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Mitt Romney didn't win the first debate, no matter what the pundits want us to believe.  Winning a debate is about presenting the truth and illustrating supported facts better than one's opponent, and Mitt Romney failed miserably to do that because all he brought to the table was an aggressive attitude and a passel of lies already proven so, many times during the campaign.  Both participants failed, though, in another way.  They didn't get to the real truths related to the subject matter of the debate.

Romney and Obama both failed to effectively and objectively address the questions asked relative to details of their differences on economic and health care matters.  Obama, while certainly more truthful and forthcoming with his answers, failed to disregard the past relative to the present and simply used his time to point the way forward.  Neither candidate addressed one of the most glaring omissions of the entire presidential campaign--in fact, of the entire American economic recovery debate, regarding financial improvement in our society where the American Indian community is concerned. 

American Indians always seem to get left out of the debate where economic hardship, voting rights, racism, and health care needs are discussed.  American Indians are a vital part of this nation's history and heritage"in fact, if it weren't for American Indians' participation in a number of ways in this country's existence, the United States may very well not have come to be what it has been.  Yet, here they are, surviving still in prisoner of war camps, without even the control of "Indian lands".  Indian lands?  Where are they?  Even in the treaties, where Indians were promised this land, wherever they were, to be theirs into perpetuity, before the ink was dry the lands were being exploited.  Even today; for example, in 1998, when a large coal deposit was discovered on "Indian land", rather than the Indians being able to set environmental rules for its extraction and get benefits from it, they were simply moved elsewhere.  You want to try to close down Lubbock, Texas and forcibly move everyone to the badlands of New Mexico, if 200 million cubic feet of natural gas are discovered under it?  Never happen" 

Two thousand acres of some of the most sacred Lakotah land belongs to a private entity who had it up on the auction block until recently,  instead of to the Indians, who were once promised the Black Hills forever.  How can the rest of America lament the fascist Republican intentions for this economy or the Democrats' lame efforts to foster a better economy for the "99%", when many American Indians suffer in extreme poverty in prisoner of war camps with no ability to benefit from the value that is in "Indian lands", and no one knows or gives a damn.  Let's debate that one.

Let's have a debate about this issue:  the needs of the portion of Romney's "inelegantly expressed" 47% of incorrigible, lazy Americans who are the active duty military members and their families, and the veterans of military service and their families.  We are a large part of the American economy and of its potential.  Are we veterans, who, because we are in some way disabled due to our service and cannot consistently or profitably function now in society, lazy or irresponsible for our own condition?  Are we truly unimportant, Mr. Romney?  We volunteered to answer the call of duty and went where our government sent us under the pretext of honor that covered up political and financial gains for the powerful, and now when we need assistance and care, the Department of Veterans Affairs, which President Lincoln envisioned as the agency with the duty to "care for him who has borne the brunt of battle, and for his widow, and his orphan", looks in our faces and tells us "we don't have the budget for that", while billions are being wasted to move administrative space around in existing buildings or construct buildings on contracts to the lowest bidder, which, by the time the construction is finished, the building is neither completely usable according to the original plan nor truly structurally sound.  That money is sacrosanct to construction and cannot be diverted to the real needs of veterans, while our medical budget can be co-opted and wasted on "training conferences" for staff which are not much more than huge party times in Florida.  The VA's motto "We Put Veterans First" is better translated "Delay, Deny, Until They Die..."Veterans First" and nobody gives a damn, not even the major mainstream media outlets to report about it, even when prompted.  Let's debate that one.

Mr. President, Mr. Romney"your responses, please.

Yes, we need "Change" in America.  The only way the change we need is going to happen is if people wake up to the facts and get mad as hell and decide not to take it any more, and be and make the change we want in government.

We all need your vote.  Do your part, today, and "yes, we can" make the change we need, without further debate.

Dave Spencer

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