reply to post by emsed1
What do you see to be the most important issues in the upcoming elections in the US?
- The Economy
Well namely my concern would be economic plans. As I am sure you all know the stock market took a dive of over 500 points today. Many of us
(Businessmen) saw this looming, especially since the NYSE opened on a Sunday, as part of an emergency session.
I would personally see the economy as the single most important factor for the presidency. Because the USG is not a communistic state, money is not
only necessary, but pivotal to the survival of the United States, unequivocally. This is because the entire system of capitalism is centered and built
around the concept of individual opportunities for increasing self gain and wealth. It can rapidly generate opportunity and prosperity, however, its
equal and opposite pitfall is hoarding and greed. Because so many may not wish to "risk" their wealth in an unstable and unsuitable economy, they
will hoard their wealth, thereby creating an opportunity vacuum, and freezing all money transactions. Given that in addition to this freeze, the
United States economy essentially drives the supply and demand for many other countries a ripple effect is incurred, causing smaller less developed
and diversified economies to wither and collapse.
- Economic Fallout
Health care, Social Security, War, these are all trivial issues in the face of a government unable to take any major actions (except militarily, but
with extreme cost) simple questions of sustainability and simple survival begin to enter the most complacent of minds. When people are unable to get
their "bread and water," the very structure of a government and their leaders lose cohesion and order.
Natural disasters (storms), war, and above all vanity seem to permeate the political arena, especially surrounding the presidential candidacies. But
these are the least of our concerns. When the RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) predicts that the United States is likely to experience a recession greater
than that of the 80's, and even possibly a depression worst than the 30's, what kind of world do you think we will have? During the 1930's
depression it was bad, but people were still living off the land to some extent, and were locally reliant upon each other. Thereby allowing them to
shift back to subsistence living. The question remains, in this day and age, what happens when pampered people who have taken lights, electricity,
showers, food, and water for granted, do, when there are in shortage; or worse?
What will happen to regions which have grown accustomed to importing everything, and export nothing? Drastic changes would have to be made to change
peoples mentalities from average, everyday life, back towards subsistence living. Many, if not most normal people would panic. Streets and cities
would be thrown into chaos. The riots in Los Angeles were bad, but imagine if the police never got reinforcements, and the rioting and looting spread
with seemingly no end?
Absolute order is just as barbaric and ruthless as no order at all; a fine tuned balance is required. Because the greedy and unscrupulous methods of
the ruling elite have perpetuated themselves, they still hold the same intrinsic flaws which have doomed every other civilization before us. the
question is if we will see these flaws before history repeats itself.
- Foreign Affairs & America Abroad
Other factors to consider would of course be foreign affairs, namely the Middle East, North Korea, Russia, etc... These have great potential for
causing, disruptions to the global society. the other side of the coin being how America and her citizens are regarded abroad. I ask any who reside
beyond the United States to pay comment to this. What are your views from an "outside" perspective?
- "Smart War;" Tactical Strategies, not "(sticker)shock & (media) awe."
The War on Terrorism; how exactly does one fight a tactic, never mind... The United States tried-and-true tactics of "smashing the little guy" works
so long as he plays by the rules, and does the same. As the saying goes, "playing against a fellow operative is live a delicate game of chess,
observing your opponents strategies and counteracting them. But what separates the operatives from the agents is being able to cheat while they are
still watching." To continue the analogy, the current President and Military Brass cannot seem tell the difference between a pawn and a Knight, let
alone "cheat" at the game. We need someone who is either versed in tactical maneuvers, or is wise enough to recognize they know nothing about
tactics and let the men whom have made careers of it, advise them; then make decisions by their advice. Rather than relying on technological
superiority and numbers. If we are to prevent terrorism we need to fight smart, not strong.
We need an individual who can identify real threats, and back them up with facts which can be corroborated independently by foreign intelligence
organizations. Then, utilizing this information wisely, and effectively engage in small tactical strikes, rather than ill conceived "blow them up,
shoot them up," sort of tactics. Its a hell of a lot easier to send in one commando unit, then level an entire block; the locals also prefer it too.
After all the best "Shock and Awe" campaign is the campaign with no sound. I ask, which is psychologically more frightening, bombs exploding far
above on a mountain or rooftop; or your comrades who were just standing beside you vanishing into thin air? If the enemy cannot identify the threat,
paranoia and fear become the mind killers, giving you an overwhelming advantage atop reoccurring elements of surprise..
The last detail I which would eventually "buy" my vote, is someone with a comprehensive plan to improve training and equipment for the troops that
they do decide to send haphazardly into harm's way.