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Posted on Oct 19, 2010
AP / Charles Dharapak

President Barack Obama stands with Tom Donilon, his appointed replacement for National Security Adviser James Jones, on Oct. 8 in the White House Rose Garden.

By Robert Scheer

One day as Wall Street was crashing, President George W. Bush had the temerity to plaintively ask his treasury secretary, Henry Paulson: “How did this happen?” Paulson, who headed Goldman Sachs before taking the Treasury job, remarks in his memoir: “It was a humbling question for someone from the financial sector to be asked—after all, we were the ones responsible.”

That’s an honest enough admission about the culpability of the financial community in bundling the toxic derivatives packages still disastrously undermining the economic health of the nation. Even more startling was Paulson’s admission in his memoir that he, at the time he was advising the president, still did not know that home mortgages were at the heart of those troubling securities that his former company had marketed to others with such wild abandon.

Were President Barack Obama to ask that question about the origins of this crisis of Tom Donilon, one of his closest aides whom he recently appointed to the critical job of national security adviser, Donilon would find it even more awkward to invoke the defense of ignorance. As the chief lobbyist for Fannie Mae from 1999 to 2005, he was far more intimately involved than Paulson in the manufacturing of this crisis. He successfully pressured Congress to give Fannie Mae the green light to speed past any sound regulation. Indeed, had Congress endorsed the barest semblance of regulation of the Fannie Mae-led housing scam, it would have been stillborn instead of being a very much alive Frankenstein creation.

Fannie Mae paid Donilon, a longtime Democratic Party operative, $15 million to lobby Congress to gut the power of government regulators to check the scandalous behavior in what would have been judged a crime until a majority of pro-Wall Street Republicans and Democrats in Congress rewrote the laws. He was also a top executive at Fannie Mae during the period when cooking the books to increase executive compensation would later lead to a $400 million fine. In pursuit of those profits, Fannie Mae entered into a partnership with Angelo Mozilo’s shady Countrywide Financial, and together they produced the computerized CLUES and MERS credit verification and mortgage registration systems that are at the heart of the housing swindle. Mozilo at least was finally slapped with a huge fine last week, while Donilon has yet to return a penny.

Why in the world would President Obama, whose legacy has been sabotaged by a housing crisis that Donilon helped create and conceal, have hired him to run the most sensitive position of public trust in his administration? Because he is one of the most skilled of the Washington players, and, as this president has demonstrated so often with his key appointments, it’s the top hustlers of whom he seems enamored. “He has a probing intellect and a remarkable work ethic,” Obama stated this month upon appointing Donilon, thereby reducing ethics to a variant of ambition rather than morality, “although it’s one that depends on a seemingly limitless quantity of Diet Coke.” Ha, ha. But of course Obama must avoid questioning the connection of that work ethic to the impoverishment of tens of millions of homeowners. When Donilon first entered his presidential campaign in 2008, Obama knew he had been working as a legal adviser to Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, two firms that had to depend on government bailouts to survive a housing crisis they helped create.

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Behind the wonderfully engaging smile of this president there is the increasingly disturbing suggestion of a cynical power-grabbing politician whose swift rise in power reflects less the earnestness of his message and far more the skills of a traditional political hack. If there was more of the sincere community organizer in the inner makings of this man, he would not have turned to one of the architects of a housing scam in filling a leadership position in his administration. Why assume that Donilon will now run our foreign policy, wrapped as it is in a secrecy that endangers so many, with any greater sense of moral integrity than he employed when he enriched himself by impoverishing so many ordinary Americans not blessed with his political connections?

The more one learns about the political roots of our economic meltdown, the more the Democratic Party stands revealed as an equal partner with the Republicans at the center of corruption. Donilon has worked for most of the party’s top dogs, including Walter Mondale, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Joe Biden. Surely the Republican ideologues who want to end all government consumer protections and are quite adroit at lining their own pockets are no better, but that is cold comfort. We are drowning in a bipartisan cesspool of corruption, and the sooner we grasp that fact the better.

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By archivesDave, October 26, 2010 at 6:21 am Link to this comment

TD did not print the entire link correctly so use
this one for Alex Jones/Williams:
<lindseywilliams101.blogspot.com/2010/10/lindsey-
williams-on-alex-jones-show-mon.html?
utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=F
eed:+LindseyWilliams+
(Lindsey+Williams)&utm_content=Yahoo!+Mail>

If you still can’t get it go to:

http://lindseywilliams101.blogspot.com/

This is the most important clip I’ve witnessed on
Alex Jones!

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By archivesDave, October 26, 2010 at 6:09 am Link to this comment

All hell ready to break shortly:
A MUST see clip interview with Alex Jones/Lindsey
Williams:
http://lindseywilliams101.blogspot.com/2010/10/lindsey-
williams-on-alex-jones-show-mon.html?
utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fee
d:+LindseyWilliams+
(Lindsey+Williams)&utm_content=Yahoo!+Mail

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By kulu, October 26, 2010 at 6:00 am Link to this comment

Leefeller, Oct 20 12.48pm

Nader is the only chance you have, infinitesimal as that may be. Surely not voting or voting for one of the two major parties holds no promise at all, zero, zilch. So how should we cure our gullibility if we see this as the choice?>

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By christian96, October 23, 2010 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment

I just read the following headline on AOL news,
“If the GOP wins, the American consumer loses,
says Obama.”  I should have been President.  I
would have said, “If the GOP wins, the world loses!”

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By archivesDave, October 22, 2010 at 11:32 pm Link to this comment

Go Right Young Man et al:
I just tried the previous link to the latest Alex Jones
and Lindsey Williams interview: It didn’t work.
Try this one:
http://alexjones101.blogspot.com/2010/10/lindsey-
williams-deathbed-globalist.html

It’s a MUST SEE and if TD still doesn’t get it right,
just do a search on Alex Jones/Lindsey Williams and it
will come up.

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By glider, October 22, 2010 at 10:05 pm Link to this comment

“We are drowning in a bipartisan cesspool of corruption”

Love that line!

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By archivesDave, October 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm Link to this comment

Go Right Young Man:
“archivesDave,
Your point is that you’re smarter than I am.  I get
that.  My question is a simple one.  How hard would
it have been to make your point less the
condescending arrogance?
It remains interesting to me that on this Web space -
where Open-Minded, all-inclusive, liberalism reins -
the level of hatred for different points of view is
always Front and Center.”

GRYM, I apologize to you if I’m coming off with any
strain of arrogance, etc. since that is absolutely
NOT my mssg. 
SMARTNESS has NOTHING to do with the big picture and
the best example I can give you is the day when some
young whipper snapper lawyer was grilling Henry Ford
in court about his basic arithmetic ability.
After the attny asked the third basic question for
which Ford had no answer, Henry adamantly stated to
him, “young man, I don’t know the answer to that
either but back on my office desk are twenty buttons
and at my beck and call, I can have someone much
smarter than you give me the answer to that.”

The key to all of this is having the tenacity and
perseverance of a gumshoe detective and journalist
to get to the bottom of things.

Here is the latest clip on Alex Jones for you to
consider: an interview with Lindsey Williams….
I’ve followed him now for six months and everything
he has predicted has/is coming to pass right on or
ahead of schedule. Get ready for oil back up to 150
to 200 dollars a barrel!!!! Gas at ?????

http://alexjones101.blogspot.com/2010/10/lindsey-
williams-deathbed-globalist.html

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By bmeisen, October 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm Link to this comment

Thanks for the background on Donilon.

There was one reason to vote for Obama: his race. You could use Obama to vote against Clinton for her Iraq vote, and against Bush for his criminality. His positions were available, however, and they sucked. Krugman warned us, maybe Scheer did to.

Voting for someone because he’s black is related to voting for someone because he’s white, so I voted for Nader, and haven’t regretted it since.

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By mdgr, October 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment

On another subject, and here I’m playing the role not just of a squeaky wheel but, hopefully, of an unapologetically corrosive acid:

I admire the courage and integrity of Chris Hedges, including his stating that violent confrontation is almost certainly going to backfire. But what Mr. Hedges’ is not saying out loud may be even more significant as what he is saying.

