View Poll Results: Apathy - have you experienced it?

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  • Yes, I experienced it and snapped out of it

    14 48.28%
  • No, I've never experienced it

    5 17.24%
  • I feel somewhat apathetic now, but know I'll come back around

    6 20.69%
  • I can't imagine being politically apathetic - what's wrong with you!?

    3 10.34%
  • What is apathetic?

    0 0%
  • I'm just here for the free drinks and entertainment...

    8 27.59%
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Thread: Politics - Active or Apathetic?

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    Re: Politics - Active or Apathetic?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    I wanted to make a poll to find out if there are others here like me. I have been very interested in political issues for YEARS - until about a year ago. Not sure what happened, whether it was because it seemed the players changed, but the game remained the same.. or if it's something more.

    Something has happened to me, and I can't quite put my finger on it. I tried to blow it off at first, telling myself that it was another ebb and flow of the political world and that I would snap out of it, but it's been almost a year now, and I still find myself dwindling right on the brink of total apathy toward anything political.

    I still have very strong opinions about a lot of things, but my desire to discuss them - let alone argue them - has diminished. I never thought in a million years, that I would be something that I abhor - a politically apathetic American.

    Do you go through periods of apathy toward politics and if so, have you ever felt like you wouldn't 'snap out of it'?
    I didn't stop caring about politics, I stopped talking about it. I can't seem to muster the energy.

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    Re: Politics - Active or Apathetic?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Politics has always been dirty, now, IMO, its filthy dirty...This dirt keeps decent people away..I do not think it has to be this way, but until we have "a better people"..............
    All the more reason for people to get involved. If we had all good honest people we could become apathetic.
    Since that will NEVER happen we need to stay vigilant. :-)
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    Re: Politics - Active or Apathetic?

    I would probably be considered somewhat apathetic.

    I discuss a few things that interest me on this board, occasionally get into a topic or two for a few days...but I don't really care enough to invest lots of my time into it.

    I vote, but am not "active" in the sense of assisting campaigns, protesting, or whatever.

    From time to time I stop thinking about politics at all, perhaps (as others have said) some strange automatic defense system?

    Really, it seems like most politicians are all the same - at least after about half a year in office...

    So, perhaps the vote all incumbents out every single time idea is the way to go.

    Won't work so well, what with the masses of people who simply vote one party or the other.

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    Re: Politics - Active or Apathetic?

    No, never. I have been more active than now, and I have engaged in a political party in my home country Norway. I still care about Norwegian politics, but I don't really care whatever they do. I don't live there anymore. However, I'm less interested in NZ politics, but that just because it makes more sense. I still care about the issues, and I will get pretty mad if they for instance decide to cap the number of working hours.
    Last edited by Camlon; 08-31-10 at 06:13 PM.

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    Re: Politics - Active or Apathetic?

    I wanted to make a poll to find out if there are others here like me. I have been very interested in political issues for YEARS - until about a year ago. Not sure what happened, whether it was because it seemed the players changed, but the game remained the same.. or if it's something more. >>

    It isn't just boring politics. It's the narrow minded bores associated with it, including some of the people in this forum.

    Wherever you go, you will always find idiots. You can laugh at them or become an idiot yourself.

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    Re: Politics - Active or Apathetic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    I go through periods of apathy... it's mostly a defense mechanism. You can't really be tuned into politics all the time without it starting to alter your mood. At some point you have to let go and just focus on other things. Sometimes deciding to not care is the best medicine, but I wouldn't make it a long-term prescription.
    You either care or you don't. You can't stoke up interest if it isn't there.

    Sometimes posts spur my response, sometimes they don't, and there's nothing I can do about it.

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    Re: Politics - Active or Apathetic?

    I tend not to respond to the most hackish elements here, but the problem is that there are other people who do and not responding makes them think they are winning the argument when really its just too exhausting to try to explain things to stupid people.
    Last edited by tacomancer; 08-31-10 at 08:31 PM.

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    Re: Politics - Active or Apathetic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    I was always apathetic about politics until the attack on 9/11. Then I was interested, but never as engaged as I've been the last couple of years.
    More people than ever seem to be getting engaged.
    So what's wrong with you girl???
    Just joking....
    No, seriously..,
    SNAP OUT OF IT! :-)
    I'm tryin'.

    I've always been very interested in the entire process. The only message boards I'd join were political in nature and that's all I'd talk about. Now... this is the only poli board I'm a member of (actively, that is) and I could take or leave the political discussions. It just seems as though it's the same arguments, it just involves different people. I can only talk about abortion so many different ways.. the arguments are always the same (that's just an example).

    Quote Originally Posted by phattonez View Post
    This site will do things to you. It's so easy to get riled up when your opinions are so strong and there is so little that you can actually do to change things.
    I have a feeling it's all political sites. I know a few times I've gotten into heated arguments and actually got very pissy... and I knew I needed to take a break. It just gets maddening arguing the same point and a person might as well argue with a chair.

    I think it may make a difference if people would acknowledge a good point when it's made, but that very rarely happens... at any political site.

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    I care about political issues and I'm very passionate about arguing them, but I am finding myself less and less interested in the actual political process. Just seems like a waste of time and energy, since the same people will get elected and re-elected no matter what I do about it, and there's nothing anyone can do to keep them from driving this country into the ground. I talk about trying to survive and trying to rebuild afterwards, but really I'm just here so I can laugh and tell everyone I told them so while we're watching it all burn.
    I know what you're saying, Korimyr. I feel the same way at different times. I do always go to vote, but as far as being really involved in the process like I used to be... I just don't have the inclination.

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Wow. I'm so surprised at the responses.

    I hope every single poster will vote. The very least one can do is that. Ya' know how they say people should vote with their feet? If they don't like something, leave? Well, my latest philosophy is a rather resigned position that Congress stinks. The whole lot of them. So I'm going to vote that way. I'm going to vote against every single encumbant on the ticket.

    Will it make a difference? Well, not just if Maggie does it. But if Congress suddenly 'got the message' that Americans were no longer going to tolerate business-as-usual, things would change. The way for Congress to get the message is to have larger and larger numbers of votes against encumbants.

    I see that as the only thing I can do that just might make a difference.
    I know what you're saying Maggie; but I'm not really talking about taking a part in the process, it's just that you feel like it just doesn't matter. You stay relatively informed and on top of things...but it's not at all interesting and intriguing as it used to be. Now it seems like a pointless process and it's hard to see the glass as half full.

    Know what I mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by StandUpChuck View Post
    I didn't stop caring about politics, I stopped talking about it. I can't seem to muster the energy.
    Exactly.


    Thanks everyone for participating. I am still holding out hope that I just have a change of heart in the next coming weeks and come back around.
    Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me twice....shame on me.

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    Re: Politics - Active or Apathetic?

    Even if I would not be able to keep up with developments, I would always study politics and political history.
    Michael J Petrilli-"Is School Choice Enough?"-A response to the recent timidity of American conservatives toward education reform. https://nationalaffairs.com/publicat...-choice-enough

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    Re: Politics - Active or Apathetic?

    Lately my interest in politics has been off a bit, but thatís not unusual for the summer months (too many fish need to be caught). Iíll probably turn the hack meter up a notch or three with the upcoming mid terms though.

    Of course with the local winger hacks its balls to the wall whenever I can yank their chain.
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