History Quotes / AmericanPoliticalSystem

7th Jul '16 1:26:38 PM Premonition45
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->Think about everything you hear about Washington in the news: The disingenuous, corrupt, racist white jerkoffs bankrupting the country. The gutless fucks who say that there's 'no simple solution' to people with AR-15s shooting up public places... but legislate [[HeteronormativeCrusader what gay people can order at Chipotle]]. The defense lobbyists and 'think tank' fucks who never grew out of [[GeneralFailure playing with toy soldiers]], who go home at the end of each day to their house in Reston and jack off thinking about [[WhiteMansBurden dropping bombs on brown people.]]\\\

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->Think about everything you hear about Washington in the news: The disingenuous, corrupt, racist white jerkoffs bankrupting the country. The gutless fucks who say that there's 'no simple solution' to people with AR-15s shooting up public places... but legislate [[HeteronormativeCrusader what gay people can order at Chipotle]]. [[ArmchairMilitary The defense lobbyists and 'think tank' fucks fucks]] who never grew out of [[GeneralFailure [[WeHaveReserves playing with toy soldiers]], who go home at the end of each day to their house in Reston and jack off thinking about [[WhiteMansBurden dropping bombs on brown people.]]\\\
6th Jul '16 6:12:34 PM Premonition45
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->American elections are like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. They start slow, then they get great, but then they get tedious and, while you know it still exists, [[GaveUpOnLogic you just don't care anymore]].

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->American elections are like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. They start slow, then they get great, but then they get tedious and, while you know it still exists, [[GaveUpOnLogic [[GivingUpOnLogic you just don't care anymore]].
6th Jul '16 6:12:03 PM Premonition45
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-->--'''Creator/StephenColbert'''

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-->-- '''John Adams''', ''[[SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]''

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->American elections are like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. They start slow, then they get great, but then they get tedious and, while you know it still exists, [[GaveUpOnLogic you just don't care anymore]].
-->-- '''Website/{{Cracked}}''', [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/how-us-elections-look-through-eyes-foreigners/ "6 Ways US Elections Look Insane To Non-US Citizens"]]








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1st Feb '16 10:32:42 AM FF32
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-->--'''UsefulNotes/BenjaminFranklin''', speech to the Constitutional Convention (1787)

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29th Jan '16 8:25:14 PM Adept
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-->--'''Zartan''', ''[[GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra]]''

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-->--'''Zartan''', ''[[GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra]]''
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19th Nov '15 7:58:35 PM NotThisThing
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->The Tea Party -- sort of like [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem UKIP]] with guns.
-->--'''Ian Hislop''', ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou''

->Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has taken a new job at a Wall Street investment bank. Now he can finally have some influence in Congress.
-->--'''Creator/StephenColbert'''



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->The Tea Party -- sort of like [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem UKIP]] with guns.
-->--'''Ian Hislop''', ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou''

->Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has taken a new job at a Wall Street investment bank. Now he can finally have some influence in Congress.
-->--'''Creator/StephenColbert'''

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->The Tea Party -- sort of like [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem UKIP]] with guns.
-->--'''Ian Hislop''', ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou''

->Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has taken a new job at a Wall Street investment bank. Now he can finally have some influence in Congress.
-->--'''Creator/StephenColbert'''

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9th Oct '15 8:23:43 AM hamonrye
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->No one beats up America better than Americans. They openly debate their inequality, conduct rigorous studies about it, argue about economics vs culture as causes. Their universities study it, with a calibre of analysis not found in Britain... And the debate is so fierce that the rest of the world looks on, and joins in lamenting America’s problems. A shame: we’d do better to get a little angrier at our own.
-->-- '''Fraser Nelson''', [[https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2014/08/why-britain-is-poorer-than-any-us-state-other-than-mississippi/ Why Britain is poorer than any US state, other than Mississippi]].
22nd Jul '15 9:32:17 PM johnnyfog
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->'''Bob Birch''': Don't declare war on Congress, Mr. President.\\
'''Frank Underwood''': Not on Congress. I'm declaring war on atrophy. [to the audience] But, these days, who could tell the difference?
-->--''Series/HouseOfCardsUS''
23rd May '15 8:04:14 AM johnnyfog
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->They just kept knocking down any chance of gun legislation and effectively forced America to accept that the massacres are [[ViceCity just something it's gonna have to accept]] now and again! And then they wonder why no one seems concerned with seeking revenge for 9/11 anymore.
-->--'''''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''''' on ''VideoGame/EnemyFront'' and ''VideoGame/ValiantHearts''