For more on that, you might find his Q&A answers of interest http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/chris_hedges_on_the_death_of_the_liberal_class_20101018/.

I find it equally telling that Mr. Scheer took that article down from Truthdig’s Home Page just three days after it was posted.

I see it as one of the most incisive offerings on Truthdig—ever—and Mr. Scheer most recent article suggested that he just had an epiphany about the two party system (Vichy/Berlin).

But maybe not.

Maybe Mr. Scheer’s premature removal of this video/post actually suggests that he too is a collaborator—which is exactly what David Sirota also suggested when he pointed to many so-called progressive groups are really just shills for Vichy.

In both the short and long term, Mr. Hedges is talking about Resistance and, in the end, a violent collapsing of the State, though rather down the road.

He is emphatically not talking about peace marches from the 60’s where we sang “We shall overcome.”

He is also talking about how at some point—his words, with appropriate understatement—we may need to break the law.

Whether that involves mere civil disobedience or something out of Derrick Jensen’s “Endgame” is yet to be determined.

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By C.Curtis.Dillon, October 22, 2010 at 9:21 am Link to this comment

Actually, Johncp, I’m neither a republican nor a democrat.  You might have divined that had you recognized the “Eugene McCarthy” reference (a democrat for those of you too young to know).  And I pick Clinton because he is an extreme example of what happens when you sell out.  He has his foundation which squeezed millions from rich donors and he gets the royal treatment wherever he goes.  Unlike wild Bill, the two Bush presidents disappeared from public view as did Reagan and other repubs.  Only the hedonist, Bill Clinton, refuses to vacate the public limelight and go peacefully into oblivion.

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By Go Right Young Man, October 22, 2010 at 9:20 am Link to this comment

archivesDave,


Your point is that you’re smarter than I am.  I get that.  My question is a simple one.  How hard would it have been to make your point less the condescending arrogance?

It remains interesting to me that on this Web space - where Open-Minded, all-inclusive, liberalism reins - the level of hatred for different points of view is always Front and Center.

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By archivesDave, October 21, 2010 at 7:20 pm Link to this comment

freelyb:
GoRightYoungMan:
“And please, YoungManGoRight, keep going until you fall off the edge of your flat earth. No matter what lefties do or don’t do, you are still the biggest problem of the moment.”
You’re BOTH groping around on the ‘flat earth’ with
nary a clue as to what’s about to come down!!!!
(Get a hint with a dose of Ventura, G Edw Griffin, etc.)
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/952.html

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By archivesDave, October 21, 2010 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment

freelyb:
GoRightYoungMan:
“And please, YoungManGoRight, keep going until you fall off the edge of your flat earth. No matter what lefties do or don’t do, you are still the biggest problem of the moment.”
You’re BOTH groping around on the ‘flat earth’ with
nary a clue as to what’s about to come down!!!!
(Get a hint with a dose of Ventura, G Edw Griffin, etc.)

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By bodhidharma, October 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment

I think it is sad when people tell me I am wasting my vote on third party candidates. I tell them I voted for Nader and they say ‘but you’re wasting your vote!’ But to vote for someone who is going to sell me out, hurt the country, and just not try to do the things I think need to be done, that to me is wasting my vote. The Democrats are not going to save us.  I refuse to let my only choice be between bad and worse. Until enough people start voting their conscience and supporting the candidates who really represent them, then a third party won’t have a chance.  In which case, I think we are all doomed.

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By Steve E, October 21, 2010 at 2:29 pm Link to this comment

Obama appointed this corporate pirate Donilon to national security adviser and
just recently appointed Jacob Lew as well, another Wall St. insider who was a
former executive with Citigroup to head The Office of Management and Budget.
Lew participated in the deregulation of Wall St. during the Clinton Administration.
Obama has a obvious tendency towards attaching screw ups to his presidency.
Goodbye Social Security after the election in November. Talk about a lame duck!

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By Sock De Jour, October 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment

Corporations run government not the other way around. That’s why it’s largely irrelevant whether you vote Republican or Democrat. Corporations control both parties. Whatever policies we get are pretty much pre-determined by corporate interests.

It’s the system that’s broken. Anyone who works within the system is tacitly endorsing it, Obama included.

Mr. Scheer is wrong on one point that another user took issue with. Fannie and Freddie are not responsible for the financial meltdown. The banks needed a bailout because of their exposure to derivatives, not the loans themselves. Fannie and Freddie didn’t buy hardly any sub-prime loans. They have strict rules about what they can purchase and so they were mostly exposed to prime loans that went into default, when the housing bubble burst. AIG sold credit default swaps - which is like insurance on those risky derivatives, and that’s why it had to be bailed out.

The repeal of Glass-Steagall, which allowed banks to slice and dice loans into worthless securities and repackage them as AAA and sell them worldwide, is the main culprit of the financial meltdown. And the banks are mostly holding on to those securities hoping they’ll recover once the housing market does. They’ve used the mark to market rules that the FASB changed during the crisis, to avoid writing those securities up as what they’re worth at market value now, enabling the banks to claim assets that are largely fictional, based on what they deem they’ll be able to sell those securities for, at some time in the future.

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By Leefeller, October 21, 2010 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

Ardee,

asks; wonder what you use as criteria? Well lets see, there was the Republican Debate where a bunch of old white men spent the whole time trying to out do each other, by defining the bestist way to use or was it define torture….. A stupidity to behold!

Back when I used to watch TV, every time I saw someone who claimed to be a Republican and when they made a comment especially when they said they knew what the people needed, I found myself saying Oh No!..... We are screwed again, but to answer your question;  I do not recall ever hearing a Republican saying anything I wanted to hear, I have noticed their sound bites are cloned to be exact so the comments may appear (using the word appear Ardee) exact word for word like it was rehearsed as in some sort of play. Now this appears stupid to me, though some could argue and say Republicans are better actors and remember their lines, always lines I find not worthy of logic?

Ardee, I stated appear stupider, I was referring to when Republicans open their mouths and attempt to say something which in their mind appears to have some degree of reason behind it, sounds very like George Bush attempting to eat a pretzel.  Yes, collectively Republicans did get their agenda done, everyone of of those agenda items was a nice peace of work screwing the people, and you are correct Ardee, the Democrats cannot seem to find blackberry seeds in raccoon shit, I am not touting the merits of the Democrats as the cats Meow!

Again this is my personal observation and I stand by it, but it is my opinion there is little difference in appearance, for both sides do not seem to be glowing beacons of reason. As I stated the differences between the parties seem subtle, both Democrats and Republicans seem to be play acting. As a whole it appears the Republicans have been most successful in their endeavors of shafting the American people while appearing stupid I guess all part of the con? Politicians remand me of circus clowns tripping each other as to appear real, sadly most people seem to buy this con of politics.

Appearances can be deceiving, in politics they most probably are deceiving as in not real, hence why I used the word appear!

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By Leefeller, October 21, 2010 at 11:13 am Link to this comment

Ardee,

asks; wonder what you use as criteria? Well lets see, there was the Republican Debate where a bunch of old white men spent the whole time trying to out do each other, by defining the bestist way to use or was it define torture….. A stupidity to behold!

Back when I used to watch TV, every time I saw someone who claimed to be a Republican and when they made a comment especially when they said they knew what the people needed, I found myself saying Oh No!..... We are screwed again, but to answer your question;  I do not recall ever hearing a Republican saying anything I wanted to hear, I have noticed their sound bites are cloned to be exact so the comments may appear (using the word appear Ardee) exact word for word like it was rehearsed as in some sort of play. Now this appears stupid to me, though some could argue and say Republicans are better actors and remember their lines, usually lines of words I find not full of wisdom!

