Do you ever get the feeling that we, the people, are dragging our governments behind us, like some gigantic ball and chain? You do? Brother! Time and time again I've seen evidence of ordinary people making extroadinary advances only to be held back by beaurucratic red tape or politics. Our politicians are often 50 years behind us in important beliefs and ethics. If you look at the grass-roots level, you will find intelligent, optimistic people struggling to share their ideas and energy while our "leaders" with their narrow mindsets and multinational mates enforce the staus quo. To prove I'm not COMPLETELY stark raving mad, I've included a few links to articles in support of my tirade.
Originally, I wanted to have the president figure rotate via some gearing connected to a wheel. The concept being that as the public drags the government along, every rotation would engage a flipping mechanism which would rotate a "new" and identical president into place and so on (After having the same conservative goverment re-elected twice here in Australia, it was REALLY getting on my nerves).
However, although the mechanism rotated 180 degrees ok, it got stuck due to clearance issues when I tried to brick in around the roof for a flush look. So I gave up. There, I said it. After that, the eagerness I felt for this sculpture kinda waned, and the result is the fairly mediocre piece you seen here. Still, it deserved to be posted. I really hate the background on these pics but the sculpture was just too big for my nice cardboard background :(
Some of us in the public are happy with our political system. See them smiling there? Others are not. These are the people that ask more of their government.
The road is rough and difficult ahead. Humanity faces problems on a scale never before seen. What is required is anything but "business as usual" dogma.
Construction of the road. Didn't have enough tiles or bricks so I had to use both! Hope it wasn't too obvious...
Thankfully, after 11 years we have a new government here in Australia with a fresh and positive perspective. Also there appears to be something of a wind-change occuring in America too. I would like to believe in their rhetoric and that the future holds positive change.
I can kinda understand the gravity of this kind of stuff, even though I'm only an eleven-year old kid living in America. People will vote on the stupidest kind of things. Politician's "private" lives are no longer private and there's a whole lot of other bad stuff all over politics and the government. I believe that this MOC gives you an idea of a lot of stuff going along in the government not just in one place but worldwide. Overall very good MOC, 5/5.
one of the things i hate bout the government is that,if the world was gonna end,the white house people wouldnt even think about saving us until obama was safe and sound.Well,thats bullcrap,thats what i say!
Powerful! I think my favorite feature is the deteriorating road ahead of them and the way the president looks perched up there, imposing power and order.
All of your MOCs I've seen are extraordinary; something deeper. Thank you for sharing them.
Did you call them "Shiities" on purpose? Either way, it's hilarious! Seriously though, we didn't "take out" the government of Iran (yet), only that of Iraq. The worst violence between the Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites took place during the war since the 2003 invasion, so it seems to me that it wouldn't have happened if we didn't get involved over there. As for Iran developing nuclear weapons, I do think that if they are illegally, someone (preferably the U.N.) should stop them. However, like I said in my last comment, I think an indefinite occupation like we have in Iraq is not the best way to go about disarming Iran. There's one more thing that I want to say: I'm not extremely confident in my opinions about the war, because it's the sort of thing that the average citizen today can't know a lot about. I try not to trust the media too much, but there's really no other way to get information about what's really happening around the world. Like I said before, I get the feeling that this whole thing has a lot to do with oil. By the way, I think the guy's name that you can't spell is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I can't spell it either, though; I had to copy and paste it here!
Nate, it's Alpha again, with a tighter name. It would be completely irresponsible of us to take out the government, leave, and then let the Sunnis and Shiities fight it out to see who gets to beat the crap out of the other. Ahmud-A-can't spell his name [leader of Iran] is in the process of trying to develop nuclear weps, and he says he's emfatuated with wiping Israel off the map.
You're right, the government is definitely getting out of hand. What we need to do is add a regulatory agency to keep it in line, or... oh, no. Here we go again.
The MOC is awesome. I would have liked to see the "rotating president" gimmick, but since there really isn't a good way to display that kind of moving feature on this site, it's not a big loss.
Did Saddam really kill 600,000 Poles? I think we can agree that his dictatorship was bad because he did things like mass murder and torture, but I hadn’t heard of that. Either way, I don’t think such a costly and drawn-out war that we’re still in and paying for was really necessary to stop his human rights violations. Also, the same applies for any nuclear weapons they may have been developing (which I still doubt they were). If Iran was helping Iraq make nuclear weapons like you say, then it shouldn’t take us a five-year, three trillion-dollar occupation that shows no sign of ending to stop them, not to mention the amount of casualties on all sides.
I can't resist!Ocean,I'm thrilled that I'm to young to vote,ha,cause american politics is ridiculous!Nate is right about people voting for a candidate on the most ridiculous terms,hmmm,makes you wonder.I think you should vote for somebody on how well they do their jobs,not on whether they are old or young or ugly or pretty,watch it!There's a wart on you right pinky toe!But you don't want to here junk from me.But I guess that's how it is and we gotta live with it...May God bless the broken road (Pun intended),and let's just pray that the leaders of our nations make the right choices,down under or up top!Peace Ocean~LL
Nate: you don't think that Hussein slaughtering 600,000 Poles in cold blood is reason to stand up to that tyrannus dictatorship over there? And they didn't have any nukes, but they were being aided by Iran in developing them. That's why we need to go after Aqma - Holocaust - Never - Happened - Dinajiad. Ocean, I'll bet you're lovin all this debate. :P
Hey,do the religon and megablocks ones,and after that,you work on kangaroo safety!naw,just kidding.I live the road,and I am diggin the building,I personally don't talk about politics,bcause everyone always says how dumb th guy I like is.<:(
Well, first, great build. The transition is seamless. As for politics, I used to talk about it with my friends a lot, and he would get very mad at me. So, I will just leave it at, I am a conservative, and have those views. See that as you may.
