State of the Union: Obama regrets era of ‘rancor’ and ponders divided America

State of the Union: Obama regrets era of ‘rancor’ and ponders divided America

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“Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, and turning against each other as a people?” he asked. “Or will we face the future with confidence in who we are, what we stand for, and the incredible things we can do together?”

He posed four big questions for the country to answer, regardless of who the next president is, or who controls the next Congress. “First, how do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy?

“Second, how do we make technology work for us, and not against us – especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change?

“Third, how do we keep America safe and lead the world without becoming its policeman?

“And finally, how can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us, and not what’s worst?”

The final point, he said, was perhaps the most important. “The future we want – opportunity and security for our families; a rising standard of living and a sustainable, peaceful planet for our kids – all that is within our reach,” he said. “But it will only happen if we work together. It will only happen if we can have rational, constructive debates. It will only happen if we fix our politics.”

A better politics does not mean agreeing on everything, he continued, “but democracy does require basic bonds of trust between its citizens. It doesn’t work if we think the people who disagree with us are all motivated by malice, or that our political opponents are unpatriotic. Democracy grinds to a halt without a willingness to compromise, or when even basic facts are contested, and we listen only to those who agree with us.

“Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get attention. Most of all, democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn’t matter; that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful or some narrow interest.”

David Cameron, or more specifically the Conservatives should listen to Obama’s speech. Instead of the evil, disgusting political narrative that they follow now. The policies of lies, false promises and fear. A political agenda targeting the vulnerable and to weak or unable to fight back. I believe we are more divided than ever before – thanks to David Cameron and conservatism

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