When this book was first released, it created a massive controversy over criminals profiting from their crimesCries Unheard... Until it was too late.
When this book was first released, it created a massive controversy over criminals profiting from their crimes in the nation where this story really happened: Britain. I can only surmise that those whom so vigorously felt that way didn't even read the book. Not long ago, I got my hands on a first edition American Version of the book published in 1999 from a thrift store.
This book is the horrific story of tragedy. When a child of barely 11 years old strangles two young boys between the ages of 3-4 the mob mentality kicked in. Everyone rushed to put away the monstrous little girl who could do such vile acts without ever thinking or asking what on earth caused this child to act out in this way? Instead she became a living incarnate of the "Bad Seed". A child simply born evil.
The Book Cries Unheard by Gitta Sereny looks at the entire picture of the phenomenon that is Mary Bell, who is often billed as the world's youngest serial killer. A misnomer if there ever was one since Mary Bell was released in 1980 and has never re-offended in the slightest way while it is a fact true serial murderers are incapable of stopping (often knowing they under police surveillance...or at least suspicion).
This was one of the best books I've ever read on the subject of child murder and child murderers. The author gives us a full biographical account of the child's life into womanhood. In the case of Mary Bell, to know what happened in her young life to lead her to act out the way she did is essential to understanding why and how she ended up killing two young boys. Some children have hellish childhoods and are able to cope. They go on and live reasonably normal lives. When children murder (in the WAY) Mary Bell did, you can't look at a child who doesn't have the capacity to fully understand what it was they did as you would even a child a few years older. We all know maturity and understanding grows in leaps and bounds in those years.
This book was incredible with its indictment on the system. The system failed Mary Bell and through that failed her victims. Starting as a baby she suffered unimaginable abuse at the hands of her mother. Her mother Betty had tried to give her away to strangers but refused to allow her more stable family members adopt her. Betty worked as a prostitute from possibly even before Mary was born. She specialized in giving her clients unique 'experiences'. Some of those were her being a dominatrix and forcing her young daughter to have oral sex with her clients. Also allowing her to get beat during these sessions. In fact her mother practiced Erotic Asphyxiation on her clients till they passed out in Mary's presence while also subjecting her to the same strangling that would cause her to lose consciousness. This left Mary with a belief that when you strangle someone to the point of losing consciousness, they will wake up as she had and seen others do countless times!
The end point of this abuse dovetails with what a young girl did, to two boys younger and weaker than herself. It is completely probable that as she strangled these boys she didn't understand she was killing them. She had been subjected to the same strangling where she woke back up. But there is something else that culminated in these murders. A young girl had been acting out for months begging for attention so someone would take her away from her mother. No one noticed until they finally realized she killed two young boys. By that time nobody cared that in the most final and horrific way she was seeking attention to get away! No one labeled her mother what she was: a sexual abuser who prostituted her own daughter, drugged her in the presence of other people by mixing sedatives with her candy, physically abusive! Mary was the bad seed with no one realizing she was reacting to the home she had to grow up in.
None of this absolves of her or excuses her crimes. The child needed to be put into a mental institution to get help for the trauma she was subjected to rather put into a reformatory school till she was 16 that indeed CHANGED her life, making her a better human being (all that needed to be done was for them to take her mother away and replace a stable set of individuals to teach the maturing girl how to behave in society 11-16). But throwing a 16 year old with her trauma into a women's prison was vengeance on behalf of a world that couldn't see Mary Bell wasn't BORN evil, nor inherently evil at all!! In fact she was created. Prison could have totally regressed her. Luckily those years in an also unsuitable Reformatory School taught her how to live correctly as a good person.
