The WC – What’s The Most Important Issue In Our Country Right Now?

June 9, 2021 12:20 pm · 80 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

In your opinion, what’s the most important issue in our country right now?

Talk about it!

Sancho Panza June 9, 2021 at 12:28 PM

The most important issue for me is the taking of our civil liberties: “Civil liberties are guarantees and freedoms that liberal governments commit not to abridge, either by legislation or judicial interpretation, without due process. Though the scope of the term differs between countries, civil liberties may include the freedom of conscience, freedom of press, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, the right to security and liberty, freedom of speech, the right to privacy, the right to equal treatment under the law and due process, the right to a fair trial, and the right to life. Other civil liberties include the right to own property, the right to defend oneself, and the right to bodily integrity.”

Steve June 9, 2021 at 1:23 PM

Could nor agree more, well worded.

Mo June 9, 2021 at 2:49 PM

With all due respect, can you please point out which civil liberties are being taken away?

People can still go to Church, express their opinions, live their private lives, buy guns and assemble.

I keep hearing this a lot, but don’t actually see it.

Roz June 9, 2021 at 2:57 PM

Sancho Panza ~
Would have to agree with you, since it basically cover everything.

Bad Nombre June 10, 2021 at 11:46 AM


Yes, there are some who argue that as long as you can only buy a gun that is “on the roster” and only after jumping through a bunch of hoops, then your civil liberties are not impaired. Ditto with states that make things so restrictive that one must travel hundreds of miles to procure an abortion. Both major parties have shown themselves to be opponents of civil liberties.

Sancho Panza June 10, 2021 at 2:27 PM

@Mo~ Perhaps you should open your eyes to see that our Civil Liberties are being eroded:

“The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men.” ~Samuel Adams

Rollo Tomasi June 11, 2021 at 12:28 AM

@Bad Nombre:

I searched the Constitution and found the reference to bearing arms easily enough, but could you please help me out with finding the reference to abortion? Thanks.

Ricardoh June 9, 2021 at 12:30 PM

Getting rid of Joe Biden for starters. Border, crime, critical race theory, cancel culture, inflation, the country divided, and China, Mail out ballots with no voter ID is the most critical. If that continues we are lost. We have to have elections that are above reproach.

Ricardoh June 9, 2021 at 12:33 PM

I forgot one very important thing. We need an open honest press. We don’t have that now.

Mike June 9, 2021 at 4:47 PM

Trump is responsible for the deaths of over 600,000 Americans and you’re terrified of Critical Race Theory.

Mitch June 9, 2021 at 6:06 PM

TDS much, Mike?

Doh June 9, 2021 at 7:27 PM

Ricardoh is right. We do not need dishonest press still pushing the big lie like Newsmax, OAN and the Fox entertainment network.
Democracy works best with facts.

Ricardoh June 10, 2021 at 1:05 PM

Doh when I read comments like that I just think Poor Blighter never will get it.

Pepe June 10, 2021 at 5:00 PM

MSNBC and CNN have paid out much more money in lawsuits for lying than FOX or NEWSMAX . Look it up . Mike your comment is ridiculous but it is a good example of how the liberal mind works .

Rollo Tomasi June 11, 2021 at 12:32 AM

Considering the information recently revealed regarding the clearing of “peaceful protesters” from Lafayette Park last June, your comment hasn’t really aged well, has it?

RANDOM TASK June 9, 2021 at 12:39 PM

election fraud

TJ June 9, 2021 at 3:19 PM

Though no election fraud was ever found?

Noj June 9, 2021 at 9:11 PM

TJ…Ruby Freeman and her daughter are about to be deposed. Arizona is wrapping up their audit and other states are planning forensic audits in a few weeks. Antrim County, MI just decertified it’s 2020 election due to ballot “irregularities” (ie: photocopied ballots). The world is about to turn upside down. Stand by for adventure.

Mo June 9, 2021 at 10:51 PM

The following have debunked the election fraud allegations:

-Trump administration officials (Barr and Chris Krebs)

– Republican governors and legislators, who certified election results.

-Judges, including Trump appointed ones.

-There were recounts in most states that Trump disputed.

Basically, no fraud whatsoever.

You can find anything you’re looking for on the internet, including that the earth is flat.

Rollo Tomasi June 11, 2021 at 12:35 AM


One question: did Pennsylvania conduct their 2020 election in accordance with the US and Pennsylvania Constitutions?