Ardee, I stated appear stupider, I was referring to when Republicans as individuals open their mouths and attempt to say something which in their mind appears to have some degree of reason behind it, very like George Bush attempting to eat a pretzel.  Yes, collectively Republicans did get their agenda done, everyone of of those agenda items was a nice peace of work screwing the people, and you are correct Ardee, the Democrats cannot seem to find blackberry seeds in raccoon shit, I am not touting the merits of the Democrats as the cats Meow!

Again this is my personal observation and I stand by it, but it is my opinion there is little difference in appearance, for both sides do not seem to be glowing beacons of reason. As I stated the differences between the parties seem subtle, both Democrats and Republicans seem to be play acting. As a whole it appears the Republicans have been most successful in their endeavors of shafting the American people while appearing stupid I guess all part of the con? Politicians remand me of circus clowns tripping each other as to appear real, sadly most people seem to buy the con of politics.

Appearances can be deceiving, in politics they most probably are deceiving as in not real, hence why I used the word appear!

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By freelyb, October 21, 2010 at 10:20 am Link to this comment

So much here is so wrong. More corrupt-to-the-core banking influence, more greedy international interference. That is a given, and I am not shocked.

Maybe I’m a neophyte, but I have a basic question about qualifications important national offices. If we need economic know-how, what’s wrong with a few top academic economists on board to balance out the Goldman clowns? If we are lacking foreign policy solutions, why not ask and heed those best educated in foreign policy? Hillary Clinton as our Secretary of State? On what possible grounds? If we need a top adviser on national security, why are we even looking at someone from the financial sector? Because of the ongoing corruption, we no longer even pretend to fill offices with knowledgeable people.

And please, YoungManGoRight, keep going until you fall off the edge of your flat earth. No matter what lefties do or don’t do, you are still the biggest problem of the moment.

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By archivesDave, October 21, 2010 at 9:31 am Link to this comment
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Queenie and gerryhiles:
Here is an excellent interview between Ventura and
Young Turks:
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/952.html

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By GrannyBgood, October 21, 2010 at 9:13 am Link to this comment
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Sometimes the most radical thing you can do is tell the truth, and Robert Scheer certainly has done that!

And sadly, we have gotten far beyond the remedies at the ballot box, and can only make things worse by either not voting at all or voting for an impossible third party choice.

And yes, the Teaparty may be a symptom of this corruption, but certainly not a cure…where WERE these people when the former administration and their Neocon hacks were wrecking our democracy and our economy? Wasn’t the stolen election of 2000 enough for them? Or finding out the truth about being lied into Iraq (even if they have not yet figured out that 9/11 was an inside job aided by the Zionazis?), or the blatant bailouts to big corporations and their rich friends?...where do they think all that money went, anyhow?

There’s no way we can outspend them anyway; but there is still some boycott power in the pocketbook:
These days, when the DNC calls for cash, I tell them I only support the very few decent members of congress who support Progressive ideals and legislation, and I will handpick them myself, thankyou.  And I tell them exactly why and enumerate the biggest betrayals, and tell them if they don’t shape up, they won’t even be able to count on my VOTE next time, let alone my money!

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By Barry De Jasu, October 21, 2010 at 8:59 am Link to this comment
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I believe that President is the ultimate “blue-dog Democrat”. He is the “good
cop” to the republican’s “bad cop” in the corporate right winged effort to wrest
complete control of our country and the world economies and power. Since he
gained the Presidency Mr. Obama has made sure that no one in the Bush
government, Wall Street, or in the Banks would see any prosecution for anything.
He has done his best to make as opaque as possible all government activities.
His Justice dept. has refused to go after or investigate any of the powers that be.
Even saying that Attorney General Ashcroft is unanswerable for anything he may
have done.
Many of us Democrats and Progressives have chosen to constantly give the
President excuse after excuse for his failures. The fact is that President Obama
has not staunchly defended and championed anything for too long. He has
deferred consistently to the republicans. Always moving the conversation to the
right. We are in terrible straits now in part because our President, who won his
office with votes of great enthusiasm and hope, has not sought to fan this
enthusiasm but rather to sooth and inflate the pocketbooks of the Banksters and
corporate greedy leaders as well as lift the fortunes of the republicans by never
truly questioning, criticizing and explaining to the American people the horrific
mess that the “right”, enabled by many Democrats, has created by feeding the
rich all the while they have disassembled the middle class, increased the size of
the poor class and undone the great society of the F.D.R. and L.B.J with all of its
safeguards.
The President has also allowed the “right” to use the double speak and truth
denial to rewrite our history books to go unchallenged.

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By Sylvia Barksdale, October 21, 2010 at 8:38 am Link to this comment
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Politics is all a farce.  It has become a dirty word, meaning anyone who uses it should have their mouth washed out with vinegar.  It has an acerb, ugly and bitter taste.

As always, Robert Scheer’s perspective on Obama’s new apointee, Donilon, is clear and concise.  The man should be in prison, not in the almighty powerful position of advising the president on what to do with our money!  The past reflects the future and he has proven precisely what he does with entrusted funds.

Indeed, the difference between our major political
parties is thinner than a dime.  All the smearing, name-calling and scandals is rediculous as any accusation they could throw at one another applies to both.

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By ardee, October 21, 2010 at 5:46 am Link to this comment

Leefeller, October 20 at 11:30 pm Link to this comment

The difference in the two parties may only be an illusion, for they both seem to be opportunists, but for some reason the Republicans appear to me like they are the stupider ones?

While the question mark gives me pause as to the depth of your belief in that “stupidity” I wonder what you use as criteria?

I seem to recall that ,during the Bush years, the GOP never had more than 53 Senate seats and had no problem whatsoever getting their agenda passed handily. Conversely,the Democrats, having at times at least fifty-nine seats and briefly sixty, couldn’t pass a gall stone!

So stupid is as stupid does…...

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By Queenie, October 20, 2010 at 9:03 pm Link to this comment

gerryhiles:

Tell me more! What happened?

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By colin2626262, October 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm Link to this comment

“History shows that every gain won by American workers was the result of militant struggles in opposition to the corporate establishment and both big business parties. The very right to have a union, as well as the eight-hour day, child labor laws, overtime pay, health benefits, etc., were won in often bloody struggles against the violent resistance of the employers and the government. Whenever the Democrats, under the threat of revolution, made concessions to workers’ demands, they did so to smother the social movement so they could claw back the workers’ gains at a later point.” -Jerry White, wsws.org

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By archivesDave, October 20, 2010 at 7:49 pm Link to this comment

elisalouisa:

“Ventura in 2012 Archives Dave? Do you really think those in power would allow that? Washington has an inside circle that runs the show where “the people” are no longer part of the equation. Obama makes Bush look good.”

‘Washington’ is only a piece the equation elisa. Many of the mega corps are off shore as is the fundamental power and control now.

I still have enough faith in ‘We The People’ but our
ability to sway things is waning rapidly.

2012 is probably our last chance to alter course.

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By Queenie, October 20, 2010 at 7:36 pm Link to this comment

Having nothing much to add after reading all the astute comments here may I just say that I find it amazing that ( in the picture of Tom Donilon above) those about to fuck us always seem to hide their rotting peckers as well as their rotting souls? May I?

Where is our Habeas Corpus? Being tortured in some secret prison somewhere?

Jesse Ventura 2012. Ask nicely.

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By Leefeller, October 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm Link to this comment

The difference in the two parties may only be an illusion, for they both seem to be opportunists, but for some reason the Republicans appear to me like they are the stupider ones?

As for Obama and his smile this seems a weak argument, I find most disturbing the number of people who believe he is a Muslim, somewhere at circa 18 percent. But not only because as far as I know Obama is not a muslim, even if he is it really would make no difference. This reminds me of all the forelock tugging over Kennedy being catholic.

There appears to be an uncomfortably close connection between politicians and special interests, what ever happed to banning lobbyists from the halls of Congress? Lobbyists seem to run the halls of congress like rats in a sewer!

I would vote for an honest politician, but I suspect believing in an honest politician, would be like believing in Santa Claus!

