Will 2008 be the year that changes America?
What are the areas of our government and our society that need attention?
- Homelessness and the mentally ill
- Health care
- Foreign Affairs
- Alternate sources of energy
- Political parties
The homeless mentally ill.
Every town in America has someone who is dealing with a mental illness. They seek treatment from a system that treats mental illness as an easily fixed problem. Just provide some medication and send them back to our streets. The system for dealing with this problem is in need of repair. What are the options we have. We can figure a way to provide basic necessities to these people. Long term care is needed. Assisted living and access to real doctors, not just people hired to deal with mental patients, these people need to be real health care professionals. If we address this problem now our judicial system will be free of having to deal with these people by putting them into the legal system. Most mentally ill people live in fear. They are helpless when they are approached by police. I have witnessed the transition from mild to unbearable stress take over a person being questioned by police. Like Parkinson’s disease, Mental illness has uncontrollable effects. The will to escape and hide is a normal reaction by a mentally ill person being approached by anybody. Once the mentally ill person is questioned and incarcerated for not cooperating with authority figures then they wallow in total depression for being persecuted for no apparent reason that they can see. Usually they are held for only a few days. Once the system recognizes a repeat offender, some one caught in the vicious cycle of jail and the streets, they are just told to go home and take their meds.
So, there they are back n the street with no place for food or shelter, no medications to take, They wonder the streets with fear and despair wishing they could find some easy way to kill themselves. It’s like taking all the people with Alzheimer’s and letting them loose to wander around without any help from anyone. My question to the people in charge of this problem is why? Why must a person suffering from an illness be sent into the streets to live. I cannot conceive of an answer that would justify this when we are spending so much on lesser things. Which candidate for public office is going to be the one guy to stand up to a system that allows the mistreatment of one of its sickest citizens?
This subject is on the minds of everybody. A mother who’s son or daughter just fell and has to go to the emergency room. The new employee that just got mugged and beat up on his way home from work. Emergency rooms have to treat people when they show up. They also get to charge full price for anything done. If you don’t pay it then they ruin your credit rating. No chance at a new car or a house for years because you couldn’t afford to get the treatment you had to have. How many mothers and fathers are faced with this every day. There has to be trillions of dollars flowing from the public to the health care system every year. All we have to do is take all the money being spent on insurance and pay the professionals directly. A fund is set up with an amount of money that is taxed to the public just like social security. Instead of sending your money to insurance agents that need profits to be successful the funds are placed in an untouchable place. and every time you visit a doctor and it is determined that you need care the funds come out of the account directly to the provider. The amount of care will be screened but after the necessary treatments have been done. If a doctor prescribes treatment that is unnecessary then that doctor will face a review and if it is found to happen more than 3 times a year then they are sent back to med school for training or persuaded to change professions. The only way it works is if you keep the freedom of the health care professionals the same. If not we risk losing the incentives for health care professionals to want to stay in health care. Is there a candidate that stands a chance to go up against the insurance companies, the pill companies, Doctors, Nurses, and their unions?
I am sure that the majority of the population does not want the United States involved any any more conflicts that are not looked upon by our allies to be important. If we made it a law that the President can no longer send troops to a country for more than a year without a vote. Fine, we get attacked. The troops go in and take out the threat. The country is then turned over to the control of the United Nations. Only the United Nations should be allowed to go into a country for any length of time. The other countries of the world need to step up. Why does China and Russia not have troops in Iraq? Why are our allies disappointed with our government? Why must our sons and daughters defend people the rest of the world cares nothing about. In fact, it should be policy that unless our help is asked for then we keep our noses out. No country on Earth should be the sole provider of military and economical services. Unless it’s for the safety and security of our nation and the nations of our allies we should not be involved in any long term occupation. I think a year is fair. Which candidate has what it takes to solve our problems with the rest of the world?
What is it that we all want done here? Right now, we have an uninterrupted flow of people from all over the world coming into our country. Many people hate us and want to kill us. I see it on TV every day. Someone is teaching a child from a middle eastern country to hate and kill Americans and Jews, by doing so they please their god and get to go to heaven and live a happy life. Do we want these people to have access to our borders?
