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US system clearly doesn't work as intended

Reader comment on item: Bush's Middle East Hopes [and His Failures]
in response to reader comment: How come this proclivity to failure in the Middle East is not addressed by the checks and balances of the American political system?

Submitted by Charles Martel (United States), Jan 18, 2008 at 13:35

As another example that parallels your question -- why don't we seal the border with Mexico, if 80% of Americans want that?

Polls show that about 80% of Americans want that, but neither party has embraced it.

The Democrats I can understand, but that is a clear GOP-voter policy, but the candidates embracing it have made little progress.

I concluded, because of the border issue, that we do live in an oligarchy after all -- but that kind of answers our muddled Mid-East policies as well.


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