A Simple Poll - what do you think is the most dire problem?

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  1. jackclee lm profile image84
    jackclee lmposted 5 years ago

    A non scientific poll of HubPages community.
    Question: what do you think is the most dire problem facing our nation in 2018?
    Only choose one answer.

    Here are a few 1. National Debt
                             2. Gun violence
                             3. Terrorism
                             4. Climate Change
                             5. Drug abuse
                             6. Illegal immigration
                             7. Healthcare
                             8. Public Education system
                             9. Infrastructure - bridges and roadways and airports and trains...
                            10. Race relations
                             11. Politics - divided nation.
                             12. Other. (Please specify)

    1. profile image0
      threekeysposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Silicon Valley-AI technology. Governments not stopping or making AI cater to the people. (AI has intuitive learning abilities).
      Only a few who will own/rule globally as they hold all the data and technology.The rest of us idle and resentful with perhaps a flat given income? I think something quick needs to happen at grass roots level and spread quickly. The change that is set in place is said to breakdown society in the next 5-10 years.Do we need to get a petition to the UN?  What or who to do, I don't know. Do you?

      1. jackclee lm profile image84
        jackclee lmposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Actually, the threat of AI is over blown. I have been folowing AI research for years. We are not even close to getting it let alone getting to the first base... The threat of singularity is not in the cards. We humans have many advantages that AI cannot duplicate. For example, the self driving vehicles being tested now in our roads and highways... it is proven to be much more difficult than these companies such as Tesla and Google and others anticipated.
        The technology is still in its infancy. The reason is actually obvious to anyone who observes the real world. The real world is messy and full of nuiances and contradictions. It takes a human with knowledge and experience and intuition and human skills even manual dexterity which robots and AI have a difficult time. It has little to do with computing power or speed or sensors... it is problem solving that AI have troubles with. When there is no clear cut solutions, humans make simple compromises on the fly where as computers needs to be “programmed”  or instructed on how to handle such situations.
        Computer learning is a new field and just starting to realize that some skills cannot be taught in a text book. It has to be learned by actually doing. That is one reason self driving cars are not succeeding as quickly as one might think. There are just too many unknown scenarios... what ifs? And the computer is just not sophisticated to handle every situation where as a human, even one that does not have a college degree, can drive with little problem...

    2. mrpopo profile image65
      mrpopoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Good list. My hunch is that most of these are symptoms of an underlying problem.

    3. William F. Torpey profile image71
      William F. Torpeyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Our Nazi president !!!

      1. Randy Godwin profile image59
        Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        That's a slap at Der Fuher, Bill! tongue

  2. JAKE Earthshine profile image69
    JAKE Earthshineposted 5 years ago

    Trump Impostor Presidency which has corrupted, undermined and sabotaged the United States irreparably is without a doubt the most dire problem on Earth:


    1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image83
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Have you taken your meds today, Sir? Do people in your community not care enough about you to get you the help you need for your condition? I'm terribly saddened by the evidence I've seen of your state of mind.

      Imposter? Do you know the definition of that word? Are you suggesting that isn't Donald Trump, and that it is, in fact, someone pretending to be Donald Trump? Or is it that you are using words without knowing the definitions of said words? Or is it that you've completely lost your mind? 

      Undermined and sabotaged? Do you have any examples for either of those things that are rational, reasonable, logical or at least partially true in the legal sense?

      Irreparably? Sir, are you attempting to make your own self look like a less than sane, less than adult personage?

      1. JAKE Earthshine profile image69
        JAKE Earthshineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        When facts to support an impostor Trump presidency are virtually non-existent with zero accomplishments for the American people but corrupt wealth giveaways to his elite Wall Street pals are plentiful,, I can certainly understand why some individuals resort to personal attacks:

        1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image83
          Wesman Todd Shawposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Are you suggesting that persons like myself are not of the American people? Are you THE GUY who determines who is and is not a member of the American people?

          When you refer to personal attacks, I assume you are referring to yourself, and your less than rational descriptions of, well, reality and our 45th POTUS. What else am I to think you refer to?

