View Poll Results: How healthy or unhealthy is political debate in the USA? (see post)

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Thread: How healthy or unhealthy is political debate in the USA?

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    Re: How healthy or unhealthy is political debate in the USA?

    It's the worst it's been since the late 50's and into the 60's (remember that in 1963, prior to November 22nd, it wasn't too uncommon to hear people calling for the lynching of the President). But there's an added element of willfull ignorance and anti-knowledge/intellect/education that is quite disturbing.

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    Re: How healthy or unhealthy is political debate in the USA?

    It's excellent! The sunny disposition of everyone involved warms my optimistic heart. :-)
    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Light View Post
    The systems that ensure freedom and liberty are breaking down and fundamentalism is growing. Nobody is righteous anymore.


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    Re: How healthy or unhealthy is political debate in the USA?

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    I agree, it used to be you could carry on a decent conversation about politics if you wore different stripes...not today....and ill tell you who I blame

    I blame moveon.org and Mediamatters and the far left for their nonstop attacks on GWB...the codepinks who instantly disappeared when Obama got elected...etc etc....and now the teaparty which is the same thing and doing the same thing as the far left did ....but they are the far right....both of them can kiss my grits...I want no part of either of them.

    I voted total FAIL....worst ive ever seen in my lifetime and im older than most of you...
    So true. But so many are taken hook, line and sinker into this traveling show.

    Not unlike the carnies at the carnival. Everyone knows their games are fixed but look at the lines of people playing it......lol I am a strong right winger, I am a strong left winger, I am a fricking idiot.

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    Re: How healthy or unhealthy is political debate in the USA?

    I wouldn't vote complete failure until potential candidates come under serious threat of bodily harm. There are many oppressive nations where throwing your hat in the ring also meant throwing in your life.

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    Re: How healthy or unhealthy is political debate in the USA?

    I think our political discourse is fair.

    Yes, there is plenty of fighting, name-calling, and misinformation on both sides. But I think this behavior is over-emphasized in the media.

    There is still penty of honest discussion and compromising going on, particularly in the subnational level. But even the feds get it right; remember that for every high profile bill that we see in the news, there are many more that move smoothly through the system.

    It could be much better, but I don't think we've hit the bottom yet. Hopefully we can figure out how to fix it before we get that far.

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