posted on Jul, 30 2011 @ 02:27 PM
reply to post by DeReK DaRkLy
Dear DeReK DaRkLy,
I hate to say it but I think people get the government they deserve. That means my starting point is that people should earn the right to better
leaders. The politicians in office were voted for by us and we choose poorly. Directly voting on bills wont increase the participation level, few now
vote for now anyways.
People vote their pocketbook and single issues that effect them rather than for people of character. Did anyone really believe that Clinton never
inhaled or that Bush Jr was skilled enough to lead this country, I doubt it. They voted for people that they thought would benefit them more than the
other guy. The population has chosen not to be interested in government and only demand things. Therefore we get people who promise things (supply and
I truly believe that most people would vote (in a direct democracy situation) for less taxes and more services. Sounds good, free stuff. Except there
is no free lunch, everything has a cost. How many people bother to really stay informed, how many even know the countries in Africa or South America
or even Europe? It is popular to say that we have been "dumbed down"; but, it is not true, that assumes that people bothered becoming informed in
the first place. They blame the educational system, that is silly, anyone can teach themselves and books are available for free on the internet and at
The system of representative democracy worked well for a very long time. No system is perfect; but, it was the best we had seen in history and then we
began changing it. We voted for term limits (which only causes politicians to kick the can down the road).
Someone recently asked people if they would vote for increased taxes on cigarettes or sweet drinks and one lady summed it up very nicely, she said she
would be happy to vote for an increased tax on cigarettes because she didn't smoke. Everyone wants increased taxes so long as they don't have to pay
A lot of people like to quote Kennedy and his words about Secret Societies, they rarely quote another thing he said, don't ask what can be done for
you, ask what you can do for your country.