What a good president or leader brings to a body of legacy is the ability to settle for a riskier choice. Especially in America, presidents are known to train their minds and eyes on safety. Thus, if it looks bad on the poll numbers and the much-sought-after “good legacy,” then it wouldn’t be a decision worth making. This is why President Barack Obama’s recent support for gay marriage strikes supreme.

America is a great country. What keeps the United States great is her strength of foundation. The pillars of this nation’s founding are such that, despite the glut with which capitalism seeks to swallow huge portions of her humanity — it still tries to take care of her children. The kind of noise that crowds the American politosphere is all about the role of government over society — it’s all about governmental responsibility.

Most issue-based surveys reveal jobs, immigration, health care, Social Security, foreign policy and federal budget deficit as the top key issues that will shape the 2012 presidential election. Indeed, without a doubt, anyone who lives in America would find this to be no revelation as it reflects the realities of everyday life and the most pressing of needs.

Prejudice, n. A vagrant opinion without visible means of support. That’s a classic definition that American journalist Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce attached to the “ugly” word in a piece in 1906. At that time, the country was engulfed in racial prejudice in a manner that deeply bothered the conscience of those who had the balls to utter a word.

There have been high-profile apologies from high profile sections of society regarding how the rest of the world fails to answer the call that would avert a humanitarian crisis. Governments like that of the United States have, in moments of need and more than once, looked the other way when pressed to lend a hand by human civilizations engulfed in conflict.

On Wednesday, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping — also slated to succeed the country's commander in chief next year — asked the U.S. government to respect "core interests" between the two countries. Without elaborating what the said interests would do, the Chinese leader visiting America sought to affirm China's sovereignty in carefully selected words.

Newt Gingrich is in trouble. The former speaker of the House is now the victim of a leadership deficit — a hemorrhaging GOP, seemingly for lack of choice, might nominate him. Now comfortably ahead of his arch-rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in most opinion polls in Florida, the Gingrich factor is the new Republican primary wave.

What's the trouble with America? The answers to this question lies boldly in what defines the lives of ordinary Americans, what the new cool prefers to call the 99 percent. Commonplace answers, however, seem uncommon to American politicians — a number of whom belong in the high-tower 1 percent. It is numbing, to say it kindly, that America is swamped in common trouble.

Robert Champion, the 26-year-old drum major at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, did not deserve the death he received. In the words of his bereaved mother, Pam Champion, no parent deserves that chilling news. In other words, Champion's death — reportedly a result of hazing — is inexcusable.

We have a problem. While the gulf between the rich and the poor runs deeper than we would anticipate, the selective amnesia with which the media conducts its vanguard role over society must at least worry those who care. The mainstream media seem to have sworn, for the most part, to guard the affairs of the powerful at the expense of the poor and the most vulnerable of society.

I watched the Cyclones' great win against Texas Tech — a duel that ended up proving true the most unexpected answers to the very expected grand question. And as I looked over my shoulder in that jolt when a warm shiver travels from the legs upward, I thought about the once-coveted audacity of risk taking in America's DNA.

President Barack Obama is beginning to do things he ought to have done from day one of occupying the White House. The president, in a new offensive, has vowed to side-step a Republican Congress bent on derailing his legislative agenda. The president has resorted to the executive window that offers him the opportunity to make, with the stroke of the pen, new policies.

A day after the United States Senate rejected President Barack Obama's jobs bill, a member of the Greenlee School faculty mentioned something in passing that really hit my conscience. Although the issue unintentionally found its way into our chat, the professor said that she often cuts her students some slack in the classroom "because times have made it really tough on them."

Bullying among kids and teenagers in schools and sections of our neighborhoods is gaining a prominent fixture among us in a where-are-we-really-headed fashion than ever. It must be awkward, as it should be, worrying that our children find pleasure and/or relief in humiliating the hell out of each other. It has gotten so worse as to send shivers down the unexpected spines of those pop idols, such as Lady Gaga. And true, Gaga recently expressed a strong intent to mount a campaign against b…

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