Hyperloop: a vision for the future.
Your voice matters! Write an article or essay for what YOUR vision for America is. Share your art or poem, help promote efforts and organizations that are working for a better country, or start your own. Everyone is invited to join in... to become a movement for citizen voices. This is a call for real democracy, a community of citizens who value ideas over ideology. This is a call for your involvement in helping define and create the future we want. (VisionForAmerica.com was started in 2003 by Ben Mater.)
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This is a movement to inspire a community-created vision for the nation, and build a platform for all voices. We are beginning with offering a page for all citizens to share ideas for the future we want. Join in!. Learn more about this effort at VisionForAmerica.org.
"I believe this effort is important. Even in this early (really proof of concept) phase. If you web search for “vision for America” what you’ll most likely find is a mix of news articles, some about our current president, some about the president from the 1980s (for some odd reason is a top scoring page). But (despite being censored by Google—tho that is changing by the day) there’s a chance you’ll find this site. Instead of it being about the ‘vision’ of a politician, you’ll find it’s about the voice of citizens. Yes, some will be from those in politics. But this is an idea to let ideas rise over ideology. To give voice to anyone who wants to speak. I think this can be powerful, empowering. I think this can change our destiny from being controlled by political parties to being put in the hands of the people. Our hands. Of course…. it’ll take a LOT of people to rise to the level of power that creates power. But on this very digital thingy we’re using to chat and comment… a lot can happen, quickly. Winters have become on fire. And spring is in the air. Change is in the air. Anything is possible… if we choose it. I know there’s a very good chance that nobody will choose to even listen to my idea. Perhaps one idea to listen to me, is if I listen to you. Maybe we’ll find a lot more common ground, and we can discover that much more can be accomplished if we work together. It’s good that we don’t agree on everything! Diversity in ideas, diversity in actions lead to many more things become accomplished.. But we can’t let a few issues divide us, keep us from making progress towards a collective vision. This site is about creating that collective vision. And we need vision. Otherwise, if we keep our heads down, we’ll just wind up walking in circles, getting no where. We need to blaze new trails. New ways of doing things. Because our future is a stake. We are in this mess because citizens have been excluded for far too long. It’s time we take control of our destiny. It’s time WE declare what the vision for America is. It’s time for a revolution, like this song says. -Ben Mater, Founder...
Vision for America is an idea for all citizens to take part in, to have a voice in our collective decisions, to establish real democracy. Ideas must overcome ideology. It is time for citizens to take responsibility for our future and become involved in our nation's destiny.
The most tantalizing aspect of this effort is help break the two-party death grip on democracy. As the founders of the nation warned, political parties are a threat to the nation. You need no better example than to look at the legacy of the Democrats and Republicans. Perhaps the most powerful vision for America is to be free of political parties completely and let ideas and voices stand on their own. Think about the costs associated with such collective power in the hands of just a few groups. Think about the freedom you must give up by joining a party. Think of the horrors “political parties” have inflicted upon the human race. Political parties are the enemy of humanity, the bottleneck holding back a flourishing future.
As we collective march along on this path of corruption, keep in mind the foundation for the nation was created in the age of candles and lanterns. The very form of “representative government” — having others do the voting for you — made sense when you could count the horsepower of your vehicle by the number of horses you had pulling your wagon! We can no longer continue to outsource democracy to those who put their political party ahead of the nation.
Vision for America is a way for citizens to have their voice heard. A way to collectively define what our values without corrupt political parties and a few shallow-minded corporations. Good people must rise to the challenge! Remember: those that are greedy are also stupid and easily beat! They will always be several steps behind, no matter how much money they think they have. Their vision is narrow, bent, short-sighted. They will lose. Democracy and freedom will win. All our problems stem from the decision-making process being held in the hand of a few.
The base value of what a community-created vision can offer is unlimited. Every step taken today unlocks a new future. By putting into physical from, we are willful creators of our own destiny. We are both the particle and wave. We are the past, present and future. Collectively we are actors of a play we are creating every day. By simply becoming aware of this amazing ability, by observing it in the many reflections of modern communications, we can create just about anything. The planet we exist on gives us amazing resources to accomplish our goals. But because of the greed of a very small few, this planet is at risk. The fate of humanity as we know it risks destruction and despair. The good news: change can happen like never before and the rules of what "is" and what "can be" do not exist except in our own minds. The fate of the world can be changed by just a few people. To reach a few people we just need a few more people. Is the act of observation the key to changing reality? Perhaps what we are learning from the quantum world can be a guide.
What if the "vision for America" could be looked at in physical form? What if everyone had a chance to help create our own destiny? Can we finally be free from the scum of those in political parties and short-sight corporations? Remember: it is WE the people who give them the power. They are nothing without us. WE the people have the power! THAT is the vision for the future of this nation.
