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  •  I don't think that people whose lives are ruined (0+ / 0-)

    by these issues are really in a position to make themselves heard. They drop off the map, they lose their homes, they become so immersed in their problems that they do not have time to participate in online forums and when they do, they don't articulate their problems well in the blogosphere. They have looked into the abyss, so to those who have not experienced it, they sound like Chicken Littles and none of the influential elite listen to them.

    Its like that saying about how first they came for the xyz.. I forget the verses..

    But - its happening - there are a lot of people who are losing their grip on what we have come to see as a normal American life right now. Our dysfunctional healthcare mess is a hue cause of this and its getting worse, quickly, as all the power blocs square off against each other with the hapless human beings in the middle, beseiged from all sides.

    There must be a limit to how much worse it can get.. but nobody knows what it is. I am sure that its much lower than we are at now. Look at history, things often get very bad before change happens, and when it happens it is often violent. That is what democracy is supposed to help us avoid, but if all of the mechanisms that would make that possible become co-opted by the machine, then the long term outlook is not good.

    We need to avoid that at all costs.. which means more than keeping people talking, that wont lead anywhere unless there is more pressure for ACTION and COMMITMENTS.

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