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— Adds R�ul, "Or what about when he went into Africa trying to propose a NAFTA-type program, which I'm sure would only exploit the workers."

Valita responds, "But then we have to understand that America does nothing unless they have an economic interest. That's the only reason why they're ever in any country doing anything."

"But you can't be upset about that," counters Tonisha, "because that's the only way the country is going to keep on surviving."

"That's capitalism," sighs R�ul.

Valita concludes, "The capitalist thing is not cool, but that's how we are. That's how we built the nation. The way you build something is the way the end result is going to be. If you start off wrong, you're going to end wrong."

Jahsun, who has joined us, hits the low note on what has become a descending scale. "There is no difference. Realistically, whoever controls this country is not necessarily always going to be the president. It's going to be the partisan communities and the people who have the money. Am I going to vote? I really don't know. You can talk about voter apathy, but realistically, I'm a thinking person. Am I voting for thinking people? I believe my ancestors died for me to have the right to vote, but did they die for me not to have a choice? To choose the lesser of two evils? Would you call that a choice, or would you call that coercion? Would you call that a choice, or would you call that duress?"

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