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The Divided State Of The Union - An Immigrant's Perspective By Shantanu Kamat

Where there's a will there's a way. When I was working in Silicon Valley, my company had a meticulously and proactively maintained information section available to our customers. It was called "known problems and solutions" and it gave customers the information about the known problems, and the solutions to address those problems. Every group in the company worked in harmony, to provide these solutions to the customers. We were a united front because all the groups had a common interest - the betterment and success of the company.

Today, the U.S. is aware of the problems it is facing and also knows what the solutions are. Unlike any other country in the world, the U.S. is still that imperial force, which can easily solve these problems on its own. This nation has some of the brightest and most capable people in government coupled with the most productive brains in almost every part of industry. It also has a strong legal system and a very powerful media that can keep the politicians on their toes. All America needs is the will in their politicians and the media, to really fix the problems.

In the 2012 Presidential election, it became clear that the division among Republicans and Democrats, was also a division of race. Romney was polling with about 60% of support from whites and Obama only 37%, where as among nonwhites, Obama was polling with 80% support (Source). Similar party line division can be seen between women and men voters, young versus older voters, and married versus unmarried voters. This electoral polarization is actually taking America back in time and has put America on a dangerous path.


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