Fight the power! Down with bureaucratic authoritarianism! Quite an inspiration...
"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows" (Winston Smith in George Orwell's novel "1984")
I'm always up for a discussion about this sort of thing. I think the biggest problems with democracy are apathy and ignorance. Too many people just don't care about politics, apparently because they fail to see how it has a real effect on their life. I don't know how it is in Australia, but electoral politics in America is a ridiculous joke! Politicians are gossiped about just like celebrities, and people vote for them based on the most unimportant details. About your articles: #1, I'm not so sure about what should be done with the mess in the middle east, since I'm sure there's a bunch of stuff that is being kept secret from the public. Anyway, how was it our business when there was an "evil" dictator somewhere in the world? Let them have their dictatorships, because we can't always be imposing our form of government all over the world. By the way, Bush said we were going to war with Iraq because Saddam had WMDs, but that turned out to be a lie. It seems to me like the whole thing had a lot to do with oil. #2, Marriage is a religious concept, and civil unions are not. What the government should do is stop with the whole marriage thing and give civil unions, which include all of the legal stuff like tax breaks and visitation rights, to everyone regardless of gender. That way, people could still get their marriages from their churches, and if the church doesn't want to marry a homosexual couple, they won't have to. #3, This is one is important! This whole entire set of environmental problems could be solved (or, at the very least, would be a lot easier to be solved) if people would just do one simple thing: stop having so many children. Overpopulation is the root cause of every environmental problem we face, including pollution, resource scarcity, and habitat and thus biodiversity loss. Having another kid is the worst thing you could do for this planet. I'm not saying we should enforce anything like abortion or infanticide, but just that common sentiments such as "starting a big family is a good thing" and "all life is sacred" are very dangerous. Please note that my political views are always subject to change. Anyways, a democracy is supposed to be run by the people, not having them drag it behind them like in your MOC.
OK MATE, First off like Phipson I don't talk about politics...(Gets me in trouble.) Heck, I'm here to build LEGOs not make enemies...But about the build, NICE JOB...I am afraid I have no new news I, like everyone else, am totally digging the road...NICELY DONE!
Thanks for all of your comments guys. Nothing stirs up a bit of controversy like politics eh? We'll, I've broken rule one about taboo subjects, the other two are religion and sex. Someone else can do those ;)
Me, I don't talk about politics with ANYONE other than my wife. I did a little experiment last week with one of the guys at work and got him fuming! The funny thing was, I never said which side of the fence I was on. Just made a comment about one of the candidates. That's neither here nor there (so where is it then?). The MOC is awesome my friend! I love the broken up road! The perspective size of the building works really well here. Overall, it does put across a strong message regardless of what side of the fence someone is on. You really love to make us think don't you? for Young's idea about the uphill thing. Just tilt the pic 45 degrees counter clockwise... ~ Chris.
Ben Kauffman's absolutely right...although here's a new thought: the liberals are the ones who are going to make the "slaves" roll the huge government wheel. How? By paying taxes so we have to listen to government [aka normal citizens' money] funded talk radio. The Conservatives are AGAINST big government, your liberals are for it Shannon. Sticking to the MOC though, very nice job. You even brought a few little kiddies over to your side. America's future's never looked brighter! :(
About the build itself, I'd have to say, the broken road is my favorite part also. About the articles; my questions about the first one: So the USA is wrong to have removed one of the worst dictators in history? Terrorists are something we shouldn't worry about (does anyone remember 9/11?!) The second one: Homosexuality is wrong. The third: What more do you think the USA should do? Those are just some things to we all should think about. P.S. Thanks again for the cyborg racing information :) P.P.S. I also think that political MOCs, or ones expressing strong views are important, and it's healthy for us to be talking about these sorts of issues.
I feel like the message in this one is quite clear, even without any explanation, so well done there, Shannon. The broken up road is probably my favorite part of the MOC. Personally I kind of enjoy these creations that make political or social comments. Creations like these are a more obvious way of recognizing that Lego is a means of personal expression. We actually express our perspectives every time we build something, the expression's just more subtle most of the time.
That's nice lookin' and I agree with the sentiments, just been hearing it for ages. I rarely talk about politics anymore. It just makes me sad. I do like a good bit of satire. But you know, now that I am one of those older white guys, I think I should be leadin'. Here's your chains, get back to work. garth
Rat: yes, the sample for that poll is small but the point is it's indicative of the general view. Besides which if you don't like political stuff then don't rate it. I personally don't like Halo stuff but I don't rate it saying how I dislike it. Horses for courses.