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Old 07-07-2002, 10:59 AM
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Hey Ed, you forgot to mention the 2 Bush family members.

You also forgot about George W. and his early drug and drunk driving days. Somehow that also passed the media as well.


Not to mention it really irritates me that some are let go, but others are cruicified for doing the same thing, it just depends who's in the OTHER corner at the time and who starts screaming?


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Old 07-07-2002, 11:08 AM
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I mean really - a choice between Al Gore (you gotta be kidding) or another Bush (Lord, help us all...)?!
As the most highly rated democracy in the world (not sure who did the rating), I find it strange that it's very difficult to stand for government in the US unless you're extraordinarily wealthy...
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Old 07-07-2002, 12:06 PM
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Actually, the US is a considered a republic and not a democracy. But, I would class it as neither. I don't know what it's really turned into, but whatever it is, it ain't working anymore...

Here's an interesting article:

http://www.sierratimes.com/archive/f.../20/mulloy.htm
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Old 07-07-2002, 01:25 PM
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Al - You are correct. The only people capable of running a campaign for a high office (President, Senator, etc...) are usually wealthy individuals or have the backing of rich corporations. Something is very wrong about that...and unless someone overhauls the entire campaign system it will only get worse.

Our system of Presidential debates is a perfect example. Rarely do you see third party candidates. Granted, they might not have a realistic shot at winning, but a Libertarian or Green party candidate could actually bring REAL issues to the debate. The debates as they are now, are just fluff...lot's of talking but no one really says anything.

We need a system where the an average individual could legitimately run for office and not be crushed under the weight of an opponent's money...then maybe politicians could get back to debating ideas. ...or maybe I'm just dreaming of an impossible utopian existence!
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Old 07-07-2002, 01:50 PM
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We need a system where the an average individual could legitimately run for office and not be crushed under the weight of an opponent's money...then maybe politicians could get back to debating ideas. ...or maybe I'm just dreaming of an impossible utopian existence!
The only way I see that happening is for realistic campaign spending limits to be imposed, for limits to be imposed on campaign donations, and for the media to be required to give equal time to all candidates.
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Old 07-07-2002, 03:57 PM
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Every once in a while you see a peon taking on a giant for one reason or another. I think the American people have already entered a "new way of thinking". I think the time is right for a nobody like us to step up and convince the people that there actually is a chance to change things. To stop corporate greed. To stop political greed. To bring the powerful politicians to their knees. To make a mark in history with a new attitude. I think the time is right, and I think it can be done. It won't be easy, but then nothing worth anything really is. I don't think it's necessary to have people become a type of terrorist in order to get a point across. The time is right!

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Old 07-07-2002, 05:20 PM
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Ed for President!!!
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Old 07-07-2002, 06:19 PM
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I refuse to take money from large corporations, but I'll take yours Greg!

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Old 07-07-2002, 11:47 PM
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There is not much to take! ...But you can have it if you can pass some campaign finance reform!
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Old 07-08-2002, 04:47 AM
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Greg, I won't be like the rest of them and take everything you've got. Keep a dollar, then send the rest to me.

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