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Three Salient Tweets and a Homily on Interpretation


Pragmaticist=someone who is pragmatic but who also cleaves to a way of tolerance, democracy, helpfulness and non-idolatry.
The President is more like us than the cult like slaves of idolatries and religions who believe they have the Truth. He is a pragmataciist.
Those who cry liberty include the same folk who love our neocon wars "to spread liberty" = AKA serfdom for all but those who cry liberty.

The three tweets above are why I am for Barack Obama
Pragmatacist stems from Charles Sanders Peirce
I reject as futile efforts to claim anyone as MY authority
Representing we know another is a a waste of time
We gather gifts from others 
What we do with them 
comes out of us not them
Values I name I have inferred from others
and happily commend to all
Tolerance helpfulness democracy non-idoolatry
I happily pick from the trees of Nietzsche Peirce Pirsig Millett
and others
and sample them
as we all do I suspect
Have a nice day 

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…