Fiction can guide ideas in amazing ways. Uncle Tom’s Cabin is credited for changing the attitudes of northerners re: slavery, and was a stepping stone to the civil war. It is important to take the best ideas of our writers, scientists, and business leaders who are living in the present and use those ideas to improve the quality of life for ALL Americans, and by helping ourselves, set an example for our friends and enemies overseas. This forum does not show a GREAT people, it shows petty children fighting with one another over who gets the best toys when we should be sharing. Overseas, they say we have lost our purpose and forgot our Constitution. One person with whom I spoke said there is no United States of America, corporations are international and haven’t the need for our money when they can sell overseas, and manufacture overseas, bank overseas, and live overseas. We have people born in the USA, but they have no real love or connection with our nation. If we continue to hammer each other instead of demanding better, we will prove them to be right. I think we are, as a people, better than that. I feel we deserve better. As millions are suffering, it is more important than ever to be kind to one another and to hold our elected officials to a higher standard. One way to do this is to give the Presidency, not Obama, not Romney, but the PRESIDENCY the line item veto. Doing so will infuriate the legislature who won’t be able to attach amendments, riders, and earmarks to bills without the President being RESPONSIBLE for vetoing those items not in the best interest of the American people. It will force congress/senate to do overrides to give support to bills and bring them into the light of day where the public can see where these people really place their priorities.Take the partying out of Politics. Hold them accountable. We can make this happen.Respectfully,C.