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Politics ain't my abiding force.
Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 12:13 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
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When I talk politics. I'm often irreverent. And insulting. Because that's the way so very many politicians talk to each other. With lack of respect. With closed minds. With no qualms about playing dirty. And being grossly unfair to one's opponents. That's the way the game is played. With a lack of personal integrity. The whole show is run in highly partisan manner. Political animals aren't all that interested in listening to all sides of the story. Instead, their side is the only side. No give and take. No compromise. Yes, that's the way I see most political systems. Almost total lack of objectivity. Indeed, a bad way to operate a government. Ignoring the common good. Saying to heck with the majority. In favor of serving an elite few. Mostly rich and selfish power brokers. Therefore, I get annoyed. With the political systems. And let loose with a barrage of harsh words and insults. Out of frustration. Knowing that change ain't coming. And I can't do anything about it. Politics and crazy politicians are here to stay. Forever. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015 3:13 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Overall, I have a good grasp of politics. And life, too. Because I know how to turn unhappiness into happiness. Indeed, that's an art. Politicians, for instance, make me unhappy. Momentarily. Until I poke fun at their shenanigans. And join in the banter. I'm having fun. Thinking of insults far better than theirs. Yes, I stir the pot. Till it boils over and scalds the politicians. They become angry. While I remain calm, cool and collected. Gives me the upper hand. Because I've made my point. Effectively. Giving them the treatment they deserve. Only thing. I don't mean it in a mean-spirited way. Like they do. I'm doing it strictly for fun. For laughs. For the joy of dishing it out. --Jim
w/e
Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015 8:59 AM
Joined: 3/7/2012
Posts: 1752


No bombs.
No bullets.
Only twenty-six letters.


Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, June 13, 2015 6:10 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Enrico Berlinguer. I had never heard of the guy. Until yesterday. On the 31st anniversary of his death. Turns out he was an Italian. From Sardinia. A political hero of my Italian amore. She was watching a documentary film. About Berlinguer. Almost became Italy's prime minister. In the 1970s. When the Communists were flourishing. With 34 percent of the Italian vote. Not so much any more. But still, Communists abound. As a minority. They still get elected to city councils in Italy. Even in the city of Carbonia. Where I live with my amore in the wintertime. The leftist leaning of the local populace makes me feel comfortable. Because I'm a political liberal. Anyway, Berlinguer was secretary general of the Italian Communist Party from 1972 until his death in 1984. He was revered by my amore. For starting a movement among Western European Communists toward greater independence from Moscow. Berlinguer was one of Italy's most popular politicians. As the once powerful Christian Democratic Party faltered and Italy fell into social and economic disarray, he preached a Westernized brand of Communism that appealed to nearly a third of the voters. I looked up his obituary. In the New York Times. And learned that Berlinguer proposed a 'historic compromise.' With other parties. In 1973. Seen by some as the leading edge of the distinctive brand of Communism that began to take hold in Western Europe. The Italian Communists rejected the idea of violent revolution. Declaring they would seek power through a coalition with Christian Democrats and others. 'We have never believed that one single party, or single class, can solve the problems of our country.' Berlinguer said. Wish the guy were still alive today. So I could shake his hand. And tell him he's my new-found hero, too. Thank you, amore. For bringing Berlinguer to my rapt attention. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2015 6:58 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I have a right to my opinion. As do others. But my opinion is the correct one. That qualifies me to be a politician. But I have no yearning to be a politician. Therefore, it's all right if I don't get my way. I am not power hungry. Don't need to control and manipulate others. I merely withdraw to my cocoon. Creating my own world. The best I can. By living and letting others live. In their way and manner. It works. Most of the time. As long as I am free to express my opinion. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 1:43 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I have no problem. With world leaders. Striking an agreement. With Iran. To curb nuclear plans. And lifting sanctions. Because I'm instinctively trusting the Iranians. To be honorable. And to do the right thing. Yes, at some point. One must put faith and trust in one's adversaries. That's certainly better than going to war. I'm for diplomacy. For talking to each other. Personally, I like Iranians more than I like the American Republican Party. I would put far more faith and trust in Iranians than in Republicans. Who have pledged to kill the pact with the Iranians. Of course, I'm for diplomatic talks with Republicans. To try to sway them to a more conciliatory position. But I have practically zero faith and trust in Republicans doing the right and honorable thing. Tell me if I'm wrong. --Jim
w/e
Posted: Thursday, July 16, 2015 1:23 PM
Joined: 3/7/2012
Posts: 1752


Not commenting on the North American Republican Party.
Not commenting on the North American Democratic Party.
Commenting on the world.

