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Let's Ditch the Media and Establishment's Cynicism and Go After What We Need and Want

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Cynicism has reared its ugly head in a very particular way in the current spin around the Clinton-Sanders contest. Here’s the narrative that seems to be evolving: Clinton is the realist; Sanders the idealist. Clinton knows how to “get things done,” while Sanders is indulging in wishful thinking. Clinton knows how to pay for things; Sanders is grandiose and his programs will bankrupt the nation. Such a frame may have elements of truth, but ...t he problem is that it’s also fundamentally cynical and exemplifies the worst sensibility in contemporary politicsv.Cynicism is a corrosive force in our politics and culture, but one that is invisible to us because it seems so normal. My underlying message is that transformational change is possible.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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