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Old 07-16-2017, 05:47 AM
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I was raised in a household where my parents, especially my Mom was active in Republican politics - especially local politics.

Through the years I see a few Republicans as decent people - but on the whole, especially once they enter national politics- I have come to view most of them as toxic.

I have always viewed Democrat politicians as a whole as toxic - They believe- or pander to people with ideas that are anathema to me.

I was never a lock step Republican or a lock step Democrat hater - my mom and Grandma told me of how my Grandpa, high up in the county Republicans actively campaigned for a Democrat Governor during the Depression. So I've always had the example in front of me person before party.

I have come to disdain all but two or three "conservative" talk radio voices. The one I like the most is also one who has also jumped off the Republican bandwagon, and like me thinks there is no cure in Mordor On The Potomac from "electing the right Republicans."

In sum - I little faith in "political cures".

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Yeah I went from a starry-eyed youth who thought a democratic election cycle could create a difference in terms of governance by people having the power to vote for a system of governance that best represents them, to the conclusion that governance is completely independent of the people and the election cycle is farcical.
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governance is completely independent of the people and the election cycle is farcical

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You're regressing Nick. What's the problem?
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You're regressing Nick. What's the problem?

Not regressing.
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Kinda Spartan, huh?


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On a different but perhaps related train of thought...

I've been watching a series produced by CNN that covers the big news stories by decade, 60's, 70's, 80's etc.

Most of it is comprised of stories from the nightly news and docs produced by the big three networks of the era.

You really get the feeling watching this that the guys out in the field were really reporting and doing their level best to get at was going on.

The stories from the civil rights movement and from Vietnam were amazing, no holds barred -- and the coverage of Watergate was very evenhanded, very much a delivery of "here's what we know now."

They really did pack a lot into those half-hour nightly broadcasts. And those where the days when network news was essentially a loss leader -- they weren't concerned with making money.

Is it possible people were better informed when there were only the three nightly newscasts, two, maybe three big papers in each city and a couple of national news magazines?

I'm thinking maybe they were...

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Kinda Spartan, huh?
I'd say more pointless than Spartan. But whatever -- as the kids say.
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Originally Posted by Mohican View Post
I was raised in a household where my parents, especially my Mom was active in Republican politics - especially local politics.

Through the years I see a few Republicans as decent people - but on the whole, especially once they enter national politics- I have come to view most of them as toxic.

I have always viewed Democrat politicians as a whole as toxic - They believe- or pander to people with ideas that are anathema to me.

I was never a lock step Republican or a lock step Democrat hater - my mom and Grandma told me of how my Grandpa, high up in the county Republicans actively campaigned for a Democrat Governor during the Depression. So I've always had the example in front of me person before party.

I have come to disdain all but two or three "conservative" talk radio voices. The one I like the most is also one who has also jumped off the Republican bandwagon, and like me thinks there is no cure in Mordor On The Potomac from "electing the right Republicans."

In sum - I little faith in "political cures".
Democracy will never cure society's ills, it's an expression of them. Politicians will promise anything to get elected. Morality, or even stragegic planning, comes a poor second to that.

Because of the insecurity inherent in democracy it attracts the wrong types, those in it for a quick buck or some other abuse of power. You'll be shunned by the electorate eventually so who would be in it for anything else?

Having promised the world to get elected they either have to deliver the impossible or throw away their manifesto, which is a lot more popular these days. I remember when politicians could at least be shamed into resigning if they didn't keep a promise.

Over the years I've come to see elections as clever distractions, the election of leaders just a political game of musical chairs to con us all into thinking we have a choice.
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