So you see this story is controversial for many, many reasons. It cuts open for the world to see what happens when someone like Mary at such a young an age commits the ultimate crime how unprepared we truly are to handle it as a society-- be it Britain or the USA. Something happened to these children to cause them to act this way and we should be exceptionally thankful that the murderous reaction to unbearably inhuman abuse by children is rare (at least while they are STILL children.) These factors are common in the childhoods of real serial killers. But this is why I don't consider Mary a 'serial killer' in the truest sense since true ones are like sharks that can never stop devouring. Mary needed structure, then she needed help to move on with her life. If somehow at 11 years old she had some sort of murderous impulse, it wasn't like what we see with male or female serial killers the world over who lose control of those impulses at some point or another. For Mary, it stopped being an issue once she left the custody of extremely abusive mother.
The book is debated ethically for many reasons. One being Mary Bell was paid for participation. I understand the anger of the victims family's. At the same time it is hard for me personally to see Mary Bell getting paid for her painful, excruciatingly abusive life that culminated in the murders of two young boys as on the level of a callous murderer looking to profit off what he did. There is nothing in common in this book with say Ian Brady's arrogant "Gates of Janus" where he in a Ted Bundy arrogance tries to tell the world who he is as such an incredible expert in serial murder.
Cries Unheard is an astoundingly poignant book that rips open the tragedy that befell everyone involved. In order to understand it, you had to know... you had to have the details from Mary Bell herself. She opened herself to examination is ways few of us would dare even without her past. Yet Mary's story is vitally important for understanding what causes children to kill (and if they grow up without intervention...reveals the personal horrors driving them). Maybe the saddest part of all is in order for Mary to end her abuse, she had to commit soul ripping acts of horror herself to get the attention she had been trying to get for a long time acting out. In fact she may have aggressively, been reenacting the erotic asphyxiation that she witnessed her mother perform on clients and was performed on her.
Mary has grown up into a rather normal woman no doubt to being taken away from her mother's influences (as much as possible, her mother used the press to further her daughters image as evil murder for money while in reformatory and prison--she was never above USING her own child. Especially since no one called her out as the creator, except the author of this book and a book on the case before it). Mary has now become a grandmother! She has never done ANYTHING illegal again (she is on a strict parole for life).
I think before people damn this book they should read it. I found myself aching for two little boys who paid the price for Mary's mothers sins. And maybe for the failure of society to help them all.
The only part of the book that I didn't particularly care for were the author's 'solutions' to this problem of abuse that results in these acts of murder. In her view all children should be given over to the government for raising so parents just can't have the opportunity to commit vile acts of abuse. While it is true no one can really understand what goes on behind their neighbor's closed doors... The answer is not allowing the state to have control. The fact of the matter is most of the time family's love their offspring and make mistakes. You open up the can of worms that an UNLOVING institutional government agency can do better than the majority of parents is not only naive, it's stupid. We have to believe in the sanctity of family. The issue is reporting. In the book the author often sites that lots of people KNEW Mary Bell wasn't being treated well even if they didn't know the full extent. An abusive mother who is a prostitute, I think it's perfectly fine to report that situation to the authorities. Especially when the woman's family closes ranks behind her trying to hide her shortcomings and even abuses. Regardless of how totally niave and unrealistic the author's conclusions are on how to handle children with troubled backgrounds the book is amazing. And more amazing because in the end the young girl, at the center of it all made a recovery into the integration back into society. It will just never cease to hurt ones heart what had to happen for someone to take notice of the tragedy brewing until it was spilling over in the streets of her neighborhood....more
This book is very easy to read in its narrative. I found it very appealing and the only book to give you the vague hints on what Octavian was like becThis book is very easy to read in its narrative. I found it very appealing and the only book to give you the vague hints on what Octavian was like because of where he came from and of course as always, HIS ACTIONS. We have a lot of what he supposedly said. But his actions actually speak louder than his words and show what a supreme politician he definitely was. If I was a politician (and I don't tend to even like their sort!) I would probably have him as a hereo. He managed to be an EMPEROR by acting like a normal senator. Everyone KNEW of his special status. But he took no pretensions. He refused to accept all great honors so he couldn't be buried under so many like Julius Caesar that they could think he was throwing his power in their face. Octavian Caesar Augustus was a very astute man and incredibly wise. He learned right away from his adopted father's mistakes.
