Who do we want running our country?

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posted on Aug, 22 2008 @ 03:41 PM
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It's true that John McCain has been around a long time. But do we really know what he'd do as president? Do we really know who he is?

What concerns me is the pattern of inconsistency. One day he's appeasing, the next he's coarse. One day he makes a flat-out pledge not to raise taxes, the next he says that everything is on the table as far as Social Security is concerned. One day the buck stops here, the next he's not authorized to speak for, ahem, himself. It’s hard to make a clear decision on who we want to vote for.

We have to think about this here, we are not voting for someone to speak for us in student council. We are looking for someone that is going to make sound decisions on anything from health insurance to pressing the red button when tough situations arise that could change the world in a matter of hours.

Now for Barak Obama, he has flip-flopped on issues and to be honest, we can’t be sure on his history. One day he seems as a weak player, and other days, he seems like he has been in it for a while. But, the fact states he has been in this since 1997, at least in major politics. The major flaw with him is his history.

In the past, reporters used to follow US presidential candidates by car or bus, but today with candidates flying from city to city, coverage of the presidential election becoming too expensive for newspapers, with fares up to $2,000 a trip or $30,000 per person a month. This year the only papers that have full-time correspondents following the candidates are The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, and the NY Times. Newsweek is the only publication with a full-time reporter on both McCain's and Obama's trails.

On one hand, US newspapers are diminishing election coverage. On the other, AP has recently hired 21 additional staff to bolster entertainment news. They say that they will provide what sells and as of now, celebrities are what the people want. If you think about it, a lot of people just vote what their mom or dad voted, and don’t make a real clear decision for themselves.

It also doesn’t help with media biased and other people enforcing their own opinion to sway opinion. That’s really what this race is all about, trying to win votes by trying to please everyone. In theory, people would say this is correct, but, you can’t please one group and then try and please another group a week later, you don’t look competent in the overall picture.

It makes you wonder, how do you make a decision with so much misinformation, non-coverage of the important issues, and only two candidates that are iffy?


[edit on 22-8-2008 by jhill76]




posted on Aug, 22 2008 @ 04:05 PM
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Well, your first question; "do we really know who he is?"
I would say to that, how well do we ever really know another person?
A man's mind(or woman's) may as well be in another universe as far as knowing what someone "really" thinks.

As for your second question involving misinformation, non-coverage of issues and only two candidates...
For one I'd say media left objectivity about thirty years ago. If it isn't sensational it isn't worth it to them. And I personally am sorely disappointed that the moment i could vote our political system had somehow become a two party system instead of four or five, with the occasional rastafarian. We don't really get the benefit of competition in our politics these days like we do with most businesses. And lets be honest, a nation is in many ways a business. I'd say it's basically become like two supercompanies controlling a given market, while it's not illegal it certainly doesn't give you much choice or competition.

For now i think the best thing to do is discover which candidate best fits your views on the way the nation should be led, vote for him and then vote for senators and congressmen who are more concerned about your state than their potential presidential candidacy or how much money they can make and hopefully everything should balance out. But maybe that's my naivete speaking.



posted on Aug, 22 2008 @ 08:00 PM
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I dont thin anyone who is currently running is fit to run the country. I think that anyone who's beliefs are that of their party they arent fit to run the country.

Think about it the parties only want whats best for the party, they dont care about the country.

The person best fit to run the country would be someone who acts for the benefit of the country, not because their party said so, not for personal gain. Because its what the country needs.

And so far none of the hopefuls show any capacity for acting in the benefit of the country. I think we can all agree on this because their arguments are so poloarized. The democrats are for abortion, republicans are against it. The republicans are against strict gun regulation democrats are for it. No one is able to break from the party and say "I am not a republican, I am not a democrat, Im not liberal and Im not conservative, I am an American.

So until we get rid of the bipartisian government no one will be able to do what is best for the country.



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 10:26 AM
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I am of the opinion that the current setup is a two sided, counterfeit coin. Though some "selling" points may differ, the results will be the same. The elections are (some of) our bread and circuses - minus the bread, of course.

