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Democracy through Consent Not Coercion

President Obama:

[T]here are some who advocate for democracy only when they are out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others. No matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who hold power: you must maintain your power through consent, not coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise; you must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party.

I’m wondering if he read this part of his speech to Attorney General Holder before the Justice Department decided to dismiss the case against the Obama supporters from the New Black Panther Party who intimidated McCain supporters in Philadelphia on election day?


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