Well guys, I surely hope it does not come to violence....my husband IS military after all, and it's the military that would suffer losses during any civil war or other violent uprisings.
My issue is that I'm not sure voting is the answer. FFS, people seem to believe that we have only two political parties and vote accordingly! So now here's the choice: Dirty Liar #1 or Dirty Liar #2: NEITHER ONE OF THEM will accomplish half of the platform they campaign on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The current system is not working....all our industry is overseas, our economy is shot, and there are NO JOBS out there. We have no pride in American society really, and the one huge campaign issue despite this is....Abortion?! 0.o
American society needs to collectively pull their heads out of the SAND and take a good look at what we have allowed our government to do...did I ever tell you guys that my husband (the Marine) orders office chairs, plain old office chairs for more than 5-6 *hundred* dollars each??? And he is limited to certain companies that have military contracts? Ever wonder where our tax money goes? Well my husband is sitting in a POS six hundred dollar office chair.
When I was a little kid, they filled our heads with "America the Great!", and how we could be ANYTHING we wanted, and how awesome we are...now there are no jobs, people are desperate and the patriotism is GONE. I think that patriotism is about respect and pride, and we have lost our pride in our country....hell, how much was that tea tax we fought England over? I think that we suffer a lot more now and are just TOO COMPLACENT to do anything about it, even simply by refusing to elect corrupt idiots who we should know by now...are lying through their teeth while stabbing us in the back.
But seriously...something has to be done.... at what point do things start to change for the better?
The option of voting for either a conservative republican or even a moderately socialist democratic democratic candidate is one of many things that perplexes me about American politics, from my perspective, it's creates ineffectiveness. In Canada there are five political parties that garner in excess of ten percent of the vote and of those four have strong strategic positions in parliament, not only does that allow us as citizens to have our votes more directly reflect our views, but it prevents the stalemates that seem common in America. Now Ron Paul begins to rise in popularity during the marathon federal election campaign, but because of his more radical views which depart from the traditional rhetoric of either party, he's completely shut out by the media.
Political positions aren't elected in America, they're bought. Government and business should be kept separate, government is the regulating body, business is the regulatee, but instead business self regulates by ensuring that the right candidates are elected to continue the status quo of corruption. Six hundred dollar office chairs that should cost twenty dollars, Chinese made office chairs I might add, I wonder how much of a roll that type of inefficiency plays in the debt crisis.
I have a friend who is a pharmacist, she told me yesterday about the charter bus loads of Americans who come to her store to buy prescriptions, because the cost difference is so significant. The pill is the same on either side of the border, but it costs two thirds less here, not because we regulate pharmacutical companies any less, but because we don't allow lobbying or advertisements medications. To me that is a testament to how damaging a relationship between government and business can become.