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    We sometimes disagree but each know where the other is coming from.   I come from a belief that democracy demands appropriate representative balance and demands equal representation, and you from a belief that to question the current biased  arrangement is somehow wrong.    

    Our media and political wonks tout and claim daily that we live in the greatest democracy on Earth.   Frankly I see that as BS.   Our middle class has lost numbers and ground while the elite few (Hollywood types,  Wall St, lobbyists, CEOs,  entertainers,  university CEOs, sports stars, owners and promoters, etc  have all gained enormously.   The few gain big time while the many lose big time.

    Democracy means equality.  It means every ethnic and demographic group should participate and sacrifice equally and defend the USA equally.  It should mean that we never tolerate certain groups or tribes within our democracy as having more or less influence than others.     Most importantly it should mean every citizen regardless of their creed should have the unfettered right to freely discuss this relationship (or lack of) without ever being artificially accused of bigotry.

    Regarding the USA military, of which I once participated honorably but un-heroically 67-73.    The DoD should provide public statistical analysis of ethnic backgrounds of all armed forces members,   as well as their demographic and economic backgrounds to ensure an appropriate balance of sacrifice to country,   as this balance is again fundamental to equality and democracy.     An Ivy League grad should not get an exemption for a job at Wall St.,  while a Podunk HS grad should mean enlisted with  AIT.   Every American should be required to serve the country instead of their ambitions,  as Charles Rangel said.

    The most significant element of national influence comes from the media.   Representation needs balanced.     The FCC (or Media Matters) have a role to keep an ethnic balance and unbiased cultural point of view provided by all media mouthpieces.   The message from media talking heads, pundits, reporters,  publishers  who control the message that the huddled masses will hear from our supposed democratically provided MSM should be apolitical and non-ethnic.   We require ethnic balance in the media and it needs closely tracked because an egalitarian message is important.    Every astute American should become tuned directly into the media and origination of the message.

    We need to wholly support organized labor, but the union leadership needs a positive image and to become underpaid and benevolent to society and to the organization,   instead of allowing hacks to portray them as thugs as hoods.    Unions need an image makeover.

    Victims of bigotry are the poorest, least influential members of society.......never the wealthiest, most educated, most overrepresented in high levels, and most influential. Bigotry hurts the least influential. To claim or say otherwise is absurd.

    by dailykozzer on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 05:37:38 PM PDT

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