Originally Posted by Mason609
As soon as a politician utters the words "common sense laws" when talking about firearms, it's a given they have no clue what they are talking about.
Why won't the rest of the voters wake up and get their heads out of their collective hind quarters?
Absolutely correct...if it is fair, be sure it will be unfair. If it is reformed, be sure it will need reforming, if it is "smart", but sure it will be the dumbest thing you ever have seen.
To be a politician and to make your living from the votes of the community ensures that you must dupe the electorate into believing they will be better off by electing said person. It is my opinion that elected officials are actually actors. Not on the big screen per say, but they are acting, not showing you their real personality and motivations.....just using their best snake-oil salesmanship to sell you something you are sure not to want...it often entails lying.
Any competent businessman or woman could make our country better than it is today. I know I could. Business people tend to be good, not look good (think Billy Crystal)...politicians focus on looking good...(you look marvelous! SNL). All image, no substance.
Politicians mostly know diddley squat about running an enterprise. The smart ones, who are actually focused on making the country a better place surround themselves with people smarter than themselves and let them run the business side.
The radical politicians surround themselves with like minded people and work on getting reelected and maintaining power. Our current President is an actor and a great orator. People wonder why he is still campaigning and traveling the country and some read into it some great intellectual feat of distancing himself from scandals and such....not it...the real reason he is campaigning is because that is the only thing he is good at and he is very good at it...make no mistake about it! He is just doing what he does...and he is incompetent on things related to security and budgets and has drunk deeply the kool-aide of socialism.
Politicians say citizens need to be engaged and interested in the country's business.....we really need to be watching our backs and piggy banks. Most of us are too busy just living and can give a rat's arse about what politicians do...and the actors in Washington take advantage of it slowly turning up the heat of the water.
People will just be people and change will occur when the pain of maintaining the status quo is greater than the pain of changing....never take away the pain! Our government has been buying votes and taking away the pain of their crappy decisions by virtue of printing money, running up huge deficits and rolling out various social programs designed to hide the true state of affairs. Our two party system and institutional corruption has put us in a place where the normal checks and balances no longer work...not sure where we go from here but I hope Americans start looking for candidates that don't "fit" the stereotype of a common politician. A gross generalization...politicians are not smart, but they are cunning.
The reality cops always get their man....eventually.