Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America’s true living legends — a former P & G executive, an acclaimed author, a dynamic teacher, and one of the world’s most highly rated speakers. It was he who changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as “Partnering”. Here is part of a speech given by Lou Pritchett April 15, 2012
Folks, let’s please attempt to make some sort of rational understanding from the recent comments made by the President of the United States. It appears that his research suggests that America needs to focus upon “Birth Control” and “Same-Sex Marriage.”
Does he have a valid point? Are these the most critical issues facing America, today?
Before attempting to understand why President Obama hopes we all focus upon birth control and same-sex marriage, let’s attempt to think “outside the box” and ask every day questions like…
(If you are not familiar with U-6 unemployment rates, The U-6 unemployment rate counts not only people without work seeking full-time employment (the more familiar U-3 rate), but also counts “marginally attached workers and those working part-time for economic reasons.” Note that some of these part-time workers counted as employed by U-3 could be working as little as an hour a week. And the “marginally attached workers” include those who have gotten discouraged and stopped looking, but still want to work. The age considered for this calculation is 16 years and over.)
- Where does America stand with its debt picture? Click Here
- Is America on its way toward becoming financially secure? Click Here
- Are America’s bankruptcy filings starting to level out and decrease? Click Here
- Is America addressing the demands for Food Stamps? Click Here
- Is America’s military ready to protect us? Click Here
- Are government schools preparing our children for life? Click Here
- Is the US Senate producing a budget as required by law? Click Here
- Is Congress performing according to the expectations of citizens? Click Here
- Is the US family pleased with current prices for food, shelter, clothing, taxes, fuel, utilities, repairs, and other needs? Click Here
- Is illegal immigration a problem for all Americans? Click Here
- Does the President of the United States have close friends that alarm most Americans? Click Here
- When we total votes after the 2012 election, will America doubt the results? Click Here
- Will America overcome the green energy/global warming hoax? Click Here
If these questions meet your satisfaction, then perhaps the following videos will give even further insight into why President Obama wants to turn the focus upon birth control and same-sex marriage.
The above information suggests we have a President and Congress that hasn’t lost their vision. Their vision is to tax and spend America into ruin. We have a President that is more about “theories”’ than “fact.” Can anyone imagine that President Obama cares about the unemployed, the homeless, the starving, our youth, and the future of America?
Since President Obama can’t run on his record of achievement – everything he has tried has failed, one could then understand why he prefers to focus upon anything but the State of the Union.
In this way, he avoids difficult questions and the BM Press (Big Media) is more than willing to always “tote his bucket” and make him seem saintly. After all, should anyone mention that Black unemployment is now heading north of 20%?
The world needs to be praying that American voters will gain insight into who and what President Obama and Congress is up to, vote the rotten apples out of office, and let’s return America to greatness for all – not just a few elitists!
We have two people employed by the US Government that have many similarities but vast difference. You decide which one is the greater of the two!
We would say both men…
- could be members of a racial minority (however one may be ½ white)
- attained high government place
- took oaths of office to protect and defend the US Constitution and America from ALL enemies, both foreign and domestic
We would then say only one of these two men will…
- supported their oaths of office
- suggest that big Government is the answer to all problems
- take their job, career, and responsibilities seriously
- place politics ahead of duties and responsibilities
- allow his responsibilities and duties to be easily derailed by the media, political theories, and/or opinion – disregarding fact and truth
- trash job responsibility in favor of segregating America into groups and pit one group against the other in attempting to incite harm and bully people to his personal will
- trash job responsibilities to deny the well-being of America as a “whole”
- allow other governments, employees, and others to take all risk so he can publicly and insanely promote himself as a hero
- use his place to lie, cheat, mislead, harm, and/or upset some Americans in the hope of personal gain and increased power
- prefers being a Veritaphobic and fights to corrupt fact and truth, at any cost
- sees America as an arrogant country that needs to be brought down to its knees, even destroyed, and corrected by pushing it into a Socialistic or Communistic society mold
- sees America as the place to get all the money needed for selfish goals and hidden agendas at the cost of all other Americans and the other countries that depend upon Her
Here are these two men… surprised? You shouldn’t be!
