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Old 06-30-2007, 11:58 PM   #5
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What about two recent presidents who were very unpopular with republicans -- Bill Clinton, who came from a poor, single-parent household, and Jimmy Carter the peanut farmer and humanitarian?
Al Gore was actually elected but the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the electorate - but yes, he was born into a very privileged situation, actually taking over the senate seat occupied by his father. However, just because his birthright was from the upper class does not mean that he would not have been a brilliant leader - imagine the better state the country would have been in had he'd been allowed to take the oath of office.
The Kennedy Family is another example of the wealthy privileged class taking responsibility along with their ill-gotten gain and being the voice of those less fortunate - and if their leadership had not been marred by tragedy and violence (and scandal - Chappaquiddick) they would have taken the country in a completely different direction.
So I'm just not sure about the validity of this complaint about "birthright" - sure, in the case of the Bush family, it's been disastrous for us, and it's definitely a big factor, but I think the problems are even bigger than "rich people suck" (note: my phrasing, not yours, Joe )

We could start with the seemingly small fact that the FCC did away with the Fairness Doctrine that required TV stations to give equal time to all candidates during elections. Ironically, as soon as the Republicans lost the House and Senate to the Democrats, the FCC has started talking about reinstituting that rule. That right there tells me that the FCC is in the pocket of some pretty Big Money that certainly involves birthright, I guess, but a lot more than that is afoot.
Rather than singling out individuals and their accident of birth, why not look at the whole lousy group involved in a huge, shadowy, obscenely rich and powerful global organization like The Carlyle Group to get an idea of why we've been truly and completely ****ed for a long time?
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