If you look at the decisive battle at Actium, in Greece--all his Roman supporters put the blame on Cleopatra and defected to the other side. For Romans, a WOMAN acting as a General was too much to bear. Even those most loyal to Antony felt this insulted their very Roman sensibilities of manhood and proper decorum. Many of his closest, dearest supporters and friends that at great personal risk, backed Antony couldn't understand why a 'mere woman' (Queen or not, the title didn't impress Roman males exactly, it in fact made them even more dubious of her character because Independent women in Ancient Rome, were a scandalous breed. It is true that high society women of Rome had the ability to move freely in society and conduct family business as her husband laid out. She was allowed to go out of the home and move about more freely in society than her lower class compatriots. Though she was also seen as an extension of her husband! If he was out on Campaign she did the work of keeping the family connections and business going. When that business is political, we can only imagine the wife had to tread carefully but work hard since she was always handicapped by the constant belief by Roman men that, that women were created for domination first by their fathers, then by husbands as the 'weaker' sex. It would have been nice if the Gods or Goddesses....forced these males into inglorious childbirth and then see after that if they still felt females so weak!
So now this Queen of Egypt that had been shredded in a war of propaganda, was to be like a "CO-GENERAL" With Antony. Maybe since they couldn't make Antony see at least on a Roman male perspective she made them uncomfortable. Was it considered bad luck? And her presence all but proved every ridiculous bit of propaganda that she had enchanted him magically or stole his mind with her eastern Greek sexuality. Things they considered all ready she had done to Caesar. This mistake not to force his lover to go back if not all the way to Alexandria, to some other guarded location rendezvous point made it a certainty in all of Antony's closest friends, associate's, client kings, and his faithful ROMAN legions.......he was lost to the bewitched powers of Cleopatra.
I know and gather from the book that Antony pleaded with her to back off but she would not. She was in a way, for the first time not the cool headed ruler she normally was. Something had shaken her very badly. Some would say it was Antony of course! Being out there and she wanted to make sure he would conquer the day. I agree with the author. There was something more profound at work. That Something was of course, Cleopatra's fear for her kingdom. Lets be practical. The things in life that mattered the most to her were her status as Queen and her continuation of the dynasty under the protection of Rome--meaning her children continuing with her dynasty.
It is unlikely she was ever so dumb to consider taking on the Roman Empire to Rule It! She had just expanded Egypt to it's proportions during the height and 'golden age' of Ptolemaic power! She picked and backed Anthony as a calculated political move. Was it ever really more for her? Well, when she sensed a wind to Egypt she had told Antony she was leaving. Antony so deluded and it seems in obsessive love for her, followed her!! He knew what she was doing. He was supposed to stay with his men and fight--NOT ABANDON them. They had a plan to meet at prearranged place. Had he stayed, though he suffered massive losses in the sea battle he might have been able to save more soldiers and organize them to their retreating spot as planned. But instead in one of his FAMOUS mood swings that will blame on another individual (I.E. Cleopatra; Who by now has all Roman's treating her as a bewitching!
In the end, we have to remember that Augustus was in charge of how her story ultimately ended up being told. As we have learned, one harsh reality is the WINNER of a war or the WINNERS--they get to write how and why. Cleopatra was the one Octavian declared war on (no one liked to admit they were at war with other Romans, so they always tried to cover a civil war with the trappings of another one). From day one Octavian and Antony were rivals, no question about it. But when Caesar's will was read it hurt two people more than any other. Antony clearly didn't understand what Octavian himself would even try to do later with his own nephew from his beloved and long suffering sister Octavia's (loyal to BOTH Octavian and Antony when her brother schemed to breed insult between them by offering her in marriage! She found herself in love with Antony and tried to be as dutiful a wife and sister to both men. Not an easy task since she was being used by her brother.) first marriage. Antony thought probably ridiculously Caesar would leave him something. Cleopatra probably expected SOMETHING for his son. He is said have recognized him in the full roman way. With the baby being put at his feet before nourishment. The pride of Ancient men was to have sons--which they ALWAYS thought was the fault of the wife. He recognized him in Egypt in front of his officers in the Roman way. But no matter what, he could NEVER be legitimate in Rome. None the less both Antony and Cleopatra just might have felt a bit jilted by what Caesar had done. Even if it was probably the more sensible acts of his life.
