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Good god no! It isn't good for anyone to turn to religion for the simple fact that religions promote discrimination, racism, child abuse, violence and devalue the life we lead here on earth. Point by point. Discrimination-- the Bush doctrine inscribed on the stained glassed windows of every church if you look hard enough-- if you're not with us, you're against us. Enough said.

Racism--Mormons and their Laminite theory which they used against first nation peoples to dislodge them from their territories without any compensation-- they simply said that God told them the Indians were evil by virtue of their birth. We see this racist tone of exclusion in almost every religion with some pretty serious consequences for the victims ( Jews, South American Indians, Moslems, Cathars ad nauseum. ) Child abuse-- systemic in the Catholic religion and very wide spread. What is less obvious is that most religion traumatize children to get them to believe. God is represented as a vicious punisher, a killer in fact and if he doesn't scare a child to the point of nightmares then the devil is brought in to finish the job. Child abuse plain and simple. Violence- Whack job extremists who think God has told them it is okay to kill. Include not only the 9 11 boys but a good portion of the American military in this group. Devalue life-- well just the fact that the afterlife is supposed to be so great pretty much devalues this life by a factor of ten. What happens when we do this. It makes it okay for others to suffer because they will get their reward later. It permits us to ignore the problem.

You want safer jails. Lessen the population first by decriminalizing drugs. Then attack the causes of crime which mean give free abortion rights to all, teach people to raise their children without violence, without hitting them, modify the American dream which makes losers out of so many people by installing a progressive tax system that narrows the gap between rich and poor and institute a 2 year national service program for every youth no exceptions between the ages of 18 and 28

Religion will make things worse not better. Look at the track record so far.

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Get used to the fact that Obama supporters are going to have to share him with other people. He states and quite correctly in my humble opinion that people have to pull together in one direction in order to have the dramatic change that most seem to want. This means appease your enemies and cooperate with your opponents. It is also a wise strategy to bring those who who oppose you inside the tent so that they can be persuaded of their own wrong-headedness. Shown the light as it were. Remember this isn't the evangelist's inauguration. It is Obama's and the reverend (small r intended) is cast as a supporter of a President who very much supports the concept of equal treatment for all Those who should be most upset are the blockheads on the far right. They feed on antagonism, violent confrontation, fear and ignorance. One of their stars is going to be right up on stage cheering in the new President and by proxy all that Obama stands for. This is an amazing coup for Obama. This isn't a stage for whack jobs who gay bash and if the reverend tries he will do more harm to his own cause that to the gay rights movement. He will alienate even more people away from the evangelical cause. This guy Obama is intelligent like maybe no other President the US has ever had. Trust him because he is way ahead of all of us and he will change the direction of America without causing a world war.

