The new U.S. political system

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Sep 06, 2013 12:50 AM GMT
    With the current issue in Syria, this whole thing is really starting to make my blood boil. The vast majority of Americans, and many of the political leaders on both the right and the left are opposed, yet the Senate voted for the bombing of Syria. While I totally agree that what Assad did was despicable and inhumane I really question what a bombing would accomplish. But in addition to that I feel this country is now run by politicians, both Democrat and Republican who absolutely have no concern or care with what the will of the American people is. Aren't these leaders supposed to be responsible to their constituents? Since when did public opinion become meaningless?
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    Sep 06, 2013 2:19 AM GMT
    ChicagoSteve said Since when did public opinion become meaningless?



    The beginning of time, when politicians started being self-serving.
  • Lincsbear

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    Sep 06, 2013 10:07 PM GMT
    Democratic politics has always been a 'creative conflict' between the politicians` ideas/policies and their popularity/unpopularity with the general public. Politicians usually quote the public view when it`s on their side. Conversely, they talk about 'leadership' or 'principles', etc. when it`s not.

    The politicians here ignored public opinion in 2003 in the run up to the Iraq war. They haven`t been able to this time, largely due to its legacy, but also the public`s suspicion about where all these interventions are leading.
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    Sep 06, 2013 10:21 PM GMT
    I found this interesting.

    Matt Drudge sounds off on Republicans over Syria, NSA

    Though known to needle the GOP and its leaders from time to time, the founder of Drudge Report let loose over the party's direction on Twitter this week.

    Asking why anyone would vote Republican, Drudge listed his grievances: "Raised taxes; marching us off to war again; approved more NSA snooping. WHO ARE THEY?!"


    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/05/matt-drudge-turns-on-gop/
  • creature

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    Sep 07, 2013 12:06 AM GMT
    HereAndThere saidI found this interesting.

    Matt Drudge sounds off on Republicans over Syria, NSA

    Though known to needle the GOP and its leaders from time to time, the founder of Drudge Report let loose over the party's direction on Twitter this week.

    Asking why anyone would vote Republican, Drudge listed his grievances: "Raised taxes; marching us off to war again; approved more NSA snooping. WHO ARE THEY?!"


    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/05/matt-drudge-turns-on-gop/


    And this is supposed to be new? Republicans never raised taxes, sent us off to war, and approved NSA snooping?
  • conservativej...

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    Sep 07, 2013 1:39 PM GMT
    America has enetered the era of "Trash Politics." When Americans realize such, they will toss the pols in the trash and ensure they are carried off to the dump. Otherwise, just enjoy the chaos.
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    Sep 07, 2013 2:44 PM GMT
    Every modern president said he wants peace. But then almost the exact opposite happens. Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II and Obama have endured frequent (or constant) military conflict under their watches.

    So lol if you think Syria is the end of the line.

    Could this just be a game? A dictator or mercenary is encouraged to go rogue. The camera crews arrive to film the carnage and get it on TV. Politicians warn us that it "could happen here" and we must stop this evil whomever. People demand action. But somehow, this action always costs us money and more of our freedom.

    Clearly, electing people who "say they want peace" isn't a solution.