Last edited by Progressive86; 03-24-10 at 08:16 PM.
"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
Let's say we had an IRV system. In the first round, votes would be counted as they were. Since no candidate had a majority, all of Nader's votes would have gone to Gore in the second round. That would have changed history quite a bit.
That's why I'm in favor of an IRV system. It allows third party candidates to be viable and makes each vote count rather than be a spoiler.
For instance lets say a leftist party became the third party and it was taking about 20% of the vote. The democrats would have a couple of options
1. Try to take back the leftist leaning voters by becoming more left wing, alienating the centrists of America
2. Or move somewhat to the right to take centrist voters who tend to vote Republican
If they choose #2 the rebuplicans would most likely move more towards the right to in order to ensure a difference between them and the democratic party
Conservatives believe the government is incompetent, and seek to elect people who will prove it
Ignorance is Bliss Bliss is the same as happiness US Christian conservatives are the happiest in the US according to studies Do you see a connection?
They don't own any individuals vote.
Making the right choices, not the expedient ones.
Of course that would piss, nearly, everyone off, so they have no chance.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
I voted 'other.'
In as much as I would like to see a new political party,... I think the ship has sailed on the U.S. to the point that i's more than just the two party system that's the problem. It's also the collective mindset of the American people and the insurmountable debt we are already faced with.
Woops meant to say "no" in the poll. I have a feeling that what ever this third party will be, it will likely have more extreme political leanings, whether in the conservative direction or liberal direction. I am more satisfied with two groups...
Democrats: Mostly liberal, partially conservative
Republicans: Mostly conservative, partially liberal
If I were to root for a third party, they had better be equally conservative and liberal. A more middle of the road party would be the best third option in my mind.
If the third party leans too far left or right, there will be too many people who do not agree with the direction that party will lead the country.
So, what's the 'middle ground' on the following?
1: Elective Abortion
2: Gays in the Military
3: Women in frontline combat
4: Gay Marriage
5: Illegal Imigration
6: Drug legalization
7: Public Displays of Religion
8: School Vouchers
9: National Health Care
10: Stem cell Research
11: The right to keep and bear arms
12: Premptive Military tactics
13: Nuclear Energy
14: Foreign trade
15: Securing the borders
16: Space Exploration
17: Man Caused Climate Change
18: Campaign Finance laws
19: Imminent Domain laws
21: Constitutional rights for non American captured combatants
22: State Soveregnity
23: Tort Reform
24: Social Security Reform
25: Medicare and Medicaide reform
(Sorry for such a short list)
-C G Jung