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  •  What we say vs. What we do (19+ / 0-)

    Given the lack of jobs, the attack on free speech and other actions like arrests of OWS demonstrators, puts a chill on dissent.

    This is not what the founding fathers fought for. They fought for free speech and the ability to challenge power.

    We hide what is actually going on under the banner of the words from out past, which now, are what we used to be, not what we are.

    The collapse of the environment calls for politics and economics at a whole new level to attempt to save civilization. And even to save the human species.

    (See David W. Orr "Down To the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse."

    The 1% with their money and military and corporate media are fighting a last ditch effort to preserve the estimated 21 trillion dollars of wealth held in off shore accounts.

    Democracy is not about freedom, it is about power. The powerful have aligned with government to

    •  Good comment, Don (3+ / 0-)
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      gerrilea, aliasalias, downsouth

      when I heard Obama say that about dissent, I about threw up. Total hypocrisy.
      Also his comment on killing of innocent civilians was also said with a straight face.  I guess he forgot that his drone programs has killed thousands of innocent civilians.
      Or the fact that his drones have invaded Sovereign lands. Isn't that an act of war?
      IF Bush were doing the things Obama was doing, this site would attack him. Why are they giving Obama a pass.
      I love JR's diaries.
      Yet so many here will disagree with her because Obama is doing it.
      HEY, all of you. You are aware that Obama signed the NDAA? He was the one that pushed for being able to LOCK UP US citizens?

      If the Fetus you Saved was GAY, would you still fight for it's RIGHT'S?

      by snoopydawg on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:54:18 AM PDT

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    •  Obama's Hypocriticism did the same to me (0+ / 0-)

      How dare he get up there and talk that shite, while indefinite detentions, drone killings and who knows what other actions are being done in our name...back about 40 years ago, it would have been "our good name"

      I am not an Obama hater, but I am holding my tongue until November. Then we really need to amp up the discourse on this and foreign action v. Diplomacy.

      Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. Kurt Vonnegut

      by ToKnowWhy on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 06:46:16 AM PDT

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