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  •  It's easy for me (22+ / 0-)

    You get what you pay/vote for. Stop voting based on skin color, religion and cultural and social background and made-up issues and prejudices and start voting on character, policy, facts and substance, and maybe you'll get better governance. The reason the US is so messed up is because it's a first-world power saddled with a huge third-world component, most of which can be traced to the old confederacy. We need a second Reconstruction. Or third, really, since the New Deal was the second. Kill the damn yee-hah already!

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun May 05, 2013 at 08:38:34 AM PDT

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    •  Yes. (7+ / 0-)

      I have long thought education is the only real answer.  

    •  Too bad our present power structure forbids it (9+ / 0-)

      Money is the great anodyne in this nation, and the more you have, the more you get. You buy the tax system, the bureaucratic system, the regulatory system, and the public marketing system that enables you to make even more money - which buys you an even better money-making - err, business environment.

      Any change to the way it is is attacked as "socialism" which destroys "individual responsibility and initiative."

      At the present time, you have one-third of the country that believes that they need as many guns as possible to fight against the government. To bear arms against the duly constituted and elected government is treason, but they  believe that they are fulfilling the "will of thew Founding Fathers." Educate them? They already believe they have learned the Truth, as promulgated by David Barton.

       How do you change the minds of the brainwashed? You don't. You use elections and governmental powers to defeat them repeatedly. If any try to rise up in armed rebellion, you use our system of laws to punish them. You keep them constitutionally caged, and thus impotent. You remove their ability to stop all majority-desired legislation by reforming the filibuster and rule-making systems.  You prepare for treason trials, if necessary. You break apart the present money-is-power system that crushes almost every citizen into wage slavery when young, and penury when old.

      Of course, when the Dems aren't willing to attempt that, you will have to get better Dems, or run Bernie Sanders as an Independent Presidential candidate. Then you can have your second, kinder Reconstruction, instead of another "War of Northern Aggression" against the New Confederacy.

      They say "cut back" - we say "fight back"!

      by Louise on Sun May 05, 2013 at 10:48:27 AM PDT

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