It is time to re-think.
We, the community of nations, need to broaden our horizons. Less damage. A better future. Away from the perpetual nuclear saga.... A new era in international relations.

Seven parties struggling to secure a formula for a more peaceful co-existence.
Diplomacy in motion. An art. A dance of mutual respect.
Humanity in action.
Talking and listening. Adjusting. Bending.
Away from confusion... Fear...
Crippled foreign policies.
Away from war and mutual destruction.


A nuclear deal. After decades-long nuclear dispute.
An accomplishment. Indeed.
For future peace. And reconciliation.


Being human. Human being.


Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, July 17, 2015 6:03 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
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I'm for forgiveness. Or so I proclaim. But that's not good enough. Really, it's a sham. Because I don't necessarily practice forgiveness. Depends on the situation. And my mood. I can be hard-nosed and unforgiving. On the other hand, I can accept certain friends. Unconditionally. That's the nature of forgiveness. Never holding a grudge. Maybe it's that I forgive relatively minor slights and transgressions. The easy things. Life is full of easy and hard tasks. It's the hard stuff that puts me to the true test. I'm for going easy on the Greeks. And for forgiving much of Greece's debt. Easy for me to say. Because the debt hardly affects me. Directly. Now if someone owed me $100,000, and had trouble paying up, I might not be so magnanimous. Guess I'm asking for forgiveness. When I'm not being forgiving. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, July 18, 2015 12:39 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
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The Greeks deserve better. Than being relegated to a long, long life of austerity. There must be a better way of coping with a bereft economy. Perhaps more spending. In order to invigorate the Greek economy. So that it'll be an easier and more humane way to get the Greeks back on their feet again. The Germans say no. That the Greeks are responsible for their plight. And they should pay the piper. For not being as clever and frugal as the Germans. Ironic, isn't it? When the Germans were defeated and beleaguered after World War II, they were bailed out. By the Marshall Plan. So much better than austerity. In essence, that's what the Greeks need. A Marshall Plan, of sorts. Maybe instigated by the Germans. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2015 11:58 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I trust Iranians more than I trust Republicans. Does that make me unAmerican? No, it doesn't. I'm for peace. And diplomacy. Rather than war. I live in Italy. Part of the year. Maybe that helps to make me world-minded. I'd rather support what's best for the world. Because generally that's also what's best for America. And what some Republicans think is best for America isn't necessarily best for the world. I'm a de facto citizen of the world. And proud of it. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 5:47 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
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I cringe. When hearing Donald Trump. Criticizing Jeb Bush. For speaking Spanish. On the political campaign trail. Yes, I’m for more multi-lingual Americans. Sure, it’s best and useful to speak English – the predominant language in the United States. But hey, nothing wrong with having a second or third language. Nothing wrong with Americans honoring their ethnic backgrounds. My mother was born in Chicago. But when she started school, she didn’t speak much English. Mostly Czech. Because she was raised in a Czech neighborhood. And tutored by a grandfather who spoke only Czech. Really, that was a blessing. Because she spoke fluent Czech for the rest of her life. Of course, she learned English, too. Even better and more fluent than Czech. But my mother was misguided. In one way. Because she never made a concerted effort to teach her children Czech. I learned only a smattering of Czech. Wished I had mastered Czech. When I was a youngster. When learning a language comes easier. Now it’s too late for me to master another language. I’m a too typical English-speaking-only American. Wish I were more like my mother, or even Jeb Bush. But please, don’t give me a language-impaired Donald Trump. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2015 11:06 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Amazing. How people have trouble living. In this world. Unable to find peace and tranquility and happiness. They become destitute. Refugees. Fleeing. Fleeing. Often not knowing where to. And not only refugees. Take my friend, Julie, for instance. She wanders in a labyrinth of mental illness. Depression. Grief. Despite having the financial wherewithal. To have the material things of life. But even if she had millions and millions of dollars, she can't find a way to buy happiness. Meanwhile, America could do far more. To aid the refugees. I'm proud of my German heritage. The Germans, after all, have pledged to take in 800,000 refugees. I feel kinship with the refugees, too. Because they are trying to do something about their hellish plights. Sad, isn't it? We Americans lag far behind the Germans. In doing the right thing. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 10:57 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462



