What are our nation’s five biggest problems?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Good evening:

I believe our nation’s five biggest problems are:

1. Racism;
2. Addictions (power, money, stuff and control)
3. Wars for profit;
4. Exploitation of other people, natural resources and the environment
5. Refusal to accept responsibility for what we do and to whom we do it.

What do you think?

33 Responses to What are our nation’s five biggest problems?

  1. Tzar says:

    it’s
    1. education
    2. education
    3. education
    4. education
    5. education

  2. racerrodig says:

    Pretty accurate I’d say. My list would go

    1) Racism AND 1(b) the corruption behind it and the inequality that breeds.

    2) The economy. There must be some way to turn this around and keep it on an even keel. Being self – employed and dependent on my customers “hobby” or “disposable income” I see 1st hand the ebb and flow of the economy.

    3) Addictions…..you nailed that one….remember “…love of money is the root of all evil”

    4) Refusal to accept responsibility for what we do and to whom we do it.

    5) Exploitation of other people, natural resources and the environment.

    We all have different experiences in life and life in different areas and are subjected to different area circumstances / cultures, which is why my 4 & 5 are flipped.

    Keep this in mind by one of the most astute (and comedic genius) people of all time…………….

  3. bettykath says:

    Greed underlies all 5. If greed were “cured”, all the rest would go away.

    • If humans were to share the earth’s resources from each according to his ability to each according to his needs, would we all be mired in poverty and starve to death?

      Methinks that belief is based on fear and greed, not reality.

      • MDH says:

        The irony is that the so-called savage hunter-gatherer bands that were part of most of our evolutionary history were not greedy because there was no concept of private property.

        Also, this idea floated by the right wing of Darwinian, individualistic survival of the fittest being man’s true nature is false.

        Bands work together as a team for the benefit of their group.

        Modern “civilized” societies are hierarchies wherein the elite extract the wealth created in society due to the property rights they hold. In a feudal system that was land and titles. In a capitalist system, it is the various forms of property such as land, patents, stock etc… Hierarchical societies are seen as better because their order multiplies output per capita.

        Implicit in the masses accepting this situation is that it should be understood that the elite have an obligation to the masses – the social contract.

        It is the violation and outright contempt for this contract that plagues the USA.

  4. stan says:

    Sorry, let’s cut to the chase and expose the true genesis of all human behavior.
    No need to spew rivers of prolix diction when two little words will nicely fill the bill.
    So once more into the breach dear friends!
    Are you ready?
    Here they are:
    FEAR & GREED
    There you have it-terse, true, and just the nature of the evolutionary monstrosity called mankind.
    You try brachiating for a few million years in the heart of darkness without American Express, medical insurance, and your cell phone!
    Ciao

    • stan says:

      A Christmas story bound to gladden the hearts and minds: This is a true tale.
      Recently I purchased an item at a gargantuan hardware store, and when I got home, I looked carefully at the sales receipt and near the bottom after all of those confusing codes and numbers was the following printed statement:
      “Jesus served you today.”
      Well, I am truly blessed, for not only did I get a drop deal on a necessary piece of equipment, but Jesus was the cashier!
      How lucky can a mortal get?
      P.S. I should have gotten his signature and sold it on e-bay. What do you think a documented signature of J.C. would bring on today’s retail market?
      P.S.S I realize this is a serious blog and hold Herr Professor Leatherman in the highest esteem, but how often does Jesus wait on you in a retail establishment?
      Das Ende

      • For real? And you ain’t even in Orange County? <—snark alert. From what I can gather, while the historical Jesus may have been a carpenter, he was not a cashier, but that said, Jesus is a pretty common name in our era and so, I think it is likely that Jesus actually was your cashier!

        • stan says:

          Nice try at rationalization!
          But, this had to be the real article for right there in front of all of the customers he performed a miracle:
          He turned dollar bills into a sales receipt!
          And to think you are trying to convince me that he must have been of Hispanic origin!
          Where’s your Christmas spirit?

  5. MDH says:

    Look at the many examples of lack of empathy and expressed indifference in the TM trial.

