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#3 Boaz, that's the exact attitude that is tearing our country apart. The President, whoever he/she might be has a #1 priority to protect this Federal Republic w/strong Democratic ways by any means necessary. That's what Lincoln faced. He had to keep the US together as a Federal Republic at all costs. Eight hundred thousand to one million people were killed because of this Constitutional edict. A President has no choice. If states start making waves about seceding from the US, expect a can of whoop-ass to be opened this country hasn't seen in 160 years.

And what is this thing about "Liberals?" I've read enough of far-right Republican posts to know exactly what their problem is. It's unsolvable. It's going to take generations to weed the problem out. The Statue of Liberty says: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore." First it was only white Northern Europeans, then the Irish, then the Italians and Greeks, then the Eastern Europeans. Then, because of war, we took in Koreans, Vietnamese, Filipinos, and of course the Chinese and Japanese were allowed to come over to build the railroads. Whether any of us likes it or not, the United States is becoming a melting pot of people from all over the world. God help us if we ever elect a true Fascist as President along the likes of Mussolini or Hitler. That's what it sounds like you want. No debates, no committees, no trying t0 figure out the potential "ifs" in a piece of legislation. Just a dictatorial strong man. The 5 forms of government according to Socrates were in order of best to worst were: Aristocracy, Military Honor, Oligarchy/Plutocracy, Democracy, and Anarchy. He went on to say that all countries cycle through these five forms of government, usually generation after generation. We're primed and ready for Anarchy if we don't take care to step away from that ledge.

I've typed too much again. But I'm trying to learn to have a discussion without malice and simply use common sense and patience. So forgive me for another TL/DR post.

Boaz, there are a -------- of people who've simply given up looking for a job and are living off their 401k, savings, and just gave up and live off the good graces of a family member. Or vets with PTSD, lost limbs, and the mentally ill. Those people aren't counted.

What caused you to be so callous toward your fellow man? We all go through trials and tribulations. Everyone. Unless you come from a wealthy family, tbe orphans, or are from hillbillyville or the ghetto, chances are you're not going to get the support you need to start off life down the right path. Some do by sheer willpower and even they get ------ occasionally.

Out of the roughly 10,000 cities and towns in the US, at least 80% are one-horse towns with little opportunity for work save bagging groceries or flipping burgers. And they come from families that don't stress education or college.

You and I were both lucky we pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps and saw the future and I realized early on that once I turned 17 it was up to me alone to get ready for the next 45 years of work. You wisely chose the Army and got a college degree or two. But, even though my dad was a vegetable from a massive stroke he had at 50 when I was 15, I always had a place to go if the rug was pulled out from underneath me: my home. Many people don't have a place of last resort. Anyway, I've typed too much already, and I realize nothing I say will change your mind. It's up to you to get it like I've written before, like an epiphany or a light bulb turning on in your head. One day you'll be staring at the clouds and it will hit you like a ton of bricks: It's the super-wealthy who've hoarded the country's wealth, It's not the unemployed or the dudes hanging out on their mothers' front porch drinking 40s who are the problem. We need a huge government-sponsored job project that will put millions to work. Like getting ready to get off oil and coal with wind, geothermal, tidal, solar, etc. It would also foster a sense of pride in the workers knowing they're involved in a serious game-changine way of life for themselves and their posterity.

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