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Current Policing and Other Public Policy Issues

I posted the below comments in a thread regarding Charlotte but decided to make this an OP.
Would really like to see what the distinguished community here at DU thinks.

The solutions to these problems are at the ballot box.

I know that isn't what people want to hear but it is the truth.
It isn't a quick solution.
It isn't easy and it requires our thoughtful participation.
Our job, like that of an elected official, does not end once our ballot is cast, we have to stay engaged to bring about meaningful change.

WE THE PEOPLE CAN fix many of these issues simply by getting out the vote.
An engaged and active electorate has more power to sway and influence public policy than any protest ever will.

Engage politicians at every level

Voice your concerns

Hold them accountable

Vote them out if they don't follow through with the will of the majority.

Show up and participate in public forums and demand they be held at times the majority of concerned citizens can attend

Engage your family, friends, neighbors and inform them of the FACTS concerning political figures statements, promises and records

Shape the discussion

Run for office

Get a job on the "inside" of the process

If we want the governmental institutions to change and policy to change we need to change the way we engage with those institutions and demand via the ballot box that changes be made.

We continue to do the same things and expect different results regarding our interaction with all levels of government.

Adding that I have been looking at voter participation rates at the census department and Pew Research websites and they show we can make a huge difference with strong voter participation.

Ran across this video from MIT robotics lab.

I find this fascinating.
Automation technology is evolving very rapidly and will impact our lives more and perhaps sooner than we can imagine.

Electile Dysfunction

I seriously can not believe that an unqualified, narcissistic, ego-maniacal wind bag with a messiah complex is this close to one of the most powerful elected offices on the planet.

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