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By D.R. Zing, October 20, 2010 at 7:04 pm Link to this comment

Blind man running through the light of the night
With an answer in his hand,
Come on down to the river of sight
And you can really understand,
Red lights flashing through the window in the rain,
Can you hear the sirens moan?
White cane lying in a gutter in the lane,
If you’re walking home alone.

Don’t let it bring you down
It’s only castles burning,
Just find someone who’s turning
And you will come around.

Neil Young, “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” (an excerpt)

Tell me lies later,
come and see me
I’ll be around for a while.
I am lonely but you can free me
All in the way that you smile
Tell me why, tell me why

Is it hard to make
arrangements with yourself,
When you’re old enough to repay
but young enough to sell?

Neil Young, “Tell Me Why” (an excerpt)

I guess “Tell Me Why” would be the best theme song for a progressive third party.  “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” is more of a dedication to Obama voters.

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By pundaint, October 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment

50Gb - It’s not about party it’s about policies.  If all the advocacy is for benefits to corporations with a few crumbs for People.  If he ratifies taxes as a bad thing, supporting the Republican/bagger meme. If he ramps up war.  It doesn’t mater the party.  The Democrats were complicit in all the things you would punish Republicans for.

Punish the incumbents.

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By FiftyGigs, October 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm Link to this comment

Leefeller, I agree completely.

“Behind the wonderfully engaging smile of this president there is the increasingly disturbing suggestion of A CYNICAL POWER-GRABBING POLITICIAN…”

I give up. I’ve tried and I’ve tried. Honest I have. But I just can’t keep up.

Okay, maybe one more time. I’ll really try this time.

Okay.

Obama is powerful.

NO, WAIT! He’s powerlessssss… no, powerful. I’ll stick with… okay, powerless… he’s a wimp… No, lemme try again, he’s an oppressive titan… wait, wait… he’s… he’s…

Can “progressives” make up their minds? Please? Like, maybe within the next two weeks?

I realize most progressives would like to wallow in self-pity and indignation and clever retorts for a few more decades, but some of us would like to keep the Republican Nazis’ out of power.

I don’t suppose any of y’all are interested in helping, are ya?

PUNISH THE DAMN REPUBLICANS.

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This is part of a secret plan by Obama to sell sub-prime mortgages to Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank then foreclose and kick them out.  Brilliant plan.

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By Go Right Young Man, October 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment

Robert Scheer: “The more one learns about the political roots of our economic meltdown, the more the Democratic Party stands revealed as an equal partner with the Republicans at the center of corruption.

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What’s this?  One more set of “Progressive” eyes fluttering awake after decades of an ill conceived rationale that a simple (D) after one’s name makes for a better human being? 

The veil of blinding bigotry is lifting for you, Bob.  Welcome!

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By Leefeller, October 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment

After eight years of Bush it is now Obamas turn in the barrel, so it is Obama who is the problem? All this doom and gloom predicting reminds me of the one time I watched Fox News and ran out and bought my wife a Birka because the Mausoleums were coming.

Must feel like some sort of empowerment to be wining with no place to go,..... predicting the sky will fall seems so damn long of tooth. Actually I thought the world was going to end when Ronald was President, am I ahead of everyone here?

This thread has been sounding like a Republican convention with bells on!

Far as I can tell it really sucks in politic land, seems everyone expecting Obama to wipe etheir collective asses may be the problem, how about knocking off with the constant whining and finger pointing Hey how about this, what about coming up with a helpful constrictive idea or two!

Yeah!... OMG!... Sheer was late to the plate, Obama sucks worse than anyone ever before him, and I knowed it first! yata yata yata!....Imbeciles!

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By Jay Spencer, October 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm Link to this comment
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This is my first visit to TruthDig, and I’m impressed by how many comments recognize that our"president” is just a puppet of our real “leaders” (ie, the Golden Rulers).
Rather than adding my own negative comments, I’d like to share a positive suggestion: don’t put your money on the table in a rigged game. Start a new game!

The current game’s number one rule is to always preserve the illusion that we can vote our way out of this mess. The second rule is to control the game by financing both sides of every conflict, and making sure you lead both sides so you can control the outcome in your favor, even if the “preferred” side somehow loses. For example, Nixon was supposed to win over Kennedy; when JFK behaved like he thought he really was the President and started to act that way, throwing monkey wrenches into the works of the attack on Cuba (google “Operation Northwoods”), the plans to escalate the Vietnam war and the issuance of Silver Certificates to compete with the Fed, our true rulers used the Nuclear Option.

So what can we do? First, stop feeding the Beast. The official myth is being built that the rule of law is dead; not so. See the proof at http://www.losthorizons.com, and my own evidence (in the form of two U.S. Treasury checks) at my blog, http://www.AreWeBozos.blogspot.com.

Second, stop sending mortgage money every month to an unknown (and unknowable) party (see http://www.reallyneatstuffalaska.com/modern_money_mechanics).

At the very least, this will focus some attention on the real problems, and the real culprits.

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By berniem, October 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment

Isn’t it clear yet? This country is a corporatocracy well on the way to becoming a militarily controlled fascist state where 40%+ of the population consists of ignorant, poorly educated, intolerant bigots who are convinced that their mythical god has chosen them to lead the world back to sanctity by any means necessary. This whole notion of our being a “nation of laws” is laughable when such are readily changed at whim or interpreted by a court system whose reactionary mentality precedes the thought of the Enlightment from which our constitution emerged. I’m sure the primary conservative members of our esteemed Supreme Court secretly find the Magne Carta too liberal in it’s stance and that the Code of Hamarabi could benefit from some serious tinkering! As to our vaunted 2 party delusion, I can only think of a handful of those elected who could be considered anything more than lobbyists in training for their ultimate career move to either K St. or the corporate board room. Like that little village in Viet Nam from so long ago, the only way to save this nation is to destroy it!

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By archivesDave, October 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment

hlouisnini:
“Scheer - back off the Obama bashing - give him the eight years we gave Bush and then if he doesn’t come through call him out - but not before we call out Bush - if you continue this mindless and counter intuitive rage you will leave me no alternative but to cancel your blog - remember the Denazification fiasco after WWII - sometimes its better to keep the enemy in place because he knows how to turn on the water.”

I’m beginning to wonder if we’ll survive even four
years let alone eight of this oligarchic collusive
system stretching back to at least the Viet Nam War and arguably the founding of the Federal Reserve in 1913.
Oh, btw, in case you think the Third Reich isn’t alive and thriving, check out the innards of Tavistock and The Bank For International Settlement.

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By kdyson, October 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment

This certainly seems to be the case…the forces of the
military industrial complex are irresistible…we will
be fully taken over by the corporations…no matter who
appears to be running the government…rest assured it
will be for the sole benefit of the corporate
entity…people will cease to figure in the grand
scheme of things…

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By archivesDave, October 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment

johncp:
“Clinton is a serious and hard working politician, who cares about this country, and continues, even now, after succumbing to heart disease, and after surviving an impeachment by his contemptible enemies, to work constantly in its best interests.”

Succumbing to heart disease huh? I always suspected
he was a zombie with the spirit of Elmer Gantry.

You, my friend, are most assuredly part of the mass choir of Dems and Repubs: Not a tinkers’ damn worth of difference between Obama, Bush(s), Clinton, Reagan, Limpballs, Beck, Rhoad Apple, Schmuxz, and Shamity. 

You probably assume folks like Jesse Ventura and Alex Jones are raving mad conspiracy lunatics but your footing is being destroyed and the sage words they have offered for years are now building the foundation for a solid third party to take the helm and turn this Titanic around in 2012.

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By Steve E, October 20, 2010 at 2:07 pm Link to this comment

Barack Obama appointed eleven members of the Trilateral Commission to top-
level and key positions in his administration within his first ten days in office and
Donilon is one of them. Thats called stacking the deck and pulling the wool over
your eyes. His agenda is treacherous and traitorous.

