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Where is America's "can do" spirit?

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posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:08 PM
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Not sure if this is in the right forum, so please to move it, mods, if necessary.

In a recent poll 1,340 people were asked if America’s can-do spirit is faltering. 71% of the respondents said yes, 24% said no and 3% weren’t sure. Some of the comments at the site that performed the poll seem patently absurd www2.ljworld.com... however I was curious about how ATSers would respond to the question and hear your opinions on where the can-do attitude that built America stands today.

Do we still have the drive, focus, innovation, self-determination and the desire to invent and create? Do we still have enough entrepreneurial spirit to ignore the chants that something can’t be done and just go out and do it?

If you think we still have those qualities, what are some examples? If you think they’re gone, what happened to them, where did they go? Also, if you think the can do attitude is gone, what can be done to revive it?

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posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:12 PM
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I think it's all still there in and for the majority of folks. Unfortunately, far too many either don't have their priorities straight, or perhaps are just too needfully-focused on making ends meet and making it through the next day, week, month.

There's still a lot of great spirit in these 50 states. I think we just need to start focusing more inward, fixing the issues within, as opposed to spreading our collective selves further and further thinner. (?)





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posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:12 PM
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Sadly due too greed our "can do" spirit has been out sourced.



posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:17 PM
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We sold it to china for cheep ipads and iphones.

Dammit buster 2nd time, you type too fast.
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posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:17 PM
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Socialism killed America's "can do" spirit. No need for can do when the government provides all of your needs. When you know that the taxpayers will bail you out when you do nothing, why put yourself out by working too hard?
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posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:23 PM
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Originally posted by 12m8keall2c
I think it's all still there in and for the majority of folks. Unfortunately, far too many either don't have their priorities straight, or perhaps are just too needfully-focused on making ends meet and making it through the next day, week, month.

There's still a lot of great spirit in these 50 states. I think we just need to start focusing more inward, fixing the issues within, as opposed to spreading our collective selves further and further thinner. (?)


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I agree that its still there, kind of latent, probably due to some of the reasons you give, but also I think because we've been driven into a specialty focused society. There aren't many jacks of all trades left who can do much of anything for themselves, much less for others.



posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:25 PM
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Originally posted by buster2010
Sadly due too greed our "can do" spirit has been out sourced.


As far as I know, our minds are still inside our heads and our hands are still attached to our shoulders, we probably just need to use them more to bring that which has been outsourced back home.



posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:34 PM
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Originally posted by DarthMuerte
Socialism killed America's "can do" spirit. No need for can do when the government provides all of your needs. When you know that the taxpayers will bail you out when you do nothing, why put yourself out by working too hard?
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Don't know that I'd call what's happening socialistic, its probably leaning more toward fascist, but the effect you point out is right on the money (pun intended). But I would question your insistence that we can do nothing about it. WHAT we can do to turn it around is what I would like to know.



posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:34 PM
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Speaking of job-outsourcing and loss of American spirit, I cannot help but recall Ross Perot's WARNING to us when he was running for president many years ago. You know, that great sucking sound of our jobs that would surely result from NAFTA and free trade?.

That sucking sound that both TURD-SANDWICH puppet parties republican and democrats supported FULLY. Thats what we can expect from either of those two TURD-SANDWICH PUPPET PARTY bozos. Had Ross Perot became president, America would be a completely different country right now. One to be fully PROUD of.

Now we have ANOTHER chance to go with a TRUE AMERICAN and PATRIOT who is running named Ron Paul.

Wonder if America will pass up another chance to elect someone who will help the country rather than electing a TURD SANDWICH PUPPET from either of the TURD-SANDWICH parties.

Will America pick yet ANOTHER TURD SANDWICH in 2012? WHEN will we learn???



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posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:43 PM
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Q: "Where is America's "can do" spirit?"

A:



posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:43 PM
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Originally posted by HangTheTraitors
Speaking of job-outsourcing and loss of American spirit, I cannot help but see that Ross Perot was right about that great sucking sound of our jobs that would result from NAFTA and free trade when he was running for President years ago.

Now we have ANOTHER chance to go with a TRUE PATRIOT who is running named Ron Paul.

Wonder if America will pass up another chance at electing someone other than a Romney or Obama TURD SANDWICH for president...

Will America pick ANOTHER TURD SANDWICH in 2012?


No, America won't pick another turd sandwich, but those who count the vote will GIVE us another turd sandwich. We keep accepting their numbers when we know they're liars. Why do we do that?

NAFTA and free trade ~ exactly. But that doesn't stop us from making, building and creating whatever we want and trading it for whatever else we may want. Something IS stopping us from doing that, though, and that's what needs to be overcome. I kind of suspect that its us who are stopping us from doing, in the immortal words of Ross Perot, "whatever it takes to get it done".



posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:43 PM
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Originally posted by buster2010
Sadly due too greed our "can do" spirit has been out sourced.


It have probably been replaced by: Why do anything. Why do when people are standing in the way of you doing it and you do not get anything but crumbs of the cake for yourself. If effort in gives no reward on the other side then why bother. To many parasites in the form of banks/corperations/poleticians wanting whatever you create.

Give me a place where the people themselves can get what is fair without parasiting on each other and you will see that can do spirit again. Until then I will not give a rats ass and use as little money as possible to not feed the parasitic bastards. Stupid system.



posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:45 PM
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Originally posted by this_is_who_we_are
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Q: "Where is America's "can do" spirit?"

A:


Succinct. And true.



posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:47 PM
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We're just going through a bad phase. The bad guys have been winning a lot of battles lately, but we are a long ways from losing the war.

The next round of innovation will most likely come from the U.S..



posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:49 PM
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We haven't lost our "can do" attitude! The government "can do" whatever it wants.

Perhaps dependence and helplessness is intrinsically at odds with the way human beings come to live satisfying lives.



posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:50 PM
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Originally posted by DarthMuerte
Socialism killed America's "can do" spirit. No need for can do when the government provides all of your needs. When you know that the taxpayers will bail you out when you do nothing, why put yourself out by working too hard?
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So socialism is paying of the banks? No that is frankly corruptive theiving from the taxpayers by poleticians. That the US have not put the bankers/wall street yeet in jail for crimes against humanity as a whole shows how screwed up the law is in the US. The US manipulators on wall street is in a way responsable for a big part of the mess in EU-banking sector. Frankly I think 99% of US poleticians belong in jail.



posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:52 PM
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Originally posted by frazzle

Originally posted by buster2010
Sadly due too greed our "can do" spirit has been out sourced.


As far as I know, our minds are still inside our heads and our hands are still attached to our shoulders, we probably just need to use them more to bring that which has been outsourced back home.


When we try to do this people cry socialism. They don't stop to think that it was the capitalist that moved the jobs overseas.



posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:53 PM
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Gee, first America is criticized heavily for centricism.

Now America's being criticized for not having it.

Damned if we do and damned if we don't.



posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 12:59 PM
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America is not America anymore! The American Dream no-longer exist! The outsourcing of our Country was the main problem. Healthcare will be the collapse.



posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 01:02 PM
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Where is America's "can do" spirit?

Thinking further on the matter I'd have to say ...

She may have lost some luster but she hasn't lost her heart

I personally feel it's more the U.S. Government and our political system that's lost it's 'can do' ... 'We The People' display and demonstrate our determinations to succeed and ability to persevere each and every day.

In other words,
I don't think she's cracked at the foundation, but the upper-levels sure as hell are a shambles.



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