I'm looking at our country as it heads for 3rd World Nation status
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  • Jul 16, 2013 11:30 AM
    Last: 10yr
    I see the semi word processor has not been improved I'll just make a comment and leave.

    You make it sound as though Jesus took a course on Comparative Religion.

    Though he area was a major intersection for trade routes we should not assume that those other teachings would be readily available.
    Your comment regarding the turmoil must include Christianity and be expanded to include Denominations. The past 2000 years, and the Colonial Period here in the USA leave much to be desired. Then again, the teachings of the NT can have much to say that many do not like to talk mention.

    1. Turning the other cheek does not go to well with Standing-your-ground. Giving someone all you have is either stated or implied on many occasions.

    2. Freedom applies to slaves and everyone, so it has little to do with the freedoms we see in our Constitution.

    3. The one I like the best I will paraphrase: "Don't worry, the worst they can do is kill you."

    4. And for all the Fundamentalist Christian Tea Partiers "Sell all you have, give to the poor and you shall have treasure in heaven." and if anyone of those claiming to use a literal meaning of the Bible wants to say, "That's not what it means.", that doesn't cut it. Just be honest and admit you pick and choose the teachings you like.
  • Aug 05, 2012 03:11 AM
    Last: 10yr
    I guess I'll leave this site. It has become extremely frustrating to use the text tool they have here. Press enter and not know if it delete something, move it or just move the curser to some where else on the page.
  • Aug 05, 2012 03:11 AM
    Last: 10yr
    Capitalism is the only system I know of that has worked to date, the reason I asked about what would be available to replace it Capitalism under control has to rate right up there with a t dictator. Capitalism has two groups, the people that hold the wealth and those who work for them. Over the past 120 years a middle class has appeared in industrial nations. The industrial revolution showed signs of existing in the early 1800s In England it had was in the process of taking hold in the late 1700s in Birmingham. The emergence of the middle class occurred through a slow of an era that had you living in company housing, buying from the company store, and drinking in the company store. You had an income; but at the end of 5 or 10 years you found that all you had earned the company took back and then some. You gave them back everything and you owed them more. The phrase "working for the company store" describes the early days of the revolution. Not all were bad with some being quite good. An exceptional example was in Springfield, VT, an exception to the rule.

    The Great Depression had little affect on the industrialists which can be seen by the dating for summer homes and estates. Industrialists were not known as kind humanitarians that did all they could to get what they wanted and did not hesitate to break any and all laws. If they gave money away it was not to help mankind, it was to build a monument to themselves. I was born during the depression but do not know if I remember conditions or I was told about them. FDR was a different case with different conditions and did not have the GOP fixing their sights on him.
    You will not live to see the day that the True Capitalist will let the government regulate them.
  • Jun 17, 2013 07:29 PM
    Last: 10yr
    Before we talk about the competence of the President we should define a standard. We have the standard, its call the Constitution The President:
    Article 2 - The Executive Branch
    Section 1 - The President
    Section 2 - Civilian Power Over Military, Cabinet, Pardon Power, Appointments
    Section 3 - State of the Union, Convening Congress
    Section 4 - Disqualification