          1. JAKE Earthshine profile image69
            JAKE Earthshineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Yes that's exactly what is being suggested, furthermore, a person who still supports Mr. Trump after he endorsed an alleged child molester and insulted our war heroes is also incapable of being of the Christian faith, and that includes Jerry Falwell Junior:

            Personal attacks? I think anyone with eyes can go back and read your previous comment to discover who is actually practicing this kind of rhetoric:

            Yes, the most dire problem we face today is indeed the oval office occupant, his complicit staff and repugnant republican congress persons::

            1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image83
              Wesman Todd Shawposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              So in your mind, an allegation is the same thing as a fact. Well, what if someone alleges that you are a child molester? You know, I bet I could even pay someone fifty cents to allege that about you. Then by your own standards - you'd have no right to any sort of career in politics.

              BRAVO! BRILLIANT! So much earthshine.....


              Who cares if Donald Trump is a Christian or not? Is this a Christian nation? Or are you THE GUY who gets to determine whether or not someone is a Christian?

              So you are in charge of determining not just whether or not someone is an American, meaning US citizen, but also if they are a Christian?

              Buddy dude, you are simply too dang important to be spending time here in these forums!

              So to sum up Mr. Earthshine today:

              1. Earthshine alleges that Donald Trump isn't Donald Trump, but an imposter pretending to be Donald Trump.
              2. Is in charge of deciding who is and is not a citizen of the United States of America.
              3. Is in charge of deciding who is and is not a Christian.
              4. Thinks it is insulting to inquire about his mental health.

              Okay. Sure.

              1. JAKE Earthshine profile image69
                JAKE Earthshineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                1. Mr. trump is absolutely an impostor: He's illegally placing his name on an Indonesian project in which China invested millions and Donny Boy will profit from, shortly after China announced monetary support for the project, Donny Boy 'flipped' a position from sanctioning a Chinese company called ZTE, which spies on Americans, to SAVING the company: That's called bribery and a violation of our constitution at an absolute minimum:

                All this while absolutely nothing is accomplished for the American people:

                noun: imposter
                a person who pretends to be someone else in order to deceive others, especially for fraudulent gain.

                2. Mr. Trump has tried to execute an agenda that any rational individual would consider a playbook straight from Russia: Why would any American support this?

                3. The bible says a genuine Christian could never support an evil charlatan like Mr. Trump who is the antithesis of Christianity and the epitome of dark karma: He never asks for forgiveness, endorses individuals accused of child molestation, undermines law enforcement, sabotages our healthcare system, tries to cut funds for children's healthcare, commits multiple counts of adultery etc etc etc:

                3. Harvard and Yale experts have determined Mr. Trump is mentally unsound and a danger to the world, I happen to agree with their credible diagnosis that's one reason why his tenure as short in duration as it may turn out to be is the most dire problem we now face as a crumbling nation:;

                1. wilderness profile image93
                  wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  1)  Who is President Trump pretending to be?  Donald Trump?

                  2) No, President Trump is executing an agenda that reasoning people find improves America, for Americans.  Irrational people say it's all for Russia, but that only stems from their TDS, which has destroyed their ability to reason.

                  3)Chapter and verse, please?  As if what you think your mythological god says has any bearing, but willing to look at your quote anyway.

                  3)  Untrue.  False,  Incorrect.  Not a single Harvard of Yale "expert" has conducted an examination of the President; they just sit back and make claims without having a shred of real data to base them on.  We can reliably conclude that they, too, have a bad case of TDS; no one else would make such ridiculous statements without ever examining a patient.  (Of course, no "expert" would ever publicize their conclusions, either!)

                  1. JAKE Earthshine profile image69
                    JAKE Earthshineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    1. A President
                    2. Read the holy bible
                    3. An examination is not required to determine if a public individual is paranoid, delusional and or psychopathic: Experts have more than enough information from his television appearances and crazy tweets to diagnos this extreme case:


      2. jackclee lm profile image84
        jackclee lmposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Don’t bother responding to Jake. I have discovered a while ago that he is a total lost cause. His TDS has taken the best of him. He is obsessed with Trump and sees nothing else. Sad indeed.

        1. Live to Learn profile image61
          Live to Learnposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Actually, I've come to believe that particular persona is fake. I can't believe anyone could be that out of touch and be free to post without supervised computer access.

          1. jackclee lm profile image84
            jackclee lmposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            i know what you mean. It is disturbing that the web is prone to these trolls...that has nothing better to do with their time and energy.

