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Sun May 12, 2019, 05:01 PM

You know how after WW2, Hirohito needed to say he wasn't a man-god?

It's quite clear we're going to need a similar declaration here in the US if we're going to continue as a Republic; that the President isn't divinely picked and the rich aren't man-angel hybrids.

How we're going to get that declaration will be up for us to decide.

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Reply You know how after WW2, Hirohito needed to say he wasn't a man-god? (Original post)
ck4829 May 2019 OP
rampartc May 2019 #1
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DFW May 2019 #3
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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 05:10 PM

1. a guilletine or chopping block is a great location for sich a speech

"Gentlemen, I am innocent of everything of which I am accused. I hope that my blood may cement the good fortune of the French." louis bourbon xvi

"If I would have given way to an Arbitrary way, for to have all Laws changed according to the power of the Sword, I needed not to have come here; and therefore, I tell you, (and I pray God it be not laid to your charge) That I Am the Martyr of the People. " charles stewart i

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Response to rampartc (Reply #1)

Sun May 12, 2019, 05:16 PM

2. Indeed.

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 06:04 PM

3. I think Barack Obama made that clear all along.

It was his predecessor (and by that, I mean Dick Cheney) and his successor that made it seem so bad.

By the way, when Hirohito was made to go out among the people, he hadn't the slightest idea what to say to them, as he had never talked to the common man in his life. So, they would just tell him things, to which he would always respond, "Ah so desu ka?" which translates out as "oh, is that so?" He said it so often that he soon became known in popular parlance as Ah-so-desu-ka San (Mr. Ah so desu ka).

I had told this this to many friends over the years, and that it was one of the most often repeated phrases in conversational Japanese. My closest Dutch colleague used to rib me about it until one day when we were at breakfast in some hotel in Bern where a large group of Japanese tourists were having breakfast at the same time. He suddenly heard "ah so desk ka?" about every twenty seconds, whereupon he apologized for doubting me!

Pronounced (in case you ever want to surprise someone from Japan): ah SO dess-ka. Major stress on "SO," minor stress on "ka"

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Response to DFW (Reply #3)

Sun May 12, 2019, 06:09 PM

4. Yes, but all that was undone by Trump and the RW evangelicals

Next government will need to do it, we need to start saying it now as well.

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #4)

Sun May 12, 2019, 06:15 PM

5. Trump and the radical right will never change

The best we can hope for is keeping them in the minority, which is big enough of a challenge with their huge billion dollar advantage in free advertising (Fox Noise and National Hate Radio) and Republican voter suppression.

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