posted on Oct, 5 2003 @ 10:56 AM
Your original post really pissed me off. The N-word had no place in the post. If it's bad, it's bad, no matter who uses it or for what reason.
But enough of that.
In your recent post, I see the pain. And I understand. And, I stand by my provious statement, if you want to see what is wrong with the U.S., look
in the mirror. Hell, lets all look in the mirror. The same thing applies.
The solution to everything you are pissed about starts at home. If you are concerned that people are homeless, go to a city council or county
commission meeting and lobby for building codes that actually allow for affordible housing. We all know that it is the local government that sets the
rules that make housing expensive. That's because home owners want their property values to rise as fast as possible. Educate your neighbors that
this problem exists.
If credit card debt is an issue to you, pay them off and learn to live more simply. Do your best not to be envious of those that have more stuff. I
am a little older than you and I am having to learn this lesson myself.
If you are concerned about gun control, teach someone to safely handle guns, get them interested in shooting. Gun control is enacted because most
people don't know anything about guns. Go to the county commission and lobby to open a shooting range. If you have one, you are lucky, organize
people to go clean it up. Help make non gun owners feel that we are not a bunch of fanatics.
Don't like SUVs and cell phones? Don't buy them. Buy a fuel efficient car and talk it up with your SUV driving neighbor. Hell, look into
alternate fuel cars. I am.
Companies move out of the country all of the time. But look around. There are new small companies opening up all of the time. So many that it is
very hard to keep track of them. Support the companies that stay. Buy their products.
Anger comes from the feeling that there is nothing we can do. The answer is quit being angry and DO SOMETHING. The fact is that little of what the
government does is without our collective permission. Stop being angry and go out and change someones mind. There are extremists whose mind you cant
change. Ignore them. Most people are constantly in the process of forming an opinion. Give them information. Most people aren't stupid, just
uninformed. Educate. You are college educated. If not you, who?
Mostly, remember, America is mostly what you make of it. Government cant "give" you a good education. You have to take it. Government is not in
the buisness of making sure you are physically and spiritually nourished, you are. If we insist that the government is responsible for us, we give
them rights as well. If we demand that the government come into our house to check on us, we can't expect that they will only check on what we want
them to. Quit handing over your rights.
Get involved, weed out local politicians that want to micromanage your life. Make it your job to improve this country.
You talked about what the flag represents. To millions of people in the world who are desperately trying to get into this country, it represents a
chance to make a better life for themselvs. We are allready here. We have that opportunity NOW.
Don't throw in the towell. Don't stomp off to another place pissed. This place is worth saving.