Kauai Mike June 9, 2021 at 12:42 PM

Yes, I agree with Sancho above – the loss of personal liberties and freedom.

We now have government, from top to bottom, intent on seizing power over us for their exclusive benefit.

Return to basics and toss the virtue signalling BS.

FPN June 9, 2021 at 12:58 PM

Having our elected President in the White House. Finish the audits.

Bayslashers June 9, 2021 at 1:02 PM

Obviously auditing the election results, which will prove what the majority of us already know. But the question is what happens after that?

ChuckStir June 9, 2021 at 1:07 PM

Without a doubt strong leadership, that includes integrity, honesty, humility, transparency and truly for the people. Everything else falls under that.

Randy June 9, 2021 at 2:55 PM


Dorothy June 9, 2021 at 1:20 PM

Lack of trust. Anymore it seems like there isn’t much to really trust. Not in big businesses, not in politics – local, state, or federal. Not much in a lot of organizations that are suppose to help those in need – secular or religious. Not in the schools anymore – when teens and even adults have trouble filling out even simple forms.

JRocks June 9, 2021 at 1:26 PM

I would like to say the fraudulent election of 2020, the growth of socialism, the ever increasing power of our government, or a populace that doesn’t cherish liberty, but those issues only worry a certain segment of the population.

The biggest issue that will touch every household is the ticking time bomb of hyper inflation. I am not saying 100% that it will happen, but if it does everyone will feel it.

Ilovepopcorn June 9, 2021 at 1:42 PM

We have a country that is hugely divided in many areas. I am concerned that we have folks that think they are Americans and they think others are not
If they don’t want things to be like it was fifty years ago! I am concerned that most conservatives think the January 6th insurrection was ok. Our Democracy is at great risk. Voter suppression and general Trumpism is a disease and dangerous. People’s civil liberties and gun rights need a lot more scrutiny and control.

Rollo Tomasi June 9, 2021 at 2:51 PM

“I am concerned that most conservatives think the January 6th insurrection was ok”
Please provide your evidence in support of that.
“Voter suppression”
Voting among the black population was at an all time high in 2020. Please, please, please provide your evidence in support of that.

Civil liberties need a lot more scrutiny? Please disregard my previous requests for evidentiary support. You’ve lost the plot completely.

Chicken Little June 9, 2021 at 3:07 PM

I can never tell if you’re being serious or sarcastic.

Fred June 9, 2021 at 7:53 PM

Yet you’re blindly following antifa and supporting the violence being perpetrated every day for the past for years… and you fully support pedo as the president and a ho for VP.

Now, c’mon… I know you’re itching to scream “hater, hater….”

Take responsibility and don’t just blame others.

And rights don’t need control. Go reread the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Come back when you understand them.

jjshawk June 10, 2021 at 12:04 AM

I couldn’t disagree more if I tried with, “People’s civil liberties and gun rights need a lot more scrutiny and control.”. Most of us don’t want anarchy but, if our government loosens the reigns a little, we will be ok, and we will survive. Gun rights are important; because, evil people only respect strength, and they don’t respect life, love or kindness. With regards to civil liberties, what other people do with, or, to themselves is none of my business.

Babs June 10, 2021 at 6:20 AM

The attach on January 6th was not ok but neither it was much less violent than all the BLM marches and the much more destructive and deadly demonstrations after the George Floyd killing.

Randy June 10, 2021 at 7:31 AM

… maybe we should be taking Russian or Mandarin language classes soon?

Randy June 9, 2021 at 1:52 PM

… confronting the aggression of Russia (we’re paying them ransoms, they’re building military around Ukraine – the Arctic – what’s next? ), China (Taiwan takeover, lieing about military buildup and takeover of the South China Sea and intimidation of Japan, Phillipines, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc.), and Iran (they harass our ships and we do nothing about it… they’re building nuclear weapons and have avowed to wipe Israel off the map)….. where is our leadership? foreign policy is now a foreign word… 🙁

Dr. Jellyfinger June 9, 2021 at 3:18 PM

Weak leadership. There has never been a better time to attack the USA.

Taiwan, Ukraine and Israel beware… if the scat hits the fan, I doubt that America will come to the rescue… not with befuddled Biden at the helm.

