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Old 09-04-2008, 12:46 PM
 
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As much as I openly welcome third party bids for any political office, I don't believe this would be a viable long term solution. After all, what is to prevent the same thing from happening with one or two extra players?

I suppose it goes to a more fundamental root such as education teaching things like critical thinking, logical argument, scientific method, etc... If the people who comprise the voting base are steeped in sensationalist tradition, then we end up with political figures who pander to a respective bases in a sensational manner instead of more substantive means, no matter how many parties there are.

Of course there is that very basic human trait that all of us share, which is the great difficulty in admitting we are wrong, or those we support are wrong.

In the meantime, I guess we will all just have to remain happy that both parties give good speeches and the press only throws softball human interest drivel at them. Man, what I wouldn't give to have a panel of people like William Buckley, Ron Paul, Chomsky, Al Gore, and a few others grill all four of the running candidates on national tv with questions on policy that the panelist come up with instead of what is "approved" for consumption by the masses.
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:48 PM
 
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As much as I openly welcome third party bids for any political office, I don't believe this would be a viable long term solution. After all, what is to prevent the same thing from happening with one or two extra players?

I suppose it goes to a more fundamental root such as education teaching things like critical thinking, logical argument, scientific method, etc... If the people who comprise the voting base are steeped in sensationalist tradition, then we end up with political figures who pander to a respective bases in a sensational manner instead of more substantive means, no matter how many parties there are.

Of course there is that very basic human trait that all of us share, which is the great difficulty in admitting we are wrong, or those we support are wrong.

In the meantime, I guess we will all just have to remain happy that both parties give good speeches and the press only throws softball human interest drivel at them. Man, what I wouldn't give to have a panel of people like William Buckley, Ron Paul, Chomsky, Al Gore, and a few others grill all four of the running candidates on national tv with questions on policy that the panelist come up with instead of what is "approved" for consumption by the masses.
You are right, it wouldn't totally solve it, but I do think that the hypocrisy would be reduced if there were more than two parties.
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:07 PM
 
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You are right, it wouldn't totally solve it, but I do think that the hypocrisy would be reduced if there were more than two parties.
I suppose a third party would succeed as long as whoever was leading the party could give a good speech, as we know issue based discussions will get a candidate no where.
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:18 PM
 
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i suppose a third party would succeed as long as whoever was leading the party could give a good speech, as we know issue based discussions will get a candidate no where.
lol lol lol
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:20 PM
 
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You are right, it wouldn't totally solve it, but I do think that the hypocrisy would be reduced if there were more than two parties.
Having more than two options tends to reduce black/white thinking.
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:27 PM
 
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Having more than two options tends to reduce black/white thinking.
Aside from the political hero worship, I suppose I would consider this one of the roots to what I see as a problem in our approach to politics in general, absolutism.
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