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littlelacroix
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Congress and the white house should be devoid of politicians.

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Started: 4/18/2008 Category: Politics
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Anonymous

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What I am saying is that instead of putting politicians and (ok lets be honest) upper class, well educated, IVY league sons of past politicians into office, we should let everyday normal people run, and we should provide a forum for anyone to do so without hundreds of thousands of dollars from corporate sponsors and lobbyists. Anyone could run initially, then they would be filtered down by an expedient process of elimination. Sure, elections would take much longer, but we would end up with people in our government who actually want to do something to improve American lives.

There are plenty of every day normal people who not only are smart enough to do the job, but they have lived normal lives, understand normal people problems, and they would be much more likely to pass good laws and policies instead of ones that make money or save money for themselves and their associates.

Politicians suck.

And because I know my opponent will say that if we did this then these normal people would become politicians, my response is that they wouldn't because they would know that getting screwed by our government is absolutely horrible.

Not a long argument, but I think it is good enough to get my point across.
littlelacroix

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As I read through your argument, I saw that you are for change in the American government that would help the American people. I completely agree, but this is not the means that we can achieve that. How would you like college drop-out down the street to be the next President of the United States or even Senate Majority Leader? Now, I know that President Bush isn't the smartest man ever, but he has grown up in an environment that has properly prepared him for the job and I believe that he was dealt a "bad hand" after he got into office. Now, I don't want people to vote on my stance on President Bush, but he's able to do the job, not some random man/woman right off the street.

People need education to run the government. I'm a senior in high school in South Dakota that is taking a government class right now. I would consider myself to be a fairly bright person in comparison to my peers, but even I get confused sometimes with all of the information that I'm given. Just think about if you have to make the decision to go to war or not. Take 9/11 for example. If you were in President Bush's spot, would you have gone to war with Afghanistan? You must consider the lives of the troops, the allies we may lose, the success of winning, the process of getting it approved by Congress, etc. The line of thoughts just goes on forever! I'm not sure if you've ever seen the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, but it's about a regular guy that goes to Washington DC as a Senator. He was getting destroyed by the whole process and, if it weren't for the help of the good politicians, he wouldn't have gotten anything done. The same would happen if politicians were gone completely. Those "high-class" people need the higher level education in order to properly run the government.

Furthermore, you contest that people would bring a good change to American life if the average person was there in Washington DC. WRONG! If average people are there, they wouldn't know how to deal with the politicians from other countries. It may be a slight exaggeration, but if Condeleeza Rice was no longer in DC, then we would be in trouble with so many nations, and, I hate to say it, but if Rice wasn't there, the US probably would've overthrown Bush, forcing him from office.

Politicians are necessary for the government to run properly and good politicians, like Rice, are the change that we need to bring to Washington. More decent politicians like herself would be amazing for this country.
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Posted by Mangani 8 years ago
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You can't have a government without politicians due to the etymology of the word- 1427, from M.Fr. politique (14c.) "political," from L. politicus "of citizens or the state, civil, civic," from Gk. politikos "of citizens or the state," from polites "citizen," from polis "city" (see policy (1)). Replaced in most adj. senses by political (1551). The verb meaning "to engage in political activity" is first recorded 1917, a back-formation from politics.

You can't govern the people or for the people (polites) without being a politician.
Posted by the-mad-ones 8 years ago
the-mad-ones
Microsoft was founded by a highly intelligent person that chose to dropout specifically to start a company based on an idea.
In addition, he came from a relatively well-to-do family.
I doubt he qualifies as a 'dropout down the street' in the sense that the debaters intend.
Posted by JBpixie 8 years ago
JBpixie
The college drop-out down the street is a better choice because that's the person with more practical experience and often the best way of thinking. Look at the some of the most successful companies, Microsoft, Apple, Virgin Atlantic…all founded by dropouts.
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