• Trump Versus Clinton: How the Hell Did We End Up Here?

    November 1, 2016

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    Posted in: #99Percent, Economy, Post-Constitution America

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    You hear the expression “lesser of two evils” when people talk about how they will vote in November.

    Poll after poll shows a growing number of voters saying they will vote negatively – they’re against Hillary, so they’ll hold their nose and vote Trump, and vice-a-versa.

    It is also likely a large number of discontented voters will simply stay home on Election Day. Both candidates are among the most unpopular and least trusted in American history. One of them will end up in the White House.

    How did we get here? How is it the only two mainstream candidates left standing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?


    Hillary Clinton: All Appetite

    Hillary Clinton is the archetypal 21st century candidate’s candidate, a fully formed tool of the oligarchy. Whether she wins or loses in November, she is the model for the next era of American politics.

    Clinton sees The People as some mass to be pandered to and manipulated. She is simply a machine to gain power for its own sake (and money.) The One Percent tagged her early as exactly who they want to see in charge, someone who could be bought off, and she was nice enough to create her own vehicle to allow them to conveniently do that — write a check to the Clinton Foundation. As a bonus, it was also tax-deductible.

    If Hillary did not exist, it would have been necessary for the wealthy who control most of America to create her.


    The Once and Future Hillary

    That wasn’t necessary, as Hillary Clinton had spent her entire life preparing for this.

    By all accounts an intelligent, committed, feminist coming out of law school, she quickly fell into the TV classic 1950s role of dependent spouse, as “first lady” of Arkansas when Bill was governor, and of course, in the White House. Sure, she was given health care to mess around with during Bill’s first term, but when the issue crashed and burned, her role was reassigned to make safe speeches calling for more rights for women and girls. Safe in that she was allowed to pound the pulpit for those ideals in enemy territory like China, but not in countries like Saudi Arabia.

    She was the good wife. And good wives look the other way when hubby strays a bit, even to the point of having sex in the Oval Office. And that’s because Hillary knew the Democratic Party would owe her for not blowing things completely apart in a messy divorce certain to reveal even more bad news.

    First up was a Senate seat, a springboard for her presidential run.

    In November 1998 four-term incumbent Democratic New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan announced his retirement, opening a seat in a Solid Blue state. In early 1999 the Clinton’s bought a house in Chappaqua, New York (with “donated” money), all so that by September she was eligible to run as a “New Yorker.” While in the Senate Hillary was served up prime committee slots, and voted the safe votes (the Iraq War vote was safe at the time, of course, as everyone wanted to go to war. Nobody foresaw that one bouncing back the way it did.)

    By the time the George W. Bush era finally gave up, everyone on earth knew the next president was going to be a Democrat.

    So 2008 was going to be Hillary’s big moment, the first woman president, the one to clean up the Bush wars, who knows, maybe even score a Nobel Prize. But Hillary misread the degree of change Americans wanted, and in return for putting her plans on hold for another cycle or two, she settled in for four years as Secretary of State as a consolation prize. And have you heard? She sat in the Situation Room the night bin Laden was killed!


    Taking No Chances

    As the 2016 election approached, the Clinton’s took no chances.

    The favors Hillary accrued as Secretary of State via the Clinton Foundation were transformed into money and support. As she pretended not to run, Clinton packed her campaign war chest with big-money speeches. A happy “listening tour” (remember the Scooby Van?) was created to show everyone how human Hillary was. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz lined up the Democratic Party machinery. Designated schulp Martin O’Malley was set up as the loyal opposition so Hillary could create the appearance she was running against someone in the primary.

    Then, oops, Bernie.

    When Bernie Sanders came out of nowhere (as had Obama in 2008), Clinton again misread or did not care about how much change many Americans sought. As many long-suspected, and as we all now know after the hacks of the Democratic National Committee servers, the Party machinery was brought to bear against Sanders. The mainstream media was lined up to belittle, marginalize and ignore him. The millennial vote Sanders inspired was largely written off by Clinton. Bernie was reduced to a sad, little old man helping nominate someone at the Democratic Convention he clearly loathed.

    Add to that the flood of disdainful remarks talking points-prepped Democratic pundits spewed forth, announcing as one support for Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein is near-treason. A voter’s well-reasoned, act-of-conscious decision to support one of the two is held as nothing less than support for the Dark Lord.

