,,,, are the serious and principled politicians debated the issues for the benefit of knowledgeable citizens.
It's been years since any of them earned the title of Statesman. They support the views that get them votes and campaign money.
voters deferred to the elite ? respected and wealthy members of the community who would signal how they should vote.
Guess who gets invited to the expensive campaign dinners and invited to White House functions.
,,,,the Internet can keep minds closed instead of opening them; people who previously had to wade through newspapers that offered opposing points of view now turn to Web sites or television channels that conform with their own beliefs.
From the ugly partisan emails I get, I'd add email to that list.
In de-emphasizing party hoopla and replacing it with stolid and solid news reporting and information, America succeeded only in boring and alienating its citizens,
I'm not sure I agree. Ratings seem to favor the "performance/entertainment value" of the newsreaders, anchors, and commentators. Oh, yes- and Talk Radio hosts.
But gigabytes of campaign speeches and finance records are no match for the millions of dollars spent by candidates to burnish their image, attack their opponents and spin their stands on the issues. "It's very hard for citizens to realize that they're being manipulated,"
I agree here. I listen to a speech, then after I hear the "analysis", spin, read the editorials, etc., I apparently didn't hear the same speech.
Every election, Project Vote Smart asks the candidates for president, Congress, governor and state legislature to answer questions on issues such as abortion, energy policy, gun ownership and health care. If they say no, party leaders and local media are asked to intervene.
In 1996, 72 percent of congressional candidates ultimately answered the questions.
In 2000, 63 percent answered.
In 2002? Only 50 percent.
Who is dumbing down - (a) the voters or (b) the candidates? I choose (b) because they fear losing votes and campaign money as they don't know which answers are safest.
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Still, the fact that more than half of American adults do not know that the Senate has 100 members is disquieting....more
This read is a good example of why the founding forefathers created a republic instead of a democracy. Now if we could only get the people to quit trying to change it into a democracy