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Politics : Foreign Affairs Discussion Group

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To: SBHX who wrote (148895)10/24/2004 11:27:25 PM
From: Michael Watkins  Read Replies (1) of 281500
 
I'm not going to apologize for stating the obvious - some people *do* have a simplistic view on the world, which they obtain from a news sound bite here or there, if at all.

Truth be told two of my best friends are blissfully unaware of the complexity of the world; one intentionally leaves himself that way. They drive me crazy, particularly when they react with amazement "I didn't know that" when we chit chat on issues over coffee.

Unfortunately an uninformed public is a compliant public not likely to hold politicians to account until *after* the damage is done. We need government that is truly accountable during their administration, not 4 years later at the polls.

What do we do now? That is indeed the question. Hopefully there'll be a reason to have plenty of discussions on this. Frankly, if the current administration remains in place I don't see that happening.

The simplistic answer is a change of leadership for one. Clearly that doesn't address the complexity of extracting the country from this mess.

Equally important as a first step, I would say, is changing the "followership" - i.e. - the people need to be engaged in a truthful discussion over how/what/why we got to this place and how/what/when are we going to do about it. The people need to become much more aware and involved and not just every four years.
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