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  •  This is what was said about South Africa (2+ / 0-)
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    when F. W. de Klerk was elected.

    For most of his career, de Klerk had a very conservative reputation. The NP's Transvaal branch was historically the most staunchly conservative wing of the party, and he supported continued segregation of universities while Minister of National Education. It thus came as a surprise when in 1989 he placed himself at the head of verligte ("enlightened") forces within the governing party who had come to believe that apartheid could not be maintained forever.
    As Nelson Mandela said later,
    Everything is impossible until it happens.
    Similarly for Mikhail Gorbachev in Russia.

    Similarly for President Chester A. Arthur, who came out of the notoriously corrupt New York Republican Party machine and the notoriously corrupt Customs Service, and then as President cleaned up Federal government corruption on the grand scale with Civil Service reform.

    Similarly for King Ashoka in ancient India, an imperial conqueror who converted to Buddhism.

    They are rare, but you can't tell in advance.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 08:09:26 PM PST

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