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Old 01-11-2004, 04:15 AM   #1
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The Art of Politics

Okay I've decided to start a Politics thread because some people were bitching at me and another member for a discussion we were having in the F9/11 thread. So here you can feel free to talk about politics in general.

To start things off I'll give a good quote I heard. "Politics is the gental art of getting votes from the poor, campaign funds from the rich and promising each that you will protect them from the other." I thought that was kinda funny. Anyway I suppose we need a topic to get things started.

I think we should discuss how important the election is even though it's only a couple days away and most people have already cast their votes. I just want to address the fact that this election is of more importance than most elections because in this next term some of the Supreme Court Justices may be retiring and as you know the President decides who to choose to fill their spots. That's why this election is so important, we are not only deciding who is going to be President but in an indirect way we are also choosing what type of people will be put in place of those Justices. Obviously if Kerry wins he will probably choose Justices that are more liberal while Bush will of course choose conservative ones. This is important because the Supreme court in some ways has more power than the President or Congress. The Supreme Court has to decide on cases dealing with such controversial topics as abortion and homosexual marriage. And remember that once these Justices are chosen they could hold their positions for the next forty years, meaning if we get a bunch of neo-cons on the Supreme Court things such as stem cell research could be completely shut down for the next forty years.

What are some of your thoughts?
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I don't believe in elections anymore. The people voting are so stupid (ie. opposite to my opionion).
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Old 01-11-2004, 05:46 AM   #3
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I find politics a necissity and I show a fair bit of interest in them. In Australia we've just had our elections and I'm happy to see that the Liberal party has been returned.

I don't think there's a perfect politician, but I think there's a difference between politicians and often a better one more suited for an elected position.
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Old 01-11-2004, 06:10 AM   #4
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Another Rehnquist is the last thing this country needs... Come november 2nd I'll be voting Libertarian because my vote doesn't matter (don't live in a swing state) but I'm kind of hoping that Kerry is elected. Because of this supreme court appointment business, another four years for Bush could prove to be a serious roadblock for any social progress.
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Old 01-11-2004, 11:44 AM   #5
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i hate politics, but i know it's a necessity. as it is, i'm very opinionated when it comes to issues without actually having any firm values/beliefs myself. and the whole economic/social issue gets to me. i see both sides and as a result i can't really condemn any political parties for whatever they do. although i do tend to focus more on the social issues, so in that respect i'm quite left-wing.

elections are elections. i used to think it was just a popularity contest, but given the events of the 2000 american presidential campaign i've kind of lost that naivety. politics is a power game and i have no personal interest in it other than to observe the extreme wrongness of it all.

but life is life and i love capitalism. in relation to the rest of the world, politics doesn't have THAT great an affect on me. i'm not being bombed, i'm not struggling on welfare, i'm not at the risk of losing my job because of the break-up of trade unions, and at the moment the main thing that could probably drag me down is increased hecs fees (provided i get into uni)

so really i should be quite complacent. vote for whoever you like, just make sure it's a well-informed choice (well-informed meaning you're getting the right information and viewing everything objectively)
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Obviously if Kerry wins he will probably choose Justices that are more liberal while Bush will of course choose conservative ones. This is important because the Supreme court in some ways has more power than the President or Congress.
Not exactly. Kerry and Bush can pick a more liberal or conservative judge to appoint, but the Senate does have to approve who they select. It really depends on which way the Senate goes.

Also if Bush loses and Rehinquist steps down, Bush can use a recess appointment to pick another judge. That appointment would be good until 2006.
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Seen from outside USA, I don't think the whole court issue is the main reason this election is important. We have to remember that USA + Coalition (that includes my own country, Denmark) are in war. I think Kerry is the wrong person to be in command of the biggest war machine in the world. Plus that he seems like he's only trying to get the troops out of Iraq, with he so-called plan. He doesn't really give the impression that we're gonna finish our job in Iraq. He isn't nearly supporting the troops in the foreign countries as much as a leader must always do. It's simply the wrong signal to send. You are fighting this war the wrong way, I got severel things you could do better..You have to keep supporting your troops and let them know that everyone in USA (and in my eyes: the whole world) is thankful that you will do all the dirty dangerous work. Kerry doesn't do that. And not only doesn't he support the American soldiers, he is also nags the Coalition and accuses us of only taking part in this war because we're bribed. That's not fair to the countries that stand up together with America. He is gonna lose alliances, and I will surely not support the war as much as I do now, if USA has a leader calling us the things he calls us. 4 MORE YEARS BUSH!
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Old 01-11-2004, 08:31 PM   #8
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I decided recently that I'm going to try to ignore politics altogether. Last summer, I decided I'd simply refrain from talking about politics (didn't work), but now I'm taking it a step further.

