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Author: BMNEELY Three stars, 500 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 884959  
Subject: Re: Politics Date: 1/28/2004 3:20 AM
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WP,

Your right on the first part with the internet thing sometimes I get a little worked up and get going and forget to go back and read (and think) about what I am writing. I am one of those human beings I make mistakes.

Cute little rant. The most direct action any of us can take on the way our government operates is to carefully consider those people we choose to represent us. That said, there's limits to that power, and it's simplistic to think that all will be solved by "personal responsibility."

I was talking about blaming the government for corporate governance problems. But a culture of personal responsibility would also be reflected in our government.

If I don't like the actions of the federal government, I can vote for 1 representative out of 435, 2 senators out of 100, and 1 presidential ticket. I cannot do anything directly about the rest of the makeup of the government. I can speak out and make my opinions known, and hope to make convincing arguments to those who can vote elsewhere. Even that power is limited. I can be the most responsibile person in the country, and the fact is, my ability to single-handedly affect national politics is limited.

While it is true that you only have limited voting power when groups of like minded people come together they can stimulate change. That is more what I am referring to.

Sorry if I don't fit into your predetermined labels, but I, and many other voters who don't blindly follow party politics, are more complex than this image of "not personally responsible".

Don't be sorry that you don't fit a predetermined label, that is a good thing. Independent thought and critical thinking are the most valuable tools one can have in life. I was actually referring to the fact that we need more people that are able to think independently.

I realize that it was a rant...it was meant to be.

BTW the drug company argument goes along with the issue of socialized medicine.

I will continue to say that until we find the character to take responsibility for our actions our nation will continue in it's downward spiral. I see to many people unwilling to take responsibility for there actions or on the other hand very willing to take responsibilities for someone elses actions. Both situations are unethical and damaging to our society.

Thats all I am going to say about that. Maybe later I will have time for a more in depth debate on the issues but today I don't.

Ben

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