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Charleston Chew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:10 PM
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Dr. Cornel West: "Obama becoming puppet of Wall St Oligarchs"
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 01:10 PM by Charleston Chew
 
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The economic rift between rich and poor in America is deepening, but a new awareness is also taking root among the people. That's the opinion of renowned civil rights activist Dr. Cornel West, who shared his views during an exclusive interview with RT's Marina Portnaya
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http://www.cornelwest.com/about.html
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Mimosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:16 PM
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1. Wow! A must watch video.
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 01:19 PM by Mimosa
Cornel West perfectly describes the shift in Obama's direction and how we all are affected.

I'm one of the 'ordinary people' West mentioned who provided Obama with financial and spiritual support during his candidacy. This time I have nothing to give. How many of us are poorer today than we were in 2007 and 2008?
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:28 PM
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3. Wow indeed.
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marew Donating Member (854 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:35 PM
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4. I got an email request this morning to donate...
to Obama's reelection campaign. I told them no and I told them why. I feel so betrayed.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:26 PM
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2. Man, his assessment of Obama from around 3:00 minutes in to about 4:15 and on is...
...spot-on.

PB
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JJW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:37 PM
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5. Corporate Tool
I doubt Clinton would have hired back, those people who were so dead wrong about free markets and finance. O is a mix of Bush, Clinton, and Reagan. And what a sad combination that has proven to be.
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Citizen Worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:14 PM
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7. I have yet to hear Clinton say that repeal of Glass-Steagall was a mistake, or that NAFTA, GATT and
WTO were ill-advised and served only the interests of corporations at the expense of the working class. Clinton would, I believe, hire the very same wrecking crew.
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:54 PM
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23. Indeed, Clinton is yet to miss a t-time with Pappy Bush
And yet, even when all the cards are on the table, some people still have to give the benefit of the doubt.

Denial works for some people I guess.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 02:35 AM
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57. Of course.
Edited on Tue Apr-05-11 02:36 AM by Enthusiast
Clinton won't take the blame. But there would have been no collapse in 2008 if he had vetoed the damned Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. He is as at fault as any of the asshole Republicans.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:27 PM
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17. Bill Clinton with Gore were co-founders of the DLC which was funded by Koch. Bros....
you don't think Clinton knew what he was going?

:eyes:

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sasquuatch55 Donating Member (701 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 06:24 AM
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64. The Chicago man Obama is obviously a Friedmanite.
We have been duped again, no?
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joentokyo Donating Member (138 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:06 PM
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97. Hear, hear! Corporate, yes. Tool, definitely!
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stockholmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:48 PM
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6. Jump You F*#kers (A Song For Wall Street)
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:41 PM
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38. Awesome. nt
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Plucketeer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:30 PM
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8. Dr. West NAILS IT!
Of course, this has BEEN obvious for some time anyways.
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jimlup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:40 PM
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9. Really I think it is a matter of identifying the correct enemy...
And in my opinion it is the Corporate Elites and bankers. Particularly the Wall Street insider boys. We can blame the republicans, we can blame the "government", we can blame "Obama" but all of these are off target. The real reason for the shit storm is these people. The ones who insist on taking home $14 million individual bonuses because they have defined themselves to be "The brightest and Best".

Honestly, it is amazing to me that we have let them do this. It is a crime against our society and we need to bring these fuckers down. I've been asking why was that not our generations version of "Let the Eat Cake"? Why do we stand for this?
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stockholmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:20 PM
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44. yes,but if a so-called progressive president does nothing to curb banksters,then he gets called out
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knixphan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 12:01 AM
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52. It is exactly the Banksters.
And the fact that not enough folks vote in primaries (both exec and leg)

