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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:48 AM

America, a Nation Whose Directional Compass is Badly Damaged

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America, a Nation Whose Directional Compass is Badly Damaged
By michael payne (about the author)
OpEdNews Op Eds 12/27/2012 at 12:22:12

What's a directional compass? It's that part of a nation that guides it in establishing specific objectives that will determine its future directions. Unfortunately, America's directional compass is badly damaged as evidenced by the fact that we have become a nation that seems to have lost its sense of purpose and meaning, and is drifting in many conflicting directions at the same time.

This apparent loss of purpose and direction is evidenced by the fact that all serious attempts to take this country in new directions through the advancement of major developmental programs are being obstructed by those who reap massive profits by maintaining the status quo. What we now have is a situation in this country whereby short term, shallow thinking is preventing long term planning and development; and that's why we seem to be going around in circles, not advancing but regressing.

Wouldn't it be great to see a coalition of government and business initiate a massive program to develop new sources of energy that would make it the world leader? We have the resources, the skills and talent to do just that. That's a positive direction for the future that we should be actively pursuing but the massive energy companies and their captive servants in Congress, mainly Republicans but also some Democrats, will simply not let it happen. China and several European countries, with Germany in the lead, are making great strides in developing new energy sources. But America is completely failing to advantage of this opportunity that would lead to eventual energy independence.

It would also be so great to see those Americans who so strongly want to preserve their 2d Amendment rights to own guns get together with their very concerned fellow citizens who want to establish reasonable, sensible controls? This may seem like an insurmountable task but it's certainly not an impossible one. If they put their minds to it and think of what is best for the people of America, the two sides could sit down together and, collectively, come up with fair, reasonable and innovative ways by which this could be accomplished.

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ewagner Dec 2012 #1

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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:57 AM

1. Possible...

This quote is, I think, at the root of the problem:

What we now have is a situation in this country whereby short term, shallow thinking is preventing long term planning and development; and that's why we seem to be going around in circles, not advancing but regressing.


It's true for business which only thinks of the Quarterly bottom line.

It's true for politicians who only think of the next election cycle.

It's true for the News Media who only think of the next news cycle.

Instant Gratification is the key word in marketing....and our national life.

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