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03-09-2013, 12:34 PM #1
Political Pet Peeves
Anything happen in politics that gets your blood boiling that really shouldn't? I have two that get me annoyed.
#1. Politicians who don't seem to know that the country they serve is the United States, not America. Seriously, when did it become ok to use the name for all the lands in the Western Hemisphere as the name for our country?
#2. The USA is a Democratic Republic, Democratic being the adjective for Republic. We are a country that is governed by representatives, not popular vote. So why does everyone think we live in a democracy? Just last week I got into an argument in class with one of my history teachers because she kept on calling us a democracy. I was annoyed because she kept saying it, so I asked her if she knew we were a republic, (yeah, I was trying to be a smart alec, I can't stand this teacher) to which she responed that we were not a republic, and that we were a democracy. Anyways, the reason I tell you this story is because the whole class (other than me) thought that the USA was a democracy (and my teacher still does ). In fact it seems like the majority of people think we are, which really annoys me.
Who else has political pet peeves?
03-09-2013, 01:14 PM #2
1 - You aren't the United States. That can technically refer to a few countries, Mexico and Brazil coming to mind (anyone correct me if I'm wrong) You are the United States of America. As such, you have, through the years, usurped "United States" and "America" as your own. Europeans consider Canadians to be "Americans" and they're not wrong.
Basically, it's become acceptable to refer to the United States of America as:
The United States
All are incorrect in the context you're referring to, but as abbreviations, they're generall accepted.
2 - This is a major pet peeve of mine, but not just this. People using words incorrectly en masse. You guys are very democratic in that you vote on any and every issue imaginable, but that's as far as it goes. This is a case of people not knowing the difference between democratic nation and democratic republic. In short, ignorance of meaning. They see that there's voting and they think "democracy" without realizing the differences within democratic systems."He's gone crazy," "You have to snap out of it," "Take your meds," or, "Don't be such a downer" serve only to mock, belittle, and make light of mental illness. Such phrases only continue the negative stigma and keep those who suffer from getting help. If these phrases, or phrases like them, are part of your at-hand vocabulary, you are part of the problem. #STOPtheStigma
03-10-2013, 05:14 PM #3
A simple one
When people use this statement - "We are a Christian Nation"
We are not even close and nor should we be....
03-10-2013, 05:24 PM #4
When they close the doors to the White house and then can't take a pay cut themselves.
When they send weapons and rebuild countries that hate America
03-10-2013, 05:50 PM #5
03-11-2013, 10:08 AM #6
I hate the two party system. Often you are not voting for the best canidate but the lesser or two evils. I also hate how people use their religion to attempt to legislate how others should live their lives. Or better yet politicians picking and chosing what parts of the bible they want to go by but ignoring the rest.
03-11-2013, 11:13 AM #7
In reality a multiparty system just leaves you picking the lesser of more evils.
03-11-2013, 11:21 AM #8
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