posted on Nov, 28 2011 @ 02:11 AM
I am so glad there is now a thread such as this. I have always tried to be an optimist... but seeing so much negativity generated in these threads,
has caused me great sadness. It's time we realize that wars are waged by old-school thought, whether it's Americans or other leaders who cannot or
will not take the time to actually talk long enough to come to a reasonable compromise.
My mother, with whom I rarely agreed, said two major things in her lifetime which impressed me. She said, "Wars are waged by old men engaged in a
pissing contest. When they realize they can't piss as far or as strong as they used to, they send the young boys out to piss for them. There hasn't
been a world leader is the past 150 years who was brave enough to lead his men into battle, so they sit behind their safe, pompous desks, and claim
they're sad for the lives being lost." And her other truism was, "It makes no sense for any country to encourage its citizens to welcome too many
immigrants, and encourage all of us to have more children than we can support - and then use a war to blow up the excess." My mother was not a great
mother, but at least twice she made statements with which I can agree.
I am sad that all countries are flawed, in one way or another; some far more than the rest. I am sad that there is more failure to communicate, than
there is time given to resolve our differences in a civilized manner. If the U.S. wants to be a good world leader, then we must set a good example by
first, respecting each other - rebuilding our infrastructure, our schools; ensuring fairness in business practices, and extending equality to
everyone, whether we are in agreement with their religion or their lifestyles, or not. We need to realize we cannot all be rich, and as the middle
class falls away, philanthropy becomes less of an option to help the less fortunate. If the people of America don't stop hating and disrespecting
each other over ridiculous differences, and change the failings of ours society and our leadership from negative to positive, our present path will
lead to ruin, and we will all lose. Our ancestors, even with all their flaws, knew that in order to build and keep a great nation great, we had to
work together and care for each other. Somewhere along the line of getting ahead, we seem to be saying, "Everyone for yourself," and that will not
help us, or set a shining example of Democracy for others to follow. It will divide us, and we all can understand that a nation divided has no
strength. Division is like a cancer that weakens and eventually destroys everything we hold dear, including our humanity.