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  •  <rant> Can't blame it on Washington (none)
    Dems or Repubs.

    It is the fault, mainly, of the American public blaming this on the "government" and this includes most of us, as well.

    We ARE the government.  

    We've now seen what happened to the Dubai ports deal.  Dems and Repubs in D.C. responded to the overwhelming cacophany heard from their constituents.  Perhaps this happened only because it's an election year, but it did happen.

    The main complaint I hear from people, as to why they don't get involved, is that they think politics is dirty.  Meanwhile, what do we do 50% of the time on this site?  We dig up dirt.  We're not making things better.

    Time to start convincing people of their constitutional POWER, and teaching them how to exercise it.

    Time to inspire rather than blame.

    Time to energize rather than indict.

    We need 100% publicly funded elections.
    We need term limits on D.C. representatives.

    No more "lifer" politicians spending 90% of their time in office making sure they stay in office.

    </end of rant>

    Evolution is so creative. That's how we got giraffes. - Kurt Vonnegut

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 05:01:46 PM PST

    •  Bingo! (none)

      Changing America 1 cup at a time... "I'm not a Liberal, I just use my brain."

      by coffeeinamrica on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 05:12:26 PM PST

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    •  I've never gotten the whole 'politics is dirty' (none)
      cliche - but I do agree that it exists and I agree people think that.  

      First of all "politics," as such, is a misnomer - it should be "policy" because politics are actually everywhere - from organic farming to strip mining - its the messy interaction of people.  Period.  The mystifying/stupifying thing to me is why do people only bash policy-makers?  It is laziness - pure and simple, they want a way not to have to deal.  That is so fucking lame, and comes at the cost of the greater good.  

      Why don't they bash paleontologists or book binders or whatever profession they are so proud to belong to - because all human endeavors are dirty the way "politics is dirty".  Name me a nonpolitical profession and I will sign up tomorrow.

      What these people excuse themselves from is picking up the phone and getting involved with the activities of their policy-makers - because sure as hell it affects them, and the things they think are lovely and precious.  Every. Single. Day.

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