|We'll say one thing for Donald Sterling: He certainly asked the right question.
You've probably heard his comments a hundred times by now, but here's a quick refresher. When asked "Do you know that you have a whole team that's black, that plays for you?" Sterling replied:
Not every industry is as dependent on its employees as professional sports, but many are. That includes the Silicon Valley, as demonstrated by an industry-spanning cartel designed to cheat employees of their wages.
No industry or corporation exists in a vacuum. Even the notoriously non-productive financial industry would collapse without the participation of "ordinary" Americans - as customers, pension fund contributors, municipal taxpayers, and implicit underwriters of too-big-to-fail institutions.
Who makes the game? You do. To believe otherwise is to unilaterally surrender power to the Donald Sterlings and Mitt Romneys of this world. Yes, they have enormous wealth at their disposal. And yes, they're corrupting the political process. But without the participation of everyone in our society, their game can't continue.
It may take boycotts or strikes or other forms of non-cooperation to illustrate the point, but the fact remains: Without us, there is no game.
That's worth remembering, long after Sterling's name has been rightfully forgotten.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2012—Colin Powell is so sad he can't erase 'blot' on his reputation:
|Former Bush era Secretary of State Colin Powell has a new book out May 22. As with so many political celebs, it's a book written "with" a professional person who does the actual writing. But it includes quotations from the guy who was once seen as potential presidential or vice presidential material. Based on uncorrected proofs released in advance, what we get once again is Powell lamenting the stain he can't get rid of because of the dead-wrong 85-minute speech he gave to the United Nations Feb. 5, 2003. There he declared convincingly that the United States had irrefutable evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Within five months, that claim had been convincingly refuted.
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