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->Originally used to describe left-wingers [[DefectorFromDecadence who crossed the floor]], neocons are on the authoritarian right, rather than the traditionally conservative libertarian right. They tend to be very pro-war and adopt the mentality of "We're better than you and we know it."\\\
Some more vulgar people call them Neocunts.
-->--'''''Website/UrbanDictionary'''''

->''America Speaking Out ''is a website created in 2010 by the U.S. Republican Party to solicit citizen input. The site is buggy, runs very slowly, often rejects posts as inappropriate because they contain words like [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad 'basement', 'satisfied', 'growth', 'enlargement', or 'excited']]...This atrocious example of PoesLaw flypaper was paid for with tax dollars.
-->--'''''Wiki/RationalWiki'''''



->'''Chris''': Somewhere in [[FlyoverCountry Middle America]], a bunch of schoolchildren are watching the nuclear arms conference [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids (?!)]], and their teacher, who looks to be about sixteen years old, suggests they write to their congressman. In response, young Jeremy stands up and, in a speech that is hilariously overdubbed and way deeper than you’re expecting, demands that they write to Superman instead.\\
'''David''': It does seem like an idea that a kid would have, just not stated so eloquently. I do love what a facile idea writing to someone’s Congressman is, though. “Let’s teach these children disappointment and the ineffectiveness of government at an early age!”
-->--Chris Sims and David Uzumeri [[http://comicsalliance.com/comicsalliance-reviews-superman-iv-the-quest-for-peace-1987-2/ on]] ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace''



->Unlike the Democrats, who never stray far from career politicians when selecting a presidential candidate, Republicans always seem to be looking for some sort of otherworldly savior to waltz in and take the country by storm. Someone unsullied by, you know, much (if any) actual experience in holding office, winning elections, and governing on a daily basis...If you want to be president [[PointyHairedBoss but can’t be bothered to actually learn how to govern,]] well good luck with that.
-->--'''[[http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/29/the-gop-s-long-love-affair-with-schmucks.html Nick Gillespie]]'''

->Rand Paul and Sharon Angle and Pat Toomey. Political monsters that make the [[RonaldReagan Reagan]]-[[MargaretThatcher Thatcher]] axis of the 1980s -- the politics so bad that they formed the dystopic vision of {{Cyberpunk}} in the minds of artists -- look like cuddly kittens. Far-right wing Republicans of the 1980s are now ostracized from the party as [[NoTrueScotsman excessively moderate]], downright liberal. This is a death god too...The only possible salvation is this -- that the eschaton moves so quickly now that by Wednesday they will already be out of power.
-->--'''[[http://projectnes.blogspot.com/2010/10/great-pumpkin-cyberball-and-cybernoid.html Dr. Phil Sandifer]]'''



->The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can 'throw the rascals out' at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy... Either party in office becomes in time corrupt, tired, unenterprising, and vigorless. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately [[NewEraSpeech the same basic policies.]]
-->--'''Carroll Quigley''', ''Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time''