Now, to make things even worse, we have one of these two men – yes, even the President of the United States, telling America the other tried and proven staunch supporter of America and our safety and freedom is an anti-American, a traitor, a torturer, a misfit, and basically scum of the earth.
However, before one jumps to a bad conclusion, let’s take a moment to inspect the people who President Obama admires, hires, and supports… Richard Holbrooke, Jeffrey Crowley, Ed Montgomery, Alan Bersin, David J. Hayes, Ron Bloom, Dennis Ross, Todd Stern, Lynn Rosenthal, Gil Kerlikowske, Joshua DuBois, Jeffrey Zients, Cameron Davis, Daniel Fried, Nancy-Ann DeParle, Vivek Kundra, Dennis Blair, George Mitchell, Kenneth R. Feinberg, Cass R. Sunstein, John Holdren, Earl Devaney, Herb Allison, Aneesh Chopra, John Brennan, Adolfo Carrion Jr, Andy Stern, George Soros, Anita Dunn, Carol Browner, Vance Jones, and Bill Ayers. Unfortunately, most of these people are or admit to being Socialist, Communist, anti-business, anti-US Constitution, anti-capitalist, and/or anti-American.
Now, that you know President Obama’s close friends, wouldn’t you agree that Mr. Jose Rodriguez is the exact opposite of President Obama? Mr. Jose Rodriguez is an unselfish man who dearly loves his Country and would never become friends and associates of terrorists, traders, and misfits. He is willing to fight for his Country. He’s a man who has gone out on the limb, repeatedly, to do duties that protected America and in turn never expected or received any accolades or attempt to spike the football.
Wake up America and don’t be fooled by the slick-tongued President. Shouldn’t you get facts before you consider another vote? Is it possible to confirm that President Obama is a pro-American? Aren’t his goals the opposite of Mr. Rodriquez? Do we need an American enemy in the White House?
Oh yes! Perhaps one more note… could Mr. Rodriquez be a Puerto Rican?
Let’s see… first President Obama would want to emphasize all of his successes like… oops, guess that’s a bad place to start since we haven’t had any, yet. To date, he sure has created enough smoke to call for investigations, though.
Meanwhile, do you ever wonder why President Obama hates everything that is good and decent?
Come to think of it, there is something that President Obama does very well… (Read More).
It then boils down to if you can’t run on your own record, then you have to hate, despise, and demean anything good and decent while trying to get through the back door of the election booth to sway voters your way — legally or illegally.
Does anyone recall these alarming headlines when Senator Obama entered the Presidential race against Hillary Clinton? “Hillary Backers Decry Massive Obama Vote Fraud” Why didn’t America hear the cries? Why didn’t Congress investigate? Where were all the State Attorneys Generals?
Hollywood Producer speaks out against massive Obama and DNC corruption (Read More) This producer suggests Democrats don’t consider voter fraud to be bad. They don’t consider breaking laws to be bad. They have moral relativity. If you disagree, then it is “You” that is stupid. They always know better than we do, what’s right for the country – regardless of the facts. They steal, cheat, lie, and they are doing it for the better good, and that makes it perfectly okay.
Now under an FBI investigation for voter registration fraud, ACORN is finally in the public’s eye. How long has ACORN been submitting fraudulent voter registrations? Better yet, how deep does Obama’s involvement reach? If investigated as thoroughly as possible, which I’m sure the Federal Bureau of Investigations will do, will it show that Hillary Clinton was our true Democratic nominee? On the other hand, is there any way to know? Barack Obama and ACORN are inseparable having contributed more than $800,000 to ACORN’s “Get out the vote purposes.”
However, new state laws designed to fight voter fraud could cut the number of Americans signing up to vote in this year’s presidential election by hundreds of thousands, a potential problem for President Barack Obama’s re-election. Therefore, he is directing Eric Holder to mitigate State laws attempting to stop the flow of illegal aliens and all new voter laws.
