Resilience of the American political machinery
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  • Resilience of the American political machinery
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  • Resilience of the American political machinery
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    Default Resilience of the American political machinery

    First off, let me just say that I'm not bashing any of the presidents I will mention below. Nor am I anti-Republican (or pro- for that matter). As a "foreigner", I have no skin in this game and I do not seek to judge my US cousins or their elected leaders. So with that disclaimer in place...

    I was thinking about the exploitation of new forms of media by presidential candidates in the US and the resulting victories by unusual candidates. The three examples I have in mind are Calvin Coolidge (Radio), Ronald Reagan (Television) and Donald Trump (Social Media). I know that (especially for TV) they weren't the first to make use of the medium but they were the first to really focus messaging pretty much their entire campaign through it. I couldn't find a useful example for the impact of combining telegram and newspapers on the elections of the day.

    Anyway, a few questions sprung to mind.


    • Is it coincidence that all three are Republicans? Or are Republicans just naturally in a better place to seize on new media (note the lower case)?
    • Is it coincidence that all three of the examples I give have been highly unorthodox presidents? By which I mean not just the style of governing (too early to assess Trump, anyway) but also by background.
    • Is the US political machinery (Senate, Congress, civil service) still robust enough to deal with this unorthodoxy?



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    Thank you for you're interest


    • Is it coincidence that all three are Republicans? Or are Republicans just naturally in a better place to seize on new media (note the lower case)?


    They are definitely most often in a better place to win a campaign. It seems the republicans tend (not always, and especially not now) to be upper middle to upper in social class, so they make a lot more money to spend on, well everything. This, coupled with the extreme Gerrymandering (this goes both ways though) through the elections making majorities seemingly disappear. leading to Rep's getting the majority of a area with very low numbers. Also through a bunch of different tactics the Dems and Rep's alike changed and blocked tons and tons of votes in every state. (Shafting Bernie Sanders) and the people who voted (or tried voting) for him. Also gave absentee ballots to millions just to throw them away : |


    • Is it coincidence that all three of the examples I give have been highly unorthodox presidents? By which I mean not just the style of governing (too early to assess Trump, anyway) but also by background.


    Coincidence? no, I think they are all Presidents who got elected even though they were not qualified to be in office. I believe the style of governing was a result of their non political backgrounds.


    • Is the US political machinery (Senate, Congress, civil service) still robust enough to deal with this unorthodoxy?


    The system here is Straight Up Disgusting. And so our most of the morons who populate it. Unorthodoxy is the least of our worries. Our current president knows nothing of leading or even being a decent person. But who knows, we are good at overcoming adversity but more of us need to be aware and give a shit before anything will change. Things have been picking up though, we'll see.



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