If ALL politicians TRULY cared about the people that THEY ARE ELECTED to?
Question: REPRESENT, why do they hold fundraisers, EXAMPLE: (V.P. Joe Biden in Fox Chapel tonight, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pa.) tickets, $5,000.00 to $30,000.00? I could probably afford $20.00 for a beer and food fund raiser, with a DESIGNATED driver! Charles, Research WARREN BUFFETT, and get back to me on the Koch Brothers! Two-faced, fork-tongue "stone caster'! Rusty Nahil, They DON'T vote PERSONALLY for the best interest of the U.S. They vote in THEIR OWN best interest. Seems to me, YOU are the confused one!
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politics is money. they take and very seldom give back, and the sheep of this country buy it. I',ll bet the fund raiser is sold out. talk about sheep !!!!!!!!
Um...do you think people haven't been TRYING? There's only so much you can do when public education sucks and jobs are hard to find. It's true that these conditions vary considerably from region to region, but you should see some of the public schools in inner city Detroit--it's fairly horrific. I completely agree that any change needs action by the people in order to work--but the common myth that the people who aren't satisfied with our country now are doing nothing but sitting back and complaining about it simply isn't true. By the way, our country having a bad image in the world has nothing to do with us having a bad self-image. In fact it's kind of the opposite; it's America assuming we can do no wrong that has caused it. I'm not even talking about the Iraq or Afghanistan wars here. The obscene amounts of money we give to Saudi Arabia, our little habit of supporting dictators and military coups in other countries...we haven't exactly had ourselves on a strict moral barometer. BTW, before you utter the words "socialist sh1thole," take a look at Europe. Universal health care, free education, longer life expectancies, lower infant mortality, lower unemployment. Yes, they have higher taxes, but it's worked out pretty well for them so far.
Over the last several decades we have allowed money to run our politics. Today, in an 'open' election race, that is, one where there is no incumbent running for re-election, the candidate who spends the most money will win 95% of the time, that's 19 out of 20 races. So our elections are really only -auctions-. Electoral campaigns are nothing more than fundraising contests. If a congressman or senator wants to be re-elected, he must raise thousands of dollars for every day of his term, and they spend more time fundraising than actually doing their jobs! And the reason this is such a bad problem is that Americans are conditioned to see it only as a problem when the OTHER party does it. Who minds Joe Biden doing a fundraising dinner? Only Republicans!
Presidential politics is a dirty business. There is so much at stake that any notion of fairness and decency goes out the window once the battle is joined. Apart from their own integrity (which varies from the criminality of a Richard Nixon to the essential decency of a Jimmy Carter) there are two things that force candidates to be somewhat honest some of the time. 1. The opposition party, which carefully researches past records and keeps close tabs on current activities. It is difficult to imagine just how dishonest many candidates would be, if they did not know that their opponents were watching them like hawks. 2. The media, which break down into three groups: liberals, conservatives, and a very small centrist component. The liberal media keep conservative candidates reasonably honest at least a part of the time. The conservative media are ready to use any foul tactic at their disposal to discredit liberal candidates. The tiny centrist media allow thoughtful people to make some sense out of the whole circus.
You are (like MANY Americans, unfortunately!) EXTREMELY confused about how your nation works! The voters elect Representatives, then those Representatives are OBLIGED BY THE US CONSTITUTION to vote as THEY PERSONALLY think will benefit the nation, not as the voters wish (or do not wish)....if your Founders had INTENDED it to work the way you seem to imagine they would have given you a Parliamentary system, NOT a republic... It is an enormous shame so many of you are blissfully unaware of this!
Obviously she is going through a LOT right now so whatever you do, make it in her best interests as well as the baby's. Her situation won't last forever - she will get away from this man eventually and probably needs a great deal of support and encouragement for that. If you are really concerned for this baby, that separation has got to be your priority because the health and safety of the mother is fundamental to the care of the child. I don't know how involved you all want to be, but you might be able to help her with finding somewhere to live, government benefits she might get, or a refuge centre she can go to - all that type of stuff. At the same time, you could also offer to sit her son here and there - she is obvisouly under an incredible amount of stress and could probably really use an hour or 2 to get her own life in order. Perhaps 2 or 3 of you could meet outside the group to let her get visiting government/women's support offices etc. While he'd be in your care, you could feed him. Also you might want to bunch together and put a little kitty together and buy him appropriate clothes form a Sally Army clothes shop etc. or ask in your own families/churches etc for clothes for the little boy. Finally I would suggest making the group into a constructive vehicle - get a midwife/health visitor to come visit and talk about nutrition and easily made baby meals, weaning issues, the iron & vitamins from real foods - or similarly you could all put a £ or $ in a kitty and buy her a hand held blender (they cost £15 in UK so I'm sure they are really cheap where you are too). This would allow her to blend anythign she makes for herself for her son in an instant. Basically my point is - you say you're her friends, so be her friend, without criticism/judgement and in sincerity. I know it can be shocking how far down people can go when they are in a messy situation at home, but I suspect this poor women is totally ashamed and Very desperate if she's showing up at people's doors at 5.30am. She's obvisouly crying out for help and if a group of accomplished, achieved mothers as women can't help her, no one can. What a great opportunity you have in your small little group to help another human beings life in a permanent and deep way. I feel so bad for her and wish you all well. EDIT: yes, if you have not tried any of the things I've suggested - even just passing on helpful information to her - then you are wrong to try to have her prosecuted for negligence. It's a cop out, and a shame.
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