Half-Measures: Sort of solving a problem, finding a kind of compromise that appears to address a problem but really doesn't fundamentally change the situation. Half-measures delayed nearly all reforms of democracy, i.e., civil rights, the vote for women, the end of slavery and workers rights. With the exception of the New Deal, which came from the near collapse of the nation, all of the real changes took grassroots movements - the citizens of the country standing up and insisting on the change. We are now at one of those points.
Thanksgiving is one of the holidays that is not controversial. It is nonpartisan. It is not necessarily religious and it is very American.
We continually hear warnings of creeping socialism in America from the captive press and talking heads. To steer clear of that incredible threat we have curbed spending on social programs that might help the ordinary citizens, we would dismantle any economic protections for those with problems or special needs, we would teach about the value of a dollar by making wage-earners more vulnerable, punishing those who fell for the deceitfulness of cheap home mortgages and make bankruptcy more difficult for any but the rich and powerful ...
Evolution: the slow change of things to adapt to new circumstances that no longer support healthy survival. Revolution: the overturning of circumstances that cannot be tolerated. This is usually rapid and usually leads to a period of chaos as a new structure is put in place ... often quite unpredictable and violent. When we are confronted with events that seem clearly wrong, unjust, unfair or unsupportive of positive human development, our first instinct is for rapid change.