Originally Posted by trumptman
Well we have certainly had many discussions on here about candidates, their electability and how to "walk back" the large numbers of people who now are creatures of the entitlement system.
The reality is that anything that threatens their monthly check is considered scary and horrifying. Sadly the only solution to that might be to pick the least scary candidate and that is what the Republican party has done now for I'd say every election since the end of Reagan's second term. Who's going to take the hits and make the changes and can they really be made? Can you lead of the populace doesn't want to follow?
I've read your thoughts and arguments on this and, assuming Romney wins (that possibility seems greater more recently), I hope you're right. That said, I feel like I'm personally in the "once bitten, twice shy" or maybe the "fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me" category right now. I'd so like to be wrong on this.
Also agree that leading people that don't want to follow is a vexing issue. I fear that the only thing that will fundamentally get this country on track is a serious and significant event or series of events. And, in that, there's a great risk that it will become the spring board for greater government growth, spending, control, etc.
There are some fundamental mind shifts that need to happen. I don't know how that happens. Perhaps the direct and obvious failure of X to do what it claims it can do. But there's enough propaganda going on that people seem to buy hook, line and sinker that when X fails, the blame goes to Y. It seems to be a profound failure or logic and reason.
One of the foundational goals must be education, I think. Helping people understand the things that work and don't, the things that will succeed and won't, the things that are right and wrong, the things that destroy and the things that create, the things that make us all better off (perhaps unequally rich) and the things that make us all worse off (equally poor). But there are some stubborn minds out there.
Edited by MJ1970 - 8/8/12 at 3:11pm