The_Perfect_Ashlar saidIf Bush or Clinton wins, wouldn't that make the United States an oligarchy and not a democracy?
Seriously. Why are people dead set on living in a fucking monarchy? It frustrates me that people only see Clinton and Bush as options JUST because they come from a "noble" line of presidents. It seriously pisses me off.
Speak for yourself. Of all the reasons I've heard Hillary and Jeb! supporters offer for their support, "nobility" is never one of them. It may come as a shock to you, but both actually have records from decades of public service and have policies that they are promoting. That's what serious voters will the scrutinizing, not their names. And while Bush does come from a long line of politicians, Hillary's mother was a maid turned housewife and her father a small businessman; her grandparents working class first or second-generation immigrants. So I'm not at all sure how that gets translated into the minds of deluded individuals into a "noble line". I've never heard of nobles that worked as maids, factory workers, and immigrant farmers.
There are a number of very good Presidents from political families -- FDR chief among them. What a disaster for this country it would have been if he'd been rejected because of his last name. It's arbitrary.
All this whining about oligarchy is silly. No, we don't live in an oligarchy, we have elections.Nobody has to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton or Jeb Bush -- there are other candidates running. There are plenty of candidates from political families who have run and lost because other candidates did a better job of convincing voters: Nelson Rockefellor, Sargent Shriver, Mo Udall, Alan Simpson, Bob Taft, Adlai Stevenson, Ted Kennedy, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, George H.W. Bush, and John McCain all had powerful politicians in their families and all lost Presidential primary or general elections because voters chose someone else.
If other candidates fail to make their case to voters this time, that's their own fault.