1.) Although most of us have the same general ideologies, some dissent can still occur. That being said, please be civil.
2.) If you don't like politics or the discussion thereof, don't post here. It's that simple. No one's forcing you into this topic. Any posts saying something like "politics sucks" or "all politicians suck" will be promptly deleted. Only legitimate and contributive discussion will be allowed here.
There's never really been a thread here before that's been this serious in nature, but I'm sure we can pull it off.
All that said, this topic will simply be about the 2008 election. It's far too important of an issue for me not to pass up discussion. Thus, the creation of this topic.
There's no really strict, specific criteria over how we start the discussion. Anything regarding the election will be acceptable.
But I guess we can start out with - 1.) If you live in America, are you voting? 2.) Who are you voting for? 3.) Why?
Of course, I'm voting for Obama. I've already voted for him in the primaries and caucused for him at the precinct and district levels. Frankly, Obama represents a change that this country needs right now, I think. I know the whole 'change' thing seems overplayed, but it's really true. Especially in the eyes of our allies overseas.
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Obviously not an American.
But still, if I were one, I'd vote Obama. Don't totally agree with the Democrats on everything, especially gun control, and I'm not sure what exactly the Democratic policy on Iraq is, since I believe that troops should not be pulled. I don't and never did agree with it, but now that it's been started, it must be finished.
The only other candidate I could have seen myself voting for was Ron Paul.
That's a very brief summation of my thoughts on the US political scene. Maybe I'll go into more detail later.
Answer B: Main reason behind answer A is simple:
I never could follow along well with issues, never really wanted to either. I've got so much jumble in my head from BS issues already (disabled, remember?) that I'd rather not make a mistake by casting a vote for the wrong person/issue.
I could say I do hate politics, but after actually thinking about it a bit that's not entirely true. It's a necessity handed down by our American forefathers, and that alone gives it some value.
I (almost) registered a few elections back to give Percy Ross my vote, but again, the issues began to confuse me too much, and I freaked out and let it slide.
Answer C:Not an American attitude? It is in fact my right to take this stand. And yes, I know the score:
SomePeople wrote:If you don't vote, keep your mouth shut about things being done you don't like.
And I do at that...
But seriously, I'd vote Obama. If we don't, it means were totally screwed as far as foreign policy and such. (but I do know a lot of people who are native to countries like Iraq and Afghanistan and they tend to say that it was worse before the troops were sent in)
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All politicians are corrupt, and American politicians especially are manipulated far too strongly by big business. American politics is dominated by two enormous parties and I really can't see it going anywhere. There is no scope for real change, so casting your vote for the candidate less likely to make your life and the lives of your peers miserable is commendable.
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