Think about it. When you vote for your local and national representatives, do you expect them to continue spouting political rhetoric and standing their ground on ideas and ideals, or do you want them to roll their sleeves up and get things done. Things that help not only you but all of the people that they represent?
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Well Said, Attikos!
The problem in a nutshell - self agrandisement.
Good point lone77star. The corporations are essentially running and driving our election process, to their own ends.
I watched the past election where each party admitted that a large percentage of their ads were based on lies. Now the norm!
Interesting! Living in the Philippines, I don't catch some of that stuff.
Equally interesting to note that both sides of the Corporate Party (D&R) effectively eliminated voting at both pres conventions, and caught on video
An interesting political paradigm, indeed. Almost sounds like what our system did, until the political evangelicals lied to the public and became a potent force in our government.
I have told both friends and acquaintances, for the past twenty years or more that: "I don't vote FOR anyone anymore, I end up voting AGAINST the worst of the choices.
Voting against the worst choices is worse than not voting. By giving someone... anyone a "yes" vote, you are not saying "no" to anyone. You are saying: "I approve of this and I want this person to have the job"
swordsbane- I disagree vehemently. The "Ostrich approach" of sticking your head in the sand is NOT the way to run a government. That is what has taken so many government down throughout history!
Deciding not to participate in a process that can only make things worse is NOT ignoring the problem... or do you think we're better off than we were before the Great depression?
Sorry, sacman, your examples are limited and not do not stand up as reasoning for changing my question. So, I ask you again, be a zealot or be a person who negotiates for the best they can get, for everyone on every issue.
The obvious answer to your question is they must represent their constituency as that is their job. However, my response took your question one level deeper and asked what if the people have no choice of party. Then what should that decision be?
REVOLUTiON! Grassroots? or re-education?
Sorry, all those options are too strong. The best choice is to go back to the original voting method of the highest poller from each party runs in the general election. That will salve the headache.
Voting is now being 0verwhelmingly swayed (controlled?) by giant corporations and their advertisements that both parties now admit a large percentage of are based on lies. We live in a new paradigm!
The voters are the ultimate power but their power is scattered by lack of organization or by the tactics of political parties. People and voters must organize themselves to control candidates for elective positions and their actions once in office.
Were that it was so, Mr.Mcguire! Were that it was so.
A politician working for their constituents and making deals with their cohorts to get real work done! Sigh!
I wonder how recall election works in your place. I read that Dakota has the highest number of recall elections in the U.S. In the Philippines recall election had been applied twice. One was successful in replacing the incumbent.
You are so right, Old Empressario. Once they are set up in their grand offices in DC, and meet their enormous staff, and begin to exercise their inflated and budgets, they become hooked on their new world, and not on their real and original jobs.