Savagette June 9, 2021 at 2:00 PM

I was having trouble picking only one issue but after reading Sancho Panza response, I 100% agree. All of the many issues going on such as border crisis, CRT, vaccine mandates, big tech censorship, etc. All comes right back around to losing civil liberties.

Bad Nombre June 9, 2021 at 2:02 PM

Lack of civic education and the downfall of journalism.

Mo June 9, 2021 at 2:13 PM

Judging from many of the comments above, one of the most important issues facing our country is the inability of a significant segment of the population to accept reason and reality and to create “alternative facts” and try to impose said “alternative facts” through the use of force and intimidation.

This is across the political spectrum, from Antifa to Proud Boys and a lot in between.

To Do List June 9, 2021 at 2:35 PM

I almost agree with Sancho Panza’s excellent post. I would just add that the taking of civil liberties includes not just from the government but that the society is manufacturing a toxic jealous and aggressive culture that attacks those with different opinions or ideas. It is not the state police who will assault you for wearing the wrong political slogan but rather your fellow citizen.

Me again June 9, 2021 at 6:08 PM


RANDOM TASK June 9, 2021 at 2:45 PM

Wow grab some >>>popcorn <<<the audits are happening
The 6th like it effects you
And if it does then your following bias media
There is a lot of research data and accounts
If you add it up and don’t just take the anchors pretty words for the truth
Then you will see

If you believe the me sided bias from a party bent on manipulating you then
It does not matter what happened on the 6th

There is a saying
Smoke and mirrors for a reason
I bet if the media told you we took down our towers you would believe that as well right

Posting about other views as if they are tilted by using your own bias tilted Mantra to back up your complaint is again bias and misleading

Americans care about our country all of our country
The past present and future

We don’t condone book burning and monuments being torn down in a guise of cancel culture for equity

We Americans learn from the past we don’t fear it or use it to push political agendas and fear
Unfortunately there are non Americans that binbiden is shoving onto our system to crash it and then say well we can save the system with more taxes

Americans honor and protect our systems and constitution
We don’t abuse and use it as a political tool

Our troops are respected by Americans
All troops are respected down to coast guard and police

Division is a democrat tool
Not an American one

And before you ask most dems don’t claim their American
They claim another country or creed or color or ancestry
Which is fine
America houses lots of people and the difference is the best part it makes us stronger
How many countries despise America for its freedoms and respect of others
No communist country respects their people
None I have seen so far

I might be wrong I would love to hear

DD June 9, 2021 at 3:21 PM

Idiots who blindly believe everything they see or read from the media.

Jay Roller June 9, 2021 at 3:30 PM

Same thing as it always has been! Tyranny, government overreach, scumbag politicians, hypocrisy, this list goes on but it’s all the same!

Justifiable Languor June 9, 2021 at 3:34 PM

Election fraud.

Googlar June 9, 2021 at 3:34 PM

The government, media, pharmaceutical industry, military industrial complex, and judicial system are under control of foreign powers. Our politicians are dual citizens. Our elections are rigged. We are effectively a vassal state under enemy occupation.

PO'd June 9, 2021 at 3:36 PM

Obama pulling the puppet strings. Both the President and V.P. are in over their heads, and are taking orders from headquarters. It’s not just a case of incompetency, it appears to be a shadow government.

stoptheinsanity June 9, 2021 at 3:50 PM

Unwelcome Democrat leadership.

Snakekeeper June 9, 2021 at 4:21 PM

We need to come together as one country but that isn’t going to happen soon. You still have trump undermining our democracy. He spews bs and all of the trumpers swallow all of it without question and say that the left is brainwashed.If your don’t believe it just look at what happened at the capital after his speech.. He didn’t know what powers he had when he took office. He doesn’t know how the how votes are counted. People need to think about the idiotic things this man has said but they won’t because he is sooo smart. I left the republican party in 2019 because of all the conspiracy crap that never is going away as long as people listen to him.

Ignatz June 9, 2021 at 7:48 PM

Have you listened and looked at what Biden has done in just a few short months?
Are things in the U.S. going the way you’d like them to go?
Are you better off than you were a few months ago?
Your opening sentence is true. Your blame is misplaced on one person.
Take off the partisan blinders and see what is happening regardless of who it is or who is talking.

Fred June 9, 2021 at 7:48 PM

So you support pedo joe and Harris the ho.

Tells me plenty about you.

