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Leaders Don’t Wait For A Revolution. They Effect Change.

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Don

Of course Bernie Sanders wants to blow the system up, it is the same system by the way that has allowed him to sit on his ass up in Washington for thirty years and accomplish nothing of note. For all our lives black people have been told that in order to change the system you must do it from the inside, which is what President Obama has done. And now here comes Bernie Sanders preaching revolution, President Obama didn’t need a revolution to bring about Obamacare, he didn’t need a revolution to get Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions and give up its nuclear material. President Obama didn’t need a revolution to end DADT and to usher in marriage equality, nor did he need a revolution to change our disastrous policy against Cuba. I don’t recall any speech that President Obama has made that he has used the word “revolution.” So now you can throw the phrase “revolution” onto the same pile of trash that “make America great again” rests on.

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136 Responses to “Leaders Don’t Wait For A Revolution. They Effect Change.”


  1. February 2, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Saw this earlier. Great post. Good call on reposting it this way Nerdy!

  2. 8 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    bt, you should also add prettyfoot’s comment.

    https://theobamadiary.com/2016/02/02/chat-away-745/#comment-1478373

    “Bernie and his surrogates are bashing the President and diminishing his accomplishments in order to show folks that working within the system achieves nothing..

    For black folks it has always been incremental change…hard, back breaking step by hard back breaking step…that is how change has come…

    someone like Sander wants to blow the s*** up…and let the chips fall where they may…they will fall hardest on those at the margins…that he does not see that…is NOT surprising..”

  3. February 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Congrats, Tnmtngirl!
    Excellent post Don!

  4. 16 Wanda N VA 4Obama
    February 2, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Love the post Don!

  5. February 2, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks folks. Tuesday night’s always find me playing catch up. I’m gone most of the day and usually don’t have much time to even lurk. Right now, I’m going back and forth on this thread and the last one.

    Don, your comment is so true. Good job.

  6. 18 MadameSoph
    February 2, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Nerdy,

    LOVE Don’s post and LOVE how you titled it!

    As I’ve said before, PBO has been a revolutionary president; he just brought that revolution quietly and effectively instead of angrily and loudly and, in the process, he made America great again.

  7. 20 JER
    February 2, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    President Obama in the Oval Office today with Vice President Biden and other advisers.

    A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

    • 21 amk for obama
      February 2, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Great photo.

      That resolute desk is rather small, isn’t it?

    • 22 0388jojothecat
      February 2, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      I love how warm and homey POTUS has made his office. Rise and Shine of 1st family in the Bush decorated office is so stark and bland.

    • 23 jacquelineoboomer
      February 3, 2016 at 12:17 am

      There’s the President starting another revolution, I guess. ❤

      Great words front-paged in this post, Don! Bravo.

  8. 24 symmetry11
    February 2, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    All of this—> ” So now you can throw the phrase “revolution” onto the same pile of trash that “make America great again” rests on.”

  9. 25 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Way to go, Don!

  10. 26 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 8:18 pm

  11. 29 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 8:23 pm

  12. 34 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 8:24 pm

  13. 36 No Child Left Behind
    February 2, 2016 at 8:25 pm

  14. 39 Ladyhawke
    February 2, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Bernie’s Narrow Hack in 2016 is a Far Cry From Obama’s Broad Appeal in 2008

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/main/2016/2/2/bernie-sanders-is-no-barack-obama-and-iowa-proved-it

    Iowa did not broaden Bernie Sanders’ narrow appeal. It confirmed it. Sanders’ support is intense but narrow, and he remains incapable of building the type of broad coalition Barack Obama did in 2008. Sanders is stuck with adoring support among largely white and male populations – typically a strength of the Republicans whereas the only majority in the Democratic party is formed by women. Sanders’ support is intense among white-privileged college students, who, well-intentioned as they may be, lack the experiences that force black and brown kids to grow up quickly and either avoid or are largely unaware of the full scale of work it takes to actually make progress towards the political goals they espouse.

    • February 2, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      I agree, but I’m also surprised by the Sanders supporters who are in their 50’s and whom I would consider pretty politically active. They were and are big Obama fans. They’re all white though.

  15. 41 No Child Left Behind
    February 2, 2016 at 8:29 pm

  16. 42 No Child Left Behind
    February 2, 2016 at 8:34 pm

  17. 45 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    The United States State Department on Monday, February 1, knocked down an Indian newspaper report that the Obama administration is considering a re-merger of the India and Pakistan desks and dismissed the rumour that the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan would either be scrapped or absorbed into the South Asian and Central Affairs Bureau headed by Assistant Secretary Nisha Desai Biswal.

    Both senior administration officials and diplomatic observers, including several erstwhile State Department and National Security Council officials, ridiculed the contention in the report that even if there is such a merger, it would return US policy to a re-hyphenation vis-a-vis India and Pakistan, saying “it went out the door” decades ago with the demise of the Cold War.

