If not, what type of system would you implement?
If not, what type of system would you implement?
I would prefer a parliamentary system with multiple pass voting.
I would like to see a lot of smaller, more narrowly focused parties having to negotiate to form a government, I believe this would more closely represent the interests of the citizenry.
No, I'm not very happy with it. I would prefer to see more third parties having a voice in the government, since I often feel they represent my interests better than the two main parties do. That isn't going to happen though until we change our election system
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
Oh, wait, I do know.
McCain spent $335 Million on his presidential campaign.
Obama spent $650 Million on his presidential campaign.
Give any minority parties that kind of cash, and things would change.
Last edited by MaggieD; 11-19-11 at 09:43 AM.
Thank you, Quazi!
I am not happy with the two party monopoly. Sadly parties in various states have worked to screw 3rd parties,so even if you wanted to vote for a 3rd party candidate you are unable to unless your state allows write ins. The media aids in keeping this two party monopoly by blatantly ignoring 3rd party candidates,so many people are not even aware they exist which results in there being no name recognition with the 3rd parties. Seeing how we have the 1st amendment we can't ban broadcasters from showing political ads nor can we force them to show everybody.We could offer tax incentives to give equal air time to all candidates which would help with name recognition. I think primary should be held on the same day all across the country, so that if a candidate drops out it is because he or she lost, not because a handful of states didn't pick them.
I would also like a open primary where everybody regardless of party runs and the candidates with the two candidates with the highest amount of votes goes to a run off election with a none of the above option, unless of course there is a candidate with already 51% of the votes.
Ballots should never have the candidate's political affiliation, What ballots should include is a list of primary issues the candidate is for and against as well as what the actually voted for. Polling places should include additional information on all the candidates like other issues they support and have voted for not included in the ballot. These things would stop idiots from voting for some one based merely on party and allow all voters to make informed decisions on the spot. And election day should be a national holiday.
These things would help eliminate the two party monopoly.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
I don't mind the idea of parliamentary voting. We have to start with abolishing any hints of the ridiculous electoral college either way. No third party can gain traction when you have every state giving all or nothing votes. I also think finance reform is necessary.
I think our government was designed beautifully. I think the concept was near perfect ... at the time. But it was a reactionary design based on the problems the world faced in the 18th and early 19th centuries. No current government has truly adapted to concepts like the internet, live news broadcasting, global markets, etc.
I think more power (through choice) should be given to the people. I think government should be scaled back severely and try to guide instead of dominate. I feel that having two parties battling only each other for more power is causing all kinds of havoc and isn't helping the big government issue.
Omniscience just sucks without omnipotence!
I like our existing system. I do not want to see a President elected with only 34% of the vote. I don't want to see all future elections won based on plurality and not majorities. At the end of the day you can change the system but unless people actually take the time to truly study the candidates and then vote accordingly, you will still have a process that guarantees garbage in, garbage out.
I love the smell of burning moonbat in the morning.