I am very concerned about the state of government and politics in this adopted country of mine.
Seeing the two party conventions in the last couple of weeks and seeing those inspiring speaches by all the candidates has got me thinking. I heard a radio peice last night on NPR about how the local elections are shaping up for November. I head the reporter say that once it gets closer its mainly name-recognition on a ballot that gets a vote from most people; what has this person done for me, do they have a similar background, Dem or Rep, and perhaps what issues they stand for.
That made me think. Why are there names of people on ballots at all ? why aren’t there mini-referendums on issues ? even for presidentual elections, why isn’t the ballot a list of choices on main issues ? instead of a list of peoples names ?
When you ask people to choose between more money for schools or more money for roads, they’ll have to think about it. But if they hear some guy say he can provide money for both, without explanation most of the time, they’ll vote for him !
I think removing the human face, connection and divisivness from voting would not only produce better results it would also make people study and think about the issues facing the whole country. We wouldn’t even need the names of the candidates, we wouldn’t even need to know who they where, just vote on outcomes of key issues, and the person who is closest on the entire result gets into office.
No Attack-ads, no mud-slinging, no debates, no tabloid rumours or viral stories. Just facts and results.
The other thing that needs addressing here is accountability. Anybody running for office can promise anything they want to get your vote; once they’re there they don’t actually have to do it ! They could do the totally opposite thing. What are you going to do about it, protest ? demand impeachment ? fat lot of good that does, he or she is already in power, the pre-election issue is now a post-election issue and has ‘changed unforseeably, and my attitude towards the matter demands a different decision’. You’ve been spun.
Vote for the issue. Not the middleman, and do everything you can to hold the SOB accountable over the next 4 years. Oh, and vote Democrat. 🙂
On a different note; Sarah Palin is the dumb white oil America we all fear most:
“What is your take on global warming and how is it affecting our country?
A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.”
“What do you think of McCain’s chances, and what should he and the GOP do to win in November?
I believe John McCain will be our next president. To win, he needs to continue his message that America needs leadership devoted to the public interest — not the special interest. The GOP needs to live the planks of its platform, not just offer lip service. ”
Wait just one freaking minute. YOU ARE THE SPECIAL INTEREST ! Governor of Alaska and solution to all our energy needs oh bless you ! Idiot. Link to full interview here.
I’d rather have Obama and his special interests of George Soros financing solar thanks very much, you can only swap one special interest for a slightly more preferable one, you will never illiminate them.
Oil as special interest in the white house has GOT to stop, hence, Palin would probably be a bad idea despite her attack on the profits of oil companies in Alaska.