posted on Feb, 21 2009 @ 09:19 AM
I agree with an above user about "[people who] keep watching American Idol and hoping it doens't show up on [their] doorstep."
My issue is the misdirected anger. Worst case scenario, people become overly generalizing, focusing all anger on "immigrants". Listen, the war on
drugs is a joke. Marijuana, which is less dangerous to your health than cigarettes - and less dangerous to the public than alcohol - is STILL illegal.
Why? The founding fathers grew it. Cultures around the world have known about its commercially viable properties. And yet we feel this awkward need to
come down so frickin' hard on users and growers. If it were legal, we would eliminate so many tax payer funded prisoners. We would also get rid of a
large portion of crime and gang activity on the boarder.
And coke? Well, think about our friendship with Colombia. Talk about corruption. Jesus. Paraphrasing Noam Chompsky: More Colombians die of tobacco
related diseases than Americans who die of coc aine overdoses, yet you don't see Colombian military in the Carolinas, firebombing tobacco
We are WAY out of whack with our rational and good sense when it comes to prioritizing what's important. You have pundits on the TV who go on and on
about how "nationalized medicine" is bad because you are going to have to drive 200 miles to see your doctor. Puh-lease. I've been to countries
with socialized medicine and experienced the health care system. While here in the US (I can't afford health insurance) I end up having to go to the
emergency room and then am anything but capable of paying the bill (to be footed by taxpayers anyway). If you are already wealthy and have healthcare
as it is, you are already dealing with "in-network" / "out-of-network" issues. If you can afford it, you go where you choose because of the
doctor. If you can't you don't (and believe me, many people in this country don't!
Another subject pundits are trying to push include "non-environmentalism" as though "us Amerircans who don't want to give up our 'toys'
(hummers, convertibles, etc.) for fuel efficiency" - as though convertible and alternative fuel are somehow mutually-exclusive. Also, FEAR - the
FOXREICH volks are saying that Obama's use of fearmongering is akin to what the "liberals" accused Bush of doing over the war on terror. MAJOR
DIFFERENCE?!? - The economy is an important issue that DOES need to be addressed. The war to further Dick Cheney's stock options was NOT.
Wake up people (not just users on this forum). Things are not right, and to say a new Mexican Civil war is breaking out and overflowing into the US
does not make it a "Civil War" unless we're already one country. Ridiculous stances on labor and drug-control by our own government towards the
Mexican citizen has fueled any violence they do have. And NAFTA sucking the life out of sustainability. Gotta love it.
NAFTA, 'cause the best place for a Mexican farmer isn't in his fields, it's in the maquiladoras - making crap that Americans (who believe in some
sort of arbitrary socio-racial class distincting) can then buy on credit, even though they don't really need it...God, that there makes some perfect