Snakekeeper June 10, 2021 at 6:39 AM

Wrong. I am not a dem. I was a republican for forty years. The Republican party has gotten way to far to the right and not many in the party are calling trump on all of his bs

Rollo Tomasi June 10, 2021 at 7:40 AM

Yeah, you’ve got Dems with actual power attempting to abolish the filibuster in order to ram through the most radical left agenda since FDR, and Trump is undermining democracy. Got it, skippy.

Snakekeeper June 10, 2021 at 9:47 AM

slow down there rollo you can say anything you want about dems it doesn’t bother me one bit. My point is trump has done exteme damage to our democracy. Trump got booted get over it already move on with life

Pepe June 10, 2021 at 5:14 PM

Tell me Snake you blame Trump for damaging our democracy right ? Then why are the democrats fighting tooth and nail to stop any investigation into voter fraud in every state and county ? The democrats should welcome any investigation if they are telling the truth .

Rollo Tomasi June 11, 2021 at 12:45 AM

How specifically has he done that Snakekeeper? He’s a buffoon and a blowhard, but using the hyperbolic “threat to democracy” meme is a joke. Election results have been disputed since time immemorial. The idiots in DC spent three years and tens of millions of taxpayer dollars disputing the 2016 election. He told the people gathered at his rally to peacefully and patriotically make their voices heard. Those idiots had agency and their choices to trespass, riot and damage the capitol were theirs and theirs alone.

Aunt Barbara June 9, 2021 at 4:49 PM

Gun violence and felon inmates being let out before their rehabilitated.

Cautiously Informed June 9, 2021 at 6:33 PM

Felons rehabilitated. That’s a nice sentiment. The fact is, most felons are career criminals, and the democrat politicians don’t care if the criminals run wild in our once safe communities.

Cautiously Informed June 9, 2021 at 4:54 PM

General Bidenism/Kamalaism. It’s truely a nation destroying disease.

Aunt Barbara June 9, 2021 at 9:49 PM

Cautiously informed…
I agree with you,,, Dems never think of long term consequences or end results of their decisions.

Thunderdome June 9, 2021 at 4:55 PM

Inflation…national debt. All the money people earned and saved over the years is losing value every day.

Snakekeeper June 9, 2021 at 9:44 PM

Fred you know nothing about me bud.I am definitely not a dem. I was a gun packing republican for 40 years until the hostel take over of the party. Don’t forget trump is responsible for hundreds of thousands of dead Americans because he did NOTHING about the pandemic early on he just wanted to point fingers. Pointing fingers doesn’t solve the problem at hand. Solve the problem then point fingers. I know it really doesn’t matter because most of the deaths are old or have other issues. No one has divided this country more than trump.

hanne jeppesen June 10, 2021 at 9:10 AM

SnakeKeeper, Nice to see a reasonable well thought out post from a conservative. If you read this on a regular basis you will see that is something sorely lacking.

Cyn June 10, 2021 at 10:23 AM

You don’t sound like a keeper…….you sound like an oil salesman.

Snakekeeper June 10, 2021 at 11:59 AM

thanks hanne. I don’t think it’s hard to see through all crap trump has done his entire life.

Rollo Tomasi June 11, 2021 at 12:54 AM

Snakekeeper what would you have had him do? Act like the totalitarian dictator the left claimed him to be? He stopped travel from China to the extent that he could without violating the rights of American nationals, and was called a demagogue for it. He got corporations to mass produce PPE without having to invoke the War Powers Act for the most part. He put Operation Warp Speed into motion and got results that NOBODY, including his devotees, believed were possible. What? Wear a mask everywhere? Would you have worn a mask if he did, or if he told to to? If so, it tells me all I need to know about you.

ToldUSo June 9, 2021 at 9:57 PM

We need Real News. Fake News reported should be punished by reducing the amount of news they are allowed to report. Something needs to be done because we have way too many people arguing and using false claims to back their argument and it’s just hard to argue with dumb people who don’t do enough research.

Steve June 9, 2021 at 10:07 PM

Finally, things are back to normal. VP goes to Guatemala to slow down US immigration, Prez goes to Europe to heal relations. We are getting tough with Russia finally, economy has been saved and will rise again, the virus is contained for the most part.
Looney bin stuff is over.

Pepe June 10, 2021 at 5:24 PM

The United states is a joke to the world because of the two encompetant boobs we have in the white house . Things are going to get worse in this country and violence will increase around the world because of their weakness. Just wait but you will still blame Trump right?

