originally posted by: Phoenix
a reply to: Aazadan
Sorry, the dirty tricks just are not accepted by me. I think Trump, Carson and Sanders do us all a service by shining daylight upon them - it's not
whining to do so it's the right thing to do.
I consider a leader who will do such things to have a major character flaw, enough that I won't vote for them (and that's saying a lot because a
politicians character is not part of my criteria when evaluating them, in fact I find strong character to be a detriment in politics if anything, just
look at Ron Paul... a good guy who could never accomplish anything because of his character.)
To me it's the response from the victims that's important. Calling for recounts is not the way to do things, votes are dirty and they will always be
dirty. The realist in me suspects that there was never an ideal pure voting session ever in the history of the democratic process.
What I want Carson, Trump, Sanders, and even Rubio to do is rather than cry over what has been done, to turn it around and show that those other
people cannot be trusted to hold office. Among the winners and losers only some people were playing fair, and that we as voters and Americans should
recognize that. Turn those votes lost in Iowa into votes gained in other states.
Then I want them to propose some reforms or security practices that will make their campaigns tougher to screw over in the future.
People like Cruz treat politics as war, to quote him he has read the Art of War and tries to apply it to his job daily. I too have read The Art of
War (and everyone should, the full text is legally available online for free through Gutenberg) so I understand where he's coming from. I believe
Cruz has it wrong though. Politics is not war, in war the goal is to conquer your enemy, to completely vanquish them, pillage their wealth (or
voters), and take full power for yourself. Politics however (atleast for career politicians and nations) are about maintaining a balance of power.
You need to be able to call in favors, have good relationships with people, and trust your colleagues.
To give some examples, lets say Sanders and another Senator are in conflict on a bill. Sanders can clearly win the debate and get his bill passed
100% as is. On the other hand he can have some portion changed, let the other Senator save face, and secure for himself some sort of provision on a
bill he needs where the roles will be reversed. It is best to work together here. If one is a capable leader, it is far better to be surrounded by a
group of capable followers that can challenge you. If one is not a capable leader, it is better to be surrounded by those who are incompetent.
The types of people who make good presidents can do the former, dictators like to do the latter.
People like Cruz attack well, but it's their only weapon. Inevitably they attack too many people at once, can't handle the response, and fall apart.
There are 534 members of Congress that want Ted Cruz out of power. It may take time, but it will happen.