    At the daily noon briefing, State Department spokesman John Kirby asked if Secretary of State John F Kerry was considering wrapping up the SRAP office, said, “I know of no such plans to do so.”

    When asked if he would “take the question” meaning if he would check and provide a more detailed or specific answer, Kirby, bristled and said, “No, I am not going to take the question,” and reiterated, “I know of no such plans to do so.”

    When the reporter persisted and asked, if that meant “there is no plan to merge SCA,” Kirby shot back, “That’s what I just said.”

    http://www.rediff.com/news/special/no-putting-india-pak-in-same-basket-us/20160202.htm

    our msm showing to murka, heh, we also can generate nothingburgers.

  18. 46 JER
    February 2, 2016 at 8:37 pm


    First Lady Michelle Obama speaks today at the American Magazine Media Conference.

  19. 52 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 8:44 pm

  20. 53 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    to the I’ll take my ball and go home if hillz is the nominee bernie bots.

  21. 54 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 8:45 pm

  22. 55 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    mebbe I should start buying his books.:)

  23. 59 kanga kid
    February 2, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Top notch! I feel like i always learn here. You guys could put on a master class and charge for it.

  24. February 2, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    The President will speak at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning, POTUS and FLOTUS will attend the Prayer Breakfast.

    • 61 No Child Left Behind
      February 2, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      I cringe when I think that Ben Carlson might be there, too. He insulted POTUS last time and might think that a repeat of his insane words will raise his failing and troubling meaningless poll numbers.

      • 62 GGail
        February 2, 2016 at 10:21 pm

        This one should be very interesting – especially if people forget that PBO has no more care to give. I believe that if he has something to say that will put Uncle Ben in his place at the prayer breakfast, then I trust my President will say it in such a way that Ole Bennie boy won’t feel the pain till he’s in his car on the way home.

      • 64 99ts
        February 2, 2016 at 10:30 pm

        I wish such an event did not exist. No reason for it to be any part of government.

  25. February 2, 2016 at 9:29 pm

  26. February 2, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Little Eddie has had absolutely nothing to say about the GOP Iowa Caucus results or their miserable candidates – but he’s busy spreading lies about HRC’s Iowa win…stuff pulled from a satire website. Snowfake with all his fake followers and fake number of retweets & likes….

    • 72 COS
      February 2, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Why does Chuck Todd have so many titles and positions at MSNBC??? They scaled back or got rid of a lot of folks, but he has all of these titles.

    • February 2, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Honestly who the hell care what a yellow belly traitor thinks. Snowden your sorry ass ought to be in prison.

      • 74 jackiegrumbacher
        February 2, 2016 at 10:12 pm

        Exactly Bella. He’s a coward with deep animosity toward President Obama and Democrats in general and his hot air pronouncements are worth spit.

    • 75 99ts
      February 2, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Money sure hasn’t bought JEB! anything this election.I wonder who is behind Snowden’s tweets. Doubt it is Snowden. Hope he spends every day thinking of the life he gave away for no reason whatsoever.

    • February 2, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      His profile says he is now working for the ‘public’ at @FreePress—in Russia???? 😀

  27. 77 gobrooklyn
    February 2, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Testing. testing.

  28. 82 No Child Left Behind
    February 2, 2016 at 9:51 pm

  29. 85 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Australia’s High Court has ruled that the government’s policy of detaining asylum seekers offshore is legal.

    The court rejected a challenge brought by lawyers for one detainee who argued the policy was unconstitutional.

    The ruling means more than 250 people, including 37 babies, are likely to be deported to a detention camp on the Pacific island nation of Nauru.

    Anyone who tries to reach Australia by boat to claim asylum is taken to Nauru or Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

    The policy has been fiercely criticised by rights groups and the UN, while Australian senators have said Nauru is not safe for children.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-35479173

    caucasian cons everywhere want to shut themselves down in a cocoon. let’s see how long it lasts.

    • 86 jackiegrumbacher
      February 2, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      This high court decision is disgraceful and inhumane. What civilized society sends babies and small children to detention camps on small islands? Australians are better than this.

      • 87 99ts
        February 2, 2016 at 10:37 pm

        Sadly – BOTH major political parties in Australia endorsed this policy. There are many Trump supporters living down under. It is horrifying. I am glad there was one sane member of the high court – but not enough.

        • 88 jacquelineoboomer
          February 3, 2016 at 1:27 am

          Swinging by one last time this evening and saw this topic again … are most people up in arms in your country about it? Hard to get the images out of one’s mind, when you hear about it. Cruel and inhumane.

          And now I shall call it a night. Goodnight, TODville!

