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  •  A blank screen (1+ / 0-)
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    strategy to me means he is a liar and manipulative.  It would mean that what is truly in his heart is malice because if it was goodness he wouldn't have to lie about who he truly is.  

    Nixon was bad, don't get me wrong, but he was punished for his faults, however, the biggest mistake we are making with Obama is looking forward and pretending that all is well, when it is not.

    "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

    by zaka1 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 10:22:30 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, "blank screen" means that he is purposefully (1+ / 0-)
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      Rather than state what he wants to achieve in clear, unambiguous terms, the blank screen allows him to let people read into his words whatever they want.

      Then, disappointed in the future, when they come back to examine those exact words, they find that ... well, what do you know, he never exactly promised gun control/reform.  He only called for "a vote!  They deserve a vote!"

      'They deserve a vote" is another blank screen.  Lots of emotional words, followed by zero call to action, but a blank screen phrase.

      I've seen it now after reading through several of his speeches.  It is frequently used.

      The biggest thing we can do now for the Democratic Party, I think, is to demand commitment to our party principles.  

      And to call out the Blank Screen each and every time we see it.  Take that tactic away. Make them regroup how they think about talking to us.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 01:54:02 PM PDT

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      •  Your so right (1+ / 0-)
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        I've seen through him since before he was elected and honestly the blank screen is an excellent example of a person making themselves a Rorschach inkblot.  It is very psychological, which is very manipulative, because people will project what the want or unconsciously what they believe on to a blank screen or a Rorschach inkblot.  

        I think we have to demand commitment to our party principles because they still hold true for the people.  And while corporate thinking is all the rage, a lot of us are not going to fall in line because we are told we must.  I personally have always felt a sense of repulsion any time I've had to work with the corporate types or have been supervised by them.  There is something missing in these people.  I can't put my finger on it, but I find it repulsive and perhaps that is because I'm just different, I can't manipulate others to produce a profit.  I'm very uncomfortable with that.  When I worked in sales in 1980s I had a product people needed, temp services, and I had no problem fulfilling the need of someone who needed work and a employer needing someone to help out.  

        But, this is a controlling kind of mindset that seems to be overpowering people's will to think for themselves.  There is something wrong with the mindset, it is like a cross over boundaries that should be respected and never crossed.  I don't know I can't explain it.

        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

        by zaka1 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 03:09:58 PM PDT

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