The media want to keep us entertained. Rather than informed. Wasn’t always that way. When I was younger, and became a writer, for newspapers, my mission was to be informative. To let readers know what’s going on. Primarily in my local community. By the time I retired, my bosses wanted me to be an entertainer. To give the people what they wanted. Entertainment. Preferably in capsule form. So that one didn’t have to spend too much time thinking. Absorbing. Understanding. I was supposed to become a purveyor of entertaining crap. That’s exactly what’s happening now. In the realm of politics, for instance. Donald Trump. Dishes out crap every day. Rambling. Much of it incoherent. But he’s entertaining. A modern-day comedian. An oddball. He really has nothing significant to say. He’s no intellectual. But give him credit. He knows how to make money. And to entertain us in the process. So that we can go to bed. Every night. Laughing. --Jim


Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:33 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I try to fight the urge to always want more. In terms of material stuff. More possessions. More money. After all, I have enough. Of nearly everything. Including the basics of life. I tell myself. Be thankful. Be happy. With the status quo. Of course, I was brought up. With the notion. That nobody should ever be satisfied. They need to continually better themselves. Especially if they want to be safe and secure. That's supposed to be the American way. Accumulate. Accumulate. Accumulate. Most capitalists seem to believe there's no such thing as being too monetarily rich. Well, I disagree. One can have too much money. Far more than one really needs. Better to spread and share the wealth And not live extravagantly. Little wonder. That I have socialist leanings. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 6:44 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I love life. Despite the pitfalls. Despite being surrounded by disenchanted Republicans. Yes, Republicans seem to be eternally unhappy. Because demographics are changing. White people are becoming the minority. And the longtime minorities are becoming the majority. I'm white. And not a Republican. I love becoming a white minority. Because I'm more in tune with the ways and the values of the new majority. Because they know what it was like. To have been a minority. To be discriminated against. For so very long. They have a keener sense of fairness. Thereby working for the common good. For the good of society as a whole. Not merely for the rich and privileged. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, October 9, 2015 12:59 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


For the sake of getting along. I can tolerate compromise. Give and take. Over just about anything. Even politics. I lean to the left. But I'm willing to try making peace and even friendship with those on the right. But hey, there's gotta be movement. On both sides. I used to think that was the inherent nature of politics. Solving problems in compromising ways. Based on good faith. Unfortunately, that's not the way it's happening any more. Politicians tend to draw hard and fast lines. Especially on the right. Seems to me, that goes contrary to the decent and common good. Yes, getting everything that I want is impractical. And probably unfair to other people. Therefore, I have to leave room for the common good. Which means making some personal sacrifices. For the sake of getting along. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Sunday, November 1, 2015 1:13 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462



I have no complaints. About the months of September and October. Here in Minnesota. They’ve been wonderful months. Near-perfect weather. From my point of view. A nice preparation . For inevitable winter. Mother Nature has been good to us. I appreciate it. No snow yet. And only two frosts. Of course, if I’m a true lover. I’ll love an occasional blizzard. And 30-below-zero, too. Whatever Mother Nature dishes out. Though I wonder. If Mother Nature is no longer the Supreme Ruler. Over weather conditions. Yes, we inhabitants have seized control. From Mother Nature. Perhaps in a reckless manner. Thinking that we know better than Mother Nature. Or maybe it’s that we are too stupid. To even care. Oh, dear Mother Nature. I’m with you. On your side. Because you care. About the long-term negative effects of global warming. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Monday, November 2, 2015 12:39 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I have weaknesses. Liabilities. Imperfections. But that doesn't stop me. From declaring. That I'm perfect. Just for laughs. But the funniest part of this whole business. Is that some people don't laugh. They think I'm being serious. About being perfect.  That I actually believe it. And therefore, I'm nuts. Instead, it's part of my shtick. In preparation. For my lofty goal. To become a stand-up comic. Could be. I'll have lots of competition. From natural born comedians. Seeking the Republican nomination for president. After watching their three televised debates, I couldn't help but admire their performance. They so adeptly feign being serious. When it's obvious they can't be. I rolled on the floor. In loud guffaws. When I saw their hilarious act. These Republicans have pulled it off. With aplomb. They'd be wise. Hiring me as their manager.  I'd get them booked. At comedy clubs all over. Believe me. It's the funniest stuff I've seen. In a long, long time. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, November 6, 2015 11:35 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I try to navigate life. Without becoming a victim. That ain't always easy. For instance, if I were a Jew in Nazi Germany. I'd have to find a way to escape. To a safe haven. Even in modern day America. I could feel like a victim. Especially if I were black. And poor. Fortunately, I'm white. And reasonably well-off, financially. But I'm fearful of certain political trends. Merely by looking in on the debates of the Republican presidential aspirants.  If any of these guys (or one woman) becomes president, it may not be as bad as Nazi Germany. But it'll be bad enough. For me. To avoid becoming a victim. Discriminated against. I could easily  be labeled un-American.  A threat to society and the new American way. Where dissent is no longer tolerated. Maybe it's my imagination. Playing tricks on my fears. And life won't be so bad. With Republicans in control of the White House. But believe me. I have a queasy feeling. --Jim

