To all my American blogger peeps

Posted: November 3, 2010 in Uncategorized

OK, so what just happened here?  Seriously, I’m trying to understand.

As far as I can tell the American government is shackled for the next two years. Why?

This recession is the worst since the 30s and people expect it to be fixed in a year? It took WWII to fix the recession in the 30s. Somehow I doubt a Republican president could have done any better than Obama.

And from what I’ve gleaned it’s not like the Republicans are offering up any solutions or input other than saying no to anything and everything the Dems have to propose.

 

So help me out people, what is going on down there?

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Comments
  1. Rachel says:

    Dont ask me! I sure dont know; I’m a damned liberal. I feel exceptionally marginalized here. Maybe this guy can shed some light for you:
    http://whatever.scalzi.com/2010/11/03/election-thoughts-2010/

    I should also point out that Americans have a deep-seated cultural heritage of distrust and loathing for governments, which paradoxically co-exists with our deep-seated sense of superiority and entitlement. maybe that has something to do with it. Oh and we scoff at European notions of community and education.

  2. ticknart says:

    Here’s what I think happened:
    Too many Americans believe that if something doesn’t happen quickly it might not happen at all, so rather than wait it’s better to switch things up and see how well that works. If it doesn’t, well, in two years we can trade again.

    Too many also don’t seem to pay close attention to history. The last time the US economy was this bad it took a huge war to get things moving and then introduced us all to the Military Industrial Complex.

    Oh, and what Rachel said above.

  3. Gianna says:

    Sadly, I doubt anyone really knows. Perhaps because, as Rachel points out we “scoff at … education”, too many have just gotten so incredibly stoopid (yes, I know how it’s actually spelled) that all they’re capable of is responding in a knee-jerk fashion to all the hateful mudslinging that passes for political information these days. At this point it seems that, if someone yells loud enough that the sky is falling, they’ve got a following. Hate and fear sure seem to sell. More and more we (the U.S.) worry me. I’ve never voted a party line. I consider myself independent. The whole thing would be funny, in a dark humor sort of way, if it weren’t for that fact that it isn’t.

  4. geewits says:

    1. Most Americans are idiots.
    2. There should be an 8 year cap on political office.
    3. Personal Finance should be a mandatory class for all 9th graders.
    4. Teachers who can’t teach should be fired.

  5. Em says:

    Trust me, I did NOT want things to turn out this way. But our political discourse seems to come down to two things….who has the most money and who yells the loudest. And when it comes to yelling, the more generic and hateful it is, the more traction it seems to get. I’m thinking maybe I need to live where you live!

  6. Suldog says:

    Here’s the deal. Most Americans, nice as they might be to share a meal with and then maybe boff afterward, are no more able to engage in true political discourse than your average chimpanzee. They have been trained to have an attention span that limits their intake to 15-second soundbites, and anyone who offers substantive thought to them is labeled a kook. Most believe that the labels of Republican and Democrat actually mean something (when, in fact, they represent two sides of the same warped coin, most of the time.) When presented with anyone not wearing a sign proclaiming them a member of one of these two parties, most U.S. citizens immediately dismiss that non-aligned candidate no matter how much sense he or she may be speaking. And some are so blind to party loyalty that if Hitler were running against Jesus Christ himself, they would still vote for Hitler so long as Jesus was from the opposite side of the aisle.

    Other than that, we’re pretty astute.

  7. Jocelyn says:

    As eight years of George W. proves, we are the dumbest voters on the planet. That’s what happened.

    Reactionary fools are we Americans.

  8. lime says:

    suldog speaks sense. i’m writing him in at every slot on the next election.

  9. Jazz says:

    Thanks much for the enlightenment, guys!

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