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Old 09-13-2011, 10:55 PM   #1
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Is true democracy in the US dead?

Catching these GOP debates is not only eye opening in seeing how poor the GOP field is as a whole, but how the main stream media manipulates the debate/campaign season into corraling the populace into only voting for the elite approved candidates. I first noticed this in 2004, when the media ignored Dennis Kucinich and did a hatchet job with Howard Dean to promote the Establishment fav Kerry

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Old 09-13-2011, 11:10 PM   #2
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You do realize how ironic your thread title is since the US has never been a "true" democracy.

Now to your point, the media has a huge role in picking candidates, and the elections, but it is mostly a chicken and the egg argument. Yes the media can manipulate within bounds, but the people pretty much set the boundaries of those debates. If, as a whole, the population felt that Kucinich or a libertarian candidate's ideals were the best then the media would move to capture those viewers' interests with stories and candidates that espouse those views.

Put another way, do you think most of our president's haven't used the media machines of their times to sway the eligible voters toward electing them? Or that the parties(however they were named at the time) didn't use media/backroom dealings to get their "elite approved candidates" elected?

I would even think that now the candidates are far less influenced by media/establishment, as voters can find information through far more sources today then, say, in 1880. But, ultimately, in a 2 party system, you will have a rising tide effect as people put their smaller issues aside and select a candidate that most closely aligns with their "life view" of politics.
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:33 PM   #3
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Re: Is true democracy in the US is dead?

Most people embarrassingly vote for a specific letter surrounded by parenthesis. It seems they can't realize this isn't a sporting event. You don't have to root for one team.
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Catching these GOP debates is not only eye opening in seeing how poor the GOP field is as a whole, but how the main stream media manipulates the debate/campaign season into corraling the populace into only voting for the elite approved candidates. I first noticed this in 2004, when the media ignored Dennis Kucinich and did a hatchet job with Howard Dean to promote the Establishment fav Kerry
Well first things first, the US is not a pure democracy. Its a republic.

Secondly, what you are talking about is basically a product of the two party system. If there are only two major players they are not going to put forth a candidate out of nowhere. Its going to be someone who is well connected and "popular".
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:47 PM   #5
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Re: Is true democracy in the US is dead?

I know we are a Republic, but our media seems to steer the populace into voting a certain way and that is what I am getting at.

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I know we are a Republic, but our media seems to steer the populace into voting a certain way and that is what I am getting at.
No, I think most people understand that in our system the liberal, or conservative, hacks aren't going to win a majority of the electoral votes, or popular vote. Most people move toward majority viewpoint, rather than an "extreme" position.

I am no media lover, but they mostly report to their largest bases, if your candidate isn't being pushed, guess what, you probably wouldn't win if this was a true democracy, as you put it.

And your thread title asking if true democracy is dead, I would answer it's more so in it's infancy. As people start getting more and more information, and respecting the norms of society less, and thinking my way must be the right way, and here is a website to prove it, we will see more and more movement toward true democracy (and for the record, that's a bad thing).
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:33 AM   #7
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He actually think ther is 58 states.

Obama Claims He's Visited 57 States - YouTube
was he counting territories like marshall island, guam, etc?

you can send mail first class to marshall island btw, it's state abreviation is MH.
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Must See Hilarious George Bush Bloopers! - YouTube

no one can top this buffoon. and we have evolved into a 2 party system. no one outside of this system stands a chance
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You sure Obama didn't just make a mistake? Also, you really think Bush is intellectually superior vs. Obama, haha?

Bush had his strengths, but intelligence wasn't one of them. That's why there are tons of websites, posters, etc. that have "Bush-isms". This is actually one of the few klutzy mistakes Obama has made, in terms of speeches.

If you want to criticize Obama, focus on your issues with his policies.
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The people as a whole still have freedom and the right to exercise their will but a true democracy can not be had without the absence of money bearing external forces, presence of a leveled playing field and low barrier to entry for candidate and informed citizenry.

