Post-Traumatic Depression" Will Follow

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Outspoken Union Theological Seminary professor Cornel West goes where very few 'thinkers-of-color' have had the courage to go in this interview with Salon's Thomas Frank: "The thing is, [Obama] posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free... we ended up with a brown-faced Clinton. Another opportunist. Another neoliberal opportunist... So you got low-quality black leadership. Al Sharpton is who? He’s a cheerleader for Obama... Eric Holder won’t touch the Wall Street executives; they’re his friends... I think a post-Obama America is an America in post-traumatic depression."

 

Excerpted from Salon,

...how do you feel things have worked out since then, both with the economy and with this president? That was a huge turning point, that moment in 2008, and my own feeling is that we didn’t turn.

No, the thing is he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair. And that’s a very sad moment in the history of the nation because we are—we’re an empire in decline. Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life. You would think that we needed somebody—a Lincoln-like figure who could revive some democratic spirit and democratic possibility.

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And we ended up with a brown-faced Clinton. Another opportunist. Another neoliberal opportunist. It’s like, “Oh, no, don’t tell me that!” I tell you this, because I got hit hard years ago, but everywhere I go now, it’s “Brother West, I see what you were saying. Brother West, you were right. Your language was harsh and it was difficult to take, but you turned out to be absolutely right.” And, of course with Ferguson, you get it reconfirmed even among the people within his own circle now, you see. It’s a sad thing. It’s like you’re looking for John Coltrane and you get Kenny G in brown skin.

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There’s a lot of disillusionment now. My liberal friends included. The phrase that I have heard from more than one person in the last year is they feel like they got played.

That’s true. That’s exactly right. What I hear is that, “He pimped us.” I heard that a zillion times. “He pimped us, brother West.” That’s another way of saying “we got played.”

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I think Obama, his modus operandi going all the way back to when he was head of the [Harvard] Law Review, first editor of the Law Review and didn’t have a piece in the Law Review. He was chosen because he always occupied the middle ground. He doesn’t realize that a great leader, a statesperson, doesn’t just occupy middle ground. They occupy higher ground or the moral ground or even sometimes the holy ground. But the middle ground is not the place to go if you’re going to show courage and vision. And I think that’s his modus operandi. He always moves to the middle ground. It turned out that historically, this was not a moment for a middle-ground politician. We needed a high-ground statesperson and it’s clear now he’s not the one.

And so what did he do? Every time you’re headed toward middle ground what do you do? You go straight to the establishment and reassure them that you’re not too radical, and try to convince them that you are very much one of them so you end up with a John Brennan, architect of torture [as CIA Director]. Torturers go free but they’re real patriots so we can let them go free. The rule of law doesn’t mean anything.

The rule of law, oh my God. There’s one law for us and another law if you work on Wall Street.

That’s exactly right. Even with [Attorney General] Eric Holder. Eric Holder won’t touch the Wall Street executives; they’re his friends. He might charge them some money. They want to celebrate. This money is just a tax write-off for these people. There’s no accountability. No answerability. No responsibility that these people have to take at all. The same is true with the Robert Rubin crowd. Obama comes in, he’s got all this populist rhetoric which is wonderful, progressive populist rhetoric which we needed badly. What does he do, goes straight to the Robert Rubin crowd and here comes Larry Summers, here comes Tim Geithner, we can go on and on and on, and he allows them to run things. You see it in the Suskind book, The Confidence Men. These guys are running things, and these are neoliberal, deregulating free marketeers—and poverty is not even an afterthought for them.

They’re the same ones who screwed it up before.

Absolutely.

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Let’s talk about Ferguson. All I know about it is what I’ve been reading in the newspapers; I haven’t been out there. But I feel like there’s a lot more going on there than this one tragic killing.

Oh, absolutely. I mean, one, we know that this is a systemic thing. This thing has been going on—we can hardly get a word out of the administration in terms of the arbitrary police power.

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The Obama administration has been silent. Completely silent. All of a sudden now, you get this uprising and what is the response? Well, as we know, you send out a statement on the death of brother Robin Williams before you sent out a statement on brother Michael Brown. The family asked for an autopsy at the Federal level, they hold back, so they [the family] have to go and get their own autopsy, and then the federal government finally responds. [Obama] sends Eric, Eric’s on the way out. Eric Holder’s going to be gone by December.

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Because what happens is you got Eric Holder going in trying to create the calm. But you also got Al Sharpton. And when you say the name Al Sharpton, the word integrity does not come to mind. So you got low-quality black leadership. Al Sharpton is who? He’s a cheerleader for Obama.