Without having the “back-door” options in elections, President Obama’s hopes for reelection are in question. Some are now admitting the efforts to fight voter fraud could cut the number of people signing up to vote in this year’s presidential election by hundreds of thousands and maybe millions. President Obama is adding to voter discontent by forcing Eric Holder to be distracted from critical issues like “Fast & Furious,” “Secret Service Sex Parties,” and “GSA Parties,” leaving Americans to believe, rightfully, that the US Government is totally out of control under the leadership of President Obama.
Well, if all of this is unsettling, then take comfort in knowing that government has authorized Labor Unions to give the labor needed to build voter machines… “Anyone who has physical access to a voting machine, or to a memory card that will later be inserted into a machine, can install malicious software using a simple method that takes as little as one minute,” Felten told Congress of his team’s findings.
“In practice, poll workers and others often have unsupervised access to the machines.” (Read More) and it is also important to know, “Voting machines can now be easily hacked by remote control.”
Even though all of this information may be depressing, there is some glimmer of hope for America’s future and I found that hope from this posting…
Apr 21, 2012 – 08:59:02 AM
The good news is Obama is helping create many new conservative voters. Like that old adage states…
If you’re twenty years old and not liberal… you don’t have a heart!
If you’re over Forty Years Old and not conservative… you don’t have a brain!
President Obama’s policies are certainly aging/maturing Liberals much faster.
This skit exposes a conversation whereby only one person understands the discussion. Could it be a prime example of how America now feels about President Obama?
With the support of President Obama, the BM (Big Media) introduced the world to our first public report of a “White-Mexican,” George Zimmerman. Since President Obama was a co-conspirator, then wouldn’t it be more appropriate to refer to him as our “White-Black” President and no longer dub him exclusively as a Black?
Let’s first be clear and understand “all” Americans empathize and support the healing of the parents, family, friends, and loved ones of all that were involved in this unfortunate incident in Florida. Most families we know are praying for the families and support the end to the violence and hatred being spread by the likes of BM, Jesse, and Al — obviously with nothing better to do but feed the racial biases, hate, tensions, and discontent, instead of waiting for justice to take its course, as it will.
Like Al and Jesse, the BM is equally predictable. Their constant promotion of this incident is simple to understand. Veritaphobic religious leaders always seek to promote schemes. In the dark of night, they give birth to ideas that would probably seem to most as nothing short of “fact” and “decency” debates. However, they have no known boundaries to the depths they will sink in their dastardly hidden goals and agendas. If one doubts this, ask any conservative person attacked by these vigilantes.
For some reason, the BM reports Mr. Zimmerman is 1/2 Hispanic and 1/2 White. To conservative Americans, this doesn’t make any difference because conservatives judge people by their character not the color of their skin.
Liberals, however, measure infinitesimal degrees of skin color and arrange DNA to support their financial and/or political advantage. This means that if they measure DNA and discover it is Black on Black, then the incident amounts to a zero sum gain.
As an example, perhaps you may have missed a much worse situation than the Zimmerman incident. It was a shooting incident that occurred in Chicago (the first White-Black President’s Home Town), Chicago Violence: At Least 52 Shot, Seven Dead Over The Weekend (UPDATED) Posted: 06/21/10. Justifiably, why shouldn’t we question the whereabouts of President Obama, the Black Caucus, Jesse, and Al? Where were CNN, MSNBC, and all the other BM’s? Where were the “hoodies” on the floor of the House?
What’s truly sad is BM’s reporting that this Black Congressman wore the hoodie to “Honor” the young man killed in the Zimmerman incident. Shouldn’t this wise member of the Black Caucus plead with the Black teens to stop acting like “gangsta“? Shouldn’t the Black Caucus members plead with President Obama to issue “school vouchers” to remove their children from the influence of gangs, crime, murders, and everything ill in our societies?
Therefore, we can now confirm that a black child’s death is meaningless to all but the family members. BM, Jesse, and Al see the dollar signs and they are already cutting themselves into the lotto winnings from the upcoming lawsuits that will follow from litigation against the community that had public servants monitoring any strange and unusual activities within their neighborhood.
Mr. Zimmerman having been skilled in concealed weapon carry laws knew from the moment he saw this unfortunate young black man in their neighborhood wearing clothing that simulates gangsta intent, that using any firearm is the “last” choice of self-defense. Concealed carry laws teach every licensed holder to do everything possible to avoid conflict and depend upon higher authorities — when possible. Why then would Mr. Zimmerman choose to use his gun unless it was in self-defense?