I will never say that Octavian who grew into Augustus wasn't the most ruthless politician of all. While Antony and Cleopatra were probably content to stay in the east and just live, he wanted them ON "PROSCRIPTION", He wanted them dead, and their assets liquidated to cover his debts in Rome to pay the Vets for all the Civil Wars once and for all. Annexing Egypt was the Golden Goose for Rome. If Antony could have been that Ruthless, IF ONLY--he might have held his own better. But again, I think we are thrown with affairs of the heart! No matter what, as much as Octavian KNEW he found his soul-mate in Livia the moment he met her....There is room for that kind of concept here even if they didn't think of it in those terms. And after all this thinking and the reading of TWO brilliant books....I can't deny the power and majesty of it all. I read first Cleopatra: A Life. Then I went and read Augustus: The First Emperor. Reading them both gave me a an explicit understanding I think of all we have left of the personalities of that time!
Octavian may have been RUTHLESS! But he really was the man suited for the power that was now needed to stabilize Rome. As we see in his dynasty immediately AFTER his death, the excess they began to live in, the debauchery, depravity, the family murders...it is something Cleopatra's family was well long used to. But the Julian Dynasty had decidedly few able men up to the task of what Augustus was able to do. All they had to do at least was to maintain it! And they could barely manage that. And therefore...the Julian Dynasty was so very very short!...more
This modern retelling of Acient Myths is in my top 5 Favorite books of all time. For the first time I was able to read the uncensored original myths iThis modern retelling of Acient Myths is in my top 5 Favorite books of all time. For the first time I was able to read the uncensored original myths in Proper 21st century modern American English. It has been a wonderful experience. Maybe for a great many of us religious tales fill in that blank and help us reaffirm our religious faith. Then there are those agnostics like me who still see the relevance in my everyday life that reading the ancient myths is akin to comfort food for my SOUL....more
I read this and American Gods TWICE. This was a book where I caught myself envisioning the movie it was meant to be. It made me laugh aloud more thanI read this and American Gods TWICE. This was a book where I caught myself envisioning the movie it was meant to be. It made me laugh aloud more than once. It also simply made me smile. Why else did I read it twice in quick succession? I didn't realize how much it connected to AMERICAN GODS until I'd finished this book in the first place. Once I did, I wanted to go back and connect the dots slowly. It turned out there was references I missed in American Gods or simply didn't remember till they seemed more compelling because of this book. Did I like this book? Simply, yes. The symbolism used is perfect. Weaving spiders is very apt description of any story telling. But then bringing every piece out so a child could understand it, was something that sounds complicated--but, Neil Gaiman made it seem as effortless as singing a song! This book seemed to have a bit of every thing I liked. Then the heroes happen to also be mythic Gods. Demi-God's, if you will...after their father's spiderish line. Spiders. Some of my LEAST FAVORITE web weaving friends on earth....more
I loved the book. I never suspected so many possibilities I'd never considered to be possible. That's what I loved about this book. It's a fact that nI loved the book. I never suspected so many possibilities I'd never considered to be possible. That's what I loved about this book. It's a fact that nothing could ever be plain fact about Cleopatra VII since her story is told to us by her conquerors that hated and detested everything about her for their belief she personally either some truly 'magically' way or as one of those dangerous Eastern Asiatic Greek Women your mother always warned you about (I'm guessing by the reaction in Rome *wink* ) had used the arts of seduction and sexual prowess to completely enchant, ensnare, and destroy not one but TWO Great Roman Men. Now, you KNOW this is a lie when in Rome after the dust settles and Cleopatra's three younger children by Mark Antony are taken by none other than Octavia--Cleopatra's rival for Antony's affection. The two twins Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene, along with their younger brother Ptolemy Philodelphoi. As of yet I've not heard any satisfactory answer on what happened to the boys. BUT, the daughter was arranged in marriage to another displaced royal child named King Juba who went on to rule modern day Algeria. What is compelling, is to take pity on these children even bringing the boys and not just Cleopatra Selene! Why do that if you're going to murder them later? It doesn't seem likely unless the boys tried revenge or caused trouble. And if they did...it would be memorable one would think.
