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  •  Big Picture ... (6+ / 0-)

    Get elected or you will never get any of your concerns addressed.

    You, and others, should be concerned about a myriad of things .... just as I acknowledged in the Diary.

    But most are concerned first about those three

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    Who is twigg?

    by twigg on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 05:02:57 AM PDT

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    •  Yes! And in that comment, you nail the one (6+ / 0-)

      thing that matters more than what Americans say they care about.

      "Get Elected".

      Political power is the number one important thing, because it influences and controls every other thing on the list.  Certainly, it has to be used properly once achieved, and certainly you have to tell the voters what they want to hear to get elected.

      But what 'matters' to most people is not necessarily what actually is important to their long-term survival.  I don't spend a minute a month thinking about how important clean water is, nor would I think to mention it in listing out the things I care about, because most of the country takes it for granted, myself included.

      As a species, we tend to focus on what is easy to grasp and is right in our face in how it affects us.  Lots of us are unemployed, so 'jobs' are important to us.  Lots of us are in dubious health, living with chronic conditions, or outright can't afford either the healthcare we need or the insurance that would at least defray some of the costs thereof, so healthcare is high on the list.  Lots of folks have kids, and politicians keep saying the key to getting jobs is education, so education is on the list.

      And all of those things are important in the short term here and now.  When you're living on the edge, you have to spend a lot of time focusing on not falling off.

      But that doesn't mean that other things aren't important, simply because their impact on our lives is less immediately obvious.

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