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US engine of creativity and innovation stuck in neutral, needs to shift into high gear

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How many times have we heard it said that America is the leader, the exceptional nation in the world? Countless, endless. Sad to say that's no longer the case and has not been for some time. America's engine of creativity and innovation has been stalled and must be restarted again with new, more powerful fuel.

When did we see the last great, creative, innovative development take place in this country? It was the creation of the internet that began in the late 1960s, with further development over a period of several decades, until the world wide web became a reality in about 1990.

e seen many creative and innovative developments in the medical field that have kept America right at the top of those world rankings. Those in this field are still coming up with other great solutions to serious medical conditions.

Unfortunately in the associated fields of the US healthcare and the manufacture of prescription drugs that has simply not been the case. Medical coverage for Americans lags far behind that of the other 31 developed nations of the world. This extremely costly system, with its massive paperwork requirements, with many Americans not having coverage, is like a person with a very serious medical condition that is not being addressed.

In the field of prescription drugs there is a huge problem in that some 80 percent of the ingredients in U.S.-branded pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter drugs come from either China or India, with the largest majority of them coming from China; and, as we know China is at the center of the coronavirus problem in the world.

How in the world has this US government, over some time, allowed the manufacture of these ingredients to be taken over by China? That is as reckless and irresponsible as it can be, and it is all because of Corporate America's #1 objective is to make profits paramount. Because of the coronavirus, it appears that the supply of those ingredients will be hugely impacted and this will become a national security issue.

Let's talk about education, critically important to any nation, and where the US stands in world rankings. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), regularly does these rankings and here is what it concluded between 2018 and 2019. The study included students from some 80 nations and their.scholastic performance in mathematics, science, and reading.

The average score for the combined math, science, and reading for the US was 25th in the world. I have monitored this OECD world ranking process over the years and the US result has continuously been in that area of 25th. In the category of science, it was 18th and in math, it was so bad let's not even talk about it. This is mega-miles from being exceptional.

Our national infrastructure: the quality and condition of the US infrastructure, based on various studies, ranks from 10th to 13th, a very sad state of affairs, and a national embarrassment to say the least.

The electric car, with Tesla leading the way, is one of the few really creative, innovative moves into the future that we have recently seen.

Concerning the US space program, in late July of 2019, Igor Arbuzov, the head of Russia's major rocket engine manufacturer JSCf, NPO Energomash, said his company had signed a new agreement with the United Launch Alliance on the delivery of six RD-180 rocket engines for Atlas V rockets, with delivery in 2020.

How is it that we have had to depend on Russia to supply these engines for all these years instead of building our own?

The US has no bullet trains, not even any form of high-speed rail systems. Japan, China, and European countries like Germany, Italy, and Spain have had them for years.

"Many countries have built and developed high-speed rail to connect major cities, including Belgium , China , Denmark , France , Germany , Italy , Japan , Morocco , The Netherlands , Russia , Saudi Arabia , South Korea , Spain , Sweden , Taiwan , Turkey , the United Kingdom , and Uzbekistan . Only in Europe does high-speed rail cross international borders. China had 29,000 kilometers (18,000 mi) of high-speed rail as of December 2018, accounting for two-thirds of the world's total." [

China is developing a magnetic levitation bullet train that will hit 370 mph.

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At times individuals come up with innovative ideas and often, as we saw with Social Security and Medicare, the president, and Congress work with individual businesses to initiate new, innovative programs. It's the job of the president to exhibit world-class leadership to inspire others to use their creative and innovative talents to generate progress.

So, this can be done in the case of new energy development and infrastructure repair and rebuilding and that will be a start. What it will take is for new leadership to emerge but that can't happen unless and until we have a new president that is up to the task. And the only way that this can be done to turn America back into the right direction is when its people turn out in massive, record-breaking numbers in the November 2020 election and give the task of leadership to a new president.

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Most of this article points out serious issues, of which lagging academic standards and heavy reliance on China are major ones. But then the "fighting climate change" bogeyman is inserted, demonstrating one of the inhibiting problems with contemporary Western education -- the substitution of belief for critical thinking and research. This skews and constrains creativity, limiting the options for boosting innovation. There's not much that Trump has done to help with this, but stepping back from the green pseudo-religion that is especially strong in Europe at least opens up more options.

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"How many times have we heard it said that America is the leader, the exceptional nation in the world?"

I think that would vary from person to person. I've personally heard it 4,394 times.

They say the 4,395th time is a charm. Let's see if I believe it next time I hear it.

Until then, we might want to consider throwing all of our leaders out of their positions of power. For elected officials, we can do that at the polls. The CEOs will probably put up a fight. We should carry tasers, anesthetic dart guns, sawed-off shotguns, and a copy of this article to read to them as we deliver them to a "reeducation camp", a cavernous holding tank carved out of a mountain from which they will never exit.

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Count me in.

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With the elites pushing their supporters toward low wage bottoms, fighting initiatives to fund libraries, using the US to murder non compliant leaders or humanely let them live under the threat of death, promoting dumbed down dummies with sports, primary elections, constant pushing celebrity gossip, flooding our phones and web pages with incessant ads and other distractions that round out the bullshit narrative'"'

AND tacking on the price tag that allows the Pentagon to fund STEM where the economy loses $750 billion out of every trillion dollars that it spends on the MIC beneficiaries or listen to the Narrative similar to the above where people foolishly believe that China stole US corporate IP rather than coming to grips with realizing the it was a quid pro quo giveaway to the Chinese by the elites so that the elites could have access to hundreds of millions of Chinese.

What needs to shift into high gear is the removal of western elites from power, starting with the US. Can I count on you Michael?

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Unfortunately, a new president who is up to the task would be assassinated; no single person can lead this charge. It would be too much of a threat to "business as usual" and the elite plutocrats pulling the puppet strings. It would have to come from the bottom-up with a critical mass rapid change in consciousness and collective uprising.

I think we as a country are way beyond the tipping point, and if you look at the millions supporting this Dump of a president knocking over all the dominoes (which had been slowly being set up for decades, even centuries; ie we collectively are the frog slowly being boiled alive), and our collective decline in intelligence and critical thinking, where will this Renaissance come from?

Hell, we can't even have honest, un-rigged elections; Sanders just had it stolen out from under him AGAIN. That too has been going on for decades.

I personally have no hope, but don't let me burst anyone's fantasy bubble. Miracles happen. But it's not gonna happen from inside the U.S. anymore -- nor should it-- we don't deserve exceptionalism or the murderous exploitative spoiled-child entitlement that it engenders, as is obvious by looking at U.S. history.

We need cooperative spirit and people working together, not a house divided like we have now. If a "great Renaissance" comes at all, it will come from a global youth movement and RAPID, SUSTAINED collective actions. Even if that miraculously happened, we still may not survive as a species, nor anything else on earth. But I agree that we should be pulling all the stops with our efforts to stop killing each other and the planet.

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You are absolutely right! But I lost all hope for this country a very long time ago. I was in military service and could see all the dunderheads above me and below me. It was then I lost my hope. These people will return to what is called "The Real World" and continue to screw up all they touch.

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So many like you disillusioned at what has and is happening to this country. I'm with you, I understand.

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