posted on Oct, 13 2008 @ 05:18 PM
Interesting topic, but sort of naive.
Why would you waste your time discussing something that will never happen, in which you will never play a part, for a change that will never occur to
help a people who will never support it? All you do discussing this is mark you and your friends as ignorant semi-dangerous people worthy of note on
a long, low-level threat list.
I would love to see an array of reforms, myself, but I believe in the system. I've worked with, for, and in the system over the years.
I see plenty of people have commented the system doesn't work. They say you're wasting your time trying to contact your congressman or voting.
My only question is-have you ever done these things?
I've played a part in my government from the lowest levels. While I didn't always get what I wanted, I know my causes would do better if the
average American actually did something to support them.
Let me remind you most people don't vote and the electoral battles are fought by an electorate that runs somewhere below 50 percent of the eligible
voter population divided fairly evenly. The last couple elections were decided by relatively small leads. I wonder what would have happened if
Americans got off the couch for the 30 minutes or so it would take to go vote. Or what would happen if more than a small minority of them called,
wrote, or visited their congressmen.
Representative government can only work when people participate, but most people don't. Did any of you actually write or call to oppose the bailout?
I know I did. At least the House killed it the first time. I lost, but I did make my voice heard. I even contacted other congressmen from my state
to tell them what I wanted.
I'm about as pessimistic as they come, but the system can work when you actually use it. My dad has railed against one thing or another in politics
for as long as I remember, but I also know he never volunteered to get out the vote, never put up a sign, never called anyone, or poll-watched. It's
not much, but I've done that stuff. After attending a few meetings and making a very minor commitment to help, the local party offered me a position
as a precinct chairman. Imagine what like-minded people could accomplish if they worked together instead of just bitching about it?
Ultimately, would-be revolutionaries are faced with one unstoppable issue-age. Eventually, you're going to have a family, a house, a car payment,
and other related things. People with a stake in the game don't tend to upset the applecart. That's just how I see it.
I would love to see change, but most of our problem is the lazy American public, not the government. As long as they're selfish, willfully ignorant,
lazy, sedentary, cozy, fat, dumb, and happy-you'll never see anything out of them. Our leaders will be only too happy to oblige them, too.