How influential are we?

United States
March 29, 2009 12:25pm CST
As more and more disasters come to light throughout the US and the world, I wonder how influential the people really can be. Do you think anyone in the governments really cares about what their constituents want?
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@Browisn (782)
• United States
29 Mar 09
Hi Cobrateacher. I guess I'll have to assume you are referring to the economic disasters and not the horrible natural disasters like floods and famine which we have almost no control over. So, as for the economy I believe the the politicians are affected by our concerns but only to the point that it will not get them removed from office to ignore our concerns. As a matter of fact, I believe that most it not all politicians are either corrupt when they are elected or become corrupt during their first year or two in office. Happy MyLotting...
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• United States
29 Mar 09
What a horror it is that you are so very right! One of my representatives was once my student, and the changes I've sen since he was first elected are appalling! We need to get this straightened out somehow, or we're doomed to be so much less than what America could be!
@Browisn (782)
• United States
29 Mar 09
Yes Cobra, I also agree with you. It's too bad that only hindsight is 20/20 and no matter how much we like someone when they are running for office, we find them to be different people once they have the reigns of power. But,I still believe its in our best interest to try, as hard as it might seem, to keep a positive attitude and hope for the best. Happy MyLotting...
@billzehua (573)
• China
26 Jun 09
we are much more influential then we think we are, but only if we stand out of the box and voice our concerns,our ideas. big issues are always brought up to the table by the social voice torrent, gay marriage, pets maltreatment,whatever..Things might be tight here in China in terms of protest, riolts,or word-bullying governments or legislatures, but we always tie ourselves into big issues that we care by putting our ideas on the internet, reporting to Non-central-governement journalists
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• United States
27 Jun 09
The turmoil in Iran shows us that the internet and technology of other types are making major marks on the way sees itself. Our opinions are changed in the face of the courage of the protesters, and when we hear the total garbage some leaders speak about as if it were truth. As our planet gets smaller through interaction between nations, it becomes harder all the time for lies or misrepresentations to rule. That is, indeed, a blessing!
• Australia
10 Apr 09
As long as the majority of us refuse to vote anything but the major parties, or to actually try to understand what governments are doing, we have no influence whatsoever. We buy into the "legitimacy" of our elected representatives and refuse to question it, and thus legitimate it. And governments of all ilks work very hard at shoring up their legitimacy, and protecting against civil disorder (see your GPS thread, for instance, Big Brother). We get the government we deserve. It seems that most of us don't feel we are deserving of anything worthwhile. Lash
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• United States
10 Apr 09
The problem is that each of us can only do what one person can do. We're seldom able to get straight answers or reliable information about very much. Spin doctors rule whatever just doesn't get "lost" in the crush of information. I recently wrote to the governor to ask a very specific question, and the response had nothing at all to do with it! When I wrote again, I was told I'd already been answered. Frustrating though it is, I won't stop speaking up!
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
30 Mar 09
We've affected the government incrementally...but I figure we haven't exercised this ability often enough over the past decade or so, so their ears to us have greatly dimmed...almost to the point where they'll move to spite us. Or that's the feeling I get anyway. I do see us influencing eachother so much more than we used to, and that's a step in the right direction, anyway. If enough of us scream, if enough of us stand, they'll still listen. I'm not sure for how much longer, but yeah. Some in the government do. I see clips of their fighting for us, fighting in Congress specifically...but they're a handful against hundreds who don't give a da*m. They've inspired alot of people, so while I can't say they've swayed the thinking of the rest alot, I can't say they've accomplished nothing.
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• United States
30 Mar 09
We're in such a critical state, there's more on their plates than anyone can handle. Those who continue to stand up for us are to be admired and emulated. The rest are to be reviled. Yes, we are becoming more outspoken, but we have a long way to go to get this mess back on the right track!
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
29 Mar 09
Many of these people are good people who are trying to help our country be the best it can be. However many only care about us when it's time for us to vote again. As long as we are ruled by fear terrible mistakes will occur. Each of us can do that by living in the NOW, all wants and needs are in the future or the past, we can put the fear there by being conscious that right NOW we are safe. Even if you see the flood out the window, now you are safe so that you can move out of the way. If you are frozen by fear of what is coming you'll never move in time.
• United States
29 Mar 09
You're right, of course. Unfortunately, the current economic situation and the threat of terrorism have many people petrified. There's a sort of management by intimidation going on by keeping people scared. I admire President Obama's efforts to stress the positive in most of his speeches, but then the commentators and the opposition seem to do all they can to maintain the fear! We all have to do better!
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@sanuanu (11235)
• India
30 Mar 09
I know that the situation is not that good and govt is desperately trying to help its people so that we can get over from this situation asap! One thing I can't understand is that if there is no way that money could be stolen outside this world. The money is still there with people then why are we saying that we have no money left! Where has that money gone?
• United States
30 Mar 09
A few greedy, unprincipled people have prospered as they put the rest of us in poverty. We ordinary people work harder and harder to try to stay afloat, but many just can't make ends meet anymore. The whole thing is absolutely horrible!
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@sanuanu (11235)
• India
31 Mar 09
Does it mean that money is with some greedy persons only? That is a shame but why is the companies getting bankruppted?
• China
26 Jun 09
Money is not there, it's Here, we have billions and billions of Frankliln paper in our stock, and we can't even spend them here in our own country.check the news outthere, companies there bailed out not by US government,,,but by some long-been-low-profile firms here.we are gradually returning them to you in terms of more bailout and buyout. and because of your downturn, we are at the same time dragged off the boat...oh, gosh..wat am i talking about, i m just being neutral.
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
29 Mar 09
Sure they care; they have families and friends and neighbors those people are constituents. I think that the process of government is not a symple thing and most institutions have strayed from the original purpose but that is to be expected when imperfect people with faults and shortcomings are the ones running governments. It is worse if private money and interest is really running the show.
• United States
29 Mar 09
Those private interests have far too much influence, which is why so many leaders stray from the course they began. Maybe there should be a law against lobbyists, to allow the individual citizen to exert power as I believe our constitution expected.
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@Browisn (782)
• United States
29 Mar 09
Bravo Cobra! My sentiments exactly![i][/i]
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
29 Mar 09
The real problem lies with corporations. That is where the majority of campaign funding comes from and they are the "legit maffia" that run the world. When coporations are more accountable things may be different.
@riyasam (16570)
• India
30 Mar 09
maybe they do care somewhat but primarily they care for themselves,their loved ones andwhat really matters to them is how to mmake money.but i think the natural disasters even they cant prevent,sure they can help us to take prcautions.
• United States
30 Mar 09
We have to make it a practice to be as outspoken as we can, all the time. Governments have lost touch with most of us, but we need to get in their faces and remind them what they've been elected for, and by whom!