No, the more fascinating event is after blaming Cleopatra VII as the evil temptress to Roman decency....
It is Mark Antony that Octavian Caesar Augustus tries to erase all memory from. And really I believe that is because he is and WAS the only reason for the war. If Cleopatra had not gotten romantically involved with him, she may have found herself a Queen for a while longer. For the pretext to annex Egypt wasn't given. Just like in our world today when politicians want to wage war. They may have less than honorable reasons. Sometimes it may just be a personal vendetta. But they can't gather and muster troops to fight for a cause that week. You can't tax your homeland on that weak excuse to pay for that extraordinary cost of war because you want to eliminate a rival. Or keep one in check. So you have to create a reason through propaganda to get everyone on your side of "RIGHTEOUS PATRIOTISM!" Nobody but Antony and Octavian wanted that war as they seemed to had been trying to find reasons to unleash it. It was important to Octavian to goad Antony into making the first move so he could seem like he was just as surprised and as upset as anyone else. Octavian wanted Egypt as his prize as much as he wanted to rid himself of his rival. But only as a couple romantically attached and bound to each other did Cleopatra make that possible. I can't make myself believe a woman who was so level headed and calculating took a misstep because she thought she could 'rule the roman east' or ludicrously Rome itself. That's propaganda. I think she miscalculated with rose colored glasses of love that no matter what her and Antony were doing, they could handle things if only together.
Love can bring the best and worst out of people.
I have had a fascination with the last "EGYPTIAN" Queen who was from the ARISTOCRACY OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT'S official taster, Ptolemy line--since forever. Cleopatra BIO is the first fully "liberated", really smart women I was exposed to as a girl in school. Even in the 1980s there aren't many options for girls to look up to heroes really. And because most if not all of what we do know about her was written Augustus or his lot....we have a one sided story. I really enjoyed this book. It opened avenues of thought I never considered, such as if she really did kill herself or was she, "helped"by a very manipulative politician Caesar adopted. We will never know but it is a striking, NEVER thought of till now idea. Just as with the differing reasons she and Antony made some of their biggest PR mistakes with Rome. It could be a lot of compellingly mad and salacious reasons on both or at different times either party causing the damage. Or it could be they actually were in volatile adult relationship of TO equal parties. The kind of relationships that make "proper" Roman men SICK. A woman was to be dominated in that era. Roman women had a debt to Cleopatra that they never realized. Antony always seemed to favor women like Fulvia & Cleopatra. They were equal partners who screamed and raged. Octavia was beautiful, submissive, everything a Roman woman should be. That was a strategic political marriage since any marriage to Cleopatra would not be legal. I suppose I never realized how far Octavian went to trap Antony and annex Egypt. The political grand standing alone is shocking as it is impressive it worked! Antony spent too much time away from Rome DOING the job Octavian laid like a snare for Antony. It's as if he gave him that work hoping they'd meet...two people he needed to destroy. It was interesting. so interesting I'm off to read a book on AUGUSTUS: The First Emperor by Anthony Everett! Because really, maybe they weren't being consumed by romantic induced (or otherwise) megalomania at all. Antony was conducting an affair with a foreigner that could NEVER hope to have a shred of legitimacy in Rome. Cleopatra wanted her oldest son for own dynastic purposes. Maybe the true undoing of both Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony was seriously underestimating the ambitions of Julius Caesar's adopted heir and biological grand-nephew???? Yes, maybe Antony and Cleopatra were in love, maybe in one another they found a kindred spirit--what we in modern times would call a "soulmate". She was able to let her hair down and have 'fun' in refined and most decidedly UNREFINED ways. But men don't usually carry on petty "PHYSICAL" driven affairs for a decade. That is a long term commitment. And as all literature seems to suggest, she was exceptionally jealous of other women he was with--even his own WIFE when still wedded to his devoted and loving wife Octavia! And Antony had the same outrageous explosions when he felt she was being flirtatious to other men in the record. But was it, WAS IT there love that did them in???????...more
