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Why do U.S. presidential election campaigns generate so much acrimony and intolerance of opposing views among supporters on both sides (including Japan Today readers)? Does it really matter who wins t

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Does it really matter who wins the election?

Yes.

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When, if the Republicans win, you are likely to have war and tax breaks for the rich, yes!

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Simple when you have a populace that is so easily fooled the rich & big biz who fleece said fools & the rest of the people then YEAH some people might be surprised at how daft some yanks can get & some yanks actually care about their future instead of being constantly fleeced by the powerful & connected

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NO! It is all just a game......

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It's funny that some people think they have "liberal" vs "conservative" choices when both parties are to the right of center, compared with "real" liberal/socialist countries. Business is always at the center of American's thinking, and this will never change. Wringing hands over "socialism" is so amusing to watch.

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It's funny that some people think they have "liberal" vs "conservative" choices when both parties are to the right of center, compared with "real" liberal/socialist countries. Business is always at the center of American's thinking, and this will never change. Wringing hands over "socialism" is so amusing to watch.

Time to vote for a third candidate.

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Wringing hands over "socialism" is so amusing to watch.

Regardless of who wins, the socialist train in the US will continue unabated. In fact, it should be worrisome, not so much for the present generation but the future generations which will bear the burden of paying for it. Japan's youth faces this future now. It will be the same in Europe soon enough as more and more nations meet the reality of a debt overhang created to support the failed welfare state.

The socialist welfare state has never worked and there is no magic available today that will suddenly cause it to work, despite what self-described intellectuals who advocate for progressivism would have people believe. The math doesn't work and the human spirit will always seek freedom once life becomes too restrictive. The Soviets experienced the failure of socialism and so, too, the Chinese who are attempting to escape their socialist past in a way which will allow the communist elite to retain power, a rather interesting situation to observe.

That said, if you are an American, there are few political choices available to stop the slide into a controlled state welfare system.

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Why do U.S. presidential election campaigns generate so much acrimony and intolerance of opposing views among supporters on both sides (including Japan Today readers)? Does it really matter who wins the election?

That's actually a good sign. It means that people are actually interested in politics of their country and vote for who they want. It would be good if Japanese had the same passion for politics.

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The campaigns are acrimonious because too many people these days are not tolerant of opposing views. We all think our view is right and that anyone who differs is wrong. And the media feeds it.

I also think it doesn't matter which candidate wins. No one man can change the economy, stamp out terrorism, stop global warming or correct social injustices.

Sometimes I think that countries should be run like corporations, with a board of directors and a CEO. Do away with elections and parliaments.

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Sometimes I think that countries should be run like corporations, with a board of directors and a CEO. Do away with elections and parliaments.

China is kind of run like that. Stalin liked that setup as well even though he was a lousy CEO. BTW, who chooses the CEO and the board of directors? That's always the rub for those who don't agree with the selection.

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The Japan Today site is dominated by Obama fans ... as can be seen by glancing at a separate item that asks "who do you want to win the U.S. presidential election?"

I had this feeling earlier and "planted" some anti-Obama comments just to see what the reaction would be ... and as expected I was bombarded by "bad" votes from Japan Today participants. They seem to be filled with "much acrimony and intolerance" (probably more "bad" votes from them herewith, I suppose) as stated in the above statement.

However, my e-mail from the U.S. is about 99% anti-Obama ... not necessarily pro-Republican nor anti-Democratic, just downright anti-Obama.

And the question above: Does it really matter who wins the election? You bet your sweet bippy it does. But your choice is your right as a free citizen ...

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Two choices, CFR candidate A or CFR candidate B does not constitute a free choice.

Choosing neither is also a choice and it sends a clear message

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Why do U.S. presidential election campaigns generate so much acrimony and intolerance

Oh, I don't think it really does. That's an exaggeration, as we are all one people, united, with minor differences. It's just that they're wrong and stupid, and we aren't.

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The question is flawed as it is rooted in false equivalency.

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Because politics is a sport and some right leaning JT readers and vast right wing element voters, just have hate in their heart,moreso this time cuz the president is of color.If Bush could get two terms,no valid reason that Obama shouldn't.

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Well, when you have a president who talks down to his opponent, saying crap like "We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them"...

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The campaigns themselves are acrimonious and negative because, well, it works. It's easier to sell a "zinger" or a short soundbite on the nightly news than a well reasoned argument. Both sides do this, and it's nothing new. Politics has been a contact sport since Thomas Jefferson was called "a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father."

As for those who post here, it's obvious that the acrimony resides mostly on the left. There is an intolerance of differing views that goes beyond what is necessary or polite. They seem to believe that their opponents aren't just wrong, but are also bad/evil/stupid. Makes it hard to have a conversation.

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Pseudonyms enable uncivil discussions.

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My dad is a staunch Republican - they can do no wrong and anyone who thinks otherwise is an idiot.

Reagan: "Trickle Down Economics" (I got "trickled" on, but it wasn't with money!), Somehow let Cuba think they could waltz into Grenada unopposed.

G.H. Bush: Somehow let Hussein think he could waltz into Kuwait unopposed. Famous for his "Read My Lips" quote that he later had to renege on once the realities of the State of the Union became apparent.

G.W. Bush (a.k.a. "Don Quixote Bush"): Somehow became convinced that a bunch of aluminum tubes in Iraq was irrefutable evidence that weapons of mass destruction were being built and started a war over them - resulting in the unnecessary deaths of over 100,000 Iraqis. I'm STILL surprised some international court hasn't tried him for war crimes over the Iraq fiasco. Turned a budget surplus into a massive deficit in record time. Arrived onboard an aircraft carrier in a full fighter pilot's pressure flight suit, even though he was flown onboard as a passenger via an unpressurized helicopter. On the same carrier visit, stands under a "Mission Accomplished" banner for photos that his people SWEAR they had nothing to do with. We're STILL trying to extricate the country from that Iraqi mess. "Mission Accomplished"? More like "Mission Abortion".

Oh yeah, I am SO looking forward to the next "stellar" Republican President.

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Forgot one for "Don Quixote": Somehow let Bin Laden think he could attack the United States and the U.S. would just wring its metaphorical hands and cry.

There's a theme here. When Republicans are in office, reactionaries seem to get emboldened into doing things that are a no-no.

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They seem to believe that their opponents aren't just wrong, but are also bad/evil/stupid. Makes it hard to have a conversation.

So...who wants to have a conversation with bad/evil/stupid people?

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Doesn'treally matter who wins. Look at Obama and his "Change" slogan - that didn't really happen now, did it? As for acrimony, it is because US is gradually polarising. Christian values vs "liberal" values.

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It matters when you have a president that has done nothing but add to a deficit that the previous president started and the current president failed on virtually every promise, has weakened our economy, help decrease the value of the dollar, has not done anything to increase the GDP that remains at 1.3 and unemployment you have 23 million Americans out of work, welfare is on the rise. Yes, this is an extremely emotional debate, because our current president values socialistic policies, big government and his challenger is for small government and private and free market enterprise.

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