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On my posting this morning, in which I tried not to be cynical:
I understand your cynicism about the money Obama took from the people you call (and rightly so) “the usual suspects,” but he also took money from a lot of people like me, people who never gave to a Presidential campaign before and people who gave in small amounts. Millions of us. I’m not sure what my personal contribution was, but if it topped $100, it wasn’t by much. I think that shouldn’t be dismissed. Sure, The Usuals will hope that their money has bought them influence, but so does another interest group, the small folk who gave in money, time, and enthusiasm to a degree that far overshadows the checkwriting capabilities of The Usuals. I may be wrong about this–I’m no stranger to being wrong–but I think the signal importance of Sen. Obama’s victory is that it represents a new paradigm in American politics.
I also think that he is misunderstood by those who relentlessly view politics through an ideological lens. He’s neither a liberal or a conservative but is, I suspect, a pragmatist, which is a refreshing change from what I’ve had to live through for most of my life.
I feel like I’m a citizen again.
Anyway, since we cannot have a rational republic without a questioning press, question bravely and always expose shadowy cant to the light. Good luck.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Commentary — November 17, 2015, 6:41 pm
The Clintons’ so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends.
In Havana, the past year has been marked by a parade of bold-faced names from the north — John Kerry reopening the United States Embassy; Andrew Cuomo bringing a delegation of American business leaders; celebrities ranging from Joe Torre, traveling on behalf of Major League Baseball to oversee an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team, to Jimmy Buffett, said to be considering opening one of his Margaritaville restaurants there. All this culminated with a three-day trip in March by Barack Obama, the first American president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. But to those who know the city well, perhaps nothing said as much about the transformation of political relations between the United States and Cuba that began in December 2014 as a concert in the Tribuna Antiimperialista.
Ratio of the amount J. P. Morgan paid a man to fight in his place in the Civil War to what he spent on cigars in 1863:
The Food and Drug Administration asked restaurants to help Americans eat less.
Pope Francis announced that nuns could use social media, and a priest flew a hot-air balloon around the world.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”