          • 89 99ts
            February 3, 2016 at 8:40 am

            For too many people – out of sight – out of mind. some of the comments on discussion threads read like the worst of Trump supporters. We lived until 1970 with a “white Australia Policy” – only immigrants with european background accepted. It will take another generation to get this one sorted. Mindboggling how some think people should be treated

            • 90 jacquelineoboomer
              February 3, 2016 at 8:43 pm

              It is. Glad you are part of the ones who don’t think that! :)

              • 91 99ts
                February 3, 2016 at 10:26 pm

                Mr 99 is has much more fight in him than me on this issue. For a non-political person this is his lobby for our elections later this year.

                And – on that note, our election is due a few months before yours – probably campaigning will start around June/July:)

        • 93 arapaho415
          February 3, 2016 at 7:48 am

          GE 99ts.

          Behind (as usual), but don’t get why Australian voters are so anti-immigrants arriving by boat.

          You’re blessed with a sparsely populated, enormous country — would seem to be room for desperate refugees without impacting current Australian residents’ lives.

          From a southwestern US POV, I understand the source of the anger some Arizonans/New Mexicans direct toward “hordes” of immigrants at our southern border — but these undocumented migrants arrived by land, didn’t risk life, limb and future generations over treacherous seas.

          You may have brought this to Chips’ attention (again, hopelessly behind), but was so impressed by Stan Grant’s eloquence and deep baritone. Reminds me of a new Barack Obama (with a plummier accent, LOL).

          Hope more people outside of Australia view this video, and that President Obama and he get together (perhaps after Jan 2017):

          • 94 99ts
            February 3, 2016 at 8:45 am

            There was a wonderful program with Stan Grant that I watched a couple of days ago. We have a loooong way to go. See my reply to JoB.

            Just to mention – most of those wide open spaces are desert. Over 90% of the population lives on the coastal strip. Most immigrants want to live in the cities. In past times when governments funded University places, many graduates had to do “country service” in return for their funding. Most returned to the cities / coast as quickly as they could.

            Mining companies used to build towns around their rock deposits – brought family and amenities to outback places. Now they just fly in/fly out – total disconnect between life and work.

      • 95 jacquelineoboomer
        February 3, 2016 at 12:30 am

        I only recently saw the story on that. Utterly detestable.

  30. 96 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    apple regressing to 4 inch phones? #FAIL

  31. 97 sjterrid
    February 2, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Great comment Don.

    Thank you, Nerdy, for highlighting Don’s comment.

  32. 98 No Child Left Behind
    February 2, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    It’s true.

  33. 99 No Child Left Behind
    February 2, 2016 at 10:31 pm

  34. 100 vcprezofan2
    February 2, 2016 at 10:44 pm

  35. February 2, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Great comment on the last post, Don. I thought so when I read it originally and I’m glad it was ‘front-paged’. And excellent follow-up comment, prettyfoot!

  36. 103 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Guess what I’m gonna be doing Feb 19th!

  37. 111 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 11:40 pm

  38. 112 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 11:40 pm

  39. 113 Dudette
    February 3, 2016 at 12:19 am

  40. 114 Dudette
    February 3, 2016 at 12:23 am

  41. February 3, 2016 at 12:24 am

    I remember vividly as a small boy being told by my mother the story of Jesse Owens.

  42. 116 Dudette
    February 3, 2016 at 12:24 am

  43. 117 Dudette
    February 3, 2016 at 12:28 am

  44. 118 99ts
    February 3, 2016 at 12:58 am

    The stupid of the Political media

    I keep reading about this record turnout in Iowa – yet I was sure amk said 2008 was much larger for the dems. So I went looking and found this delightful piece of nonsense

    “early Tuesday morning, the Iowa Democratic Party announced that 171,109 Iowans participated in its caucuses. That’s a fall from 2008, which saw 239,000 vote in the Democratic caucuses throughout the state. 2016, however, is a dramatic improvement on 2012, when numbers dwindled to 25,000.”

    No mention of the fact that there was no-one viable running against PBO for the democrats in 2012 – middle of winter – why would you bother to go out to caucus for someone who is going to be elected unapposed. But gosh – a MUCH bigger turnout than Obama got in 2012. smh

    http://www.bustle.com/articles/139098-how-many-people-voted-in-the-iowa-caucus-2016-saw-a-record-turnout

  45. 119 Dudette
    February 3, 2016 at 1:06 am

  46. 120 Dudette
    February 3, 2016 at 1:22 am

  47. 122 No Child Left Behind
    February 3, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

  48. 125 No Child Left Behind
    February 3, 2016 at 7:06 am

  49. February 3, 2016 at 7:09 am

  50. February 3, 2016 at 9:52 am

    DON,

    you are on point.

  51. February 3, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Don’s right up there with Propane Jane droppin them truth bombs.


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