Let me offer you the proposition, whether it be logical or illogal, that truth, the one decisive factor in judging if a certain politician is for you, does not exist. There is no such thing as truth. Only perceptions of what the truth of a certain matter is. If you look all around us, our mind will give every object we see its own meaning. But somebody else could look at the same object and discover a completely different meaning. One can look at a picture of the atrocities at Auschwitz and be moved to tears, while another can look at the same picture and reject the picture as fiction. The majority rules that the latter is crazy, but how do we know that the atrocities at Auschwitz can be attributed to nothing more than an accepted perception of our culture?

That is exactly why politics is now a totally insignificant subject to me. No one will ever know the truth behind a matter, so why get yourself worked up over a situation you can't even control? I'd much rather focus on my future career as a filmmaker or on passing all my classes than I would focus on politics.
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Old 01-11-2004, 08:49 PM   #9
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There is no such thing as truth. Only perceptions of what the truth of a certain matter is.
and my perception is that there is such a thing as truth.

your logic is essentially self-refuting by asserting that "There is no such thing as truth" is an absolute.
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There is no such thing as truth.
Is that the truth ?
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Old 01-11-2004, 09:35 PM   #11
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Reread the first sentence of the second paragraph.
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I decided recently that I'm going to try to ignore politics altogether. Last summer, I decided I'd simply refrain from talking about politics (didn't work), but now I'm taking it a step further.

Let me offer you the proposition, whether it be logical or illogal, that truth, the one decisive factor in judging if a certain politician is for you, does not exist. There is no such thing as truth. Only perceptions of what the truth of a certain matter is. If you look all around us, our mind will give every object we see its own meaning. But somebody else could look at the same object and discover a completely different meaning. One can look at a picture of the atrocities at Auschwitz and be moved to tears, while another can look at the same picture and reject the picture as fiction. The majority rules that the latter is crazy, but how do we know that the atrocities at Auschwitz can be attributed to nothing more than an accepted perception of our culture?

That is exactly why politics is now a totally insignificant subject to me. No one will ever know the truth behind a matter, so why get yourself worked up over a situation you can't even control? I'd much rather focus on my future career as a filmmaker or on passing all my classes than I would focus on politics.

Then get off the political threads.
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Old 01-11-2004, 11:02 PM   #13
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Politics was trying to please all the people all the time but when it was realized that that was near impossible, (unless you live in a nation of, say, 3 people) politics became trying to please yourself all the time and possibly a few people that keep you in power. It takes a very good politician that will genuinely attempt to make everybody happy.
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"Politics is the gental art of getting votes from the poor, campaign funds from the rich and promising each that you will protect them from the other."
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This is important because the Supreme court in some ways has more power than the President or Congress.
In nigh on every way. They can strike down any piece of legislation as unconstitutional...if you want an example as to how powerful they can be just look at FDR's initial attempts to get America out of depression and how they were all struck down. In the end he had to threaten to "cheat" and appoint new justices and pack the court...apparently this loop-hole has now been closed so...the Supreme Court IS the ultimate seat of power in the US. How rare.

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What do you think about Chief Justice William H. Rehnquest?
The man's a jurisprudential genius. I may not agree in SOCIAL terms with his decisions but they're always legally sound. I speak as one who studied US Con Law and read many of his rulings. I definitely prefer Rehnquist (and it's RehnquIst, I'm pretty sure of that) to Scalia who is even more conservative than the CJ and often his legal reasoning is flawed.

Actually generally the more conservative judges have been the best in their legal reasoning, with few exceptions. For example, Roe v Wade, however right the decision was in ethical terms, is a complicated mess of a decision that is very difficult to justify in terms of legal reasoning or to realistically apply. I'm saying that from a legal perspective, rather than my own personal viewpoint, since I actually agree with a woman's right to an abortion.

