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After reading some of the post, I think that we can at least all agree that inner city crime and gangs present a huge problem for society. The question is always how to deal with this? Government bureaucracy seems to usually be the least effective. Government acknowledgement of the real problem is disguised in these soft pedal programs. Not even the police want to go into the inner city and deal with what is going on there. But, here is another problem that is creeping into society which is not being addressed, the abundance of meth use in the rural towns and cities across our nation. The problem has always been how to deal with bored, rebellious young teens. Almost any parent can tell you how difficult that is. Maybe a mandatory military conscription for two years would help here as it has done elsewhere, like Israel. Discipline and job training and education would help more to guide our youth into being productive citizens and not criminals. Also one method that always helped me when my children where teens was enough physical activity to tire them out.
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Beyond Affirmative Action

Dianne87 Wrote: Feb 19, 2014 12:35 PM
Dr. King's famous statement about a man being judged by the content of his character and not by the color of his skin is what resonated with the entire country, or at least those who understand a faith based or moral based way of living. Progressivism here, as everywhere else, has undermined or is trying to destroyed the idea that our inalienable rights come from God, not the government. It has also tried to obfuscate or annihilate this country's history being faith based. It assumes everyone wants a free ride, and it will give it to them. The cost is ultimately freedom, dynamism, and mediocrity. Compassion is a virtue, but takes action to be effective, and starts with the individual exercising it on a regular basis. Not by compassion itself being regulated.
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Myths to Ditch in 2014

Dianne87 Wrote: Jan 01, 2014 9:59 AM
I'm not sure what going backwards would accomplish, and if at all there ever was a stable, unassailable, ideal America that actually existed. Ideals are just that, ideals. Maybe what you are pining for then is an agreement of ideals? There is no doubt that those that can present a reasoned debate are in short supply. All of that takes discipline and this venue doesn't restrict itself to that. The price of freedom. It will take discipline to move forward using the American ideal of LIBERTY.
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Rocky Mountain High

Dianne87 Wrote: Dec 27, 2013 10:35 PM
People can either handle alcohol, or drug use, or not. BUT, what does society do with those that can't or won't contribute to their own wellbeing, and be the possible cause of harm to innocents through their irresponsible use of one or both substances? Come on. Can't we, as a civilized society, agree on something? I for one would like to draw the line at drug cartels being in a business that is even somewhat legal.
What is sanctimonious is your assumption. The truth is the truth, of course. To assume that it is recognized by one path is limiting. To acknowledge the truth and to honor the truth is what we are all on our individual paths to find. That can come with great assistance from the knowledge acquired that is, has been conveyed in many forms, the Bible being one of the best. To assume that there is only one path to God, is sanctimonious, but worshiping Him and living his precepts is not.
Corruption, righteousness, two sides of the same coin. Human nature. The nature that God created. You are right, it is a choice found within our hearts and guided by our consciousness and knowledge of God as to the direction we as individuals make. But, overt sanctimoniousness is a bit off putting, as well as limiting. An appeal to our better nature, as Christ taught, is within all of our grasp. Only God knows what is in a person's heart, but we will be judged by our actions.
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Obama Agenda Promotes Unfairness

Dianne87 Wrote: Dec 09, 2013 10:19 AM
What America needs is reform. Bipartisan reform. Half of us fully understand that increasing the minimum wage does nothing to promote a healthy economy. Entitlement reform, tax reform, regulatory reform, government reform will need to be addressed before anything of good productive value will be achieved. How to do that is our current crisis as Americans. The biggest drain on the taxpayer are entitlements, which Obama continues to champion. We desperately need to face our problems, discuss true solutions, and make our government responsible for that which we as a nation need to serve our general and individual purpose. The Great Society has not and will not eliminate poverty. We are now facing a poverty of intellect and thought on top of financial poverty due to ideological fool heartiness.
Maybe Americans should be looking at the enemy within. With typical gullibility we attribute to incompetence, which may in fact be guile. Every action on the part of our president leads us further down the path of destruction. The havoc which will be wrecked in the wake of his actions will at some point make itself known. Will we as a nation be able to counteract it?
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The Fatal Conceit of Obamacare

Dianne87 Wrote: Nov 25, 2013 7:51 AM
Thanks for the heads up on this new edition and compilation. At least half of the population understand this concept intuitively, but the other half, wishing and hoping and thinking and praying, to do good, think that ACA is there to give the previously uninsurable, for various reasons, insurance. So, for the 30 million or so to have insurance, all the rest of us must pay dearly, and the insurance market is now what is not so much being reformed as redesigned. What's affordable now? Briefly, nothing. However the question remains. How does a civilized society take care of those amongst them who desperately need health care, yet may go bankrupt in attaining it? I think it would do us all some good to think about this and probably come up with a better solution. What can and should the free market do of it's own volition?
Jonah, you're absolutely right. The American people have not been informed. There are many factors which contribute to this, such as media bias, poor education, bad politicians, woking so hard to support oneself and or family. There is also a huge ILLEGAL immigrant population, that for the most part are decent people, but who strain and drain our misbegotten welfare system. Lacking the big picture so to speak, we the public, are left with bitter partisan BS and then further tune out. It is the Federal government's job to address the big issues, like tax reform, welfare and entitlement reform, managing the military. As individuals all the American people can do to effect change is vote, but giving us nothing to vote on of value is as good as taking away our right to vote. Keeping the public unaware and misinformed is the province of most politicians, simply to get reelected, and shame on them.
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Oprah, Obama and the Racism Dodge

Dianne87 Wrote: Nov 20, 2013 10:45 AM
First of all Oprah shouldn't wear so much magenta. Is that racist? Also, did anyone inquire into the historical accuracy of her movie? Race baiters look like bait themselves when adhering to typical stereotyping. "Can't we all just get along?" When and where is that honest talk about race suppose to take place? I haven't seen any attempt to actually have one.
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