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So now we get to live through 18 months of campaigning and posturing for the presidential elections. The process that our country needs (politicians focusing on getting our economy back on track) will now be diluted to election propaganda and bullshit.

The President of our country should serve one 6 year term. That way they can focus on being president for 6 years. Now, in the first term, they spend 1.5 years on the campaign trail and doing what they think they need to to get re-elected and not what the country needs. In the second term they spend the last 1.5 years creating some form of a legacy for themselves or pardoning all the people that were arrested for wrong doing that are their friends. So in 8 years we really only have a president for 5 years.

Our system is so broken. Between lobbyists, large corp contributions and big business running our government the average American doesn't stand a chance or isn't even a consideration. Monsanto, Dupont, Wall Street, Exxon, Banks, etc... those are the people who run our country. The SEC is filled with high ranking executives from wall street houses, the FDA is replete with people from Monsanto, The Fed Reserve is run by the very people they helped bail out in the banking industry.

How can we win with the deck so stacked? The only time the American people matter to the politicians and businessman is when the elections roll around and then guess what? It's all the same crap, we vote out one asshole and vote in another one who's equally on the take. And, if a good one happens to get voted in Washington crushes their ability to get anything done and they get voted out. If first term senators or reps don't play ball they're gone.

And "we the sheople" keep going alone with this process because gov has locked the game. They create groups like homeland security not to protect us from outside terrorism but to quell our rights and ability for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We need more than 2 parties and 2 candidates as it's ludicrous to think that we should only have 2 to chose from, we need the groups in Washington who are suppose to protect us to be flushed and filled with outside parties who have our best interests in mind, we need to stop warring with other countries and start caring about our own, we need leadership that will govern our country for what's best for the people and not how to fill some executives pocket with more cash.

Washington is corrupt. It's corruption is so ingrained they feel entitled to it. We don't matter and that really, really pisses me off.  

Sorry for the rant. I'm just tired of seeing a once great nation reduced to what we've become.
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jshapeshifter Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
Campaigning should only last 28 days......period!! :-)
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jshapeshifter Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
I'm not a political person, but I think the two party system is ok, only the two parties should be..........uh........maybe Male and Female. I believe that would create some very interesting debates and having those parties would tend to keep our country fair and equal as far as power is concerned. That also would keep the bloodshed to a minimum, except for maybe here where it belongs, and would definitely be very limited.......we need to listen to each other, and consider the opponents view points and that would settle our differences very quickly..........or else! :-) Not all men are assholes and not all women are bitches......We are all BOTH!!! Now how equal is THAT statement?? Hmmmmmmmmmm???
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simbandeh Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, last time it was more than two years of campaigning so; count your blessings, I suppose.
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lenron Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
Well said, if not painfully obvious - at least to those who choose to see it.

Hope you're well, man.
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alraheef Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
I agree with you Dave
Yes you need for that
But my opinion of someone who runs America now, it's the media !!
Already seen and now we see Obama addressed an election campaign for re-nomination for the presidency, Ads by false and fabricated when he said we killed Osama bin Laden done by photoshop, It is a revolution of technology and I saw people rejoice in the killing of a man
According to another lie, but our war on terror is not over, I wished to operate a work of art suggests a new concept of what America needs now is to improve its image before the world
Thank you for writing this article :peacefull:
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TheTurdFerguson Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
There are many that are a lot worse than ours. But the point of the writing in the first place was to comment about the American Government. If this was a comparison writing they would come into play. Do you talk about the global warming issue and comment on the temperature of Mars? I doubt it because you don't live there.
I have to wholly agree with Dave.
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Gwendolaine Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
quite honestly I feel like you're complaining over something that other's have a LOT worse. At least you get to vote AT ALL. I do see your point about corruption, but there are many governments out there that are a hundred times wrose.
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anywherebutherehere Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Student Writer
1. I agree that WA,D.C. is corrupt and that we only have a president for a year to five years. However, I think if more people decided to actually get up and vote and ask questions--and KEEP asking them until they're answered--(which may never happen with the people we have now), then we might get somewhere. It's partly the people's fault for not pushing. We are like sheep in that. Also, the money stuff started during the French & Indian war, so that's really nothing new. Just that the Secretaries of Treasury haven't looked at Ft. Knox in a REALLY long time. Big corps are good to create employment, but that does not necessarily mean they should be taxed more. Same goes for small businesses. Those people can't hire more people (to increase employment), and then to invest in things like the stock market to stabilize monetary trade.

If you haven't yet, you should take a look at G.Washington's Farewell address. Sucks that all the things the one non-party president warned against we've fallen into. :\
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Daski-chan Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Student Photographer
I definitely agree with you.

It's time like these I wish I lived in europe. >___>
And the people in Congress should have limits for how long they can stay in office.
And they should have to pay for their benefits, then they'd know a least a little more; how an average american feels. :/
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Axysses Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Funny. We've just ended campaigning and the elections are going to be held this saturday.
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devilicious Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
you sound EXACTLY like my husband :p

:hug: note me - how are you? how is the band? how is the business? how are YOU :kiss:
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i-Clarke Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Once great, maybe before colonization.
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GreyLynx Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Student Photographer
Reasons why I'm registered Independent.