Rollo Tomasi June 11, 2021 at 12:58 AM

The booming economy under Trump was artificially depressed by the overwrought reaction to the virus. It was going to rebound anyway, unfortunately everything Biden is doing will act to retard the rebound. You’re not paying attention.

hanne jeppesen June 9, 2021 at 10:07 PM

I could name several, many have already done so. Reading several comments here, I would say overreacting is one, because we are told to wear a mask, does not mean we will the next Russia under Stalin, or China. The other would be to look at every issue and person and try to be objective. No one is all bad (save for a Hitler, Stalin) or all good.. There seem to be a rush to paint someone, especially politicians and President’s in the worst possible light. Republican or Democrat I try to give everyone the benefit of doubt, and think the best of them, until I’m proven wrong. I even had hopes that Trump would be a decent President, that would care about all, democrats, republicans, independent, but he really only cared about his base. And his base only cared that he cared about them.

Jojo The Circus Clown June 9, 2021 at 11:43 PM

There are two simple fixes to recovery. Without these fixes, nothing will change.


Repeal the deregulation of media ownership laws that allowed ALL media to be owned by just a few super wealthy.


Reverse SCOTUS decision on unlimited campaign contibutions being protected as free speech (1st Amendment)

Simple as that folks. Nothing else matters without those two fixes. Those HUGE mistakes are what led to this corporate takeover of the world.

And as a bonus …

Break up Big Tech and regulate a social media as public utilities.

Nuff said

The Fearless Spectator June 10, 2021 at 7:34 AM

The US is not being governed in the best interest of the people.

In business, when a publically traded company is not being managed to maximize shareholder value, the shareholders fire the board of directors and bring in a better qualified group to save the company.

To quote Kamala, “The root cause”. In her case, studying the root cause is a method of wasting off enough time until the “the noon whistle blows” on Joe Biden. Then she can have her picture on Presidential cookies. Not good.

Currently the root cause of our troubled US is lousy management. The quick way to bring in new management is to get the existing dirt on this administration published. A tough trick given the level of collusion.

sam malone June 10, 2021 at 7:38 AM

Getting rid of Joe Bin Lyin and Heels up Harris for starters. Then the Green Team and the socialist and leftists, Newsolini, Becton and all of the Soros funded entitlement crowd.

That is just for starters.

Doh June 10, 2021 at 11:03 AM

The biggest threat is the biggest, sore loser of the election. Trump is still crying about it and falsely claiming it was stolen. Trump won’t be happy until he causes another insurrection or worse.

Rollo Tomasi June 11, 2021 at 1:00 AM

Any comment on how Hillary Clinton and Stacy Abrams are handling their respective election losses?

Dr. Jellyfinger June 11, 2021 at 7:49 AM

@ Doh ~
“There was a widespread understanding that this election was not on the level.
“We still don’t know what really happened.”
“There’s just a lot that I think will be revealed. History will discover all this other shenanigans and stuff going on and not come away with an idea like, ‘Whoa, something’s not right here”.

ConcordMike June 10, 2021 at 11:59 AM

In your opinion, what’s the most important issue in our country right now?

Lack of Family Values leading up to the many problems this country has today. Poor work and life ethics, disrespect, privilegism (is that a word?).

Jeff (the other one) June 10, 2021 at 3:16 PM

There are many specific, and general, problems that can be identified. An entire dissertation could be written on each of these, and I do not have the time. A common thread/leading issue through most of these problems, to me, is the politician. First, any politician who doesn’t agree with me is a problem (said in jest…). The career politician seemingly spends more energy ensuring he/she is taken care of, both financially, and in securing their position. Seems worse and worse as years go by. I consider Ted Kennedy, John McCain, Pelosi, McConnell, Schumer, in essence probably about 30% of these dinosaurs. Demonstrated first and foremost by the dinosaurs who throw around not even earned taxpayer money like rice at a wedding. It is not theirs, doesn’t come out of their pocket, so they buy happiness and votes, and they do not give it a second thought. So far, in 2021, $4 trillion. Deficits keep growing, debt even more so, unfunded liabilities (future debt), beyond the pale. The last time the US did not have a deficit was 1969.

Barbie Girl June 10, 2021 at 9:42 PM

The war drums being sounded by the trio of China, Russia and Iran. Pay attention folks instead of being distracted by the usual pablum being served to you by the media.

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