This country and its people lack sufficient altruism required for a true democracy.
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Forefathers rolling in their graves....way too much special interest and corporate money in politics....our political system is a damn embarrassment imo...
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The people as a whole still have freedom and the right to exercise their will but a true democracy can not be had without the absence of money bearing external forces, presence of a leveled playing field and low barrier to entry for candidate and informed citizenry.

This country and its people lack sufficient altruism required for a true democracy.
True democracy is just as dangerous, and stupid of a style of govt as any other out there. Because 50.1% of a given population support an idea, doesn't mean that idea is a good one, only that 50.1% of the population agree to do something.

The US's strength, for whatever it's worth, wasn't ever in the democratic aspect, but in the multilayered check's and balances that were put in place to prevent harm and provide a government that was: stable enough to withstand foreign influences on domestic affairs, limited in scope and power enough to allow individual freedoms, secure enough to take on debt and repay debt to enable foreign trade. As the US marches toward truer and truer democracy (defined as one person one vote on every issue) we lose many of the less obvious checks and balances the founders put there.

My personal belief is that the moving of Senate seats from state decision to democratic forces is one of the most undermining of all the constitutional amendments. I actually understand at the time it was necessary but it seems like States need to reclaim that privilege and bring back a form of State assignment of Senate seats. My rationale in a simplistic statement is this: the big money contributors that currently fund national campaigns would be forced to bring campaigns back to individual state situations. It really would be best if there could be a 2 step process of State appointment followed by voter approval, that would work to reduce backroom politics and encourage Senators who are working for their State and not for the vested national lobbiests.
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Forefathers rolling in their graves....way too much special interest and corporate money in politics....our political system is a damn embarrassment imo...
To whom is our political system an embarrassment?

We have a stable government that has seen power taken from the richest and over the course of 200+ years incorporated more and more people into the system. At the same time the system has allowed for an economy that thru ups and downs does not bring great instability into the political system, i.e. governments are overthrown or recalled every time the economy tanks, and no single ruler is given vast over-reaching authority when the economy booms.

Again, no government or political system is going to be ideal, and all are run by people which brings fluctuations and abuse, BUT, it is neglectful in my opinion, to be embarrassed by a system that has produced a stability of life while not creating a chaotic or dictatorial regime for 222 years.
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True democracy is just as dangerous, and stupid of a style of govt as any other out there. Because 50.1% of a given population support an idea, doesn't mean that idea is a good one, only that 50.1% of the population agree to do something.

The US's strength, for whatever it's worth, wasn't ever in the democratic aspect, but in the multilayered check's and balances that were put in place to prevent harm and provide a government that was: stable enough to withstand foreign influences on domestic affairs, limited in scope and power enough to allow individual freedoms, secure enough to take on debt and repay debt to enable foreign trade. As the US marches toward truer and truer democracy (defined as one person one vote on every issue) we lose many of the less obvious checks and balances the founders put there.

My personal belief is that the moving of Senate seats from state decision to democratic forces is one of the most undermining of all the constitutional amendments. I actually understand at the time it was necessary but it seems like States need to reclaim that privilege and bring back a form of State assignment of Senate seats. My rationale in a simplistic statement is this: the big money contributors that currently fund national campaigns would be forced to bring campaigns back to individual state situations. It really would be best if there could be a 2 step process of State appointment followed by voter approval, that would work to reduce backroom politics and encourage Senators who are working for their State and not for the vested national lobbiests.
50% + 1 is not a true democracy, it is tyranny of the majority the founders wished to avoid. A true democracy IMO is a deliberative democracy in which given multiple options the people will always choose the best option because it is the most logical and natural option. Obviously for this to work a lot of responsibility falls on the citizenry.
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50% + 1 is not a true democracy, it is tyranny of the majority the founders wished to avoid. A true democracy IMO is a deliberative democracy in which given multiple options the people will always choose the best option because it is the most logical and natural option. Obviously for this to work a lot of responsibility falls on the citizenry.
So in your situation where a population deliberates the multiple options and come to the point of choosing an option, how would the vote be conducted and what would be the requirement an option being selected?
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