Four political lessons of 2012

  • Article by: Eliot Spitzer , Slate
  • Updated: December 26, 2012 - 9:56 AM

We should embrace the good and leave the rest behind.

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firefight41Dec. 26, 1211:24 AM

What are the most important political lessons of 2012? *********** That's easy. America lost. We do not have leaders that know what to do to fix the mess we are in. The country is divided more so than ever before.

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goldengoph3rDec. 26, 12 1:59 PM

Another lesson from 2012 that dovetails with a couple of Spitzer's points was the revelation that the American people, properly motivated, can trump corporate influence and money in elections. Conservatives wanted this election bad, knowing that America's changing demographics do not favor them. And yet they still lost. Because Americans want America to be inclusive, multicultural, and tolerant. If Democrats stay true to their beliefs, the next generation could form a new Democratic wave that influences politics for decades.

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elmore1Dec. 26, 12 3:33 PM

Another lesson is that with enough promises to voters and special interest groups that the american public still votes based on promises and not results.

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erikj3Dec. 26, 12 5:15 PM

I still think the big banks should've been broken up into many little pieces. This is a disaster waiting to happen. (See: JP Morgan, Citigroup, and Bank of America especially.)

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drfranktDec. 26, 12 5:20 PM

FIFTH: As long as someone offers you benefits that he/she promises will be paid for by others, you will vote for them because you love the promise that he/she will not be using your money but "Other People's Money."

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drfranktDec. 26, 12 6:58 PM

Sixth: Promise much, deliver little, blame the previous administration, the congress, the Tsunami, the Arab Spring, The Arab Summer, The 2nd rate movie maker, the European Economy, The Bible and Guns, Fox, et. al. for your failures and then promise some more and ask for 4 more years to finish your first term promises.

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cstoney48Dec. 26, 12 7:00 PM

Funny how the pre-election reactionary will of the people has transformed into the post election supplication of the masses. Bitter enders will always be just that--never satisfied, always angry and always on the wrong side of history.

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liora51Dec. 26, 12 8:13 PM

cstoney48: I agree. In fact these posts put me in mind of the movie "Grumpy Old Men."

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firefight41Dec. 27, 12 8:17 AM

I see some have a hard time with reality, that this country is in the toilet and there iare no leaders that can pull us out.

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