Go Read This. Now.

A second possibility is that he is simply not up to the task by virtue of his lack of experience and a character defect that might not have been so debilitating at some other time in history. Those of us who were bewitched by his eloquence on the campaign trail chose to ignore some disquieting aspects of his biography: that he had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state; that he had a singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography; and that, before joining the United States Senate, he had voted “present” (instead of “yea” or “nay”) 130 times, sometimes dodging difficult issues.

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But the arc of history does not bend toward justice through capitulation cast as compromise. It does not bend when 400 people control more of the wealth than 150 million of their fellow Americans. It does not bend when the average middle-class family has seen its income stagnate over the last 30 years while the richest 1 percent has seen its income rise astronomically. It does not bend when we cut the fixed incomes of our parents and grandparents so hedge fund managers can keep their 15 percent tax rates. It does not bend when only one side in negotiations between workers and their bosses is allowed representation. And it does not bend when, as political scientists have shown, it is not public opinion but the opinions of the wealthy that predict the votes of the Senate. The arc of history can bend only so far before it breaks.

Here’s the link to the whole thing. GO!

4 responses to “Go Read This. Now.

  1. The article briefly refers to the vital arc bending act of putting a face and a name to the bully. More here

  2. Saw that article in the NYT. It was well-done. We bought a pig in a poke. I voted for him too–I thought well, he’s inexperienced, but he is a quick study. I was wrong. He’s the peevish professor who is always angry at the class for not having done the reading and for not recognizing his genius. His failures will always be “their” fault.

    Here’s what is going around–just a one-minute video.

    Thanks for the link in the earlier post.

  3. I voted for Clinton in the primary, then held my nose and voted for Obama in November. I’m still holding my nose.

  4. In my household we have come to believe that he is either a Republican plant or has been bought off by the vested interests. I read that article. It is spot on.

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