reply to post by hmdphantom
I think that these are really big problems that you are discussing about. but you are not talking about any useful way to solve these problems. It
won't work when you say " Americans need to rethink the left/right divide, the word games, the labels and the stereo types, and start dealing with
the real issues, and we need to do it before it’s too late. "
I agree it's not enough but its a start.
Somewhere along the line between the 1970's and today, it's become almost a crime to be critical of the government.
That didn't happen over night, but it represented a real change from an America that was often very critical and questioning of government.
Especially on the heels of Watergate.
If I had to think back two words showed up on the scene in the early 80's both made popular by Newsweek that then started running a small collumn of
examples of these new important words.
To those born and bred in the Internet Age you might not understand how Newsweek good have so much influence but back then pre-Internet, if you were a
news junkie and you wanted to stay well informed you read Newsweek every week.
Every week they would have a page dedicated to Politically Correct Statements and statements that were not politically correct by politicians,
celebrities, and captains of industry.
Every week they would have on that same page a seperate column for conventional wisdom, what was considered conventionally wise in the actions of
politicians celebrities and captains of industry and what wasn't.
From there the culture of politically correct, and conventional wisdom took off and slowly took hold.
So believe it or not simple beginnings based on simple constructs repeated over and over again by more and more people do transform society.
It takes a while, in this case years, a generation or two.
We aren't going to solve America's complex problems over night, but where many of us err is we think walking to the store or peddling a bike when we
can't won't hurt the oil companies, that stopping shopping at Wal-Mart isn't going to stop the exportation of jobs, and that switching our money
from a huge national bank to a local one or our mattress won't make a difference, because we are just one person.
The truth is that it does make a difference and we all have to start becoming more responsible to our end.
The politicians have sung sweetly to us while we slit our own throats, but make no mistake about it, it was us that slit them, and it's only us, that
can reverse the course.
Government isn't going to do it, we though in fact can.
Through our individual actions and responsibilities, that passed down the line, will eventually lead to significant change.
Thanks my friend.