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Americans And Politics - Why Do They Love It?  
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24928 posts, RR: 56
Posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2396 times:

Is it just me, or are all Americans obsessed with politicians? Over in the UK, generally we only talk about politics when a general election is approaching, but it seems that the Yanks talk about politics 24/7.
Why are Americans obsessed with politics?


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2394 times:

Half of A-Net would have nothing else to discuss if it weren't for PotUS and Liberals and Conservatives . . . . just htink how boring this site would be!

 rotfl 


User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20542 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2389 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Thread starter):
Why are Americans obsessed with politics?

Well considering you lot started us on it by making us toss a boatload of tea into Boston Harbor ...



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24928 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2389 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
Half of A-Net would have nothing else to discuss if it weren't for PotUS and Liberals and Conservatives . . . . just htink how boring this site would be!

I reckon this site would be better without any loudmouth Americans  stirthepot  duck 



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User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2379 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 3):
reckon this site would be better without any loudmouth Americans

That could certainly be said about stinking, bitching she...well you know what I mean..Scots, too!  mischievous  duck 



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2378 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 3):
I reckon this site would be better without any loudmouth Americans

Stand by for incoming Kirkie . . .  wideeyed 


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24928 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2357 times:

Quoting Andreas (Reply 4):
That could certainly be said about stinking, bitching she...well you know what I mean..Scots, too! mischievous duck

Could do with getting rid of those dirty German nazis idiots also  stirthepot 



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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2345 times:

Because politics is - on a certain level - about redistribution of resources.

User currently offlineSidewinder From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2333 times:

Ok, All dems and republicans hold hands and lets sing together......"all we are saying is give peace a chance......" Big grin

User currently offlineClipperhawaii From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2033 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2327 times:

What gets me is why foreigners talk about it so much as if we were some sort of superpower with vast influence across the globe.

Oh wait, my bad.  biggrin 



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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2290 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 3):

I reckon this site would be better without any loudmouth Americans

Or SH**P Shagging Scotts!!


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2281 times:

I'm guessing it's because American TV is so appallingly bad - they don't have Eastenders or Corrie or Pop Idol to talk about, so they're stuck with That Idiot Bush.

If they put the Sopranos and Desperate Housewives on every night, nobody would go out to vote in the US at all.


User currently offlineKC135R From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 726 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2274 times:

Because it's interesting and irritating all at once.

Trust me, us "yanks" on this site who are talking about it are the exception - most Americans are so disengaged from politics it is sad. They only vote based on the (R) or (D) and nothing else - have no idea what the reality behind the issues are, just what Sean Hannity or Al Franken told them and nothing more.


User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2262 times:

It may seem like we do, but in actuality it's a very small minority that talk VERY LOUDLY about it, making it impossible to hear anything else. Even on A.net, it's a small minority of the total membership that actually engages in these discussions.

As KC135R said, the disengagement in this country is scary. It often seems the only time you can get people interested is when you can convince/scare them into thinking that whatever topic is being discussed will affect them within the next 10 minutes, otherwise it's, "yawn, well that's not what (insert favorite talking head here) said, so I don't belive it."



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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2235 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 11):
I'm guessing it's because American TV is so appallingly bad - they don't have Eastenders or Corrie or Pop Idol to talk about, so they're stuck with That Idiot Bush.

If they put the Sopranos and Desperate Housewives on every night, nobody would go out to vote in the US at all.

LOL....if American television is so bad, why is it that when I travel to the UK, to Denmark, to Germany, to Austria - all I see is a bunch of US television series and bad US movies on the local channels?

You need to catch up on your US TV trivia, by the way. The Wire and Deadwood are the hot HBO series, and the reality crap we inherited from the UK is sliming its way across our screens.....


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2231 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Thread starter):
Americans And Politics - Why Do They Love It?

BECAUSE IT'S BLOODY AMERICA ITS WHAT WE DO!!!



User currently offlineB744F From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2219 times:

Because politicians either make your life great or they make your life hell.

User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2213 times:

Quoting KC135R (Reply 12):
Trust me, us "yanks" on this site who are talking about it are the exception - most Americans are so disengaged from politics it is sad. They only vote based on the (R) or (D) and nothing else - have no idea what the reality behind the issues are, just what Sean Hannity or Al Franken told them and nothing more.

You beat me to it. I’ll add – not only do most vote straight R or D, they all call themselves independent. Oh, and civil libertarians, too!