O was never a progressive, so I can't blame him for not being Dennis. I would rather Dennis (But besides me, how many folks donated to Kucinich '08?) :)
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 02:41 AM
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59. I did. Still do. nt
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 02:40 AM
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58. Those elites?
They couldn't do it without the help of allies like Obama. Obama is surrounded by Wall Street insiders.
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 08:21 AM
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71. however, why is the president we voted & worked for not bashing these banksters/fraudsters?
He is barely saying peep about them and worse, he appoints them to high positions, e.g. Immelt, Geithner
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wildbilln864 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:00 PM
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10. k&r! nt
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Itchinjim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:15 PM
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11. Cornel who?
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Charleston Chew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:27 PM
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12. that says a lot about you
You are not familiar with one of America's most provocative public intellectuals?
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:34 PM
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Itchinjim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:26 PM
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16. Charleston who?
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:33 PM
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Itchinjim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:34 PM
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20. Ouch!
That's gonna leave a mark!
Obama 2012.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 02:42 AM
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60. PLUS ONE! nt
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dotymed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 06:30 AM
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66. Hopefully, you are attempting to
"stir things up" or maybe you too young to identify with Dr. West.
He is a "truth to power" intellect who has (for years) captured the feelings and voices of poor and average Americans. He is a natural treasure, much like Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky.
Unfortunately, I think a lot of biased, ignorant people will not take him seriously because of his color and his relationship with the black empowerment movement. If that is the case, we will not have his eloquent voice to help lead us out of this darkness, and he is so well spoken and heartfelt.
I believe that Dr. West can be as much of an inspiration to this generation as Dr. king was to an earlier generation, before he was so violently assassinated.
Please, do not look at the color of his skin, hear the message of his heart, it is so true.
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colsohlibgal Donating Member (670 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:59 PM
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14. Right On Cornel
Truth to power, wake up Mr. Obama, I didn't spend weekends canvassing in 2008 for this.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:24 PM
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15. "Becoming" ... ? "Now, leaning to the right?" I like Cornell West, but where has he been?
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 05:25 PM by defendandprotect
From the first days of this administration -- days after the election -- "Obama

was a puppet of Wall St. oligarchy" --

Certainly, this is rough enough for someone who supported Obama -- anyone can see

the difficulty of this -- and I think AAs in America were among the first to speak

out letting us know that Obama was moving in directions they didn't vote for --

but we need more than this!

Even recognizing how tough it is to say, I made a mistake and we need to correct it --

we still need more than this!

From Michael Moore, as well -- another supporter of Obama --

All who did need to readjust their BS-meters and look for a better way than voting for

the candidates the corporations are pre-bribing and pre-owning and pushing towards us!!

And then letting us vote for them on the GOP voting computers -- just in case we get it

wrong!!

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PatentlyDemocratic Donating Member (15 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:47 PM
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22. Exactly
He's been this way from the start. I recall an interview with a union leader who had supported Clinton in the primary. He said he was wary of Obama due to his refusal to stand up to corporate interests while serving in Illinois.

Certainly his decisions since taking office have been pro-corporate. More than anything, this video is showing how disappointed true progressives are with Obama's corporate-sponsored administration. He had a chance to really make a mark on history and help the middle class, but instead he bent over like everyone else in Washington.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:41 PM
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RBInMaine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:30 PM
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18. The fringe of the fringe.
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Avant Guardian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:38 PM
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25. The fringe of the left is communism
He is a commies commie?
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:28 PM
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40. That is usually where I am. nt
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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 12:22 AM
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54. who, Cornel? what a vile and disgusting comment.
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 08:39 AM
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75. Incorrect. Cornel is fringe just like MLK was fringe in the '60's.
Who stands the test of time? Cornell is mainstream liberal on this, and you're the one who's not.
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NorthCarolina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:46 PM
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21. Give em' hell Cornel. K&R nt
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EvilMonsanto Donating Member (145 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:34 PM
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24. Dennis Kucinich 2012
Please everyone
Plz vote for Kucinich

He has always shown consistency, way more than any other Dem
Please everyone....

Shouldn't you vote for the one that truly always fought for you, your rights and accountability of big Corp.?

He was against allowing big corporations to be dismissed with in impunity
He also was against all this hopeless wars... always has been... ALWAYS

Please everyone
Let's all make a promise today to vote for Dennis Kucinich !!!


DENIS 2012
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:42 PM
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26. "DENIS 2012"
I get it. The other "N" was abducted by aliens. :shrug:

:rofl:

:rofl:



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Charleston Chew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:44 PM
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28. your comment doesn't make sense
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:44 PM
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29. In what respect, Charlie? n/t
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Charleston Chew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:46 PM
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30. I dunno, I guess I just don't get it.
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:46 PM
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31. So you would put a "DENIS 2012" sticker on your car?
:rofl:

:rofl:

:rofl:

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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 03:50 PM
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88. I have a bumper sticker that says: DENNIS
:rofl:
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demwing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 09:08 AM
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77. Its a joke!
The post that was being responded to had originally misspelled "Dennis" as "Denis," but has since fixed it.

