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  •  I'm not sure it's quite (3+ / 0-)

    that dire -- yet.

    And while I realize there are many here for whom President Obama is not the ideal national leader (although they never seem to say who might be a good replacement), and he isn't "progressive" in the purest-of-pure sense, he's been doing a good job against horrifically high odds of correcting some of the bad situations he inherited. So on that front I am marginally optimistic for the next few years.

    Agreed that that talk of "exceptionalism" is silly -- makes us sound like the British Empire circa 1870.

    There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is, how far is it from Midtown and how late is it open? -- Woody Allen

    by Mnemosyne on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 10:17:52 AM PDT

    •  Quite honestly, I doubt that the most (12+ / 0-)

      progressive President of the most progressive individual's imagination could have much impact at this point. Sadly.

      And the beginning of the end will probably be barely noticed by those of us here on the ground. Or perhaps it is a sense of our diminishment that has caused the resurgence of the term American exceptionalism. As if claiming that somehow we are the best, the number one, we can conquer our fear, accept our fate, and avoid trying to create a state that could, once again, achieve great things.

      •  There would be room (3+ / 0-)
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        Susan from 29, 3goldens, mkor7

        for a community leader to spark a movement focused on reform, and that person wouldn't necessarily need to be president.  Just an organizer and great leader and speaker.

        However, in an environment where Boehner can't even do the right thing for America (and his legacy) even though he's not running again, I do not hold out a lot of hope for him/her to emerge.

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