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Writer and meditator, with an Independent bent. Have written for California and Midwest publications. Interests are the loss of the middle class, American manufacturing, unions, immigration, and the welfare of families and children.

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Salon.com
APRIL 30, 2012 4:50PM

Americans: To Be Right, Or To Endure As a Great Country?

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 No red America and blue America, just one America!

No black America and white America, just one America!

 

Obama's ideas seem like just tragic memories now....

But some things  in America have remained tragically the same:

  • an uncertain health care system that is bankrupting us
  • a crushing debt held by global competitors that will blow up in our faces sooner or later
  • the loss of much of our middle class, and growing ranks of poor citizens with no hope of upward mobility
  • the loss of pride in our country
  • the remaining threats from radical Islamists who have grown to hate us
  • the loss of any financial security as a country

 

The United States also still remains politically divided roughly 50/50 and that does not look likely to change any time soon.

And just about all Americans are upset about what has been happening politically, or what has not been happening  politically.

 

But Americans all have to make some progress for the country and soon.

Our time is running out.

And we have to talk to each other to make the necessary compromises and bargains.

Both the red and blue sides think that the other side is evil, immoral. But why should any one side have a monopoly on what is wrong or right for all of us in a country with a separation of church and state?

Both the red and blue sides think that the other is worthless, nuts. But aren't both sides certain to have at least some good ideas? Because the people are so very different, could each side see some things that the other side is blind to? Could they in some ways  balance out each other's  weaknesses?

 

It has become certain that neither the reds nor the blues, neither the minorities nor the non-minorities are going to get any dream utopia.

But we all have to at least have a country that works, one that can endure into the next age. A country that remains great.

 

 

 

 

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Compromise. Would that we could. Our politicians could start it, if they wanted to, and the media could promote it, if they wanted to. But Rome reaching a compromise doesn't sell as many ads as Rome burning.

I'll keep hoping for it, though.
Truer words haven't been said as yours in the last paragraph. Right on.
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Superb, eloquent and elegantly expressed. Oh, that only it could be so, Kathy, but me, the congenital pessimist fears that it is far too late.

Nevertheless, I appreciate and adore those of You who keep striving despite the odds.


-R-
Nice. Whatever did happen to compromise? Consultation? Harmony?
I think there are a lot more points of unity than you think - I think the media makes it appear that we are a deeply divided nation to keep of from building unified resistance. There seems to be near universal consensus on the important stuff, i.e. restoring the civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of rights, such as habeas corpus, due process, no warrantless search and seizure, freedom of speech, the press and assembly.
Thank you so much Fusun, good to hear from you.
Mark, you made my day!
Mary, we agree on those things.
Dr. Stuart, nice of you to visit.
Your love and hope and gentle reminding is refreshing, like the daffodils on your picture. I needed to see this this morning. Blessings, dear one.
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[r] America has jumped the shark and left great long ago if ever. To be basically decent? People in both red and blue camps need to be more reality-based. Need to call out the liars. There are liars protecting and enabling corporate capture of America leading both camps. Look at the horrors of war. The horrors of health care. The horrors of the prison system. The horrors of ever growing joblesseness and homelessness. Getting along is good. But blind cronyism civility fogging over bottom line morality, right vs. wrong, thou shalt not kill, steal, etc. is faux-cooperation. it is choosing sentimentalizing denial not reality.

I agree with the spirit of your message. I offer heavy caution. Truth not home-team "truthiness" must be embraced by individuals. critical thinking and being able to "handle the truth" is required. best, libby
Princess, thank you so very much.

I like your sentiments Herr

you are always so cool Algis

libby, I appreciate the time you took to answer me!