The alien abduction part was probably in reference to Kucinich's experience (as taken from one of Shirley MacLaine's books) that he once saw a UFO hovering over the MacLaine rose garden, and that he "felt a connection in his heart and heard directions in his mind."

I believe there's life out there, and I believe that there may be things flying around the planet that cannot be identified, but this story sounds like MacLaine and Kucinich were smoking something strong, and Dennis went out tripping in MacLaine's rose garden.

Anyway, the post was just a joke. You might be thinking on this one too hard... :)
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pam4water Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:28 PM
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42. +1
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 06:26 AM
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65. Turn your TV off once in a while it must be getting to you.
Obushma?

Are you fucking serious??
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dotymed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 06:53 AM
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68. Has Dennis decided to run for President
again? I really wanted him to win in 2008, but the dirty tricks from both sides, made that impossible and he had to leave the race (where he was marginalized) to confront a suddenly well funded congressional opponent.
BTW, some of our greatest Presidents, entertainers, politicians, etc.. have seen what they believe were aliens.
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 08:26 AM
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73. Dennis is great but not electable---haven't we seen this for many years?
The American sheeple want someone "charismatic;" i.e. tall, handsome and glad-handing. Kooch doesn't fill the bill, unfortunately. He's tried for years but nothing will help him fulfill the "charismatic" requirement of the sheeple.

Bernie Sanders is a candidate who would be a great president but doesn't have "it," either, due to his age.

I work in education and view all this as a failure of our educational system.
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dotymed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:26 PM
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94. I must concede
every point to you.
Doesn't it seem like, when the "curtain has been opened so wide" these last few years, that people would actually want someone legitimately (proven) on their side?.
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Charleston Chew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:43 PM
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27. let's try and sum this up
It really doesn't matter who you vote for ...
...unless we have sweeping campaign finance reform.

and

If you are not voting in local and state elections then it is almost irrelevant who the president is.
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kjackson227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 09:46 AM
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78. +1... BUT...
It's too bad that your factual and incisive knowledge of how our political system fails us will be lost in the maze of Obama bashing. Some DU'ers here are only interested in whining, not helping to change the system.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:48 PM
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32. West loves West.
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kurtzapril4 Donating Member (354 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 07:29 PM
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33. I agree.
However, I enjoy listening to the show he has every weekend with Tavis Smiley on my local public radio station, WBEZ. They call people out on all sides. :spank: I appreciate it. It is nice to hear an intellectual like Dr. West on the radio, there aren't too many of them! And Tavis kind of keeps him in check.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 07:47 PM
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34. Would like to hear Tavis do that, but really don't want to listen to West's rants.
One a year is enough!
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Charleston Chew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:06 PM
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36. Maybe you shouldn't have clicked on this post?
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kurtzapril4 Donating Member (354 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:41 PM
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46. I don't mind his rants against
the PTB, because in MHO, he's right. But I do agree he's a bit in love with the sound of his own voice. Then again...he's a professor. Kinda goes with the territory, LOL!
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 03:16 AM
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62. So basically, it is a bad thing that he was *gasp* speaking in an interview when asked questions?
Should he have conducted the interview using sign language, subtitles, or something else altogether?