    The Democrat machinery and the people who control it made Clinton the inevitable candidate. There was no one else who ever had a chance. America was told to suck it up and vote for her, whether they liked it or not.


    Trump Stumbles into His Role

    The Republican Party fully misunderstood its constituency, thinking one of a spray of robo-candidates would be good enough to simply run as Not Obama, Not Hillary.

    Each candidate on offer fell into the mold of ultra-mainstream, such as the why-am-I-here Jeb Bush, or the nut case category with Ben Carson. Ted Cruz couldn’t make up his mind, and vacillated between the two options. The plan was likely to meld the two wings into a ticket and scoop up as many conservative votes as possible.

    Whatever Trump may have really been thinking when he started his campaign, he stumbled on to something hiding in plain sight. Large numbers of Americans, mostly white and formerly middle class, were angry. They were really angry. They had been left behind as the country changed, left like an audience at a magic show who saw the trick done, but couldn’t for the life of them figure out how it had happened. These people knew they were getting poorer, they could not find decent jobs, and they wanted someone to blame.

    Enter Trump.

    He told them it was not their fault. It was because of Obama, it was the Chinese, it was the Muslims, the Blacks, the Democrats, NAFTA, immigrants, refugees, whoever they feared and hated, whatever they wanted to hear. He told them their racism and hate was valid, and gave them a place to express it as no one in the mainstream had ever before done in a modern campaign.

    Trump became a predator sniffing the wind. When he sensed people fed up with Hillary’s scamming for donations, he said he was self-funded. When he sensed people wanted change, he said he was an outsider. When voters tired of Hillary’s lawyerly answers and outright lies, Trump came out as plain spoken, even rude and crude — what candidate before had ever spoken of his penis size on the national stage?

    Weakness overseas? Bomb the f*ck out of them. Worried about China? Renegotiate. Tired of terrorists? Torture them, maybe kill their families. Problems with the economy? I can fix it, says Trump, and he didn’t need to explain how because while no one really believes it, they want to believe.

    Whole races and religions were condemned. People were bored with long think pieces and empty political language. Trump dished things out in 140-character Tweets. Voters made up their minds with the same tool they use to follow Beyonce.


    Trump Ascendant

    As a sign of Trump’s populism, and his popularity, he has garnered more small-dollar donations for the GOP than any other Republican candidate in history, and all that only since he seriously started asking for contributions in June. “He’s the Republican Obama,” Politico quotes one operative about Trump monetizing his Republican supporters.

    Like nearly every person in the media, and the Democratic and Republican parties, I suspect when he first started out Trump never expected the ball to bounce as it did. Running was an ego thing, an elaborate prank, performance art, something maybe good for business. No such thing as bad PR.

    But as others wrote him off, including the oligarchy, Trump learned.

    Every time someone said “well, that’s the end of Trump” after some outrageous statement, Trump learned he needed only to top himself in the next sound bite. People wanted him to be racist, they wanted him to be larger than life, and they didn’t care if he lied or exaggerated. Most of the media, still reporting his latest statement (birther, debates are rigged) as a bad thing, still don’t get it.


    Face It: They Are Us

    America will have Trump or Clinton in the White House for the next four years because they are us.

    Clinton is the ultimate end product of a political process consumed by big money. She is the candidate of the One Percent. She believes in nothing but the acquisition of power and will trade anything to get it. The oligarchy are happy to help her with that.

    Trump is the ultimate Frankenstein product of decades of lightly-shaded Republican hate mongering. He is the natural end point of 15 post-9/11 years of keeping us afraid. He is the mediagenic demagogue a country gets when it abandons its people to economic Darwinism, crushes its middle class, and gives up caring what happens to its minorities.

    Both candidates are markers of a doomed democracy, a system which somewhere in the past reached its apex and has only now declined enough that everyone, not just the boiling frogs, can see where we are. They’re us, people. We watched this happen, and we’ll be stuck trying to live with the results.

     

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    • Mitch said...

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      oligarchy. Heirs. Legacy. History. . Democracy, hope. Change. Hate. Fear. Ineptitude. Starving. Void. Corruption. Power. Disgust. Hopelessness. Business as usual. Uneducated. Uninvolved. Uncaring. Budgets. Mis- managed. Disease. Sickness. Pillage. Graft. Insurance. Regulation. Taxation. Courts for profit. Policing for profit. Trade. Trade deals. Ineffective. Whistle blowers. Mis-spoke. Mis-remembered. Twitter. Micro- responses. Riot. Arson. Media. Machine. Special interests. Tenure. Race. Racial. Racist. Assassination. Health. Healthcare. Death. Prefered. Presentation. President.

