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Those that follow me here know I am not the biggest Obama guy out there. I have many issues with him. I like the guy, but issues with him. See that isn't that much of a problem for me. I learned long ago that few individuals, well nobody is perfect. Clearly I am not. That if I only vote for somebody that agrees with me 24/7, well I wouldn't have anybody to vote for.

I beg you to watch this video. Only has like 65,00 views. IMHO it should have millions and millions. This is why I voted for Obama.

I wish I had something really smart to say, but if you spend that ten minutes and watch this video, well it kind of says it all itself.

Originally posted to webranding on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 11:19 PM PDT.

Also republished by The Federation and Youth Kos 2.0.

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  •  Oh And Of Course This Is Where The Pharse (7+ / 0-)

    the arc of the moral universe was first said by him, which I think decades from how will be what he is known for from a speech point-of-view.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 11:21:47 PM PDT

  •  CS title change ==> 9:50 mins - n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  I've seen this before and I'll happily watch (3+ / 0-)
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    it again and again.

    We all need to get busy.

    Thanks for making me feel good at this hour of the morning.

    Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

    by Morgan Sandlin on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 11:47:31 PM PDT

    •  Here Is The Thing George Mason (3+ / 0-)
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      here is the thing young people, it doesn't bend on its own.
      I will turn 42 this week. I am not "young." But when I talk to young folks in the huge family my brother married into I have a lot of hope.

      Just like with immigrants and minorities, kids will one day vote. I'd like those folks know I had their back.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 11:52:40 PM PDT

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      •  I have a few years on you whippersnapper <g> (5+ / 0-)

        One of things I truly admire about both our President and First Lady is that they talk "to" young people, not "at" them.

        Its all of our concern, in my opinion, to keep their fires lit and let them know we have faith in their capabilities. They will be taking care of my country in my retirement.

        Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

        by Morgan Sandlin on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 11:58:51 PM PDT

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        •  I Am Single, Never Married (8+ / 0-)

          by brother married into this large, large family. Lot of kids from like 6-21 at family events. I am the "cool" uncle. I get part of that is cause I play the same video games they do. I got a clue about a comic book. But I've come to learn it is that I talk to them like adults. I listen. I ask questions. I care what they think. I am actually really interested in what they think.

          Their parents think Obama is a socialist that was born in Kenya. The kids, not so much ..... like I said I have hope.

          When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

          by webranding on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 12:05:09 AM PDT

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      •  My problem is those young people (2+ / 0-)
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        are discouraged. They are getting their first experience with the disappointment of politics along with the ugly reality of how bad it is out there.

        My very intelligent, pragmatic, educated daughter is upset that Obama didn't do more in the first two years. (She's graduating next spring. I'm probably going to ask her how much she's going to achieve in her first two years in a job when she brings it up.)

        Yes it's a unique situation, and the level of unelected power in DC is hard to really grasp. The level of journalistic compromise or just, fail, defies a normal brain.

        What he is going to have to get across, to them and my daughter, is what he tried to make clear back then in '08. It wasn't about what he would do, it was about what we would make him do. He understood the US political power and he challenged America to provide the grassroots power to change DC.

        It happened last fall and winter. It needs to keep growing. We need a lot of people in the streets, moving their money out of the big banks, registering voters, etc. We need to get a message to the 1%: your days are numbered. They will hide the fear. If there are enough of us.

        "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

        by Ginny in CO on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 05:39:48 AM PDT

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  •  The stakes have never been higher (3+ / 0-)
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    If you go over to Alternet and read about Ralph Reed and the Wisconsin effort to get the conservative vote out, you see that this election cycle will be really hard fought.

    The stakes have really never been higher.  That is a cliche' to be sure, but unfortunately, a true one.

    Romney and the Tea Party GOP represents a departure for the country that would cause a lot of damage.  Denial of science, and the installation of a plutocratic White House at this time in our history would be catastrophic.

    The right wing is crazy with a lust for defeating Obama, mainly because they realize that their bullshit is wearing thin.  It may not come together again if they lose.

    For one thing, the more intelligent conservatives will assert themselves again if the crazies bring about a defeat.

    Really it is a horrible prospect.  The GOP has amassed a coalition that has been bought and paid for by special interests whose purposes are strictly selfish, and is about pandering to every fear and neurotic anxiety, every prejudice, every backward tendency that could be rounded up.  What kind of a basis for governance is that?

