America is a nation in decline. Sadly it is a decline that is as much or more one of deliberate manufacture as it is one of historical entropy. The signs are all around us but no one in the political class or the 4th estate possesses the courage to openly face it or call out those responsible for it, well because it is that same political class and the 4th estate that bear the largest responsibility for it. Eight years ago we were fed a massive caravan of horse shit under the rubric of "Hope and Change". It didn't take a genius to see at the time that it was all a lie, but anyone who dared point that out was ignored, silenced or condemned as a slow witted racist at best if not a card carrying member of the KKK at worst. Nevermind that all one had to do was read Obama's own works to see that he was/is just as racist as any real Klan member.
No, no we were told. Judging the man by the words of his own discriptions would be so unfair. We must confine our judgements to the perspectives of the politicians and pundits who supported him and the lofty rhetoric of his latest stump speech. Drawing any inference as to his character by that of those with whom he had long associated or self defined as his roll models and mentors would just be to unfair. His history was irrelevant. All that mattered was what he said subsequent to announcing his candidacy and in the historical significance of his being the first black man to be nominated by a major political party.
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