Dutch Wrote: Jared; looking at the "picture" you wrote; then it should be clear that this country's government is a total mess, as I've said so many times;
I don't disagree. My issue is how your answer to fixing the mess is wholly unrealistic and will never, ever, ever become a reality.
Dutch Wrote: however you keep defending our election process as well the Constitution. I don't understand that.
There's a big difference between defending our election process and understanding how it functions because I'm all for getting rid of the electoral college.
You know the one and only way we can do that? Getting off our asses and voting to get rid of it.
That's it, Dutch. You can keep complaining about it all you want, but your complaints are going to go absolutely nowhere.
Dutch Wrote: It shows that you never lived in a country where the laws fit the times; like a "living" document. In those countries you don't need a zillion lawyers like here; they are there hard to find and don't advertise either. I worked with contracts all over the world so I did see and learned the differences in "legal" approach.
As I have said many, MANY times Dutch - this is a country of 330 million people who have come from every point of the globe.
And I know it's impossible for you to accept, but I have lived abroad in both South America and Europe. You've always written that off because it doesn't fit your preconceived beliefs about who I am. It apparently doesn't count in your eyes because I never lived in Niger or Tanzania.
Here's the thing, Dutch. It doesn't matter where I have or haven't lived. I understand our Constitution and how our government functions. I understand that the vast majority of legislation is done at the local and state levels. Another thing I understand is that we will never get the change we need if people are too damn lazy to vote.
Millions of Americans have decided that bitching and moaning about how shitty everything is is simply easier than actually doing something about it. And when I call people out for finding "Dancing With the Stars" more important than participating in our Democracy I'm called insensitive, out of touch, or worse.
Well at least I understand civics, government, and participate in all local, state, and federal elections. What has that gotten me? A reliably liberal local congressperson, state senator, governor, one of the most liberal US House Members, and two liberal US Senators. Voting actually matters, Dutch.
I also understand that just because we don't like who the President is doesn't mean we are turning into a fascist dictatorship.