My personal experience with this is from about ten years ago. My father was a local District Justice. (or justice of the peace, whatever they're called near you) He was nearing the end of his second six-year term when the state decided to reorganize the districts. What happened then? The people he had known, served and been supported by were suddenly the minority of his reorganized district. Not entirely, but dramatically enough to mean he had lots of new territory to campaign for re-election in.
So, what happens? An ambitious, local "good ol' boy" gets lots of support, popularity through connections and some deep-pocketed friends. Some folks see that he's on a path and going to use this as a stepping stone to a political career, but he claims otherwise. He's always wanted to be a District Justice and will serve the yadda yadda, etc.
Anyway, fast forward. This guy wins, my Dad loses. He goes on to be really into the job for about a year, then rumors of his in-and-out-ness surface... and he runs for a higher office before even three years of his six-year term are done. Now he's since gone on to another job, even higher, but the rumors of his unsavory character and slightly shady conflict-of-interest issues continue... Yet he also continues to be elected. By all appearances, he's well on his way to being a career politician.
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05-08-2011, 20:30 #21
06-08-2011, 02:52 #22
The only way anything will change is to get a whole new set of people in. But will it change for better or worse, that is the question..
06-08-2011, 05:41 #23
It makes me really angry because I KNOW I don't live in a Democracy, even though we're supposed to be this shining example for the rest of the world. It's sad because this country really is starting to slip and it's all the fault of politicians' avarice.
I want to stand on top of a building and scream my head off at politicians and scare them all into cleaning up or getting out. Or I want to run for office and fix things myself. But neither of those things are realistic and it really feels like there is absolutely nothing to be done except move to another country.
Oh, and, our credit rating got downgraded anyway. I'm almost happy about it because it serves us right.
EDIT: Erasmus posted this elsewhere.
06-08-2011, 06:59 #24
06-08-2011, 08:11 #25
George Washington once warned us about political parties. Imagine his reaction to the past decade of U.S. politics, let alone the past month.
06-08-2011, 11:02 #26
I think what needs fixing is the situation. The system.
From how the government works to how it gets it's monies.
I really don't like how much money politics can waste in projecting an image.
That shouldn't be how favour is gained. It just gains favour from lazy brains.
06-08-2011, 11:09 #27
- The lunatic religious Progressives, your beloved EBIL totalitarian boogeymen who believe in State-run religion. They'd share the bus fare between them, and might even get a single congresscritter to their name.
- The "RINO" Progressives, who are the power-brokers behind this compromise. They run the GOP machine, are exemplified by John McCain, and are only really liked by the Liberal media because they're not terribly different from the Blue Dogs. In fact, they're frequently interchangeable, like Arlen Specter. I despise them from the depths of my soul.
- The Conservatives, who are on-again-off-again, typified by Goldwater's campaign and back in vogue since Reagan rescued the nation from the last Progressive Democrat elected as President. They're sensible, rational, TEA Party types who really believe to a degree in the "Don't Tread On Me" motto, and they're about as organized as a herd of cats.
- The Libertarians, who are the best of the lot, and who make the herd of cats look like an organized operation.
effectively cutting their budget by 1/6th (God knows why the Republicans agreed to this, since the Democrats will simply not agree and automatically cause the cut). The problem is that you, and even many TEA Party people, like your Gov't cheese and demand it continue untouched.
And you folks hate that with a deep, bubbling hate.
06-08-2011, 11:23 #28
It's difficult for people to be more responsible in a system that cares less about HR than it does about profit, prestige and growth.
06-08-2011, 12:38 #29
06-08-2011, 14:24 #30
Our founding fathers warned against pretty much everything that our government does these days... They'd almost certainly be disgusted and would probably sail somewhere else and start another new country if they had to live in the US.