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    Re: What is your level of optimism concerning the future of the United States of Amer

    Quote Originally Posted by EdwinWillers View Post
    Many factors affect one's outlook about various things - history, current events, politics, religion, media, family & friends, personal character traits, life experiences, environment, upbringing, education, etc. etc. etc.

    Just curious. Nothing ulterior, just curiosity.

    What is your outlook re the future of the United States of America - and maybe why?

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    I am debating within myself between somewhat pessimistic and very pessimistic. One reason the debt this country has rolled up with no end in sight. I am left with a feeling no one cares. The Democrats refuse to talk about and spend like there is no tomorrow, the Republicans talk about all day and night, but do nothing about it and when they are in power, spend like there is no tomorrow. Then there is the attitude within our political parties, the my way or the highway attitude. The no compromise if I do not get everything I want, then nothing is betting than 50%, 70%, 90% if I have to give the other even a little bit. I donít see this changing, either the attitudes of our political parties or any attempt to bring our financial situation under control. Just the opposite.

    I see both political parties using the problems of this nation to get votes and spout electoral rhetoric instead of trying to fix the problems or find solutions to our ills. I see a divide and conquer strategy from both parties, making us hate one another in search for votes. I see an omnipotent government which feels free to use all their power on their own citizens. I see where being self-reliant is punished because they are not depended on government. I see making one responsible for their own decisions, their actions, being responsible for oneís self is toss away with the notion that they arenít responsible at all for what they do or decisions they made in their life. That it is all someone elseís fault.

    I see a lifestyle with both individual and government that lives for today, tomorrow be damned. People and government for the first time I can remember willing to leave a country in much worse shape than when they came into her to their kids, grandkids etc. just so they can reap all the bounties available today. There is more, perhaps a book more, letís say the debate is over, very pessimistic.
    This Reform Party member thinks it is high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first and their political party further down the line. But for way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.

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    Re: What is your level of optimism concerning the future of the United States of Amer

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    I am debating within myself between somewhat pessimistic and very pessimistic. One reason the debt this country has rolled up with no end in sight. I am left with a feeling no one cares. The Democrats refuse to talk about and spend like there is no tomorrow, the Republicans talk about all day and night, but do nothing about it and when they are in power, spend like there is no tomorrow. Then there is the attitude within our political parties, the my way or the highway attitude. The no compromise if I do not get everything I want, then nothing is betting than 50%, 70%, 90% if I have to give the other even a little bit. I don’t see this changing, either the attitudes of our political parties or any attempt to bring our financial situation under control. Just the opposite.

    I see both political parties using the problems of this nation to get votes and spout electoral rhetoric instead of trying to fix the problems or find solutions to our ills. I see a divide and conquer strategy from both parties, making us hate one another in search for votes. I see an omnipotent government which feels free to use all their power on their own citizens. I see where being self-reliant is punished because they are not depended on government. I see making one responsible for their own decisions, their actions, being responsible for one’s self is toss away with the notion that they aren’t responsible at all for what they do or decisions they made in their life. That it is all someone else’s fault.

    I see a lifestyle with both individual and government that lives for today, tomorrow be damned. People and government for the first time I can remember willing to leave a country in much worse shape than when they came into her to their kids, grandkids etc. just so they can reap all the bounties available today. There is more, perhaps a book more, let’s say the debate is over, very pessimistic.
    You're obviously a man who loves his country, Perotista, and I can understand how many loyal Americans must feel. Americans have turned on each other over the last generation while seeming to embrace every other cockamamie trend that comes along. The world needs a strong America and it would not be a better world if America is weakened.

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    Re: What is your level of optimism concerning the future of the United States of Amer

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    You're obviously a man who loves his country, Perotista, and I can understand how many loyal Americans must feel. Americans have turned on each other over the last generation while seeming to embrace every other cockamamie trend that comes along. The world needs a strong America and it would not be a better world if America is weakened.
    America has always had it ills, it has did things wrong at times. She never was perfect but she always strove to be. Her leaders were human and bound to make mistakes, but her leaders had America and what she stood for in their hearts. I prefer to think as America as an ideal, not necessary a nation. Where everyone could partake of the American dream, that is if they worked hard enough to achieve it. Perhaps it was only a small slice of the dream, but it was there to be reached. Today I am not so sure. I wonder if the American dream and ideals she once stood for are a thing of the past.

