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"What is required is a new declaration of independence, not just in our nation but in our own lives -- from ideology and small thinking, prejudice and bigotry -- an appeal not to our easy instincts but to our 'better angels,' "
Originally posted by Benarius
New doesn't always mean better or worse. Hear him out. It's not like he is just gonna write a piece of paper and replace the old one. But you gotta go with the times. Who knows, he might just get rid of what some of the current loopwholes lets those politicians do.
new Declaration of Independence in our Nation from ideology and small thinking
"We are here today not simply to pay tribute to those patriots who founded our nation in Philadelphia or defended it in Baltimore, but to take up the cause for which they gave so much. The trials we face are very different now, but severe in their own right. Only a handful of times in our history has a generation been confronted with challenges so vast. An economy that is faltering. Two wars, one that needs to be ended responsibly, one that needs to be waged wisely. A planet that is warming from our unsustainable dependence on oil.
"And yet while our problems may be new, what is required to overcome them is not. What is required is the same perseverance and idealism that those first patriots displayed. What is required is a new declaration of independence, not just in our nation, but in our own lives -- from ideology and small thinking, prejudice and bigotry -- an appeal not to our easy instincts but to our better angels."
Originally posted by Maxmars
Truth is, it is not the common people of this nation who seem deaf to "the better Angels of their nature"; it is those with voice and power to exercise control. Those who participate the established governance at such a level don't ever seem to arrive to that point until they are committed to regard such things a 'consensus and compromise' as weaknesses. Subterfuge and self-perpetuating cronyism seems more there forte.
Originally posted by Maxmars
reply to post by Animal
I don not however completely agree that the simple acquiescence and apathy or lethargy of the people is entirely a natural state of affairs. I think we actually do live in a world where most of what we are told to believe is a construct, and the attitudes of the naive are in part at least, manufactured and nurtured by those who prefer to consider us 'useless eaters.' Or simply sources of labor and wealth - to be maintained as one would maintain a herd.
Main Entry: ideology
Part of Speech: noun
Synonyms: articles of faith, credo, creed, culture, dogma, ideas, outlook, philosophy, principles, system, tenets, theory, view, Weltanschauung
Originally posted by SectionEight
This guy Obama fails before he starts, what a loser. Tear down the very core of our principles? Yeah right, he should have told us this crazy crackpot stuff when he was running for office.