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People who have a true interest in our political system do the research to find out. People make time for what they care about the most.
It is comparatively difficult to find information on candidates that are not republican or democratic, solely because of advertising. Though I agree, you can find it, it poses an unfair, economically-based advantage.
I agree SweetiePie. My husband is a Prime example of complaining about who is in office, but won't vote or register. And talk about not giving credit where credit is due, my husband gives NO credit to Prez. Obama for the "execution" of Bin Laden.
I heard only 57% registered voters showed up, so even those who register often do not go. Oh well, I think if you want things to change, then you have to vote and get involved. Glad you voted :).
I actually disagree with you on that, and there are some major differences between the Dems and Repubs when it comes to foreign policy stances. However, there were several viable third party candidates running this time, so people can vote otherwise
I tend to agree - in the end they all bow to corporate masters and are bought and paid for - however, one party is definitely more dangerous than the other due to the extremists who have taken it over. Therefore the lesser of 2 evils is Obama.
I just think if people really are upset about the two party system, then do something about it and get involved. Be involved in Wolfpac, which is trying to take money out of our political system. Be involved in a third party and vote.
I agree and am involved, however voting for a 3rd party this time is handing it to Romney a BAD idea. I am happily involved in working to overturn crap like Citizens United.
I agree with the third party this time would probably give a vote to Romney, which is the only reason I did not vote for Jill Stein. Her ideas about universal health care and getting out of wars was more to my liking, but pick and choose our battles
Very much agreed!
I totally agree, while I vehemently agree with NDAA and hate the thought of voting for Obama - I fear Romney and his policies even worse. We've made some progress the last 4 years we simply must continue..
No Laura. What YOU want is political favors for yourself --...for women and minorities. THAT'S what the DEMS stand for i.e. BULLY laws to bully around employers and force them to hire minorities and females over white males.
Why does the issue of homosexuality always have to be lumped in with the poor and women? Gays HAVE rights in the U.S., and have had rights for quite a few years now. What rights do gays not have in this country?
Obama won :).
Anyone who says "the alternative" is chilling as though there is only one alternative doesn't get it.
Agreed. They are both chilling - but Obama is definitely the lesser of two evils. It would just be nice to vote FOR someone again rather than against someone else... sigh.
There were several viable third party candidates this time, so Americans really need to do more research and legwork if they are unhappy about the two party sytem. A lot of the Ron Paul supporters voted Gary Anderson, and liberals Jill Stein.
THANK YOU AMERICA. The right man for the job selected again ! 2% of the vote only to outsider alternatives speaks volumes. Even lower than UK non mainstreams. You are where you are folks.
I find Obama compromises with Republicans much right of center, and his health care plan was something out of the Nixon and Dole playbook. The Democratic party has moved to the right, and Republicans have gone far, far right.
I completely agree with you here Sweetie - Obama is a centerist republican in many ways and not the "liberal" he's made out to be. The republicans have been hijacked by extremists and it's scary stuff.
You probably know as much as any Americans. We all read the same news articles these days, and I get a feel for how liberal British people feel about David Cameron by reading articles they write. Actually joined some page talking about him.
I agree Lady. Under Obama's presidency, Osama was located and dispatched with very extreme prejudice. I have to be careful, several times I have called Obama, Osama, and vice versa. My husband burst into laughter one day when I did this.
Wow, I never knew name calling and generalizations were back in vogue. Calling someone a Marxist is usually the tip off.
swb78 , very insightful post. America has cradle-to-grave socialism. It's not quite Marxism. Tho we do seem to be moving in that direction. I don't think, however, we'll get there. Way too many rich DEMS in Congress
I guess Mitt Romney and his off shore bank accounts are not to be mentioned. I think both rich Republicans and Democrats should be taxed at a higher rate, and people in Congress should work for minimum wage.
The reality of American politics is that both major parties practice socialism to one degree or another. The two major parties have different agendas regarding how to spend the money they collect, but both have a history of spending like mad. Rs too
This is not generalization young one--educate yourself so that you sound credible before you open your mouth. I suggest you start by reading the Communist Manifesto by Mark and Engels. Its a short read and it is free on almost all eBook sites.
Not young at all, well into my thirties. My grandfather who was 83 when he passed away was far left. He is what you called an FDR Democrat, so stop telling me to educate myself. Actually open minded ones realize there is a range of views, etc.
Sweetie pie--thanks, you contradict yourself, just like all left wingers do. You first complain about being labeled, then admit to being far left via your grand dad. Liberalism is a mental disorder.
She didn't say she agreed with her grandfather's views. You are putting words in her mouth. If federal socialism ended in the U.S., it would be red states like GA that would lose out on money sent from blue doner states. Red states are on the dole
Red states on the dole huh? Liberals need the very people they hate. Almost like teenagers who hate their parents but need their money. Oh well. Maybe it is a good thing that Obama may win again. Americans have not yet suffered enough to learn.
You have to wonder about conservatives that bring up that old stale toast saying "liberalism is a mental disorder". They want to create an ideological dictatorship where we all think and talk alike. I actually prefer a world with debate.
I do not watch TV when it comes to much anymore. I just grab a cup of coffee and read my news online.
Well if you go by the international community, which I do when picking a leader of my country, Romney will not be the more respected leader. Mitt Romney already has a not so good reputation, just as his blunders at the Olympics in London.
Romney who doesn't know what he thinks until his handlers tell him and it changes every 15 minutes? So many people voting based on hype and emotion and not one educated statement here .... sad.
I'm self-employed and couldn't disagree with you more. Obama's healthcare plan will allow me to have affordable coverage in the future even with my "pre-existing condition" something I could not afford previously. Gas prices will be high under any.
I hear what you are saying ChistinS. I was self-employed about a decade ago, and by far the biggest issue with being self-employed was the cost of health care coverage. If it is possible to buy it at a reasonable rate, more can be self employed.
If we have a candidate four years ago, like Jill Stein supports single payer health care, then the whole issue about the self-employed would be solved.
Actually, in some circles have always talked politics. It is usually the polite "no religion and politics dinner/tea time crowd" who abstained from political discussions. My Democratic grandpa and my Republican great aunt used to debate it up.
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