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Is politics always about choosing the lesser evil?

And do we ever agree that both the Democratic and the Republican Party tend to be less-than-sane, or that neither is always so beneficial to the general populace?

Posted - September 4, 2020

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  • 17471
    More often than not.
      September 4, 2020 6:14 AM MDT
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  • 52995

     

      This is one of those things in life that truly cannot be confined to “always” being true, especially when taking into consideration the long history of politics worldwide. In many instances, however, the lesser of two evils (or more) is the crux of choices. 
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      September 4, 2020 6:19 AM MDT
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  • 32946
    Yes.
      September 4, 2020 6:20 AM MDT
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  • 19942
    There was a time, back in the long ago, when there were two good candidates on the ticket, but it's been a long time since that has happened.  It used to be that politicians of both parties were socially friendly with one another and I think a lot of decisions were agreed to over drinks or dinner and then presented as bi-partisan.  Those days are over.  Now, you probably wouldn't see a member of one party dining with another.  For the most part, elections now come down to "Who do I dislike the least?"
      September 4, 2020 7:09 AM MDT
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  • 52995

     

      You’re right. The mud-slinging tactic of political candidates used to be looked down upon and was a last resort of the underdog in the contest, but approximately in the late 1970s or through the 1980s it switched to be the norm. 

    :(

      September 4, 2020 7:22 AM MDT
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  • 1305
    Two sides of the same coin I'm afraid. 






      September 5, 2020 5:20 PM MDT
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  • 16336
    Too often, unfortunately. Too much money is involved, and politicians are necessarily beholden to their backers today. Blame the media (both sides) - public office is beyond the means of all but the obscenely wealthy.
      September 5, 2020 9:28 PM MDT
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  • 5808
    Some times
    it is a must.
    Political evolvement
    is slow.
      September 6, 2020 7:39 AM MDT
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  • 537
    I believe that is usually the case.

    But in my country's last two General Elections, I genuinely felt that there was no "lesser" evil to be found. Both the main contenders seemed equally dreadful, but in different ways. In the end I either voted for one of the smaller parties or wrote "None of the above" on the ballot paper. It's no wonder that election turnouts are down on what they were in the '80s and '90s.

    There is nothing wrong with voting for the lesser of two evils, if it's an informed choice, but at the same time there is no disgrace in rejecting both main contenders if you feel that neither deserves your vote.


      September 13, 2020 3:57 AM MDT
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