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What Happened to my Progressives?

With all this heating up of our political year, I ran across this GREAT picture of the early Clintons and it really got me thinking: What the hell happens to people as they get older?

A LOT, obviously. Pictured here, the Clintons look like people I’d want to have a conversation with. Shit, they even look like FRIENDS of mine… I have a feeling that back in these days they had similar ideas to mine – that they wanted to provide sustainable government, a strong work ethic and maybe (just maybe) held a similar distaste for fascism.

I made Justin promise me that we don’t fall down the same path over the critical switching years of our late 30s-50. That seems to be when things go awry.

Time has a way of working the progressive into a conservative as we’ve seen with almost every baby boomer alive. Personally, I can pick from a pool of people I know in the same age range as the Clintons and come up with a handful of progressive people.

But there are still some progressive people in the world and in the voting mass. And this is a special election we have a woman and a “more apparently” black man running for office against big ol’ Whitey McCain.

I say “more apparently” black because we’ve had other mixed-black/white presidents before, they just didn’t “look” like it, but then that’s the curse of the American Eyeball: So many of us vote with our eyes instead of our minds. It’s a lot easier to accept once you recognize it.

Still, my main man is way ahead, even with Clinton’s primary uplift. She needed it and so I’m glad for her. I have to keep in mind that there are lots of people (like me) who don’t vote in the primaries and our lovely electoral college might hand us a nice winner this time.

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justin said he looks like zak, too.. and i agree. it’s funny!

i think the corruption might come with the accumulation of physical wealth (assets, money, etc) because i’ve seen it in people outside of politics as well… a dramatic change in the 40s.

it’s so scary because i doubt anyone who makes the change THINKS they make the change, in fact, in many cases, i’m sure they believe themselves to be unchanged for the most part.

Bill looks like Zak MacRae.

I wonder if they think they’ve changed all that much.

I think Politics makes things worse. It’s like sooner or later someone tells them they have to change if they want to make a difference, then they forget who they were.

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