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July 23, 2014

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Voting carries a sense of pride

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With the start of early voting this week, we have the most exciting, powerful and profound opportunity. We get to choose our leaders and we get to do so without fear and truly with pride.

While this tends to be the season to lament the nastiness of campaigns, that breath is wasted. In spite of some technical legal definitions, advertising agencies and campaigns are not people.

It is their express purpose to sell a message that will compel people to take action, in this case to not vote. Forgive them the use of vitriol. It is their job. It is effective.

Individuals cannot be forgiven for repeating it. When individual behavior reinforces messages designed to dampen that precious exercise, we all lose. Happily, the opposite is true, too.

Civil discourse in democracy is necessary, productive and can be enjoyable — really. If we celebrate the next few weeks, we elevate civic engagement, reinforcing pride in it for our children. This can be fun. So let’s be nice.

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  1. All that has happened is NOT the result of one party. We don't live in a dictatorship and one party has rarely held control of the Presidency and Congress.

    It is sad and worrisome that so many Americans buy so totally into this fantasy, that both parties work so hard to propagate, that one party is all pristine, all the time, and the other party is all evil, all the time.

    Housing is a great example. Both parties, in large part supported the repeal of Glass Stegall, relaxation of mortgage underwriting standards, invention of derivatives, bundling of mortgage securities sold to investors, look the other way credit reporting agencies, etc. We had the government oversight agencies but they failed to do their jobs. Why? Because too many people were making money. Banks, escrow companies, home builders and all companies that support home building, mortgage companies, individual Americans who were buying and selling homes, wall street investors, hedge funds, insurance companies, etc. It was great for nearly everyone, until it wasn't. The regulators failed, and that wasn't the fault of only one party. The whole housing problem has the fingerprints of both D's and R's all over it.

    The housing bubble was a failure of government as a whole. It intervened in the private market in ways that it should not have and then the government agencies in place to regulate different aspects of the housing and financial markets did not regulate.

    This should be an issue where Americans are angry at both parties and not one where we buy the lie that only one party was responsible.

    Michael

  2. Hang on because it will only get worse - not better. There's no love lost between those of us who believe in smaller government and those who want to turn the USA into a "Workers Paradise." No love lost between the productive and the parasites. Nor should there be.

  3. Bradley,

    You addressed none of what I said about housing. Set that aside and contemplate this. Both Romney and Obama have said no increased taxes on the middle class. Both have detailed virtually no specific cuts in government spending. Both are saying we must invest in Education, job training and energy. Romney says he will grow the economy with more tax cuts. Obama doesn't really say but history would argue that we will see another government stimulus or something like it.

    To both candidates and parties, I say: 'You must be kidding.'.... but they are not. We have to vote for one of these guys and one of these so called 'plans', but for the people who actually believe they could work as laid out or that they will even be implemented as laid out, I say you are living in Fantasyland.

    It doesn't bother me that many will vote R and Many will vote D, but it scares the crap out of me that so many people seem to believe what Obama and Romney are telling us. OMG!!!!

    Michael

  4. In addition to being a right for all Americans, voting carries responsibility. In today's arena you have access to information from thousands of sources. There is no reason for a voter to enter the voting booth unprepared, uninformed---no excuse! Not in America!

    President Obama wins re-election by 6 to 8 points.

  5. Bradley,

    I appreciate the response, sparse and general as it may be. In reality, mistakes were made and policies supported by both parties that led directly to the housing crisis.

    You're entitled to your view as are others, but the reason these errors recur is because too many of us buy the lie that fault lies only with one party.

    Michael

  6. Well said Bradley, well said.

  7. Bradley,

    I am confident the reasonable informed voters will turn out and exercise the right to vote on November 6, 2012. Voting is not only a right, it's a responsibility every adult must take seriously.

    There are People like you who are speaking out and telling it like it is, the truth as we know the truth.

    Can we all agree that 2 + 2 = 4??? It so, from this point we can find solutions to our problems together.

    The extreme right of the Republican Party, Mitt Romney, and Paul Ryan have a math problem. This group cannot agree to disagree.

    Said it straight! This is the message to politicians, and to people claiming and defending distorted misleading statements from elected officials.

    President Obama win re-election by 6 to 8 points.

  8. "Democrats must like seeing 23M jobless....." What an asinine comment!