As the American education standards in comparison to the rest of the developed world continue to go downhill, a megaphone has been hoisted belching some noise to the effect that more attention needs to be devoted to math and sciences. And by that, they mean hard sciences.

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.

There is some value attachment to sensationalism; whenever applied, it makes the most abstract things freak out with an expression of awe and or the vilest of resentment. This seemingly has worked well with the media’s interpretation of conflicts in the developing world.

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.