|Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 283):|
For more reading on these policies to get yourself up to speed, this is a decent synopsis from a nonpartisan source the above quote came from:
You are doing a great job with these posts, but unfortunately you're trying to educate a bunch of ideologues who don't want to hear anything that shakes their faith -- and that's true on both sides of the debate. The polarization in this election is astounding, and even more astounding is that it is largely based on ignorance and/or misinformation.
At the risk of sounding like an Obama supporter (his election could be bad news, economically, for Canada), I find it hilarious that he is being described as a socialist. Brings tears to my eyes. How does this brainwashing take place in a free society like the U.S.? To suggest Obama is a socialist is an insult to real socialists the world over.
|Quoting Charles79 (Reply 288):|
I watched Obama's infomercial and it was such a slick production it could even win an Oscar. But good luck finding anything with substance in his message...or McCain's for that matter.
You've touched on the real problem with this election, and with elections in many of the world's democracies. Candidates are going to avoid anything like the level of policy detail that thinking people require to make an assessment of their policies because, well, they need the support of a lot of simpletons, not thinkers, to get elected. Simpletons don't respond well to detail, it confuses them. And political opponents can come up with simple pejoratives (like "he's a socialist" or "he's a Bush clone") to counter any substantive proposals put forward.
As a result, you have two candidates in a "dare, double dare" mindset -- each hoping the other will spell out a policy in enough detail that they can hurl their epithets back with telling effect among the simpletons they need to get elected. This is what happens when you have an electorate comprising a bunch of brainwashed ideologues who'll vote right (or left) without any regard to the actual policy proposals, and a huge, grossly uninformed set of simpletons who get upset if the election gets in the way of a baseball game.
If we don't collectively (oops, that smacks of socialism) do something to fix this, I fear for the future of democracy. And on that note, I'm far more interested in what the candidates might have said about education than all their blustering about the economy.