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Should our government be changed?

Asked by sap82 (704points) July 15th, 2009

We see, and hear daily, excuses of the rape and misuse of public monies –tax payers monies- and investment funds by persons in positions of trust, and responsibility. So how can we trust anyone anymore?

If only greed and filth exist it cannot serve the people at all. Should there be changes. Should there be real american people instead of rich politicians like it is supposed to be?

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ShanEnri's avatar

This guy thinks so! and he makes sense too!

MrKnowItAll's avatar

It smells like it needs to be

frankielaguna's avatar

No! This government is the best in the world! No other is better!

Shh they can hear you

CMaz's avatar

Can’t know good without bad.

marinelife's avatar

When governments control industry, the result in poor quality, poor productivity and corruption. That hardly seems like an improvement.

What are you proposing to replace this system?

cwilbur's avatar

We get a chance to change the government every two years in November. If people don’t take advantage of that one, how do you think any other scheme will have more success?

CMaz's avatar

“We get a chance to change the government every two years in November.”

No we don’t. That is an exercise in futility. To make us feel we are a part of the machine.
The electoral vote calls the shots.

Saturated_Brain's avatar

Wasn’t it just?

Rsam's avatar

@cwilbur thanks for noticing this.
two notes:
1.) you have no sense of history or worldiness
2.) you’re operating with a rather immature sense of how “government” and “governing” is bound to work regardless of who or how it is run.

forestGeek's avatar

Individuals need to be change. As soon we finally stop sitting idly by, doing nothing but watching them do things we don’t like, then the government will be change.

CMaz's avatar

forestGeek – Sounds good. We should not keep our heads in the sand. But…
Too late.

Vincentt's avatar

Our government needs new people, which will be taken care of in the 2011 elections. Not sure if it’s wise to change in the middle of a financial crisis. Our electoral system is in grave need of reform, too.

Wait, what government?

christine215's avatar

I would prefer that the pendulum swing back to the principals that our founding fathers had in mind… but of course that’s just wishful thinking
Benjamin Franklin: “The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either.”

cwilbur's avatar

@Rsam: Actually, I do have a sense of history—I’m just not a nutjob conspiracy theorist.

And do you have a better suggestion for how to make government answerable to the people?

ubersiren's avatar

YES. This democratic republic is not working.

galileogirl's avatar

Who rapes money? On the other hand if your attitude is that politicians are “doing” the people, why would you expect otherwise or ever expect it could be changed. It’s like spousal abuse. Some of the people we choose are going to be abusive and their constituencies will do one of 3 things.

1. Give up and say “I can’t change him”
2. Whine “But I love him and I know he really loves me”
3 Automatically assume the position.

We can stop the abuse by throwing the abuser out but that takes time and effort. Even better would be to go with the guy based on his history of doing the right thing. Too often we go with the man (or woman) who tells us “I love you, baby. I’m going to give you the world” No wonder we end up getting screwed.

Jayne's avatar

I’m not sure how to go about changing the government, but I definitely would not prefer real American people to rich politicians. Have you seen real American people?

christine215's avatar

@Jayne… you mean like on Jerry Springer? shudder

basp's avatar

Despite the many flaws, our government actually works ok. Typically, those with very little knowledge of how it really works scream the loudest about how it isn’t working.
How many for profit agencies do you know that can take your handwritten letter and deliver it anywhere in the united states in less than a week for less than fifty cents? Your government does that.
And for those that think they have to wait for an election to instigate any change, you need to go back to civics class. You can contact legislators in a variety of ways anytime. And, you should to find out who is actually responsive and who just blows you off.
There are other ways to initiate change within government…. But one has to actually put some effort forth instead of simply complaining to make things happen.

Blondesjon's avatar

Because God means God to a lot of. . .Oh, wait a minute. . .Wrong thread.

My bad.

CMaz's avatar

OK, one #1 likes to punch his wife. Guy #2 likes to beat his wife.

I guess guy #1 is not that bad after all.

ubersiren's avatar

Depends on your definition of “works.”

basp's avatar

Like I said, one has to actually put forth effort to see changes. Simply complaining doesn’t work.
I’ve been active in many positive changes in the past decade…... And being involved is a good way to understand when, where, and how things really work in government.
Those who sit on the sidelines complaining are part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

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