Derico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4370 posts, RR: 10 Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2706 times:
When does stability turn to 'stagnation'?
I'm saying this because of the multiple threads about US political officials and scandal, corruption, on all political sides popping up. About all the supposed 'misinformation' about things like Iraq and former military people coming out against many of the things done, about conservatives unhappyness with spending. About corrupt or inept judges not giving fair sentences or neglecting their duties. About the US congress.
I don't participate in these threads and I don't read them in detail, but I take notice of them.
Multiple re-elections, same political parties for decades and decades, no 'clean ups' in the executive or judiciary. Political stability has and can be a great virtue, but is there a point when it becomes a rusty hinderance to change and progress?
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I dont have the answer to that, but I am not convinced the US government as a whole has become stagnant, because democracy by its very nature and design is slow moving and spurs debate much of that heated, emotional, and passionate.
Right now is a volatile time in politics in this country. There are about 6 long running important issues that have been discussed for a long time in DC coming to a head right now. That is politics in itself. You see the GOP has control of pretty much the entire elected branches of government, The Dems want to win back a majority in either houses of the legislature to get thier agenda pushed through, but the major problem with that is the dems dont have a plan. The election season is heating up and its only going to get worse with the rhetoric, accusations and wild statements.
So for foreigners who dont get much American domestic news, big news is going on in the middle east, Hamas, Iran, Iraq, etc. Immigration issue is peaking, corruption is rampant, social security might need an overhaul, defecit spending etc. Strap your self in, because come summer, its going to be an everyday inyourface deal.
IRelayer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1107 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2684 times:
Quoting Derico (Thread starter): Multiple re-elections, same political parties for decades and decades, no 'clean ups' in the executive or judiciary. Political stability has and can be a great virtue, but is there a point when it becomes a rusty hinderance to change and progress?
No, there is no such thing as too much stability, in this context at least, because it is the processes and mechanics of government that ensure that it runs smoothly and to the people's overall benefit in the long term, no matter what incompotent set of SOB's are in charge. So no, I think I take pride in the system and not the people running it...because the system is ultimately what regulates and tempers certain tendencies and ensures that we have better solutions to our problems than extremism and revolution. As long as the system is upheld, I don't think there is a problem we can't solve.
AerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8306 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2677 times:
Too much stability breeds complacency, complacency leads to decisions made that aren't good for the country, but are just good for politicians. Guaranteed. Take Tony Blair for example.
That's why the best thing about the US political system is that a President can only be in for a maximum of two terms.