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Any where here very much into Politics?

So i have a question. I dont know much about politics but i want to start understanding everything. How do i learn or understand which congressmen is saying the truth or not. which rep or Demo is someone i want to vote or not to vote? I dont know if im making my self clear. I just want to know more. After this whole stupid almost shutdown of the government and them not paying my husband (ARMY) i want to get into it more. Understand etc. So i can vote for the right person or not. I try to watch CNN and read websites but sometimes i just dont get it or believe if what a senator, president or congressmen/woman is saying is the truth. Do i need to buy the newspaper? lol

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:44 PM on Apr. 10, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • How do i learn or understand which congressmen is saying the truth or not

    General rule - if their lips are moving, they're lying.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:45 PM on Apr. 10, 2011

  • Good for you for wanting to learn. That's great that you're willing to do so. Here's a bump.
    LovingSAHMommy

    Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 12:46 PM on Apr. 10, 2011

  • Im sorry I meant "Anyone here into politics" Im still tired lol
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 12:47 PM on Apr. 10, 2011

  • More seriously, the only thing you can really do is keep track of how your elected officials for your state vote on each issue as it comes up.  There are a few sites that help do that:


    http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/112/


    http://www.govtrack.us/


    http://www.votesmart.org/official_five_categories.php?dist=voting_category.php


    It's really not about what they say, it's about what they do, and how they vote.  Read carefully, it may be they're voting against something they support, except that it includes a single clause they absolutely don't support.

    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:48 PM on Apr. 10, 2011

  • Counter CNN with FOX. Don't waste your time with MSNBC,

    http://www.drudgereport.com/

    Check this site daily.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 12:50 PM on Apr. 10, 2011

  • All of us in this section are "into" politics. But learning about politics is a DAILY thing...not something anyone can master in a day or two--especially since the political landscape changes like the wind! :o)

    I think it's most important to ask yourself what are the issues MOST important to you, and hold to your convictions. Then compare what a politician says in favor of or against your position, and whether or not it's a deal breaker for you!

    MOST of the women on here are socially liberal and fiscally conservative (middle of the road/Independents)....others will just leave you scratching your head! LOL The majority of us post supporting links to articles that support the issues we are most concerned with. Taking the time to read them and ask questions about them is the best place to start in learning who you can and can't believe in the political environment. :o)
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 12:52 PM on Apr. 10, 2011

  • others will just leave you scratching your head! LOL

    True, that, lol
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 12:55 PM on Apr. 10, 2011

  • Oh, and like Not Panicking said....it's far better to READ than to LISTEN to politicians. Obama is a PERFECT example of someone whose speeches you want to READ and NOT listen to!!

    It is well known, that Obama is the master at "preaching from the pulpit!" His rhythmic speech cadence is KNOWN for getting many a liberal and progressive to start foaming at the mouth! However, if you sit back and READ his transcripts, you'll find there's a whole lotta nothing ' going on in his speeches when you strip away the media hype, interpretation and "rock star" shine!!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 12:57 PM on Apr. 10, 2011

  • Just about every news site and "political" view point page is going to be slanted one way or the other. I suggest you go to multiple sites and news sites and read the articles and views of many different people. See what you do or dont agree with to form your own views. YOUR the best judge as to what you do or dont believe to be the truth on any given subject for yourself.
    vbruno

    Answer by vbruno at 1:02 PM on Apr. 10, 2011

  • Just look at what everyone does not what they say, including the people on here. Don't watch fox because they have more "opinion shows" and don't tell people what the difference is. They expect you just know the facts from opinions, msnbc is on the complete other side of the road so either of those is hard to watch for me. CNN is ok imo

    mommy-perks

    Answer by mommy-perks at 1:13 PM on Apr. 10, 2011

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