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Leadership: What We All Can Learn From Palin - Love her or hate her-you'd be foolish to ignore her
Forbes ^ | May 10, 2010 | Shaun Rein

Posted on 06/28/2010 7:12:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

When Sarah Palin first entered the national consciousness, she seemed more like a candidate for the Jerry Springer Show than for vice president. Her interview with Katie Couric showed she was woefully unprepared to be John McCain's running mate. And when her grandson's father appeared in Playgirl magazine, Palin seemed destined to go down in history as a cocktail party joke.

Yet almost two years later, she has bucked the naysayers and is more beloved than before. Yet despite landing a TV show on Fox, a deal with Discovery Channel, and a bestselling book, too many political elites still underestimate Palin's presence and ability to connect with a large number of Americans.

True, Sarah Palin will never develop a great foreign policy like George Kennan, and she will never win over the liberal elite like Tom Friedman. And like most of the rest of the world outside of America, I hope she stays in the entertainment business and leaves politics altogether.

But that is not the point. Palin has the ability to connect with a growing portion of Americans in a way other politicians like Mitt Romney will never be able. This makes her powerful, no matter whether she runs for office again or not.

It would be foolish for both Republicans and Democrats to continue to disparage and underestimate Palin, and ignore the anguish that has given rise to the Tea Party movement and the phenomena that is Glenn Beck and Fox News. The more the self-defined elites belittle Palin, the more they empower and bring together disenfranchised, scared and angry Americans. And with the_unemployment and ballooning debt situation not looking to improve anytime_soon, there are a lot of those. Why does Palin appeal to so many Americans?

Even now, I can't discern any real policy Palin stands for.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; business; economy; elections; government; leadership; obama; palin; politics; sarahpalin
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1 posted on 06/28/2010 7:12:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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great, another mixture of feint praise, and the usual ‘she doesnt have what it takes to win’ b.s.

good grief...


2 posted on 06/28/2010 7:15:03 PM PDT by raygunfan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s scary is that this ignorant kid is advising companies, that is, if he has any real clients.

- JP


3 posted on 06/28/2010 7:17:49 PM PDT by Josh Painter ("Every time a Democrat mocks Sarah Palin, an independent gets its wings." - JP)
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To: raygunfan

They are writing such fluff because they are scared of her. She has the ability to rally the people... does the name Patrick Henry ring a bell?


4 posted on 06/28/2010 7:18:07 PM PDT by pray4liberty (dare I say it?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I like Palin for a number of reasons.

First, she is not afraid to speak her mind.

Second, she is the epitome of grace under fire.

Third, she does not apologize for her brand of conservatism.

Fourth, she does not backslide or pack pedal from her core beliefs and values.


5 posted on 06/28/2010 7:19:04 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I stopped reading when he said she seemed more fitting for the Springer Show than to be McLame's running mate.

McLame was the misfit of that team, IMHO!

6 posted on 06/28/2010 7:19:25 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This author probably would have written the same or worse about Ronaldus Magnus.


7 posted on 06/28/2010 7:19:48 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% white, 50% black, 100% red)
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To: raygunfan

“True, Sarah Palin will never develop a great foreign policy like George Kennan,...”

Give her four years as President and see what kind of
foreign policy she developes!

I would prefer that to the disaster we now have...
a dismal foreign policy that we will be paying for,
for decades.


8 posted on 06/28/2010 7:20:21 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Actually most of Obama’s most ardent supporters strike one as Jerry Springer geusts.


9 posted on 06/28/2010 7:20:53 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This narrative is so old. Why isn’t Obama, Biden or anyone on the left not disqualified for their ridiculously bad interviews. Palin has one mediocre interview that is edited to make her look even worse, and she is somehow permanently disqualified. Jeez


10 posted on 06/28/2010 7:22:30 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I am shocked, absolutely shocked that Forbes magazine would print such RINO/Dem drivel.(sarc.)

As Obamas numbers fall, the left is getting even more afraid of Palin.

The left sees that she is succeeding, and joining forces with Arizona Governnor Jan Brewer.They are shaking and pishing in their Obama boots! They know she is popular enough to overwhelm and election fixing they can possibly do with Acorn and SEIU.

