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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.
Flor Arely Sánchez had been in bed with a fever and pains throughout her body for three days when a July thunderstorm broke over the mountainside. She got nervous when bolts of light flashed in the sky. Lightning strikes the San Julián region of western El Salvador several times a year, and her neighbors fear storms more than they fear the march of diseases — first dengue, then chikungunya, now Zika. Flor worried about a lot of things, since she was pregnant.
Late in the afternoon, when the pains had somewhat eased, Flor thought she might go to a dammed-up bit of the river near her house to bathe. She is thirty-five and has lived in the same place all her life, where wrinkled hills are planted with corn, beans, and fruit trees. She took a towel and soap and walked out into the rain. Halfway to the river, the pains returned and overcame her. The next thing Flor remembers, she was in a room she didn’t recognize, unable to move. As she soon discovered, she was in a hospital, her ankle cuffed to the bed, and she was being investigated for abortion.
Average amount the company paid each of its 140 top executives last year:
Between one fifth and one half of England’s leisure horses are obese.
Scientists in the Galápagos Islands credited an endangered giant tortoise named Diego with saving his species by fathering more than 800 offspring.
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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.'”