EPA chief spends Earth Week crop dusting country with carbon emissions in desperate attempt to stave off climate change

by on April 22nd, 2014

My own pet theory is that “man made climate change” is a redistributionist sham that may one day actually come to fruition because of all the conspiring alarmists flying around warning everybody about it.

Enter EPA chief Gina McCarthy, who is doing her best to turn it into a self-fulfilling prophecy:

A national nonprofit environmental group is turning up the heat on the Environmental Protection Agency for sending its chief on an Earth Day-themed tour to call for action on climate change, arguing the multi-city excursion will hurt the environment.

The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility says the greenhouse gases generated by EPA administrator Gina McCarthy’s week-long, five-city tour will “far exceed” any concrete action on climate change from her travels.

“Frenetically jetting around the country appears to undercut [the] EPA’s message to ordinary Americans that they should conserve, consume less and reduce transportation pollution,” PEER Executive Director Jeff said in a statement.

The EPA announced last week that McCarthy would visit New York, Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta and Memphis to “participate in various events to…focus on responsible steps to cut carbon pollution to slow the effects of climate change.”

Included among McCarthy’s jet-set planet-saving efforts this week is taking the mound before today’s Yankees/Red Sox game in Boston to throw out what the EPA will proclaim to be the most eco-friendly first pitch in major league history (Al Gore held the record briefly in 1993 but broke wind on the way back to the dugout).

President Obama’s doing his part on Earth Day as well:

Obama will offset that by flying Air Force One to Tokyo today and maybe planting a bonsai tree.

Updates:

Remember this piece of Earth Day history?

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A good post at Newsbusters about Hollywood eco-hypocrites: Five Alarmist Celebs and Their Double Standards

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Dear Mike Pence: Don’t pull a Huckabee on Common Core

by on April 22nd, 2014

As you know from my coverage of Common Core, the Big Government and Big Business forces that have colluded on this boondoggle have been partners on expanding the federal role in education for a long, long time. And as I’ve pointed out since day one, one of their core strategies has been to rename and rebrand — from Goals 2000 and School to Work to outcome-based education to No Child Left Behind.

Flip-flopping Big Government Republican Mike Huckabee has led the “Rebrand it” strategy to take the heat off his Common Core buddies.

Now, it’s Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s moment: Will he pull a Huckabee or do right by the parents who have been at the vanguard of exposing Common Core’s costly, invasive, academic excellence-sabotaging, control-usurping, choice-undermining scheme?

After garnering positive press for withdrawing from Common Core last month, Pence must decide whether he truly believes in high standards or whether he will rubber-stamp guidelines that are even worse — and have the endorsement of Common Core’s number one lobbyist and peddler, Gates Foundation-funded Achieve Inc.

Discerning citizens see in the draft standards a disregard of Pence’s call for “uncommonly high standards” written by Hoosiers and for Hoosiers. The elaborate committee structure and process instituted by Pence’s aides to draft new standards didn’t produce a product commensurate to his insistence on having superior education standards. For the current result, Pence surely bears responsibility.

Michael Cohen, president of Achieve Inc., a nonprofit group that developed the Common Core, remarks that the draft’s resemblance to Common Core reveals that the process of formulating new Indiana standards has been a waste. Nothing has really changed. Cohen notes that the state could easily remain within an official Common Core testing consortia because of how tightly aligned the draft standards are to Common Core. Other states considering leaving the Common Core will surely rethink enduring a similar superfluous process, Cohen further observes. He’s right.

For what has become clear in each successive draft of standards (earlier drafts have been panned by academic reviewers and citizens) is that Indiana will remain a satellite in Common Core’s pedagogical universe. We can conclude that the governor and Republican leaders in the legislature were not serious about Hoosiers becoming masters of our education domain. Of this fact, Hoosiers should take note.

As Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute observes, what the left hand giveth in SB 91 ordering the state out of Common Core standards, the right hand taketh in the same bill with its instructions that Indiana remain under the yoke of the federal government. Translation: Indiana will continue to rest under a waiver from No Child Left Behind given by President Obama’s Education Department. The price: Adopt college and career ready standards, i.e., the Common Core or its equivalent. We are now poised to adopt the latter.

More academic experts have slammed the Common Core knock-off standards here and here.

Indiana parents, vigilant as always, are raising the alarm and exposing the charade.

It’s judgement day at the statehouse and there will be a rally to stop the Common Core clone standards:

Join us April 21st at 1:00pm at the Indiana Statehouse for the Judgment Day Rally.

Let the Indiana Education Roundtable see that parents care!

Hillsdale College Professor Dr. Terrence Moore will speak and answer your questions!

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Flavor Is a Human Right, Too.

by on April 22nd, 2014

The biggest problem Christians and conservatives have in making the case for marriage to the younger generation is we don’t speak the same language, and I’m not referring to the number of ‘likes’ inserted into each sentence that replace thought. Our frame of reference has only a tangential connection with that of the younger generation.

The default authority for Christians when explaining their opposition to homosexual marriage is the Bible. But it’s not for the generation born after 1980. The Washington Times reports, “More Americans are doubting the infallibility of the Bible, treating it as a guidebook rather than the actual words of God, according to a survey released Wednesday.”

This belief (no pun intended) puts that generation in agreement with Episcopalians, Methodists and Unitarians who also don’t understand what the big deal is when Rev. Adam and his wife, Steve shake hands with the faithful as they leave the sanctuary on Sunday.

This finding was part of a survey conducted on behalf of the American Bible Society. In the Times its president, Roy Peterson explained, “I think young people have always questioned their parents, questioned the church…Today the skeptics are saying, ‘It’s just like any other piece of literature, and it’s no different from that.”

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that when a Christian references the Bible, the youngster counters with, “You may like the Bible, but I’m partial to the Epic of Gilgamesh. However, if there was a modern language translation, the Egyptian Book of the Dead also has some value for those who want to increase their spirituality quotient.”

This declining interest is an indication there’s a real chance the Bible may lose it’s spot as the perennial number one best–seller, although this is not sufficient cause for Ellen to hope her bio will take its place.

The importance of the Bible for moral instruction has also declined. In 2013 almost a third of respondents “blamed a lack of Bible reading as the problem” behind a decline in American morals. This year it’s only 26 percent, but that decrease may be explained by the corresponding number of Americans who purchased 70” TVs in the intervening months.

So how does one explain opposition to homosexual marriage in terms the young can grasp? How does one put in context the aggressive demand that Christians conform to an unprecedented definition of marriage that didn’t exist even 25 years ago and flies in the face of all of human history?

How can they relate to our rejection of this absurd definition of marriage that completely upends an accepted way of life in the interest of pleasing an intolerant minority and its cheering section.

There are essentially no sexual taboos today, so approaching the problem from a Biblical angle is like expressing your opposition to the healing power of crystals by using the Physicians Desk Reference, when your audience hasn’t read either one.

Fortunately in today’s brave new culture food taboos have replaced sex taboos and it is here Christians can make our case in a way that duplicates the situation we encountered with homosexual marriage and is simultaneously understandable by the younger generation.

My analogy works regardless of whether you’re locked in debate with a smug and superior homosexual marriage supporter or you’re simply answering a question from one of those ‘love and let love’ types unable to understand why we feel so strongly about the issue.

The demand that Christians completely redefine marriage and accept a radical new definition that institutionalizes and affirms a form sexual practice the Bible specifically forbids, is the exact equivalent of pork lovers demanding that vegan restaurants serve bacon.

If America’s homosexuals can demand “marriage equality” then bacon lovers can demand “flavor equality.”

A vegan’s unconstitutional exclusion of bacon is simply elevating personal preference over a fundamental human right to have food that tastes good.