It's rather odd watching Trump go after the MSM which despite a few surface disagreements (crowd sizes etc) really is working in concert with nation's power brokers of wall street, coal/oil, war (i.e. NBC owned by GE). CNN et al GAVE TRUMP THE PRESIDENCY with their nonstop coverage of his rallies, billions of free advertising, helping legitimize his campaign (and limit any third party or progressive voices i.e. Sanders). Anytime Trump wants to start a war, the MSM will have his back, gladly put the parade of generals on, limit any opposing views. The CIA put a lot of hard work and hard-earned drug-smuggling money to buy out almost all the major networks and/or have their planted agents/anchors/actors/MKultras to do their bidding. This is how the system has been built for decades, and the plan has worked: America is far removed from being a democracy, and may never be one again as there is enough wealth for just enough people to keep the system in place. People are rather easily bought off, or silenced. BUT something new that has never happened history is now happening: large scale communication among citizens. These are only the beginning years of a new age in humanity where knowledge is the new power. What might have taken years can happen in days. Hours. Minutes.
Whatever damage Trump creates now will be undone, and the pendulum will swing back. TRUTH is the new power, the center for nation. The majority of Republicans and a good portion of Democrats will try to keep TRUTH from the people, continue their grab of power and money, but their game isn't working quite as well. The question is, can the people of the nation be objective in their own values, question not the "opposition" but ourselves. Can we approach discussion not with the intention of persuading the other side, but with the intention of understanding why the other side feels how they do. I believe a mass majority agrees on the major issues we face: we need fair economics and valid science. We need real democracy. The system of "representative democracy" was formed the age when we travelled on horseback and wagons.
The average citizen is FAR MORE INFORMED AND RATIONAL than a majority of those in Congress. A look at how things are going at town halls are an indication that it's time for a change. That Trump was elected is the symptom of the problem. His game was known and on full display for years, yet a quarter of the nation had enough with the status quo and truly wanted to "drain the swamp." Trump played their song, did his dance, selling talking points like salt water to the thirsty. But now that the first few swallows have gone down, the consequences are beginning. IT IS TIME we realize that there is no "left", no "right". Those are artificial divides, art of war tactics. Just as we have a mix of backgrounds in this ethnic melting pot, we can have a mix of values, yet still function and flourish as a nation. We must now find a way to flourish “politically.” Or more to point: we must find a way to govern without politics and the poison that the founders of the nation warned about: the influence of political parties.
Donald Trump is a symptom of this poisoned well. He was a Democrat before he was a Republican. The MSM realizes this and thrives off chaos he creates.
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After being a top site in Google search for “vision for America”, at some point in the summer of 2016 Google had removed this site (as well as the .org) drastically from results. For nearly 15 years the sites had been on the top page, typically ranging in the top 5, rarely lower than number 8. Then it was gone. As Google was have found to be altering searches to help benefit the Hillary Clinton campaign, it may be likely something was done to keep the public away from this site which had Bernie Sanders in a top position on the home page. The page also had banners/links to Hillary’s site, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, and in the name of democracy and sharing voices, Donald J. Trump was featured as well. The site had a redesign away from WordPress around March, but still was a top site at least through June. What happened? The Hillary press office was contacted for a request for an interview on May 25th. Sans having access to Google’s servers, there isn’t much evidence that can directly link the Clinton campaign to requests for censorship, but in light of Google censoring searches to benefit the corporate state, and that almost nothing had changed on the site itself to seemingly cause a complete drop in results… something is wrong at Google.
After some direct (albeit frustrated) tweets to @Google in April 2017, very quickly the site suddenly re-appeared in the top 100, changing from around number #45 to #33 (as in the third listing on the third page). Again keep in mind for many months the site was nowhere in the top 100; often we gave up looking after page 15. Also keep in mind very little changed on the site to suddenly have it re-appear. And one more thing to keep in mind: the site has maintained a top result in other top search engines such as Bing and DuckDuckGo (where this site currently resides at number 1. Something is wrong at Google.
While Google's stats show very little people searching for “vision for America” historically, as it’s a search term for information on a higher level of ‘consumer’ searches, the very words are power of the highest order: this is the future. John Kerry in opened his press conference with a statement of his “vision for America.” It was buzz word used in House of Cards for the fictional campaign. Hillary Clinton in a speech warned us of others “who have a different vision for America.” Something is wrong at Google.
While this site now is bouncing between number 8 and 15 (pages one and two) of results, in context of what appears to be intentional censorship, it’s worth looking at what Google ‘thinks’ should be a top site. Apparently, despite being a world leading tech company, their stuck in the 1980s. For sometime now, the top result has been this thrilling page of Ronald Reagan’s election eve address "A Vision for America.” That the site is a buried section on the UC Santa Barbra University site… is crazy. This odd connection with “vision for America” and Reagan is continued on the second result steering those looking to a Daily Beast article Is Ronald Reagan's Vision For America Dead? The third result for sometime as been the site VisionTOamerica.com, a site that seeks “to help America return to our Founding Father’s vision for a Christian Republic.” (As of writing the site's home page is nearly empty of the abundant news articles that once filled the site). To recap top 3: Reagan, Reagan, God. What the hell is wrong with Google?
More analysis of the other top pages are certainly in order, but in summary: there’s very little to inspire moving down the pages. Lots of old content such as Obama’s vision and mix of various articles. (As of this writing) perhaps the only really interesting result is this page for Elon Musk’s Hyperloop One's Vision for America (something that certainly is an inspiring idea and worthy of a top 10 scoring).
To close this thread, it’s the goal of this effort to help overcome corporate censorship such as what Google deemed necessary for the 2016 US presidential election, and help create a place where a vision for American can come together not from corporate controlled politicians and media, but by all citizens.
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This is a good one! ;) My Vision for America by Ben Mater
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