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I just finished reading an article in which, Cornel West, an American philosopher, academic, activist, author, public intellectual,commented on the president of the United States and his work in his office.
http://www.salon.com/2014/08/24/cornel_west_he_posed_as_a_progressive_and_turned_out_to_be_counterfeit_we_ended_up_with_a_wall_street_presidency_a_drone_presidency/

The person performing the interview asked the professor how he felt about the success of the current presidents terms in office.

"So that’s my first question, it’s a lot of ground to cover but how do you feel things have worked out since then, both with the economy and with this president? That was a huge turning point, that moment in 2008, and my own feeling is that we didn’t turn."

the professor answered back with this:
"No, the thing is he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair. And that’s a very sad moment in the history of the nation because we are—we’re an empire in decline. Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life. You would think that we needed somebody—a Lincoln-like figure who could revive some democratic spirit and democratic possibility."

Now I am not an intellectual but, I have to say "the man has a point" The public was and still is being lied to. But hey, isn't that what politicians do? They lie. They promise hope and change and give us the same status quo. The middle class has shrank, the ranks of the poor has swelled and the strangle hold that the 1% have had on this country has become that much stronger.


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JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 15:21 PM

Cornell West is one of my most respected intellectuals and 'go to guys' on the planet. Whenever he talks I listen. Had you Shan not posted the link I, in all honest,y would not have believed those words.

This is going to make many on the right here very happy. I am not going to do a complete mea culpa regarding my support for BHO. However, I respect Cornell West to the Nth degree. He more than anybody else has made me think about my position regarding BHO. For now, anyway.

shannalat commented on Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 09:17 AM

He does seem like a very smart man. Definitely a "big picture" type of thinker.

shannalat commented on Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

The picture West has painted is bleak however we have hope. "a Lincoln-like figure who could revive some democratic spirit and democratic possibility."
Where is this? A reluctant leader who lead the nation through a civil war and set her on the reconstruction path.
Who will be the next Lincoln?

timeontarget commented on Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 07:10 AM

It just might be Dr. Carson.

I hope if not him then someone with his values.

And I don't care what his party affiliation happens to be.

We must change our course soon.

Funkentelecky commented on Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 14:52 PM

I said it last election period. We need a President that's been a leader in the private sector and not beholden to special interest. Herman Cain was then and Ben carson is now!!!

shannalat commented on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 09:50 AM

I don't know what we need exactly. However some honestly would be a refreshing change.

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 07:07 AM

What the heck do you think Ben Carson is?

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 15:08 PM

Herman Cain was stopped for all of the wrong reasons.

Go Ben Carson.

shannalat commented on Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 at 10:19 AM

I do not know this Ben Carson fellow. I did some research and I liked what I read
“The vast majority of people in this country actually have common sense; the problem is they’ve been beaten into submission,” Carson


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