Wednesday, December 19, 2007

What is wrong with the people of America

Why? Why on earth would anyone vote for this guy to be president? We really need a new system.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

This makes me sad

So he doesn't understand why his not believing in evolution matters in his running for president. How about becasue if you want the office of the most powerful man in this country you can't be retarded.

Friday, December 14, 2007

I don't Even Believe In Jebus

So what happened to the separation of church and state? The main topic among the republican candidates is faith, faith, faith. Why is it a huge hang up for so many people what imaginary thing someone chooses to believe in? I wouldn't care what religion someone was if they could be a good leader. I want a leader to follow the constitution, not their bible.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Case for Reform

This was taken from an interesting website.

When the Founders reached the compromise that became the Electoral College, they had relevant reasons to do so. Communications technology, modes of transportation and voter education was all very crude, limiting the ability of the public to make a well-informed judgment about candidates.

Also a major factor was Americas slave population. To determine representation in Congress, slaves were counted as 3/5 of a voter - but, without the right to vote and some sort of mechanism of letting slaves be counted, the South would have been doomed to political domination by the North.

To skirt these problems the founders settled on the Electoral College.

However, today’s conditions are much different. Candidates are able to travel from state to state with ease. Television, the internet, radio, and the mass print media allow voters to get to know the candidates even when they’re not in our own state. Today our country has the tools to handle direct elections of the president very responsibly.

Beyond the antiquated reasons for its creation there are many compelling reasons why the Electoral College system makes our democratic system unhealthy. To begin with, the Electoral College favors certain states over others. Most will say that this discriminatory nature of the institution protects the interests of small states who might otherwise be overshadowed by more populous states. However, small state interests are already protected in the Senate, as every state has an equal number of senators, despite population. The Electoral College only multiplies this overrepresentation for small states and effectively overshadows the interests of larger states.

Results from the last five presidential races are indicative. In almost every case, the 13 small states have split - giving 21 Electoral votes to Democrats and 19 votes to Republicans. Only New Hampshire consistently shifts its 4 votes between parties. The 'safe' status of the small states they are already ignored during the modern presidential campaign.

With the current system candidates are forced to focus in only a few battleground states as they compete for specific electoral votes, instead of battling for a nationwide public mandate. In 2004 nearly 3/4 of the states were completely ignored during the 'national' campaign. They were not visited by candidates, TV ads were not aired in most states and it seems reasonable to assume the specific interests of a majority of voters were not addressed by candidates for the nation's highest office.

The Electoral College fails to protect state interests but succeeds in disenfranchising voters. In safe states voters who support the candidate most of their neighbors oppose might as well not vote at all. By the time the votes are tallied and the winner of the state is awarded all of that state’s electoral votes (except in Maine and Nebraska), every vote for a losing candidate means nothing and does not help support their candidates.

It's time to shift the founding rhetoric of 'one person one vote' and make it a reality. The longest lasting democracy in the world should directly elect it's top leader.

Monday, December 10, 2007

You Are Not Alone

1 in 5 Americans believe that elections are fraudulent.
That's over 41 Million Americans.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Survey Says

So I get a call last night. It's a recorded message that asks questions. Without even asking if I was a registered voter it started asking me about my thoughts on candidates. I was prompted to press #1 for one answer and #2 for the other answer. When I reached the question that I pressed #3 (I didn't support either parties candidate) it quickly said goodbye and hung up on me.

So when you read all the numbers from surveys in the paper and hear about them on the news, how can you believe anything they say? If you give people limit choices of answers you can sway your data anyway you like.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Spending other peoples money

National debt grows $1 million a minute. The government sure is good at wasting money that isn't theirs. This is a total reason to change the current system. make the people that are in office accountable for their actions. I want a government that keeps it's debt to a minimum. Is our system broken beyond repair? I don't think so, but it needs to be smashed and rebuilt from the ground up.

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