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You've changed your argument. You started by stating the role of the constitution is to limit evil and that governments are inherently evil which is the same thing as stating people are inherently evil and that the forefathers had the Force with them and they were set to vanquish the dark side. The extension of this argument is that by definition mandatory SS is evil.
Now you're softening a bit and stating that the constitution was designed to limit powers and authorities. Another way to look at that is to say it was designed to extend and guarantee freedoms-- to the common folk-- a pretty new concept and a neat idea. Said that way we build a case that people are inherently smart, concerned and willing to try new stuff-- like voting. If people are inherently smart then again by extension governments can be the same. You can't have all this inherent stuff without some far reaching conclusions.
We have much to thank those long hairs for. They thought man was capable of much good. They believed and no Tony Robbins to get them fired up. I am impressed.
But the founding fathers didn't fear democracy or democratic government. They loved it and trusted it, were excited about it and suggested lots of people should be involved in it and that democratic government was what protected us from monarchy and disparate privilege to an upper class defined solely by birth.
OK, my glasses are a little rose colored because nobody worried too much about slaves but the gist is that government was a good thing, freedoms were to be enshrined and if the general population felt abused it could elect a different task master.
The founding fathers did not hate government. This is made up stuff. They hated answering to a king and decided that maybe nobody they knew should have to do that anymore. Especially if it meant paying taxes to support the royal family's global chess game. They also saw the wealth of America took steps to set up shop.
But back to the argument at hand. Should SS be mandatory and the answer is yes because for the system to work we all have to chip in in all sorts of ways, some we don't like but they are for the betterment of all. And yes we elect leaders because we expect them to be smart enough to occasionally suggest we do things we don't like but are good for us. They aren't always right but when our brightest primates decide to serve they can be right more often than wrong.
Opt in, not out. To say you are against mandatory programs like Social Security is diminish the dream that so many have given so much to achieve. It's easy to say let the bums starve, make the wrong choices and you lose and you are not my problem.
No. If we can make good things mandatory like SS and public health care then we should, we must. There is strength in numbers and these programs give us the momentum to make a difference. Way more cool than James Dean.
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You've changed your argument. You started by stating the role of the constitution is to limit evil and that governments are inherently evil which is the same thing as stating people are inherently evil and that the forefathers had the Force with them and they were set to vanquish the dark side. The extension of this argument is that by definition mandatory SS is evil.
Now you're softening a bit and stating that the constitution was designed to limit powers and authorities. Another way to look at that is to say it was designed to extend and guarantee freedoms-- to the common folk-- a pretty new concept and a neat idea. Said that way we build a case that people are inherently smart, concerned and willing to try new stuff-- like voting. If people are inherently smart then again by extension governments can be the same. You can't have all this inherent stuff without some far reaching conclusions.
We have much to thank those long hairs for. They thought man was capable of much good. They believed and no Tony Robbins to get them fired up. I am impressed.
But the founding fathers didn't fear democracy or democratic government. They loved it and trusted it, were excited about it and suggested lots of people should be involved in it and that democratic government was what protected us from monarchy and disparate privilege to an upper class defined solely by birth.
OK, my glasses are a little rose colored because nobody worried too much about slaves but the gist is that government was a good thing, freedoms were to be enshrined and if the general population felt abused it could elect a different task master.
The founding fathers did not hate government. This is made up stuff. They hated answering to a king and decided that maybe nobody they knew should have to do that anymore. Especially if it meant paying taxes to support the royal family's global chess game. They also saw the wealth of America took steps to set up shop.
But back to the argument at hand. Should SS be mandatory and the answer is yes because for the system to work we all have to chip in in all sorts of ways, some we don't like but they are for the betterment of all. And yes we elect leaders because we expect them to be smart enough to occasionally suggest we do things we don't like but are good for us. They aren't always right but when our brightest primates decide to serve they can be right more often than wrong.
Opt in, not out. To say you are against mandatory programs like Social Security is diminish the dream that so many have given so much to achieve. It's easy to say let the bums starve, make the wrong choices and you lose and you are not my problem.
No. If we can make good things mandatory like SS and public health care then we should, we must. There is strength in numbers and these programs give us the momentum to make a difference. Way more cool than James Dean.
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Government sponsored health care does work and it works extremely well. So well that of all the G7 countries the US is the only one that doesn't have any form of socialized medicine and it's health stats are firmly at the bottom of the pile. Infant mortality is highest of this group in the US. Longevity of adults the lowest. Personal bankruptcy due to medical costs the highest. The results are so overwhelming, so condemnatory that the only real surprise is that Americans are not in armed insurrection over their health care issue.
Canadians so vigorously defend their Health care system that even a Bush clone like Stephen Harper knows he will be turfed out of office in a second if he messes with it. Why would a highly educated society ( note that Canada rates much higher than the US in all areas of literacy , mathematics, science so they are demonstrably more educated that Americans) put up with an inept health program. The facts clearly show how successful socialized health can be and the best surprise of all-- Canadians did not lose their membership in the global capitalist club. They just took health care of the population out of the equation and another great surprise- business loves it. Except of course if you are a private health insurance company and they regularly launch hate attacks on the Canadian Health system and scare campaigns at the under educated American middle class. Canadians scoff at them and practically dare their political leaders to try and privatize any aspect of health.
The role of the constitution is not to limit evil in government. That clause just can't be found. The role of the constitution was to elevate the ability of a people to govern themselves. It was to encourage participation and wide debate and to protect a set of freedoms upon which we could all build a better future. A life of freedoms-- freedom to choose, to express, to pursue and to buy enough 9 mm's to blow away all those who dare give me the evil eye. The flip side of all those freedoms are some things that are mandatory, meaning some things that everyone has to do no exceptions ( in theory). Things that make the trains run on time.