      As the rich get richer. The poor starve. The new poor stare in bewilderment.

      While Rome burns.

      Where is Cesar Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus?

      When the nation truly needs him.

      Truly needs him.

      M

      11/1/16 9:00 AM | Comment Link

    • Andrei said...

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      Face it, Americans: Hillary will be appointed as your president and there’s nothing you can do about it.

      11/1/16 9:43 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Someone has to be sitting on the throne when the new Rome burns and who better than Hillary although Obama deserved such a fate for his treachery. Obama gives us Hillary but he’s too petulant,prissy and peeved to understand his real legacy. He’ll be comfortable and safe golfing on his eventual Hawaiian estate.

      11/1/16 10:07 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Andrei,

      As depressing as that statement is…. I believe you are correct.
      And I was already pissed off this morning.

      Welcome to the ” Deplorables”.

      Your syntax…. France?

      John,

      You mean Obama’s Hawaiian Kingdom, don’t you?

      M

      11/1/16 10:59 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      “Then, oops Bernie.” Bernie made a big mistake by not joining Jill Stein and the green party. Hope the 1% did not tell him No or … No, we live in Demockracy. We are #1 (repeat and wave flags).

      11/1/16 11:04 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      If you need to vent with a person, please call dnc 2028638000. Ask for Donna Brazile, or ask why she is still there. Where is Debbie W.?, is another good one. Have a nice day!

      11/1/16 11:44 AM | Comment Link

    • Andrei said...

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      Mitch,

      I hope I’m wrong but frankly (from this side of the Atlantic at least) this election looks like a proverbial final nail in the coffin of the American democracy (hence why I used the word ‘appointed’ instead of ‘elected’).

      There’s one thing I fail to understand though: the US mainstream media and government officials keep accusing Russia of interfering with elections and aiding Trump, etc.; but why do they not investigate what kind of close ties Clintons forged with Russian business elites during Bill’s administration?

      11/1/16 12:13 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      UpChuck,

      Your just BAD!!!!!
      Love it…. But…. Just Naughty. Bad Chuck, Bad Chuck.

      However…. Need to change your word use.

      The question to ask would be….

      ” Donna, you criminal Bitch!… WHY do you still have a fucking JOB?????? Are you not aware election tampering is an offense equal to TREASON!!!!!!!!”

      M

      11/1/16 12:17 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      RiGGED.

      11/1/16 12:22 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Andrei,

      Your going to fit in quite nicely here.

      I was in Belgium a few weeks ago. London not to long before that. I got a HUGE earful when I was there.
      So, yes…. Absolutely agreeing with you.

      Attempting to make Putin a scapegoat for their games is a HUGE mistake.

      Andrei,

      You may not be aware, on this side of the ‘pond’…
      Putin’s approval rating is something like 65% higher than either of these clowns.

      But…. Just out of pure curiosity…. Where are you? Nation?
      And not because of stalking. More along the the lines of social experience. How far does the thinking…. And the brain dead go?

      Mitch.

      11/1/16 12:25 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Should the DNC HQ been moved to Gitmo? I thought it was going to be close by Obomber. It would be a good excuse to keep it open. “We need clean coal”. WTF?!! Hope Change Believe!!! Dems trying R is Russians to gain votes. Be careful of the Commies. 363 days till Hallowein !

      11/1/16 12:51 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      (deleted)

      11/1/16 12:56 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Chuck….

      Sounds like….. The sound of music…..the scary Nazi part…..
      Or…….

      Repeat of the 1950’s …. Cold war…. McCarthy’ism….extreme extremist hate…. “reds” everywhere…. National nuts.

      And I was pissed already this morning.

      M

      11/1/16 1:01 PM | Comment Link

    • Andrei said...

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      Mitch,

      I’m Russian, living and working in Moscow. And as for the brain dead, in my opinion this crowd is pretty equally distributed around the globe, so, cultural and economic differences aside, things here seem pretty bleak as well: namely, people are painfully aware that the economic crisis is far from over and that in order to resolve it the powers that be may resort to war.

