This came up in chat the other day and I wanted to add a couple things.
Oh, and before you both replying with "it's not that easy", I'll go ahead and tell you that I know it's not this easy. This is my argument for an ideal world. We don't live in that place yet; so, just let me bitch and complain about it... thanks.
It started with me accusing Obama of being "like the rest of them".
I'll go ahead and clear up a couple things. I know Obama has only been in office for a few days and no, I am not a Republican. I know, at least, a couple of you that will toss this up out of habit, but you're wasting your time b/c I do not apply. Disliking the Democrats or the government, in general, does not make me a right-wing nut. If you must flame, please be a little more creative.
For starters, I do not think that that Obama is directly responsible for the US's state of decline. He has less to do with it than most b/c of how new he is on the scene.
I believe that the government in general is responsible for this.
They are destroying the American dream. Whether this has been intentional or if it's just a part of the free market Democratic cycle, really doesn't matter to me. The fact is, it is happening, and I want it fixed.
I don't think we should settle for what we've been handed b/c there aren't any more hands to eat out of. We've passed the time of "finding ourselves" as a country. We looked for an answer in our government. We tried relying on them to solve the problem. We gave them the power and the money to cure what ails us... and at every turn we were burned.
No. We need to create ourselves; we need to solve the problem ourselves; we need to look past our differences and join together to show our government that we mean business this time. We want real change. Change that doesn't even come close to resembling what we have seen for the last 20 years. If we don't do that and we continue to further divide ourselves, we'll fall like the rest of them.
I want a new government and the only way to get that is by wiping the slate with the current set of politicians. If that means revolution, then so be it.
I'm under the belief that the only thing that will motivate this movement is a catastrophic event. Something that will touch enough of our lives that we are willing to ignore the lines that our government has drawn down the center of this country and unite together. We are so concerned about the left and the right... the conservative and the liberal, we've completely forgotten how to solve problems. All we know how to do is fight for our cause. Where's the compromise? Where are the give and take debates? What's the point of an argument if NEITHER can win? Why are we still flip flopping back and forth between policies depending on which party holds the office. This is ridiculous.
Global warming? Who flippin cares? Call it whatever you want, but we need to fix the pollution problem. Period. That will solve both sides of the debate. Does it really matter where the finger is pointing? Let’s play the blame game after we fix the problem.
Investigate Bush? The right is debating that it's a waste of time and the left is debating that it would violate a treaty with the UN signed by Reagan if we don't... I bet these suckers will still be debating the same thing at the end of Obama's first term. Should we investigate him? Sure, why not? Dedicate a few of the investigators we have trying to find out if man caused global warming to check it out.
Universal Healthcare? I'm against the idea, but for fuck's sake... just decide already. What we're doing now isn't working... so let's give it a try. It won't take long for us to figure out whether or not it's going to work. If it turns into another social security fail... well, we can just put it on their tab. They've already screwed us beyond all recognition.
Anyways, I'm just rambling now. These are just some of the things that go on in my head from time to time. I haven't added a lot of detail to each statement or backed anything up with link after link of sources b/c quite frankly, I don't need to. I'm not debating the issue with any of you (though the comments may invoke a couple responses from me); I'm simply telling you how I see it. If you don't know what I'm referring to in one of the more vague sentences, just ask. If you want to pick one of the things I've said and debate me on it, I'll be more than happy to go into further detail with you.
“A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within."