CHRISTMAS MESSAGE – PM Freundel Stuart urges Barbadians to be good citizens

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE BY PRIME MINISTER  FREUNDEL STUART, Q.C., M.P.

 

Fellow Barbadians, It is that time of the year when again across the world we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ just upwards of two thousand years ago.

I am pleased to address you on this occasion as we reflect on the account of an event which does not grow old as we that are human grow old. The freshness of the Christmas story is a continuing stimulus to our faith as Christians.

At Christmas time, we have tended to focus primarily on the birth of the baby Jesus but on this occasion I have chosen to focus on His parents, the law-abiding couple, Mary and Joseph. In faithful discharge of their duty as good citizens in a vast Roman Empire, they responded to a decree by the Emperor that a census was to be carried out and that they should be registered. It was during this simple demonstration of good and exemplary citizenship that the miracle of a virgin giving birth to a child in a manger at Bethlehem happened.

The world has ever since then continued to feel the reverberations of that miracle. People who had up to that time walked in darkness, were able thereafter to see a great light.

Even as the light which Christ represents has been the answer to the darkness that enveloped the world before His coming, so also has the idea of right which He symbolizes been the answer to the many wrongs that haunt our world from day to day. The truth which Christ embodies has been the antidote to the spread of falsehoods which have threatened to poison our environment from time to time.

The reign of divine justice which His coming proclaimed continues to shake at their very foundations the many injustices which act as a stain on human civilization.

In the same way that good, responsible citizenship by Mary and Joseph two thousand years ago prepared the way for the miracle of a virgin birth that would guarantee the redemption of fallen man, so too good, responsible citizenship on our part can today, in our time, lay the foundation for bringing to fruition the miracles for which we hope.

The Christmas story teaches us that it is not in avoiding our duties as citizens that miracles will happen. It is rather, in discharging our duties as citizens, that the miracles we so earnestly desire and of which we so passionately speak, can take place.

The economic miracles that we long for cannot happen just by the mere act of longing.

Good citizenship requires that we be prepared to work harder in our many spheres of daily endeavor. We must set out to give that full day’s work for the full day’s pay which we expect. We must produce, whether goods or services, to the full extent of our capacities. And, most important, evading or avoiding our duty as citizens to pay our fair share of taxes will not produce the economic miracle we all want to enjoy.

As with the economic miracle, so also with the social miracle. If we default on our responsibility as good citizens to each play our part in promoting and ensuring the common good, we will not achieve the social miracle of a balanced and inclusive society characterised by peace and goodwill towards one another. Nor will the miracle happen if we fail to set proper examples for our children such as respect for others, and the importance of discipline, of contentment and of setting high standards of excellence for themselves in all that they do

A social miracle will continue to elude us if our emphasis is on what we can get rather than on what we can give, or on acquiring status for ourselves rather than rendering service to our fellow man.

As we celebrate yet another Christmas season, therefore, let us take time to reflect on the good citizenship of Mary and Joseph two thousand years ago which provided both the context and the background for a miracle that would forever benefit mankind. Let us reflect on our own good citizenship as the context and background for the social and economic miracles we wish to experience in our own time.

Let us, inspired by the example and role of Mary and Joseph, resolve to be good, caring and responsible citizens of Barbados, determined by our actions to create the conditions for those miracles which will bring about the spiritual, social and economic renewal of our beloved nation.

May we as Barbadians take time to reflect on the Christmas story in its fullness, even as we celebrate in our traditional ways the birth of Jesus Christ who came to save mankind.

On behalf of the Cabinet of Barbados and on behalf of my family and myself, I should like to extend best wishes to all of you for a blessed Christmas and a healthy, happy, productive and prosperous 2018.

79 Responses to CHRISTMAS MESSAGE – PM Freundel Stuart urges Barbadians to be good citizens

  1. Jennifer December 25, 2017 at 9:25 am

    @Ossie – here comes the real (fake) holy rollers, bible clutchers and bible phanatics. Give the first one for the day a round of applause. Keep watching.

