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hutch0
Date: 2008-09-26 22:48
Subject: politics for annoyed people
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I'm sick of the American Presidential election. I'm sick of the mud-slinging and the sniggering behind hands and the second-guessing and the conspiracy theories and the media x-rays and the endless fucking pundits who actually haven't the first idea what they're talking about and don't care so long as they pander to the political bias of their audience.
Henceforth, if I refer to them at all, I will be referring to the candidates as `Binky' and `Bumpy,' and their running-mates as `Sid' and `Rosebud.' I don't care which combination of them gets elected, or indeed whether any of them gets elected. Fuck 'em all. I just want it to be over.
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User: txtriffidranch
Date: 2008-09-26 22:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Think how I feel. I've been eligible to vote for twenty years, and for the first time, I've stopped caring. I'll still get out and vote, mostly because we've got a good crop of new people in Texas state elections who deserve the posts, but I can't wait until it's over.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-26 22:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
At least if you vote in local elections you get candidates who're dealing with local issues and you can choose the one who claims they will do the best for your area. Binky and Bumpy aren't even in the same dimension as Texas any more, unless it suits them.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-09-26 23:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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Same page. And now Bush's Wall Street bailout proposal to add insult to injury. Americans have had it with all of them.

I'm sick to death of the polarization and soap boxing. Sheesh. Enough already!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-27 22:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The trouble is, there's no way to protest. The Presidential election is actually a multimillion-dollar industry; there's no way to stop it, and if you stand up for decency people just look at you funny.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-09-27 02:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
At this moment, I'm watching the first so-called presidential debate. Since when is saying "ninner-nanner, ninner-nanner" over and over the same as debate?

-the ojm
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-27 22:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Precisely. It's all just drivel. Binky and Bumpy haven't the first idea how to solve the problems facing the world. Nobody does - if they did, the problems would be solved by now.
No Presidential candidate, at least in the modern era - has had the faintest idea, going in to the election, what to do with the big issues. All they do is focus on making the right noises so they can get their hands on the prize, and they figure they can wing it after they've got their feet under the desk in the Oval Office.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2008-09-28 12:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
WE have plenty of ideas to solve the problems facing the world. But too many different ones, and nobody trusted/ powerful enough to ram a reasonable one through.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-29 22:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We may have plenty of ideas, and many of them are eminently sensible, but would any of them actually work?
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Norilana Books
User: norilanabooks
Date: 2008-09-27 08:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm beginning to feel this way too. *sigh* Enough already with all of this.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-27 22:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Maybe I shouldn't have piped up. After all, I can't vote in the election so it's really academic - Binky or Bumpy won't be running my country (or will they?) But I've found some of the dirt in this election quite disgraceful, particularly the tidal wave of opprobrium which has washed over Sid. The stuff I've seen about the provenance of her son surely goes beyond the bounds of decency. And this stuff is from liberals. My people. Utterly ghastly. And now the satirazzi over here are doing it, too.
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mylefteye
User: mylefteye
Date: 2008-09-27 08:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've felt like this about all politics, UK or US, for years now. Which really isn't on when you think about it. These are potentially VERY powerful people who hold sway over the way we live our lives, and yet it all comes down to squabbling and point-scoring in the end.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-27 22:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Like you, I've felt this way for quite a while, and I can't put my finger on the point at which things changed. When did all this bollocks start?
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mylefteye
User: mylefteye
Date: 2008-09-28 13:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've long been disaffected by politics (you can blame the excellent 'Yes, Minister' for that), but the rot really set in when the spin doctors rose to power. And spin is just a polite term for bullshit.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-29 22:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The big dilemma is that you should vote. It's a privilege that an appreciable percentage of the world's population are still denied in any meaningful sense. So you should vote, even though none of the choices are palatable.
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