docsbear wrote:It seems to me that it is the ones who care about the country are the ones who are going to make it to the polls, no matter what. The ones who stayed home and whined about the weather apparently don't care enough to try.
I don't disagree that the ones who stayed home didn't care enough. I do disagree that the ones that went out did. they care about their own self interest, not the country. Massachusetts is a state of independents. They voted GOP because the dems aren't delivering (despite the GOP being the reason the dems can't deliver). they will likely switch again when they realize that side is no better.
But the fact is that the casual voter stayed home, or forgot, or whatever, while the passionate ones went forth. It's just a matter of when you consider passion to be positive, and when it is negative. When it is against what the majority of the world wants, it is probably negative. there is no majority against healthcare. there is a majority against the current bill, perhaps, but what we've apparently forgotten is that for all the wimpiness of the Democratic party, it is the republicans which made the bill so weak. Way to vote in an extra one. That'll REALLY solve things.
What we need, as a country, is a group of intelligent people who are not hamstrung by ideologies beyond what is best for us all. But since we can only work in a two-party system, I'd rather support the guys who are willing to TRY to improve things, instead of the puritanical inhumans who only want to maintain the status quo, except where it benefits hyperevangelical horrorshows and insanely rich gladhanders. anything they can do to make things better for the rich and christian, let's do it, even if it stomps basic human rights.
And when brought to woot, again, the majority will always go for a small group of horrible options. It doesn't make the choice good.
And to the canuck... our system needs a huge overhaul, yes. But the side that just got a bolstering is not for ANY overhaul. They want to kill it where it lies.