Like BM, Jesse, and Al, President Obama runs around America (on American Taxpayer Funds) spewing as much hatred and class warfare as is possible. To him, words mean everything and actions are meaningless. He tells America he wants to help us with the costs of energy, but shuts down US operations in the quite of the night by other Federal agencies. He tells us he wants to create a better society while he forces us closer and closer to a Socialized system. He says he wants to help us with heath care costs while driving up their costs.
Many Americans now confirm that President Obama has two mouths and no ears. He never hears what America wants while having diarrhea of the mouths! Check out his Twitter account and see what he is saying about the price of gasoline, the costs of health care, freedom, independence, the US Constitution, how he’s cutting spending, how he plans to balance the budget, how he plans to help Black families to get away from the ghettos and the murders that have grown commonplace, and the massive murders of unborn children! No, you won’t find those topics but you’ll find lots about how much he needs our money and his next fund-raising activities!
It won’t be that much longer before the Zimmerman case and the first White-Black Presidential election facts will be exposed and adjudicated. If we were a betting person, the first White-Black President will be “red-faced,” eventually!
Can anyone still recall a remarkable youthful Chicago politician that came into prominence by promising crowds all across Americans he would improve our lives through what he called, “Hope & Change?” This was not only a phrase that catapulted this young man into the Presidency of the United States, but it became addictive for most.
This young politician bravely asked Americans to envision a new America where politics wasn’t played out in secret and back rooms where shady deals would be hatched. He asked us to envision an America where legislation would be “transparent.” He told us about an America “open for business” so “all” could see and understand what is happening was his routine campaign promise.
Finally, he placed the icing on the cake by confirming his vision for America would make lobbyist a thing of the past. He proclaimed that Washington DC would no longer be a place where votes are cast based upon the highest bidders. All of these promises concluded we would live in a new America that would allow everyone to prosper and be successful – regardless.
With such promises coming from a top US Government official, is it any wonder why this youthful politician would NOT be the most popular and supported politician in the world, ever? Unfortunately, no one bothered to ask how he would carry out this before the inauguration party!
Immediately following his inauguration, did politics as usual continue? Early in his new career as the President of the United States, his campaign rhetoric seemed to wane, fade, and then displaced with a new mantra, “We must redistribute America’s wealth, create green jobs, and pay back my buddies on Wall Street.”
Who would have ever believed anyone could or would be as arrogant and egotistical as to stand before the American people during their campaign mode knowingly deceiving everyone with “empty” promises and devoid of any intent to fulfill them? Did this young man turn the prestigious office of the President of the United States into the “Liar in Chief?”
With no background checks, reporting from the press, or validation of his credentials by the media or the Democrat Party, it is only now that we are learning the hard way that he is nothing more than a servant of the worldwide church of socialism. The members of this congregation do not rely upon fact and truth, but prefers fantasy and theories. Their members are a listing of “Who’s Who” in academia, finance, dictators, religious organizations, labor unions, the movie industries, and global business communities.
Similar to Hollywood, the church of socialism constantly searches for star quality personalities to lead their members to the promise land – control of the world. When the socialist church discovered Barack Obama, they found someone with many talents and someone torn between his religious family roots as a Muslim and friends involved in Black-Liberation Theology. Obviously, the socialist church became a place of comfort and nurture for this aspiring political leader from the early start of his Chicago union career.
After becoming an active member of the church, their members would begin the process of grooming and producing their “Messiah.” The fundamental doctrine of the socialist church is to confuse, corrupt, and change the way masses think and feel about 1) Christianity, 2) Capitalism, 3) personal rights and freedom, and 4) Government.
Within socialism or communism, any of these items deeply threaten their religion. Even though these systems are mere theories, their members falsely believe that if they could eradicate these details from the world civilizations, their nirvana is achievable.
