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    Quote Originally Posted by K0RGR View Post

    I liked the comment someone posted in regard to Giuliani's rant that they have "Plan B and Plan C" to end the Mueller investigation if their present propaganda campaign fails. The commenter suggested that "B + C" were "Bunker" and "Cyanide". :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by WZ7U View Post
    If we could only get so lucky, but there's always hope.
    We don't need another Martyr!

    His spirit would continue to lead the lemmings off the edge of the cliff.

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    I don't know how we will ever be able to remove Trump's legacy. There will be lots of people putting his picture next to their Rebel Flag (or Swastika) in their family shrine. Once the racist genie is out of the bottle, it's really hard to put him back in. I do believe that while there are young bigots, there are not nearly so many with each new generation. My kids are much more 'colorblind' than my generation was. They think I'm a bigot becaue I even notice that there are races. (full disclosure - all the major races are represented in my close family)

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    How Baby Boomers Broke America



    As I tried to find the answer over the past two years, I discovered a recurring irony. About five decades ago, the core values that make America great began to bring America down.

    The First Amendment became a tool for the wealthy to put a thumb on the scales of democracy. Americas rightly celebrated dedication to due process was used as an instrument to block government from enforcing job-safety rules, holding corporate criminals accountable and otherwise protecting the unprotected.

    Election reforms meant to enhance democracy wound up undercutting democracy.

    Ingenious financial and legal engineering turned our economy from an engine of long-term growth and shared prosperity into a casino with only a few big winners.

    These distinctly American ideas became the often unintended instruments for splitting the country into two classes: the protected and the unprotected. The protected over-matched, overran and paralyzed the government. The unprotected were left even further behind. And in many cases, the work was done by a generation of smart, hungry strivers who benefited from one of the most American values of all: meritocracy.

    This is not to say that all is rotten in the United States. There are more opportunities available today for women, nonwhites and other minorities than ever. There are miracles happening daily in the nations laboratories, on the campuses of its world-class colleges and universities, in the offices of companies creating software for robots and medical diagnostics, in concert halls and on Broadway stages, and at joyous ceremonies swearing in proud new citizens.

    Yet key measures of the nations public engagement, satisfaction and confidence voter turnout, knowledge of public-policy issues, faith that the next generation will fare better than the current one, and respect for basic institutions, especially the government are far below what they were 50 years ago, and in many cases have reached near historic lows.

    It is difficult to argue that the cynicism is misplaced. From matters small there are an average of 657 water-main breaks a day, for example to large, it is clear that the country has gone into a tailspin over the last half-century, when John F. Kennedys New Frontier was about seizing the future, not trying to survive the present.
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    a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar. - David Brooks, regarding Trump




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    Quote Originally Posted by WTKX View Post
    I read that earlier today, and while I strongly object to the idea that Boomers caused this, I can see the author's point. 50 years ago, when the author claims this all started, I was in Junior High School, and I'm an older Boomer. In the early 1979's a major attitude change came over corporate America, fueled by a letter from a former Supreme Court Justice. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_...ell_Memorandum The Powell Memorandum became a blueprint for a corporate takeover of the U.S. government. Now, reading Brill's article, I see that the sleazy actions suggested there were defended by a legion of Yale and Harvard educated Boomer lawyers! I must point out, though, that Powell was no Boomer - he was ancient in 1971 when he wrote the memo.

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