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166. No offense taken.
As you can see, many of us feel the same way.
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  -I hope Americans won't take offense at what I'm about to say. glarius  Aug-15-11 01:35 PM   #0 
  - tell me about it.  kick-ass-bob   Aug-15-11 01:37 PM   #1 
  - and that's exactly why we neeed 100% publically financed...  tex-wyo-dem   Aug-15-11 11:36 PM   #108 
     - But what's to stop the wealthy elites  The Wizard   Aug-16-11 07:49 AM   #126 
        - Ummm, nothing. At least not for the time being.  EOTE   Aug-16-11 12:26 PM   #156 
           - How many of our legislators  The Wizard   Aug-16-11 01:50 PM   #160 
              - I don't know, but that's somewhat irrelevant.  EOTE   Aug-16-11 02:12 PM   #162 
                 - So let me get this straight  The Wizard   Aug-16-11 04:26 PM   #167 
                    - I'm fairly certain that's currently illegal.  EOTE   Aug-17-11 08:41 AM   #169 
  - We welcome your insight. Thanks! K&R You make a valid point.  jtown1123   Aug-15-11 01:38 PM   #2 
  - Campaigns Are Great, Free Content for Major Media Companies  Yavin4   Aug-15-11 01:39 PM   #3 
  - "Free Content for Major Media Companies"  DCKit   Aug-15-11 02:07 PM   #18 
  - Do you have term limits in Canada?  NNN0LHI   Aug-15-11 01:39 PM   #4 
  - I think that's the answer to a lot of our problems.  Booster   Aug-15-11 01:40 PM   # 
  - If we go for term limits, then the (few) good ones will have to leave  librechik   Aug-15-11 01:43 PM   #12 
     - I agree we need to stay away from term limits - there are too many  jwirr   Aug-15-11 04:49 PM   #49 
     - I think they should do away with the Senate entirely  librechik   Aug-15-11 05:02 PM   #53 
        - I lived in Nebraska for a while and the only difference I saw was that  jwirr   Aug-15-11 05:16 PM   #58 
        - mistakes  donquijoterocket   Aug-16-11 10:43 AM   #149 
        - That will require a Constitutional Amendment...  MicaelS   Aug-15-11 06:39 PM   #70 
     - With respect...  ElboRuum   Aug-15-11 09:21 PM   #97 
        - Nope...term limits are not the answer. It's our whole election system that needs revamped...  tex-wyo-dem   Aug-15-11 11:49 PM   #110 
  - No term limits.  glarius   Aug-15-11 01:44 PM   #13 
  - No, NNNOLHI, we don't  AlmostUlyanov   Aug-16-11 08:13 AM   #133 
  - It wasn't always like this. I place much of the blame for  Greybnk48   Aug-15-11 01:40 PM   #5 
  - I think you're right. I well remember when we never saw politicians on TV...  October   Aug-15-11 04:21 PM   #41 
  - You mean we never saw them unless they were actually doing  jwirr   Aug-15-11 04:51 PM   #50 
  - Or caught doing something that was not their job,  RaleighNCDUer   Aug-16-11 12:19 PM   #153 
  - Show business for the ugly and untalented (NT)  The Wizard   Aug-16-11 07:51 AM   #127 
  - Remember that MSM gets 80% of the campaign funds for TV ads ... !!!  defendandprotect   Aug-15-11 08:48 PM   #85 
  - Yeah, everything is turned political here...  octothorpe   Aug-16-11 09:03 AM   #142 
  - In America, elections are part of the entetainment industry and real money makers.  Tierra_y_Libertad   Aug-15-11 01:40 PM   #6 
  - It's reality teevee  Mosaic   Aug-16-11 08:19 AM   #134 
  - you are absolutely right and we hate it too--  librechik   Aug-15-11 01:40 PM   #7 
  - No offense taken. Just so you know....  tawadi   Aug-15-11 01:41 PM   #8 
  - I take no offense  Marrah_G   Aug-15-11 01:42 PM   #9 
  - You sound lahk one of them thar furriners.  Ikonoklast   Aug-15-11 01:43 PM   #10 
  - Pfft  Enthusiast   Aug-15-11 05:02 PM   #54 
  - Thanks for your thoughts. I envy you guys up north.  Ship of Fools   Aug-15-11 01:43 PM   #11 
  - I agree with you and would bet about 90% of Americans  doc03   Aug-15-11 01:58 PM   #14 
  - The other 10% is corporate execs and professional politicians. nt  RaleighNCDUer   Aug-16-11 12:21 PM   #154 
