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Author Topic: Thoughts of things we (as a country) could do.  (Read 1895 times)

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Offline RubySlippers

Re: Thoughts of things we (as a country) could do.
« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2012, 10:10:50 AM »
But you can reduce the disenfranchisement. Here is my solution state only use ID's ,marked clearly not for Federal use, using the most basic of evidence needed in Florida it used to be: a birth certificate, two proofs of a state mailing addresss in the district. So what I would do now two proofs of citizenship this could be anything proving your most likely a citizen for example christianing records, school records with your information on it, affadavids from relatives who are citizens, military records and so forth be broad with a birth certificate counting as two. Then two proofs of an in state mailing address.

That would most likely get poor people ID's and yes not useful for Federal things at all but it would allow one to function including voting. And since you must swear under oath who you say you are it would be a crime to lie in case fraud is used and then enforce that.

But I will again note voting is a Constitutional Right in fact so expressed as to be the one absolute right for those eligible as citizens to have to remove that one must have a high standard of removal in most states that is felons in for serious offenses etc.

Offline OldSchoolGamer

Re: Thoughts of things we (as a country) could do.
« Reply #26 on: April 18, 2012, 10:12:49 AM »
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."

-- Joseph Stalin

Online Callie Del NoireTopic starter

Re: Thoughts of things we (as a country) could do.
« Reply #27 on: April 18, 2012, 10:33:04 AM »
"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner."

--James Bovard

Online Callie Del NoireTopic starter

Re: Thoughts of things we (as a country) could do.
« Reply #28 on: April 27, 2012, 02:13:35 PM »
Watching a few TED/CSIS/Albright Center videos on my week off of class and it got me thinking. There are some issues that need to be addressed and aren't being to the degree.

-Our chronic lack of intelligence on the ground. We've gotten (as a country) have gotten into an 'device' heavy Intelligence community. The man in the field (or woman) working assets to get information on what is going on. The intelligence community is still a lot of 'theres an app for that' rather than taking time to cultivate networks. The fallout of things like the Valerie Plame outing and more recently Wikileaks release has impacted in the field. We are suffering from a lack of trust, investment (in time, money and trust).

-Looking at growing stable countries and economies rather than 'allies of the moment'. One of the CSIS videos had a comment from someone who was dealing with the leadership in Afghanistan who said that we were dealing with leaders who focused strictly on their clans and people and the idea of 'true' cooperation isn't the affair of the day.  A TED Lecture by Maajid Nawaz was very enlightening. It covered how extermism was out pacing the moderate reform movements. I particularly appreciated this as he himself was an extremist. We need to rebuild 'infrastructure' with our allies. Stable countries aren't always what we've gone looking for in the past. A lot of the problems that Egypt and Turkey are suffering from today are part and parcel from our efforts to build 'walls' between us and the soviet union. A change in outlook and instead of building dependent countries led by men who have been bought by us, we need to start thinking about building allies and peers. Countries that in time will be strong, stable and able to play in the same arena as us. Of course, that means instead of doing something like we did with Iraq and what we're doing in Afghanistan. That requires: a group of countries to help, Intelligence, and the acceptance that it will take time.

Lots of stuff out there if you're willing to listen/watch hour+ talks.