    When did the American dream and her ideals die? Did they die? They seem to have to me. Was there a slow erosion of the ideals and dream or did we have a turning point? An event or time frame when our leaders stopped trying to do what’s best for America and to keep her strong and prosperous in the future? Was it our leaders that did this or was it us, the people that became so greedy to have everything today at the expense of those not yet born, perhaps at the expense that America and what she once stood for would soon cease to exist.

    I really do not know any answers, I just have questions. The only thing I know is I do not like what I see. I fear what the future may hold for my kids, my grandkids, my great grandkids, for America herself. I think America has become just a nation like any other, it is not longer that idea of what everyone else in the world hoped for. Very sad.
    This Reform Party member thinks it is high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first and their political party further down the line. But for way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.

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    Re: What is your level of optimism concerning the future of the United States of Amer

    As long as we can hold off the right libertarians from hijacking the republican party and getting into power that way, I am fairly optimistic.
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    Re: What is your level of optimism concerning the future of the United States of Amer

    Quote Originally Posted by EdwinWillers View Post
    Many factors affect one's outlook about various things - history, current events, politics, religion, media, family & friends, personal character traits, life experiences, environment, upbringing, education, etc. etc. etc.

    Just curious. Nothing ulterior, just curiosity.

    What is your outlook re the future of the United States of America - and maybe why?

    Very Optimistic
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    Dunno
    Somewhat Pessimistic
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    Somewhat optimistic. I believe we are on the verge of a Third Industrial Revolution that the United States with its vast technical and human capital is uniquely poised to take advantage of. I also think many exaggerate what they believe to be the fundamental and/or structural problems facing the country.

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    Re: What is your level of optimism concerning the future of the United States of Amer

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    Re: What is your level of optimism concerning the future of the United States of Amer

    Anyhow, very optimistic. We're still far and away the economic, military and technological leader in the world, have the most effective form of government yet known, and are free from many of the obstacles facing our potential replacements on the world stage.

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    Re: What is your level of optimism concerning the future of the United States of Amer

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    America has always had it ills, it has did things wrong at times. She never was perfect but she always strove to be. Her leaders were human and bound to make mistakes, but her leaders had America and what she stood for in their hearts. I prefer to think as America as an ideal, not necessary a nation. Where everyone could partake of the American dream, that is if they worked hard enough to achieve it. Perhaps it was only a small slice of the dream, but it was there to be reached. Today I am not so sure. I wonder if the American dream and ideals she once stood for are a thing of the past.

    When did the American dream and her ideals die? Did they die? They seem to have to me. Was there a slow erosion of the ideals and dream or did we have a turning point? An event or time frame when our leaders stopped trying to do what’s best for America and to keep her strong and prosperous in the future? Was it our leaders that did this or was it us, the people that became so greedy to have everything today at the expense of those not yet born, perhaps at the expense that America and what she once stood for would soon cease to exist.

    I really do not know any answers, I just have questions. The only thing I know is I do not like what I see. I fear what the future may hold for my kids, my grandkids, my great grandkids, for America herself. I think America has become just a nation like any other, it is not longer that idea of what everyone else in the world hoped for. Very sad.
    No country has ever been perfect but no country in modern times has been criticized as much as the United States, despite all the obvious competition out there.. A lot of this is a result of the leftover leftists from the Cold War, who swallowed the Communist anti-American propaganda whole, while others simply don't know what they have and are willing to throw it away on a whim, believing that somehow they deserve more than America is giving them. The loss of State Rights, and the growth in the power of the Federal Government will also become a bigger issue in the coming years. Of course the increase in the national debt is the silent stalker always looming ever closer.

    It's difficult to remain optimistic when the will to change, in sufficient numbers, is obviously not there.

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    Re: What is your level of optimism concerning the future of the United States of Amer

    Very optimistic. Cynics see only the bad.

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    Re: What is your level of optimism concerning the future of the United States of Amer

    Quote Originally Posted by NoC_T View Post
    Very optimistic. Cynics see only the bad.
    I'm more than willing to be optimistic if you can offer some support for your optimism..

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