How much interest do you have in the politics of your country? Other Countries?

Canada
July 1, 2007 9:10pm CST
As I check out other sites I notice that there are a few Mylot members who are keenly interested in the politics of their country. Before meeting my husband 17 years ago I never paid any attention to politics...but I sure do now. As a Canadian I observe our political arena, but oddly enough give American politics more attention than ours these days. More happening I guess. Part of the reason we listen to up-dates in the American media is to keep abreast of the war and the candidates for the next election. With a woman and African American running for the first time there is history in the making. Also I like to keep my mind open, listen to differing viewpoints and to weigh the pros and cons. I also believe the addage 'those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it'...and much of what is going on in North America has been affected by American Foreign policy...and will continue to be. What a scarey thought that is if things keep on going the way they have in the last few years. It will continue to have a ripple effect all over the world...at least that is my perspective on the discussion. It is also alarming to hear that a candidate like Dr. Paul has such a great platform and how difficult it is for him to have the same treatment as others running in the election. It appears that he could bring a different level of integrity to the government and it will be interesting to see how far he can go in the election process. How do you see it...interested in politics or not? Care to give a few reasons and viewpoints in what mylot is all about...respectful dialogue.
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@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
3 Jul 07
Well i do think that it really depends on where you live at. I know that from the moment that i was born all i saw and heard was politics. I know that most of the Israelis are just like me. When a country is surrounded by many enemy countries, and the news are in the tv and radio every hour, you get used to living with the political situations. I am also very interested in the international political news. I guess everything everywhere does reflect on my countries situation, so it interests me.
• Canada
4 Jul 07
Your country has a lot of challenges to face every day and I would imagine discussions about politics must be hard to avoid. It is always fascinating to hear about life in other places and I appreciate your comments. There is so much political strife in different parts of the world. It is a constant reminder of how important it is to work together in trying to resolve them. Does your country broadcast North American News and other international syndicated news such as CNN or does it focus more on local stations?
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@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
4 Jul 07
Yes. My country does broadcast headlines from the cnn and other international news channels all around the world.
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• Canada
4 Jul 07
Thanks for getting back and letting me know about how news is covered in your country. I find the communication with friends from other countries just one of the many great things Mylot provides. As Licanis mentioned in her response it can be all too easy to keep our heads wrapped up in our own little corner of the Universe...with problems elsewhere being a dull hum in the background of our awareness. Connecting with others within a global network reminds me that there truly is a spiritual 'OneSong' that we are a part of...whether we acknowledge it or not.
@phon4u (2217)
• Laos
3 Jul 07
Hello!I have been interested in policies politics and followed their rules that would be enough. My country's politics is peaceful indeed, the government opens all foreigners to invest in my country more and more. Chinese people are ready to do on marketing the whole country. Some people have dealt with real estate or home land. The price is cheap for the foreigners at the moment. Some foreigners who got married to Lao women bought hundreds of square meters for the next coming business.
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• Canada
4 Jul 07
Glad to have your input. What you have shared is informative and shows how borders are shrinking all over the planet. Hopefully with people having greater access to each other and inhabiting other countries there will eventually be greater acceptance of differences. If the political environment was different maybe there could also be more peaceful resolutions to the problems people face. But we obviously have a way to go before that happens.
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 Jul 07
I have some really mixed views on politics actually. There are some times when I become very interested because there are laws being considered or candidates pushing agendas that could seriously affect my own life, the lives of people I care about, or just the welfare of people in general. Of course there are topics that are closer to my heart than others, based on my own personal history and such. However, living in a small town way out in the middle of nowhere also sometimes makes it hard to feel connected to the larger world. I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and it's so far away from everywhere and everything that it often seems like being in my own little world. So sometimes I have to really work at paying attention to politics and issues, because it all seems so far away.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
2 Jul 07
hmmmmmmmmm that takes some thought I havent liked who I see running this time didnt hear about Dr. Phil I dont like his show much dont watch it but my mom likes him she dont miss it lol. I have newver been into it much but I do have opninions(sp) lol. But I dont think a woman right now or a black person should get in office unless it was me! ha ha .And I dont know what I could do with the plate that would be handed to every wins. Every thing is such a mess and pres. seems to cow tow to whoi ever has a problem that I would hate to be next in office to try to straighten up the decades of mistakes that has been made!
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• Canada
2 Jul 07
Dr. Paul is a republican candidate with a not too popular view of resolving problems in the middle East. He has been willing to take a stand on issues that many other politicians are 'spinning' in endless diatribes that don't really say anything. Your point about the current state of affairs and how many problems they are to solve is true..seems rather overwhelming doesn't it? What is interesting to me is how many people think that a lone voice in the wilderness doesn't do any good. I know from experience that one voice that keeps hammering the system can get attention. You know the 'old squeeky wheel' syndrome. My approach is 'you better deal with me because I am not going away' and it has worked to open open doors some said were sealed shut. For example when my Mom was in the latter years of her life there were some hassles around her home-care. I went through three levels of government before I got their attention.I didn't go away...and they eventually decided to deal with me and things were finally resolved. I think politics are the same way when the voters get together and demand the government to be accountable...they do listen. It takes perseverence, but people seem to be forgetting 'we' hire them by our votes. If they are not doing a good job...why should they continue to hold a position and not have to answer for their actions? As individuals we cannot hope to change things until we become aware of a problem...then decide how to solve it. That is why I thought this topic would be an interesting discussion and I appreciate YOUR perspective Lakota...and the touches of humor!