I probably have several folks furious at me, which is fine, and others who are applauding me, which is great, but that really doesn't change anything
at all in the grand scheme of things.
I guess I've noticed that regardless of who is in charge or who is in political power at the time, there are divisions. Some people will love him/her,
some people will hate him/her, some will be elsewhere on the scale of love/hate expanding to infinity in both directions and compressing to infinity
between any two, given points. We can argue until we're blue in the face (or even purple in the face), but it won't change anything... and maybe
that's what they want us to do, both sides, keep us busy and out of their hair ya know.
I'm not crazy about Obama, but I don't completely hate him. I'm not crazy about Romney, but I don't completely hate him either (now bush, I
COMPLETELY, totally, utterly hated him and saw now use for him whatsoever and depised the man and the ground he walked on, but that part is over now).
I even voted for McCain in the last election because I was angry at Obama over the primaries. Don't hate him, just thought Hillary would have been
better and I had respect for McCain (but hated Palin). What I'm wondering about is how many other people are in the same boat I'm in but we don't
even realize we're in the same boat? How many want something else from their government but just can't pinpoint what that is or who can provide it?
How many are sick and tired of all this political crap that they use to keep us in constant turmoil??
Oh well... Thought I'd open up a new line of discussion, opposed to the argumentative where we can see what we DO want our government to do instead of
focusing on what we don't want them to do.
Come on, there are some great minds here from all areas of the political spectrum, but something inside me tells me that there is much more in common
than there is that's different.
What I’d like to do is show that we, WE THE PEOPLE, are an overlooked, very valuable resource that has gone unheard for much too long. I’m going
on a basic premise:
1. The government has not addressed our concerns
2. The government has not provided adequate leadership for us
3. Political extremes keep us at each others throats
4. There IS a better way.
But, I’m not sure what that better way is. Now I know I did another thread that basically shut down all opposition (mostly because the constant
bickering was driving me nuts), but now that it is quelled, lets take that energy and go in a different direction. Lets build up instead of tear down.
Individually, we can’t do a single thing about any of it, but together, as a group, there is no limit to what we, as Americans, can do.
I have a basic outline in my head, but it’s not set in stone at all. First, I want to ask what it is we want. Discuss the possibilities, the
desires, the hopes and dreams. Then, look at what would provide that, the means by which we can accomplish it. Finally, HOW we can go about making it
happen, what characteristics would a leader need to have to fulfill the basic needs and provide contentment (not happiness mind you, that comes from
within ourselves, but contentment) where people don’t feel defensive, they don’t feel they are having their basic freedoms attacked, there’s not
a big conspiracy that is “out to get them”, the contentment and comfort needed in order to carry us forward.
So, I’ll start with the question:
What is it that you want the federal government to be.
1. A centralized power that rations authority out to various states?
2. An outside source that steps in as needed to settle disputes?
3. Only a protective unit to guard against outside threats?
4. Merely a “meeting place” for the individual states to come together to share ideas
5. Something else totally diffrent from what I've listed
How much power should the federal level have?
Don't worry, my approach isn't the same as it was on the other thread, I'm just asking the questions now instead of just answering them (with the
exact same answer each time
edit on 3-6-2012 by PurpleChiten because: (no reason given)