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Obama deserves positive credit

 The saga of the first African-American President of the United States began long before the election.  The bigotry and racism veered their ugly heads from his rise to prominence on the American scene.

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Things I don't understand or accept...

Lots of education, lots of life's experiences, being both poor and middle class, being a father, traveling the world, holding a number of administrative positions around the U.S., serving on over 40 not-for-profit boards of directors [president of a number of them], giving speeches in many states and nations, hosted radio shows, met celebrities all over the world, ad infinitum, has still left me with wondering why people think and act the way they do.  Realizing that we are all inhabitants of the same globe, and humans, why do people...

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America's selective history

To be very restrained in criticizing Americans' way of "interpreting" history, I have listed below some of the things that people in the U.S. absolutely refuse to deal with honestly and objectively.  In fact, Americans treat a great deal of history as though it never happened, or happened in a way that is acceptable to them.  Americans are in denial about many things.  And the monied powers that be in the U.S. like to keep Americans in this sort of Walt Disney selective memory.  Here are some things we deny or ignore...

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Ending the Cuban blockade/embargo

Yes, I know there are and have been good reasons for a blockade/embargo of Cuba.  But for the U.S. to hold fast to its approach to Cuba through all these years is to ignore the world around us.  My feelings do not fit a sort of capitulation regarding Cuba.  Not a surrender.  But recognizing reality.

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CIA atrocities "business as usual"

The most alarming part of the revelations about the C.I.A. using torture, the lies they told Congress, etc. is that so many people are surprised.  This report gives some statistics of the CIA doing business as usual.  What is not surprising is that people like the GOP leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, thinks that this information should not be released to the public.  And initially he even defended the actions of the CIA, though I think public pressure will have him tone down this support.

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