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Somehow fitting: Taxpayers could be on the hook for $100 million worth of Obama presidential library construction

by on April 22nd, 2014

The Illinois House is expected to approve a proposal that would attempt to lure Obama’s presidential library to the state by offering $100 million in taxpayer funding towards its construction:

The proposal, pushed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, goes to the full House next.

Madigan said it’s appropriate for Illinois to commit public funds for the library even though the state is grappling with serious financial problems.

“The state of Illinois will spend over $1 billion in construction this year alone, so $100 million is not out of line,” Madigan said after the House Executive Committee threw its support behind the library funding plan in a unanimous vote. “It’s clearly a good investment for the future.”

Illinois isn’t exactly flush with cash:

Illinois currently has the lowest bond rating of any state. Its unfunded pension liabilities are over $100 billion and it has over $6 billion in unpaid bills. While the legislature considers spending $100 million for an Obama library, it is also considering a measure to permanently increase income taxes. Madigan also backed a ballot initiative to institute a “millionaire tax,” although that proposal was ultimately withdrawn.

But Illinois Dems are justifying the proposed taxpayer outlay for Obama’s library, because citizens of the state did the same thing in order to construct the library of a lesser president:

While presidential libraries are traditionally funded mostly by private donations, Madigan pointed out that “close to $100 million in state money” was earmarked for the Abraham Lincoln presidential library in Springfield. “So we have precedent for this,” he said.

The Chicago Tribune editorial board is going to cause MSNBC to call them all sorts of names:

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Team Obama raised over $1 billion in 2012, so maybe if they named the library “Third Term” those same donors would cough up more than enough cash for construction.

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Tower of Pisa Policies

by on April 22nd, 2014

Built on a foundation of sand, the Leaning Tower of Pisa would have toppled over long ago, if not for ingenious engineering projects that keep it from tilting any further. The same thing is true of ethanol, automobile mileage, power plant pollution and many other environmental policies.

Not only are they built on flimsy foundations of peak oil, sustainability and dangerous manmade climate change. They are perpetuated by garbage in-garbage out computer models and a system that rewards activists, politicians, bureaucrats and corporations that support the hypotheses and policies.

At the heart of this system is the increasingly secretive and deceptive U.S. Environmental Protection Administration. Among its perpetrators are two ideologically driven regulators who are responsible for many of today’s excessive environmental regulations. When the corruption is combined with the EPA’s history of regulatory overkill and empire building, it paints a portrait of an agency that’s out of control.

EPA’s culture of misconduct has already raised congressional hackles over the misuse of government credit cards (a recent EPA audit found that 93% of purchases were personal and contrary to agency guidelines); former regional EPA administrator (and now Sierra Club official) Al Amendariz wanting to “crucify” oil companies to make examples of them; and former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, who masqueraded as “Richard Windsor,” to avoid revelation and oversight of her emails with activists.

However, these sorry tales pale in comparison to damaging EPA malfeasance detailed in a new U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee minority staff report about convicted felon and con artist John Beale. This guy was convicted of bilking taxpayers out of $900,000 – by convincing EPA bosses and colleagues that he was a CIA agent, failing to show up for work for months, but continuing to receive his six-figure salary. However, these were minor transgressions compared to what he was not prosecuted for.

Beale has admitted he had no legislative or environmental policy experience prior to being hired. Yet he became the lead official for the nation’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone and Particulate Matter. He and Robert Brenner, his friend and immediate supervisor at EPA, concocted a nefarious plan that used manipulated scientific studies, faulty or even bogus regulatory cost assessments, “heavy-handed management of interagency review processes,” and even illegal experiments on human test subjects, to impose increasingly tougher, job-killing regulations on US industries.