->Traffic costs our drivers over $100 billion annually. Airport delays cost another $22 billion. Or we could get to work on education. If graduation rates don’t increase, we will have a shortage of 5 million workers by 2020 — not because we lack the manpower, but because the jobs will require education that our students aren’t receiving. We could clean up our air: MIT researchers found that pollution kills more than 200,000 Americans every year — more than traffic accidents, homicides, suicides and our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. There are so many real problems that need solving.\\\
But [[TheScapegoat distracting, divisive laws]] like the one Indiana initially passed aren’t just bad for the country, they’re also bad for our party...We must be the party that originally attracted this young Austrian immigrant.
-->--'''Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger''' on Indiana's Religious Freedom Law



->I think the [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Reagan administration]] was sort of a peek into the future...Here's a brilliant thought that nobody had ever had before, as far as I know: let's make elections completely symbolic activities. The population can keep voting, we'll give them all the business, they'll have electoral campaigns, all the hoopla, two candidates, eight candidates--but the people they're voting for will then just be expected to [[PuppetKing read off a teleprompter]] and they won't be expected to know anything except what somebody tells then, and sometimes not even that.

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->I think the [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Reagan administration]] was sort of a peek into the future...Here's ->Here's a brilliant thought that nobody had ever had before, as far as I know: let's make elections completely symbolic activities. The population can keep voting, we'll give them all the business, they'll have electoral campaigns, all the hoopla, two candidates, eight candidates--but the people they're voting for will then just be expected to [[PuppetKing read off a teleprompter]] and they won't be expected to know anything except what somebody tells then, and sometimes not even that.
9th May '15 10:25:01 PM johnnyfog
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->Our electoral system really begins to resemble {{professional wrestling}} the more you look at it. John Kerry, a popular, long-serving Senator from Massachusetts turned into [[OpenMouthInsertFoot a bumbling idiot]] when he ran against fellow Bonesman George Bush in 2004. You could almost read from the script he was following.\\\
Another popular Massachusetts pol, Mitt Romney, played the [[TheScrooge mustache-twirling evil rich guy]] role to the hilt in 2012, despite having served in an overwhelmingly Democratic state as a classic Northeast moderate. He even went so far to run against Obamacare, which was modeled on his own (successful) health care program! He too seemed ordered to take the big dive and ensured he would lose by enlisting Creator/AynRand radical Rep. Paul Ryan, whose budget plans scared all of the seniors and others dependent on Social Security. Otherwise, like Kerry, there's a good chance he would have won...Again, it's like some script is being followed.
-->--'''[[http://secretsun.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-very-sirius-election-pretending-that.html Christopher Loring Knowles]]''', "A Very Sirius Election -- Pretending The Wars Are Done"

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->Our electoral system really begins ->Hmm, come to resemble {{professional wrestling}} the more you look at it. John Kerry, a popular, long-serving Senator from Massachusetts turned into [[OpenMouthInsertFoot a bumbling idiot]] when he ran against fellow Bonesman George Bush in 2004. You could almost read from the script he was following.\\\
Another popular Massachusetts pol, Mitt Romney, played the [[TheScrooge mustache-twirling evil rich guy]] role to the hilt in 2012, despite having served in an overwhelmingly Democratic state as a classic Northeast moderate. He even went so far to run against Obamacare, which was modeled on his own (successful) health care program! He too seemed ordered to take the big dive and ensured he would lose by enlisting Creator/AynRand radical Rep. Paul Ryan, whose budget plans scared all
think of the seniors and others dependent on Social Security. Otherwise, like Kerry, there's a good chance he would have won...Again, it, maybe ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' isn't sci-fi. Maybe it's like some script is being followed.
-->--'''[[http://secretsun.
kind of allegory for America's inevitable future under the false dichotomies that dominate political conversation, the pissing matches between elites carried over from [[UpperClassTwit the dorms of Choate and Andover.]]
-->--'''[[http://secretsunjr.
blogspot.com/2014/11/a-very-sirius-election-pretending-that.com/2012/12/the-culture-of-surrender-or-cheeto.html Christopher Loring Knowles]]''', "A Very Sirius Election -- Pretending The Wars Are Done"
Knowles]]'''
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