    That one shit heel witness testified that he was asking GZ about what ammo he used while TM laid there dying.

    In all honesty, I would probably slap that guy in the face, if he said that in front of me in order to shock him back into being human.

    One thing I got out of the TM trail is that are a lot of Americans who relate to Black Americans like they are a thing with no real human qualities. And that is sick.

    • Yep.

      The murder, the build-up to the trial, the trial, and its aftermath served as a mirror displaying the dangerous and disturbing state of race relations in the United States.

      The solution is to end racism.

      People must decide to be part of the solution or remain part of the problem.

      Any self-described Christian who decides to remain part of the problem is a hypocrite.

      No middle ground exists.

      Justice for Trayvon is justice for people everywhere.

      • MDH says:

        IMO, it is impossible to believe in the humanity of man, have compassion, and be a racist.

        The excuses that racists give like “the slaves were treated well” is akin to saying Jones treated his cattle kindly.

        A human being is not a pet or productive livestock.

      • dianetrotter says:

        I agree with you professor. Many people like to hide behind Christianity and say things that are antithetical to Christianity. It’s because they are either 1) not reading the bible or 2) not Christians in the first place. “You can tell a tree by the fruit it bears.” That is biblical! It’s not about one act – that’s sin. A constant pattern of hard heartedness – most likely not a Christian.

  6. MDH says:

    “I can’t believe that the noblest impulse of man, is compassion for another, is completely dead here.”

    – Colonel Dax, in Paths of Glory

    IMO, there is a huge segment of society that finds compassion repugnant. They revel in the strong beating the weak.

    And from that attitude it is easy for the five problems cited in this thread to flow like water from a broken dam to drown us all in misery and sorrow.

    So let us look at synonyms of compassion:

    sensitivity, kindness, affinity, empathy, tenderness, understanding, unity, warmth

    Let us look at the antonyms:

    apathy, cruelty, harshness, hatred, meanness, misunderstanding, indifference, mercilessness

    Paths of Glory is loosely based on an actual event and trial during WW1 wherein, arguably, the French High Command revived the Roman practice of decimation.

    WW1 is a great example of using propaganda to make the antonyms I listed as a means to make man fear, loath, hate and kill his fellow man.

    Why?

    Because the elite see us all as a commodity to be used to either create or extract wealth and, once no longer viable, to be thrown away.

  7. Malisha says:

    Corruption in government.
    Cover-ups supporting corruption in government.
    The habit of lying in furtherance of corruption in government.

  8. fauxmccoy says:

    income inequality, the wage gap

  9. dianetrotter says:

    Racism really baffles me. Otherwise intelligent people can perpetuate a stereotype, when they see evidence that it isn’t true. All Black people do not get public assistance. A larger number of White people get public assistance (granted the percentage is smaller). If you discriminate and won’t hire Blacks and then say Blacks get public assistance, it creates a vicious circle.

    • dianetrotter says:

      The same illogical reasoning applies to Trayvon Martin being a criminal but George Zimmerman had the record. Now George Zimmerman is traumatized because he was wrongfully arrested??? Racism is ignorance.

  10. ed nelson says:

    Ditto: [that reverse the order,] and some of these items may be broke down into other constituents.

    #1. 5. Refusal to accept responsibility for what we do and to whom we do it.

    I guess we need to accept responsibility for what we do, and resposibility in general, and the effects of the actions that we as persons put into play, and that of course means that the effects may be injurious to some others, even if not intended, never the less it is we, you, me, us, and them, who do things that impinge on others, even not intended!

    #2. 4. Exploitation: of all things environment and human resourses.
    It will come to a time when there just isn’t anything left to mine, better realize that soon, ’cause the time is upon us soon enough.

    #3. 3. I don’t know what to say on this issue, as the monsters are in control and anybody with an ounce of decency is aghast of this practice, and aghast of what it means and what it entails, it is a sorry thing.

    Etc. etc. etc.

  11. I think as an overall, these 5 biggest problems have the end result of making our “government for the people, by the people” completely ineffective.

  12. Two sides to a story says:

    I think I’d turn those around in order.

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