questionshas anyone else just given up on politics?

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I wish politics wouldn't be a job any more, back like it used to be: you serve your term then go back to your normal job as a carpenter or whatever. Then we would actually be helping the nation as a whole!

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It's been my experience that people in their 20s are enthusiastic for the candidate of their choice and sure that he's going to make a difference. By their 30s they're not quite so sure of it but still hopeful. Into their 40s, they're kind of sad that things aren't the same anymore and aren't sure who to vote for. By the 50s, they're voting against someone, the one they dislike the most; they don't really like anybody.

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@pooflady: I'm 24 so what does that say about me?

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@jsoko: Of course, in order to do that, Congress would have to pass a law that wouldn't be beneficial to them, just their constituents and we can't go around having them do that all the time can we? What's next? Senators denying corporations laws to help them, opting instead to protect the welfare of American citizens? How dare you propose such an idea!

@pooflady: I'm 20 and I hate all politicians. It seems like the only honest ones who actually care about people are.............. well there aren't really any I can think of.

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never. I feel great every year after I cast my vote.
I make a point of actually going to my polling place and physically casting my vote/ballot. I tried voting early by mail once, and hated it. When I vote in person on election day, I feel like my vote counts and I am participating in the process. Hell, in many places absentee ballots are never even counted unless they outnumber the margin of victory... I would feel like crap thinking my vote was never even tabulated! I make a point of bringing my kids so they can see the process in action.

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@captainsuperdawg: lol, no kidding! But realistically, this is destroying and dividing our nation!

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@jsoko: if you read your history, you'll realize that campaigns 100 years ago were even more vicious and devisive than they are today.

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@captainsuperdawg: 20? By your age, I'd managed 2 city council campaigns, the last successfully. If you ever want disillusionment, start at the lower levels. The same collusion and moneychanging occurs, just smaller.
We can make changes, but forums and online petitions aren't the way. Old school rules require signatures on paper petitions in most states to force legislators to let US vote on certain issues, say, term limits or the abolition of congressional pensions and healthcare.
With concerted effort, they can be reminded who elected them & who they work for.
I think it's time for another party...

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I believe the problem stems from the fact that politician is an acceptable career choice in the US (all jokes aside).

So, no matter how well meaning and altruistic a politician starts out, once they are about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way through their first term, they start working to get re-elected rather than for their constituents; this happens regardless of whether their motives remain altruistic or not.

So, if ALL politicians were limited to a single term (make the terms longer if you think it will have a benefit) then (1) they would continue working for their constituents until the end of their terms, and (2) only those who desire to do good for their constituents would have the motivation to become politicians and they would need a legitimate way to feed themselves outside of being a politician.

(Yes, I acknowledge that this is overly simplistic and clearly needs work. However, it is also clear that our current system is severely broken and needs an overhaul.)

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Yes. I've gone past not being able to stand it, to nearly indifference (or actually WISH I could be indifferent). At this point I vote for the lesser evil and that's about it.

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YES!!!As a young voter, this past presidential election was my first experience where I really became involved in the entire process. From the primaries to the debates to the inauguration. I liked the idea of a different kind of Washington, transparent, with the average American at the heart of it all, with HOPE. Well only one word can describe my feelings now, HOPELESS.

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Yes.

I was a poli-sci major in college. By the time I figured out I hated politics, it was more efficient to finish the degree than to drop it and pick up something else.

I'm anti-conflict in general, so I don't really like arguing things with people. They either generally know more about the topic that I do, or they THINK they know more about it, in which case arguing is pointless.

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Politics: from the latin; "poly," meaning many; and "ticks," meaning blood sucking arachnids.

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I agree. On Facebook, all I see are these terribly flawed comparison charts or info graphs that are so obviously misinformed and only trying to achieve a political agenda of putting down the opposite side. I've got friends that are far left and far right, so I see the full spectrum. It wouldn't bug me so much, except that people actually take these at their face value to be fact, instead of...you know, analyzing it.

Not to mention on the politician side, all they ever do is trash their opponents. I would absolutely love to see someone who can run on the issues, and not give a [expletive] about trashtalking.

So politics in the traditional sense, I'm fairly down on. Having a discourse about an actual political issue with someone who is actually informed (this is becoming less and less frequent) is always enjoyable though, even if I disagree with the person. Debating's actually fun when you stay on topic.

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Wow! So many opinions with a similar theme and I agree with everyone who has posted (which is highly unusual). Personally, I think that most Americans are middle-of-the-road on most topics, with, perhaps, a strong opinion on one or two things (abortion, for example). But the politicians and the media over the last few years have contributed heavily to serious divisiveness that cannot be productive. When I registered to vote at 18 I firmly checked the "Independent" box with the thought that I would educate myself more before picking a party. I am now over 50 and remain an Independent. The two-party system we have now seems to be drawing lines in the sand that aren't really there for most people. The "Us vs. Them" mentality is staggering and the folks who have bought into it are frightening. When did it get to be "Un-American" or "Un-Christian" to have a differing opinion on public schools, or internet access? I agree with @havocsback: it's time for another party.