I think if we'd lose the bipartisanism, we'd have a lot less bull-shit politics and more real politics. In most European countries, they have six or more parties to choose from. When you have that many parties, they're more likely to work together instead of against each other. With two, it's just a race for the most votes.
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AcousticSpazz Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Student Photographer
I just wish they'd be strait up for once...Im sick of getting screwed over...I think the "war on terror" covers our own government now too right?
It should. They're running this country into the ground....I think thats always been the goal. They're TRYING to kill us and we are so damn dependent on our government that we're just buckling...

Please please correct me if ANY of this is wrong... although im pretty confident in my knowledge...but i dont wish to sound ignorant. >.<



P.S. Dave,i've checked out your website and i really like it ^.^ Very easy to use >.<
sorry had to say that.
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RebeccaProp Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'm not American but from what I've heard the system isn't that great. I like that here in Canada we have a little more choice, and just underwent some huge changes a few days ago XD That being said though, we've had three elections in the last... six or seven years or something? XD
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Cetriya Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
once great? for whom? and when?
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Peppermint--Twist Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Actually, this is exactly how it was designed to function. I was of the same opinion until I took american Government and started reading my textbooks and going to class.

The Constitution has installed such a careful series of checks and balances (including unwritten ones, such as using parties to their advantage) in order to make sure that no major changes can be made quickly, thus preventing any large majority from taking advantage of the system.

In short, the United States Government is slow and ineffective because it's supposed to be that way. We make progress very gradually, but it's hard for us, who think about things often one decade at a time, to truly see that.
The ineffectiveness of our Government is actually preserving it. It keeps everyone generally dissatisfied, instead of having one majority ultra happy while choking the minority in misery. Everything is going according to plan.
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snowysylva Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This.
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elfgirllithirnial Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
And THAT is exactly why I got my government class out of the way THIS semester lol. All that shit is starting up and I'm getting the hell out of it before it builds up. I hate politics. I'm American and I love my country, but for the love of God our political system is ridiculous.
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Casperium Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Amen to that.
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SinisterTomato Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Out of curiosity, what do you know/think of the canadian system of government, if at all?

I've been living here the last few years and am coming to find it generally better than the american one myself (although we might've taken a step back in our latest election).
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EllenMac Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Citation please!
I know, I know, this isn't an essay and you aren't looking to have to prove everything you say. While I do agree with much you do say (bipartisan parties, corruption, and election complications) it is hard for me to truly buy into your arguments when your claims are so broad and explosive without being specific in the evidence you have to support it. I know its an opinion but where is the base of it? I'm sorry to be nit picking, but, that's just the way I read it.
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Davenit Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court justice and former Monsanto lawer. Refused to recuse himself in cases for Monsanto that came before the supreme court.

Michael Taylor, Deputy commissioner at the FDA, former Monsanto Lawyer.

Richard Berner, former Morgan Stanley economist now consultant to Tim Giethner.

Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is a former Goldman CEO

Dina Farrell Deputy Director, National Economic Council, Obama Administration since January 2009. Goldman: Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs from 1987-1989.

Robert D. Hormats Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs-designate since July 2009; Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs International and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs & Co. He worked at Goldman Sachs from 1982-2009.

Neel Kashkari Interim head, Treasury's Office of Financial Stability from October 2008-May 2009; Assistant Secretary for International Economics (confirmed in summer 2008) Special assistant to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson from 2006-2008. Vice President at Goldman Sachs from 2002-2006.

Mark Patterson Treasury Department Chief of Staff since February 2009. Lobbyist for Goldman Sachs from 2003-2008.

I could go on and on and on with this but you see where it's going.

Any other citations you want just ask. There are tons available all over the place. Nothing I've said can't be backed up.

It's common knowledge that Washington is run by business. Just the way they've deregulated the banking/stock market in the last 20 years is proof enough. It's almost treasonous.
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Darkfish888 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Student Artist
quite true, quite true.... :no:
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PepperJackCoyote Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
I totally agree with you. I really don't see why they spend so long campaigning when we are several TRILLION dollars in dept. As I see it, the government has too much power over things.


Aye, what have we gotten ourselves into? -sigh-
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Natsum-i Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist
Try living with an African government... Then you'll really know what corruption is...
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Davenit Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Yeah, I can only imagine. Other gov's have outright corruption that's so visible. Ours is covert, and in some cases not so covert. I don't know which is more insidious. When the American people are an afterthought to political agenda something has to change or our country will turn into and African like political system. It's pretty scary.
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Natsum-i Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist
Since i've lived in both SA and Namibia (Namibia is a bit better)i have seen blatant corruption, nepotism and discrimination (AA). I think knowing its there but also knowing they (politicians) are better at hiding it is worse. Since i also fall in the minority group of the population there is not a lot we can do about it.
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