The issue that we face in government isn't based on which
political party has the most racist members in a group.
However the issue does show how people in both parties is
abusing their power.
If we the people is the government. Then why are we allowing
this crap to ruin our government image?
Excellent question. The answer, if I'm not much mistaken, is that we've just gotten so incredibly wrapped up in "the process" that by the time we see the result there isn't a whole lot that can be done about it without violating the law.
Now lets talk about the
land of the free. I enjoy watching Mike Moore's documentaries,
and I think its Mike's rights to express his opinions by means of
What I am clearly seeing is most of you Republicians dislike the
guy because of his style to show the facts how Bush has screwed
America. I (personally) visit the area of Flint Michigan which is
Mike's home, and I have found Mike to be a very interesting guy.
Yes, he's interesting. Yes, he's funny. Yes, he has every right to continue spreading his opinion in whatever way suits him. No, his films are not enjoyed by conservatives, for two reasons - one, those films attack them the whole time, and two, they're propaganda.
Like I mentioned in one of my earlier posts ..I don't do the 4th of
July. Because of MY RIGHTS to feel that we are far from being
Independent. Free to do what? Yet again many of you would say
Ghostdog, you have more freedom then people in other countries.
Sure...that's your opinion, and you are right. Again, I also have
my opinions too.
In closing..what we need to do is to examine the true meaning
the Land of the Free, and see if we are really free as we claim to be.
I just walked outside my house and yelled "President Bush is a dirty pedophile!" at the top of my lungs. Insulting the leader in power like that is one of our freedoms. If I found a bunch of other people who felt the same way, I could form a grassroots organization denouncing President Bush's alleged pedophilia. If we got enough supporters rallied to our cause, we could take our case to Washington - a massive letter writing campaign, a march on the White House, angry signs written in Sharpie on those neat multi-colored poster boards...the whole deal. If we made enough noise and had enough support, we could get President Bush impeached and thrown out of office.
You can't do all that alone - you have to have the support of a large number of people. While this may seem as though it is forcing you to be a slave of the masses, look closely and you'll realize that it is a necessary evil: if you could circumvent all of them you would be disregarding their opinions and violating their rights, even if they agree with you. Perhaps especially if they agree with you - that's how fascism starts.
So there's your political freedom...social freedom we're still working on, admittedly. Jim Crow is dead but racial profiling remains. Roe vs. Wade stands but is constantly under attack. Gays can't get married anywhere but Massachusetts while bigots stand around saying that they're afforded total equality. It's a work in progress, but it has been a work in progress since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. These things don't happen overnight.
And finally, there's economic freedom. Capitalism is railed against as being completely unfair to the poor and a catering service for the wealthy. For one thing, I'd like to point out that that happens in all economic systems - the wealthy, those who control the power, are naturally in the best position to procure more of it. Those without wealth are naturally in the worst position to procure more, because of a lack of resources.
However, the economic system of the United States has evolved to give the poor more chances. Public education seeks to give poor children the education required to then be eligible for college, which the federal government is willing to pay for if the student does not have the means (although FAFSA is very strict in its definition of "does not have the means"). According to US Census figures, the household income of those without college degrees averaged about $40,000 in 2000, while the income of households with college degrees averaged very close to $70,000. Education equals money.
So in conclusion...yeah, this is still the Land of the Free.