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Googie2
04:13 PM on 08/09/2010
U.S. politics is like pro wrestling. Period.
06:50 PM on 08/09/2010
Bingo!
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04:05 PM on 08/09/2010
As long as our President continues to support the wars, the unconstitutional Patriot Act, and Wall Street over the People, I cannot in good conscience support him.
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politicky
just follow the $$$
03:38 PM on 08/09/2010
Glad you academics are finally figuring out what some of us have known since we actually took a good look at our political system. In my case that was about then years ago.
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tmf945
03:32 PM on 08/09/2010
All the politicians and media ever talk about are the things that separate us…that’s the way the ruling class operates in any society, they try to divide the rest of the people. They keep the middle and lower classes fighting with each other so they can run off with all the money. Anything different, race, religion, jobs, anything they can do to keep us fighting with each other, so that they can keep going to the bank.
Ana4
neutrino alert, just passing through
03:40 PM on 08/09/2010
Too true, and well put.
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Googie2
03:29 PM on 08/09/2010
Our system resembles pro wrestling. Period.
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wvprogressive2011
communist & utterly hopeless idealist :)
05:35 PM on 08/09/2010
Our system resembles a forest after a forest fire.
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dennidus1680
03:28 PM on 08/09/2010
So who became president and who controlled congress at that time? Seems I remember Carter going out and Reagan coming in. The dumbing down of education was in swing and the stagnation of middle income workers wages began. Politics has always been a cesspool. It may have gotten worse or possibly, with the advent of the internet it more widely and quickly known. To stop this mess, you need to get money out of politics. Why not mandate TV coverage of elections for a specified time period and publicly fund them.
Outlaw all campaign contribution by treating them as what they are: bribes.
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antiFA and proud of it
03:25 PM on 08/09/2010
"All effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand."

Anyone care to guess which WW II fascist dictator of Germany said that?

So if "...we are lax and self-absorbed; our leaders, and their predatory godfathers, prefer to keep things this way." the above quote may have something to do with it.
So many Americans seem taken by the republicans and their corporate overlords, people who are at their very core good. How and why do they believe that a decade of war founded upon lies is good? Why do they believe the rich should not pay taxes? How can a Christian be a republican?
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CaliforniaCeltic
Go Independent. Make The Parties Earn Your Vote!!
03:12 PM on 08/09/2010
Our political leaders serve special interests and corporations, not the people, that's our problem. Politicians are constantly campaigning and maneuvering for the next election or to work for their party. The people with truckloads of money are the voices that get heard, not the average American. I believe we need to reform our campaign structure and think about term limits, or something so that politicians get the focus off of politics and on to the people!
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ruchild
03:12 PM on 08/09/2010
For actually stating what some of us have known for awhile, I am going to quote a song title, "I think I love you!" (partridge family) Thank you for cluing others in on the obvious disintegration of our political process.
02:59 PM on 08/09/2010
the rich must be destroyed
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darquelourd
You Get What You Play For
02:59 PM on 08/09/2010
wasn't this all predicted by disco? I mean john travolta's tour de force film "staying alive" (much better than saturday night fever) posited that it was all a dog eat dog world of hustlers looking out for #1, but travolta just extended his middle finger to the rat race and its proponents as he strutted on into the sunset ... ya gotta strut no matter how much the turkeys get you down!
02:57 PM on 08/09/2010
"As citizens, we are lax and self-absorbed..." No, that's not correct. As citizens, we have been locked out of the process by big money and the self perpetuating Insiders' Bubble. You and I have no choice in the decisions made by people supposedly elected by us, but in fact chosen by the Plutocracy. For example: I and everybody I know were in favor of the Single Payer Insurance option that was never even brought into the discussion.

What else do we need to do in order to show our intent? Go all 2nd Amendment on DC like the wingnuts want? Then what is going to prevent another Civil War?
03:29 PM on 08/09/2010
Your example simply shows that you live and surround yourself with people who all think the same way. What remains unknown is whether it is by choice or do you demand it of each other. Do you all get your "news" from the same places without questioning it or seeking alternatives? Less than a third of all people support single payer if it is polled in a way that honestly asks the question. Polls that show more favorable results tend to portray single payer as simply being one choice of many available to them. Of course then it wouldn't be single payer.
03:40 PM on 08/09/2010
We need to elect better representatives. That means the we have to be, at least, engaged enough to pay attention and vote in primary elections, special elections and general elections. We have to ferret out and support progressive candidates regardless of party affiliation, and we can't let our enthusiasm and sense of purpose be cowed by the negative tone and general ugliness that passes for campaigning these days. We need to demand that our candidates be for something rather than against everything. Finally, we have to recognize that having a lot of money and putting up a lot of ads doesn't guaranty votes.
02:52 PM on 08/09/2010
Our government no longer has a mandate to govern.
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researcher
02:36 PM on 08/09/2010
Here is a little known fact about a system.

A system’s influence is responsible for 85 to 95% of the defects or problems that exist within that system.

Stated another way individual performance is responsible for 5 to 15% of the problems that exist within a system.

The ideology, beliefs, constraints, opportunities, paradigms, that exist within any system has a profound influence on the behavior of those working within any system whether it be political, economic, or religious or a combination of all three.

Please note as you read comments on these blogs that most of the world has it backwards.

Individuals are held responsible for 85 to 95% of the problems that exist within a system.

Also note Americans could see the inequalities of the communist system but fail to see the inequalities of the capitalist system. Why is that? Briefly stated: paradigm paralysis.

It is “our” beloved system even as it turns us into a society of haves and mostly have nots. This is the paradigm effect in action; it has become as powerful as any religion.

Americans love affair with capitalism is treated like a fundamentalist religion; in fact they can’t see any other alternative than capitalism. A social democracy is never even discussed.

Make no mistake the capitalists are ten times smarter than you and the system they have created and sold to Americans as “divine” is so powerful even when they fail they win. I.e. banks, Wall Street, global corporations, military complex, congress, etc.
Ana4
neutrino alert, just passing through
03:14 PM on 08/09/2010
Good analogy and observations. Thank you.
03:43 PM on 08/09/2010
"The ideology, beliefs, constraints, opportunities, paradigms, that exist within any system has a profound influence on the behavior of those working within any system"

That couldn't be better said.
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nutty4tahoe
Stop repeat offenders. Don't re-elect them.
02:34 PM on 08/09/2010
I agree, people just don't seem to care anymore, they don't know or want to know that this country is run by corporate interests, not theirs, and they seem to fall for the ole political bait 'n' switch over and over again. I saw a bumper sticker once that said "The trouble with this country is apathy....but who cares?" I'd laugh if it all wasn't so pathetic. Those who who have figured this all out and are in power are laughing all the way to the bank. So many of the rest of us are just clueless chuckleheads.