The American Dream Is Dead

While reading the msnbc piece on Obama's budget, I came across this:

"Republicans, in their radio response, warned that Democratic spending priorities threaten to destroy the American dream that hard work can build a better life for each successive generation of citizens."
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""Now, instead of working hard so our children can have a better life tomorrow, we are asking our children to work hard so that we don't have to make tough choices today," Burr said."

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Keep Their Heads Ringing

"This election is not about issues," said Davis. "This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."
Washington Post

    So once again this election won't be about the issues from the Republican standpoint. I'm shocked! I can't understand why they wouldn't want to run on the issues. We haven't had a campaign debate about the issues in the last 20 years. The Republicans have gradually moved the electorate away from the issues and have made each election a referendum on some social issue beginning with the Nixon southern strategy. At that point it was a referendum on law and order and the civil rights movement. At which time the American voting public voted resoundingly against progress.

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A Bankrupt Nation

     It is becoming more apparent with each passing day that the American lifestyle as it currently exist is unsustainable. For more than three decades we have accepted the false narrative that we can live beyond our means and there will be no cost for the extravagance. Not only has our government accepted and promoted this falsehood, but we as a nation have accepted it as well. It has become so engrained into our national psyche that anyone who dares to point out its inherent flaws is immediately ridiculed by politicians, the media, and their fellow citizens. You see rather than looking at the real culprits of our failed domestic and foreign policies we want to create these "bogeymen" who want to destroy our sacred way of life. The truth is that it is always easier to blame others for our shortsightedness and faults.

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Let America be America Again - Poem by Langston Hughes

I don't know if any readers are really into poetry, but I thought I'd post this anyway. I posted one of his poems called "I too sing America." in another thread.

Langston Hughes is often called America's greatest black poet. He is considered by many, myself included, to be one of America's greatest poets, of any color.

He was born in 1902 and died in 1967. He lived through some of the most vicious years of Jim Crow and fought against it his whole life. He flirted briefly with communism then rejected it when he saw it for what it really was - only another way for tyrants to hold power. This poem was first published in 1938 during Hughes brief period of support for communism. Many of his poems speak to the black experience, but many others speak to the universal human spirit. This is one that speaks to both.Many verses are especially relevant in this election cycle. The title of this poem was the source for John Kerry's campaign slogan.

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Immigration. Intertwining Self-Interests and Ignoring Interdependence ©


When discussing immigration it seems that what we in America know is what we ignore.  We know we want higher wages. Americans strongly support increasing the income of native-born and naturalized workers.  Citizens of this country consider their wages and benefits vital.  Those of others in "foreign" lands are not our problem, or possibly, they are a cursory consideration.

Persons residing in the United States want to ensure their quality of life.  The general public wants "stuff." They are proud of their possessions and property.  They flaunt these on airwaves and movie screens throughout the world.  People in this nation want the others on this Earth to see how good they have it.  Americans say, "Look at me.  I am so happy and healthy because I have this, that, and the riches that you do not." People of the USA pose for the cameras and profess, "This is America, the land of the free, home of the brave, and the land of opportunity." Citizens of this country invite and entice people from afar to come to this great land.  Then when immigrants do, [the ugly] Americans says, "Now, go home!"

Americans are offended when those residing in this country without papers crave what citizens have or when they use our services and resources.  What happened to hospitality?  Hostility replaced it.

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