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  •  I guess Jimmy Carter's administration is the most (4+ / 0-)
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    stark example we've got in the 20th century anyway, of the huge difference between idealism and reality.

    The recent excellent documentary produced by Christiane Amanpour called 'Scream Bloody Murder' on CNN on the subject of genocide in Iraq, the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia etc), Rwanda, Sudan etc. is a stark window into the global realities of human rights vis a vis any nation's global interests and power struggles.

    The gods certainly must be laughing (if you have not ever seen that cult film, now is a good time!) at the election of the first African American ito the most powerful job in the world.   The Illinois political corruption farce has just made his idealistic plan to clean up corruption in Washington front and center.

    The reality couldn't be more stark.  He wanted the job, he got it.  Let's see how he does it.  It will be terrific spectator sport anyway.

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