batman wrote:> "You are wrong, John. Barack Obama is right. Pure evil does exist
> in this world. Everything is not relative. All of Morality is not
> relative. There are certain Moral Absolutes: Good, and
ridgel wrote:John, you said "Today, the country is almost just waiting for a "regeneracy event." It might be a terrorist attack on American soil, or it might be an overseas military disaster. But whatever it is, it will end the bickering, and regenerate civic unity again. "
But based on my understanding of what you've written before, it's going to take a lot more than another 9/11. There's going to have to be some sort of total war or other catastrophe to get people to change their ways. If another terrorist attack happened today, even a serious one that killed thousands of people, it would do nothing to unify the country. The right would say that Obama was weak on foreign policy, the left would say that the U.S. had angered other countries with its occupations, the military contractors would lobby for more homeland security money, the justice department would write memos for or against torture-light depending on who was in charge - it would still be every man for himself.
A war with China or another major power would certainly unify the country fast. But I can't picture how you fight a total war with nuclear weapons on both sides - without using the nukes that is. And even to this Gen-Xer nihilist who looks forward to seeing boomers spend their retirements eating cat food and shivering in studio apartments without cable, that goes to far.
John wrote:If you want to reduce health care costs, then the only way to do it is to increase the supply of health care services -- more doctors, nurses, hospitals and equipment. Obama's health care proposal does the opposite. But once the Clash of Civilizations world war is over, in 5-10 years, then universal health care will revived, and it will pass. And President Obama may still get some of the credit.
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