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December 21, 2008

A reel message for real change

After recently watching the remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” I have to believe that the overwhelming theme of the movie is more relevant today than it was back in the 1950s.

Governments have risen and fallen, economic instability comes and goes, and the band just marches on. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the constant inhumanity to our fellow man.

In the movie, when threatened with world extinction, we hear the phrase “we can change.” Change to what? Possibly more inhumane treatment of others?

Wars, civil rights violations, starving children, corruption — it shouldn’t take the threat of global annihilation by an alien race to wake everyone up to the fact that with the exception of a few animal species, we are the only ones to make war upon ourselves.

We are killing ourselves and our future. I hope that we are not standing at the precipice before we decide to make a real change.

Paul M. Lickteig
Raytown

Comments

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Although I am concerned that we have 2.5M out of work bridge and road repair workers.
Many of the wind turbine manufacturers and erectors we work with STILL can not attract the level of skilled labor they need to stay on track of slated projects. That's right, these jobs already exist in case PEBO and the sheep do not realize this. My beef with PEBO and Patriot Joe is they act like we are doing nothing regarding energy and refuse to hold those that had oversight of the mortgage fiasco, liable. They obviously think that becuase a job is "created", someone that does not have a job will by default take that job. I know of a couple of people that simply have not worked a steady job for over a decade, regardless of what jobs are available.

solomon

"Obama has been a pleasant surprise"-George to Clarence in "Its a Wonderful Life"

Engineer

Pub 17
Wrong about what? Surely not about the fact that you are being divisive intentionally. And just who are you designating as "craven ideologues"? Obama ran as an ideologue but now seems to be changing his stance. Actually, considering the opposing candidate, the financial crisis and the rather small margin of Obama's victory, it seems quite a stretch to claim that there was a massive reaction by the voters. On the other hand, so far, Obama has been a pleasant surprise.

Pub 17

So you're mistaken, as usual. Obama is not assembling a pack of craven ideologues to do the nation's business, but has made the extraordinary change of hiring people who are competent, without any litmus tests other than ability.

You're perfectly right, of course, that George Bush isn't being thrown out. It's the gang of thieves who put him in office who are being thrown out. The point that I've made all too frequently before is that the voting public went as far as they could in finding a candidate who could never be mistaken for George Bush in the worst lighting conditions imaginable.

Engineer

Pub 17
I see you are working hard at bringing us together as usual. President bush is not being "thrown out". He is completing his second term. So far it seems as if Obama's administration will be more "rerun" than "CHANGE'. That is fine with me. How it will go over with a large segment of his followers remains to be seen. Just how Obama will govern also remains to be seen.

Engineer

I think Paul M. Lickteig has no understanding of the nature of animals. I know of no species of carnivore or omnivore that is not highly territorial. After all that is why dogs can be watch dogs.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

MBA, J.D. are equal wall hangings. Some idiots hold high regard for BSing lawyers, personally I am not fooled.
I made a little over $10 an hour when the last Democrat was in office. I make a tad over $50 an hour now. I will earn based on my efforts not some union pnadering or some form of a handout.
People of competence like Barney Frank? Nancy Pelosi? I agree Bush made some bad mistakes, however he also made some good calls although you or any other Democrat will refuse to accept that fact.
HOw much did Al Gore's lawyer buddies rake in off the tobacco settlement? Do people still smoke?

Pub 17

OMG I had to look, and 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T is on Netflix Instant Play.

"Is it...ATOMIC?"

I'm GFTD.

solomon

hans conried could act circles around your average sitcom star of today.

Pub 17

Uncle Toonoose--what do kids today know about 'funny'?

solomon

Lifes lesssons learned from Leave it to Beaver and the Danny Thomas Show are just as impressive.

Pub 17

"Change" is throwing out the dimwitted conservative cowboy Republican MBA who staffed the government with party stooges, trashed the Constitution, and made billions for his rich buddies, and replacing him with a young, liberal, black lawyer with a little time in the street who's already started staffing the government with people of competence, no matter what their party affiliation or whether they agree with the President in every detail.

Grow up, Nice Guy. Next four years you're going to make even more money than when the last Democrat was in office. Enjoy it and vote Democrat in 2012.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Change is a generalization and nothing more than a buzzword. When asked that question, ost that run around yapping "Hope and Change" can not define what it is.
Some say getting our of Iraq, however do not oppose being in some other country fighting just so long as their gang is the one implementing. SOme say economy, yet the government is not what drives the economy nor do they do much of anything very well except steal just like lawyers and Wall Street. We are going to get change alright, change for a dollar.

TinaMcG

The same moral message was conveyed in the original 'The Day the Earth Stood Still', and you see how well that was taken to heart. And by the way, I don't care how good the special effects are in this remake, there will never be a better version than the original. Klaatu barada nikto!

T. Hanson

I get most of my insight from "Up in Smoke".

There you go Mia, have fun with that.

solomon

.....repeat after me...."its only a movie, its only a movie".....

Some will find deep meaning in "Dude, Where's my car"?

dude.....sweet.....dude....sweet

T. Hanson

Humans are voilent, ill temperated and pretty much make up our own laws to deal with feelings which we ourselves cannot control (why make laws if we could control ourselves?).

Part of our nature.

 
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