This was recommended highly by Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine. When I looked it up to buy it for my 7in Kindle HD, it was described as a Young AThis was recommended highly by Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine. When I looked it up to buy it for my 7in Kindle HD, it was described as a Young Adult style book. I've read a lot of the offerings in the past few years when it comes to the Young Adult 'genre' and offerings. After reading this book, my first proclamation is essentially that this is a genuine Fantasy. The main character is about 16 year old Seraphina. She lives in a world that seems 19th century or earlier. In this world, there are dragons and humans. Apparently there were vicious wars between the dragons and humans until the current queen and leader of the Dragons came up with a treaty of peace that many dragons and humans were angry about, that their respective leaders could do. Which is actually completely understandably and reasonably in the human reasoning when you think that you'd had been bred to hate a species and been at war for time out of mind. One could easily translate that to how in my lifetime, since I was born in 1981--It seems Islamic Terrorists or Countries have been the subject of war or devastating terrorism. I'm now 31 years old. So with a lifetime of 31 years where I could be convinced they are bad guys. And sort of like in THEIR country, they have dragons in human form, but are obviously non-humans that can attract a lot of bigotry. I'm glad that I was raised to judge people on who they are, not what they are! Racism and bigotry I was brought up to believe that was the height of evil in society. Our main character is a 'hybrid'. Her father is the Royal court expert lawyer for the treaty. Her mother was a dragon in human form. They married without her father ever knowing that she was a dragon!! He found out only when her mother died that she was a dragon as she spilled silver blood all over the sheets. Her father is supremely embarrassed. And tries to cover up the identity of her mother to the humans because he could be executed for what he did. Mating with a dragon, marring a dragon, then having an 'abomination' or half breed child (which isn't supposed to be possible)...
Seraphina is a wonderful main character. The whole story is rich and wonderful that is definitely not on the same level with most of the fare you find in "YOUNG ADULT" offerings. This is the first book certainly. It ended in a way leaving no doubt there will be more books. How many I can't say. But to be honest....I hope it's more than a Trilogy. I'd enjoy reading more about this world. What stands to happen as she goes on her journey. And what powers she's bound to open up and discover inside within herself. I like this story. It's showing the melding of two cultures. There is war and heartache on the way. But a worthy story. I was riveted. I loved this author's story. I hope it's not a 'common trilogy'. Lets really dig in to THIS world and these issues. I'm in for the long haul. And I believe most people that love FANTASY, will love SERAPHINA. ...more
poetic and lyrical all the way through. the weaving of the words is beautiful and apart. from the story they. The story is inspirsing and heart break.poetic and lyrical all the way through. the weaving of the words is beautiful and apart. from the story they. The story is inspirsing and heart break. It was a stroke. of genius to give Romans their çreation epic (in copy of the Greeks witheir Homer epics The Iliead & The Odessey....Virgil's Abridge countinues the story of one defeated. Trojan General and prince who was under order orders from the gods to seek his "new kingdom" by the Tiber river in the strategic place perfect for a city to be born and control the Italian peninsula. SO....ONE OF THSE LAST STANDING TROJAN NOBLEMAN IS ANEAS..,.SON OF APHRODITE AND LEGENDARY FOUNDER OF ROME ACCORDING TO THIS EPIC POEM....more
I liked the book because it wasn't as gossipy as I was lead to believe. What was really enjoyable was seeing how the campaigns are put togeGame Change