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    • Jennifer December 25, 2017 at 10:02 am

      Mind u Ossie we accept stabilizing, status quo maintenance
      BS-ers like this. Why? because these set ups are who we look up to and follow. Much luv hun. Enjoy ur day.

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  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 25, 2017 at 9:31 am

    This is the last Christmas for some politicians as a member of parliament.

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    • Jennifer December 25, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Lol – u hope.

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  3. Javier Maynard
    Javier Maynard December 25, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Stupes…….cut de ham do.

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  4. Michele Rollock
    Michele Rollock December 25, 2017 at 9:56 am

    You mean he got a Christian name.

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  5. Julia Robinson
    Julia Robinson December 25, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Some will be hungry today. I know that for a fact.

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  6. Deborah King
    Deborah King December 25, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Michele Rollock You are correct to say that,did not think of it like that,horrible bad minded ass he is.

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  7. Deborah King
    Deborah King December 25, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Julia Robinson It’s true,truly heartbreaking.I could cry.

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  8. Shari A Lobo
    Shari A Lobo December 25, 2017 at 10:03 am

    We hope you also will be a good citizen.

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba December 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      WHEN?

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    • Shari A Lobo
      Shari A Lobo December 25, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Ali – hopeful given the season.

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba December 25, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Shari A Lobo SEASON OR NO SEASON NOT THAT SEWER RAT….10 YEARS OF LYING AIN’T 10 MORNINGS

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  9. Minister Straker
    Minister Straker December 25, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Keep scrolling. This post was a temporary inconvenience.

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  10. Kirt Jordan
    Kirt Jordan December 25, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Stupse.

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  11. Randolph December 25, 2017 at 10:33 am

    He is praying for a miracle in 2018.He will need it.

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  12. Ria Ifill
    Ria Ifill December 25, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Christopher Barnett

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    • Christopher Barnett
      Christopher Barnett December 25, 2017 at 11:09 am

      = DIS MAN KNOW JESUS SKIN UP AH WHOLE GATHERING CAUSE DEM WANTED TO TAX PEOPLE AND THAT IS WRONG ……..STUPSEEEEEEEEEEEE LOOK I GONE FROM HERE BEFORE I EXPLODE IN THIS COMMENT SECTION…….BOY GO READ YOUR BIBLE AND STOP CHAT FREE MASON FOOLISHNESS IN HEY FAMILIES

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  13. Jada Phenix
    Jada Phenix December 25, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Don’t turn channel 8 on so i didn’t missed anything important like bad weather or the horrible violent in Chicago, Syria and other nations.

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  14. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 25, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Got to love when politicians talk about paying fair share of taxes and giving back because those things are very good but the real well heel fat cats that should be doing just that don’t, it’s only the folks at the bottom end of economic ladder that this statement seem intended for.

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    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield December 25, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      The head people that talking are the ones that do not pay taxes or their bills

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  15. Jemima Roberts
    Jemima Roberts December 25, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Lol them coment.haha

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  16. Max Carter
    Max Carter December 25, 2017 at 11:03 am

    somebody anybody do something with dem nuh

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  17. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd December 25, 2017 at 11:07 am
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  18. Michael Browne
    Michael Browne December 25, 2017 at 11:10 am

    He can be a better citizen by calling the election.

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  19. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd December 25, 2017 at 11:11 am

    GET LOSS FOR 2018 SEWAGE ..GOVERNMENT

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  20. Michael Browne
    Michael Browne December 25, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Still looking for the miracle by wishing Den away

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  21. Christopher Barnett
    Christopher Barnett December 25, 2017 at 11:11 am

    =

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  22. Michael Browne
    Michael Browne December 25, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Dem

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  23. Wendell Pinder
    Wendell Pinder December 25, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Julia Robinson it don’t matter who is PM there always will be persons that don’t have and (hungry)

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  24. Rosemary P. Leon
    Rosemary P. Leon December 25, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Merry Christmas Mr Prime Minister.