       

Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, November 13, 2015 9:51 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Seems like everything is in turmoil. The entire world.  Every time I read or turn on the news.  People disagreeing with each other. To the point of killing. Senselessly. Even the politicians. From the same parties. Castigating each other.  More refugees. Fleeing their countries.  And  here we are. In America. Many of us. Turning cold shoulders. To so-called illegal immigrants. Who have come in search of a better life. What has happened to all of us? Have we lost sight of the common good? If we ever had it. Tonight I have turned off the news. I am listening to great music.  The classics. That have survived despite the endless conflagrations. I'm reading poetry, too. Good stuff. I am shutting out the bad stuff. Politics. In order to keep my sanity. And my love for life. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Monday, November 16, 2015 11:50 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I am sick and tired. Of what's going on in the world. And I don't want to take it any more. Because it's driving me into depression. Yes, the answer may be to ignore it. Shut it all out. I used to do that. But it's becoming increasingly difficult. I'm inundated. With reminders. The media. It's everywhere. Overheard conversations. My neighbors. Speak in woeful terms. About world events. I want to be happy-go-lucky. And I'm repeatedly told. That's impossible. That I should remain cognizant of political wranglings. Right here in America. That we Americans need to be constantly defending ourselves. From outside threats. But when I listen to our politicians. I'm appalled. The threat comes from within our own ranks. I hear crazy talk. Crazy ideas. A lack of sanity. I need to escape. To a mountain top. Or a primeval forest. Maybe to another planet. God help us! --Jim
w/e
Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 11:26 AM
Joined: 3/7/2012
Posts: 1752


We are all the children of refugees. Go ask Lucy, Adam, and Eve.

 We are Homo sapiens ... always walking, adjusting, bending, adapting, moving forward. This is what we have been. This is  what we have done from the very beginning of time and space. Oftentimes, fighting each other for the crumbs from under the gods' table.


Jim Broede
Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2015 6:07 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I can be master of what's commonly referred to as BS. That is, if I so choose. I use BS in a humorous vein. Yes, to be funny. But I find that many politicians use BS. To be serious. They know that dumb people fall for their line. Some of it preposterous stuff. They get away with it. Because  they know how to lure in the gullible.  Take, for instance, polls that show 30 to 40 percent of the Republican base believe that President Obama isn't an American citizen. That he was born in Africa. And that he's a secret Muslim. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 4:37 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
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What is the common good? That's a question I keep asking. To myself. Because I'm supposed to. That's what life should be all about. An unselfish approach. Some argue that the 'individual good' should be first and foremost. And I say fine. That's  what occurs. When we, as a society, work for the common good.  Everybody benefits. Every individual.  Unfortunately, I see societies that allow the rich/elite 'few' benefit at the expense of the 'many.' Ain't fair. Ain't right. --Jim
Iris L.
Posted: Saturday, November 28, 2015 8:52 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
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God bless America!  Where we each have the right to our own opinions!  

Where we can agree to disagree--peaceably.

"I disapprove of what you say, but I'll defend to death your right to say it."  Famous words attributed to Voltaire.

Iris L.


