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You should worry about the NSA because it's trashing the 4th Amendment search and seizure guarantees. Many people on your “side” in the comments would be out in the streets if the 2nd Amendment was being trashed to the same extent.
You should worry about drones because of “collateral damage” they cause. Totalitarian states use “prophylactic justice.” If you know that the person you want to kill is in a room and you also know that 100 perfectly innocent people are in the room, you blow up the room with a clear conscience
because the state's desires are more important than the lives of innocent people. “If you want to make an omelet, you must be willing to break a few eggs”--Lenin
To clear up some things about “socialism,” a term loosely bandied about, consider this:
To have a truly socialist healthcare system (like England's NHS) the hospital and clinics would be owned by the government and the doctors would be salaried employees of the government. Medicare is a single payer system, but care is given by private doctors. The ACA isn't a single payer system and entrance into the system is through private insurance. The two most socialist health systems in the U.S. are the Indian Health Service and the VA. Should we kick those “taker” verterans off their health care even though they served and afought for America?
In the economic sphere socialism is defined as:
so·cial·ism [Merriam Webster online dictionary]
: a way of organizing a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual people and companies
The Soviet Union was a socialist system , except for the fact “some were more equal than others.” Communist party members had their own stores with better quality goods. And, yes, this system was wildly inefficient and it did kill incentive. More food was grown on private plots than on the huge state farms.
Even Sweden isn't a socialist country in the economic sense. Volvo and other companies are not owned
by the state, they are private. Sweden uses a high tax rate to fund free university education, day-care, long maternity leave, etc.
The Nordic countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland are ahead of the Unisted States in many areas of measureable “success.” The UK Telegraph noted: “On Tuesday Legatum published its 2012 Prosperity Index, which ranks 142 countries - covering 96pc of the world's population and 99pc of global GDP.” The United States dropped out of the top 10, to 12th place followed by the UK and Germany. The U.S. only has “the best healthcare system in the world” if you throw out the 30 million without insurance, the fact that insurance companies have a history of dropping sick people and won't take many “prior condition” people and your quality of healthcare goes up in direct proportion to your wealth.
Gordon--Don't forget the Marshall Plan. It wasn't all Germany pulling themselves up by their bootstraps.
"Never in our history have we had a president of the United States who lies repeatedly."To be bipartisan, what about Nixon & Clinton. Nixon invented "I misspoke myself." "I am not a crook" was a lie. " He resigned when he was days from virtually sure conviction in the Senate after impeachment. Clinton's "I did not have sex with that woman" was a lie.
Candidates have made campaign promises throughout out history that were not kept. It is undoubtedly fair to say that every President has made promises in the campaign or in office that were not kept. Sometimes promises are cynically made and sometimes the President really wants to keep his promise but is unable to for a variety of reasons.
Your letter proves two things: (1) You despise President Obama, and (2) You champion the Tea Party faction that the majority of American public and world opinion blame for really wrecking the Constitution and nearly wrecking the U.S. and world economy. Polls show that the public blames Congress in general and the Tea Party in particular for taking us to the brink.
You need to go back to biology class. What Luther Burbank did was cross breeding, like Gregor Mendel before him, not GMO's.
An excellent letter. The food stamp or SNAP program is a mere pittance compared to corporate welfare. Forbes magazine says that the world's wealthy hold $21 trillion offshore, equal to the GDP of the U.S. and Japan combined. The great majority of SNAP recipients honestly need the benefit of $4.45 per day. Try living on that Nam Vet.
If you buy a gun from a federally licensed dealer you do have a background check and this has been the case for years. What's the problem with requiring checks on the people who are now outside the system, if they are in fact responsible people who have every right to own guns. Millions have had background checks. Has the government made any move to break down their door and seize their guns? There were many national polls, not the single poll you mentioned, which showed and overwhelming majority of Americans want to tighten background checks to include those who can now circumvent the system.
The Second Amendment to many is THE most important part of the Bill of Rights. Fine. You have several hundred years of US history and the Supreme court to ease your mind that gun seizure won't happen. A politician at any level who came out for seizure of all guns would not only not get reelected, he or she undoubtedly wouldn't see many more sunrises.
I-594 is not about gun control. A 594 field representative came through Walla Walla. He owns guns. So did his father and grandfather. I own guns. The measure is simply an attempt to keep guns away from people who know they can't go to a federally licensed dealer and purchase a weapon. At present the gun show loophole offers a ridiculously easy way to circumvent the system.
I'm very worried about the NSA, about the TPP treaty, about Citizens United which allows the wealthy and corporations and unions to donate unlimited amounts out of their treasuries (often not anonymously) to political campaigns, about corporations basically owning the Congress.
I am not worried about gun seizure. If you think that it's a real future possibility, then there is really no reason for us to waste any more time exchanging thoughts. I will say that, while I don't agree with your line of reasoning, at least it rises above the level of "your old lady wears combat boots"comments so often found here.
PearlY you are still saying "No new laws." Really-never, ever? Without a stronger background check law the gun show loophole will remain big enough to drive several semi's through. And, of course we should enforce the laws we already have.
Can't we have a "cultural change" regarding gun laws. I fear you are a captive of the fallacious slippery slope argument. You mentioned only drunk drivers in regard to my, I think, fair comparison between traffic fatalities and gun deaths. I remember many people saying "I'll never wear seat belts" years ago. Eventually they did. There are many reasons the traffic fatality rate dropped from 7.2 to 1.1. You chose one aspect.
I own guns and I can't see why some supposedly "responsible gun owners" are so frightened by stronger background checks. Polls show that nationally even a majority of NRA households favor the change.
I'm getting very tired of the argument "criminals will always get guns, so your proposed background checks and other laws won't do any good." Since some criminals who shouldn't have guns, get them, the above argument says "we must give up--we can't do anything--no stronger background checks!" So we make it easy for them. Many criminals take advantage of the gun show loophole and private sales with no background checks, which leads the anti-background checks people to say "see they are getting guns." Duh.
Has the effort to cut traffic deaths worked over time? Yes it has. In 1952 the fatality rate for 1 million miles driven was 7.2. In 2010 the rate was 1.1. This is because as a society we did not throw up our hands and say "oh my, there is nothing we can do."
Moms Against Drunk Drivers, mandatory seat belt laws, are among the many reasons the number of traffic fatalities have fallen sharply over the years.
The number of gun related deaths and traffic deaths in 2010 were virtually equal.
You can look it up. http://www.statisticbrain.com/car-crash-fatality-statistics-2/ (2010-32,885 traffic deaths)
(2010-31,672 firearm deaths)
What's wrong with U.S. healthcare and how does it compare to other developed countries? Listen to this fast-talking, irritating guy for 7 minutes and you have a bushel basket's worth of facts. Hope some of you "regulars" report back.
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