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Why do Americans attend so many political rallies?

Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:10 pm

Seriously? I mean here in Australia we have people attending this and that, but not to the extent of the USA. Is the job situation really that bad or do you skip work to get on T.V?

Pointless crap. It's the same thing every 4 years. People with stupid placards, wasting time and money. I am not against people attending rallies, but it seems rather stupid in this case, it's a presidential election, you're not fighting for democracy in <insert oppressed country here>.

On that note, it's amazing how vastly different it is in politics here and there. I remember when we were in Canberra once, we saw John Howard (the then prime minister) going for a jog, we waved at him, and he waved at us. There was no security, no one bothering him, nothing.

Even now, you can bump into a prime minister or some minister at the shopping mall, there'll be probably two body guards some distance away, anyone can talk to them and shake their hand.

The USA on the other hand, with all those weird gun laws and strange religious groups deviating from the norm :lol:

Re: Why do Americans attend so many political rallies?

Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:36 pm

Americans have a very strong beliel in Feedom and Democracy as they see it.

I remember in Iowa having a heated discussion about Freedom - he coudn't understand that the USA is not the only country to have similar values.

I would be happy to live in San Francisco - it's culture is rather like down under

Re: Why do Americans attend so many political rallies?

Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:35 am

Most Americans, if not most Westerners have a warped or unreal sense of freedom and democracy. A large amount take it to mean that they can do whatever they want or say whatever they want. That's not freedom. That's anarchy.

Idiots running loose practicing hate of all kind so strongly (against gays, soldiers, whatever else) is supposedly an extension of free speech :roll: -- presumably this is something to do with those stupid gun laws too.

What's next on the agenda, the freedom to walk your pet lion around? Oh sorry, that's already legal.

Re: Why do Americans attend so many political rallies?

Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:15 am

ECC83 wrote:Seriously? I mean here in Australia we have people attending this and that, but not to the extent of the USA. Is the job situation really that bad or do you skip work to get on T.V?


It's a great way to pick up chicks.

Re: Why do Americans attend so many political rallies?

Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:36 pm

I would say most people in America don't go to political rallies.

You have to remember that in America we had an unpopular war and so that was the reason for so many protests.

You should also remember that we have had several presidents or politicians killed or attacked over the last 50 years.

That explains Increased security with the American president over the Australian prime minister.

John Kennedy
Robert Kennedy ( killed while running for president)
George Wallace ( shot and paralyzed while running for president)
Gerald Ford
Ronald Reagan

That list doesn't include the three other presidents that have been killed while in office.

That doesn't mean that most American's are crazy people but we have had lunatics get too close to the president.

If one crazy lunatic goes after the prime minister of Australia that will change things regarding his security.

Re: Why do Americans attend so many political rallies?

Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:31 pm

These 4 Presidents were killed.

Abraham Lincoln
James Garfield
William McKinley
John F Kennedy

Follow this link, there's been quite a few incidents

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Un ... ew_Jackson

Re: Why do Americans attend so many political rallies?

Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:59 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
ECC83 wrote:Seriously? I mean here in Australia we have people attending this and that, but not to the extent of the USA. Is the job situation really that bad or do you skip work to get on T.V?


It's a great way to pick up chicks.


Now that's funny! :)

Re: Why do Americans attend so many political rallies?

Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:01 am

ECC83 wrote:Most Americans, if not most Westerners have a warped or unreal sense of freedom and democracy....


Thank God we have you to tell us how it is. Thanks, chief.