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Message 478 of 1322 (646293)
01-04-2012 3:53 AM
Reply to: Message 474 by Dr Adequate
01-01-2012 12:51 AM


Re: Things Conservatives Worry About
Hi Doc

I'm not really that interested in politics in general or American politics, as I always think (sometimes tongue in cheek, sometimes seriously) that the only good politician is a dead politician. However, I also know about having to take an interest in politics because politicians of all persuasions do take a very keen interest in the little money I have...

But this thread has been an eye-opener to me. OMG, can aspiring politicians seriously running for president of the only Superpower in the world really be that dum? Remember, American politics have an influence on every person on this planet.

This marrying the Eiffel Tower was funny, though. You asked "If people marry the Eiffel Tower, the following dire consequences will ensue ..."

Well, we might see some guy or gal sitting on top of that sharp, pointy end high in the clouds! We have to protect ourselves and our children from seeing that, although it could be a funny thing to see!

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Message 480 of 1322 (646296)
01-04-2012 4:33 AM
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01-04-2012 4:23 AM


Re: Things Conservatives Worry About
It leaves me worried.

On one side, I love America, spent lots of time there and I've meat the most wonderful people over there. On the other side, I dispare when their leaders tell us that "God" told them to invade foreign countries.

We've had George Bush claiming that his god told him to invade Iraq. It's such a pity that the same god didn't also tell him that Sadam didn't have any WMD...And that same George had the fingers on those buttons for eight years!

What worries me too is that my political and economic convictions are very similar to that of the old GOP. The new GOP, with so many of the candidates fielding characteristics similar to that of the Taliban, scares me.

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Message 502 of 1322 (646537)
01-05-2012 2:48 AM
Reply to: Message 481 by Artemis Entreri
01-04-2012 9:43 AM


Re: Things Conservatives Worry About
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That is a misquote (hopefully not on purpose). God told GW Bush to fight the terrorists in Afghanistan, and to end the Tyranny in Iraq. He didnt tell him to invade.
Sorry, I got it wrong, I should be more careful when quoting people. Bad of me. Bad, bad, bad.

I was wrong, as a very simple search would have indicated

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/oct/07/iraq.usa

quote:
One of the delegates, Nabil Shaath, who was Palestinian foreign minister at the time, said: "President Bush said to all of us: 'I am driven with a mission from God'. God would tell me, 'George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan'. And I did. And then God would tell me 'George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq'. And I did."
It's a pity god didn't tell Greorge to try something else first, before using force. It's also a pity god didn't tell him that Sadam didn't have WMD's.
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Message 517 of 1322 (647733)
01-11-2012 3:27 AM
Reply to: Message 516 by Dr Adequate
01-10-2012 11:54 PM


I know I'm considered an alien in the American language, but I'm not an illegal alien as I don't live in America. Maybe this is not related to the thread, but I have a question or two as this is about American politics.

How does the electoral process work at this stage? Are only registered Republicans allowed to vote in the Republican primaries?

Last night, when votes were started to be counted in New Hampshire, I saw that blue papers were being separated from the pink papers (apparently blue papers were Democrat votes). How does his fit in?

I also know about Super Tuesday and all that, but how would a Democratic or Republican Convention work? From what I've see all delegates from all the states vote for the eventual Republican or Democrat candidate. What on earth happens there?

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Message 520 of 1322 (647749)
01-11-2012 6:15 AM
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01-11-2012 4:23 AM


Thanks Doc

Those blue papers in New Hampshire (Democrat votes, if I understand correctly); did those Democrats vote for the "best" Republican candidate?

If so, why were those ballots separated from the pink ballots? Are the considered to be of equal value?

I will explain why I say this. My understanding is that the Democrats won't go through the same process, as there is a Democrat in the White House. I could be wrong. Maybe the Democratic primaries in New Hampshire were also conducted at the same time, with only one candidate, President Obama? Maybe the votes were just counted in the same centre?

It all is very confusing for an alien!


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Message 533 of 1322 (647925)
01-12-2012 12:53 AM
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01-11-2012 11:43 AM


Thanks! I didn't see anything on it watching CNN (the only American news channel we get here).
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Message 770 of 1322 (655286)
03-09-2012 5:49 AM
Reply to: Message 762 by foreveryoung
03-08-2012 7:47 PM


foreveryoug writes:

If you are not sure contraception will keep you safe from pregnancy, it is less likely you will engage in extra marital sex 365 days a year.

What's wrong with having extramarital sex for 365 days a year? Anyone who's able to do that deserves a medal. From my perspective, as a man, go for it, all you studs. Sex is very, very satisfying.

foreveryoung, there's nothing wrong with two unmarried, unattached and consenting adults having sex. As long as nobody else gets hurt, and responsible sex is performed, it's actually to be highly recommended.

With responsible sex I mean things like contraception being used to prevent unwanted pregnancies, etc.

I've been married for more than 25 years now and I still would like to be able to have sex for 365 days a year with my wife. Life gets in the way of doing it, though. And, foreveryoung, we've had our kids and don't want any more of them; therefore we use contraception. It's been working since we started using contraceptives. 23 years ago!


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Message 1008 of 1322 (709335)
10-25-2013 6:17 AM


Why isn't there a Tea Party standing in elections? form
I haven't gone through this thread (so maybe someone has answered my question).

I'm an outsider, so I don't know much about US politics.

My question is as follows:

Why doesn't the Tea Party put up candidates for election as Tea Party members, but instead run as Republicans?

To me the politics of persons such as John McCain and that Cruz guy are as far removed from each other as can be. Yet, they run for the same party? Scratch head.....


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Message 1011 of 1322 (709338)
10-25-2013 6:45 AM
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10-25-2013 6:25 AM


Re: Why isn't there a Tea Party standing in elections? form
Thanks yenmor.

To me it's a bit strange that a subsiduary of a political party in the biggest economy in the world can hold the economies of most of the rest of the world at ransom. Without being elected as the Tea Party. Have they no shame?


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Message 1047 of 1322 (709523)
10-28-2013 3:37 AM


Thanks
Thanks for all the feed back on my question. Now I understand it all a lot better.

It works so much different in my country: we have a system of proportional representation in the national parliament . The result (in theory) is that any party or individual getting 0.25% of the vote gets into parliament (total 400 seats). Unlike in the US, it leaves the doors open for lots of smaller parties to be represented. Lots of them are really, really crazy people, too. Just like in the US!

It seems as if none of these different democratic systems is perfect. They all fail in one regard or another. However, history has taught us that any democratic system is way better than all the non-democratic systems ever tried.

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Message 1243 of 1322 (711537)
11-19-2013 11:57 PM


Hi guys, this is an interesting debate. Thanks.

I know that you're probably sick of answering my questions, but as an interested alien (what happens in the US affects the whole world), can I ask a few questions?

1. Is it currently possible to change the US constitution (if yes, how)?
2. Is it currently possible to change the amendments (if yes, how)?
3. Is it currently possible to add more amendments (if yes, how)?

This might sound as these are ridiculous questions as some amendments have been passed years ago, but bear with me as I don't always trust what's written on Wiki. You guys seem to be very knowledgeable about the subject.

Thanks in advance!

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