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By Truth or Consequence, October 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment
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Obama isn’t giving me everything exactly as I want it right this minute!  waaawaaa wwaaa wwwaaaaa
I’m entitled to get everything in this country done just for me, the heck with anybody else.  This is about me, me, me!
waaaaa,, wwwwaaaa ,,waaaa

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By Peter, October 20, 2010 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment
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Fannie mae fraud a federal complaint CASES
http://web.me.com/cappilot3/THE_FIRM/Welcome.html

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By gerard, October 20, 2010 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment

Somebody says:  “But we have the numbers.  We can vote.  We can protest.  We can strike.” (I’d cut out the next phrase because the public perception of Islam is so perverted by fear that it is extremely misleading.)
  Instead, please, please add to this, study the history and strategy of nonviolent political action. It is the only tactic that just might work, if enough people understand it. But there’s a learning process involved because we have been carefully brainwashed NOT to take it seriously—except in the 60s, where it won a brief resurgence.
  Somebody else says:  ...“with hard work, we can regain our moral compass and control of the American destiny.”  A key question is, can Americans exert themselves to do some hard work for their country? That means to shut off the tube and get out and talk to people and figure out the best things to do first, and how to do them. 
  Knowledge, compassion and faith.  First, last and always.

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By freddie cook, October 20, 2010 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment
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Did you spew all this crap when Bush and the boys were stealing the money and killing our children?

Did you insist on a recount in Ohio in 2004? 

Did Obama outsource all the manufacturing jobs and break the Unions?

I’ve been following Sheer since 1988.  No More.

we need at least one hustler on Obama’s side.

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By HereGoes, October 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment

I always appreciate RS’s point of view.  When you find there’s no hope in the hype/hope, that’s when the real work begins.  So I’ll keep reading, and thinking, and will try to figure out what’s next.  BTW, is “demoralization” one of the 5 stages of grief?  Looking forward to the next phase ...

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By c.d.embrey, October 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment
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Mr Scheer, why did it take you so long to figure this out? Since the
beginning I’ve been comparing Obama to Oakland (there is no there
there) and being censored on HuffPost for saying it.

Obama is/was the ultimate stealth candidate. He fooled you and many
other progressive commentators. Also a lot of voters.

With the unemployment, the Tea Party and the many openly fascists
politicians the USA is starting to look like Germany in 1930.

Isn’t it about time to abandon the Democratic party and to found a real
Progressive party?

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By omygodnotagain, October 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment

It always amazes me that people actually believe the President runs this country. He does not, he is a pitch man for other people’s policies and agendas. It would really help if the media would analyze how someone became eligible to run for office and ask questions with a little more depth than is he a Chritian , a Muslim or an Atheist.

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By garth, October 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment

Texas might beat the Yankees in the ALCS.  Orr hurt his knees in 1970. Helmet spiking in the NFL could be penalized by suspension.

I think youse guys got it right.  To use the rhythm of a popm son:

“Intoxication, Intoxication ain’t making me crazy.”

It’s you guys. You’re making us crazy.

From now on, I am in agreement, with Shenonymous, I think she avowed that each comenter should just put forth his or her ideas in writing.  Forget the background bull shit. 

We dont care and it’s probably a lie anyway.  I on the other hand, never lied.  I used literary tools to make a point.  But that has gone too far.

Write what do you think?  Write it in the box provied and click Submit.  That’s all it takes.

This is not a company Suggestion box.  Before you click [Submit], you have to ask yourself, is this what I think, or is this what the Think Tank taught me to to think?  Thinking is painful but worthwhile.

To quote my sister Arlene thinking is, “Tres importante!”

You don’t have to be moron.

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By REDHORSE, October 20, 2010 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment

I’ve begun to try and SEE my fellow Americans and EXPERIENCE the LIVING ENERGIES they embody. I ask myself WHO is in the car behind me. WHO is standing in line with me at the store. I FEEL more and more that this is the AMERICA I must understand and connect with. I gotta tell ya, hopey changey ain’t the word I’d use to describe it. How does it FEEL to YOU out there these days? This is where we live you know, not Washington. Do the words DAMAGE and CONFUSION apply?

      Mr. Scheer doesn’t have to tell us that Baboonus Washingtonus is a dangerous paranoid species that means us ill. We know that. It no longer holds shock value. Other than the necessary precautions one should take when dealing with any hydrophobe Baboonus Washingtonus is irrelevant to “We the people—” or “—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—”. If we can accept this, with hard work, we can regain our moral compass and control of the American destiny. Accept the manufactured LIE of Baboonus Washingtonus and perish. Accept the uncertainty of personal power and responsibility and prosper.

      Narcissistic megalomaniacal psychopathology has dismantled the moral structure that allowed the American ideals of FREEDOM, LIBERTY and DEMOCRACY to function. These are FIERCE TRANSCENDENT LIVING ENERGIES that greed and avarice cannot sublimate or contain. They are now blowing with hurricane force through the HEARTS, MINDS and SOULS of every American. YOU are the only refuge they will find on this Continent. You need only listen to hear them howling in the storm of DEPRESSION, RAGE, SORROW and BETRAYAL that has come to define this illness. Accept them!! Dive deep into this madness and rediscover the terrible power. Accept the TRANSFORMATION. Be HOME!!

      Oh God—let not the Fates portend-that by such foul beasts Liberties pure and virgin heart be stalked—that money talk—and bullshit walk the land.

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By Leefeller, October 20, 2010 at 11:34 am Link to this comment

gerryhiles;

Attempted to watch your link video, but the audio was so bad I could not understand what was being said, possibly this has been done on purpose, now I am starting to sound like a conspiracy clown?

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By mdgr, October 20, 2010 at 11:25 am Link to this comment

Felicity,

Yours was a astute question, but an analysis of O’s identity crisis at best will yield only speculative results. I’m sure there was such a crisis. Either that, or he was programmed by Nanobots to smile ingratiatingly and be a Manchurian Candidate.

What is much more interesting, at least to me, is that people at the highest level of power recognized his “potential” and gave him the keys to the Presidency. That included Goldman Sachs, no less than the DNC. They also knew he would make a pact with the Devil. It started with his cabinet appointments and his vow not to hold Bush/Cheney accountable.

It’s been about 18 months since I could even endure listening to Obama’s baratone voice in a speech, and his “Uncle Tom” persona has only gotten increasingly more cloying. I agree with Scheer’s assessment that our president is utterly without principle, an empty suit—a man without a soul who dares to call himself a “brother.”

The two pieces of good news is (1) that Obama will probably bring down the Democratic Party; and (2) that he was set up by his masters to become their whipping boy in the end.

He still exudes charisma, but his approval ratings are dropping. The only ones who still approve of him are the DNC-faithfuls, and just about everyone else (left, right and indie) holds him in contempt.

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By Hammond Eggs, October 20, 2010 at 11:13 am Link to this comment

The true Hustler is Obama.  Fast Eddie Felson had nothing on him.  Whatever well deserved insults could have been hurled at George Worthless Bush will stick equally well on Obama.

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By pundaint, October 20, 2010 at 11:11 am Link to this comment

Obama has revealed himself in so many ways, that one would have to have the willful oblivion of a tea bagger to believe he will change into campaign Obama ever.

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By Wikileaks for Nobel, October 20, 2010 at 11:07 am Link to this comment

“Suggestion” of a cynical pol?  Well, some people even today are starry-eyed about the photogenic phony in the White House, and likely never will learn anything from his predictable service to war and Wall Street.

Why the surprise?  It’s not as if Obomber has ever done anything else but what he’s doing now.  There is literally no evidence—no reason at all—to view him as being either liberal or progressive.  He is worse than Bush, because Bush was unlikeable and patently stupid, while Obomber is slick and good at producing sound bytes for suckers who fall for that sort of thing (the idiots at The Nation are a great example of the type).  Obomber has made policy of Bush’s worst practices, and continues tightening the deadly twisting of the screw in making routine secret spying, detention, kidnapping, torture, and all the rest of the depraved practices in today’s USA.  Figure it out—it really isn’t hard, once you get beyond the pretty family and lame slogans.

