posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 03:24 AM
reply to post by Peter Brake
Actually, you haven't paid attention to a thing I've said. When 1/3 of your populous is descended from Charlemagne, the odds are 1 in 3 that you
will have a president with noble lineage. The other factor is money. I never once said it was right but just stating the facts. Nice try at a straw
man though. If you'd like my opinion on the matter, I do not think the bloodline aspect of it is relevant because there are so many Americans with
noble ancestors. Using the Charlemagne descendent estimate, we'd be eliminating 2/3rds of our population from eligibility for presidency.
There are three things that basically win presidencies. I call them the 3 M's--money, media, and marriage.
--it takes an insane amount of money to run and compete with presidents who a. already have their own money and b. are more likely to
receive donations from PACs, corporations, and more. You're looking at competing with individuals that will have tens of millions of dollars at their
disposal for campaign advertising, tours, rallies, and more. It wasn't supposed to be this way and there have been attempts in the past to curb
campaign donations and limit spending in the past. However, Supreme Court ruled that money is the equivalent of speech and then there was the
Citizens United v. FEC court decision that made the money issue/fairness of campaigns go right out the freaking _ This is the number one
problem with our "democracy".
--If you've got the media on your side, it means you'll get air time. If you don't and are some guy from Montana running for
president, it's more likely that most Americans won't even know you exist because the media giants will not pay attention to you. Better yet, you
can run but the hosts of whatever presidential debate aren't likely to toss you an invite. Media here in the US tends to side along party lines and
that means that those whipper snappers that have the gall to run via a third party or independent are going to be pretty much ignored by the media.
Second biggest issue with our democracy.
--Got to have a classy wife with good lineage and upbringing or else the First Lady won't make you presidential enough. It's also
where being able to say that your family has served in every war since the French Indian War or what have you is used as a kind of an All-American
"street cred". If you hadn't noticed, a distinct portion of the US population suffers from xenophobia. Look at the fit some people were throwing
about Obama's father....This one matters but it's not enough to get a shot at becoming president of the US and doesn't mean jack alone.
So yeah, our democracy is really screwed up. Totally agree but you're all barking up the wrong tree. Money and media--that's how they do it.
Well that and make sure the Supreme Court is in their pocket.