Jim Broede
Posted: Monday, November 30, 2015 2:23 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I could become a fan of world government. In an effort to serve the common good. Some issues/problems are so big and important and crucial that they require united action. Take the environmental threats posed by climate change, for instance. We have divided fronts now. Over what to do about it. Therefore, action is delayed. Maybe postponed. Until it's too late. That's where I'd have world government step in. To force the issue. Over parochial protests. For the sake of the planet. Yes, for the common good. If we allow selfish interests to continue to prevail -- we do a disservice to mankind.  Let's do what's best for the ever-burgeoning population. The eight billion inhabitants of Mother Earth. If that means resorting to world government, so be it. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2015 1:04 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Maybe I’m naive. Because I don’t understand. Why politicians can’t be nice to each other. Even if they disagree on issues. Anyway, I try to be nice. Even to people I dislike. It’s part of my nature. But then, I’m not a politician. And have no desire to be one. Maybe because there seems to be a lack of reasonable rules of decorum.  Even when Republicans debate Republicans. They are scurrilous and downright hateful in their comments. They lambaste each other. Unmercifully.  Of course, that can be entertaining. And maybe that’s why they do it. Take Donald Trump, for instance. He’s become a showman. An entertainer. Never a dull moment with Trump.  He’s the master of insult humor. Even the comedian Don Rickles can’t keep up with him. But then. To come to think of it. Maybe politicians don't intend it to be humor. Just downright nastiness.--Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 4:59 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I’m told. By the media. That the American public is uneasy. Has fears. About lots of things. Security. The economy. Politics. But I don’t believe it. For a minute. Because I’m not fearful. Maybe that makes me unusual.  I suspect. That if people are fearful. It’s only because. They’ve been told. By the media. There’s reason to be fearful.  When really. There isn’t reason.  Goes to show. That the public is gullible. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 10:39 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Fortunately, I don’t have to choose. From the politicians seeking the Republican nomination for president. But let’s say, that I had to. I was being forced. At gun-point. To pick one. Or be shot. Indeed, that would be a pity. So, from that putrid smelling scrap heap. I’d hold my nose. And single out Donald Trump. Only because Trump desires to be a wheeler-dealer. Therefore,  he’s the one most likely to abandon conservative principles. And negotiate deals. With Democrats. An achievement that would bring him much recognition and praise. Yes, an effective form of massage. For Trump's Alpha male ego. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, January 29, 2016 4:57 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


These are crazy people. Lunatics. But harmless, I suppose. Escapees from an insane asylum, perhaps. And they all have the same thing in mind. They want to run for public office. Actually, president of the United States of America. Yes, it’s sheer lunacy. They look and sound crazy. Very weird. One even claims to be a brain surgeon. Another wants to build a silly wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. To keep out undesirables. Another is a fat, roly-poly fellow. Claiming to be the governor of New Jersey. What next?  Maybe Napoleon lives. That could be the stone-faced guy touting himself as a Harvard-educated political genius.  Ready to conquer not only the USA. But the entire world. Crazy. Crazy. Crazy stuff. Makes one wonder. If the men in white coats will be here soon. To take everyone back to the loony bin. --Jim
jfkoc
Posted: Friday, January 29, 2016 3:51 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
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I happen to take what goes on in my country important and who gets elected matters. So you don't care about things like medical care,  children's education and families who have, through no fault of their own no income then. Why spend time "musing" about your position  here? Just don't participate in things "civic".
Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, January 29, 2016 10:05 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Thing is. I do care. Very much. That’s why I’m disappointed. In the state of the American politic.  Sad thing. I can’t do much about it. My single voice. My single vote. Really has no material effect. I cared enough. To once run for public office. The school board. And I got elected. Spent three years on the school board. And learned something. That I don’t want to be a politician. At any level. Including the local level. As a writer. For newspapers. I covered politics. I know politicians. Personally. Some are nice people. But some, especially those that make a career of it, are corrupted by party politic. Too bullheaded.  Too arrogant.  Too much swayed by special interests. Rather than by the common good. Many politicians tend to be nasty. So I have no qualms of conscience. By sitting on the sidelines. And taking potshots. Makes me just as nasty as the nasty politicians, doesn’t it? --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Monday, February 1, 2016 1:20 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Money. And politics. They go hand in hand. Money corrupts. And politics corrupt. That’s the nature. Of both beasts. I’ve found. That even on the local level. The city council. The school board. There’s game playing, Maneuvering. To accommodate special interests.  If the school board is planning for a new school. One gets inside information. Over where the school is likely to be built. So a shrewd manipulator. Uses that info. To buy the land cheap. From an unaware landowner. So that he can sell it months later, for a huge profit. Many times more than he paid for it. It’s all legal. But it’s part of the game playing that goes on at the local level. To benefit cronies. Of school board members. I can give 100 examples.  Of questionable but legal dealings. Intended to rip-off some people and benefit others. I’ve seen it going on. From the inside. And the outside, too. And it won’t ever be cleaned up. Because the majority of politicians probably don’t want it cleaned up. They are in it. To play the game. And reap personal benefits. Political power. And money. A corrupting combination.  --Jim

 


jfkoc
Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 7:46 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
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"That’s why I’m disappointed. In the state of the American politic.  Sad thing. I can’t do much about it. My single voice."

I am sorry that you feel that way.

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016 11:03 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


My dilemma. Don’t know whether to support Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. For president. Really, I prefer Sanders. Because he’s a true socialist. And more of an idealist than Clinton. But I’m afraid that Sanders won’t get elected. And that would mean a Republican would likely end up in the White House.  Yes, a political disaster. Clinton has a better chance of winning. Therefore, she may be the practical wiser choice. --Jim