I liked the book because it wasn't as gossipy as I was lead to believe. What was really enjoyable was seeing how the campaigns are put together from behind the scenes, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW--DURING THIS NEW PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEAR. In an odd way the writer made several of the candidates look odd with the exception of our current first family.....The Obama's. The author included many passages implicating an adoring love between Barak and Michelle. Also his pride in his girls. The others never once looked as if they loved each other. And I for one wasn't totally blown away by what the authors call the disparity between Elizabeth Edward's public image and her every day behavior they felt they had to to ENDURE. Hence the sarcastic nickname of Saint Elizabeth. I had told my mother many times when I saw her on Oprah or things like that I just sensed a barely concealed RAGE seething underneath the plastic smile that didn't reach her eyes. Of course when it came out publicly that while she was battling breast cancer YET again....her no good husband was out cheating. But according to the book and long time staffers with them, she ALWAYS had that barely concealed rage. And actually loved to humiliate John in font of the staff years before her cancer. They said she said he absorbed as her trying to help him be a better person. When anyone else would have seen it as verbal and mental abuse. This is the tip of the iceberg on what you would lean about the people 'who would be king or queen' *wink* In this marvelous book but also an incredible glimpse into the procedures of how presidential campaigning works. They strategically picked states where they felt the need to win all or nothing and in the last election there were still limits donating to a so called "SUPER PAC". The Obama Campaign made history in MANY ways. The obvious factor was he was the first American President of mixed race to win the office and although his mother and Grandmother predominantly raised him--he would always identify himself more with his African American heritage. But other firsts was the usage of the Internet to get poor people who contribute even fifty bucks the chance to give one or two dollars. And they could do it again and again. His staff came up with the idea to see Obama hats T Shirts, copies of the book he wrote and things like that at ANY place he was making speak. These ideas helped pull in more and more money. Then there was the way people were drawn to him. I think you were three categories. You were one of those who just wanted to hear him speak, maybe glimpse him and maybe if you were blessed touch the hem of one his clothing items!!!! The other group was outraged at this other group of people because they DID use the word MESSIAH and OBAMA in the same sentence. I was apart of the third that was plain in shock that a certain section of America were indeed treating this man as the cure all pill to all th problems Bush 2 left us in full swing of and some that he'd created but were only starting to fully blossom. It was nice to read that the people behind the scenes in the Obama camp were as weirded out by it as I am. They were concerned actually for THIS election. Logically no one person in our system of government can make everything he promises happens and people have way of forgetting their REQUIRED high school government classes we all HAD to take to graduate from high school. Then if we went on to college we should have less of an excuse for how the system works FOR BETTER OR WORSE; WE SHOULD KNOW THE PRESIDENT CAN NOT BY HIMSELF MAKE LAWS UNLESS THEY HAVE TO DO WITH A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY WHICH THE COMMITTEE IN CONGRESS THAT DEALS WITH THIS TOPIC MUST BE CLUED IN I BELIEVE (I'M A LITTLE RUSTY). So even this year as Mitt Romney makes promises and we will start sooner or later hear Obama with his own promises and rhetoric. Reading This book reminded me of how much it is a political oratory dance. It is more ritual and theater than factual promises. I was also reminded how many Americans have forgotten that the promises of this political theater are ritual more than an actual intention.
"...Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. ..."
butter than I expected. and a bit shocking...but I think most of those go to cultural differences and do NOTHING to expunge him as one of the world'sbutter than I expected. and a bit shocking...but I think most of those go to cultural differences and do NOTHING to expunge him as one of the world's first philosopher....more
i loved reading this book even though it was research for a paper in my sociology because of its lessons it had to teach. The lessons are scary but nei loved reading this book even though it was research for a paper in my sociology because of its lessons it had to teach. The lessons are scary but necessary to confront in any time of how far the human species can go and truly feel with all their heart "their just following orders"...more