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Feb. 24th, 2008 | 11:15 am
posted by: luminationremix in political_rage

All the time I hear people talk about how they're so sick of the same old politicians in office not doing anything for years and years, and how they all should be voted out, and new people should sworn in so we could get something done.  I also hear people say things like the senate and congressional terms should have strict limits just so we can eliminate all the old politicians who do nothing. When I tell people that members of congress get unlimited terms unless they don't get re-elected by their state or district, they become outraged. "Are you serious?" they ask me. "And they've been in there that long, and what have we gotten from it?" It seems like a lot of people desire new leadership. At least that's the impression I get when they talk to me.

But as soon as election time comes, a few of these people start changing their minds when a candidate they really like doesn't have "experience." Then they end up voting for the senior statesman again, and we make no progress. I know this first hand because I live in Connecticut and our state was dumb enough to re-elect tired old, Iraq war supporting, John McCain endorsing, trader, Joe Lieberman in 2006. But now, many who voted for him regret it. They regret it so much so, that Obama took our state in the primary during Super Tuesday, narrowly, but he did it, which means people woke up. 

But let's face facts. All politicians are crooks in one way or another. It's a dirty business being in public office. But what I can't stand is how people want to believe experience trumps character and judgement when they know in their hearts it isn't true. Like I said my state re-elected Joe Lieberman all because of the experience factor, even though he switched parties just to get in again. And because we re-elected him, we now look like a bunch of idiots for having done so, because former Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Lieberman, who'd been a democrat in the senate for 18 years, and who constantly made people aware of how much he emulated JFK, and was for doing the right thing etc etc, supports the Iraq war, and doesn't care if his new best friend John McCain keeps us there for 100 years. 

All because of experience. 

If experience in national politics was so damn important, then we wouldn't be in the mess we're in because everyone in Bush's cabinet has plenty of experience. Dick Cheney was a congressman for 10 years, and then a secretary of defense for 4 years after that (under George H.W Bush's administration), so why aren't we safe? Why do we, as of this administration, need a department of homeland security to waste more tax money? What happened to experience? Donald Rumsfeld had 4 decades of experience in public office and a big long resume. He'd been a congressman, a white house chief of staff, and a secretary of defense under two previous administrations. We thought he'd be around until the end, but his bad judgment did him in.

And in light of examples like this, and there are a lot, why do people still look at experience as a factor for picking anyone for anything? When Hillary Clinton says she's been fighting for this, that and the other thing for 35 years, why shouldn't that statement alone do her in because when she says that, I and many other people look at each other and go, "And this is as far as we've gotten after you've been fighting for 35 years?"  

And for the record, people didn't vote for Bush in 2000 because he promised change or because he was somebody people wanted to have a beer with, they voted for him because of name recognition, and because they thought since his father had been president, maybe he'd have some idea of what he was doing based on his family's long legacy of being in politics.  And look where we are. 

Experience doesn't mean anything if you have no common sense or conscience.

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from: roger_brook
date: Feb. 24th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)

Wow, I couldn't agree more!

To be honest, these politicians should be trying to draw attention away from their "experience", given some of the shit they've done. It's nice to see someone else feels the same way.

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Stinking her waddiness since 1879

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from: dierdrae
date: Feb. 24th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)

"And this is as far as we've gotten after you've been fighting for 35 years?"

Obama should use that in his campaign or something, seriously. Well said.

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Passion must exist somewhere...

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from: garaynbow
date: Feb. 25th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)

Amen! I completely agree. I, too, live in Connecticut and really have no idea what people were thinking when they voted for Lieberman (any democrat that did so should be ashamed of themselves).

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