  - Why would anyone hate you for making an observation? A true one at that.  Dragonfli   Aug-15-11 01:59 PM   #15 
  - Well said dragonfli! n/t  lordsummerisle   Aug-15-11 08:50 PM   #87 
  - "The Gladiators"  marions ghost   Aug-15-11 02:01 PM   #16 
  - Commercial America  Gregorian   Aug-15-11 02:02 PM   #17 
  - Is that a Gregorian chant? nt  RaleighNCDUer   Aug-16-11 12:23 PM   #155 
     - Gothic  Gregorian   Aug-16-11 10:02 PM   #168 
  - American politicians want us to not know when and how something works well in another country.  Fire Walk With Me   Aug-15-11 02:09 PM   #19 
  - No offense  atreides1   Aug-15-11 02:09 PM   #20 
  - K&R  Solly Mack   Aug-15-11 02:10 PM   #21 
  - No hate here, you're absolutely right.  Shandris   Aug-15-11 02:12 PM   #22 
  - Parliamentary system allows for it  treestar   Aug-15-11 02:14 PM   #23 
  - you are so right and no offense taken  dana_b   Aug-15-11 02:14 PM   #24 
  - It is a distraction  blindpig   Aug-15-11 02:20 PM   #25 
  - Another part of the problem is that we haven't neutered our upper house  Hippo_Tron   Aug-15-11 02:21 PM   #26 
  - How did others go about doing that -- what would it require here?  defendandprotect   Aug-15-11 08:49 PM   #86 
     - It would require a constitutional amendment here  Hippo_Tron   Aug-15-11 10:50 PM   #103 
        - Do recall that the Founders -- guess I should say the liberal Founders ---  defendandprotect   Aug-16-11 02:07 AM   #114 
        - The Senate was invented as a compromise between more populous/less populous states.  Selatius   Aug-16-11 05:11 AM   #119 
  - The campaign 'culture' never ends...  ClusterFreak   Aug-15-11 02:30 PM   #27 
  - Hate you? No, I AGREE with you completely  get the red out   Aug-15-11 02:43 PM   #28 
  - I completely agree. The Kochs are buying up our country and we have to stop them.  Initech   Aug-15-11 02:47 PM   #29 
  - It used to not be that way  nadinbrzezinski   Aug-15-11 02:49 PM   #30 
  - You're preaching to the choir  vssmith   Aug-15-11 03:38 PM   #31 
  - I think a two-year term for Representatives is ridiculously short. -nt  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Aug-15-11 03:40 PM   #32 
  - It is...Most first-time House Reps  Blue_Tires   Aug-15-11 06:33 PM   #69 
     - +1 --- What about limiting some of those "perks" -- ???  defendandprotect   Aug-15-11 08:50 PM   #88 
  - the American System was set up in a way which does make it harder to get things done than in other  JI7   Aug-15-11 03:42 PM   #33 
  - Our Constitution is schizophrenic, for one --- but Thom Hartmann commented a while ago....  defendandprotect   Aug-15-11 08:53 PM   #91 
  - next to american idol, it seems as if campaigning also never ends nor begins...  Javaman   Aug-15-11 03:45 PM   #34 
  - Too bad more people don't pay more attention to politics  julian09   Aug-15-11 05:26 PM   #62 
     - ask me sometime about how I would change our election system...  Javaman   Aug-15-11 05:52 PM   #67 
     - TV is the great distration -- from I love Lucy generation to ESPN generation ---  defendandprotect   Aug-15-11 08:54 PM   #92 
  - Heavens, no, I don't hate you. It's the TRUTH!  Desertrose   Aug-15-11 03:45 PM   #35 
  - Thanks for your comments  MissDeeds   Aug-15-11 04:09 PM   #36 
  - America is a mountain of propaganda built on a valley of lies. nt  valerief   Aug-15-11 04:11 PM   #37 
  - You are totally right -  lynne   Aug-15-11 04:16 PM   #38 
  - It's About Money  november3rd   Aug-15-11 04:17 PM   #39 
  - I'm for doing it your way. We desperately need campaign reform here.  Harriety   Aug-15-11 04:21 PM   #40 
  - K&R  muffin1   Aug-15-11 04:25 PM   #42 
  - No offense  Philippine expat   Aug-15-11 04:27 PM   #43 
  - our politicians probably spend 3 of 5 days of the week blowing some CEO for a bribe  dogmoma56   Aug-15-11 04:38 PM   #44 
  - You've noticed that too?  BiggJawn   Aug-15-11 04:40 PM   #45 
  - Glarius, how many different political parties are there in Canada? Here, we have the left wing and  Citizen Worker   Aug-15-11 04:42 PM   #46 