With clear issues in validly reporting election results (such as electronic voting machines with opaque code - we should mandate that all such devices have open code) we have no control anyway. It doesn't matter who WE want to run our country. It only matters who THEY want in.



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 02:13 PM
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Originally posted by Amaterasu
I am of the opinion that the current setup is a two sided, counterfeit coin. Though some "selling" points may differ, the results will be the same. The elections are (some of) our bread and circuses - minus the bread, of course.

With clear issues in validly reporting election results (such as electronic voting machines with opaque code - we should mandate that all such devices have open code) we have no control anyway. It doesn't matter who WE want to run our country. It only matters who THEY want in.


I Completely agree with you on this, I thought it was wierd how all of the republican nominee's dropped like flies and the only one left was Mc cain whom i though was one the weakest candidate running for the republican party.
why weren't there more fierce candidates running like the democrats had?

where is Ron Paul? with so many people singing his praises why do we not hear more of him? He is getting no main stream press coverage that I have seen.

And lastly one thing I could never figure out, is this.. I live on the west coast, Polls have not even closed and you see reports of who is winning or wont eh election.. how can they know already? I don't really understand our voting system very well, but it sure doesn't seem like its by the people.



[edit on 23-8-2008 by sheila947]



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 04:41 PM
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Thats because by "the people for the people" they interpret that phrase as "by the elite for the elite".

Money runs this country and if you dont have enough money to make your voice heard it wont be heard.

I felt out of all the candidates Ron Paul could have run the country the way it needs to be run he would have made the right choices for the country, he would have defended our rights instead of walking on them.

But Ron Paul is bad for business so they didnt want him ruining their daily income.



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 09:29 PM
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Well, your first question; "do we really know who he is?"
I would say to that, how well do we ever really know another person?
A man's mind(or woman's) may as well be in another universe as far as knowing what someone "really" thinks.


Agreed. I don't believe that anyone every actually knows anyone else. I believe that people show the faces, that they want us to see. The project an image, but in reality, they could be a completely different person. Essentially I think we are all just actors; playing different parts in different situations.


It makes you wonder, how do you make a decision with so much misinformation, non-coverage of the important issues, and only two candidates that are iffy?


I would love to think that votes actually matter - however it is difficult for me to accept this as being true. The United States was founded by a group of men, to me, it only makes sense that it would continue to be run by a group of men. It is my honest opinion that it doesn't really matter which candidate wins - and that the outcomes will both be the same regardless of who the "president/puppet" is.

In terms of the lack of media coverage and misinformation; I think that most of the media is owned by the same companies - and that there are few private News Stations which have actually any say in what they are and are not allowed to print. Has anyone heard of CJR? Columbian Journalism Review: www.cjr.org... This site shows a list of which companies own which Newspapers, Television Stations & Radio Stations. It scares me, the lack of private stations/newspapers - although I guess they can't really compete with the major ones. From a Business perspective, its like trying to put in a privately owned clothing store next to Wal-Mart; they don't stand much of a chance.

When the Media is suppressed into only providing select coverage, citizens would only see the propaganda they were supposed to see. We saw this during WWII, with complete filtration of what the public was allowed to see, read, and know about - Nazi Propaganda.

I think it is possible that something like this could also be happening in the United States (maybe not to the same extent) but perhaps there is a reason for the lack of coverage...what that reason is, I can't pretend to know. What I do know is it makes me a little uncomfortable, what it could possibly be.

- Carrot

Edited for: Spelling (Spell check didn't catch some partial words).

[edit on 8/23/2008 by CA_Orot]


GD

posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 09:52 PM
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The answer lies in what is important for the individual voter. For me voting for McCain is a no brainer. It's just as simple for some people to pick Obama. What we all wan is someone ho acts in the best interests of the country- as to what that means...



posted on Aug, 26 2008 @ 12:35 AM
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Sure, the thing that gets me is that people vote for someone because family all votes for said person, media tells them, etc. The Dems or Repubs can outright say we will declare martial law, and people would still vote the same way.





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