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Cheap Politicians

StillStandingHisGround Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 10:52 AM
As Adlai E. Stevenson stated many years ago, government is not a WELL, it's a PUMP: it brings up what's underneath. And the hard fact is this: in a democracy, those who are elected to office reflect the character of the populace. Forty years ago, Richard Nixon was not particularly popular - one adjective I've NEVER heard applied to him is "likeable" - and we were in the midst of an unpopular war, yet a hard-left Democrat presidential candidate, George McGovern, was OVERWHELMINGLY defeated for the White House. Today, we have an even harder-left Democrat president whose term has been an absolute disaster, yet he stands a good chance of re-election. So WHAT changed in the last 40 years? Answer: the character of the American people.
Merry Colin in Arizona Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 10:57 AM
Please don't refer to the U.S. as a democracy! It is a constitutional REPUBLIC!
StillStandingHisGround Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 10:54 AM
To finish my thought:

Even if Obama is defeated for a second term, the plain and simple fact, the same electorate that put such a man into office in the first place will still be with us - and there are plenty more exactly like or even worse than Obama where HE came from.

Unless there is a spiritual awakening in this country and SOON, I think the handwriting is on the wall for the American experiment.
Account closed Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 11:01 AM
Until we change the media... Until conservatives begin voting with their pocketbook and boycott Old Media advertisers, this will continue.
dan17 Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 11:13 AM
Still: You have hit the nail on squarely on the head. The government reflects the people, and it ain't pretty.
Now that the National Football League has apparently learned that it can be costly to hire cheap officials, perhaps the rest of us should learn the same lesson when it comes to government officials, whose bad calls can do a lot more damage.

What do we do when we want a better car, a better home or a better bottle of wine? We pay more for it. We definitely need a lot better crop of public officials. Yet we insist on paying flea market prices for people who will be spending trillions of tax dollars, not to mention making foreign policy that...