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US Elections 2012

posted by JordyLicht on - last edited - Viewed by 418 users

Hi guys,

I have no idea if you're interested in politics at all, if you're thinking about voting, etc.
The major consensus in Europe seems to be: why would anyone in their right mind vote for Mitt Romney, being a Mormon, anti abortion, etc.
I admit I am a total n00b when it comes to American politics, so I'm sure I'll say dumbass things, but I just wanted to see if anyone can shed some light on this topic.
Back in 2004, people outside the US (and probably inside as well) raised their eyebrows and just couldn't believe Bush was chosen for a second term. I believe this will probably happen again if Romney is elected... a big WTF from across the pond.

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  • @Alcoremortis said:

    I'd be happier if candidates were forbidden to reveal their religion in the election. Just to make things more about the issues.

    I wonder if religious right people would have supported George Bush Jr's war policies as strongly if he'd never reveals his faith.

  • @DAISHI said: I wonder if religious right people would have supported George Bush Jr's war policies as strongly if he'd never reveals his faith.

    I wonder if they'd support most things as much if religion weren't involved. A lot of the commonly held "religious" stances don't even have much of a basis in the religious background. All I can think of is that they must be using that new-fangled Bible from 2010 with the motorcycle chase and Mary choosing not to get an abortion.

  • I knew a guy who ran for mayor who was really religious but believed that an individuals right to choice was imperative and refused to let his religion dictate others. He was neat.

  • @Giant Tope said: I knew a guy who ran for mayor who was really religious but believed that an individuals right to choice was imperative and refused to let his religion dictate others. He was neat.

    Exactly my sort of man.

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    Vainamoinen Moderator

    Poor, poor Clint Eastwood. A once great man!

  • He's actually more progressive than your typical Republican, considering his stance on gay marriage and environment.

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    Vainamoinen Moderator

    After Million Dollar Baby, I admit, I found it hard to believe the man's even republican at all.

  • @Vainamoinen said: After Million Dollar Baby, I admit, I found it hard to believe the man's even republican at all.

    I can never remember, which one are the republicans? Romney & Co?

    The general consensus over here is that Obama has been a good president. Far better than Bush. It's great seeing him taking an active stance on Gay rights (should everyone suffer because a fanatical religious minority think they are the devil incarnate? No.), His attempt to bring decent healthcare to the states (If you saw the Opening ceremony of the olympics, you'll see how much we appreciate our health service.) was admirable, even if it did ultimately fail (for reasons I don't know). His office has also helped to change the image of "Annoying dumb americans" perpetuated by Bush's office to one which sees you as being more intelligent and civilised. Respectable members of the international community, not just rich kids, bullying everyone else in the playground.

    I don't know what his policy is like in the US, but I often see people moaning because the economy isn't fixed yet, claiming he's done nothing in his four years of office. And I feel I should add that the same is true for practically every country who suffered difficulties (Germany was faring well, but they are an exception to the rule), no matter which route out they took: Borrowing or repaying.

    Also, everyone is sick about hearing about the US presidential race all the time on our news. I'm curious did you get lots of coverage during the UK elections a couple of years back? Probably not.

  • When the United States sneezes, everyone gets sick. That's why the US gets coverage. Russia has it to a lesser degree, and I assume China will at some point.

  • regilion and politices and the usa are the three most hated topics to talk about

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