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rbWarEagle
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re: Do we really have freedom of choice?


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In theory you are right, but not in reality. First, there is a large portion of the populace that will always vote Dem. or Rep. because that's the way it's always been. Secondly, third party candidates are oftentimes not given the same coverage or opportunities in forums such as debates. Thirdly, the media has huge influence on the outcome of elections and can do much to sway the sentiment of voters one way or another. I've voted for third party candidates the last two presidential elections because I am so fed up with both sides. I did so knowing that my vote was going to end up being strictly symbolic though.


Well said.

I'd add that voting for Romney or Obama might have been equally as "symbolic". I'd argue that corporations own much of this country and politics is always going to side with big business. Of course certain candidates get more coverage than others on certain networks. Network executives have vested interests in big business just like a lot of political figures do.






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eelsuee
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re: Do we really have freedom of choice?


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First, there is a large portion of the populace that will always vote Dem. or Rep. because that's the way it's always been.
Yes, they have the freedom to vote however they want. They also have the freedom to be stupid or informed when making their decision.

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Secondly, third party candidates are oftentimes not given the same coverage or opportunities in forums such as debates.
Coverage is provided by businesses trying to maximize profit. Because there are so few people that vote outside of the R and D parties, covering other candidates isn't profitable. Maybe the government should pass laws to require equal coverage and dictate how businesses should be run. Is that the type of freedom you are looking for?
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Thirdly, the media has huge influence on the outcome of elections and can do much to sway the sentiment of voters one way or another.
See both points above, people are free to be idiots and companies are free to cover whoever they want to. Viewers are free to boycott any station they don't like.



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rbWarEagle
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re: Do we really have freedom of choice?


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Lets just make you a dictator so that your choice will be the one everyone else is forced to live by. Is that your idea of freedom?


Nope. Freedom is freedom. You have it or you don't.

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I haven't been happy with the two choices in a presidential election ever (I am 32), but the reality of the situation isn't due to a lack of my freedom.


It is, though. If we had a true democratic process that was untainted by monetary (or other) influence, I'd imagine we'd be choosing between the two candidates best fit to run the country.






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rbWarEagle
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You are seeing a very small portion of a much larger picture, in my opinion.





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PrimeTime Money
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But using money and influence is part of freedom. People can do what they want.





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Antonio Moss
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re: Do we really have freedom of choice?


What does freedom of choice even mean?





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Antonio Moss
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There are only two candidates every four years that have any realistic chance of winning. Both are hand picked and both are very similar in the things they ultimately do. The differences are typically only cosmetic in nature. There is no real choice.


That's the fault of the American people, not the government.






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Antonio Moss
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I'd argue that corporations own much of this country


I wonder who Exxon-Mobil voted for in this election.







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Y.A. Tittle
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re: Do we really have freedom of choice?


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I just choose not to participate in the three ring circus that is the modern world.


Que?

I feel like I have plenty of choices, myself, but I'm not certain as to how one can pull this one off.






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CarrolltonTiger
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re: Do we really have freedom of choice?


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I'd argue that corporations own much of this country


And people own corporations, and funds that own corporations, why do you hate people investing in their future and making use of their capital?






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Revelator
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re: Do we really have freedom of choice?


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You are confusing lack of freedom with not having it your way.




If I can ride my bike today with no helmet, and then tomorrow the gov. tells me I can't and it is now against the law, is that not diminished freedom or is that simply as you put it," me not getting my way"?






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