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Robert Draper: Obama Never Had A Chance: "From an abstract ethical standpoint, it’s not particularly contemptible. I know there are some Democrats who have before, and will again, grab clumps of their hair and gnash their teeth at the cynicism and lack of patriotism of it all. Whatever — that’s pollyanna BS. But by the implied ethical framework of the US government, which, remember, is not a parliamentary system and thus invariably cannot function without some measure of bipartisanship, the Republicans’ actions from 2009 to the present are significant. And ominous.

The American system as presently constituted simply cannot function if the outgoing Party is in complete and total lockstep opposition to its adversaries at any and all times. Now, you may comfort yourself with the knowledge that, Democrats being disorganized and ideologically heterogenous as they are, the chances of this happening under President Romney and an entirely Tea Party-run Congress aren’t very good. Personally, I’m thinking that’s about as uncomfortable as comfort comes."

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The above is from an article that notes the circumstances of the 2009 Inauguration Eve meeting of GOP leaders which resulted in the agreement to do in President Obama. I disagree with the conclusion above that the reaction of people like me is BS. We knew that this was going on but we did not know that it was a planned violation of the American system of government. Knowing that this was and is the case, we have the weapon we need to help drive the GOP from its obstreperous and unpatriotic hold on our national throat.



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"Sto Perigiali" One of the Surpassingly Best Tunes Theodorakis Has Written

A Setting for a Poem "Denial" Beloved by the Greek People by the Nobel Prize Winning Poet Giorgos Seferis

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The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.

This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.

Later, when Irene joined our group to form a travelling company performing "New Rain", I learned to pick out a …

Obama Ads Should Be Grass Roots Cinema Verite

ShortFormContent at Blogger: How President Obama Can Win Christian Conservatives:

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To counter the invidious efforts of Karl Rove and the Brothers Koch, simple videos of everyday people expressing gratitude for specific results from specific things that the President has achieved will create a signature response that will turn the tables on the Super PACs.

There could be an intro that flags lies distortions and anonymous attacks as unreal and even criminal and a cut to what is real, recognizable and not anonymous I am (name). I have lived here in (name) for (time). Thanks to (President Obama's (name) Act ... and so forth for ten seconds. Close with a continuation of the story narrated over evocative images and simple acoustic music.

This would be a fantastic way to counter the attacks on the President. For every specific attack, a video that shows the truth. And grass roots people who intend to vote for the President.




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