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Vote...and stuff. 
2nd-Nov-2004 09:56 am
scotland
I've voted.

I wish I could tell you all my thoughts on the candidates...but, I really don't give a fig for most peoples' opinions, for or against my choice. So, I've kept my journal free from political fanfare.

One of the things I've found most amusing in recent months is the absolute fascination that many of the UK dwellers have with hashing and re-hashing the campaigns. Um...you do realize that the real power lies in the House of Congress? Yet, I've yet to hear a heated debate about whether or not to vote for Wamp or Wolfe. Guess the fascination doesn't extend to the nitty gritty. Just something that amuses me. :)

And as mild as I've made this, I'd not at all be surprised by a few flames. Though, that would require comments, a rare thing of late. ;)
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2nd-Nov-2004 07:12 am (UTC)
I don't think the real power lies in the House, it lies in the good old Balance of Power. When the Balance is heavily weighted one way or the other, we have major problems... And yes, I totally agree with you that the House and Senate races are just as important - just harder to keep a handle on all of them. THe D is within reach of regaining the Senate.
2nd-Nov-2004 12:50 pm (UTC)
Yes. Definitively.

The biggest problem as far as I can see is that we rarely pay enough attention to the few elections for our own state. It's not that hard, and the issue at stake hit must closer to home...as you would expect!

I just want people to stop making decision based on popular opinion. Because the populace, as a general rule, is uneducated and easily swayed.
2nd-Nov-2004 07:13 am (UTC)
its because the pres is the figurehead of the administration.

Also its his circle that have created the policies to put forth to congress, and they suck.

The power of veto is what congress has, the power of leadership is what he president has.

Its like saying the real power of a ship is the crew... its true, but the captain does have rather a say in it... its not a perfect example, but the US system under bush is/was heading that way.
2nd-Nov-2004 07:32 am (UTC)
Most Brits don't really understand the US political system; they have only a basic grasp of their own!

What they see is the fact that The President can send soldiers anywhere on the globe based on any threat (real or imagined) regardless of what the War Powers Act and Congress may have to say about the issue and this makes the US President a figure of fear / awe for many people in the world, not just the UK. Sadly, the current President and his Office has more recently been a figure of ridicule over here.

Add to this the fact that US political campaigns are so much more interesting than ours! It's like a soap opera, but with a bigger budget ;-)
2nd-Nov-2004 07:36 am (UTC)
My morbid fascination is with the tactics used and the lengths the parties will go to in their bid to secure a 'win', mostly by hook or by crook. Truly scary, almost as much as the people falling for the rhetoric and the scams.


the hatter
2nd-Nov-2004 12:46 pm (UTC)
Amen.
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