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  •  our problem is the machine. someone will (0+ / 0-)

    be the cog as long as the machine functions. i see it as a distraction and a limited analysis to focus much energy on him. that just evokes team-spirit debates and that's generally useless when throwing a wrench into the works is what has to be done, imo.

    We live in a nation where doctors destroy health; lawyers, justice; universities, knowledge; governments, freedom; the press, information; religion, morals; and our banks destroy the economy. -- Chris Hedges

    by Jim P on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 10:52:29 PM PST

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    •  This machine consists of people doing bad things (0+ / 0-)

      whether willingly and eagerly or reluctantly and unavoidably. Just as there's no such thing as a corporation independent of the people who run and work for it, there's no such thing as a corrupt political machine independent of the people who run and work for it. To hold either in line is to hold these people in line, especially the ones at the top. There's nothing abstract about all this.

      I agree that Obama is just one "cog" in this machine--a human cog--and that there are others perhaps even more deserving of going after. E.g. the Kochs, the heads of the major banks, Murdoch, Limbaugh, Rubin, the heads of the IMF, World Bank & WTO, etc. But he's certainly a major part of the corruption, whether willingly or unavoidably, and at the very least has to be seen as such, and not necessarily as a well-intentioned but hapless reformer up against a system too powerful to change that has forced his compromises. I find such a view to be symptomatic of either wishful thinking or deliberate lying.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 08:49:12 AM PST

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