I hear there are people not celebrating the Fourth of July

@dragon54u (31636)
United States
July 4, 2008 9:58am CST
because they are so disgusted with the president, congress and senate. Well, I'm disgusted, too. but I'm still celebrating! You know why? Because our leadership has ceased to be a reflection of the people of our country. This began decades ago and they no longer represent the people in any way. What they do is not how we, the people, are and is not how we think. The people of this country are good people that have been slowly overtaken by political and corporate interests. The fact that our country isn't doing what a lot of us would like doesn't mean we shouldn't celebrate the wonderful people we have here and the many freedoms and opportunities that we still have. So, celebrate! And try in every way you can to make it known that you won't let y0ur country be hijacked by politics and political interests. Fight back, and be proud to be an American!
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@MrNiceGuy (4143)
• United States
4 Jul 08
Representative democracy is much more feasible than direct democracy. And how did George Bush get reelected then?
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
4 Jul 08
The electoral college is who elects the president. Look at the 2004 election, the popular vote no longer counts and electoral votes are cast according to political interests. In this case, I think the oil interests and other nefarious PACs had a big hand in it. Or maybe I'm just paranoid. The point I was trying to make is not to judge the people by their leadership--look at the people of the Middle East, so disdained by so many. People are looking at their leadership, not the women and men and children that live in the country; the vast majority of them are just like everyone else, principled and moral and good people. But their leadership makes people fear them. Same with the U.S. The world and the citizens of the country themselves think the country is horrible and yet it's made up of generous, good people for the most part.
@MrNiceGuy (4143)
• United States
4 Jul 08
I believe you are referring to the election in 2000 between Al Gore and President Bush. Either way, I still don't think there is anything wrong with representative democracy especially when considering the efficacy of the process. I disagree with how leaders represent countries, especially when reelected, or in other countries as well, but there's pretty much nothing we can do about that.
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@MrNiceGuy (4143)
• United States
4 Jul 08
I believe you are referring to the election in 2000 between Al Gore and President Bush. Either way, I still don't think there is anything wrong with representative democracy especially when considering the efficacy of the process. I disagree with how leaders represent countries, especially when reelected, or in other countries as well, but there's pretty much nothing we can do about that.
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@Rosekitty (19394)
• San Marcos, Texas
5 Jul 08
DRagon..I can understand why they are but since i had a headache..I'm staying home and watching it on tv..its not the same but didn't feel well enough to go out
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
5 Jul 08
I hope your head feels better this morning! Turns out there were plenty of fireworks all over the neighborhood. Around 11pm the dogs were so upset I had to give them each half a benadryl to calm them down and there was a thick haze of smoke everywhere, along with the stink of fireworks. I saw some very pretty ones, too! Luckily, I didn't hear any fire trucks so I guess everyone made it through unscathed this year!
• United States
4 Jul 08
I agree with you! I think I live in the best country on Earth, but I'm biased as I've lived here all my life and I see people dying (literally) for the opportunity just to work here. If more people would just go out and vote, maybe things will change. Most people don't vote and even fewer vote at every election. If they are disgusted, then they have to get out and vote this year and for every election. Otherwise, only a small number of people are going to end up making the decisions for all of us.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
4 Jul 08
You are so right! We also need to stop letting politicians cast their votes according the the dictates of corporations and PACs instead of listening to the people they are supposed to be representing. Then maybe we'd regain our collective self-esteem!
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