bobafruit wrote:well... mathematically your chance of having any effect on the outcome of an election is probably closer to zero than your chance of winning the lottery (especially if you are like me and counted as a resident of a state that overwhelmingly supports a single party)
Furthermore, the public school is worse than prison and I will do everything in my power to keep my daughter out of such a place, because I still remember what it was like to live through that experience. Funny thing is that the worst experiences I had in my life occurred in what most people would consider a "good" "well-funded" prison... I mean school.
many people say that you don't get to complain because you don't vote. I refrain from giving my support to the whole corrupt system. Voting is a suggestion box at a restaurant that doesn't care what you think.
Well, first, that's the mentality that keeps the voter turnout in the presidential elections around 50%, but true, if you're in a state that leans towards a certain party, your vote is next to meaningless. Being a resident of a big swing state, though, it is annoying when someone here says that.
I didn't have that bad of an experience in high school, and I certainly wouldn't compare it to a prison... But I suppose that's also depending on your location and the size of the school.
And I believe the system is corrupt, but voting is the only power we have as a citizen to change that. It's not "a suggestion box" because it's as simple as voting out everyone who doesn't hold the interests of the people in mind. But of course it's not that easy with the astonishing amount of loonies that DO take advantage of their voting rights, and all the vitriol spewed by politicians to keep it that way...
Hamr wrote:"Ask any American about the income tax and they will all be on the side of Ron Paul there too."
They would be on his side in the abstract, which makes sense because Ron Paul lives in a fantasy land and refuses to deal with reality.
Ask them if they would support the sales increasing by about 400%, and they will not be on his side. Ask them if they would support military spending being drastically cut, and they will not be on his side. Ask them if they would support abolishing medicare and social security, and they will not be on his side. Ask them if they support getting rid of all welfare and unemployment 100%, and they will not be on his side.
Congrats, there goes almost all federal revenue, and those programs constitute about 80% of government spending right there, and voters overwhelmingly punish attempts to cut those things *at all*.
Now ask them if they want to repeal the Civil Rights Act, they will not be on his side. Ask them if they want to legalize hard drugs, and they will not be on his side. Ask them if they support repealing the minimum wage, and they will not be on his side. Ask them if they think democracy is something they need to be protected from, and they will not be on his side.
I was going to make a tl;dr post about Ron Paul too, but you basically summed it up in the most elegant way possible, Hamr.