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What Change Would You Still Like to See in the US?

Whether you make it to the polls or not, today is election day and marks one year since Americans elected Barack Obama as president. If you're curious how Obama managed to win, you can watch the documentary By the People: The Election of Barack Obama airing tonight on HBO. The film includes behind-the-scenes campaign footage and interviews with staff, volunteers, supporters, and opponents.

During the campaign, we heard a lot from Obama about "change." Among his accomplishments so far? There's the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the protection of wilderness through setting aside federal land, legislation that allows the federal government to regulate tobacco, and a new defense bill that cuts pricey weapons programs. Still, supporters are waiting for some big-ticket change items, like the closing of Guantanamo, the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and real healthcare reform.

What change would you like to see?

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Hollywoodjess Hollywoodjess 7 years
Health care health care health care! Civil rights for all as in marriage for homosexual and heterosexual people.
earnold14 earnold14 7 years
wow, he's already done so much. I'd like to see a lot of things change...if only one...I think that healthcare has got to change immediately.
janneth janneth 7 years
Affordable health care for all.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
I'd like to see an end to all the discriminatory laws, like the ones barring gay couples from getting married. I'd also like to see a better immigration policy that allows the people that generally come in from places like Mexico illegally to be able to immigrate here legally with more ease in order to make better lives for them and their families. I'd like to see policies that give companies incentives to hire Americans instead of outsourcing to bring back a lot of the jobs that have been taken away. I'd like to see health care being given to people with pre-existing conditions that could allow poor people in ill health to afford doctors. I'd like to see the education system reformed... by taking away No Child completely, and improving sex ed, and making condoms freely available. I'd like to see the US get less prudish and allow naked boobies to not be scorned. Because sometimes, it's too hot out for a shirt. Why should guys get to be cool and women have to suffer!? I'd like to see prostitution legalized for the safety of prostitutes and as a way for police to find abusive pimps more easily.
Deidre Deidre 7 years
I totally second the marriage civil rights for all. I'd also like to see education be made a primary concern in all states -- that's the beginning to emphasizing that we're concerned about our future rather than just scrambling to put bandaids on all our current problems.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I second Chloe Bella. I'd like to see more bipartisanship on issues that affect the greater good of the nation. Maybe some reform on special interest groups (ahem oil, pharmaceuticals, banks).
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I would like to see Title VII amended to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and I would like to see courts striking down as unconstitutional abortion informed consent laws that have no purpose other than to harass women. I would also like to see gay marriage legalized in all 50 states.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
I think the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy is completely stupid. How is such discrimination allowed in the military? I would also like to see Marriage Rights for all and Universal Healthcare.
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