...

There’s no prophetic integrity in his leadership.

One last thing, where are we going from here? What comes next?

I think a post-Obama America is an America in post-traumatic depression. Because the levels of disillusionment are so deep. Thank God for the new wave of young and prophetic leadership, as with Rev. William Barber, Philip Agnew, and others. But look who’s around the presidential corner. Oh my God, here comes another neo-liberal opportunist par excellence. Hillary herself is coming around the corner. It’s much worse. And you say, “My God, we are an empire in decline.” A culture in decay with a political system that’s dysfunctional, youth who are yearning for something better but our system doesn’t provide them democratic venues, and so all we have are just voices in the wilderness and certain truth-tellers just trying to keep alive some memories of when we had some serious, serious movements and leaders.

One last thought, I was talking to a friend recently and we were saying, if things go the way they look like they’re going to go and Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee and then wins a second term, the next time there’ll be a chance for a liberal, progressive president is 2024.

It’d be about over then, brother. I think at that point - Hillary Clinton is an extension of Obama’s Wall Street presidency, drone presidency, national surveillance, national security presidency. She’d be more hawkish than he is, and yet she’s got that strange smile that somehow titillates liberals and neo-liberals and scares Republicans. But at that point it’s even too hard to contemplate.

I know, I always like to leave things on a pessimistic note. I’m sorry. It’s just my nature.

It’s not pessimistic, brother, because this is the blues. We are blues people. The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. That’s different.

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Sun, 08/24/2014 - 17:29 | 5138026 Bangin7GramRocks
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Preach on Brother Cornel!

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 17:30 | 5138034 Deathrips
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Its not one man Cornel!!!

 

Its all of them. They have the pleebs working for paper that is redeemable for nothing, meaning it is backed by nothing but faith. Its modern day slavery.

 

They are all the same...leeches.

 

RIPS

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 17:43 | 5138084 RafterManFMJ
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Ah, C. West, another gibsmedat Negro - gawd I am SO interested in what he has to say!

He must have sniffed an advantage - either coke, cash, or low-grade pussy, in denigrating the Mocha Messiah; oh Cornell lead us!

Hey Kornyell - if you want to see exactly why you are where you are instead of driving bus somewhere - go look again at 0blam0; he's not your enemy he's just another tool, like you, elevated 3 orders of magnitude above his station - like you.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 18:31 | 5138249 Ying-Yang
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"We are blues people...

and the truth is dark."

So true.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 19:21 | 5138416 Wait What
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"he's just another tool, like you, elevated 3 orders of magnitude above his station - like you"

"You go straight to the establishment and reassure them that you’re not too radical, and try to convince them that you are very much one of them"

am i naive to think i was born into a pre-set and nearly immutable heirarchy, where you suck up to TPTB for position, authority, and resources?

...and if you don't agree with TPTB you're welcome to live out  a quiet life in poverty and isolation?

"the truth is dark"

...the truth is light stored in dark places, while lies take its place in the daylight. "when it gets serious, you have to lie."

 

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 19:28 | 5138436 kaiserhoff
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As the colored girls say, he's not all that..., or all that dark.

If he would shave the kinky stuff, he could pass.

Hell'sthematterwithim?

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 19:30 | 5138443 SafelyGraze
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"And we ended up with a brown-faced Clinton."

the color of his face does not matter, mister cornell.

hugs,
al sharpton

 

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 20:07 | 5138547 0b1knob
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Did you ever see this clown's TEETH?   I mean my god don't Ivy League schools have a dental plan?  You can see him in the gawd awful Matrix sequels spouting some metaphysical nonsense.   Yes he took the movie the Matrix seriously.   His teeth (the few he has left) are an abomination.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 19:48 | 5138493 Clarabell
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"...and the colored girls sing do dodo do dododododo do dodo do dododododo doooooooo" - Lew Reed

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 23:58 | 5139250 americanreality
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Lew?  

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:50 | 5139344 Manthong
Mon, 08/25/2014 - 01:03 | 5139375 buyingsterling
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Cornel West has the right diagnosis and all the wrong prescriptions. There's one solution to the black/white issue - radical decentralization. Let blacks govern blacks and police blacks without the feds telling them what to do.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 01:46 | 5139423 boogerbently
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....OR supporting them !

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:53 | 5139944 sessinpo
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buyingsterling    Let blacks govern blacks and police blacks without the feds telling them what to do.

