"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.
And what I mean by that is an opportunity
to do things you think you could not do before."
Rahm Emmanuel
(1959-) Mayor of Chicago (2011-), White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama (2009-2010), US Congressman (D-IL) (2004-2009), advisor to President Bill Clinton (1993-1998)
Wall Street Journal Digital Network, November 19, 2008
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ahh yes, the voice of despotism. The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land supports Mr. Obamunist Goodwrench the assassin's on going hit list because it lends itself to the opportunity of eliminating foes in any supplied trumped up serious crisis like, hey, its Tuesday. 5 stars for the accuracy of applied tyranny and a thumbs down for what its done to the family man.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Nothing but a verse from the New Testament of Obamination......the book of Rahmelation, Chapter 6, Verse 8......
     -- Joe, Omaha     
    And now we in the political cesspool of Illinois will get to see Rahmpelstiltskin in action... while he stamped his little foot at the charming Ms Karen Lewis and fitfully held back from spewing forth with the F - word, the upshot of the "crisis" will be that he can close 80 - 120 public schools since the school district is already 1 Billion yes with a B - overspent and they just committed another 300 million to the teachers, which they don't have. Even without the teacher situation the property taxes in Illinois are thru the roof, especially in Cook County, home of the City of Chicago. Want to see what our country will look like after 4 more years of the skinny socialist? Just watch Illinois and chicago. Thank you Axelrod.
     -- H Rearden, Burr Ridge ILL     
    Rahm is an immoral corrupt low life. H. Rearden, I can only imagine that Chicago will start to look like Detroit...a third world cesspool.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    The error of applying single Party specificity to the undeniable accuracy of this quotation is intolerable. It speaks directly to the success (real) Power enjoys by keeping us ignorant, angry and divided. Have regular commentators here forgotten the Bill of Rights-destroying Patriot Act or Military Commissions Act? Those pieces of "legislation" set the precedence for Oblammo's citizen-seizing (execution) without-charges NDAA. Neither GOPS or DEMS are singularly responsible for projecting continuous global destabilization, open warfare and domestic police state tyranny. Both Parties are. They're BOTH inextricably attached to the currency-leaking genitalia of the Money Powers, the true Players of the Great Game, the Makers of War and Death. Need I cite the corresponding impoverishment of ever-growing millions of Americans? This is not a gopdemn Party problem. It's the same liberty/slavery issue ordinary people have always faced. BOTH PARTIES MUST BE REMOVED FROM POWER, A NEW PARADIGM BEGUN UNDER A REVITALIZED CONSTITUTION. Neither of these banal, utterly servile Parties are going to do anything but Massa's bidding - and Massa thinks the Constitution is toilet paper. We the People must help ourselves. How? I'm gonna start by writing in JESSE VENTURA for president - or any decent, last minute populist with national appeal (Ron Paul?). Write-in ballots must be hand-counted, minimizing fraud inherent to electronic, Diebold-type machines. Ventura strikes me as having great crossover appeal. Anyone have a better idea?
     -- Mann, Kalamazoo     
    Rahm makes Richard Daley look real good by comparison. Thank God I don't live in Chicago.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    We are not fooled by these tyrants. Americans know them when we hear them. They are all 'molded' from the same communist mold. And like history has shown over and over again, these tyrants come in, make a lot of noise, upset the people with their arrogance & heavy-handed socialist ideology that fails them but wakes up the sleeping citizens just in time to put them back into the holes they climb out of every decade or so. Marxism, socialism & communism are and have always been total failures in any country. Their plans are already falling apart, just as we expected. A free nation of people will 'never' accept communism!
     -- Rhonda, B     
    First they decide what they want to do, then they create a crises to fit the desired outcome. Rulers in various forms have used this technique for eons. Ours is more a psychological slavery -- we have been the subject of years of conditioning, some of it took hold, and some didn't, but most of it keeps the game going and we are but pieces moved around the board. Eventually in this rigged Monopoly game, everything all goes back in the box -- rarely has one of the tokens put the players in the box. '-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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