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According to representatives from both major American political parties, 81 percent of Americans are WRONG!|
Wrong about what? Since when do politicians argue with the public perception instead of exploiting it to their advantage? After all, it was the politicians who exploited the public's fears when CNOOC stepped up to buy American and narrow the trade deficit by purchasing Unocal. You can't expect that politicians will do anything except take full advantage to score political points with the voters back home, can you? Well, apparently there is one issue where Amreican politicians will not play politics -- and that's when the public believes that congress is accepting bribes.
Pew public opinion research conducted a poll recently that found an astounding 81 percent of Americans believe that it is common practice for elected representatives in congress to accept bribes. Yet when questioned on this finding by Ameican political talk show host Chris Matthews , spokesperson from both major parties could not name one single person in all of Washington who is corrupt. Here is the exchange:
"MATTHEWS: We‘re a back, on a national holiday, Martin Luther King Day. Steve McMahon came in for the holiday, he‘s a Democratic strategist, and Ben Ginsberg is working all the time. He is an adviser to the Bush-Cheney campaign.
We have a got a couple poll numbers out there. One of them is 81 percent of the people in the new Pew poll that says that bribery in Congress is common behavior. Now, I just want to know if you guys agree with that. You do know, you‘re in law practice here in Washington and a counselor to the Republicans and you know a lot of people. Do you believe four out of five members of Congress are crooks?
BEN GINSBERG, FMR. COUNSEL, BUSH-CHENEY ‘04: No, absolutely not. No
MATTHEWS: Can you make the case to the American people why you know better?
GINSBERG: Sure, because I‘ve seen them and know them. I know that most people in Congress, despite the cloud of the Abramoff scandal, and it is a cloud and you can‘t denigrate the importance of it, but most members in Congress are honestly there to do the people‘s business, it‘s true of both sides of the aisle, and that‘s why they‘re there.
MATTHEWS: So they‘re not taking money under the counter.
GINSBERG: No. In fact, if you saw the lifestyle that most of these guys and women lead, it‘s just not true.
and here's the DEMOCRAT, the opposition:
"MATTHEWS: Is the president corrupt?
MCMAHON: No, I don‘t think he‘s corrupt.
MATTHEWS: Well then, you said there‘s a culture of corruption—who‘s corrupt?
MCMAHON: Well I think that there were some people there who perhaps violated the law.
MATTHEWS: Give me names.
MCMAHON: Well you know who the names are.
MATTHEWS: No, I don‘t.
MCMAHON: The Valerie Plame story hasn‘t concluded, Fitzgerald hasn‘t concluded his work, Karl Rove is still perhaps a target. We don‘t know.
MATTHEWS: That‘s true.
MCMAHON: You‘ve got the majority leader, you‘ve got...
MATTHEWS: Scooter Libby, is he a crook? Is he a crook, is he corrupt?
MCMAHON: Scooter Libby‘s under indictment. I‘m not saying he is corrupt, but I‘m saying there‘s a culture."
The Democrat and the Republican agree: 81 percent of America is WRONG. It's absolutely amazing. Anytime a politician can find 81 percent of America to agree on any issue, then there will be a s$$pede to be the first Washington politician to "own" the issue top to bottom. But when it comes to ethics in public life, neither party can admit there's a problem even when 81 percent of the public sees it.
Yes, there is a difference between forms of government and responsibility in government. Free speech has no value when 81 percent of the public sees corruption, but no one in politics will give voice to their concerns. And yes, a democracy's weakest moment comes in the wake of a 9/11 style attack, when the public is terrified and outraged.
Finally, notice that the Republcan said, "guys and women". It's a practiced line, which is supposed to be friendly and informal. In decades past, a person might say, "guys and gals," but because "gals" has negative, sexist connotations, American never use this word in conversation. But the Republican still wants to sound informal, so he said "guys and women," which is never, ever said. It's "men and women" and "guys and gals" but never "guys and women". Nothing negative about the man who said it. It just shows how badly politics can ruin a language, even English.
[ Last edited by matt605 at 2006-1-17 10:36 PM ]