            1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image83
              Wesman Todd Shawposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Good advice from both of you. I absolutely should not respond to someone with a child's mind in an adult place.

              I used to completely avoid the forums for that sort of thing. I don't have wonderful self control. sad

  3. Live to Learn profile image61
    Live to Learnposted 5 years ago

    I think the worst problem we have is the break down of civil discourse. You can't have a reasonable and respectful conversation without someone attempting to bait. Their hatred is worn on their sleeves.

    If we could find a place where everyone was respectful of other views we could create consensus and tackle the issues we face.

  4. Rodric29 profile image78
    Rodric29posted 5 years ago

    Biggest problem facing our nation in my estimation is 12, the disintegration of the natural family. Divorce is high and the commitment to marriage is seen as a personal choice now rather than a covenant the binds families through good and bad times. Because marriage is a personal liberty option instead of a responsibility, it cheapens the spousal relationship and elevates the parental relationship above the couple. It does not work. Kids need parents to love each other and represent stability. It helps with their self-esteem and the mental health of the couple working on having a healthy relationship. Bad marriages are the result of selfishness of one or more partners. If we can work on loving who we are with and treating them with love and respect we can get past most problems and save marriages. Saved marriages equates to less crime and more honesty and integrity in society.

    1. lovetherain profile image78
      lovetherainposted 5 years agoin reply to this


  5. Yanglish profile image40
    Yanglishposted 5 years ago

    Hybrid wars are the most dire problem facing nation in 2018 and in the future.

  6. wilderness profile image93
    wildernessposted 5 years ago

    Of those you mentioned (good list!) I'd probably go with politics and a divided nation.  Our government has put itself into a position where there is almost no possibility of agreement, of compromise, even of rational discussion.  In that state there is also no possibility of actually accomplishing the things we need done.

    All of the others can be addressed and fixed or at least softened...with a functioning government.  We don't have one.

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    ahorsebackposted 5 years ago

    Every one on the list is serious enough for sure but  before we start to change much of anything we have to go with your  # 5  and add alcohol to the mix ,  Sobering up Americans and detoxing all of our generations is paramount .    Between illicit and prescription drug abuses and alcohol over half of America is living in an altered state of consciousness !

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    ahorsebackposted 5 years ago

    Jacklee , Page two --A simple Poll .

    And it's already devolved to this ?    You can see why America will never improve much particularly from the caustic ideology of the left because that's all they offer , I've always said that generally the conservatives will keep America sane , traditional , less government involvement in our lives , more liberties . All our social ills will evolve on their own with common sense approaches and solutions  .

    Until some from the above left puts their hands in the mix.

  9. Kathleen Cochran profile image77
    Kathleen Cochranposted 5 years ago

    Having an illegitimate president.

  10. profile image0
    ahorsebackposted 5 years ago

    Well Jacklee   I hope that you are certainly good and happy now . I guess we had to know that such a question would open the pandora's box or bring out the   "creatures of the night " in response to your lists !   Us old guys tend to go through our days now just shaking out heads huh ?   I know that I thought that growing up in the sixties and seventies that I had "seen , heard and even experienced it all " .  And believe me , I thought I had !

    Today however we have entered the twilight zone of ideological divide  ,  in particular , the alt-left or whatever half baked idea of an ideology they really are .   When I read some of the responses to this threat all that I can amount to is a shake of my head and a chuckle .   The biggest problem that I see however is that this what-ever - you -call -it  ideology actually is about to raise it's own families , in other words ..................it breeds.

  11. Rochelle Frank profile image90
    Rochelle Frankposted 5 years ago

    12. (other) :Moral degradation.
    Same old stuff: Greed, Revenge, Pride, Selfishness , Cruelty, injustice, Deception. Lies, Misuse of power, Bullying, Brutality, insincerity, ego, Emotion, Rage, Pessisimism, Laziness, Fear. etc.

    1. JAKE Earthshine profile image69
      JAKE Earthshineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Unfortunately, this is magnified almost to infinity in Mr. Trump's era: But what else did Trump fans possibly expect?

  12. Sherry Hewins profile image92
    Sherry Hewinsposted 5 years ago

    I think I'd have to go with #11. While we have plenty of problems, I think the divisiveness and animosity over politics in the US is toxic. It seems like no topic of discussion can escape dissolving into nasty namecalling.


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