Just why are people mad at the government. Is it party politics? What is it? Is it as the media would make it out to believe... that everything was
fine... and all until everyone started being really partisan? Could that really be it?
I first and foremost want to say that I think that a large part of America don't want what is going on right now to continue. Media commentators
will frequently blame party politics for the reason so many people are mad at politics, and, they think that people just want the federal government
to get things done. We've already seen the federal government do things in the past- where, like with the No Child Left Behind Act for example. It
was an honest bill and it was an honest attempt to hold teachers accountable. What this bill fails to realize is that there are people out there who
just cannot be taught and there are people out there who will fail classes, and, that no teacher is perfect. It attempts to create a utopian vision-
but it penalizes teachers, and robs students of teachers, just at the expense of some children. It also focuses too much attempt on tests, where, the
real emphasis should be on learning concepts and materials, and, with essays and showing that you can think.
They don't think of this problem- as to why we don't like the government, as more of a recent one. People have seen since the New Deal an expansion
in executive power. The executive now has control of the economy. I believe what we're witnessing right now is a failure of big government, and,
we're witnessing a failure of corporations- state-owned and registered entities that claim to be part of the free market, continuing to pillage the
American workers. What we're witnessing right now- is the banks that have put everyone in massive debt, now saying they deserve to be bailed out,
and, we're seeing economists act like it's okay, and, it's part of economic theory, so it should be fine. These economists are so entrenched in
their theories that they fail to account for the rest of reality. They don't take into account public perception. They don't look at people's
incomes, and, how the Middle Class has gradually been diminished over time.
The problem isn't about partisan politics. What the media is trying to say is that they want for whoever is the ruling party at the time- be it the
corporate Democrats, or the corporate Republicans just to have their agenda pushed through our throats. That is what it is. Partisan politics just
means that you follow your political party. There's nothing inherently wrong with that in theory. In practice, it does mean with people like John
McCain backing their party and going against immigration reform- just because the Obama administration is doing it, and, him not calling himself a
Maverick anymore. A lot of the Republicans in the government are opposing immigration reform- yet, they support Arizona's immigration laws. It's
kind of strange.
Party politics just means that you support your political party. These bills aren't really the problems. If health care reform was written by
lawmakers who weren't in bed with the corporations, maybe, the bill could have been a less bill. I don't know... but I think that most of the
Democratic constituents probably wanted a public option. This bill didn't have it. I think we may have been better off with a public option than
just forcing everyone to just go on corporate health care... because in my mind- at least that's voluntary, and, they could pay a fee or something.
And now, with the environmental bill- with the climate legislation apparently Obama's saying now that some big corporations are backing it. You know
from that- that the bill won't really be effective in dealing with the problem even if you were a diehard environmentalist. What's good for
state-sponsored corporations isn't necessarily good for the environment. Obama's allowed near-shore drilling... Obama said that the stimulus
package would help mainstreet- but- as we all know that the bill just helped the people on wall street.
The media likes to say that Republicans are the only ones opposed to the financial bailout. I was for it, before, I knew that most of the money was
used to bail out these bankers that basically pillaged the American people. There was a reason that people were against the Bush administration...
and commentators like Dana Milbank here (www.washingtonpost.com...
) are out of touch with
the American people as to why we don't like the government.
The Bush administration showed a complete lack of respect for the bill of rights and the constitution. It's not like we didn't like the government
then (and now) because of their being anti-government, as the media claims the Bush administration was with regards to his economic policies (which he
wasn't)... we disliked them for gitmo, and, the Bagram prison... and the treatment of suspected terrorists there, and, how most of the people there
were innocent or just in the line of fire. The Bush administration claimed the right to in the Jose Padilla case detain anyone who seemed like an
enemy combatant (www.cato.org...
) without a trial or habeus corpous. The Supreme Court eventually ruled that Jose
Padilla could refile his petition for habeus corpous, but, hasn't ruled on the court case and said that the executive didn't have that right to do
In 2006- the a federal judge ruled that warantless wiretapping was unconstitutional (www.cnn.com...
But the federal government, as we are well aware, still does it. Warantless wiretapping violates the 4th amendment and is a continual violation of
our 4th amendment rights.
The Obama administration is still continuing the long US government practice of doing covert operations around the world without telling the people
what they've done after they've done it. I am against them doing covert operations in the first place, but, I feel that if they do it- they
shouldn't claim like they're all transparent (like they did when they printed $1 trillion for the bailouts)... and say they're open and then go out
in nations where they didn't tell us they were going to do during the public debates
). Obama just said that he was going to go to Afghanistan more.
He didn't say that he was going to go in all of these other places.
And of course, there's off shore oil drilling. Even now- with the oil spill- the administration has continued to permit companies to do off shore
drilling since the spill. About 19 companies from the time of this article have been given permits to do off shore oil drilling
). It shows you where the Obama administration's
Then you have the Obama administration has played dirty politics (voices.kansascity.com...
) especially with the new Andrew Romanoff
scandal, and, with them trying to play off politicians running for office they don't like, and, with the Joe Sestak scandal where he was offered a
job by the Whitehouse.
So I ask... is there any question why we dislike the government? Media commentators are out of touch with the rest of the world. Partisan politics
are the least of our concern. We're worried about the pillage and the rape of the American people. This government doesn't give a **** about us,
and, we're outraged. Media commentators think that it's just an Obama thing. But it's not. If we protest we're considered potential terror
threats. I mean... is there any end to this madness?
The media is seriously out of touch with the people. Partisanship is not the problem. That's only one part of it. But the idea that partisanship
is behind the anger towards Washington- is a false one.
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