Sarah is quite exoerienced at foreign policy when she formed pott and fishing policy with Russia, China, Korea ,Japan, and Canada as well as working with Democrat allies. She did extremely well at working with Dems when she disassembled the corrupt Republican network in Alaska.Why do they ignore all that, I wonder?

11 posted on 06/28/2010 7:23:09 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama .......yes.......is fascist... ...He meets every diagnostic of history)
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To: basil

A Romney/Palin ticket would have won easily.


12 posted on 06/28/2010 7:23:14 PM PDT by wendy1946
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To: ilgipper

Just goes to show that if you are a conservative you cannot trust any liberal newscaster or journalist. EVER!


13 posted on 06/28/2010 7:24:52 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I believe this is the same guy who a couple of weeks ago wrote an article saying how we (USA) should emulate the Canada economy.


14 posted on 06/28/2010 7:27:11 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Even now, I can't discern any real policy Palin stands for.

He's never heard the dozens and dozens of times she's said "drill, baby, drill"?

What a complete and utter moron.

15 posted on 06/28/2010 7:27:11 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If he can’t identify any policy she stands for he clearly hasn’t been paying attention. I mean, all he’d need to do to start would be to take every policy Obama stands for and identify the opposite policy.

If he means he can’t identify any policy innovation she’s pioneered or invented, maybe so. But you could say the same for Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, etc... Reagan didn’t invent tax cuts or supply side economics. He didn’t invent a military build-up or a tough foreign policy. He didn’t invent appointing conservative judges or being pro-life. Obama had no policy innovation is his campaign. Neither did W. Tax cuts and NCLB were well known ideas. Provatizing Social Security was well known. Just as Govt Health Care was.

What does this guy want her to do? Invent a whole new platform all by her lonesome?


16 posted on 06/28/2010 7:27:51 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If he can’t identify any policy she stands for he clearly hasn’t been paying attention. I mean, all he’d need to do to start would be to take every policy Obama stands for and identify the opposite policy.

If he means he can’t identify any policy innovation she’s pioneered or invented, maybe so. But you could say the same for Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, etc... Reagan didn’t invent tax cuts or supply side economics. He didn’t invent a military build-up or a tough foreign policy. He didn’t invent appointing conservative judges or being pro-life. Obama had no policy innovation is his campaign. Neither did W. Tax cuts and NCLB were well known ideas. Provatizing Social Security was well known. Just as Govt Health Care was.

What does this guy want her to do? Invent a whole new platform all by her lonesome?


17 posted on 06/28/2010 7:28:04 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Love her or hate her... hmmmmm. I think I’ll pick LOVE!!!


18 posted on 06/28/2010 7:28:04 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Josh Painter

They saw Sarah’s score card in the primaries. That’s what set off the new round of warnings of don’t underestimate Palin.


19 posted on 06/28/2010 7:30:19 PM PDT by Clyde5445 (Gov. Sarah Palin: :"You have to sacrifice to win. That's my philosophy in 6 words.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
too many political elites still underestimate Palin's presence and ability to connect with a large number of Americans.

The political elites underestimate how much they are despised by the rest of us.

20 posted on 06/28/2010 7:31:18 PM PDT by upsdriver (ret.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nasty article! He praises her for being a marketing genius as if she’s some cynical manipulative money grubber.

He takes it for granted she wouldn’t ever develop a great foreign policy, well how does he know? Margaret Thatcher was laughed at .... but only for a while. And so was Reagan.

Some idiots never learn. He looks young enough that he’s still probably suffering from his Marxist indoctrination at university...maybe the snot will grow up some day.


21 posted on 06/28/2010 7:31:38 PM PDT by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: upsdriver

The founding fathers would have nothing but sheer contempt for the leadership in Washington DC nowadays. Utter and complete contempt.


22 posted on 06/28/2010 7:33:53 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: pray4liberty

Someone has said that the United States is a nation of Indians (India-Indians) who are ruled by Swedes. Governor Palin is one of those Indians. The Swedes don’t know what to make of her since they think that the Indians don’t know what us best for us and they do. Every time Sarah opens her mouth, Indian talk pops out. The Swedes don’t know the language.


23 posted on 06/28/2010 7:34:32 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

24 posted on 06/28/2010 7:34:41 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why does Palin appeal to so many Americans?

She's one of us. God, family, country. Just like Reagan appealed to so many Americans. We know our own.
25 posted on 06/28/2010 7:36:05 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: April Lexington

I agree. If one loves America, they love SARAH.