To be consistent, I assume you guys will make the same accusation of Mr. Obama, since he is a great speaker and he is known for long speeches and interviews. Right?
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:48 PM
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39. Do you not love yourself? nt
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 02:50 PM
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86. I like myself.
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 08:28 AM
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74. what does that have to do with the posted interview? I agree with everything West says
I don't care if his self-esteem is through the roof or the atmosphere---he's correct about Obama.
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TatonkaJames Donating Member (502 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:04 PM
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35. Cornell West is a genius
as is Eric Michael Dyson, both well spoken and brilliant in their analogies.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:07 PM
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37. "becoming"?...... i`d say he`s almost there..
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pam4water Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:28 PM
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41. Why couldn't he figure this out before Obama got elected! I knew his only qualification was looking
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 10:20 PM by pam4water
'looking good in a suit' so Obama would end up take the advise of someone with simple but wrong solutions. Like keep doing the same stuff Bush did.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:01 PM
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:22 PM
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45. K & R !!!
:kick:
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:00 PM
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47. There is no "becoming." It's already done happened.
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GameOn Donating Member (86 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:02 PM
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49. And West is an attention whore. NT
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democracy1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:17 PM
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50. Your PS3 awaits you.
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demwing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:55 PM
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51. We are all whores of one kind or another
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 11:57 PM by demwing
I'm a whore to my job. What kind of whore are you?
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ReggieVeggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 06:43 AM
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67. HAHA! The universal dismissal of anyone who doesn't fall in line
They're just attention whores, egomaniacs, dumb, stupid, Republican enablers, etc., etc., etc.
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BEZERKO Donating Member (564 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 07:59 AM
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69. As is anyone worth their salt in this business.
I don't really care what anyone in political activism or political intellectualism has to say if they're not attention whores.
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SunSeeker Donating Member (52 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 01:11 AM
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55. I say vote for Obama
Sure Obama has not given us everything we want, but who could? And who, since FDR, has even come close to doing what Obama has done in 2 years? Yes, keep up your demands for more progressive action, but don't say Obama is "just the same" as the Republicans and that it doesn't matter who you vote for. It's just not true. That sort of defeatist thinking plays right into Republican hands. It demoralizes Dems and makes them just not vote, resulting in the election of real corporate puppets like George Bush--who then appoint fascists like Alito to the Supreme Court. If we had a Supreme Court full of justices appointed by Democrats, like Ginsburg and Sotomayor, corporations would not have been declared "people" and Karl Rove's GPS would not have come into existence (thanks to Citizens United) to fund Scott Walker and the rest of the Republicans who swept into office last fall while the left sat home as all the teabaggers voted.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 02:02 AM
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 02:50 AM
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61. Democrats like Clinton and Obama
are directly responsible for the mess this nation is in. Clinton for signing NAFTA, the Telecommunications Act and the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act and Obama for allowing *Bush and Wall Street to go un-investigated and unpunished. Obama and Clinton and not real Democrats, they are fake Democrats.
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demwing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 08:53 AM
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76. They are the new Democratic Party, Inc
supporting their corporate donors when they should be supporting Unions and building the middle class.

Reagan - and his "Reagan Democrats" - really did change America after all. Maybe that's why Limbaugh stumbled on his words when a caller asked why Reagan was a conservative hero, even though many of his policies are currently rejected by the Right.

To come clean and say "Reagan is a Republican (not conservative) hero because he was able to sell America a false dream version of economic and ethical strength, and mitigated the damage done by Nixon's criminal acts. This helped convince Democrats to vote against their own financial self interests, and changed the future of the Democratic party. Without Reagan, there would be no New Democrats, no Bill Clinton, and no Barack Obama." would be letting a few too many cats out of the damn bag.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 12:27 PM
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81. It took a professional actor.
Now they know the formula. They tailor this formula ever so slightly to adjust for the electorate and the times.
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ellenrr Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 05:08 AM
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63. thanks Cornell- better late than never I guess
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 08:19 AM
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70. "a pawn of Big Finance and puppet of Big Business"---well said and +1
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Eljo_Don Donating Member (43 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 08:26 AM
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72. puppet
Obama is all ready a puppet of the oligarchs. They said to him: Do what we tell you to do or we will vanquish you by any means, legal or illegal. Remember Kennedy.
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 10:05 AM
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79. Right on, he is one of the best guests on Bill Maher.
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Search4Justice Donating Member (104 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 10:43 AM
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80. Thank you for this important video...
... any chance we can get piped inside the White House bubble?
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alan2102 Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 01:02 PM
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82. "Becoming"?!
Old news. The puppet status was evident before the
election, in October 2008. If not before.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 01:09 PM
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Arlene McCarthy Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 01:06 PM
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83. Professor West
Bravo !
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byronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 02:00 PM
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85. I like West, but I don't buy this at all.
I don't fit in on this thread, but I felt I should register my opinion. Obama's no puppet. He's a man at war with vast powers, and not altogether succeeding. I do not believe Dr. West (or any other progressive) could do any better.
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:10 AM
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93. +1
Well said.
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Mosaic Donating Member (851 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 03:18 PM
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87. Excellent video clip!
One to watch again and again, if you want to learn the truth about what is really going on.
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Charleston Chew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 09:17 PM
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89. Cornel West Sounds Off on Obama's Nobel Peace Prize
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Charleston Chew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 09:29 PM
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90. The Precarious Fate of Barack Obama
Nov 9, 2009

The president faces a choice, Cornell West says. He can be a masterful, Machiavellian politician like Bill Clinton or a great transformative leader like Abraham Lincoln.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Charleston Chew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 09:58 PM
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91. Cornel West: Obama is for Big Business not Jobless
Educator Cornel West sat down with theGrio to discuss how unemployment is affecting African-Americans.