My own personal way to reconcile the foetus' right to life with the woman's right to choice is to actually deny the foetus a right to life, as it's not a human being, and thus has no human rights. If one denies it any right to life, a woman can have an abortion at any stage she so wishes, EVEN if it's at a risk to her own health (we can, for example, refuse to give consent to a life-saving operation if we wish...so why can't a woman CHOOSE to risk her own health? It's her body). However I suppose no liberal would ever deny a foetus a right to life, due to being a bunch of wet pansies. As such, their reasoning is bound to be fucked up.

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Politics was trying to please all the people all the time but when it was realized that that was near impossible, (unless you live in a nation of, say, 3 people) politics became trying to please yourself all the time and possibly a few people that keep you in power. It takes a very good politician that will genuinely attempt to make everybody happy.
As Bob said it's essentially a power game...and that's what I love about it. I love the brutality of it, I love the dirty underhandedness of it...I LOVE the Machiavellian machinations (yeah, that's my uber poetic way of describing politics...it's kinda cool, isn't it?)...it's all good fun.

I'm with Rider in some senses on this. People get too heated on the morality of politics...but politics isn't about ethics, any more than Law is. Both are essentially unethical and designed to favour the rich...but so what? Who said that's a "bad" thing? We're all essentially unethical people, no matter how much we may wish to believe we're good hearted and WANT to alleviate world starvation and such...we don't ACTUALLY give a shit deep down.

That said, I'm with Foeni on why I favour Bush winning. For better or worse we ARE in a war, and it is NOT over. As such, the man who will be better suited to leading the war should be the president. This is why I want Bush to stay in power. It's clearly WHY Bush had no exit strategy...the plan was to leave the war dragging on until the election so he could campaign on how he had a job to finish and how America had to reelect him to let him finish it. And that's exactly how he's campaigned. I agree...reelect the man...for better or worse, we need him in charge when we're at war.

A vote for Kerry will probably see a premature end to the war, which basically means BILLIONS of tax dollars were wasted, with no gain, and the economy will still struggle to deal with the body blows its taken. If Bush is reelected, the war can come to its natural end, and hopefully a slightly more stable Iraq will emerge when that takes place...and that will see oil prices come down and hey presto...the US economy is back on track.

Oh, not to mention the fact that Bush, unlike Kerry, has actually given his backing to a bill to enforce stricter corporate governance standards and this will restore faith in the US stock market and increase investor confidence. Investor sentimentality is a major factor in why the markets are down.

Ahh well...whoever wins, I hardly care much. It's fun to discuss, it's fun to watch the game at play...but I don't take it TOO seriously...if you do you're too idealistic.
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However I suppose no liberal would ever deny a foetus a right to life, due to being a bunch of wet pansies. As such, their reasoning is bound to be fucked up.
I hope that satement was supposed to be sarcastic because if it was meant to be serious than you've got it all backwards. I don't know how things are over there where you live but here in the U.S. it's most of the Liberals who are all for abortion and denying the fetus right to life. It's the conservative, fundamentalist, Christians that are against abortion and against denying the fetus right to life. I know plenty of conservatives that are completely against abortion. I'm a liberal and I'm for abortion and stem cell research and all that sort of thing.
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The problem with modern Liberalism, is that it has strayed away from the common sense practicality of the American presidents you mentioned. Too often, "liberals" are all too willing to stifle the free speech of anyone they disagree with.
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Not true. Ronald Reagan was a great conservative. He was such a great conservative because he started out as a liberal, who eventually found his way into the light.
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Old 05-11-2004, 08:10 AM   #19
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Okay I would like the Brits to answer a question for me. I know you consider yourselves to be a "Constitutional Monarchy" but does the monarchy really have any real power any more? It seems to me the royal family just shows up at big events to wave at the crowd and than leave again, they don't seem to be involved in politics much. Infact they don't seem like much more than glorified celebrities.
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The monarchy has power, it simply chooses not to excercise it. Aswell as not insignificant legal power, they have serious financial clout and alot of power to influence people (publically and privately).

The legal power is more a power of delay rather than control (IIRC) but the crown also has an immunity from prosecution.
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