      And FYI, I can’t really speak for all Russians of course, but at least people I know firmly believe that no matter who becomes the new POTUS, he or she will continue the confrontation with Russia. Basically, the only reason people like Trump here is that he appears a lot more sincere than Hillary.

      11/1/16 1:32 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Andrei, Wage Peace… and Justice. Free Snowden. Pardon Him Obama (sign a petition..google it)!.

      11/1/16 1:43 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Killery/2016

      11/1/16 1:43 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      (deleted…whoops) I’m with Her… Jill Stein.

      11/1/16 1:44 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      If you vote for Hillary, you will not sleep well for four years. Wake Up (mention this to a friend).

      11/1/16 1:46 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Andrei,
      I LOVE your city. Especially at night. My wife was captivated by it.
      Again, and in this, I believe I speak for many…

      WELCOME!!!!!!

      For myself and others, I truly wish actual ‘people’ from different nations could get together, in formats such as this,and any other format, and talk… Converse… Exchange thoughts, ideas, etc….

      And maybe, just maybe….the PEOPLE would realize Russia is not the enemy…. Politicians are the enemy.

      So….. First…..

      Unfortunately…. I agree…. The history of the US is that it always goes to war on some poor bastard some where to solve its economics.

      This time…. Very frightening.
      As each war progresses…. So do the toys of war. And…. This time, here at least…. No matter who wins the POTUS job…. Neither… Nor the last…. Ever served in the military….
      So…..no clue of what they are asking soliders to do.
      ( for many of us here… Myself especially… Veterans are a protected class)

      The economics…. The “recovery”…. If it did occur…. It was lost in washington DC paperwork shuffle.
      Any money…. The clinton foundation…. And the congress… Senate…. Of course….the bankers.

      Fyi…. No one here speaks for anyone else…. Execpt Pitchfork….( he speaks for his cats,
      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha)

      So….. From the land across the sea…. You think Killary is a liar… TOO!
      Go figure.

      Thank you, and welcome.

      M

      11/1/16 3:01 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Andrei,
      I LOVE your city. Especially at night. My wife was captivated by it.

      Again, and in this, I believe I speak for many…

      WELCOME!!!!!!

      For myself and others, I truly wish actual ‘people’ from different nations could get together, in formats such as this,and any other format, and talk… Converse… Exchange thoughts, ideas, etc….
      And maybe, just maybe….the PEOPLE would realize Russia is not the enemy…. Politicians are the enemy.

      So….. First…..
      Unfortunately…. I agree…. The history of the US is that it always goes to war on some poor bastard some where to solve its economics.
      This time…. Very frightening.
      As each war progresses…. So do the toys of war. And…. This time, here at least…. No matter who wins the POTUS job…. Neither… Nor the last…. Ever served in the military….
      So…..no clue of what they are asking soliders to do.
      ( for many of us here… Myself especially… Veterans are a protected class)

      The economics…. The “recovery”…. If it did occur…. It was lost in washington DC paperwork shuffle.
      Any money…. The clinton foundation…. And the congress… Senate…. Of course….the bankers.

      Fyi…. No one here speaks for anyone else…. Execpt Pitchfork….( he speaks for his cats,
      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha)

      So….. From the land across the sea…. You think Killary is a liar… TOO!
      Go figure.

      Thank you, and welcome.

      M

      11/1/16 3:08 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Ummmm…… Chuck……

      she’ll be there… Ummmmm…. 8…… Or more. ..

      M

      11/1/16 3:10 PM | Comment Link

    • StarkNakedTruth said...

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      “….And good wives look the other way when hubby strays a bit…”

      PVB-

      Please define: a bit.

      11/1/16 4:08 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      And so…..

      The email investigation is over…. Before it even really begins.

      Shit!!!!

      http://foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=22995&external=3808880.proteus.fma

      M

      11/1/16 4:57 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      bartender… rounds for the house on me. Two bottles of this..
      http://tinyurl.com/hprs4bb
      Two bottles of this..
      http://whiskey.underthelabel.com/l/59/Jameson-Rarest-Vintage-Reserve-Whiskey

      and taxi’s for all when were’re done.

      Fuck the election.

      11/1/16 9:26 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      11/1/16 9:45 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Meanwhile.. no, that’s not all there is…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHRLBd0KkMo

      11/1/16 9:46 PM | Comment Link

    • lindaj said...

