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Forum Post: Picking a team and sticking with it: in sports that shows loyalty, in politics not such a good idea.

Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 15, 2012, 7:08 a.m. EST by factsrfun (7064) from Phoenix, AZ
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I run into people all the time who think both parties are about the same, they both take corporate money, do favors for their buddies and so on. Most of them vote the way their parents did, if they vote at all, they became Republicans because their parents were Republicans, (or the other way around). My son is still sort of a Raiders fan even though we’ve never lived in CA, I started following them long ago because I liked the black uniforms and their rep for being mean. Davis did a lot of things through the years I didn’t like but I stuck with them, because I was a fan, and I think that’s alright. When it comes to public policy not so much; if you look around and think the rich have got it bad, vote Republican, if you think wages should be higher, people should have healthcare, and just maybe God forbid somebody might even get a vacation someday, then you will vote Democratic.

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[-] 1 points by factsrfun (7064) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

Hey Brad, I thought you saw this.

[-] 1 points by hamalmang (722) from Lebanon, PA 2 years ago

That is the problem with living in the perceived dichotomous society. The illusion that there is only two choices. Life is more complicated than a football game where one roots for one team over another. Until we learn how to dismantle the political parties, if we ever do, what choices do we really have but to play along or becoming non-participating misfits? At least as misfits we can keep our dignity. Meh...

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (7064) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

But here’s the deal no matter how bad the dems are they're ten times better than the GOP and the fact is somebody is going to win every election and then that person is going to influence public policy,. I voted for Anderson in 1980, in part because I felt that way, and in so doing voted against one of the most moral Presidents we ever had, because I fell into that “they’re all the same” trap. (Look at his post-presidency) When my son was getting his political science degree we spent a good deal of time looking at docs and papers to see how a third party could come into play, and the thing is without a convention I just don’t see how you do it, and I wouldn’t trust that even if they let me in the room, I don’t trust myself enough for that let alone them.