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  •  Beer Goggles (8+ / 0-)

    Why would American voters willingly choose the likes to GW Bush twice, just as they willingly choose Ronald Reagan twice?

    Maybe the American voters are stupid, and choose idiots for their leaders.  Maybe the American voter is brainwashed by TV and talk radio and all those bloggers.  Maybe the American voter is brainwashed by all the money that gets poured into policital races.  Maybe voters are turned away at the polls and votes are not counted.  Maybe too many of the policticians themselves are stupid.  Maybe it is the Supreme Court.  Maybe the American voters understand that politicans only serve the moneyed interests and not the interests of the voters and in increasing numbers are staying away from elections and the political process.

    I'm thinking that each of these possibles combine to form our current political reality.  We can blame "the media" (we all understand that both Fox News and dailykos are indeed "the media"), but that leaves out the silly voters, craven politicians and the corporatocracy which has replaced American democracy.

    I myself gave up alcoholic beverages a number of years ago.  About the time I realized that the Sainted Bill Clinton put his signature to the law that repealed banking and investment regulations imposed by the FDR administration after the market crash of the 1920's.  As a result, we have another cataclysmic financial crash (wanna see my suprised face?!?!).

    This year, the absence of beer goggles shows me I can vote for a guy who continues and expands the policies of GW Bush, or I can vote for a republican.  This is a tough choice and having a beer isn't doing it for me.  I need whiskey.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Sun May 06, 2012 at 08:26:46 AM PDT

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    •  I think perhaps our system is just beyond the (2+ / 0-)
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      ability of the average American to manage.  Politics is part of the life blood of Europeans, in America it is not discussed in polite society.  People do not engage one another, they form tight partisan groups that are tightly managed by master manipulators like Karl Rove and Grover Norquist.  Our population is poorly educated in History and current events so they are easily fooled.  Most people never pick up another book once they leave high school or college and if they do, it is often crap novels.  Most people do not know what caused the financial meltdown(ask them and they will tell you Freddie and Fannie) but the information is readily available, all they have to do is watch something besides "American Idol".   The American political system is broken because we are broken as a culture, you can thank the worship of capitalism for that.  Money is our God, the rest of the conversation is window dressing.

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