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Nederland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-31-03 02:42 PM
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30. There is a reason for this...
I think much of the backlash against our side is not due to an excess of "empty rhetoric." On the contrary I think we suffer from a deficit of "larger vision" such as those in the words of MLK (and JFK and otehrs of their ilk).

Instead, all we have heard in public discourse is the bean-counter side and dry policy analysis. And that leads to apathy and inertia on social progress.

There is a reason that all we have is bean-counter side and dry policy analysis, and it is the reason I articulated in my post. We are past recognizing the problem. Unlike the dreamworld of the 50's and early 60's , today if you told the average American that there were millions of people in poverty they would not disagree with you. Rather, their respoonse would be something along the lines of "sure, but what are you going to do about it?" Hence the dry policy analysis.

You lament the loss of people that articulate a "larger vision", but that is simply where we are in the process. The first stage is to raise awareness of the problem, the second is to debate solutions, and the final stage is to implement solutions and solve the problem. With regard to poverty, we are well past stage one. In fact, we are actually in stage two for the second time around. After King and others raised awareness of the problem, Johnson and the politicans debated solutions and implemented them. The problem is, the solutions articulated by those Johnson era programs turned out not to work. Hence we are in stage two for the second time.

Its not that we need lofty rhetoric to convince people that there is a problem, its that we lack solutions that work.
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