Within Capitalism, anyone – regardless of status in life, can rise to the top. Such actions destroy the theories of communism and socialism. Anyone attempting to rise up in socialism or communism is normally murdered – not rewarded. When communists, socialists, dictators, and other similar religions take over any country, what is their first act? Consider such actions as recent as Egypt. Many Americans couldn’t understand why President Obama would support the regimes in Libya without gaining Congressional approval. Obviously, he must follow church dogma or suffer the consequences.
Today, it’s three years later and most Americans are only now understanding what has happened. In order for any of President Obama’s fellow church members to meet their goals, his first mandate was to destroy Capitalism. Their next enemies are personal freedoms and Christianity. As he has done with Capitalism, efforts to defuse, ridicule, and demean is exerted at every opportunity.
Today, it is common to see children, women, and men wearing their favorite NFL team’s uniforms that are sold through local vendors for $X. That allows us to learn that when we see a family walking down the street all wearing NFL jersey’s we don’t assume they are members of the football team, but a supporter. Even then, a grandparent may prefer the team and gave them as a present but they truly support another one. The point is that we must never judge a book by its cover!
Even though I am an elderly person wearing a Cowboy’s jersey, it would be impossible for anyone to think I am a Dallas Cowboy football player. Yes, anyone can wear the jersey but only a handful of people can actually be one. The same is true about Christianity. Some people “say” they are Christians, but “few” are.
So, how do we know when someone is a Christian? Unlike religion, Christianity is based upon the principal of “love.” Therefore, if we hear or witness anyone touting anything antithetical to love, then we are within our right to question and doubt their authenticity of being a Christian.
You see, no Christian could “intentionally” allow millions of Americans to go hungry, lose their homes, and be without jobs. No Christian would call for the destruction of America. No Christian could ever support Muslim countries eradicating Christians. No Christian would ever support the use of “selective” law enforcement. No Christian would support the ACLU. Having said this, we must understand that anyone may “say” they are “anything” – but saying it doesn’t make it true. Just like when the President beat the drum for “shovel ready jobs,” we now must realize he doesn’t mean what he says.
Finally, we must all understand the church of socialism’s primary creed, “The enemy of my enemy, is my friend.” Suffice to say, any group or power that is anti-Christian, anti-American, and anti-Capitalism is their friend and they will support them. The church of socialism has wealth beyond our imaginations. They are always willing to spend Millions to gain 10 cents in benefit. They are ruthless, destructive, relentless, and will never give up their goal to control the world.
Finally, America is now getting a glimpse at “hope and change.” There are new leaders rising from within America to replace Obama and fulfill Obama’s promise of “hope and change.” In addition, we are now seeing the American capitalistic system find ways to prosper despite President Obama’s objections and desires to neuter business. All of these actions are allowing Americans to take a firsthand inspection of the vast contrast between socialism and capitalism.
President Obama has provided an invaluable insight and lesson into what socialism means for millions of Americans. The massive jobless numbers, home repossession, starvation, class warfare, crony capitalism, and bankruptcies is not anything a capitalist or Christian would want. We must then pray that America will never again see another President like Obama that believes another’s life is mere fodder for their devious pleasures!
If you are like most at knowing the realities of truth and fact, then how is it possible to understand President Obama’s current approval ratings and crowds at his fund-raising rallies? Is this guy talented… or what?
Here is a “taste” of the facts that most Americans understand represented by The Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now, please accept these projections as best you can because there are few people in America that have the exact figures. Regardless, these are the best numbers we are able to show, today.
- The number of unemployed persons, at 14.0 million, was essentially unchanged in September, and the unemployment rate was 9.1 percent.
- Since April, the rate has held in a narrow range from 9.0 to 9.2 percent.
- Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (8.8 percent), adult women (8.1 percent), teenagers (24.6 percent), whites (8.0 percent), blacks (16.0 percent), and Hispanics (11.3 percent) showed little or no change in September. The jobless rate for Asians was 7.8 percent, not seasonally adjusted.
- The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) was 6.2 Million in September. These individuals accounted for 44.6 percent of the unemployed.
Meanwhile, Obama keeps saying since he took office, outside of golf and fund-raising activities, “Jobs is my number one priority!”
