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    rolleyes What's your Hot Button ?

    Short of armed revolution, voting is really the only way that we citizens can effect change in our Government. Assuming that the choice of candidates have expressed their positions with at least some degree of truthfullness (sure, Wilbur..), which single statement stated to be at or near the TOP of a candidate's agenda would be most likely to convince you to vote for that person?

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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    Single payer healthcare and term limits for all elected offices - local, state and federal.
    I don't want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was wedding between the religious fundamentalists and political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it. ~ Billy Graham in Parade magazine February 1, 1981.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Rider View Post
    Short of armed revolution, voting is really the only way that we citizens can effect change in our Government. Assuming that the choice of candidates have expressed their positions with at least some degree of truthfullness (sure, Wilbur..), which single statement stated to be at or near the TOP of a candidate's agenda would be most likely to convince you to vote for that person?
    I am unable to see the poll from here, but I though I would comment on something in the body of the post.

    You can do far more than voting to effect change in public policy and the lifestyles of citizens, you know. One of those options is lobbying. Lobbying isn't only for the rich and powerful.
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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    reform the entire electoral system - at the very least, find a way to un-**** the districting and re-districting process.

    reduce the influence of money in elections.

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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Rider View Post
    Short of armed revolution, voting is really the only way that we citizens can effect change in our Government. Assuming that the choice of candidates have expressed their positions with at least some degree of truthfullness (sure, Wilbur..), which single statement stated to be at or near the TOP of a candidate's agenda would be most likely to convince you to vote for that person?
    No nation building, non-interventionist foreign policy.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    top tier priorities : fair trade, infrastructure development, long term domestic energy technology development, an end to interventionism, and a restructuring of our health care system.

    or, basically, jobs, and fixing our house.

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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Rider
    voting is really the only way that we citizens can effect change in our Government.
    HAHAHA, good one!
    "I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."

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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    reform the entire electoral system - at the very least, find a way to un-**** the districting and re-districting process.
    I think switching to a system like Instant Runoff Voting would honestly help

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    reduce the influence of money in elections.
    Repeal the whole of McCain/Fiengold, return debates to the League of Women Voters as they did a damned fine job when they ran it over the government.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

    Quote Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
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    Re: What's your Hot Button ?

    taking the money out of politics
    we now have the best government money can buy

    how it should be done:
    - only registered voters can donate
    - each donor has a defined maximum which can be contributed to each candidate
    - that candidate must appear on the voter/donor's ballot (if a primary election, that candidate must be found on the voter/donor's ballot if the candidate prevails in the primary election)
    - ALL contributions must be posted on a singular internet site (where all donations can be found for all candidates)
    - ANY contribution made which does not appear on that web site within five days of its being made will be found to be an illegal bribe

    the benefit of adopting such a plan:
    - corporations, unions, PACs, foreign countries will be unable to buy political interest as they cannot be registered voters/donors
    - voters/donors from outside the area represented by a candidate cannot contribute to a politician who will not appear on that voter/donor's ballot. the wealthy can no longer buy elections in poor areas in which they do not have their primary residence
    - candidates will have to campaign on a budget. this is an excellent way to find out which candidates are good at getting the most impact for a dollar spent
    - politicians will no longer be representing monied interests
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
    once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    reform the entire electoral system - at the very least, find a way to un-**** the districting and re-districting process.

    reduce the influence of money in elections.
    On the second part: pipe dream. I think we had reached a comparative wall decades ago in terms of what we have been able to do. Campaign finance reform has been heavily loaded with loopholes and unintended consequences since the Democrats played with it post-68. Then there is small Internet donations. As soon as that happened, the level of talk about more reforms went down the tubes. Many people were quite happy with contributing their small sums when they saw the numbers resulting from it.
    Michael J Petrilli-"Is School Choice Enough?"-A response to the recent timidity of American conservatives toward education reform. https://nationalaffairs.com/publicat...-choice-enough

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