One of Beale & Brenner’s first actions was to work with the American Lung Association in 1997 in a sue-and-settle arrangement, which led to ozone and particulate matter standards. This underhanded practice enables EPA officials to meet with environmentalist groups behind closed doors and agree to new proposed regulations. Later, the group files a “friendly suit,” and a court orders the agency to adopt the pre-arranged rules. Meanwhile, EPA awarded the ALA $20 million between 2001 and 2010. (Had a business had such an arrangement, it would likely have been prosecuted as an illegal kickback.)

The EPW Committee’s report notes that Beale & Brenner fine-tuned the sue-and-settle idea – and then intentionally overstated the benefits and understated the costs of new regulations. As a result, Beale & Brenner successfully rammed the PM2.5 and ozone standards through the EPA’s approval process and set the stage for myriad additional regulations that likewise did not receive appropriate scientific scrutiny.

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ALERT: IRS, Lerner and DOJ collaborated to bring false charges/evidence against conservatives

by on April 21st, 2014

It’s getting harder and harder to ignore the unprecedented corruption, perversions and all around criminal mob behavior inherent within virtually each and every member of the ObamaGov. However, the wholly-owned-by-Obama media will have no difficulty in doping so. Having no ethics, it’s easy. Today, Judicial Watch released information contained within emails from Lerner to the DOPJ and its members responses back to her. To say they are startling and shocking is a huge understatement. They are chilling and – in some circles (probably many Republicans in Congress) – potentially terrifying.

It confirms – with no doubt for anyone who can read and has the IQ to determine that which he or she is reading. First, there’s this gem:

May 8, 2013: Lerner to Flax:

‘I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s – saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs.

I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS…’ In other words, she’s asking “How can we fake evidence to arrest, prosecute and send conservatives to prison?”

The response is equally telling, with Flax is equally chilling:

May 9, 2013: Flax to Lerner

“I think we should do it – also need to include CI [Criminal Investigation Division], which we can help coordinate. Also, we need to reach out to FEC. Does it make sense to consider including them in this or keep it separate?”

Folks, we ARE now living in a Marxist totalitarian State. This only serves to underline that truth!

2Th 2:9 (NKJ) “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders.”

JW Obtains IRS Documents Showing Lerner in Contact With DOJ about Potential Prosecution of Tax-Exempt Groups: http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/jw-obtains-irs-documents-showing-lerner-contact-doj-potential-prosecution-tax-exempt-groups/

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IRS may try again to use ‘mercenaries’ to collect taxes: Watchdog

by on April 21st, 2014

A nonprofit, nonpartisan watchdog on Friday warned American taxpayers that both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, who are searching for cost-cutting in federal agencies, are pondering a return to allowing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to hire private contractors — de-facto mercenaries or bounty hunters — to help collect millions of dollars in delinquent federal taxes.

The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) reported in a study released Friday claiming that the IRS is being directed by congressmen and the Obama administration to significantly reduce the number of workers in the IRS’ government staffed collection office.

“But we’ve been down this road before, and the results were less than encouraging. While tax collection is considered an inherently governmental function, the collection, control, and disbursement of fees, royalties, duties, fines, taxes and other public funds…. staffing shortages in the 1990s compelled the IRS to hire private companies to assist the agency in recovering unpaid taxes in relatively simple collection cases,” said POGO.

In 2009,the Examiner was one of the few news outlets to cover a decidedly troubling IRS program. According to the report:

The very nature of the program provides incentives for collectors to push the limits of legality to extract a little more revenue from their targets. As part of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, Congress, fearing overly aggressive collection practices, explicitly prohibited the IRS from compensating its own collectors based on the amount of money they collect. If Congress believes that incentive-based pay will cause official IRS collectors to cross the line, why would they think private collectors would behave any differently?”

While the earlier program received low-marks from lawmakers, they are once again considering private debt collection to hunt down suspected tax-evaders or late-payers. In fact, according to POGO, the Democratic Party controlled Senate Finance Committee recently approved an amendment stipulating that the IRS will return to a program of using private collection agencies.