TheGrio asked West about national unemployment trends for African-Americans. He called on President Barack Obama to implement a comprehensive jobs policy -- a program that would mirror former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal, and focus primarily on creating jobs for people without a college education.

" the same way we had an investment banker policy when they were in trouble," West said of what he views as a double-standard in current economic policy. "All AIG needed was a push. So let's help push these poor people, these working people into jobs with a living wage."

West, who has been outspoken in both his support and criticism of Obama, said the current administration has not made poor people a priority.

"Obama has an economic team that's composed of persons who have no history whatsoever of being concerned about poor people," West said. "Obama's been doing a good job of reassuring the establishment. But there's many of us who believe the establishment is on our necks."

The Princeton University professor is busy promoting his new book, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. The memoir is a departure from West's previous books, where he focused primarily on issues such as race and social justice.

http://www.thegrio.com/2009/12/cornel-west-obama-is-for...
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Norrin Radd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 11:55 PM
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92. kr
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:47 AM
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95. West made more sense back in November 2008:
November 19, 2008
Cornel West on the Election of Barack Obama: "I Hope He Is a Progressive Lincoln, I Aspire to Be the Frederick Douglass to Put Pressure on Him"

... For me, my criticism of Barack has to do with trying to acknowledge the degree to which, one, thank God were at the end of the age of Ronald Reagan, were at the end of the era of conservatism, were coming to the end of the epoch of the Southern Strategy. For the first time now, weve got some democratic possibilities. This has been a political ice age, and the melting is just beginning. And Barack Obama is a symbol, but weve got to move from symbol to substance. Weve got to move from what he represents in a broad senseand its a beautiful thing to have a black man in the White House, we know that, and black slaves and laborers and other white immigrants built the White House. And to have a black family there, significant; black face for the American empire, fine. Can we revitalize democratic possibilities on the ground with Barack in the White House? I think we can. We can put some serious pressure on him, and we can actually continue the democratic awakening among working people and poor people and push Barack in a progressive direction ...

You know, I fear that Brother Barack might be challenged by what Bill Clinton was. When you have been an outsider to the establishment, you want to make the establishment feel secure, and therefore, you want to recycle names that the establishment feels are legitimate names. And therefore, youre reluctant to step out too far, because youll be unable to proceed and unable to govern with a smoothness that you think ought to be characteristic of your regime. And so, he ends up selecting people who the mainstream are going to herald as legitimate, rather than make that break and acknowledge this is a new day, and it ought to be the age of everyday people, the age of ordinary people. Thats what I think. And its ironic, because theres a sense in which Brother Barack Obama might be reluctant to step into the new age of Obama and remains looking backward to the end of the Clinton moment. And I say, no, we need to break free. Now, it could be like FDR: hes just reluctant, and well have to push him. And thats fine ...

Well, we use, in many ways, his own words. He says that he wants the bottoms up. Thats fine. We organize, we mobilize. We dont look simply for a top down. The Clintonites have often been top down. Its the bottom up. We organize, we mobilize. We consolidate our organizations. And in the end, of course, we may have to take to the streets. Thats how peoples power is expressed, but its expressed in a critical and, for me, in a loving way ...

Yes. Americas hanging in the balance, state of emergency, sense of urgency. Im a blues man in the life of the mind, a jazzman in the world of ideas, and the blues is an autobiographical chronicle of a personal catastrophe, expressed lyrically and endured with grace and dignity. How do we deal with catastrophic circumstances of our children, catastrophic circumstances of our workers, catastrophic circumstances of our gay brothers and lesbian sisters? Let us not forget Proposition 8 in other states that denied the rights of our gay brothers and lesbian sisters, even as we celebrate Brother Barack Obama. The catastrophic ought to be our focus. Thats what blues people are about. For Christians, its the cross as a catastrophicwhat kind of sensitivity do we have for people wrestling with catastrophic circumstances? And how do they resist? How do they endure? How do they persevere? How do we democratize and embrace all of humanity so that the wretched of the earth are able to live lives of decency and dignity? ...

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/11/19/cornel_west_on_t...
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:20 PM
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96. sad but true on the Obama part. His goal seems to be just enough change to placate or at least
confuse those who see the fundamental changes we need, like only talking to Goldman Sachs execs if you are prosecuting them.
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