Yep, everybody an independent and civil libertarian. Talk about two very over-used descriptions.

[Edited 2005-09-06 07:06:33]

User currently offlineB744F From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2207 times:

Quoting FlyingTexan (Reply 17):
Yep, everybody an independent and civil libertarian. Talk about two very over-used descriptions.

Vote Nader!


User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2189 times:

Quoting B744F (Reply 18):
Quoting FlyingTexan (Reply 17):
Yep, everybody an independent and civil libertarian. Talk about two very over-used descriptions.

Vote Nader!

Actually, I tend to think of Ron Paul as a REAL Libertarian.


User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2175 times:

JGP, you're back, somehow missed it yesterday...say, shall we open up a thread just for you..Americans and Hamburger? Now that our resident expert is back on air Big grin

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 14):
to Austria - all I see is a bunch of US television series and bad US movies on the local channels?

Leave Austria out of it, they REALLY don't know what they do, in a biblical sense...in other words: Hopeless, like Scots!



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User currently offlineSATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2166 times:

I agree completely with those who say that the vast majority of Americans are almost completely detached from domestic politics. Ask most Americans what they think of this or that policy or politician and they'll either shrug their shoulders or blindly regurgitate something they read in the newspaper, heard on the AM radio, or saw on a television news network. Some folks I've spoken with almost seemed proud to have absolutely no idea of what was going on in the political realm.

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Quoting KC135R (Reply 12):
Sean Hannity or Al Franken

I strongly disagree that Al Franken is somehow equivalent to Sean Hannity.



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24928 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2163 times:

Quoting Andreas (Reply 20):
Leave Austria out of it, they REALLY don't know what they do, in a biblical sense...in other words: Hopeless, like Scots!

Talking about hopeless....Germany is extremely hopeless.



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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9943 posts, RR: 26
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2162 times:
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I will express my opinion as an American, born and raised....I HATE politics with a passion. It sickens me that the decisions that affect every US citizen are made by people who are like star athletes. I watch the DNC, and even though I tend to vote democrat, I hate the fact that it's such a waste of time - it's like having the home team scrimmage against itself; everyone's rooting for the same person, which means it's just an ego boost.

I'm leaning towards the opinion that anything labeled with the word "politics" is pure bullsh*t. It's become a game; it's become the worst kind of sporting event - one team wins, and people suffer as a result of others' gain.

~Vik



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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

Quoting B744F (Reply 18):
Vote Vader!

Now I know you are on the dark side!!!


25 Post contains images 2H4 : Far fewer Americans cared about politics before W. moved in. His administration has done a hell of a job dividing the country and angering/embarrassi
26 Post contains images Smitten : As an American (recently moved to Britain ) I would have to say that we are too easily swayed by the media. The news reports seen on television are ad
27 Halls120 : You can't be serious. Were you asleep during the Clinton years? The Reagan years? The Nixon years, where the fine art of political character assassin
28 Post contains links and images 2H4 : Just look at voter turnout over the past several years. The 2004 election saw a 64% turnout. A bit of an increase, I'd say: 2H4
29 ZRH : It is not only in the US, also here in Switzerland we talk a lot about politics and politicians. Here it is perhaps because we have to vote about new
30 JCS17 : Because it allows our dad to take his anger out on a.net, rather than on us. Signed, Falcon84's kids
31 Gkirk : Oooo...a low one that. Attack Falcon84 by all means, but not his kids dammit.
32 Halls120 : If you are going to equate interest in politics with voter turnout, I suppose your conclusion is understandable - but is one that I don't share. Peop
33 2H4 : Well, whether accurate or inaccurate, that's what I was getting at. Also, it seems as if, when asked, most people...of all ages...won't hesitate to d
34 Halls120 : That's where we strongly disagree. I've had spirited political discussions with colleagues from the time I was in college in the early 70's until tod
35 2H4 : Ok, I defintely respect your experience over the years, and I'm sure I could learn a lot from you, but I was referring to the seemingly stronger poli
36 Halls120 : Thanks. As to your question, I'm not really sure. For the tone of political discourse to change, it would take the leadership of both parties taking
37 JGPH1A : Cut me some slack ! I live in France, home of THE worst TV in the world. We only just got season 3 of the Sopranos ! I expect Desperate Housewives to
38 Halls120 : If you can get copies of The Wire on DVD, rent or buy them ASAP. A chillingly accurate description of urban law enforcement......
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