POGO’s study argues against using private collection agencies for a number of reasons, according to their report:

“In our opinion, private debt collection will never work. Government tax collectors have an inherent advantage over private collectors. As government employees, IRS collectors can exercise discretion when working with delinquent taxpayers. They can postpone collection, establish payment schedules, settle debts for less than the full amount owed, and waive penalties.

“Private collection agencies, on the other hand, are not allowed to exercise discretion (by definition, an inherently governmental function is one that involves discretion). They can only demand payment. If the case develops an unexpected complication, the contractor must refer it to an IRS employee. That one critical difference—discretion—is the reason private debt collection programs have failed in the past.”

Not surprisingly, the Examiner report came to the same conclusion almost five years ago:

“Paying private debt collectors on a commission basis is costly and threatens the rights and privacy of the American taxpayers. Congress must ensure, as this resolution seeks to do, that federal tax collection functions will not be handed over to private sector bounty hunters.”

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Austrian teen girls seeking love and jihad in Syria: Interpol

by on April 21st, 2014

Two Austrian teenage girls, who claimed they were going to Syria to help the Islamist rebels fight the Assad government, are currently the focus of an international police search, according to Interpol on Saturday.

Sabina Selimovic, 15, and her best friend, Samra Kesinovic, 16, were last seen in their homes by their families on April 10.

According toInterpol, the two teens left behind a large number of postings on social media networks which were found by the girls’ parents many of which indicated their desire to fight for a jihad — holy war — in Syria.

The girls’ parents were originally Bosnians who fled their native land as refugees and settled in Austria during the violent conflicts of the 1990’s. They told police officials and news reporters that the Internet messages are not being written by the two teenagers.

But they admitted that the two girls, described as being “as close as sisters” had begun attending a mosque headed by a radical Islamic preacher namedEbu Tejma.

Reports coming out of Austria claim the fathers of the two girls left Austria to personally search for their daughters, who no one has seen of heard from since their disappearance.

Some of the photographs posted on the girls’ Facebook pages had shown them holding AK-47 rifles. Their Facebook pages have since been deleted.

In one of the FB postings, the girls claimed they were getting married to Muslim men so they could become “holy warriors.” They also allegedly wrote that death was their ultimate goal.

Austrian police officials said they believe the pair of female jihadists are attending a terrorist training camp somewhere in Syria or Iraq and are quite possibly married to rebel husbands who are much older than the teenagers.

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The NSA, Glenn Greenwald, and Angela Merkel

by on April 21st, 2014

Having apparently been assured by the Eric Holder Justice Department that he won’t face espionage charges, unlike his source Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald has returned to the U.S. and is cashing in on his notoriety. His book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, will be released soon, and he will be appearing on May 15 with one of his heroes, Noam Chomsky, a leading member of the Communist Party spin-off, the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.

However, there is a 10-year statute of limitations, meaning that the administration that follows Obama’s could charge Snowden’s media accomplices with violating the Espionage Act (Section 798).

Greenwald’s friend and mentor, Noam Chomsky, is a major supporter of the Hezbollah terrorist group, and opposed the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Greenwald and Chomsky will be appearing at an event sponsored by Harvard Book Store, which will be held in a Unitarian church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Greenwald’s publisher, Metropolitan Books, a division of Macmillan, has produced such titles as Kill Anything That Moves, a “startling history of the American war on Vietnamese civilians,” and socialist Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) A Fighting Chance.

The publisher runs a blog for one of its authors called “The American Empire Project,” designed to expose the “imperial ambitions” of U.S. leaders.

Greenwald, of course, has spoken publicly in favor of “weakening” America, saying that al-Qaeda’s 9/11 terrorist attacks on America were “very minimal in scope compared to the level of deaths that the United States has been bringing to the world for decades—from Vietnam to illegal wars in Central America…”

He described Anwar al-Awlaki, the American al-Qaeda leader killed in a drone strike, merely as “someone who the U.S. government hates because he speaks effectively to the Muslim world about the violence that the United States commits regionally, and the responsibility of Muslims to stand up to that violence.” Al-Awlaki inspired the Fort Hood massacre, in which 13 were killed.