26 posted on 06/28/2010 7:39:13 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: presently no screen name

Palin reminds me a lot of Margaret Thatcher except that Palin seems a lot more friendlier and smiles more.

Palin also has some of Reagan’s qualities too.

I wasn’t sure about Reagan at first but he soon changed my mind very quickly once I saw him govern.

We have some really great conservatives now like Palin and governor Christie in New Jersey, governor Brewer in Arizona amd Sheriff Joe also of Arizona. These folks do conservatives proud. And we need a lot more like em.


27 posted on 06/28/2010 7:40:50 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sorry, page one made me choke bad enough!


28 posted on 06/28/2010 7:41:29 PM PDT by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!(FR #1690))
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To: pray4liberty
She has the ability to rally the people...

I call it inspire people which gives license to effective leadership. The difference between what she inspires and what BoZero does is easily summed up in one word: American.

I haven't heard one word out of Obama's mouth that would lead me to believe America is worth defending due to her unique and exceptional place in the world. That should scare the crap out of anyone who understands how many other countries would love to take us down a notch.

Let's just say I'd love to spend a morning sitting next to Sarah and Todd in Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church for a sermon. I'd bring the 40s.(well, the ones left over, anyway)

29 posted on 06/28/2010 7:43:29 PM PDT by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yet,
But,
True, but,
Yet
Although
Seems

Does Forbes pay him or does he pay Forbes for this?


30 posted on 06/28/2010 7:44:38 PM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The batch of over-educated Ivy League poodles who can’t fathom “what she stands for” haven’t the minds or the imagination to be anywhere near the levers of American power and might.


31 posted on 06/28/2010 7:46:23 PM PDT by mo
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To: April Lexington
Love her or hate her... hmmmmm. I think I’ll pick LOVE!!!

Ditto that.

32 posted on 06/28/2010 7:49:16 PM PDT by NurdlyPeon (Sarah Palin: America's last, best hope for survival.)
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To: Aria; hennie pennie
The article is seething with bitterness, envy, and shame...

Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.

Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise.

And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.

As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

~ 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

33 posted on 06/28/2010 7:54:53 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: Aria

This is pathetic or ludicrous these nitwits presuming they are qualified to pass on Sarah when they don’t have a clue.
They have to write something even if they have nothing to say. We see that Sarah Palin is head and shoulders wiser and more trustworthy than any of the other politicians and they can’t understand why we support her.


34 posted on 06/28/2010 7:56:55 PM PDT by tommix2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tjhis guy is not possessed with what it takes to ‘understand” Mrs Palin, not are many of the political “elite” any more. He’s trying to quantify her by formulas, strategies, and winning techniques, that can be reproduced by any astute manipulator...and he just can’t figure out how she’s doing itbecause he doesn’t have a soul, a human spark to enlighten him.

Like most of the “intellectual class”...They ain’t got no souls anymoreto understand and relate to the love of the common man. They just want to manipulate us, and it infuriates them when they can’t, because they are just *so* much smarter than us.....

I’ll take distributed computing over isolated supercomputing with a network of slave nodes, any day of the week.


35 posted on 06/28/2010 8:00:04 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This so-called author is completely out of touch with the political realities of the day.

He does not understand the art of politics and the ability of a politician to relate to the citizenry. I hope this guy is working for Romney and giving him this type of advice.

Basically, this guy needs to get out in the real world and work and listen to the people—rather than assuming he knows all the answers.

You cannot teach political AUTHENTICITY—you either have it or you do not.
Gov. Palin has it.

36 posted on 06/28/2010 8:09:29 PM PDT by WesternOne (Western)
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To: DGHoodini

Well stated DGHoodini.


37 posted on 06/28/2010 8:10:23 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: DGHoodini
In my profile, I write the following on Palin:

I think she is a person of depth, thoughtfulness, and courage of conviction. The kind of depth ivy leagues will rob you of, but spending time amidst God’s majestic creation in Alaska will instill in you.

38 posted on 06/28/2010 8:11:12 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Even now, I can't discern any real policy Palin stands for.

She obviously hasn't read Sarah's book, nor has she read any of Sarah's opinion pieces in the Wall Street Journal or NY Times.