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By Leefeller, October 20, 2010 at 11:06 am Link to this comment

Mr. Drool;

Thanks for calling attention to my comment reference of the ‘usual Pious imbeciles’! ...After very short reflection, I feel the word usual should be changed to a lesser unusual with a much lesser smattering of usual.

Obviously, after gleaning the thread, with only a few names seeming usual to me and some new names which appear not to be the usual imbecile in nature, I withdraw my comment. So for the few who seemed to be usual which I predominantly noticed, it seems quite clear to me,... by no means is this thread saturated with the usual Pious Imbeciles. Interestingly I find a hefty new addition of posters who seem to be reflecting less Imbecility.

So Mr. Drool I stand corrected and apologize to any poster who felt my comment “usual Pious imbeciles” may have been directed at them.

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By celticsean, October 20, 2010 at 10:43 am Link to this comment

Robert continues to clearly show the corruption of our federal political system. Note that fine put on Mozilo will be mostly paid by Bank of America as part of their buy out agreement. Obama is a practical realist. He seems to believe the government can make only incremental change, and will have to go extremely slowly. This is a glaring example that one person can not change the status quo. Only one path to substantive change, all outside money out of politics… true clean money… forget government-financed because congress and/or supreme court will not allow it. The only way is grassroots by starting a new party..leaders just accepting small contributions from individuals, men and women of morality and ethics. Until then, the joke is on us…the US is a religious state and its God is materialism. The Koch brothers and their ilk are its spiritual leaders and Obama their unwitting puppet.

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By LetIdB, October 20, 2010 at 10:23 am Link to this comment

Duh!  A “political hack”?  You think!? 

Sheer nuff!  I’ll not get my knickers kinked by the choir being talked down to.  Too
bad that even some in the choir still worship on the alter of our “two party” 
democracy.  (Talk about a holy ghost…!)  Put down the wafer and spit out the
koolaid!  The forever and ever sermon is:  Oh Bamboozle is no different than the
church of the burning bush (burning as in the flames from the shock and awe of W
on our economy and hundreds of thousands of human lives in Iraq and
Afghanistan) or whatever teapublicrat is “elected” in 2012, 2016, etc!  You had
your chance with Nader and Kucinich.

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By garth, October 20, 2010 at 10:23 am Link to this comment

Jennifer,

I could get into e-sex.  Your photo appeals to the ribald imagination.  I guess, however, you are a man.

Be that as it may, the real question is this.

General James Jones was replaced by this old, bald, white guy, Donilon, a white shirted, appropriately necktied schmuck.

Does it mean more of the same only under non-military disguise?  Or are we facing a continuation of the war policies that have been lain upon us by the Creed. The American Doctrine of War. Obama is just a front man.

I don’t really want to refer to him by name again, other than the Black Disgrace.

But he has his leaders to attend to, and that’s understood.  In that light, he wasn’t really a sell out.  He’s was like the character in the John Updike novel, “He never knew what hit him.”

Or, perhaps, did he?


Ask Giannoulas and his father about the candidate for Senator of IL.

Abe = Obama?

The ballast of wealth sags woefully to the right.

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By lancemfoster, October 20, 2010 at 10:12 am Link to this comment

Black folks have a hard time understanding Obama. Like that lady that stood up
and told him she was tired and needed some encouragement. He even scolded
Cornel West when West questioned his actions (see NPR). He’s like them, but
NOT like them. And white people think he’s black and/or a Muslim LOL. I
wouldn’t have understood either—except that I lived in Hawaii and learned a
little something about how the schooling system there is.

Obama is the son of a privileged white woman and a foreign African student.
He was raised by his white grandmother who was a wealthy banker. He is not
“Black American” the way most define it,—he has no real roots in the American
black experience.

He went to the elite private school in Hawaii, Punahou. I drove by there all the
time when I worked for OHA. I worked with some people from Punahou, and
many who were awed by Punahou. The first question someone from Hawaii asks
when getting to know someone new from Hawaii is: “What school did you go
to?” They don’t mean college, they mean high school. Punahou, Iolani,
Kamehameha all “mean” something about you and your destiny. Punahou grads
are destined to run things in Hawaii.

If you aren’t from the Big Three, there is always a touch of school envy for the
rest of your life. I know families who still suffer from it and even siblings who
are separated in a certain way, if they get in or don’t get in to one of the Big
Three.

You would have to have lived in Hawaii and worked intimately within its system
(as I did, working for a church, a developer, and the state government) and yet
have enough distance as an outsider view to understand the implications. He
went to the elite mainland school Harvard. He lived in Chicago briefly and even
though he was a “community organizer,” the ACLU there say he did nothing to
help social justice.

People were (and still are) blinded by his appearance, his rhetoric, and their
desperation for change. Obama is strictly status quo, and anyone who knows
about Punahou and the Hawaii private schools tradition would have been able
to predict that.

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By samosamo, October 20, 2010 at 10:04 am Link to this comment

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For me, it is NOT any wonder that I cannot vote
dimocrat or repugnatican anymore. What is an
even more wonderment is the way the people just
accept any and everything coming down the pipe
from these horrid people.. well, not really when
the subverted msm is part of the slurry or the
money laundrying scam of lobbying that buys the
decisions in washington these days.

But what is so so obvious is how o was NEVER a
panacea to what was the mounting problems
from the last 50 years or so of people elected and
appointed in washington to ‘run’ this country. o IS
part of the problem and we still have 2 more
years of this traitor.

That brings up the question, just what will it take
to get the self proclaimed elite out of the way so
real people can start to undo the treason the
incumbents have perpetrated? I fear the people
are so well ‘conditioned’ by the msm that they
feel safer just being in the biggest terrorist nation
on the planet with the largest military and the
largest nuclear arsenal to hide behind, because
that is exactly what those elected and appointed
elite are doing, hiding behind their idea of a ‘level
playing field’.

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By Ethan, October 20, 2010 at 9:56 am Link to this comment
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This is the result when we elect a windbag who promised nothing and is giving us nothing. I agree with the commenter who said we should have elected a Repub. At least the Repub party would have had to deal with the economic mess and the war mess that they created.

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By Amon Drool, October 20, 2010 at 9:51 am Link to this comment

felicity…i think obama spent the first 18 years of his life in hawaii and indonesia, where he was hardly a victim of a degrading segregation.

_________
mr. feller…would you care to elaborate on who you think “the usual contingent of pious imbeciles” are?

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By Druthers, October 20, 2010 at 9:45 am Link to this comment

As usual another great article Robert Scheer.  You do well to point out in detail that Donilon is just another nail in the coffin of the American people who are being buried alive.

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By hlouisnini, October 20, 2010 at 9:42 am Link to this comment

Scheer - back off the Obama bashing - give him the eight years we gave Bush and then if he doesn’t come through call him out - but not before we call out Bush - if you continue this mindless and counter intuitive rage you will leave me no alternative but to cancel your blog - remember the Denazification fiasco after WWII - sometimes its better to keep the enemy in place because he knows how to turn on the water.

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By JenniferBedingfield, October 20, 2010 at 9:39 am Link to this comment

A good question one could ask the Obamabots is why Obama would go to great lengths to hold out on Elizabeth Warren and yet shamelessly sneak another Trojan horse such as Donilon to make a further economic mess of everything !

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By heavyrunner, October 20, 2010 at 9:22 am Link to this comment

I read the other day that Obama worked for the CIA at one time. He was some kind of undercover informer or something. I think in Indonesia. I had heard that before, but I am thinking now that it is probably true.

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By felicity, October 20, 2010 at 9:19 am Link to this comment

I’m not an apologist for Obama, but I’ve wondered if
his behavior stems from the fact that he’s an
African-American.  Black Americans, especially men
who grew up and lived during Jim Crow, suffer from an
identity crisis and the personal insecurities it
engenders. 

Born in 1961, Obama must have experienced the
degradation and humiliation which was the constant
experience of being Black in America.

I’m reminded of more than one comment by a ‘white’
congressman that Obama is “arrogant” - in other
words, You don’t belong in the White House, you
belong at the back-of-the-bus, boy. 