    Looking at Romney, it is obvious that it would never be a basis.  What the plutocrats do is to whip the crowd up and meanwhile put through an agenda they don't divulge.  

    I think we would have to be concerned about the continued freedom of the internet and the prospect that techniques for limiting dissent borrowed from places like China might be in our future.  One hopes that the right wing would not go so far, but their hatred for liberals could open that door.  

    At any rate, Obama is an amazing guy and his presidency at least opens the way forward to possibilities that would never be in play under a Republican Administration, even a moderate one.

    Working to build on a foundation to create the best future we can is what it is all about.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 03:26:18 AM PDT

  •  There are some among us for whom the most honest, (0+ / 0-)

    … unhypocritical (yet perhaps in the end most effective) pitch would be,

    Donate to / work for / vote for the war criminal. It's important.
    Paraphrase of bumper sticker that appeared during the 1994 Louisiana gubernatorial race between Edwin Edwards and David Duke.
    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

    by lotlizard on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 03:45:21 AM PDT

    •  That's a stinker. However, as long as the REAL (0+ / 0-)

      war criminals GW Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc., are trotting around happily, I'll reserve that title for them.

      This is, of course, the difference between republicans and human beings. - Captain Frogbert

      by glorificus on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:23:32 AM PDT

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    •  while (1+ / 0-)
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      while I think it is a war crime to purposefully kill civilians while seeking to kill actual targets (during drone strikes), it may not be clear cut to prove that Obama has purposefully sacrificed civilians... by continuing to order these strikes even though civilians are sometimes killed, maybe it could be argued that the pattern is what makes the crime, rather than any one single strike, but I have no idea if that would hold in a war crimes tribunal. IMHO, we gotta GOTV for Obama.

      Democratic Governors Association on: Mitt Romney's economic plan

      by distraught on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 07:13:27 AM PDT

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      •  The idea is not to get into an argument. Just say, (0+ / 0-)

        … "O.K., let's assume you're right and President Obama is a war criminal — in this historic election it's still important that we all get on board, give to his campaign, and GOTV — for a whole raft of reasons."

        It's like when the Japanese-Americans were interned in concentration camps in World War II. Obviously they all thought, "President Roosevelt and the country are doing a horribly unjust and unconstitutional thing to us. We've lost all our possessions and property, probably forever, except for the few suitcases we could take with us! But it's still our country, and it's still important that we join in and fight for it anyway." And fight and die for America many of the young men from these families did, in their own segregated regiment, the 442nd (Senator Dan Inouye's unit), to the point of taking the highest rate of casualties of any unit in the war.

        The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

        by lotlizard on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 09:58:37 AM PDT

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      •  Or to put it another way, people who are sincerely (0+ / 0-)

        … concerned about human rights, civil liberties, the constitutionality of executive branch powers (including summary execution by drone) the Obama administration has claimed for itself, etc. are not going to be motivated by a pitch to donate and GOTV, if the speaker tries to steamroller them and won't validate their perceptions and concerns.

        In marketing-speak: to some extent, people who think the Obama administration has continued/expanded the war crimes of the Bush administration and people who think it has done nothing of the kind, are two different audiences. What will motivate one won't motivate the other, and vice versa. What's necessary is to get across to each audience the message appropriate to that audience — and, as in the Ghostbusters movie, to do it without "crossing the streams."

        The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

        by lotlizard on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 10:54:28 AM PDT

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        •  If calling the president that turns some voters (0+ / 0-)

          off, don't do it.

          Those who are convinced he is that will or won't vote him anyway, and I doubt anything will change their mines.

          'War Criminal' is a whole other universe than 'Shop Lifter'.

          This is, of course, the difference between republicans and human beings. - Captain Frogbert

          by glorificus on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 11:33:42 AM PDT

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          •  I know at least four lifelong Democrats who see (0+ / 0-)

            … President Obama as having doubled down on the Bush administration's trampling of civil liberties and international law. And who in this election (to use a math class analogy) are on that part of the graph with a steep slope — the place where a small variation in X (induced by what I or other friends might say to them) could result in a big variation in Y (their inclination to donate to / work for the Obama campaign in 2012 the way they did in 2008).

            The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

            by lotlizard on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 03:16:56 PM PDT

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