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  25. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles December 25, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Every time I hear this pompous mess talk I keep hearing the host from Fantasy Island

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  26. Kitkat Kalonji
    Kitkat Kalonji December 25, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Not on a grand scale though

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  27. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray December 25, 2017 at 11:58 am

    when he done we he going Canada and live happy of the hog

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  28. archy perch December 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    If I were to go by what I read on this site I would be running scared into the acres of Mt. Stinkeroo, covered in all the bull shire you guys observe and write. And we all know which crooked party wasted the millions in a failed project. But look,,,,,I am confident that the blessed Democratic Labour Party will hold the ship together through this economic crisis and see us through to prosperity again.Changing gears right now will be costly and more painful. The government’s programmes – already started – to restructure this economy are beginning to take root, but patience is a virtue.If you ducks refuse to acknowledge such,then a blind fool would be lying to him/herself becoming a fool squared. Just looking at the lineup dressed in red on stage recently gave me the shivers. Not enough adjectives to describe those nouns/clowns. That crooked party’s track record of wastage is there for all to research, I WILL assist you next year so none of you forget. Crooked bunch.

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  29. Caroline Boxill
    Caroline Boxill December 25, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Truth

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  30. Baz Moz
    Baz Moz December 25, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Should have led by example years ago, bit late now for him and his cronies to be “good citizens”

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  31. gsmiley December 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Man look even Patrick’s Xmas message was better.

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  32. Jache Sanguinetti
    Jache Sanguinetti December 25, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    He not dead yet

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  33. Chris Howard
    Chris Howard December 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Merry Christmas PM.

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  34. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus December 25, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Even in he Christmas speech he tekkin ppl fa fools….smh……I never hear the Christmas story like dah yet ….smh

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba December 25, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      OK DENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

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  35. Skylar Prince
    Skylar Prince December 25, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Merry Christmas Prine Minister Stuart!

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  36. Oliver Smith December 25, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Crooked Archy Perch and his crooked tales. You ain’t convincing not a single Bajan with your crooked talk. But riddle me this: How is a crooked Government that put us in the sewer, literally and figuratively, going to get us out?

    Enjoy yuh last dance at the helm.

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  37. Lorenzo December 25, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Archy Perch the more rubbish you write themore I convinced you are a MP,and o poor one at that You really believe rehashing a lot of old talk about crooks going to help you,when there is current evidence of such behavior now.Go fix the sewerage on the South Coast,and stop talking nonsense do.

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  38. Sweetpea Darling
    Sweetpea Darling December 25, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Sad christmas Mr PM

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  39. Shawn Brathwaite
    Shawn Brathwaite December 25, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Would have been better if he said today was his last

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  40. Estwick Paula
    Estwick Paula December 25, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I’m here for the comments!!!!!

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  41. Cavil Best December 25, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Merry Christmas to you also Prime Minister Stuart, may Almighty God continues to bless you and strengthen you in Jesus Christ mighty name.

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  42. Sean King
    Sean King December 25, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    The only miracle Barbados needs is to get the rid of you out of office.

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  43. Alex Alleyne December 25, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Still looking for my $500 to $1000 ham for Xmas or shall we say, “election day”.

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  44. Stacia Tamika Gibson-forde
    Stacia Tamika Gibson-forde December 25, 2017 at 3:06 pm
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  45. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba December 25, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Eddy Murray OFF AH K/HILL HOG

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  46. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba December 25, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    AN RIGHTFULLY SO..IF YA TALKING OF THE BARBADOS PM

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  47. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews December 25, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    10 years we have been paying him, now he wants 6 more month pay ,Looka call the election please , your ten years of pay and all we got is Downgrades ,stop forcing yourself on us and leave please

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  48. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba December 25, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    YOU READ MIA CHRISTMAS MESSAGE….BROKE BACK MOUNTAIN?

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    • Jennifer December 25, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      @Ali B – Is not Mia on the said mountain too????