Confirmations of these facts are too many to present. Press releases like this one, arrive every day as Obama “jets” off to warm crowds all over America at tax payer cost…
FILE – In this Sept. 20, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk off stage after attending a DNC fundraiser at Gotham Hall in New York. Looking for a big-name speaker? Now’s the time to send President Barack Obama an invitation, especially if your group represents a key political constituency. With the 2012 election ramping up, he’s making the rounds of awards dinners and black-tie galas for blacks, Hispanics, Jews, women, gays, and Italian-Americans this weekend as he looks to reach his voters any way he can.
If we listen and accept the daily doses of fiction being fed to us by the Big Media (BM), then what we know isn’t compatible, is it? For far too many years, something has gone amiss in America and it is the English language.
There is an adage, “Out of the mouth of babes, come gems!” Please do this personal test on young children to check the truth to the following information. For many years, our youth has proudly proclaimed they wanted to be teachers, firefighters, police officers, postal worker, truckers, actor, and other time-honored professions.
However, things are a changing and America had better understand those changes. By now, we all must accept the reality that President Obama’s Oath of Office has been a meaningless event. Not only did he never intend to protect and defend America, but he has done more to America to harm Her than most of our formidable enemies could have ever accomplished. So, how does he do this and continue having even ONE supporter? It’s called Labor Unions. Take a moment to sort through some of these “Non-Profit” Corporations…
- NEA – National Education Association – 2,679,396
- AFT – American Federation of Teachers 770,090
- SEIU – (Government) Service Employees International Union – 1,464,007
- AFSCME – American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees – 1,350,000
- NPMHU – National Postal Mailhandlers Union 388,480
- NALC – National Association of Letter Carriers 294,315
- APWU – American Postal Workers Union 292,901
- IAFF – International Association of Fire Fighters 261,551
- AFGE – American Federation of Government Employees 200,600
- AGVA – American Guild of Variety Artists 182,597
- UAN – United American Nurses 152,000
- OPEIU – Office and Professional Employees International Union 150,882
- TWU – Transportation Workers Union of America 110,000
- AACSE – American Association of Classified School Employees 109,188
- IATSE – International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States and Canada 104,102
- TCU – Transportation Communications International Union 101,228
- UAW – United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 638,722
- UFCW – United Food & Commercial Workers – 1,380,507
- IBT – International Brotherhood of Teamsters 1,350,000
- LIUNA – Laborers’ International Union of North America 840,180
- IBEW – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 700,548
- IAM – International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers 673,095
- CWA – Communications Workers of America 557,136
- USWA – United Steelworkers of America 532,234
- UBC – United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America 531,839
- IUOE – International Union of Operating Engineers 390,388
- UA – United Association of the Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada 325,914
- PACE – Papter, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Engineering Workers International Union 274,464
- HERE – Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union 249,151
- UNITE – Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees 209,876
- SMW – Sheet Metal Workers International Association 148,378
- BSORIW – International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers 130,928
- IUPAT – International Union of Painters and Allied Trades 115,511
- BCTGM – Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union 114,618
- AFM – American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada 102,000
- NRLCA – National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association 101,810
- BAC – International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers 101,499
- UMWA – United Mineworkers of America 100,570
After sorting through the information, is it now possible to understand why the BM (labor union members) promotes Obama and all the trashing the Labor Unions do to harm our Nation! Would you believe that Labor Union Members have any respect for employers, laws, decency, Godliness, and what is best for all?
Please check out this posting about “teachers” in Wisconsin. Would this have been the adorations placed upon teachers a few years ago? Would you be willing to suggest these are far from being anything akin to the term “teacher” conveyed when you were a child?
As all the “new changes” in the work place seep into our societies, aren’t we obliged to start asking more questions? While attending a public event, how are we to know those around us wearing the uniform of a teacher, fire fighter, police officer, postal worker, or whatever, is pro-American?
Yes, Veterans fight to allow Labor Unions the rights given in America. However, Veterans don’t fight to allow our President and Labor Unions to tear down this great Nation, do they? Therefore, as President Obama travels across America speaking to other Labor Union groups, it’s no wonder why he is so popular. Class warfare is a natural addiction for community organizers and such caustic language resonates well with Labor Union Members. Wake up, America… please wake up!