Today’s most upvoted link is an image uploaded onto the image file hosting site imgur.  Portraying the Political machines, Crooked trusts and Corporate lawyers as the bad guys, it shows them stealing the Constitution away from the Common people, while tricking him into thinking the Corporate lawyers are on his side and will help him get it back. ß See image on the left.  Submitted onto the r/politics page as ‘looks like some things don’t really change’ and the user states that the image was drawn in 1912.

The image comments on popular feeling that politicians don’t represent the people and are trying to take away their rights in the US.  598 people weighed in to give their view.  Many express cynicism towards the point the submitter is making, that things never change.  There are lots of remarks that this is what always happens, the little people get screwed over, and observations that history repeats itself as a cyclical process.  There is a tone of inevitability underlying these comments.  Some redditors offer a comparison between then and now, with users drawing parallels between the political and economic situations.  Some predict what will happen in the future and worry about the advent of war and erosion of citizens’ rights in the US.  There is also discussion as to what the function of government is, and whether it really looks after the people.

 

The second most popular link of the day is an article originating from Fox News.  It reports on GOP nominee Newt Gingrich’s intention to pull out of the running for President next Tuesday.  According to Fox, he has made this decision after Romney ‘s solid win in the Republican primaries in Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and New York.  Despite a good effort, he has been tailing behind Romney for a while, in terms of funding, delegate support and victories, the article reports.  It now seems definite that Romney is Obama’s contender for the White House in November.

The 1679 comments contributed range from critical to thoughtful to silly.  A lot of the comments make fun of him and Clinton, Paul and other political figures in a light-hearted way, but it is clear that Gingrich is not popular within the r/politics community.  His campaign and his political persona are heavily criticized a great deal.  Paul, who is interestingly not mentioned in the article as a Republican contender, is discussed and assessed as an alternative, with many pointing out that he should be but often isn’t acknowledged in the media, particularly by Fox.

 

In third place today is a 45 second youtube video of Mitt Romney speaking at a dinner in 2007.  He is expressing his intentions to make children safer from violence, drugs, sex and porn as President.  He announces an intention to make sure that all computers sold during his term would have a pornography filter built into them to make sure children aren’t exposed to it.

Many of the 359 comments seriously debate Romney’s proposal.  There is a lot of technical discussion about the business, technical and user feasibility of installing preventative software into machines to restrict porn viewing.  Many criticize Romney for suggesting it, arguing that doing so shows his lack of understanding of the technology he’s talking about.  Others observe that the titling of the post was misleading, as he’s talking about allowing user controls rather than restricting all pornography.  The debate slips into criticizing Romney personally and for his policies, with personal comments about him being gay as well.

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