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  49. Michelle John Jones
    Michelle John Jones December 25, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Wish he had said his good byes

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  50. Mic Taylor
    Mic Taylor December 25, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    It would be best if he keep in mouth shut for the rest of his term, he is only upsetting good Barbadians at this time of year

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  51. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison December 25, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    It’s an extremely different task to not criticize P.M Stuart because when you have a breather from his silly and condescending rhetoric there he goes opening that useless split in his face and out come more sewage than can be found on the the South Coast of Barbados
    Imagine this man who has become more than a liability to Barbadians now have the audacity to ask us to work harder to rectify an ailing economy that he has contributed enormously to it’s present dismal condition by his failure to implement the requisite corrective measures instead of his steady and continuous procrastination.
    Mr Stuart, you are asking the tax burdened citizens of this country to contribute more and there isn’t a Bajan worker who wouldn’t give his all to stop the haemorrhage that has been occurring with this economy and we have been doing that by means of the increased taxes, no increase in salaries, direct payment for services that taxes are supposed to cover to name a few.
    What we the taxpayers will not do is to continue to allow our hard earned taxes be used without getting a return for them so unfortunately for you and those who has been idle in the corridors of Bay Street we will do what is necessary whenever you grow the balls to call elections because we have grown tired of your excuses, inactivity, incompetence and yes, your condescending and finger pointing at the people of this country for your mistakes.
    Yes, Mr Stuart, we are sick of you being the pretence of a leader that could govern this country but we will treat you to a sound thrashing and retire your incompetent ass which is way better than the people who have lost employment due to your sad display of leadership.

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  52. Carlisle Norville December 25, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    someone in my family was trying for these 2 terms, that frundel was prime minister to reach him, all they tried he was always diverted, could never from the time frundel became prime minister get to see him, NEVER available. now that my family regrets having voted for him,( he said to me, (He talking about being a good citizen <(why don't he take his own advice what I would add is that frundel ain't no fool, he making sure that when he is put out of office, his bank account here in Barbados or overseas stand Good.( de D.L.P. making all kinds of deals with people you know nothing about .(they leaving office with SMILES on their faces.!

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  53. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed December 25, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    only thing i want to hear from he is ” I resign”

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  54. Carlisle Norville December 25, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    i wonder if Mr: Stuart keeps himself abreast of what is happening in the REAL world, he really believes that all bagans are a set of complacent fools, who will sit back for the rest of their lives, & suffer under his administration, bagans have been exposed to the real world ,this is a different generation of people Mr; Stuart some of us have lived abroad, some of us are capable of doing what you don’t expect,( because of NO accountability ministers in government , spend the peoples hard earn tax money ,anyway they feel like, making all kind of agreements with internatiomal agencies, without any consultation with the populace, & you think that you know bagans so well, & that they got short memory, & it is buisness as usual ( WRONG) Mr:Stuart.!

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  55. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield December 25, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Man can’t talk singular at all. Always gotta include or blame someone.

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  56. Ralph Greene December 25, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Just here to read the comments, except for Archy Perch’s moronic contribution which I would not waste time looking at.

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  57. straight talk December 25, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    All these fake messages from a pack of fake people, every one.

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  58. Ossie Moore December 25, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    The Bajan Xmas messages are like a** holes , everyone has a message and they all stink ! ! ! !

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  59. hcalndre December 26, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Where is archy perch? what do you have to say about Adrian Allison`s comments?

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  60. petra December 26, 2017 at 4:58 am

    what Christmas message. we bajabs don’t want to hear. your 5 yrs up soon. not in June going in Feb. call the elections. let the people decide. this is the last mads

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  61. Jus me December 26, 2017 at 6:30 am

    In other words.
    PAY UP
    And
    SHUT UP

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  62. Jus me December 26, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Slimey, backstabbing,bowtie nose.N***er
    Get gone.

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  63. Ralph W Talma December 26, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Lovely words, but has the PM and his Cabinet been practicing what he is now preaching? I do not believe so. Too late, too late shall be the cry!!

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  64. luther thorne December 26, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Reduced Barbados to JUNK. Put Barbados in the SEWER
    Call Elections now NUH. Your Time has EXPIRED
    Does not deserve a 3rd Term. Can you imagine 5 more years of JUNK and SEWAGE ?

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  65. luther thorne December 26, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Isn’t it an act of dishonest campaigning that – the DLP Consortium and Propaganda Arm operating under a dishonest nomenclature designed to fool and hoodwink people much like the Russian BOTS did constantly on Social media in the American General Election continues to spout Sewage and seems the only defender of Junk.

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