Tuesday, November 07, 2006


The activity in class made me realize a lot of things about myself. I have a hard time biting my tongue, and that's exactly what you have to do at opportune times when creating a party, or even campaigning with or for one. This system of government and parties in America is set up for the middle, tongue-biters if you will. Although Hollywood and extremes in the media are able to express this and that about George So and So, the failing war in wherever, or gay people (who are really just straight people choosing to be discriminated against), the system encourages middle-of-the-road behavior.

It's the two party system that will get you everytime. When we sat down to talk about a party, we had to primarily talk about appeal, about winning, about vote getting, and only pissing less than half off. This was very hard. I felt the desire to talk about what kinds of things should be in platform or ideals I have for politics. I felt like I slowed down the process because of personal inhibitions. In party formation, it's interesting that many issues can only be sprinkles on the top of a cake that is made up of vote-getting appeal.

Kudos, Professor Tofias, because I appreciate the two respective parties more now than I did before. I don't like them more by any means, but understand what they are trying to do within the system they are given. I guess that is what any individual has to do in this country; understand the system in which they are placed and screw with the system before it screws with you.

If I ever ran for office, I would have to bite my tongue more and articulate inhibitions less. But until then, I will have other more binding systems to not be screwed by.


At 7:53 AM, Blogger halleykaras said...

I feel like i could have written the same post about myself. In the exercise it was kind of hard not to just push my own super liberal issues, rather than issues that would win. I also have disliked the two party system, and have gone through my Green Party phase, but the class brought me a greater understanding of the two party system. I dont hate them so much anymore, Ive actually been getting pretty excited about the Democrats. I still think its valuable to discuss and challenge the moderate views and actions of parties and our elected officials, thats how change can happen, but I understand why things are the way they are.


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