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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:39 AM
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Those other elections - Sirota
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 09:40 AM by Mass
I often disagree with Sirota, but, on this one, I totally agree and find that worrisome. In real life, the president is only ONE actor (an important one, of course)

Those other elections

David Sirota, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Friday, December 5, 2008

A month after Barack Obama's triumphant victory, we are still celebrating America's only authentic national religion, and it isn't Christianity - it's presidentialism, the worship of the president as an all-powerful, all-knowing deity who is the only important political actor in our country.
This theology explains why both the public and the press corps seem far more interested in the Obama family dog and the Obama daughters' choice of elementary school than what happened down ticket on election day. In our nation, presidential pooches and prep schools are front-page stories. Local democracy is, at best, filler surrounding classified ads and comic strips.

For example, 2008 capped a stunning string of state legislative victories that leaves one-third of Americans now living in 17 Democratic "trifecta" states - those where Democrats control the governorship, statehouse and state senate. Trifecta-state Democratic legislators and governors now have the unobstructed opportunity to play a pivotal role on everything from setting national energy and health industry standards to addressing rampant wealth inequality.

Of course, huge progress have been made throughout the country to get a representation that would be more progressive, and unfortunately, the media and the public do not seem to care, making the governing instances of this country more like an American Idol context, or the media covering of Britney Spears, than about the people of this country and how decisions affect them. Sad, but true.

And, of course, thanks to Howard Dean for having made this possible.
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