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I hate when my fellow American citizens treat politicians like actors that they have a crush on rather than elected officials who they need to hold accountable. Unfortunately, politicians are too similar to actors and Washington seems even more artificial than Hollywood. 

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I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’

Toni Morrison (via thisislove)
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As the similarities with Vietnam are telling, so is the difference. When the reality of America’s failure in Vietnam finally became so clear that there was no one left to lie to, America’s war there ended and the troops came home. They never went back. America is now fighting the Iraq War for the third time, somehow madly expecting different results, while guaranteeing only failure. To paraphrase a young John Kerry, himself back from Vietnam, who’ll be the last to die for that endless mistake? It seems as if it will be many years before we know.

Peter Van Buren, "Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition" 
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