RSoak wrote:The first one is to outlaw alcohol. No drinking means no drinking & driving. The number of alcohol related deaths should be cut by well over 50% at least. At 5,000 lives per year saved how can we not take that step? The problem here is that this was tried somewhat recently and it failed miserably. People still made, obtained and drank alcohol.
So better still is the other half of our problem - driving. If we simply outlawed driving, the number of drinking and driving deaths would approach zero. On top of that would be the other 30,000+ deaths that would be prevented from non-alcohol related accidents. And unlike drinking, it's readily apparent when someone is driving.
As we can see, the problem is really that those aren't needless deaths. Those deaths enable us to have a great amount of freedom. Those deaths provide for the massive pulse that drives a thriving economy and makes the nation prosper. What this demonstrates is that we are willing to tolerate a certain number of innocent human deaths for the comfort and functionality of the nation as a whole. This is a fact.
But you can't make huge leaps or connections between defined points in a persons life, then say that you understand them. Everyone is individual and you cannot generalise what a person is like just from a description on a piece of paper or on the internet..........so how the hell can someone generalise what a whole nation is like from what's in the paper or on the internet. Go live with the culture for a decade or two. Then you may have the right to offer an opinion......but it will be still that just an opinion. Everyone sees a different truth.
RSoak wrote:Striving...believe me, as somewhat of a perfectionist I get striving. However in almost every case you need to be aware of where that point is where you will say, "This is as close as we're going to get and trying to improve further will do more harm than good." I'm not at all saying we have reached that point. What I'm saying is that we, as a nation, have not even considered the defining that point.
And, Bickaxe, we get it. Americans are all crazy, every last one of us and any insight or feedback on the gun culture from someone who's lived here their entire lives is just some BS excuse in your opinion. You've made up your mind no matter what someone else has to add and that's solidly your problem.
What I have are very strong and clear notions about how a gov't should operate. And our gov't is about as far away from that idea as possible. Handing rights over to a gov't that has in the past 40 years demonstrated time and time again its inability to govern responsibly is not really a road I'd like to go down any further.
Bickaxe wrote:The only Americans that I think are crazy buy spray cheese but that speaks for itself.
raisindot wrote:I could go on and on and on about how U.S. government regulations that keep states from allowing corporations to pollute, overdevelop, and destroy natural resources that belong to the nation as a whole benefit everyone--except for those corporations. Yes, there is a lot of waste in government and any number of things it does wrong, but on matters of critical importance I would trust the U.S. government to protect my interests long before I would trust my state government or any corporation.
RSoak wrote:I'm not here to cause dissent or pick fights and I'm not making anything personal.
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