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America Badly Needs A Massive Infusion Of Idealism

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The petroleum companies would face immense pressure to stop obstructing the development of new sources of energy which would then become a high government priority. Millions of new jobs could be created by visionaries who see solar, wind and geothermal as the means by which to diminish our dependence on oil and, at the same time, provide the means by which to address and solve the massive problem of climate change that threatens the sustainability of this planet.

We could see vast improvements in our education system that, once again, would be the envy of the world, instead of one steeped in mediocrity and weighed down by massive student debt.

Can this idealism be recaptured in the America of today so that this nation is governed according to high standards and principles and the quest for excellence? Can we see the business of this country be carried out based upon the principles of ethics, morality and humanitarian considerations?

When times are dark and things seem hopeless a small spark can ignite a brilliant fire that can light the way out of the darkness. That small spark can come from an infusion of idealism into the body of America that will provide the motivation to turn this country in a dramatically different direction.

Michael Payne

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Can this idealism be recaptured in the America of... by michael payne on Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 11:21:33 AM
Exactly right and thank you for this article. ... by BFalcon on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 9:32:56 AM
Interesting Article __ Only if this idealism is us... by urb musak on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 7:57:50 PM
Can this idealism be recaptured in the America of... by Charles Roll on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 1:06:34 AM
Yes Charles. I too had forgotten this great word. ... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 1:16:42 PM
What can idealism do about this? New Report: For... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 5:51:58 AM
Thanks Michael. I like your vision and idealism. B... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 5:58:42 PM
EJN:Thanks, a good observation. This country is st... by michael payne on Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 6:11:19 PM
First, I believe President Obama meant it when he... by Charles Roll on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 12:59:08 AM
We all should be for high ideals, fair play, integ... by Richmond Shreve on Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 7:14:19 PM
Article: A Revolution: Part III The Devil in Det... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 2:45:56 AM
Article: A Revolution: Part III The Devil in Det... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 3:05:14 AM
Idealism, honor, courage and commitment are no lo... by Bill Franklin on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 4:51:32 AM
Ooooh! Well said indeed, Bill Franklin! It is very... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 1:30:28 PM
Idealism is what a child or young person finds to... by David Chester on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 8:22:41 AM
Sorry David but I totally disagree. You said, "we ... by michael payne on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 10:01:35 AM
I think they will when a critical mass is reached.... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 1:42:30 PM
In order for us to make the changes and reforms n... by E. J. N. on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 12:24:13 PM
"...idealism is something we all start with but l... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 1:39:41 PM
Guns and "courage combined with idealism" were wha... by sesquiculus on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 12:05:06 PM
This time the "weapons of our warfare" are not ca... by E. J. N. on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 12:28:10 PM
Seems I've linked to my vision a few million time... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 1:02:44 PM
Daniel, FYI: The 21st Century Declaration of Inde... by E. J. N. on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 3:52:51 PM
Thanks for the link. I just sent it to myself, an... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 4:24:31 PM
You are right about that. Thousands of good people... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 2:53:27 AM
Been thinking of all of the people now living in t... by Michael Dewey on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 3:08:53 PM
Bravo, Michael Payne, I found your article fascina... by mark bender on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 3:34:51 PM
There's no question that great leaders can ride a... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 4:21:28 PM
Very true, but it's also true that if you want to... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 4:30:54 PM
Watching what goes on in this country is extremel... by michael payne on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 9:20:57 PM
The more people we can get behind Article V Conven... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 1:58:46 AM
Why bother to vote when your vote does not count.&... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 3:03:06 AM
You say "Actually I have heard quite a few great ... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 12:42:46 PM
Hi Michael, You mentioned that As Pogo once sa... by George C on Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 11:59:15 AM
George C: I checked out your link to the Youtube... by michael payne on Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 6:30:46 PM
Well said Robert. I totally agree with you this ti... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 2:57:08 AM
Thanks.  How kind of you to remind us all thi... by Robert S. Becker on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 12:21:42 PM
In your comments I have extracted the portions th... by michael payne on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 11:34:26 AM
Yes, there is a complex and tricky interrelations... by Robert S. Becker on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 12:28:38 PM
We can take the Tea Party rank and file, as our m... by Michael Dewey on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 3:43:29 PM
You say: The problem that we have in America today... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 12:37:09 PM
Majorities only make a difference when they are al... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 12:55:52 PM
Pal: I understand what you are saying but we are ... by michael payne on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 6:18:41 PM
You are ignoring people like Bernie Sanders, Dr. R... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 10:03:06 PM
While I greatly respect Sen. Sanders, Elizabeth Wa... by michael payne on Sunday, Mar 23, 2014 at 1:32:54 PM
What about YOU Paul. You have courage. You write. ... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:28:26 AM
JOIN JOIN JOIN JOIN JOIN a bad ruling in Mc... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 10:22:31 PM
But a bad ruling in McCutcheon could enable oli... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 10:24:15 PM
But a bad ruling in McCutcheon could enable oli... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 10:42:06 PM
The Founders were not people that  "lead mas... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 5:26:00 AM
We are playing in a whole different ball park near... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 5:37:26 AM
"And idealism will not work."You are right dear P... by Daniel Penisten on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 12:14:40 PM
You win on that one for sure.  We must also r... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 6:26:24 PM
"You win on that one for sure."Pal. Pragmatism is... by Daniel Penisten on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 7:41:22 PM
Pal: You say Idealism will not work? Well I sa... by michael payne on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 5:47:58 PM
I did not put them down. I only gave  you the... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 6:30:33 PM
Let's put it this way and end this discussion. I w... by michael payne on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 8:29:58 PM
I did not say idealism is not important.  You... by Pal Palsimon on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:42:59 AM
I'm not sure idealism is the right word.  May... by Mark A. Goldman on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 5:18:28 PM
Well folks, you can lead horses to water, but you ... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 1:55:48 AM
"Well folks, you can lead horses to water, but yo... by Daniel Penisten on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 12:58:44 PM
Thanks you. I would like to think I had some impa... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 6:32:26 PM
Dearest Pal. I really believe that your efforts ha... by Daniel Penisten on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 8:06:20 PM
I agree we need some idealism, but mainly we need ... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 2:30:16 AM
http:// bit.ly/1datXHn   Depressing News ... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 3:19:46 AM
The Supreme Court has eviscerated our already th... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 5:30:50 PM
It annoys me that people yell "nobody is doing any... by Pal Palsimon on Sunday, Mar 23, 2014 at 12:32:51 PM
What they are doing seems to be having no effect.... by David Chester on Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 10:17:17 AM
Great article. Needed. The only problem I, a Direc... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 2:45:03 PM
"Idealism is a theory that describes the attitude... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 5:04:37 PM
Paul, you have written some great articles. I have... by Pal Palsimon on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:37:48 AM