reply to post by adigregorio
So you admit that I may not have as much control over what is going on after all!!!!
I will admit that it is not easy to have that control, but only you (as a Californian) have that ability. I cannot vote in California; you can. I
cannot campaign for or against people in California; I simply live too far away. You, on the other hand, can talk to friends and neighbors and place
campaign signs in your yard with little effort.
Thus, you (again, as a Californian), are the only one who can make a difference save for those you (as a Californian) placed in power. And I think we
can both agree these officials have clearly shown their inability or apathy to do so.
Oh I'm sorry!! You know those politicians will listen to my vote way before they listen to their wallets
Actually, they have to listen to listen to your vote or they will get no contributions. Corporations contribute to politicians because they have a
chance of winning. Without votes, all the money in the world will not keep a politician in power.
The money is used for advertising... but any businessman will tell you that the best advertising is word-of-mouth and cannot be bought. So why
complain about poor advertising by your competition when you have superior advertising at your disposal? Use what you have!
I would prefer more checks and balances to our current set up though...
We have the ultimate check and balance right now: elections. No one, from the President to the local dogcatcher, can affect public policy without
approval from the people. Even the Electoral College (which I agree has outlived its usefulness) only gives problems in a tight race.
What good are checks and balances if not used?
So, why not get on them Republicans that are voting these folks into power?
My use of the term 'democratic' was not in reference to the political party, but to the general system of government. And yes, I am aware our system
is not purely democratic, rather a democratic republic... the difference being that even the majority cannot vote out inalienable rights of a
That's right, no one is going to clean it up but me and my own. So why don't you get out of my hair about "how bad it is here".
I wasn't aware I was in your hair. People have opinions; people express opinions; opinions quite often are at odds with opinions from other areas.
That's a fact of life. Another fact of life is that the opinions of others are irrelevant when it comes to you and your area. Again, Alabama is far
from immune to these opinions; according to many, we are backward, unscientific, primitive, and just plain dumb. Does it bother me when I hear that?
NO! Because it simply does not matter
I was pointing out that "good" is a moral.
And I was pointing out that morals are often specific to cultural reality. Thus, it is perfectly moral for me to engage in the spiritual experience of
eating bacon, while it is not moral for a fundamentalist Jew to do so (in my understanding anyway; please forgive me if I am incorrect on this aspect
of Jewish culture).
So two wrongs make rights now?
No, I simply do not see any wrongs here. I see opinions, which are by definition neither right nor wrong.
How does one vote for someone who is not running?
It's called a "write-in".
How does one run without massive amounts of funding?
By speaking directly to the people.
How does one get funding?
By asking. If 10,000 people donate $100 each, that's a million dollars.
What's the price of said funding?
That depends on who is providing the funds.
And they are going to do NOTHING ABOUT IT.
OK, what do you want the rest of the nation to do about Nancy Pelosi? WE CAN'T VOTE IN YOUR ELECTIONS!
Pelosi does, however, by virtue of your elections, get to have a say on National issues. So when it comes to the Federal offices, your decisions on
who to elect have some effect on everyone else. That isn't unique to California; I
voice my opinion
'whine' about senators and
representatives from New England, Minnesota, Colorado...
YOUR politicians are sending your taxes this way, so get mad at them.
I already am.