39 posted on 06/28/2010 8:18:59 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Ev Reeman
Palin reminds me a lot of Margaret Thatcher

Ladies in every respect and yet tough as nails. The smile thing w/Margaret could be that cold English thing going on. It would be a hoot to hang around w/Sarah - I believe she laughs and jokes around alot. Cheney is another one - partying w/him would be filled with laughter.

NJChristie - Brewer and JOE - YES! And Michelle Bachman. Hopefully, we'll have JD in August; otherwise in Sarah's Admin.
40 posted on 06/28/2010 8:19:13 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: Ev Reeman

Ev,

Ironically, you left out the most important point..

Sarah is everyman, er, everywoman. She’s not a Hahhvahhd grad, she didn’t leave college and become a politician. She and her husband have done real jobs, raised kids without (illegal alien) child care / governesses.

We desperately need to flush the professionals, the arrogant elites from our system and install more of US in our leadership.


41 posted on 06/28/2010 8:21:31 PM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: tommix2
They have to write something even if they have nothing to say.


LOL! You nailed it on that one!
42 posted on 06/28/2010 8:23:26 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: sgtyork
We desperately need to flush the professionals, the arrogant elites

That reminded me of something Sarah said back in '08 - that she is a servant. Another reason the elites hate her - she's brings them down to size. After all, that's what they are. That 'smartass' Biden needs to be reminded who pays his salary.
43 posted on 06/28/2010 8:32:30 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: wendy1946

And that would not have been a wonderful thing! No more RINOS!


44 posted on 06/28/2010 8:33:09 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: NurdlyPeon

I think I’ll double down on the dittos!


45 posted on 06/28/2010 8:37:16 PM PDT by Mr. Thorne ("But iron, cold iron, shall be master of them all..." Kipling)
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To: raygunfan
My thoughts on Sarah -- the people of Alaska must have believed she really cared about them when they elected her governor. Many contributed money to her campaign, only to have her abandon the job after she got a real taste of life in the fast lane.

The state of Alaska is hurting in many ways -- with her new-found connections and world-wide exposure she could have accomplished so much for the people of her state -- instead, she runs around the country, criticizing, ranting and raving against anyone in power, and appealing to an adolescent mentality.

46 posted on 06/28/2010 9:21:10 PM PDT by TiaS
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To: wendy1946

Romney would have to run with the Lord himself. The guy is the worst kind of “political weasel”.

I mute the t.v for Mitt, Clinton and Obama. Scum sucking con-men.


47 posted on 06/28/2010 9:55:18 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I read the entire piece, and it really is a hit piece on Palin’s supporters more than her. She is “brilliant” for capitalizing on “fear of the future” and “longing for the past” that her supporters have. This guy obviously thinks that only rednecks follow Palin, that no one with any intellectual substance could follow her.

Look, while I have my doubts about her ability to win, I like what Sarah stands for and believes in. She reminds me of several conservative women I know - strong, independent, smart, witty and sexy all at the same time. Does that make me a fearful, past loving neanderthal like this guy seems to think?


48 posted on 06/28/2010 10:03:34 PM PDT by wastedpotential (McCain always said I was an agent of intolerance - but in 2008 those like me tolerated him most)
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To: TiaS

Tia, honestly. How can you read through this thread and make that sort of comment about Sarah Palin?

I see that you replied to post # 2, so maybe you didn’t read all of the very insightful comments that followed.

Sarah Palin is a true American. People respond to her the way they do, not because she sells herself well, but because she’s genuine. She loves this country, and wants to see it restored to its former greatness.

I believe that it’s her life’s calling to help steer this country back onto the path that was laid by the Founders. Millions upon millions of Americans clearly see in her the sort of greatness that is only rarely seen in the political arena. Perhaps once in a generation, a figure of such stature rises among us and goes on to do extraordinary things. Sarah Palin is just such a person.

The day is coming when she will announce her intention to run for the presidency. When she does, millions of patriotic Americans will answer that announcement with an avalanche of support.


49 posted on 06/28/2010 10:30:20 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: tet68
“True, Sarah Palin will never develop a great foreign policy like George Kennan,...”

When did we have a President Kennan??? Amazing how this turnip can write an article not to underestimate Palin when he is doing exactly that.

50 posted on 06/28/2010 10:49:22 PM PDT by Valpal1 ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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