The people back Roe, but will Bush and the Senate listen?


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Sports fans have commandeered the political landscape in America

Sports fans have commandeered the political landscape in America.

Watching coverage of Sandra's announced retirement on the likes of Fox News and CNN today, I had an epiphany.

Good, thoughtful republicans and democrats DO exist. But, since the "masses" have entered into politics, the political game has turned in to a sports match where people root for their "team," and act like drunk fans at a soccer match.

A "person" announces he disagrees with one of President Bush's policies:

Immediate response I’d expect from many Republicans I’ve encountered: Damn lib.

A "person" announces support for outlawing abortions:

Immediate response I’d expect from many Democrats I know: They want to take women's rights away

I wish all of you idiot liberals, and idiot conservatives who have entered the political process because Bill Clinton got a blow job would just leave. You are ruining this country. You take sides. You believe that you're either with us, or against us. You're arrogant and ignorant, but you've educated yourselves enough that you think you're smart and informed. I've got news for you... you're not.

I guarantee that the battle over filling Sandra's spot will be a bloody one (politically speaking). We're sparking revolutions throughout the world as it is, and I guarantee that this battle will cause a revolution of sorts in the United States. President Bush will nominate a conservative activist (you know, one of those people who are naive enough to think that our forefathers actually thought they were smart enough to write a document that need not be analyzed and questioned 200 years in the future). Democrats will filibuster (that's their answer to everything), and the "nuclear" option will be enacted. A conservative judge will get through, and all HELL will break loose.

Democrats won't stand for a Scalia type activist on the bench, nor should they. Putting a Scalia type person WILL send every day Democrats to the streets in protest, and will send Hillary to the Whitehouse in 2008 (at which point I’ll have to vomit).

Bottom line... you wanna be "intellectuals" with your sarcastic yet uninspired wit, jingoist attitudes, and "I SUPPORT OUR TROOPS" mentality (who don't ACTUALLY support our troops with real action) should stop voting, and should leave the process. These vote or die drives are big mistakes, because they convince idiots to take up arms and form opinions that allow no room for honest questions and principled debates.

By the way, if you REALLY want to support our troops, volunteer for the military so they can come home. Or – give money to charities that help them until it HURTS. They’ve made huge sacrifices for us, yet we’ve made NONE for them.

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Posted by Scott (not verified) on 1 July 2005 - 9:06pm
That's an interesting argument

"Don't participate in democracy, and you'll make it better."

I have a different theory, which is that the political dialogue has been skewed into irrelevancies where we all are encouraged to fight over things that deep down we don't disagree on, while the real shit is going down behind our backs.

Who wants a war founded on a lie?

Who wants women enslaved as state-owned breeders?

Who wants the government to be able to grab anyone's home for development?

No, we're supposed to quibble over how many crumbs we get through Social Security. We're supposed to get all upset over whether Jim and Bob can make a lifetime commitment recognized by law. We're supposed to get upset over whether afterbirth is used for medical research.

Spare me the noble moderate cry of victim. I am not a Democrat. I vote on values. Sometimes that led me to Republicans -- but the GOP has gotten so radical over the past 20 years, I just cannot in good conscience vote for the ilk that tries to pass itself off as conservative.

And sometimes I've voted Democrat. Probably more often, because (as Bill Maher so accurately noted) the Demoracts have sold out to people just slightly less scary than the people the Republicans have sold out to.

But when it comes down to equal rights, there is no compromise. Either this is America, the leader of justice and equality in the world, or it's just another ex-colony with aspirations for empire.

The problem isn't the people, Scott. It's the media, it's the culture dominated by corporate entertainment, it's a society where the rulers and those they supposedly represent have little in common. I say we need even more participation of the people. We need more of the grassroots and less of the treetops. You can pine away for the good ol' days of smoke-filled rooms. Me, I prefer something resembling democracy, and without the people, that doesn't happen.

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Posted by media girl on 1 July 2005 - 9:37pm
We're stuck with 2 parties that don't serve the people

so we have to do the best we can in a bad situation. Both parties are owned by the same corporations and all of our "elected representatives" are wealthy, mostly white people. They have no clue what life is like for regular people.

The best thing we have going for us is our number. When we get vocal, it scares the shit out of sponsors, which puts fear in the media. We need to be LOUD in this process. We need to do some massive emailing, calling, protesting, etc.

If Shrub pushes too far right, this will end him. Most of the country already favors impeachment. His approval rating is in the toilet. All he needs to do is try and appoint some Grand Inquisitor, and people will take him down.

Morgaine-ism© #8

"A Woman's Sexual and Reproductive Autonomy is Sacred and Absolute."

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Posted by Morgaine Swann on 1 July 2005 - 11:41pm