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BACK DOOR BOY IN A FRONT DOOR WORLD
OUTSIDE OF SOCIETY - THAT'S WHERE I WANT TO BE
Alice Walker on the 2008 Election 
20th-Sep-2008 11:29 am
Barack Obama
What our country desperately needs is a leader who loves us
Americans have been treated with contempt for so long that we have become inured to our own society's suffering

Alice Walker
The Guardian,
Saturday September 20 2008
Article history: This article appeared in the Guardian on Saturday September 20 2008 on p36 of the Comment & debate section. It was last updated at 00:13 on September 20 2008.
When we are offered a John McCain, who is too old for the job (and I cherish old age and old men but not to lead the world when it is ailing), or a George Bush, or a Sarah Palin, how unloved we are as Americans becomes painfully plain. McCain talks of war with the nostalgia and forgetfulness of the very elderly; Palin talks of forcing the young to have offspring they neither want nor can sustain; both of them feel at ease, apparently, with the game in which their candidacy becomes more of a topic of discussion than whether the planet has a future under their leadership.

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20th-Sep-2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
What's needed is a well informed populace. There's no reason for ignorance in this day and age. All it takes is a little effort to READ.

That effort is missing. People don't WANT to.
20th-Sep-2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
I don't disagree, at all. Part of what infuriates me most about this country is how irretrievably stupid some people are, and how they're content with mediocrity.

I like Alice Walker, I posted this because of my admiration for her and the succinct way she writes her emotions. The bit I quote was what resonated most with me.
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