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  • I am over 40, and feel I no longer fit in.

    6 17.65%
  • I am under 40, and It's a great fit.

    2 5.88%
  • I expect the party to become dominant again.

    5 14.71%
  • I am worried about the next few election cycles.

    7 20.59%
  • Who cares...Obama is Kenyan.

    4 11.76%
  • I am not republian, but watnyed to mess with your poll.

    13 38.24%
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    Re: For Republicans

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Key word, limited. For many social conservatives certain aspects of society should have laws at the government level but want to limit government in other areas.
    Then it's not actual limited. Social Conservatism seek to legislate the very moral nature and behavior of people. You cannot call a government that gives free reign to venture capitalism but dictates what you can do in your private bedroom "limited." Nor can you call a government that seeks to return women to chattel "limited" because it has few regulations on environmental pollution. Would you call Iran a limited government? How about Saudi Arabia?

    You cannot have strong social conservatism and a limited government unless you pervert the nature of the word limited to where you think economics are the only things that matter in the world. Which is odd coming from someone of your religious nature. When you seek to dictate by law what religious beliefs people are allowed to have, your government is not limited. Would you call a government based on Orwell's 1984 to be "limited" if it had low business regulations but had massive propaganda and belief laws?
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    Re: For Republicans

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    But every party out there is evil, including the Libertarians. You cannot vote for any professional politician and not vote for evil.
    I'd argue that anyone who runs for office, especially high office, has a case of egomania.

    However, to say that all political parties are evil (i.e. green party, libertarian, constitutional, etc.) is a little bold. I usually relegate me 'evil' label to the corporately sponsored political parties.

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    Re: For Republicans

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    The money in politics is not from direct compensation so it tends to attract those that already have lots of money and/or will use that "public service" position to get it "on the side". The big money in politics is simply required to campaign for a job that pays poorly compared to its demands for time and travel.
    That's what I've always laughed at the people who make a rally cry about cutting pay to people in congress. Take, for example, the two Senators from California that collectively represent approximately 20 million people each. I'd like to find one person in a leadership position at a company with 20 million people making what either of those two make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    Interesting concept and that may have some truth to it. But I was thinking more along the lines of religious organizations forming like Falwell's Moral Majority and the Christian Coalition for the express purpose attracting religious voters to the Republican Party.
    It was all part of the same thing, all of those things came out of the hard-core religious Southern former-Democrat scene. Lots of fundamentalists abandoned the Democrats over issues like abortion and civil rights and were ripe for the picking by the Republicans who just wanted votes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    I'd argue that anyone who runs for office, especially high office, has a case of egomania.

    However, to say that all political parties are evil (i.e. green party, libertarian, constitutional, etc.) is a little bold. I usually relegate me 'evil' label to the corporately sponsored political parties.
    To some degree, that's accurate, but to get into office and get anything done, you have to play the political game and that is inherently corrupting. All political parties today, and it's not always been that way, but they want power to push their agenda. None of them are interested in representing the American people, they only want to push their party's platform, for the purpose of gaining additional power and money for their party. I'd say that's pretty damn evil in a representative democracy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    To some degree, that's accurate, but to get into office and get anything done, you have to play the political game and that is inherently corrupting.
    I do agree with this, at least in the current political climate. However, I'd imagine that if either Jill Stein or Gary Johnson were somehow elected to the office of President in 2012, they would by direct executive power make some pretty drastic changes.

    In congress, its all about garnering votes and/ or consensus. In an executive position (i.e. governor/ president) it's all about wielding executive power. That is a power that doesn't always require consensus amongst corporate sponsors.

    However, I'm pretty sure that if either of them were elected, we'd be reading about an assassination in short order.

    depressing. . .

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    Re: For Republicans

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    All political parties today, and it's not always been that way, but they want power to push their agenda. None of them are interested in representing the American people, they only want to push their party's platform, for the purpose of gaining additional power and money for their party.
    Honestly, I'm pretty sure that there's been corruption right along. It just seems more obvious today, with the advent of mass-marketing. I think the theory behind contemporary corruption is the same as the theory behind what we've seen in the past.

    However, I think that the major difference is the ability of dollars to purchase votes. In the past, candidates had to put in a lot more effort to get elected, without the presence of major advertising campaigns. Now a candidate can get elected and/ or discredited through no effort of their own (Swift Boat Veterans anyone), largely due to corporate dollars.

    When dollars = votes, we've got a problem.



    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I'd say that's pretty damn evil in a representative democracy.
    Whole heartedly agree.

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    Re: For Republicans

    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    I do agree with this, at least in the current political climate. However, I'd imagine that if either Jill Stein or Gary Johnson were somehow elected to the office of President in 2012, they would by direct executive power make some pretty drastic changes.
    And then Congress would override anything they do and stonewall them throughout their administration. They'd leave office without accomplishing a damn thing.
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    Re: For Republicans

    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    Honestly, I'm pretty sure that there's been corruption right along. It just seems more obvious today, with the advent of mass-marketing. I think the theory behind contemporary corruption is the same as the theory behind what we've seen in the past.

    However, I think that the major difference is the ability of dollars to purchase votes. In the past, candidates had to put in a lot more effort to get elected, without the presence of major advertising campaigns. Now a candidate can get elected and/ or discredited through no effort of their own (Swift Boat Veterans anyone), largely due to corporate dollars.
    I don't think it's just corporate dollars though, all of the PACs are just as bad. I think we need to remove the monetary component from campaigning, make it illegal for anyone, businesses or individuals alike, to donate a single dime to any political campaign. People can donate to the process, not to the individual politicians and the politicians cannot use any of their own money either. At a certain point in the campaign, everyone legally registered to run gets an equal cut of the pie and no more.

    When dollars = votes, we've got a problem.
    But I don't think that's the whole problem. The problem is that we've got agendas vying for control, not people trying to represent the will and wishes of the people. Most politicians couldn't care less what the people want, they're just trying to feather their own nests and get re-elected so they can keep on the power and money train for another term. Until we change that, nothing else matters.
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    Re: For Republicans

    Quote Originally Posted by tecoyah View Post
    I am curious about a few things, and wish to poll our membership for enlightenment.
    The Chairman of the local Republican Party would have voted for Option 5. The Republican Party has currently been hi-jacked by a bunch of ideological crazies who think that they can change the world. They have no interest in seeing a strong party. They are more interested in doing the right thing. They have no respect for the dirty nature of of human interaction. That's probably because these people were hermits just a few years ago. They'll wake up to reality soon enough and go away. I'm not worried too much. The Republican Party is going through some changes. It will be a positive thing once the crazies learn that they can't manipulate the Republican Party to do magic tricks. Magic tricks are for kid's birthday parties and movies. The political process isn't a movie where the good guy stands up for what he believes and the evil empire bows at his feet at the end.

    In the real world the evil empire will take your freaking head off. It's better to be the one in power.

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