137th Gebirg wrote:
Agreed. Poor Charlie has taken so many hits lately, I don't think he really fully understands what he's saying anymore.
Don't get me wrong, I am proud to be an American, but there are LOTS of things we could do better - elections are definitely one of them. In a country which invented the practice and term of "gerrymandering", and allegations of electioneering and other illegal practices run rampant from both sides of the political spectrum, broken and/or hacked digital voting machines, idiots like Marrion Barry who keep somehow getting re-elected and even bigger idiots like "Carlos Danger" Weeeener who THINK they can get re-elected prove that the scenes they showed are NOT people envying and/or emulating the American political process, but MOCKING it.
I wouldn't say they're mocking it, American elections do garner a great deal of interest throughout the world due to how influential the US is. I myself stayed up until 6am last year to watch the results of the Presidential election live, but I am a bit of an election junkie. Like I said, it makes for great political theatre.
But it's a two party system with almost no viable third parties, the electoral college is questionable at best, the rise of SuperPACs and the like is worrying, the level of political advertising is insane, basic things like voter registration are partisan, and the election process lasts the better part of a year. There's plenty to like about America, and I do admire some aspects of your political system, but I don't imagine you'll find many first-world democracies clamouring to make our elections more like yours.
Count Zero wrote:
Meh, it's just Sorkin being Sorkin. His sort of patriotism is a hallmark of the West Wing as well.
True, it did happen on The West Wing as well. But it is strange for a show which started with an impassioned rant about how the US isn't the greatest country in the world to veer into this sort of romantic patriotism. But I guess that's the real Sorkin showing through.