Post by MalkavianMarine on Jul 26, 2011 9:00:02 GMT -5
I have gone through somewhat of a ideological transformation these last three years and I was wondering if any of my fellow 'yanks have had a shift (no matter how small) in their political position in terms of ideology...
And for the non-Americans that troll the forum, how has your opinion of us changed (if at all) in the last three years?
Post by faerieknight on Aug 11, 2011 5:29:24 GMT -5
I've been registered for years as an independent voter. Not ashamed to admit I've voted for Ralph Nader a time or two. Not because I thought he stood a chance, but because I felt he was the best candidate. Democrat, Republican, Other... I'll vote for who I think will do the better job after researching all the candidates. Even if that person has no realistic chance of winning.
But lately I'm getting really disgusted with the republican party. Between the scandals and the republican party trying to blame Obama for the previous president's mistakes... I'm getting soo sick of the calls trying to convince me health care reform needs to be repealed.
I'm getting tired of being told it's the current president's fault the country is in debt. I'm tired of being told it's Obama's fault that Bush's 'stimulus' attempts were used as CEO bonuses DURING Bush's presidency.
If I could afford it, I'd seriously consider moving out of the USA. Canada may be out, but Europe is looking mighty tempting. And yet, I can't afford such a move. So I'm stuck with the current political climate. I seriously hope the republican party manages to self destruct it's self.
Maybe the democratic party also needs to go bye bye. Instead of a 2 party system, maybe we need to abolish political parties. You know, have each person running for president or a seat in Congress run on their own merits and their own platform.
While at it, have a fund JUST for electoral races that has no strings attached. No outside contributors, and the source of the funds is anonymous donations by various sources. if you want to run for a political office you use you're own money or this specific fund. That would help do away with special interests buying votes.
A lot of the anti-Obama ammunition seems to rely on the fact he didn't fix the economy completely in the first year. And yet, he tried laying down a solid foundation for recovery and was blocked by the republican party. He stated up front there was no 'magic bullet' fix. That recovery was going to take a while.
The great depression didn't recover in a day, or even a year. It took nearly ten years. And that economic crash had the safety net of money value being stable. One thing I personally feel would be a HUGE help in recovery? Go back to the gold standard.
Everything started spiraling out of control when the economy was taken off the gold standard. Suddenly the government didn't have to have anything to back printed currency. We could just print more money to pay debts. Look where that got us.
Fear not the fae, for they are harmless Anger not the fae, beware their wrath Harm not the fae, fear the Faerie Knight
To anwser MalakvianMarine´s question about the opinion from non-Americans
The overall public view of the USA dind´t change at all in the last three years. I think there are to much differences in our political and social system´s to talk eye to eye.
Cause there are many things in the us that would drive any midEuropeopeecitizenn crazy. Take for example your voting system. If i´m correct the party with the most votes in can send a number of there one to elect the president. So if you live in a state were one party represent likely 70% of the inhabitants all other votes a worth nothing.
Such a system would be unthinkable in europe and it is just one thing out of many.
So the public opinion about the us hasn´t changed because for most of us you are still the "Amis" how wage war all over the planet, sell crappy cars and a million other clichées about you. And i´m pretty sure that you hasimilariar things to say about us *g*
P.S.: I didn´t mean to insult someone. Thats just public opinions about the whichich i ,mostly, not share. Just take it easy
Post by worshipthesquid on Apr 13, 2012 13:39:25 GMT -5
(Please forgive me if I get something horribly wrong; I never go outside). I'll echo Vienna there - it's still fast food and big cars to me, although I was personally glad to hear about the healthcare service idea. Health is a right that, ideally, no sentient being should be denied. It shows something about the power of system and tradition that there isn't one already.