I think if people from Mexico want to come into this country and work and live they can. Why not. The Mexican people are a christian people. most of Mexico is catholic as far as I know. If our neighbor is poor and wants to come here and live amongst us then I say let them come. They could check in at the border. An employer needing workers would send a representative to the border area to find workers. If a Mexican finds someone willing to hire them then they are given a pass. With a pass the worker can move to the area that they will work in. The business doing the hiring will be responsible for providing the worker with suitable accommodations until the worker is able to take care of themselves. Of course families will be accepted and will be kept together. The business hiring these workers will provide them with English speaking tutors. It will spawn some great private English schools. A person coming into the country needs to be screened some how but it has to be illegal to come here without checking in first.
I think here lies the big challenge. Finding a way to secure our borders but still allowing our neighbors to come work here. Which candidate will be able to solve this problem?
Alternate sources of energy
The majority of Americans have no objection to using other forms of energy. If a kit could be assembled and put into every one’s house or car or business that kept our quality of life the same our planet would be saved and we would all go about our business. If someone, especially someone rich, tells me to change my lifestyle to confront natural problems then they better be toeing the line. The oil industry, the coal industry, the gasoline refineries, the power plants, the car manufacturers. Just about everyone in America is dependent on one of these items. Most of us are dependent on all of them. Wind, solar, fuel cells, batteries. are suppose to be the answer. Which candidate will be able to take on all of these rich businesses and save our planet from ourselves?
The Second Amendment, as passed by the House and Senate, reads:
“ A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. ”
The copies distributed to the states, and then ratified by them, had different capitalization and punctuation:
“ A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. ”
Both versions are commonly used in official government publications. The original hand-written copy of the Bill of Rights, approved by the House and Senate, was prepared by scribe William Lambert and hangs in the National Archives.
So, unless the 50 states agree to change the constitution and ban firearms then the debate will go on. I am a sane and law abiding citizen of the United States of America. I want the rights of its citizens to be protected. If a person uses a firearm to commit a crime then they go to jail. This law is in effect today. our system is fine. Its the people who do not wish to live among and obey the rules then they will be punished. So I think that we should just have a vote. and if 60% of the population for each state will vote to change the constitution and ban firearms then we ban them. If we don’t then just move on. Which candidate will be successful in convincing Americans that they need to give up their guns?
I personally think this subject should come before foreign affairs except for the fact that we are at war.
The services that are commonly used by every American every day of their lives should be cared for with the future in mind. Public transportation, water, electricity, natural gas, police, firefighters, paramedics, courts, jails and prisons, education, health care, and services for our elderly and our military. All of these areas need to be a higher priority than they are currently. Which candidate will be able to provide us all with the services we need to live our lives in peace and harmony?
I think that we need to change the way we vote. Our lives are pretty hectic and we do our best to do the right thing. Things happen. cars break, kids cry, people get hurt of killed and the loved ones are grieving. Many things pop up every day to a lot of people that want to do the right thing. The system needs to be re-invented. There has to be a better way so people get to vote. I cannot believe that a system for voting that will increase the number of people voting has to be possible. Which candidate is poised to take this problem on and do the right thing?
All parties are based on the ideologies of their constituents. The 2 biggest parties are the Republicans and the Democrats. One is deemed conservative and the other liberal. A conservative will argue that the citizens should be as free of government influence as much as possible. A liberal tells me that they want the government to serve the citizens by providing for their basic needs. Poor people like the idea that they are provided for. Rich people don’t like being told that it is their responsibility to pay for the ones who cant afford to pay their share. the middle class (the majority class in this case) want as much as they can get and are trying hard to get the things they want. Is there a candidate out there who can put the good of the people before there own?
I ask these questions with much thought and concentration. If you believe that these people can do the right thing then tell me. I want my vote to count for something.
A citizen of the United States of America.