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Pardon my determination to improve my writing Dot-Dot-Dot
Using fanciful words doesn't improve your writing...
In your opinion. There is nothing really "fanciful" about it. Great way to show your maturity.
Powerstruggle is chance; you fight and control and manipulate to stay on top because the cards were dealt good the first time, but later someone else will overpower you with just a slightly better hand. The fall of nations are seen by their insistance to be assholes and hug onto their "dominance."
You aren't dealt the strongest economy, strongest military, most advanced technology.. you earn it..
nation building isn't a card game.. but a game of chess. You have to make many correct moves to put yourself in a position of strength, and you also have to make many incorrect moves to put yourself into a position of weakness.
This point is fragmented: read second after.
So I naturally disagree we'll fall because we didn't give it our all. We don't need to in our current situation. America does know how to defend itself well, but I've noticed it has a hard time offending others affectively; more currently.
America has generally been a offensive nation.... with the exception of world war II and Afganistan we never waited till we were attacked first....
Read bold. I don't have an explanation for this either, I just notice it.
And maybe I am naive Dot-Dot-Dot because I used to hold an idea of America as a less aggressive and haughty nation. Yeah, I probably am. It does not mean it never was and never will be though. And you reacting to pessimism and liberalism by simply concluding aggression is the answer is a basic way of thinking that is no different from gothic kids reacting to preppy kids. Find a middle course, so to say, but don't polarize the nation with unoriginal flawed ideals.
Most of the greatest powers the world has ever seen were aggressive. Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Persian Empire, ect...
Continuing from the fragment: they have all fucking fallen. Corruption. Power struggle. A stronger nation overtook them. Chance tinged with fate. Our economy can go to shit at any moment regardless of how aggressive we are. Our technology will be useless if it has not the use of electricity--I imagine not many including me will fare as well as we thought if this happened. This shit can happen. All I'm saying is when this happens we can't depend on the countries we wronged for help.
Lastly... please.. stop it with "polarize the nation" cliche... I know its the newest media buzzword but that doesn't mean we have to pretend that everyone will play nice just to get along...
I'm sorry. I will never use that cliche again... but how else am I going to say "defend the nation only when being physically offended and not economically offended" without shunning those that either want peace (which won't work) or people that wish to cast away integrity and kill their way to power (e.g. you).
Democrats can't even play nice amongst themselves... who really thinks this election is going to be significantly different that any other in recent history. America is facing several divisive issues at onces... China, Iraq, Protectionism VS Free Trade, Credit Crisis, the collapse of Social Security...
My only comments are that I agree, this election is superfluous as it is not the color of one's skin or the sex either that determines a good leader. Superfluous and overblown, but, I reckon, it has to happen once--as a lesson to history--and then forward people stop worrying about color and sex (I'm being naive again am I not?).
Since neither party has yet to outline a clear goal.. we are left with a 25/25 vote with the rest of America feeling numb by election day. Sure its cool right now to be part of the whole election thing.. but peoples attentions spans are only so long and as soon as their choice isn't nominated they'll move on to something else...
I agree. I sure do feel numb.
The best thing in the world to happen to america is for it to become polarized... and angry at the government.. the passive bitching and moaning going on dribbling down almost every punk-rock CD needs to correlate to action.. otherwise they are just another group with crappy haircuts and a pretentious "My ideas are more important that yours" attitude.
I agree about the punk rock but not on polarization.
I could go on to explain why polarization isn't a bad thing but thats another topic...
Please PM me about this; I'm serious.