Hi all,


I've been following several discussion on the MSM regading the wars, health insurance reform, climate/energy policy, and financials regulation/deregulation, and I am more convinced that we are turning a corner in national history (for the worse). If things go as they are, we're poised to finish the 21st century as a serfdom.  


What do you think is the single most pressing issue facing the United States now?  For me, I say campaign finance reform and congressional term limits. All of the above problems, imo, are where they are because we have a corporate bought Congress. An effective financial competing interest will always destroy a democracy and hope for government for and by the masses.


AA.org, what do you think is the single most pressing issue facing the United States now?.
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his nationalism depends upon him not understanding it...
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I have always respected your opinion Shu. We happen to be on the same page this time, in terms of both of our outlooks. However, I don’t see politicians as being the problem as much as I see it being the electorate and the culture of this nation. The electorate keeps trying the same thing….expecting different results. The electoral credulous is mind boggling to me and if it’s not credulous then its partisanship. People vote for candidates for the wrong reason. Part of the problem is that people really are not voting FOR something now, as much as they are voting AGAINST something else. This is race to the bottom. During the campaign, it was CLEAR who the ONLY candidates were that was not brought and that is Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul.  However, the electorate did not choose to vote for these individuals. These two are the type of candidates that represent REAL change.....and they were not corporate backed and brought out. Yet…..the public did not vote for them.

 

This nation will start moving in the right direction when the electorate breaks free of the two party paradigm and the strategy of voting Against a particular candidate or party as opposed to voting for a particular candidate.

I don't think U.S.'s most pressing issue is political, at all.  I think the America's most pressing issue is America's itself.  It's attitude about racism, the pervasive discrimination, the refusal to acknowledge and right past wrongs.  America, as a country and as a people, needs to learn how to step up and deal with its negative past before trying to move forward into the future.

If we're talking about specific issues/policies I would say the education situation is the most critical. It needs to be fixed.  Our children need to be educated.  With education, everything else can be made to fall into place.
Your assessment of Congress is consistent with that most observers.

That lariat-twirling commentator may have said it first.

'We have the best congress money can buy.'

I think the circumstance with the greatest potential for impacting American society is having a person of acknowledged African ancestry as President.

This is a major 'crack' in the 'color-construction' of the society.

This is not to say your selections are not valid.

The diminishing of our society's 'color-construction' is to re-arrange the construction of the nation.

The prospect of such change makes my heart race.

I think...I...think...the United States has been forever changed.

Thomas Jefferson hid his unknown African ancestry.

The new republic continued to grow.


Andrew Jackson hid is unknown African ancestry.

The nation grew with a declared 'manifest destiny'.

Abraham Lincoln hid his unknown African ancestry.

Harding hid his.

Wilson hid his.

Eisenhower hid his.

Even Hoover hid his.

All of them committed vile acts against their own people...of unknown African ancestry while executing their deceit.

But...with President Barack Obama...there is no hiding.

Every day he is in office is another blow to what has until now the impregnable wall-of-lies constructed and sustained since the 1600s.

PEACE

Jim Chester
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If we're talking about specific issues/policies I would say the education situation is the most critical. It needs to be fixed. Our children need to be educated. With education, everything else can be made to fall into place.
Saying it needs to be fixed implies that it worked at some time.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12...ess-world_business//

The system is designed to control the distribution of knowledge and give the most knowledge to those who conform.  But the technology changes society right out from under us and everyone is stuck guessing what will happen next.  Who controls WHAT WE DO with technology?  How much we know may limit what we do so GOOD EDUCATION could be very disruptive.

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Disruptive to whom?

LOL

Disruptive to EVERYONE that wants some people to know less than they do.  That is a hell of a lot of people.  Plenty of Whites want other Whites to know less than they do.  I have sat in on plenty of conversations where I knew one White man was lying to another White man.

And it is so curious when you are trying to understand something and after months and months you stumble across the trick of it and then you wonder why no one explained something that simple.  The system actually runs on INFORMATION HIDING.  The educational system is mostly a farce.

That is why this is so funny:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0wk4qG2mIg

That was from the 1980's. Now think about that for a minute.

Harvard is in Boston. Doesn't it snow in Boston during the winter?

When it is winter in Boston isn't it summer in Sidney, Australia?

Shouldn't people that can get into Harvard know that? What does this say about the curiosity and intelligence of Harvard graduates? Does Formal Education really mean having the mind formed to NOT THINK?

Xum
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LOL Disruptive to EVERYONE that wants some people to know less than they do. That is a hell of a lot of people. Plenty of Whites want other Whites to know less than they do. I have sat in on plenty of conversations where I knew one White man was lying to another White man.
 LOL ... oh okay! 

I thought you might have been talking about somebody who's opinion really mattered! 
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During the campaign, it was CLEAR who the ONLY candidates were that was not brought and that is Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul. However, the electorate did not choose to vote for these individuals. These two are the type of candidates that represent REAL change.....and they were not corporate backed and brought out. Yet…..the public did not vote for them.

Perhaps if you were someone who actually participated in the voting process, you would know that the MAJORITY of 'the electorate' or 'the public' did not even have the choice or the opportunity to vote for either Dennis Kucinich or Ron Paul.

You couldn't possibly know this, but ... neither candidate's name even appeared on the MAJORITY of ballots that were cast in that election.  Which means that MOST people could not have voted for them, even if they wanted to.

Additionally, both candidates had pretty much conceded the loss of any possibility of winning within 2 months after the primary voting began.  Due to archaic procedural voting rules currently in place, the primary voting that takes place in Iowa, New Hampshire, and maybe one other state, usually determines who will remain in the race and who won't.  Most candidates drop out before anywhere NEAR a majority of voters have had the opportunity to place their votes.

And while it wouldn't surprise me that you would STILL continue to advocate for someone (especially Black people) to somehow enter a vote for a person that doesn't even exist on their ballot or is no longer running in the race ... or, of course, that they just not vote at all ... voting for what amounts to a 'ghost' is simply not the most productive thing one can do with a ballot.

The REAL reason why Kucinich and Paul were not able to be considered as viable candidates for president is because THE MEDIA shut them out and did not give them a (more public) voice or the media attention that they as individuals or their message as candidates deserved!

If you want to point the little "stupid finger" you are sooooo fond of waving (at anybody except yourself, of course) at the appropriate culprit, it would not be "the electorate" the majority of which who never had the chance to vote for them in the first place.  The blame should go to the media and to the ridiculous election rules currently in place that stifle any possibility of a true democratic election process.

"The electorate / public" have their own set of idiosyncrasies that contribute to the dysfunction of elections.  However, blaming them for not voting for someone that doesn't appear on their ballot or who is no longer in the race when it is their turn to vote ... is not one of them. 

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