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America, a nation drifting aimlessly, a government with no real vision for the future

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Corporate America control over governmental: the vice grip that Corporate America holds over this government must be broken; ban all corporate dealings with Congress

Gun safety controls: Congress and the sitting president must immediately ban assault weapons and huge ammunition magazines, install effective background checks, and work to bring mass shootings under control

Healthcare: create a universal healthcare system to cover every American, one that is far more effective than the current one

Here's the difference between China and the US relative to creating and following a 5-year plan. When the Chinese communist government produces its plan for the future there is no question but that it must be followed by all areas of the country, including the manufacturing sector. What the government decides to do will be done, there is no alternative.

In America, we supposedly have a democracy, "a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections." Now that is a beautiful description of how a typical democracy should function, but in America, sad to say, it just doesn't work that way, not anymore.

The problem is that the elected politicians, Democrats and Republicans are so divided in conducting the work of the Congress, mainly through legislation, that they refuse to work together and, therefore, nothing of substance is accomplished. Like the Chinese, the American people say, "We want this done!" But it just falls on deaf ears.

America should be the equal of China and have an equal to or better 5-plan. for advancing into the future. However, the US government, especially with Trump in charge, doesn't even think of creating one. If China and America both continue on their current paths there is no question as to which of them will end up being the dominant country in the world.

Things must change, we have to figure a way to get out of this rut. What will it take for America to shift out of neutral and into high gear? Well, it has to reach much higher and set very ambitious goals. And, of the greatest importance will be to break the stranglehold that Corporate America has over this Congress and government by banning it and all lobbyists from any contact with Congress and its members. Cut off the dirty money to which these politicians are so thoroughly addicted.

Sure, that's easier said than done because the members of this Congress would have to pass legislation to remove Corporate America from control and it would take a monumental miracle for that to happen. So what will it take? Remember when Sen. Bernie Sanders said that what we need in America is a "Peoples' Revolution?"

That is exactly what it will take. In such a revolution the vast majority of the people would rise up and declare that this must be done and that any member of Congress that refuses to follow their directive would be singled out and targeted for removal and a ticket back home. The message would be, "follow and do the will of the people or get the hell out!" That's the only way this can happen, by unleashing the massive power of the people.

So, that is what must happen and only the people can do it. And, when such a movement gets fully underway, it will open the door to the creation of a 5-year plan to get America moving in the right direction.

But , if none of this happens, then America will be a nation that continues to drift aimlessly, having no vision of the country's future directions, and continuing down a path leading to nowhere.

Michael Payne

(Article changed on September 19, 2019 at 18:43)

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