In following the previous post, I will also suggest that President Nixon did more for this country than many people realized then, let alone now. He allowed people to see the difference between the president, and the Presidency.
I'm not sure that a government official elected by the populace through the distillation of the electoral college qualifies de facto as a moral harbinger. Given the process through which an individual achieves the Presidency, I would suggest rather the opposite, at least in our time. A revisiting of The Best And The Brightest (David Halberstam) or Fear & Loathing On The Campaign Trail 1972 (Hunter Thompson) among others should clarify my meaning.
I truly love the concept of the 'big picture'. But in this climate of 'spam filters' it isn't reaching enough of those who need to see it. I would love to say, for a forum such as this: the hell with spam filters - get people out there who don't necessarily have the 'contribute' meme active get this forum put before them.
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