Now it's repubs. But eight+ years of Bush, I've become a bit jaded. Obama is now playing the historically familiar,'just shut up' card. Randi Rodes, 'it's just fringe left whiners & fringe right' that are making all the fuss. The rest of us just want our paychecks!!" A guiding democratic principle? It worked in Nazi Germany and Petain's Vichy government. Petain was 'better' than having H****r in charge. Only Petain had the great idea of black-shirted French police, hauling Jew folks into trains, & generally terrorising Fr. citizens. Nazis could visit art galleries while French authorities wreaked their own havoc. Claude Chabrol's "The Eve of Vichy' has clips of said Petain, "don't complain, things could be worse". The French Resistance & a 'fringe' of the population disagreed.

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Why Chelsea Manning Is Going Free


In his eight years in office President Obama has waged a devastating war on whistleblowers, prosecuting more people under the Espionage Act than every single president - combined.

But that war on whistleblowers took a possible step towards armistice today when the President commuted the prison sentence of former US Army private Chelsea Manning.