Originally Posted by Splinemodel
The massive corruption in politics and the general inadequacies of a two party system for the modern era could be remedied in time. Due to the inherited situation, though, we're going to get at least 4 more years of general discontent no matter who wins. It is likely to be enough of a problem that a real candidate will step up and run in 2012 or 2016. The next president will be a one-termer.
Even so, I'm of the position that if socialist reforms take place and US taxes meet average EU levels, I may as well move to continental Europe: same taxes, better sports, better food, prettier girls.
Do Americans seriously study other political systems or do they merely assume that theirs is so clearly the best that there is no point?
Bush has shown up several serious flaws in the system.
That it is relatively easy to buy elections.
The constitution matters for little if it is ignored and opponents are labelled unpatriotic.
That too much power in one hand is much too much power.
That fixed terms mean you can't get rid of a failure early and lame ducks are left at the wheel for a very long time.
That poor education snowballs problems such as apathy, greed and ignorance. Decisions are made on guesswork or hearsay or mere blind prejudice.
Every man for himself becomes individual corruption becomes general corruption, becomes a corrupt state.
Slogans and silly names such as "Operation Freedom", "Liberty Fries" etc repackage nonsense and are bought just like Nikes etc on external appearances only.
Corporations now rule more than government "By the people, for the people, of the people".