If there are any psychologists on this site, does his
behavior reflect “an identity crisis and the personal
insecurities it engenders”?

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By garth, October 20, 2010 at 9:08 am Link to this comment

Thank you, Robert Scheer, for not letting this appointment go remarked upon.

The picture of Obama with Donilon used here reminds me of the 50s where all the Washington potentates were old, balding men wearing double-breasted suits with wide ties.  The Dulles brothers come to mind.

Where have you gone, Jimmy Durante, with your ‘Stop the music.’?  We’ve had enough. 

And enough is enough.

Other threads are talking violence.  Violence throws everything up in the air.  They have the power.  They have the wherewithal.  They have the new technological police, with crowd control arms.

But we have the numbers.  We can vote.  We can protest.  We can strike.  we anc study Islam and its idea of martyrdom

To answer the last question, you have to ask yourself the following questions:

Do you want to live in poverty, paying health insurance fees for drugs that might be killing you slowly or for nothing at all? 

Do you want to provide a seating cushion for the wealthy who are robbing you of your livelihood and forcing your children to become killers? 

Do you want to live life like it’s some computerized game?

Paul hoped that someday he’d meet his maker face-to-face and he’d see himself as he is seen.


How do you see yourself?

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By Non-Compassionate Liberal, October 20, 2010 at 8:57 am Link to this comment

“[A]lthough it’s one that depends on a seemingly limitless quantity of Diet-Coke.”  Coca Cola company will reward Obama for his product-placement effort.

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By Leefeller, October 20, 2010 at 8:48 am Link to this comment

So Obama has been a big disappointment, only because he played his feel good hope and change music. I did not know if Obama would or could follow though on any of what he promoted and promised during his campaign.  Well he did keep his word on pulling the troops out of Iraq and keeping an eye on Pakistan. Even so, I believed Obama was the lesser of the war hawk choices.  It was either choosing ambulatory moron McCain and his side kick hot paints Palin or hope and choice Obama, if you say Nader you are more gullible than I.

My cynical feeling of politics, has been fostered over many years of observing and even partaking in an unnecessary stupid war. Politics seems to cultivate blatant opportunism with a constant absence of accountability, coupled with a strange flagrant form of narcissism. I will not even attempt to mention the lack of integrity. Politicians it seems are required to be philological liars. Washington appears to cultivate a healthy collection of opportunists who offer their selfish traits as services to the highest bidder. 

For some reason most people of this nation and I do not even count as low bidders. Of course I consider myself being accompanied by a nation of idiots!

So, Sheer, according to the regular complement of neophytes is late with his announcement. Sheer announcing Obama as a slick politician. Admittedly I also was holding my breath for Obama! Reality has a way of evading even I on occasion and pipe dreams such as hope and change fog me brain!

I suspect just like an addicted drunken gambler, most people like myself were betting Obama to win or possibly break even. The long odds were against the people, I include myself, so as we take our losses and go home, ..... it is nice to see on the side lines the usual contingent of pious imbeciles doing their regular cat calling, .... we get to hear the, “I told you sos”!....The only thing I find missing is a nasal singing out of,....Naa…!Nann!... Naannaaa!

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By John, October 20, 2010 at 8:46 am Link to this comment
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As detailed elsewhere Obama, just as Bush did, is running secret prisons, subjecting prisoners to torture, and holding prisoners indefinitely without access to the legal system. The man, like Bush, is a cynical war criminal. And, like Bush, he is corporate controlled. Why do we progressives find his cynical behavior on other issues so surprising?

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By blueworld, October 20, 2010 at 8:39 am Link to this comment

Beautifully put, thank you.  And I agree with other posters about the Dem apologists.  We’re on a runaway train.  Screaming & chaos certainly won’t solve the problem, I agree, but chastising fearful passengers & telling them to enjoy the breeze is pure BS.  Our political system has been bought & paid for - how do we change that?  Today, I envy France.

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By johncp, October 20, 2010 at 8:32 am Link to this comment

Sorry, C.C.DILLON
But Bill Clinton may not have been to the liking of republicans like yourself, but “all” presidents “jet around the world,” not just Clinton.  Obama may get “run out of town in a few years,” but Clinton has not been run out of town, in fact he’s the most popular politician in the world.  People care far more for Clinton after 20 years of scrutinizing him, than they did in the beginning.  Clinton is a serious and hard working politician, who cares about this country, and continues, even now, after succumbing to heart disease, and after surviving an impeachment by his contemptible enemies, to work constantly in its best interests.

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By morristhewise, October 20, 2010 at 8:21 am Link to this comment

Bankers have become spoiled by government stimulus handouts, they are now
expecting another trillion dollar gift after the November elections. A pacifier of
250 dollars to seniors will wisely silence any protests. Soon the government will
no longer have the cash to stimulate the banking system, payroll taxes will then
rise and the middle class will come to the rescue.

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By Amon Drool, October 20, 2010 at 8:17 am Link to this comment

if u haven’t checked out the link provided by commenter ‘eir’, do so.  it’s a bit gossipy, but it has the ring of truth to it.  in the link, the former white house insider who is interviewed says that obama is beginning to think the banks are out to get him.  HAHAHA the banks cognitively captured him years ago and the fool just doesn’t realize it.

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By timzi, October 20, 2010 at 8:09 am Link to this comment

First, I have to say what a breath of fresh air this site is compared to Democratic Underground.  That formerly useful site now deletes substantive and justified criticism of Obama.  The “Underground” is married to the mob now, they are no longer a site where ideas rule but rather they demand that only “doctrinaire subversives” need apply. LOL, what a joke.

My main political issue these days is our loss of the country to entrenched fascism.  Articles like Mr Sheer’s clearly reasoned observations continue to demonstrate that this country must reject corporate sponsorship.  The Green Party is our only hope.  I certainly won’t see them succeed in my lifetime, but their principles represent the only visible viable alternative to our current choices.  Hard core nut job fascism on the right and enabling complicit fascism on the left. 

The current system recognizes that the Greens are their mortal enemy.  In California they arrested the Green candidate for governor for trying to participate in the candidates debate.  In Illinois they misspelled the candidates name in multiple ethnic communities as “Rich Whitey”.  I only hope that the depth of disillusionment with Mr Obama - people are beginning to recognize him as a champion of the fascist status quo - prompts others to lose hope in the rigged two party system and look elsewhere.

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By G.Anderson, October 20, 2010 at 8:08 am Link to this comment

Obama is increasingly looking like the O.J. Simpson of American politics…does he
have a conscience probably not, but he’s learned to hide behind that smile, putting on
a good show while his hands are working overtime.

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By herb, October 20, 2010 at 8:04 am Link to this comment

What did we expect to surface from Chicago?  Arguably, Chicago is the most
corrupt city in the world (sorry London fans).

In the mid thirties we had general strikes.  Now we have been reduced to total
surrender.  Thus goes the process of imperial rule, which is just the name for
normalizing really, really big crime.  Under this rule criminal impulses, even from
folks that consider themselves anything but criminal, are encouraged.  Basically,
if you didn’t steal it, it doesn’t belong to you.  All crime, all the time.

Now begins the egregious public and unrestrained display of impunity.  It is
going to get silly.  Remember Imelda’s thousands of shoes.

herb

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By Gladwyn d'Souza, October 20, 2010 at 8:03 am Link to this comment
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Why don’t we have a third party like the greens in europe? People are asleep at the
wheel just overfed on Iraqi oil.

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By lasmog, October 20, 2010 at 7:43 am Link to this comment

I’m with you Bob. Unlike most of the posters here, I thought Obama would actually right some of the wrongs committed by Bush/Cheney.  And like you Bob, I was wrong. I thought that I was cynical before but apparently I underestimated how corrupt our country has become.

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By 3rd party voter, October 20, 2010 at 7:33 am Link to this comment

Before UB40 sold out (red red wine) they were hardcore political commentators. History repeats.

Sardonicus

A human statue made of living stone
A paradox etched in human bone
If you could look behind his thin disguise
There’s a hidden glint of madness in his eyes.

