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We have a justice department and a situation like the one we are witnessing now in Ferguson is one which should draw the attentions of this department.

I know that it would look impressive to some people for the president to show up, but to me it would only serve to muddy-up the waters even more so than they are at this time. President Obama has the right to speak on the matter, and I believe he has already said enough, so now, allow the system of justice to get one right for a change.


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  •  I agree with you. (8+ / 0-)

    I do disagree with those who say "well, he went to Newtown". Newtown was a completely different situation. Would the community say it if he were white?

    Oh, I've opened a can of worms, haven't I? I think I'll go to bed now.

    "When it's over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement." Mary Oliver

    by weezilgirl on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 10:18:02 PM PDT

  •  Something dramatic needs to be done, the (1+ / 0-)
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    situation is out of control, mostly the cops are out of control, but they keep the pressure high and it is getting worse. The cops are to blame, and they need a 'time out', but some 'bad actors' have moved in to take advantage of the situation, it's moving toward something very bad happening. If O could calm and reassure the town, then he should go, bad as that may seem.

    May you live in interesting times--Chinese curse

    by oldcrow on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 10:19:23 PM PDT

  •  I don't think he should go for a completely (19+ / 0-)

    different reason.


    That is the heart of racist America. The police are tasked to work in conjunction with the Secret Service for security. I wouldn't trust Ferguson or the county police to keep my goldfish safe, much less my president.

    Mr. Obama, STAY IN D.C. You do not need to make an appearance there. That place has too many batshit crazy cops and 'others.' Let your staff handle this. There is nothing you need to do there that you cannot do from The White House. If you feel the need to speak to the people, record a video or something. STAY PUT!

    People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. --V for Vendetta

    by WFBMM on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 10:40:40 PM PDT

  •  And another thing…. (8+ / 0-)

    Can somebody answer me this? Did Kennedy go to Birmingham in '63? Or did he work his magic from the Oval Office AND send his Fed officials there in his stead?

    People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. --V for Vendetta

    by WFBMM on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 10:58:01 PM PDT

    •  I was thinking this too (1+ / 0-)
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      The Attorney General is the appropriate official to sort this out.Unfortunately,Eric Holder is no Bobby Kennedy and I doubt he'll have much luck slapping the 'good old boys' in Ferguson into shape.
      The safety issue is serious too,was watching Amy Goodman broadcast from Ferguson and was concerned for her safety,much more so for Holder and especially the President.

      'The tyranny of the ignoramuses is absolute and inescapable' A..Einstein

      by unfangus on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 11:19:15 AM PDT

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  •  Obama is 90% Legacy; this may be important (1+ / 0-)
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    He's not been much of a president in terms of an executive running the country well. His aloofness from Congress and indifference to the day-to-day effectiveness of his administration is close to unprecedented. This is one very unpopular president.

    But historically he will be revered as a giant in his overall legacy as a great moral force and teacher.

    He needs right now to demand good and accurate data from aides doing the research. If this case, regardless of the random distracting factors, boils down to the injustice it appears to be (admittedly not pure), then it would add immensely to his contribution to our history and development as a nation to seize this as a teaching moment. Not just for us, right now, but for our own personal legacies: our kids and fellow future citizens moving forward.

    •  Aloofness from Congress??? (7+ / 0-)

      He gets rebuffed every time he tries to work with them.  Or have you forgotten the debt ceiling limit crises and the government showdown, all of which were provoked by the Tea Party nutcases in the House of Representatives?

      You can't work with people who believe their are only two possible sides in any debate and for whom even the slightest hint of compromise represents an unconscionable betrayal of basic values.

      And Obama's favorability ratings have never been anywhere near as low as W's were at the end of his presidency.

      •  and they're nowhere near Congress's. (2+ / 0-)
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        highacidity, unfangus

        Somebody hasn't been paying attention.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 07:19:48 AM PDT

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      •  Obama's Legacy (0+ / 0-)
        He gets rebuffed every time he tries to work with them [Congress].
        Except that he doesn't try very hard, or very well. Not even with his own party.

        Obama thinks he exists on a plane above Congress. I don't think he sees a whole lot of difference between the Teabaggers and the general run of Congressional Democrats, in terms of the big picture, long term. Which would make him a superior snob SOB, annoying as hell, except that he's absolutely correct.

        I'm sure in his memoirs he will acknowledge this, and be somewhat critical of defenders who say "it wasn't his fault; it was the wingnuts in Congress." This is making excuses for his ineffectiveness, something I think he will not do over the remainder of his public life after the presidency. He may acknowledge this as a failure, or simply maintain that this was not a high priority in what he decided to try to accomplish during his presidency.

        His legacy will be ... himself. He was right. Everything he said, and tried to teach us, and did as commander in chief of the armed forces (including about 80%+ of what he did in Afghanistan) was the inspired work of a man too good for us. Future generations will see this more clearly.

        Anyway, relevant to this diary: Obama's going into the deep south to deal with the accelerating murderous racism in a constructive, forward-looking, healing and instructive way, as a national secular pastor, could be an important addition to the body of work he's leaving us. I'd say worth the risk.      

  •  President Obama has the right to speak (4+ / 0-)

    on this matter?

    How very magnanimous of you.

    On what planet would he not have the "right" to speak on this matter as the popularly elected leader of this nation?

    I've got three tools in my arsenal: my voice, my wallet and my vote.

    by ExpatGirl on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 11:13:32 PM PDT

  •  muddy up the waters? that's putting it mildy. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm afraid it will bloody them. I was originally thinking Obama should go there (be there already, even). Then I had a day-dream gone off the rails moment when it occurred to me how it would only take one bullet there to really throw this country to the wolves. I was born in Dec. '63- a month after the last time our nation lost it's President to violence. It's been over 50 years now, half a century. I hope and pray we'll never see that again in this lifetime. But there are so many crazies out there just looking for cover and an opportunity to act on their impulses, that for the first time I thought that our President ought not to go somewhere, in his own country.

    We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

    by nuclear winter solstice on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 05:49:26 AM PDT

  •  Too much chaos (2+ / 0-)
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    Kathy Scheidel, unfangus

    too much risk. Stay away, Mr. President.
    Don't make yourself a target.

  •  I Agree Completely.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Let Eric Holder represent.  My President should not go.  Right wingers will say he's politicizing.  The Left will say he didn't do enough.  

    He's watching & is notified of everything.  He can help from the Oval Office & strategize w/ his Attorney General.

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