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And what happens if a black goes into a predominantly white neighborhood or vice versa?

You have bought into the race segration war. Race should not matter. It is character of that person, no matter the race.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 21:19 | 5138763 WhackoWarner
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From an outsider point of view.  Obama is nothing more that a guy whose soul was bought. Now he plays golf and thinks he's cool and the gang. Heaven help your nation.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:00 | 5139251 dracos_ghost
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I heard he traded his Dashiki for some Jordache jeans.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 03:02 | 5139480 slvrizgold
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He learned to play golf. And he got a good score. Now he says to himself... "I ain't no ****** no more!"

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 02:21 | 5139450 SemperFudge
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And the colored girls go "doo do doo do do do..."

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 23:33 | 5139186 McCormick No. 9
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A quiet life in poverty and isolation ain't all that bad! Free to disagree bitchezzzz!

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:00 | 5139252 Yen Cross
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  Zorin -8 Ying Yang. You made me a LINUX monster! I love linux! I took one of my windows -7 laptops and made it LINUX exclusive! 

  I owe ya one Ying- Yang. I NEVER forget GOOD people!

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Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:00 | 5139964 venturen
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I think the harmonic convergence just occured, if I agree with anything from Cornel. He is 100% spot on!

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:12 | 5140002 venturen
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I think the harmonic convergence just occured, if I agree with anything from Cornel. He is 100% spot on!

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 21:46 | 5143106 StychoKiller
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Just about anyone can come up with a correct diagnosis, it's the prognosis and prescription(s) that are in disarray!

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 18:33 | 5138263 max2205
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Dumbasses, it took them long enough to admit what we all knew after the 1st month in office.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 18:38 | 5138281 BurningFuld
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Cornel West, I would buy you a drink dude.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 18:49 | 5138313 MalteseFalcon
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I'll give you a 'B' for effort, Cornel.

Obama doesn't occupy the middle ground or the left or right ground. He occupies the corporate ground.  Like no president before him he is a creation of the corporate PTB.  He owes them everything and is absolutely nothing without him.

So you don't go away angry, Cornel, I'll point out that Obama is half white on the CIA side of his family. 

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 19:37 | 5138457 cpnscarlet
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Just a "D" for showing up sober enough to have a lucid thought once in 6 years.

Cornell - Outer Party Member

Obama - Inner Party Member

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:57 | 5139953 sessinpo
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BurningFuld   Cornel West, I would buy you a drink dude.

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I'm old school. I'd kick his ass for all the damage he's done. A few speechs don't mean shit to me.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 06:41 | 5139663 onthesquare
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"Dumbasses, it took them long enough to admit what we all knew after the 1st month in office."

The banking crises started in late 2007 and its realization was around election time.  Obama jumped over the fence then and became buddies with w.  The banks ruled.  Everybody who voted for obama had a stupid, twisted, sneering grin on their face or should have.  He was not even sworn in and had already left the building.

There will be one last war where no body wins.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 01:19 | 5139398 teslaberry
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i agree with you, my only problem is why the fuck doesn't cornell west teach at cornell. instead he teaches very far EAST of cornell, in harvard. 

 

why do so many afrocanican americanicans have such wierd fucking names. i mean, you may as well call him magic jonhson, or long dohn silver, or michael jordick, or shaquille obungo. cornell fucking west. oh man, what a riot. 

 

you tell em' cornell sharpton.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 03:13 | 5139494 chumbawamba
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Shutup you dumn nigger.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 06:20 | 5139642 Bill of Rights
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Low grade pussy? hmm there's a mother joke in here I just know there is .

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 17:43 | 5138086 knukles
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Now Officially God's Truth

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 17:45 | 5138101 nmewn
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Cornel West is a raaaaaaaayyyyycist!!!

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 18:13 | 5138139 NihilistZero
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Sadly he's blissfully unaware that he is.  Other than that the guy has some neat philosophical perspectives.  Listen to his commentary on the Matrix box set for some cool insights.

I like to think that the shittiness of Obama can be used to turn disaffected socialist liberal types to a more anarcho-capitalist/libertarian bent.  Quit asking the white man for shit Cornel and get the brothers with money together to FUCKING BUY/TAKE IT!

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 18:32 | 5138248 nmewn
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Look at that shit up above you Nihilist, four progs (so far) have lost their "collective" minds.

"...>>>we<<< ended up with a brown-faced Clinton. Another opportunist. Another neoliberal opportunist... So you got low-quality black leadership."