Many men are fooled by his smile
His superficial grace his charm his style
Sardonicus is everybody’s friend
Sardonicus keeps smiling to the end.

*******************

Short&sweet;
saxophone
amendment-x.com/23/UB40_live_sardonicus.mp3

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By HivanH, October 20, 2010 at 7:25 am Link to this comment

I must regretfully inform you that our much-revered form of democracy is currently broken and unavailable for use by the ordinary citizenry. The unfortunate break-down occured when the system was subjected to an overload of financial nepotism and ego-manaical power grabbing. Change is no longer available from this mechanism. Sorry. Please revisit this site in a few decades.

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By Holmes, October 20, 2010 at 7:20 am Link to this comment
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Is this the same Robert Scheer who vilifies Ralph Nader?  Ralph Nader who has been trying to point out the identical nature of the the two parties since he began running for president?

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By FreeWill, October 20, 2010 at 7:10 am Link to this comment

Bob congratulations for coming out of the fog! Unfortunately, many of your readers have realized this for over a year now. So now the question is, why do you continue to fill the pages of TD with relentless dribble from Dem. apologists like Eugene Robinson etc.?  Isn’t time to recognize reality and extent of the mess we are in and the probable outcome of a total brake down of civil society, revolution, and the likely imposition of a totalitarian fascist state? At the very least you can let people know what is in store for them. If Truth Dig is about excavating the truth you are bring out the shovels when the body of knowledge has already been exhumed.

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By elisalouisa, October 20, 2010 at 7:06 am Link to this comment

Ventura in 2012 Archives Dave? Do you really think those in power
would allow that? Washington has an inside circle that runs the show where “the people” are no longer part of the equation. Obama makes Bush look good.

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By C.Curtis.Dillon, October 20, 2010 at 6:23 am Link to this comment

Oh lord Bob, you just figured this out.  Those of us who have endured many a president (my first vote was for Eugene McCarthy when I was at Stanford for god sake) learned long ago that only the smiling swindler gets his name on the ballot in the first place.  They all have to genuflect before the special interests to get enough money to climb above the howling pack and get traction.  You don’t think Obama’s speech at the DNC in 2004 was an accident ... do you?  He was already being prepped by the power brokers in the party for greatness.

As for his power hunger, it goes without question that’s what he wants.  He could care less about us ... he’s already grooming for the afterlife like big Bill Clinton and his jetting around the world.  Obama will be another ambassador for some charity or some other “worthwhile cause” when he gets run out of Washington in a few years.  He’s already on easy street, just has to complete a few more years in the trenches before he can retire to the good life.

You know how I know this?  He does the most asinine things and expects us to just roll over and take it.  Appoints the most anti-SS cretins to his deficit reduction panel and then sits back while they do exactly what he wanted them to do ... destroy what tattered remains there are of the social safety net.  He promises DOD they can expect ever increasing sums for their endless wars and billion dollar weapon systems.  He picks the most ruthless bastards for his economic positions and ... the list goes on and on and on ... forever.  Time to send this bastard and his worthless party packing.  At least we know what to expect from the Republicans so we’re not disappointed when they deliver.  There’s a small comfort in knowing you’re about to be reamed instead of feeling the guy just as he grabs you from behind.

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By Floridatexan, October 20, 2010 at 5:50 am Link to this comment
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So who would you suggest to replace Obama?  A Republican?  I’d die first before I cast a vote for another Republican.

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By tedmurphy41, October 20, 2010 at 5:42 am Link to this comment

“Read my lips”; this is an honest politician.
When will you Americans realise that you cannot buy quality politicians. You most certainly can ‘buy’ them, at present.
You are just going to either put up with the status quo on your present election methods or make seriour, radical changes in order to get the quality of politician that I think you people deserve. Up to date, you have just never had them, with very few exceptions.

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By madisolation, October 20, 2010 at 5:26 am Link to this comment

“Behind the wonderfully engaging smile of this president there is the increasingly disturbing suggestion of a cynical power-grabbing politician whose swift rise in power reflects less the earnestness of his message and far more the skills of a traditional political hack.”
Thank you, thank you, thank you. It’s so important that a writer of Robert Scheer’s caliber say this. We need more writers coming to this conclusion, and the sooner the better.
Obama is unethical. He is immature. He is immoral. He gives a good prepared speech, but so did Jimmy Swaggart.
Thanks again, Robert Scheer, for coming out and saying what many of us have suspected for a long, long time about this man: he will betray the entire population to curry favor with the monied interests. For example, he’s poised to take away our Social Security benefits. Will this be issue that wakes us up to the fact that we have an amoral, power-hungry, greedy poseur sitting in the White House?

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By SemiFrost, October 20, 2010 at 4:36 am Link to this comment

Right, ardee, pretty much now all for the 1% / Wall Street / war profiteers.

And, yes, other posters, OB turned out to be a used car salesman.  I understand those who say, to the effect: *What did you expect the guy to accomplish?  And do you know how worse it could be?*

Considering the world-changing mandate he had, international in scope, I expected a lot—a F-ing hell of a lot.  And, yes, it could be much worse.  And it is about to be so.  He blew it.  Sold out.  And we are now about to pay the tab for him and his handlers.

Long overdue for a 3rd party, but now too late.  Would be quashed from the get-go, by Dems, GOP, media - corporatist government.

Personally, I confess that I bailed.  Still support decent US candidates, contribute funds, circulate info, but after a decade of this rapid degeneration sh-t, still going down the toilet, basically gave up and now live in Southeast Asia.

btw - My present local is 80% Muslim.  Nicest people in the world.

All my encounters with Muslims during my travels, Indonesia, Borneo, Thailand, across greater China, including to the far west region of Xinjiang, Kashgar, Pakistan border area - friendly.  Even after they knew I was US.

Fortunately, for me, they don’t get FOX News (and I hope it stays that way).

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By archivesDave, October 20, 2010 at 4:22 am Link to this comment

“We are drowning in a bipartisan cesspool of corruption, and the sooner we grasp that fact the better.”
Mr Scheer you continue to amaze me.

“Nothing new here”...
You said it all ardee and it truly astounds me how Scheer could be surprised in the least!

Ventura in 2012….if we make it that far.

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By still trying, October 20, 2010 at 4:12 am Link to this comment
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Is it possible that Mr. Sheer is finally waking from his long trance of believing in Obama? The ability of this unscrupulous con man to pull the wool over an intelligent progressive like Robert Sheer is truly impressive and deeply disheartening for anyone having a shred of hope for America.

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By eir, October 20, 2010 at 4:06 am Link to this comment

“Behind the wonderfully engaging smile of this president there is the increasingly disturbing suggestion of a cynical power-grabbing politician whose swift rise in power reflects less the earnestness of his message and far more the skills of a traditional political hack.”  To this I say, DUH!. 

Barack Obama is himself a hustler.  One of the marks of a good con is an engaging smile.  They are almost always uber charming.  Here’s a little lesson:  Exceedingly charming person?  Very well could be a pathology.  They bear scrutiny.  Look at their actions that’s where the truth is, do not listen to the bullshit.

Why would anyone want to delude themselves about this?  We cannot afford this delusion any longer.  As Cher said in Moonstruck “SNAP OUT OF IT!”  At a certain point one begins to suspect the believer in the delusion of their own pathology.  Most of the electorate are no longer enamored with “The One” and his wonderfully engaging smile that he dons equally as well and more convincingly when twisting the knife.  (See no increase in COLA for social security recipients despite a real case of a higher COL for them, as but one recent example).

For more on “The One”:


White House Insider to Blogger “Ulsterman” On Obama

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By ardee, October 20, 2010 at 2:37 am Link to this comment

Nothing new here. Obama has, from the first, surrounded himself with Wall Street insiders, Bush retreads and basically politics as usual. Is it any wonder that such as the Tea Party exists?

While I believe that group to be manipulated and their anger focused for them down some of the wrong paths, they are a symptom of a government run by and for the top 1% while the rest of us are mostly ignored.

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