How long have you been following politics?

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  1. MaggieMae
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    I'm just curious. If people will be honest, did you start following Washington politics as far back as Reagan or before? Clinton? Bush? Obama?

    If you think the question would give away your age, then the question would be have you studied the histories of the presidencies so that you have a grasp of how transition from one to another flows? The makeup of their respective problems and legislative activity surrounding those?

    The reason I'm asking is that an awful lot of members here don't seem to have the first clue about the actual process of government (civics 101), which leads me to believe they think that all of our current troubles only began in the last decade (and even last year).

    [Memo to Mods: Move this to wherever would be the most appropriate place, since I don't know where that would be.]
     
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    Since the Carter era.
     
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    since 1968, although i wasn't eligible to vote until 1972.
     
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    Then the basics for others to digest are that Carter was elected because of extreme frustration because of Nixon. Reagan was elected because of extreme frustration because of Carter. Bush41 was elected because he was the incumbent vice president and vowed no new taxes but reneged on that promise as Reagan's economy began to tank. Clinton was elected because "It's the economy, stupid." Bush43 was elected because of Clinton's sexcapades and Gore was ineffective in making his own stand. Obama was elected by the promise to make domestic issues a priority.

    So although there was plenty in between that people need to be aware of, the above brief scenario seems to indicate that for a long time now people have been looking for some kind of balance, but instead jump to the person who promises dramatic and immediate "change" when in reality, that is simply not possible. It's always a long slog.
     
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    Basically never really followed or became involved until I went into the military... then it became all too real of how it effected me, my family, my job, etc....

    Voted in 88 but did not follow carefully and consider that my wasted vote.... when I voted in 92, I took it much more seriously.... in 96 I was more informed and really started questioning why my core beliefs did not line up with the DEMs, and very few REPs and I gravitated more toward conservatism over party
     
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    Since George Washington. Ever notice how most good politicians are named George?
     
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    Groan....
     
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    I concede that you are correct with your groan...:lol:
     
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    Since Carter. Thats when I realized what an inept Prez looked like. Jeeze.
     
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