  - Don't forget...  BiggJawn   Aug-15-11 04:45 PM   #48 
  - We also have the  Enthusiast   Aug-15-11 05:05 PM   #56 
     - You'll know when the Far Right is ready for permanent control...  SteveM   Aug-15-11 05:35 PM   #64 
        - No.  Enthusiast   Aug-15-11 05:55 PM   #68 
           - I prefer not to hijack the thread...  SteveM   Aug-15-11 06:40 PM   #71 
  - Parties in Canada  HappyCynic   Aug-15-11 09:19 PM   #96 
     - I'm going to disagree with you on the party comparisons w/the US  laundry_queen   Aug-16-11 03:17 PM   #164 
  - You may have a point. My father always said FDR was able to do  jwirr   Aug-15-11 04:44 PM   #47 
  - Not offended, glarius. Point well taken.  Demoiselle   Aug-15-11 04:54 PM   #51 
  - How could we possibly disagree?  Enthusiast   Aug-15-11 04:54 PM   #52 
  - Great observation  swilton   Aug-15-11 05:02 PM   #55 
  - Interesting idea (n/t)  a2liberal   Aug-15-11 05:08 PM   #57 
  - Of course, you are right. They never stop long enough to govern.  EFerrari   Aug-15-11 05:19 PM   #59 
  - This american totally agrees with you and wish we would go with your system.  southernyankeebelle   Aug-15-11 05:21 PM   #60 
  - I hate that about this country  lunatica   Aug-15-11 05:21 PM   #61 
  - This wan't the case a few generations ago...  SteveM   Aug-15-11 05:31 PM   #63 
  - We should be called the United States of Elections  proReality   Aug-15-11 05:49 PM   #65 
  - However, staggering elections keeps nutcase parties from sweeping into total power. (nt)  ehrnst   Aug-15-11 05:51 PM   #66 
  - You are exactly right, and the politicians like it that way  demigoddess   Aug-15-11 07:10 PM   #72 
  - It's not our election system as much as it's our divided powers of government.  JVS   Aug-15-11 07:16 PM   #73 
  - I don't hate you for what you said...  ejbr   Aug-15-11 07:27 PM   #74 
  - It seems like the perpetual campaigning is one way for Corporations  avebury   Aug-15-11 07:32 PM   #75 
  - Hate? No. More like Envy. n/t  hootinholler   Aug-15-11 07:32 PM   #76 
  - Yes, our system flatout sucks.  polichick   Aug-15-11 07:41 PM   #77 
  - You're just trying to make us jealous. Unfortunately, running for office is an industry in the USA.  Dollface   Aug-15-11 07:53 PM   #78 
  - IMO part of it is because every state wants to have the first primary.  Odin2005   Aug-15-11 08:01 PM   #79 
  - I'm not sure where you get that we only have an eleciton every 4 or 5 years. We've had a federal  Dave From Canada   Aug-15-11 08:03 PM   #80 
  - That was a bit of an anomaly  laundry_queen   Aug-16-11 03:19 PM   #165 
  - Oooh, we LOVE this guy (or woman) .. Yay we elected him/her.. Now, who's next.. this guy stinks  SoCalDem   Aug-15-11 08:11 PM   #81 
  - Rub our noses in it, why don't you.  Shagbark Hickory   Aug-15-11 08:14 PM   #82 
  - As long as someone is making money...  IrishAle   Aug-15-11 08:37 PM   #83 
  - We have a lotta problems ... including that Congress' schedule is being set around fund-raising !!!  defendandprotect   Aug-15-11 08:40 PM   #84 
  - Exactly. And people wonder why nothing gets done in this f**king country.  marmar   Aug-15-11 08:51 PM   #89 
  - One of the reasons things get done in a parliamentary gov't....  BlueDemKev   Aug-15-11 08:51 PM   #90 
  - I've never understood it, either  Canuckistanian   Aug-15-11 08:56 PM   #93 
  - Correct-a-mundo. Only in the last decade or so  pasto76   Aug-15-11 09:13 PM   #94 
  - Until we term limit the House and the Senate...  ElboRuum   Aug-15-11 09:14 PM   #95 
  - FYIthe last 20 years things don't get done here because the left has been ignoring RW talk radio and  certainot   Aug-15-11 09:44 PM   #98 
  - In a nutshell  The Wizard   Aug-16-11 08:13 AM   #131 
  - Thanks, glarius. REC. nt  bertman   Aug-15-11 10:15 PM   #99 
  - Your observations are spot on...  markpkessinger   Aug-15-11 10:16 PM   #100 