To say that governments are inherently corrupt is to say that people are by their very nature corrupt and that they will always be that way. This is not true. This is religious dogma and whether you know it or not it is Calvinist doctrine which surprise, surprise is the founding belief system of the first illegal immigrants to North America-- Europeans fleeing even more oppressive belief systems.
So the crux of your argument is that people are born evil, they form corrupt power structures and I should have the choice to opt out of what evil people want to make me do. Why? So you can join another group of evil people who do what- other types of evil stuff?
Mandatory does not equal sin. Many Governments despite what the shills at Fox will have you believe do amazing things for their citizenry. It is the height of irony that the descendants of the 1776 are the most cynical people on earth about what government can accomplish.
Support good government programs like SS. To make it all work there are just some things that we all have to do. Some things have to be mandatory and not just the easy stuff like rules of the road.
Buck up -- Your country and your government needs you.
2 points
The US constitution is one of the most remarkable documents produced by man. In my mind in stands even before the Bible as a work of homo sapient inspiration. Read it and you will feel the desire to make good things happen.
Trust banks over government? This is a serious and deviant change in perception from the days of the Jefferson.
It comes down to if you want a large and productive society many things have to be mandatory. A universal health care system should be one of those things and forced saving is another. Throw in unemployment insurance and that every citizen should give 2 years of service to his country and we have the base ingredients for a good life. Freedom to choose does not supersede your responsibility as a citizen.
Love of country is shown in your willingness to participate its affairs. In effect to accept that somethings have to be decided for us.
1 point
To ask why people need government to put money away is akin to asking why do we need leadership of any kind.
Why don't we all just make decisions independently and see what happens? Why do I need a Boss to tell me what time to come to work? Why can't I just come in when I want, work 8 hours and go home? Why do I need a government to tell me what side of the road to drive on or what speed I can drive at? Why don't I just pick the side of the road with the most sun on it and let others make their own call and see what happens?
Anarchy works but the results of an anarchic system almost always leads to fascism. People get fed up with the unpredictability of anarchy and eventually turn things over to fascist dictators who clamp down pretty hard on any dissent.
The government is us. It is not some alien species that responds only to micro wave beams from another galaxy. The government is all of us and when you have an us, you have rules. Rules give us a sense of certainty and we calm down and get back to work when we feel that certainty.
SS is one of the most wise rules we have and freeloader arguments about the poor are disingenuous at best. Some of the biggest freeloaders in America are it's farmers(20 Billion a year), followed closely by the banks who are about to get a trillion dollar hand out and yes welfare costs about a trillion a year as well.
We need Government to make rules and enforce them so that we don't break down into tribes and armed neighborhood militias. We need Governments to make decisions in the best interest of the majority and sometimes that means those who have must share a bit with those who don't.
Doesn't mean we can't still make fun of the poor and prevent our kids from marrying any of them. Part of the deal is that if your are a loser we get to throw our wet garbage at your house- agreed.
But to postulate that even minimum wage earners can bury some of their loose change in the backyard and then survive out their golden years is incorrect. Say that out loud a few times and it will begin to sound as ridiculous as it truly is. This cannot be done. No one will go hungry today in hopes of having a super sized meal when they are 65.
Government is there to bring wisdom to the human condition and in the west we have benefited greatly from free thinkers and a one man one vote system- as imperfect as it is. The way forward though is with more government and better government not less.
I do not mean that I want Uncle Sam telling me what kind of underwear to slip on. I do mean we should encourage our brightest minds to serve, to think on behalf of the group and to have a vision that reaches up and over the outstretched hands of the most self serving of our society.
SS is a wise move and rule that works. We should do more things like it.
2 points
The discussion about SS should not focus on whether people should be held responsible for their own actions or that their well being is the direct result of the decisions they make and the action they initiate.
Most American trained minds immediately close on this point, so this argument will be presented to the rest of humanity. You are not allowed as an American to believe that your life may have turned out the way it did because of what someone else might have done to you.
Much of what happens in life is beyond our control. One can show endless examples of bad things happening to good people, bright ideas that never sold and unfair advantage of one over another.
A rational mind accepts that shit happens and the best we can do is exert some control over our reaction to the 'shit that has happened'. That control over emotions means turning all experience into teaching moments and we can work towards empowering people to turn things around in their life, to live and learn, to become better with each passing day.
What we cannot do is encourage people to not take risks. Everyone should be encouraged to push up against their boundaries, think bold thoughts and try new ideas. Innovation is the most valuable attribute of capitalism. No other system insists on a new approach, new idea or new tool in quite the same way.
But in a system that encourages risk there are many who will fail. They sometimes fail early and never leave their social status or income, they sometimes fail late and end up wondering what happened and why them.
Therefore the essence of an argument about Social Security is really about the promotion of risk taking in a society with the clear understanding that the more risk taking we can encourage the better off we will all become. But we know that by encouraging a high degree of risk taking we will create many who will lose, many who will not save, many who will have little at the end of the day.
The very minimum we can do is put away that rainy day money before it lands in the personal bank account. Take some of the money before it is put to risk ( sometimes risk is defined as just trying a new product). We can ask a man/woman under 65 to get out there and pull their weight but by the time they have reached senior citizen hood they get some pay back just for being on the team.
So if you want a vibrant capitalist society lets all tuck away some of the money to divvy up amongst all the players when the time comes. This way we get maximum buy in to bigger picture.
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