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The Price of Political Purity

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There is a larger lesson from his youthful choice, Brown believes, understanding the danger of political purity. Brown, who later in his career ran the government ACTION agency for President Jimmy Carter and headed the U.S. mission to the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe for President Bill Clinton, worries that a return of this attitude among young activists could lead to Mitt Romney defeating President Barack Obama in 2012.

Brown said that on every important issue, "this guy [Obama] is 100 times better than the alternative" and that activists should put aside whatever disappointments they feel about Obama -- and not repeat the mistake of 1968.

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Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq, can be ordered at It's also available at more...)
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first page where you stated, "Today, some on the L... by Nick van Nes on Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 at 6:43:09 PM
Voting for either of the two major parties is thro... by John Rachel on Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 at 7:57:06 PM
I like Robert Parry and respect his work but one o... by Dennis Loo on Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 at 8:38:38 PM
but he ultimately came to some sort of justice, al... by John Sanchez Jr. on Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 7:37:17 AM
You dont vote for the lesser of two evils, esspica... by brian scott on Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 9:10:54 AM
as it is currently constituted, even when there ar... by John Sanchez Jr. on Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 12:34:29 PM
"Today, some on the Left are turning their backs ... by Kristine Hoggatt on Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 2:58:18 PM
exactly how is Obama 100 times  better.  ... by margie ghiz-gillies on Sunday, Jul 1, 2012 at 12:24:50 PM
 It is easy to attack the 'left' Number one -... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Jul 1, 2012 at 12:52:19 PM