  - The endless campaigning and pining/whoring for cash  hulka38   Aug-15-11 10:30 PM   #101 
  - Our system is totally out of control & money-driven.  Jackpine Radical   Aug-15-11 10:46 PM   #102 
  - So true.  CrispyQ   Aug-16-11 08:52 AM   #139 
  - billionaires want more elections to make more money  Rosa Luxemburg   Aug-15-11 10:58 PM   #104 
  - Well, let us face facts you have a great system of govt.  Rex   Aug-15-11 11:00 PM   #105 
  - K&R And,  pleah   Aug-15-11 11:14 PM   #106 
  - Yep. You're right.  caseymoz   Aug-15-11 11:34 PM   #107 
  - You still have...  zentrum   Aug-15-11 11:44 PM   #109 
  - you are correct  oldhippydude   Aug-15-11 11:51 PM   #111 
  - "Between elections, things actually get done." OMG, utopia! n/t  Beartracks   Aug-16-11 12:59 AM   #112 
  - That is a big part of the reason.  harmonicon   Aug-16-11 01:02 AM   #113 
  - Hate you? Hardly!  SusanaMontana41   Aug-16-11 02:09 AM   #115 
  - Oh Canada!  Lunabelle   Aug-16-11 03:20 AM   #116 
  - I think the problem isn't so much the frequency as it is the money.  Capitalocracy   Aug-16-11 03:43 AM   #117 
  - It's part of the ongiong effort to divide the middle class and civil society.  LetTimmySmoke   Aug-16-11 04:11 AM   #118 
  - My husband and I have one regret in our 38 year marriage.  Vinca   Aug-16-11 06:06 AM   #120 
  - No, not offended at all.  HappyMe   Aug-16-11 06:21 AM   #121 
  - I blame America's media.  Ganja Ninja   Aug-16-11 06:22 AM   #122 
  - "no election advertising is permitted"  florida08   Aug-16-11 06:34 AM   #123 
  - Yes, and it's exhausting. Thank you for saying it out loud. n/t  myrna minx   Aug-16-11 06:40 AM   #124 
  - With the Citizens United Decision  The Wizard   Aug-16-11 07:47 AM   #125 
  - Offended? No. Jealous of you? Yes! n/t  PhoenixAbove   Aug-16-11 07:57 AM   #128 
  - No hatred here. Not even disagreement.  Bluzmann57   Aug-16-11 08:07 AM   #129 
  - Have mercy, adopt me!  Eddie Haskell   Aug-16-11 08:10 AM   #130 
  - I agree with you. The only thing worse is increasingly early display of Christmas stuff in stores.  slackmaster   Aug-16-11 08:13 AM   #132 
  - We totally agree!  robinlynne   Aug-16-11 08:27 AM   #135 
  - How is it that a good Canadian get it...  orbitalman   Aug-16-11 08:29 AM   #136 
  - It's a racket  malaise   Aug-16-11 08:29 AM   #137 
  - They just do that to override the Real news stories.  Hubert Flottz   Aug-16-11 08:37 AM   #138 
  - It's one of the reasons the largest voting segment in America is the non-voters.  CrispyQ   Aug-16-11 08:54 AM   #140 
  - Bingo! and what goes hand in hand with the constant campaingning?  snappyturtle   Aug-16-11 08:55 AM   #141 
  - Read our Constitution and Supreme Court decisions; there's nothing we can do about it.  Romulox   Aug-16-11 09:06 AM   #143 
  - That's why  markbark   Aug-16-11 09:06 AM   #144 
  - It's all about media presence  dash_bannon   Aug-16-11 09:48 AM   #145 
  - Right On  OwnedByFerrets   Aug-16-11 10:01 AM   #146 
  - Fun isn't it?  tavalon   Aug-16-11 10:17 AM   #147 
  - It'll never happen here, friend.  mlevans   Aug-16-11 10:42 AM   #148 
  - Control  Frank1   Aug-16-11 11:30 AM   #150 
  - It's an excellent point  proud patriot   Aug-16-11 11:40 AM   #151 
  - Right on! It is not the "ELECTIONS" per say, it is the uncontrollable LUST FOR POWER!!!  Change Happens   Aug-16-11 11:51 AM   #152 
  - Our entire culture is in danger of becoming nothing but warring ad campaigns.  DirkGently   Aug-16-11 12:38 PM   #157 
  - My friend in Sydney Aus same thing  marlakay   Aug-16-11 12:43 PM   #158 
  - It feels like birth contractions that are always 1 minute apart, and I'm tired!!  SaveAmerica   Aug-16-11 01:28 PM   #159 
  - Thanks for what you have said!  iowasocialist   Aug-16-11 01:58 PM   #161 
  - Thanks for the good wishes!....I agree with you about Harper.  glarius   Aug-16-11 02:50 PM   #163 
  - No offense taken.  Brigid   Aug-16-11 03:24 PM   #166 
 

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