- Make sure the people win this time, not the money.
- Series | American Political Tomfoolery, Part 3: Outrageous Campaigning
- Series | American Political Tomfoolery, Part 2: Democratic Shenanigans
- Series | American Political Tomfoolery, Part 1
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January 10, 2016 | Now that 2016 has actually begun and actual votes are going to be counted for the purpose of determining the Presidential Candidates from each of the two major American political parties, efforts will hopefully be made to educate voters as to the stark differences in policy that exist making each candidate unique in his or her qualifications for ascending to the position of most powerful politician on Earth. Until now, most of what has passed for political campaigning, at least as far as mainstream media coverage is concerned, has failed miserably in achieving anything resembling a comprehensive listing of candidates’ positions on the issues that will have the greatest impact on us leading up to the election in November and the government it will leave us with next year.
To this point, the mainstream media has obviously paid way more attention to a few of the Republican candidates than it has to either the rest of them or the Democratic field. To be fair, there are way more GOP candidates, many of whom will not remain in the field past the March Super-Tuesday primaries. However, the differences that do exist among the GOP contenders, as expressed so far in the media, seem to me to be rather trivial and focused more on style than on substance. Little of any substance has been said contrasting the overwhelmingly oligarchic flavor of the GOP candidates to the more working class orientation expressed by the Democratic candidates let alone smaller party candidates. Concrete policy proposals have thus far been big on generalizations and included few specifics on how each candidate intends to achieve what seem to be generally agreed upon goals. What few differences currently being aired on stump speeches and in debates (if they can be called that on the GOP side) seem to focus on perceived shortcomings in personality of some as viewed by their opponents, as opposed to differences in approach to solving specific problems, let alone what policies should be priorities.
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Series | American Political Tomfoolery, Part 3: Outrageous Campaigning, Rcooley123's Blog
Bigotry, hate and advocating war or other forms of violence and subjugation of the will of the many to the vagaries of the few will not lead to an improvement in the human condition. Escaping from freedom into the arms of authoritarianism will not yield true progress, safety or security, but their exact opposites. Demand democracy to stave off the threats posed by the demagogues.
Series | American Political Tomfoolery, Part 2: Democratic Shenanigans, Rcooley123's Blog
Money is not speech and corporations are not people. Put the people in charge for a change and see how society can run if we govern ourselves rather than merely allow others to subjugate us to their will in their own interests.
Series | American Political Tomfoolery – Part 1, Rcooley123's Blog
The merits of a candidate should be demonstrable by their performance and/or the strength of their ideas, not by the quantity of the lies and distortions they can afford to flood the airwaves with.