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Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 1) 466

by Opportunist (#46766489) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

To make this happen, far too many things have to come together to actually make it at the very least not impossible. First of all, you'd have to find someone who is willing and able to be a suitable candidate, then you have to fund him. And convince a sizable portion of the people that voting for him makes sense. Especially that latter part is near impossible due to the first-past-the-post system in place. The only way this could possibly happen is if neither candidate from The Party looks like the lesser evil or, rather, when they have finally become so identical that it doesn't take looking at them from the distance the big pond affords me to not see a difference between them and people finally realize that either of them is useless, and that the only choice left is actually voting for neither of them and instead trying it with a third option.

That is the big problem. The third option is usually seen as simply not viable, unable to possibly win. So the only votes such a candidate will ever get is from those that are firm believers in his cause or those that simply don't give a shit anymore who of the two Party candidates wins and just want to make a statement.

And to avoid the latter (because the handful of people who actually believe in something a politician offers), the whole spectacle around the election exists. The effects can even be seen here on /., a place where one may assume the average IQ being slightly above the national average. Every time elections draw near, funny enough independent of what is being voted on, you'll find people from both sides starting to create a huge opinion storm, with people suddenly getting a strong opinion for or against issues that don't even affect them. It's actually amazing to see how people get worked up over trivial matters that simply don't matter, but they're the only difference between candidate A and candidate B, and they're being hyped up as if they truly mattered. One fine example of that is "Obamacare". With all due respect, and be honest, especially you that were so incredibly vocal about pro or con: How the heck does that really matter to you? Hmm?

But it works. People get riled up and feel the need to vote for "their" candidate, even though, when they took a moment and pondered over it, they would probably realize that they're just going to support that guy because they fear that the other one would implement/avoid $issue they were hyped up about, something they really don't care about that much if they gave it a moment of thought.

And now again: Do you think that in such an air of manipulation and hype a third candidate has a fighting chance?

Comment: Re:Quite logical reaction (Score 1) 369

Of course they play along. It's just so win-win, it's convenient AND makes the school look good to not do anything about the bullying problem. Because until you deal with it, the only one who has a problem with it is the one bullied.

That's also why YOU will get into trouble if you dared to fight back against the bully. Because 'til you did, everything was in order. The bully was happy and docile since he had his punching bag, you were quiet and nobody had to do anything. If you fight back, the bully might go to his parents and they might cause a stink.

Ever noticed how bullies are also the first to squeal?

Comment: Re:Quite logical reaction (Score 2) 369

The difference is that if you notice that, you can quit your job and get the hell out of there. No such luck as a student. You can't simply quit school without severe problems. Depending on the town you're in you might have no choice but either go to THAT school or drop out.

And even in the worst areas it's not like you HAVE to work for that single crappy employer or live on the street.

That's the stress being put on our youth today. Anyone still wondering why from time to time one of them grabs a gun and redecorates his school?

Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 1) 466

by Opportunist (#46766045) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

And the heap on my plate is dung, not shit. Yeah, that really makes a difference.

Why do you keep pointing out crap that means exactly zero? Whether the US is not a democracy or whether it's not a republic, does it really matter? How so?

And please don't make me laugh about the third parties and if you just believe in it you can make it bull. If you believe in that, you believe in the invisible hand and the trickle-down bullshit, too?

Work is the crab grass in the lawn of life. -- Schulz