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Sunday, 11 January 2004

Paul O’Neill

Filed under: Politics

Well, this should liven things up…

“These people are nasty and they have a long memory,” [O’Neill] tells Suskind. But he also believes that by speaking out even in the face of inevitable White House wrath, he can demonstrate loyalty to something he prizes: the truth. “Loyalty to a person and whatever they say or do, that’s the opposite of real loyalty, which is loyalty based on inquiry, and telling someone what you really think and feel—your best estimation of the truth instead of what they want to hear.” That goal is worth the price of retribution, O’Neill says. Plus, as he told Suskind, “I’m an old guy, and I’m rich. And there’s nothing they can do to hurt me.”


2 Comments

Stan Kravit said:

I just re-read THE PRICE OF LOYALTY and wonder if O’Neill has been able to do anything about digging wells in Africa since leaving office. Thanks.

Wednesday, June 7 2006 at 1:37 AM

Paul D. Shannon said:

The Title of the book should have been “A Man of Conscience Tells The Truth”. Mr O’Neill Has spent his entire life demonstrating that thought passed thru Conscience during formation of Belief lends a man the confidance to act accordingly, exampling that Fear of acting on his Belief system is simply a manifestation of insecurity. If Mr. O’Neill reads this I would ask a favor…Would you Please read “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer. I am convinced, after reading in the following order…The Assault On Reason By Al Gore, The Age Of Turbulance by Alan Greenspan & The Price of Loyalty by Ron Suskind that if Mr Oneill, Mr. Greenspan, Former Vice President Al Gore, Jack Herer, Keith Stroup (Founder of NORML), and Doctor Lester Grinspoon Professor Emirtus of Psychiatry, Harvard (Author of Marijuana The Forbidden Medicine) were to sit in the same room and discuss the topic of Cannabis/Hemp/Marijuana and it’s Diverse Multitude of Social & Economic Potential & Possibilties. The resulting Benifit Primarily to the U.S., but also to the world at large are incalculable. It would require the Man who uttered the words above ending with… “ I’m an old guy,and I’m rich, and there’s nothing they can do to me”. The world NEEDS a Man who Believes in giving “Your Best Estimation of the TRUTH…Not What They Want To Hear” on the subject of Cannabis/Hemp/Marijuana and the Gov.’t conspiracy to supress the Facts as well as the Truth. Only someone of your Stature and Commitment to the Truth to examine the question of Legality after a discussion by All the Experts though they be from opposing camps/opinions, a mantra of yours to get the Facts, could pull it off. Mr Grenspan is your freind and the country Trusts his judgement & opinion of Reality as they do your own. While just today it was announced that Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on Global Warming & the Environment. The issue is SO Vast and encompasses so many aspects of existence for the entire globe, especially Africa, Afghanistan(it could be used to replace poppy) and most other impoverished nations as well as the environment, all would have an opportunity to heal. Cannabis/Hemp/Marijuana has Historicaly been used as Food,Fuel,Animal Feed,Medicine & removes massive amounts of co2 from the atmosphere while requiring little to grow, grows almost anywhere under conditions few plants can tolerate. Please read The Emperor Wears No Clothes and then Decide. The Country & the World still need you, Mr O’Neill. Quite Literally.

Saturday, October 13 2007 at 1:48 AM

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