Greenwald’s record also includes collaborating with Leninist groups such as the International Socialist Organization, and Islamist organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim Brotherhood front.

Meanwhile, Greenwald’s new venture, The Intercept, financed by billionaire Iranian-American Pierre Omidyar, is out with another report, once again alleging that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been unfairly targeted by the NSA. What is left unsaid in the piece is why Merkel is an obvious target.

Analyst J.R. Nyquist says Merkel was known to be suspiciously pro-Russian when she ran for high office in Germany but that her political party, the Christian Democrats, nominated her anyway, “and now Germany is more dependent on Russian natural gas than ever before.” Germany’s so-called “unique relationship with Russia” means that the country gets 36 percent of its natural gas imports and 39 percent of its oil imports from Russia.

The increasing dependence on Russia is related to Merkel’s decision, after the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, to phase out Germany’s nuclear energy program. Pressure to cancel Germany’s nuclear program had come from the German Green Party.

A prominent member of the German Green Party, Hans-Christian Ströebele, met with Edward Snowden in Moscow and gave him a “whistleblower” award.

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Would We the People Ratify the Constitution Today?

by on April 21st, 2014

We the People are the opening words of the preamble to the Constitution.  Many patriots glory in that name, “We the People” holding it aloft as a banner against the encroachments of an ever expanding central government.   In the minds of many it is connected somehow to Lincoln’s famous description of America’s government, “Of the People, by the people and for the people.” 

Both of these were revolutionary terms when first spoken. 

The people of the founding generation did not think of themselves as “Americans,” instead they saw themselves as citizens of their respective States.  The thirteen colonies, with the singular exception of North and South Carolina, were each founded as separate entities.  Each had its own history and relationship with the crown.  They banded together for the Revolution during which they established the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.  This established a confederation composed of thirteen independent States. 

When the secretly drafted Constitution was finally revealed to the public many of the leading lights of the Revolution were enraged by what they saw as a counter-revolution seeking to supplant the legally constituted Confederation of States in favor of a consolidated central government.   Some of them say the truth was revealed in the first three words, “We the People.” 

Every school child can recite the most famous words of Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty or give me death.”  You probably said those words in your head before you read them once you saw his name.  He is synonymous with America’s defiance to tyranny.  While these famous words ring in the heads of all, few know his opinion on the Constitution. 

At the Virginia Ratification Convention in 1788, Patrick Henry said,  

And here I would make this inquiry of those worthy characters who composed a part of the late federal Convention. I am sure they were fully impressed with the necessity of forming a great consolidated government, instead of a confederation. That this is a consolidated government is demonstrably clear; and the danger of such a government is, to my mind, very striking. I have the highest veneration for those gentlemen; but, sir, give me leave to demand, What right had they to say, We, the people? My political curiosity, exclusive of my anxious solicitude for the public welfare, leads me to ask, Who authorized them to speak the language of, We, the people, instead of, We, the states? States are the characteristics and the soul of a confederation. If the states be not the agents of this compact, it must be one great, consolidated, national government, of the people of all the states. 

Ever since the Civil War fatally warped the original federal structure and We the People became a reality the central government of the United States has assumed more and more power until today totalitarianism appears to be within its grasp.  I am not referring to the crude overt totalitarianism of a Nazi Germany or a Soviet Russia instead I am referring to a soft totalitarianism, a kind of nanny state smothering of individual freedom, personal liberty and economic opportunity.  After the complete subjugation of the States to the central government by the Lincoln administration combined with the increased mobility of the modern era, we the people actually became the way most people think of themselves. 

In America today we have a president who in a 2001 interview expressed his inner most thoughts about the Constitution, 

If you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movement and its litigation strategy in the court.

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