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What does the CIA report actually say? Why don't you read it for yourself? All politicians are liars: They all spin the facts to suit their own political purposes. Yes, even your candidate. Get the facts for yourself and make your own decisions rather than letting your candidates and your favorite talking heads make the decisions for you.

Rantage on the political climate:

You know what? I don't much care who wins the election. Sure, I'd like my candidate to win. But in the end, I believe that both of the top candidates have the nation's best interests at heart, and I believe that both candidates are at least passably capable of doing a good job. They just have different ideas about what our nation's best interests are, and how to achieve results. Political mud-slinging and all the spinning is part of the game. I accept that. Promises made to be broken are part of the game. I accept that too. Every candidate will say whatever he believes you want to hear to get you to vote for him. I accept that too. What I'm having increasingly less patience for is the way I'm seeing people speak of both candidates, marginalizing their humanity, refusing them the modicum of respect people would offer a stranger on the street. I believe in a healthy dose of distrust for our government. They've earned it! Questioning authority -- whatever authority that may be -- is part of what makes Americans who we are. But I don't believe that one single candidate should be given all of your distrust only so that you can blindly follow the other into the fire.

And by the way, I hate the two-party system. I hate that I have to even think about whether I want to vote for the candidate whose philosophy is almost perfectly in line with mine, and the one whose philosophy is "close enough."

End of random rant.

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jdparadise
Oct. 7th, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC)
>What does the CIA report actually say? Why don't you read it for yourself?

Good link. Thanks for it.

>But in the end, I believe that both of the top candidates have the nation's best interests at heart, and I believe that both candidates are at least passably capable of doing a good job.

Here's my issue. I have one candidate I don't know much about, but who seems intelligent enough, and voices a platform that speaks to a majority of my concerns. And I have another who knows exactly what he thinks is the right thing to do... but I think he's completely wrong in so very much of it that the few things I agree with him on are vastly overshadowed.

>What I'm having increasingly less patience for is the way I'm seeing people speak of both candidates, marginalizing their humanity, refusing them the modicum of respect people would offer a stranger on the street.

Pre-election hysteria. I'm probably as guilty of it as anyone, though I hope I'm more often attacking the issues and not the individuals.

>And by the way, I hate the two-party system. I hate that I have to even think about whether I want to vote for the candidate whose philosophy is almost perfectly in line with mine, and the one whose philosophy is "close enough."

Heh. You're lucky, then, having the choice of two such individuals. I only have the one, and it's -still- only "close enough, if you can believe what he's saying."

Sigh.
kimberlycreates
Oct. 7th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
> Pre-election hysteria. I'm probably as guilty of it as anyone, though I
> hope I'm more often attacking the issues and not the individuals.

I would say you are, but I've got to admit I've been guilty of tuning out whenever anyone mentions politics in anything but the most general terms. BTW, there's no particular post, or person, who "set me off" -- it's just the general climate that's annoying me.

I only said "your" candidate and "my" candidate because I think Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and Every-Other-Partyians have been guilty of this at one time or another in the past few months.


> I only have the one, and it's -still- only "close enough, if you can
> believe what he's saying."

This is one reason I dislike the two-party system. It all seems to be about political back-biting and back-scratching, and playing the polls. The idea that so many candidates seems to be operating under the philosophy of "What can I say that will get the most people to vote for me?" rather than just standing by what they believe. I think I just hate politics. The country seems to be completely polarized. Maybe I've just never been as aware of this kind of stuff as I was before. But the idea that people are voting for "Anything But Bush" (or likewise, I'm sure, "Anything But Kerry") just doesn't sit well with me. I don't like how some Republicans swallow Bush rhetoric without analyzing it, anymore than I don't like how some people swallow anti-Bush rhetoric. It makes me angry, and it worries me. My jaw just dropped listening to the news. I know these are isolated wackos, and they only made the news *because* it's sensational, but I have never heard of something like this before: "Protestors" stormed a Bush/Cheney campaign office, defaced posters, threw letters around, and who knows what else (I wasn't paying attention). That's not activism, or protesting. That's trespassing, destruction of property, and general mayhem. WTF?! In Tennesse, some whack-job *shot* at a campain office.

blzbob
Oct. 8th, 2004 05:57 am (UTC)
Candidates lie? They weave the truth to their glory? [staggering back in total mock shock] Why you could have knocked me over with a feather [ha, ha, ha] on that one. Lived in Washington, DC. I always found it amusing to watch opponents use the same argument as their positive point. I worked with a group as a volunteer and saw the double-talk, lies, greed, and other necessities of politics. There is something to say for the old village heirarchy days.

Me? I vote for the lesser of the evils since nobody really wins or views the world as I do.
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