    The section of the Constitution covers the election process, a job description and a means of being fired.
    I have read the Constitution several times over the past month and have come to the conclusion that over the years a new task has been given to the President which is not included in the Constitution.
    Section 3A – The President shall be held responsible when Congress fails to perform their assigned duties.
    The issues we face as a Nation are not covered by the Constitution. The Constitution is credited, by some as being “Ordained by God”. The Nation is defined as a Christian Nation, which is in itself unconstitutional as defined by the separation of Church and State.
    Issues such as “Birth Control” should not be taking up time in Congress or our legal system as they are views held based on religious beliefs and therefore not an issue.
    Do we really require all of the affirmative action laws, rules and regulations or just the acceptance that “All” applies to everyone.
    As the greatest source for tension in this country originates from a Fundamentalist Christian Belief no better example can be used than that of the Old Testament. The transition from Judges to Kings: God had provided Israel with a system of Judges which functioned quite well. The problem was at that time a King was required to lead the people into battle as well as tell them what to do. The cry came out, “We want a King!”. The people kept it up until they got a King. We have a Constitution which prevents us from having a King, but we have developed an attitude that we have a Supreme Leader that lacks the power of a King but is responsible for the operation of the Government.
    Section 3 is an important task for the President and one in which few, if any, have carried out properly. I’d like to hear a State of the Union message start out:
    The State of the Union is Poor. Congress has failed to perform their duties as prescribed by the Constitution of the United States of America. Our Judicial system has not only impinged on areas which are not allowed by the Constitution but have lost sight of the fact that the Nation is, as Abraham Lincoln put it, "a government of the people, by the people, for the people."
    Religious references are plentiful in the Declaration of Independence but not in the Constitution and our government is given definition by the Constitution.
    Our Congress has spent months fighting over making information available on Birth Control. Nowhere does it say “Birth Control must be used by all”. It says that the information must be made available. Should all of the legislation for affirmative action have been necessary? Wouldn’t it have been easier to just point out that all means everyone? In 191? legislation was passed declaring Native Americans to be Human Beings.
    If you don’t think we have problems, think again.
  • Aug 05, 2012 03:11 AM
    Last: 10yr
    I just read thru 2 pages and came to the conclusion that what most dislike is Capitalism. Starting in the late 1700s Birmingham England was developing, or at least starting the framework for the Industrial Revolution. A hundred years later the Unions took on the Capitalists and jump started the middle class. Capitalism knows two classes, those with the wealth and those that work for them. In the late 1800s and 1900s it was the Unions which caused the rise in wages of the middle class and I'm talking about all wages union and non union. The decline of the middle class in the late 1900s occurred only as business took the lead by eliminating unions. Manufacturing was moved from the union north to the non union south who worked for lower wages. The 1990s was a time of wage freezes and major cutbacks. Is the middle class doomed? Are we returning to the time when we will have the wealthy and those who work for them? Is there a system that can replace Capitalism that will work?
  • Jun 19, 2013 08:48 PM
    Last: 10yr
    I hope a few of you read the post in which I spoke of the Republican's to attract the votes of minorities. Immigration may be the battleground.
    The Republicans have a poor record on agreeing on programs behind closed doors and voting for them later. They also like to use stalling tactics as they have done often for the approval of appointees.
    a programming software existed in the 60s and 70s under various names: Basic, single user basic, GW Basic and basica. It was great, the easiest software I've ever seen as you programed as you think. A process existed which was called "if then" While reading a report of the great progress being made with the immigration bill two things came to mind:
    1. A attempt being made by the Republicans to shift credit to themselves for the bill being passed
    2. Conditions being included to minimize the effect of the bill. If Ten. It appears that requirements will have to be met for the implementation of immigration reform. If "borders are secured to a predefined state" Then "Phase 1 is instituted" If "borders are not secured to the predefined state" Then "Phase 1 is not applied".
    The only question is whether they can delay things until after the next election.
  • Jun 16, 2013 10:36 PM
    Last: 10yr
    From a Seinfeld episode: "Jerry, just remember, it's not a lie if you believe it."

    Believing a lie does not make it the truth.
  • Jun 16, 2013 04:44 PM
    Last: 10yr
    Who in the USPS will be sharing in the bonuses which are planned?
  • Jun 17, 2013 07:29 PM
    Last: 10yr
    Foreign Policy is set by Corporate America and the 16 Intelligence agencies who must retain tensions in order to justify their existence, The President can not keep the promises made when running for office. The President is an administrator with the power to start a war with presenting a budget and delivering the State of the Union message rounding out his duties. Oh! he was the ability to call congress back into session, which he should have done on several occasions and didn't.
    Once you accept the fact that during the campaign few promises, if any, made by the candidate could ever be implemented by him, these are the tasks of Congress. If he did have the power to keep promises he would be a dictator. In the case of Guantanamo, which is a completely different set of conditions, is about our 16 intelligences agencies and the military. Once brought into this country the prisoners will have the same rights as you and I.
    If you want to knock President Obama your only grounds to do it is for making promises he had no right to make
  • Jun 16, 2013 04:06 AM
    Last: 10yr
    An improvement occurred, still problems but an improvement