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  •  Not according to your diary (1+ / 0-)
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    skayne

    You are saying that  a political party's aim is to protect its incumbents, rather than to push through an agenda...which seem to me to be the main problem, right there. Incumbents who want to be re-elected should be able to do that by being responsive to their constituents' needs, but instead we have a system where people win re-election by catering to lobbyists who bring in campaign cash which goes to pay for expensive and mostly mendacious TV ad campaigns. The one thing you hear voters across the spectrum clamoring for (I recently saw a bit of a local talk show where Tea Partiers and OWS participants agreed on this point)...TERM LIMITS. Which are actually a really bad idea, since they restrict the right of voters to keep an official who's doing a good job, and also, coincidentally, tend to amplify the influence of lobbyists, who are the permanent presence and therefore the logical mentors for legislators who don't know how things work....

    There's nothing written in stone that says a political party must protect its incumbents at all costs.....sometimes that very impulse is what gets the party the boot, when its incumbents have lost touch with the people. One thing we know...however things work now, isn't working. Stuff has to change. Doing things the same way is simply not an option anymore.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 07:50:29 PM PST

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    •  There was quite a bit of simplification going (0+ / 0-)

      on here, but obviously having a popular agenda and communicating it clearly results in good electoral results.

      Unless the system is so corrupted by well-paid liars that no one can communicate clearly without tons of money to cut through the noise.

      In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

      by blue aardvark on Fri Dec 02, 2011 at 06:37:38 AM PST

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