Yes, great idea, back to reality..
Disclaimer to people who don't care about the state of politics in the US:
First of all you should at least care.. since it probably will impact your country in at least some, even minor, way.. as the US is the largest economy in the world, not to be blind and say "we do everything better than you" - we don't. Second, I think there's enough US nationals/residents here that discussing this isn't such a big deal. Last, nobody is stopping you from talking about politics in your own country. anyway...
The presidential election is a popularity contest in this country.
Notice how many speak of the debates as being the turning point?
I've been seeing things to the effect of:
"Bush looked better coming out of the debates"
What the heck does looks have to do with anything?
So one's a smooth talker? hurrah, let's elect a snake to the presidency.
Not that that would be anything new..
WHY do all the intelligent people not have much visible action?
Because they're not a majority, a democratic republic like the US is not about what is BEST or what is FAIR, or what is RIGHT, it's basically a monarchy except instead of succession you get to pick one of the two.
Face it, none of these third parties are going to be elected anytime soon.
Frankly, I wouldn't want them to, some such as Nader, are just idiots with big mouths (activists), terribly unsuited to the office in my opinion.
Note: I have nothing against activism per se, they [the far right, and far left] keep things interesting, I just tire of listening to people rant about all things extreme, just for the sake of being different.
The truth is, while there are a lot of bad things that go on, and stupid laws that get passed - guess what, things aren't that bad (Ok, maybe if Bush gets in ..err...).
But then I'm not going to say we all crawl back into our holes [dorms|offices|cubicles|homes|cozy_place_goes_here] and "leave politics to the politicians".
Going with the idea that "things really aren't so terribly bad after all", and that we aren't likely to have a dramatic shift in the distribution of power (largely) between the two major parties... where does that leave us in trying to make any change?
Stop looking at these parties as your enemy, first off realize, that they really aren't that different, but that's good! Well.. sorta.
What it does mean is that the things they tend to agree on, tend to be things that already work pretty darn well. With the remainder being things that are just silly.. (the whole pro-choice/life thing), and won't ever really be settled, since they tend to be more in the philosophical/spiritial realm (what is life, etc - lets not go into that); and the rest are things that are important.. at least to us.. the whole big vs small govt debate, taxes, privacy/crypto laws, environment, defense, etc.
How do most of these things get changed? In the presidency? I think not..
Although he certainly has a role in that.. more so in the last 80 years or so, the legislative and judicial branches are important!
Plus, they get to hang around longer, aren't caught so dramatically in the spotlight if they smoke up, or get a blowjob, and tend to be a lot easier to get into office (you only need decent statewide support). In the case of a small state, with regard to senators, there's 2, and 2 from rhode island or alaska have just as much theoretical power as those from say.. california (although in reality, the ones from a big state probably have more clout, and such), still.. at the end of the day.. 2 votes.. is 2 votes, no matter who voted.
So I suppose what I'm saying here is.. start small. think big.
You're not going to go from having 95% of the popular vote go to two parties, to having 30-40% go to a 3rd party candidate, in a few years, and as I've said, this is not such a good thing IMO.
this was more of a rant than anything /me watches it get rated down.. hopefully it was coherent/relevant, post your comments!