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Could an itty-bitty amount of the money saved from that phony Iraq war have been invested in roads, factories, mineral exploration, as the Koreans, Chinese, and Japanese are doing, in places like Ethiopia to better their and our peoples' futures?   And wouldn't such an investment have made a helluva lot more friends than investing in falling drones does?

Could stateside travel and service work through regions like Appalachia and boarded-up towns like Detroit have moved us further along in people skill building, infrastructure rebuilding, and solar investments at home?

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I'm an American who admires the smartest, hardest working, most generous Greatest Generation, who saved the world from Fascists propaganda, their military industrial estate, and helped make us special.   But factually, scientifically, and logically, I am not a myopic, chest-thumping American Firster, nor should any thinking, observant person be with the way America is becoming.  

First, we were all sperm or ovum.   Then, human beings.  

Before we were toddling human beings, some god, karmic power, or huge computer tucked away in distant nebulae decided whether on little blue green earth we would be blessed to ride comfy saddles in the first or mostly bareback in its third world, or bump along somewhere in between.

My sperm was lucky.   It wasn't humanized walking barefoot and threshing tef in an African field, struggling through in a Mumbai slum where garbage was piled ten foot high for rats to pillage a dozen feet from a tenement window, trudging a half mile to draw bucketed water from a Sri Lankan river...   No, my sperm was lucky.   It had tennis shoes to chase round balls, food on the table, garbage cans behind the garage, and toilets that flushed so we didn't have to dig holes and pee in trenches as flies and mosquitoes buzzed around...

How long would the most cocksure American Firsters last under those conditions?   After ten years of living in a hard third world way, how tough would the toughest be?

Do you think whoever or whatever put our sperm in play did so to see how horrendously #1 Great American could be on war spending and incarceration rates?  

Or is it more likely we were put here to together help saddled and bare-backed human beings become smarter and healthier?   Were we put here to help all sprouted zygotes to live with increased humanity, or to lead in bombing and incarcerating humanity?  

What if today's ranting America Firster is reincarnated into the threshing farmer?   Would he want the dominant world power of his re-do era to be as dumbed down as so many simplistic American ranters are today?

If Daniel's litany rings true to some of you, where does one go to make life better?   One place to start is

There you can find reasons People's Lobby   hopes you sign the petitions below, as we again begin seeking supporters in the 2012 Congress.      The Fair Tax Bracket Reinstitution Act would fund more than just an American World Service Corps (AWSC) .

And sign our initial on-line petition at

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Dwayne served in the Peace Corps in the slums of Mumbai, India, worked several Habitat Projects, and was on the start-up team of the California Conservation Corps. He has a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, has been a builder, teacher, (more...)

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