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    Everybody in my country seems to be willing to pay lip service to issues that trouble their minds.

    The problem is that there seems to be a pervasive air of hopelessness in Americans these days that keeps them from actually doing something to fix the problems that this country is facing. There are millions of opinionated American citizens who do not even bother to vote because they nihilistically believe their vote will be a waste of effort. Most of the people who actually are voting and getting otherwise involved in the political spectrum are the people who hold the extreme beliefs of the far right and the far left, and that is what is killing my nation.

    Just speaking a bit of my mind here. I actually am involved in activism for the rights of mental health patients...... And I vote in every election, and I try to get a more balanced view of the issues than what either CNN or Faux News has to offer (and that, sadly, is getting increasinly more and more difficult to come across these days).

    I'll get off my soapbox and end this rant with this statement - the situation is only completely hopeless as long as everybody remains completely inactive.

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    Well its the kind of world we live in now. People dont have the patience for anything that is longer than the length of a tweet or more than a few minutes long. Its kind of sad, so many interesting things happen and people just ignore them unless there are posted on there facebook wall a few times. Now I can say i would most likly vote if i was old enough, but that is no garentee. I do pay attention to politics, mostly because of my interest in social studies and history. That said, i dont have extreem views in politics; well i do have one extreem view and that is that the people that vote just on the base of political party are holding this country back, the parties themselves are holding the country back, maybe even destroying the country. Both parties are at fault for this. So why not get rid of the parties all together? And get politicions are voted in on there true beliefs not there parties. Then have everyone work together to find a median that fixes the country. There are many smart people on both sides. And i feel until that is done the county will never be what it was.

    Well that is a rant that most likely very skewed from my 15 year old head, in response to your rant.

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    Part of the hopelessness is a lack of consumer confidence. Some of this is created by our media. The more tell us things are bad, the more we believe them. Who else is there to believe?

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    What people are afraid of when they consider voting is that they themselves won't be heard. Well ya know what:
    It's true!

    People are so obsessed with being heard as individuals that when we all start talking, we all get drowned out by the white noise we produce. Only as a group do we get heard, but most don't seem to get that notion. I will continue to vote because I know that even though my individual opinion will get lost in the noise of the crowd; what I choose to agree on will, with the combined effort of the others who voted on those issues too, be seen and hopefully be acted upon.

    This is a group effort, not a b***hfest.

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    There are groups out there that are all over the political spectrum in the US. It is up to the individuals to actually join with some of them so that they would develop louder voices. And if there isn't a group already, what's stopping people from starting new ones?

    The North American National Socialist Party has a larger membership than many human rights activist groups in the United States. People really need to work on changing that picture instead of whining about how they can't do anything.

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    Imagine living in Virginia surrounded by the Tea Party. Every time my wife and I vote, we feel that our votes get canceled out by the many extreme conservatives. I think I'm a more or less middle of the road Democrat, but much of Virginia, especially in the country, is conservative. They don't want Medicare, universal medical care, aid to the unemployed, or anything they consider socialist, which would include social security. They do want endless wars in foreign countries. I always feel so frustrated living in central Virginia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogboy View Post
    Imagine living in Virginia surrounded by the Tea Party. Every time my wife and I vote, we feel that our votes get canceled out by the many extreme conservatives. I think I'm a more or less middle of the road Democrat, but much of Virginia, especially in the country, is conservative. They don't want Medicare, universal medical care, aid to the unemployed, or anything they consider socialist, which would include social security. They do want endless wars in foreign countries. I always feel so frustrated living in central Virginia.
    I hear ya there. I am neither Democrat nor Republican, but I have noticed that most of the people in my area who actually do vote go to one of the extremes those parties offer them. There seems to be no room left for middle ground in America's political arena, and that's because there are not enough people actively demanding that room to be there.

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    If my only choices are between a party of no ideas and a party of bad ideas, is it really a choice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogboy View Post
    They don't want Medicare, universal medical care, aid to the unemployed, or anything they consider socialist,...
    Then they should stop getting government delivered mail and have to pay private (as in for-profit) companies for their mail. Not to mention there being a fee for receiving your mail that originates from a location controlled by another company. See how long that lasts.

    Also get rid of Goodwill stores, The Red Cross, Orphan Grain Train, you name it. If it has anything to do with being government run get rid of it. I know that sounds a bit extreme, but if people are that afraid of businesses that are the least bit communistic, they should learn to live without what they are already living with.

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