At 11/7/12 05:48 PM, LemonCrush wrote:
They should be. The fact that they get away with so much is a reflection on the voting population, not the system itself.
The system the Founders envisioned was a world where people had EQUAL power to the government (hence the whole damn bill of rights). That power is still in place, people just don't give a shit.
Um no? They can check the governments power, but they don't control it.
Obama is a proven, admitted, and proud killer, and people still voted for him.
Um he commands the military, using this logic every soldier is a murderer (which is true).
He is a corporatist/crony capitalist in the worst possible way, and he still won.
blah blah blah people put that on every politician nowadays. Although I don't think he's the worst, since he's added more regulations.
People care more about media portrayals, and feel good words than they do actual observed actions and history.
Opposite actually, people care more about negative portrayals which is easy, since criticizing someone is easier than actually providing a solution.
They vote with their emotions, not their brains. I've heard people actually say they didn't vote for Romney because of ABORTION. An issue that no president, democrat or republican, even tries to touch.
So because people take some issues more seriously than others they're stupid? First off notice how in none of your attacks did you even mention what Mitt Romney would do to be any different which I think is what killed his campaign; too much focus on attacks not enough focus on an actual agenda. Secondly, that's the goddamn right to privacy and right to your own body I'd say that's more important than some economic policy since at this point they pretty much will pass the same one, although I do agree though since abortion is a question of rights, that shouldn't be something elected officials should decide because the majority is kept from stripping the rights of the minority. Thus it isn't something elected officials can really end. Lastly you're assuming everyone thinks he's done a bad job, not everyone does.
At the end of the day this was a winnable election for the Republicans just like 2004 was winnable for the Democrats, yet they blew it. The dominance of the far right in the party forced the candidates to be more right wing, thus making it harder for the candidates to appeal to the moderates, I mean seriously Romney was the only serious candidate who could have appealed to moderates and the party forced him to the right thereby crippling him. The only highlight of his campaign was the 1st debate, everything else was just either ineffective or a complete fuck up. During the primaries Romney got hit with criticisms, such as the whole Bain Capital thing, and he didn't respond to them, so they came back and stuck. When he actually got the candidacy he made a lacking and embarrassing convention, finally bringing forth some outline of all the issues to be tackled in an agenda in the form of an agenda. Sadly that was the best part of his convention, everything else Clint Eastwood's senile gaffe of a speech, speakers talking about how great they were and barely tying in Romney (such as Chris Christie) and finally basing the entire convention off an out of context quote all ruined the convention. His poll numbers didn't change at all, and this was because he was still too far to the right. Obama's convention conversely just showed how you do a convention, it was organized, the speakers spoke about Obama and the party in general and fact checked prominent Republican claims etc. so Obama got a boost from that. Everything between the conventions and the debate was merely a whole lot of gaffe's by Romney and others alienating more and more voters, he turned a fragile situation oversea's into a political issue, when asked about what his plans he dodged the questioning etc. etc. The only boost to his campaign was the 1st debate, and there was a fundamental problem there because the 1st debate wasn't a boost because he performed so well but because Obama performed so poorly. Which of course ties in to why his campaign wasn't good; he didn't say exactly what he would do, he had a hard time trying to paint himself different from Bush policies and he based his campaign off of attacks rather than actual platforms. I'd say this could've been a landslide like 1980, but because the party is to far right wing, because Romney is not a good campaigner, because he could not set an agenda because of his constantly changing stances this whole campaign failed.