What does he mean by "we"?

Every fucking thing in Wests mind swirls around the color of a mans skin and marxism yet I'm the one who doesn't understand what a bigot and/or rascist looks & sounds like?

I have no use for socialists black-white-green or purple trying to understand me or join with me because they are that completely fucked up.

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Pardon, five idiot progs, my point is proven.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 18:42 | 5138293 HedgeHammer
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AMEN!

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 19:15 | 5138390 NihilistZero
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Relax nmewn I'm agreeing with you :-)

I was merely pointing out that the guy has some cool existential philosophical concepts that, if he could find the time to pull his head out of his ass, COULD be very compatible with a libertarian POV.  In other wirds I'd rather be debating people like him as opposed to intellectual midgets like AL Sharpton.  An intelligent adversary has at least a chance to be reasoned with.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 19:56 | 5138513 nmewn
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"Relax nmewn I'm agreeing with you :-)"

I know...and Urban saw what I did and why I did it ;-)

But we still have the problem of their (socialist-statist) habitual use for top-down construct. I don't know how we get them out of that mindset (the monolithic solutions) because every state is different.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 20:39 | 5138640 HedgeHammer
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Very true but the underlying cognitive disorientation remains the same. Ignorance is bliss my friend.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 22:14 | 5138948 Keyser
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It is one thing to be blissfully ignorant by choice as opposed to having it imposed on you... IMO after being witness to multi-generational welfare recipients, they willfully take the blue pill and stay in the matrix... Why? Because they are lazy fucks and would rather live in the lower end of the economic scale, as long as someone else pays for it...  The FSA crowd is alive and well, and a growing trend... I do not want to be around the day the EBT cards stop working... 

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 06:45 | 5139669 onthesquare
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I wonder how far we are away from peek ignorance???

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 23:50 | 5139237 anti-republocrat
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Corporations are the ultimate top-down construct.  But that's to be expected, as they are created (chartered) by the State.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 19:15 | 5138399 Urban Redneck
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The problem isn't that Cornell is a racist, it's that there are double standards for who is allowed to be racist, and this itself is not viewed as racist, and furthermore, that the intellectual foundation and sense of community in the broader citizenry is so weak that the idea of racism is to be feared and closeted in the first place.

But I wonder if the CAPTCHA might keep out some the intellectual lilliputians who thought a humorous truth was worth the effort of voting down...

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 19:52 | 5138501 ThroxxOfVron
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"The problem isn't that Cornell is a racist, it's that there are double standards for who is allowed to be racist, and this itself is not viewed as racist, and furthermore, that the intellectual foundation and sense of community in the broader citizenry is so weak that the idea of racism is to be feared and closeted in the first place."

I wonder if Cornell has the self awareness and humility to admit to his own racism or enough antipathy and certitude to the double standard in general.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 01:22 | 5139401 teslaberry
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EDDIE MURPHY EXPLAINS CORNELL WEST.

http://www.snotr.com/video/422/Eddie_Murphy_goes_undercover

 

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:58 | 5140542 Solar
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How well off would we be if West was President? 

Interviewer to Mr. West:  "What does your marxist utopia look like practice.  All prior attempts have resulted in absolute horrors.  Examples: USSR, China, North Korea, etc."

West:  "Ahhhh... but they didn't get it right.  This time will be different."

/sarc

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 18:34 | 5138270 Das Capitalist
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I don't think it should be conceptualized as socialist liberal types joining anarcho-capitalist libertarian types. It's about find common cause against the things we both hate: torture, drones, Wall St bailouts, non-prosecution of WS criminals. The powers that be love the "liberal conservative" dichotomy. It allows them to remain TPTB.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 19:10 | 5138380 nmewn
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The only good thing to come from Ferguson was young black people (without an indoctrinated brain) said fuck you to both Sharpton & Obama and stood against the looting...successful or not doesn't matter right now for Ferguson. What matters is they did. It shows character & virtue, a sense of right & wrong, no matter what "their leaders" were saying.

We (libertarians, fiscal conservatives & independents) all knew this would happen at some point.

Independence, individuality and working in concert with the like minded is a very powerful thing and it did not go unnoticed or unappreciated by me.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:29 | 5139305 Yen Cross
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nmewn/ I intentionally/explicitly stay(away) from these conversations. I understand history my friend. I've seen the pictures!

   You're "SO" far above this conversation. Be the gentleman you are. ;-) 

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