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Friday, November 19, 2004
  Just a couple of questions

These questions have been going through my mind for the past few days, and I thought I'd look to you for the answers:

1) Does there exist a cause that most Americans would support; in fact, does there exist a cause, outside of national security/defense, which the majority of Americans would unite behind?

2) Does there exist in our society an individual or group of individuals with the stature, credibility and 'authority' (authority used as trusted source or expert) that could deliver this message/cause to the American people?

I ask these questions because I a) watched the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation hearing on Global Climate Change, and McCain's last reference to the fact that the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) was already being derided as shoddy science. Albeit, the accusers have no study to cite, they just lambast, but the point being that there will of course be people who believe the report, and those that believe the detractors of said report. So I was wondering - is there a cause or message that people would unite behind on any subject? Something that might calvanize and unite us into action in support of a common cause?

b) I watched the movie Gandhi (1982), and wondered is/are there a person(s) of such stature in this country that he/she/they could deliver the message/cause that is the answer to question 1 above and have people 'believe' him/her/them? I've discounted Walter Cronkite, not for a perceived lack of integrity, but I don't think most Americans know who he is, or if they do, it is in that vague sense of "Oh, yeah. I remember him. Is he still alive?" So, what I'm wondering, is there anybody today that possesses the kind of stature that he earned?

I have other stuff I will post, but I thought I would ask these questions of you, and I'm interested to see what, if any topics/people are suggested to fill the bill. One point, when I say majority of the American people, I mean a true majority - say above 60-65% of the population. 
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