(For a college research paper, so please forward!) Do you believe this government is still "of the people, by the people, for the people" like Lincoln said in the Gettysburg Address?
Thanks for voting, everyone! I didn't realize there was a vote cap (oops), but this should help a lot! :)
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Large labor unions, lobbyist for lawyers, overzealous environmentalist, crooked banks, in-bed corps like Comcast and ATT. Oh and those crooks in Washington that work for them and manipulate ads so uninformed voters let them have their power.
Nic: great poll question.
I hope you do great on the paper.
Well, technically yes, since corporations are technically people.
Yes, but only technically.
Moving away from the Ideal.
At least it's more so than in Lincoln's time, where women and people of color couldn't vote. We don't have a perfect system, but we never have.
Not at all.
Substitute "people" for "corporations".
Not even close. It's all about corporate money and screwing the American people out of their social security.
How would you fix it?
I don't know if it can be fixed until the American people decide they have had enough and start firing and voting out their elected officials.
If corporations are the problem I would enact laws to encourage small business, competition & I would lessen the advantage of large international business.
Well the problem is that out government is broken and one person can't make a difference.
All bloated bureaucracies are broken by definition.
Our liberties lie in smaller government & businesses.
I believe one good leader can make a difference.
One good leader can't make a difference as long as we have a congress that does give a damn about the American people.
Spartacus: Congress not caring is a myth like the war on women.
A good leader wouldn't blame the other party for his inability to participate.
We desperately need a good leader.
I'm sure you believe that Casper.
Spartacus: yes I do believe those myths are spin & diversions from real issues.
I also believe there are a lot of good people serving on both sides of the isle. They just are too far removed from our reality.
The idealistic part of me says yes but with the special interest groups on both sides what's right and best doesn't happen very much.
Yes, now that "people" has been redefined to mean "corporations".
Hopefully this isn't new but the legality of corporations as separate entities with rights isn't new.
It's just that people are just now understanding what that means.
What is new is the expansion of the "rights" of corporations. As originally conceived, corporate personhood was a legal fiction intended to allow corporations to sue and be sued. Legislators have often failed to make the human/corporate distinction.
If you replace the word people with pen and phone it is.
Where is that in Maine? We love it there.
I live in New Gloucester, but I go to college in South Portland. Born and raised here! :)
Beautiful state. Acadia is stunning.
Not the Obama administration.
So he didn't win the election?
So he hasn't helped the people since he won.
So you say. Regardless, the fact that he was elected (and re-elected) by a majority of voters shows that he does represent "the people" and their interests.
You can fool most of the people most of the time.
Still though, even if people are fooled, aren't they getting what they deserve/want?
Deserve, I'm afraid. One look at his popularity polls shows he's not what they want anymore. I'm hoping they learn their lesson and rejecy Hillary in advance, not partway into her disastrous single term. :o)
Replace people with corporation and it is correct.
I wish that I knew. Make companies disclose ALL political money spent on lobbying and campaign contributions. I'm just guessing. I doubt any real reform will happen.
Eliminate fraud, insider trading, bribery, conflicts of interest & other profiteering by politicians.
Eliminated deductions for political contributions.
Lower, flatter, simpler tax code with fewer special interest carve outs.
Shouldn't those be issues both parties could agree to pursue.
Likely. Maybe institute a 100% excise tax on all political donations for individuals with a net worth over $1M (including trusts) and corporations with a market cap over $1M.
If it was, we'd be a communist country called the Democratic People's Republic of America. :P
& be forced to do what they (our owners) say we must do.
They may even force us to buy crappy insurance & go to crappy schools.