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      thinking about standing rock. how can a country who started by holding a genocide reach any apex (well any apex worth reaching that is).

      what was/is this place.

      11/2/16 12:06 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      lindaj… The U.S. is at war bombing and terrorizing at least 7 country’s natives today for gains like years ago establishing the U.$..

      11/2/16 8:24 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Home of the Free…? I’m with Her, Chelsea Manning.

      11/2/16 9:28 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Imagine…I have not watched a baseball game but would like to watch the world series tonight, and have it last 100 innings til late next Tues night! Wage Peace…

      11/2/16 10:11 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Obama is angry and accusing blacks for not solidly backing Clinton like he says they were for him. So maybe blacks learn just like whites. Who knew? Shouldn’t Obama be exhorting blacks to just vote not telling them how to vote? But this is coming from a guy who says he is the first African American president. According to latest theories all of mankind started out in Africa which of course makes me an African American. My pigmentation has lightened and hair and facial features have changed due to enviromental factors after millions of years but I’m still of African descent. Just because maybe my “people” were freakish albino mutations millions of years ago doesn’t mean I’m not a proud black guy!

      11/2/16 11:08 AM | Comment Link

    • b. traven said...

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      Peter.. Brilliant analysis of the disastrous situation we are in today with these two running. We are indeed in a situation very similar to Germany in the early 1920’s when the supposedly “lesser evil” Social Democrats were voted into power and proceeded to let the Freicorp murder the left opposition and then less than a decade later usher in Hitler and perpetual war. Like you I see little hope of a fundamental change in direction on the horizon.

      11/2/16 11:08 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      b. traven. The USA empire is ALREADY in perpetual war in case you haven’t noticed.

      11/2/16 2:05 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Obomber brings up kkk in N.C. speech. Are they the ones who have been bombing and droning people of color around the world for the past eight years?

      11/2/16 6:01 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Expert analysis and assessment of a dismal situation. Thank you, Peter. Think the military term is fubar?

      Thank you, Peter

      11/2/16 9:06 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Pitchfork…

      Ummmmmm….taxi’s ?????…. I’m going to pass out on your floor next to the cats….

      Lindaj….
      I understand very well your thoughts…very well.
      I’m not an expert on history…. Just the fun parts of it….
      But…. I do know this… The USG has broken every single treaty ever signed with the native American tribes… Aka…. Sovereign nations… There is a reason why the only outside law enforcement with ANY authority is the wonderful FBI.
      Not even US marshals have authority there.
      But…. Whether it is called “colonies, nation building, etc…. It still looks like genocide.
      Read the “Martian Chronicles”…. Even in fiction we do it.
      Every nation does and has. And still is.

      And…. Yes….. It is time for man to evolve as a species.

      As for evolving….. You did see where an unknown donor kicked down 2.5 million for bail of everyone “arrested”???

      Maybe a glimmer of hope….. Or to para-quote a man a while ago….
      ” each act of standing against oppression, joins with other similar acts….. Creating waves that will sweep down all walls”….

      Pretty crappy off the top of my head…. Of JFK’s ripple speech….

      Hopefully, JFK and…. Peter, both forgive the butchery….. Its been a really long day

      I’m sure Peter can quote it off the top with out error

      M

      11/2/16 11:13 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Lindaj,

      Think everyone just found out something Obama is scared of…..

      The SIOUX!!!!

      http://topstories.foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=17224&content=118463733&pageNum=-1

      Now, why????? WHY was this option not explored before turning loose the dogs, drones, pepperspray…. Bulldozers, excavators, rubber bullets…..repression of a “few” amendments… State and Federal….
      A “few” hundred civil rights violations….

      Does anyone else here think…..
      The presidential “bubble”……is an underground vault with only careful feeding of information????

      Some people need to go back to school…..

      Learn somethings…….. Like human rights, civil rights, constitutional rights….. “shall not be infringed” !!!!!!!

      Also, as a side point……

      The nations gathered there…… They have carried their honor well.

      I can only hope I would do as well, if I was in that spot…..
      Although…… I think I would follow my natural instincts…. And hit back harder…..

      Bulldoze my hundreds of year old graveyard….. Hmmmm….. Bye, bye national monument…. Hurt my kid…. Say hello to the nightmare!!!!!!

      The Nations gathered….. Their Forefathers are so very Proud of them!

      M

      11/3/16 6:03 AM | Comment Link

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