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why do we still have Presidential elections?

I seem to be in a minority that understands that the President doesn't run America and is just a figurehead of the real powers that run the country, but why can't this person be someone reputable, honest and intelligent? The latest group of Presidents have been absolutely terrible, as far as, image quality. You have to go way back to Eisenhower in the 1950's to find a halfway respectable President. Look at the latest Presidents: Kennedy and Clinton-womanizers and adulterers, Carter-a peanut farmer, Reagan-a senile, B-movie actor, Bush, Sr.-a drunk, wimp and liar, Bush, Jr.- dumb, alcoholic, drug addict and liar, Nixon-an impeached crook, Johnson-a proud racist, Ford- a dumb, ex-jock. Now we have to choose between a biracial man, who does have character, but no one knows anything about him or an old, sick man with a bimbo Vice President that can't stop making babies. I know with the hundreds of millions of people that reside in America, these past and future Presidents can not be the best that can represent us to the world. The quality of everything else in America is dropping like a rock in water, so why don't the truly good men or women want to be President? If the candidates stay as bad as they've been for over 50 years, why bother with elections at all? the point of my question has been totally missed. I was just curious why with hundreds of millions of people to choose from, why can't we find a representative of America,called the President that is highly intelligent, a great family man or woman, has impecable moral standards, has dedicated decades of his life trying to make America better and actually tries to help all Americans, not just a select group? I know that there are good people like this all over America, why have the losers getting Presidential nominations?

Asked By: Wendell S - 8/31/2008
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you have been brainwashed. first off there is not some sort of shadow government that is REALLY running things, the big corporations are not REALLY running things, the system is up and running as intended, and it is good but flawed. the president is much more than a figurehead, he makes many decisions, and is... More
Answered By: ? - 8/31/2008
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Its to maintain the laughable idea that America is the land of the free, where choices between political candidates aren't confined to the two big names of Clinton and Bush I've seen more freedom in Soviet states. Its a joke.
Answered By: Pete M - 8/31/2008
 
I am a libertarian so don't look at me. Actually I am more of an anarchist, but I realize that some form of government must exist.
Answered By: William D - 8/31/2008
 
Because apparently America is the only true democracy and the rest of the world are either commies or terrorists :)
Answered By: Sara - 8/31/2008
 
Uh oh - must be an Obamanite? I wondered how long it would take his followers to cut and run...just give up. It's starting already. Sorry. The President, while having the veto power, is mainly a figure-head for our nation. It's important to have a strong leader with a good record of patriotism.
Answered By: peachy - 8/31/2008
 
Every day, there is always one of you guys who talks about radical change to the old system. Don't like the candidates? Don't vote. It's your right as an American to not vote if you don't like the candidates. Write in your own candidate then.
Answered By: capeshoregroup - 8/31/2008
 
Anyone worth electing will not run because they do not want to subject themselves to the electron microscope examination of every aspect of their life and hyperjudgementalism (like you're displaying - NO ONE is perfect) that the media and public demand. What's your critique of 3rd party candidates like Bob Barr?
Answered By: ? - 8/31/2008
 
The people are the ones that really make the decisions...... Who ever they elect as a servant of the people, thats who it is....... However being, you do have choice..... No other country offers a choice where anyone can be president like the U.S. Its the current system in place. Judiciary, legislative, executive... More
Answered By: dmnshnlz1 - 8/31/2008
 
I have to agree our current crop of presidential wannabees could be improved on... More
Answered By: David L - 8/31/2008
 
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