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  •  Just a blindlingly (4+ / 0-)

    poor analogy. And I don't have to read his letter I have read it many times. And he has a very valid point from his position as a non elected activist pushing for a singular goal.

    The President of the United States does not that bit of luxury to be singular focused on one issue and not to take the politics into consideration. You may not like that fact, but it remains a fact.

    And Dr. Kings efforts ultimately paid off. Why? It came about because he and others kept pushing until enough minds were changed in Congress and in the public sphere to make it happen. Not because he ignored the politics I would say because he worked the politics very very well to his advantage.

    So in the end it is not Obama that will make this happen it will be those that work to change the minds of Congress and the minds of the public. Those that have a laser like focus on this issue. Sitting back and waiting for any President to lead the charge is just sitting back and waiting.

    In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

    by jsfox on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 11:55:59 AM PDT

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    •  I am not calling out any specific politician (0+ / 0-)

      and am saying this in general. I know the politicians of this day and age have to play this game. I just wish it were different...

    •  You what grates on eyeballs, (4+ / 0-)

      the stunning low expectations people have for this president. I've never before seen a president who was simultaneously the best guy we've had in years but also impotent in the face of tough opposition.

      Sitting back and waiting for any President to lead the charge is just sitting back and waiting.

      This is probably the saddest statement about presidential leadership I've ever seen. Don't expect the president to lead???? lol It's astounding.

      Republican presidents certainly don't think this way. No matter how ridiculous or unpopular the idea is, they go out and make the case for it. But not us. We have to wait until everyone comes around.

      •  Brooklyn (2+ / 0-)
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        you are the last person I would listen to on Presidential leadership, politics or in fact just about any damn subject.

        In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

        by jsfox on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 06:53:33 PM PDT

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