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  •  i'll quote (1+ / 0-)
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    Cornel West here regarding Obama's total avoidance of addressing poverty or the faltering middle class:

    I think that it’s morally obscene and spiritually profane to spend $6 billion on an election, $2 billion on a presidential election, and not have any serious discussion—poverty, trade unions being pushed against the wall dealing with stagnating and declining wages when profits are still up and the 1 percent are doing very well, no talk about drones dropping bombs on innocent people. So we end up with such a narrow, truncated political discourse, as the major problems—ecological catastrophe, climate change, global warming. So it’s very sad. I mean, I’m glad there was not a right-wing takeover, but we end up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama, so that our struggle with regard to poverty intensifies.
    There's no way to get any real change while we have a president who is merely a Republican in blackface.

    Deficits don't matter, jobs do.

    by aguadito on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:00:06 AM PDT

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    •  Obama is not a Republican in blackface, aquadito (2+ / 0-)
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      •  not my words (1+ / 0-)
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        but Cornel West's.

        And I think he has good reason for saying so, Antone Bursh.

        Deficits don't matter, jobs do.

        by aguadito on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:03:33 AM PDT

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        •  Playing the Cornel West card, eh? lol (1+ / 0-)
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          99% of people don't care what he says (he lost credibility when he pushed the "Gore =Bush" lie when campaigning for Nader), and hiding behind him so you can put forward language that would normally draw many HRs is weak.

          •  oh wow (0+ / 0-)

            "99% of people don't care" -- what a swift way to discredit one of the nation's top intellectuals.

            The Gore=Bush wasn't a lie, it was right on. and principled people supported Nader.

            if anything, Obama's first term is actually confirmation of West's hypothesis that both parties are far too similar on issues of inequality, foreign policy, and civil liberties.

            the only differences are superficial social issues.

            people don't "lose credibility" for supporting a candidate who you don't support.

            only amongst hopeless partisan foodfighters has anyone in any third party lost "credibility".

            in fact, an intellectual who has written volumes of valuable work has WAY more credibility than some guy on the internet crying about third parties.

            Deficits don't matter, jobs do.

            by aguadito on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 09:27:27 PM PDT

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