Thanks Norcal and ice.
The Cornell West piece speaks many truths that most others dare not speak.
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends - Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." - Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
“sow a character and you reap a destiny” great words from Dr West.
"A few of us begged and pleaded with Obama to break with the Wall Street priorities and bail out Main Street. But he followed the advice of his “smart” neoliberal advisers to bail out Wall Street - Obama met with Wall Street leaders and proclaimed: "I stand between you and the pitchforks. I am on your side and I will protect you", he promised them. And not one Wall Street criminal executive went to jail."
"Obama’s lack of courage to confront Wall Street criminals and his lapse of character in ordering drone strikes unintentionally led to rightwing populist revolts at home and ugly Islamic fascist rebellions in the Middle East. And as deporter-in-chief – nearly 2.5 million immigrants were deported under his watch – Obama policies prefigure Trump’s barbaric plans.
"Bernie Sanders gallantly tried to generate a leftwing populism but he was crushed by Clinton and Obama in the unfair Democratic party primaries. So now we find ourselves entering a neofascist era"
I am reminded by West's words - “sow a character and you reap a destiny”
of the words of Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, and in slightly different form by Mohandas Gandhi, The Mahatma.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.” - Mahatma Gandhi
"Be careful with your thoughts because they will become words
Be careful of your words because they will become actions
Be careful of your actions because they will become habits
Be careful of your habits because they will form your character
Be careful of your character because it will form your destiny and your destiny will be your life"
"There is no higher religion than the truth" - His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso