If most people just watch, even the best efforts towards change are going to be subverted.
> With the current candidates on either side, just bracing for worse.
There's always Bernie, but it means putting some effort into the political process yourself. :)
> What I understand is that the power of corporate America, Wall Street, the corporate, the media is so great that real change to transform our country does not take place unless MILLIONS OF PEOPLE BEGIN TO STAND UP and say very loudly and clearly that the United States government has got to represent all of us, and not just the top 1 percent," he said.
Sure, he says nice things about stopping the programs. But he's clear that Snowden should go through the legal process and receive punishment. In particular he does NOT say that he would give Snowden clemency. Which makes his position indistinguishable in practice from Hillary's.
Love him or hate him, we all owe Snowden our thanks for forcing upon the nation an important debate. But the debate shouldn't be about him. It should be about the gnawing questions his actions raised from the shadows.
Not sure "indistinguishable" is the most accurate word. Seems her stance is much less forgiving/lenient and focuses more on the act of breaking the law and that he should be punished for that.
Everyone is camp #1 is indistinguishable from the people who abuse our trust themseves. Criminal.
If you think Bernie is going to actually do anything different if he makes it to the White House, well you are living in a dream world then.
It seems that many Obama supporters whipped themselves into such a hatred of Bush that they never really considered who they were really supporting (, though I do not presume to accuse you of that).
# Don't tell me that some power can corrupt a person; You haven't had enough to know what it's like!
And Im telling you know, a candidate will come a few months from now which will again win your hearts and minds and promise what you want, and you'll again fall for it.
Youre american presidential election is an strong illusion of partifipating in governmental decisions. Thats all it is, you dont have anyone reasonable to vote for.
This and abolish the party system, let each individual stand on their own merit.
By which I mean, at least five, with realistic odds.
The chance of that happening is only slightly more likely than hoping for a perfect enlightened despot unicorn to step up.