Sunday, July 30, 2006

What Would It Take?

Fellow bloggers,

I'm going to come out and say what I'm sure has popped into all of our heads at some point or another: the two-party system in the US sucks!

What would it take to change it? What would it take to implement the following reforms?

- Do away with the electoral college? (Actually, there's something afoot already on this one - a movement to have states change the way they allot their electoral votes. The idea is to have enough states representing 50% + 1 of the population change their laws to automatically give all their electoral votes to the nationwide popular vote winner.)

- Implement a preferential vote or runoff for president?

- End gerrymandering?

- Implement a preferential vote or runoff for congressional seats?

- Move away from single-member congressional seats, and implement single transferrable vote (in effect, proportional representation)?

- Any other ideas?

3 Comments:

At 6:27 AM, Blogger Mitch said...

Since you took my thunder... here we go:

1. End gerrymandering
2. Repeal the popular election of senators - they are there to represent the interest of the states, thus should be appointed by the governors/state legislators. I'd rather have a bunch of low profile hacks and creeps beholden to a state governor than the current bunch of preening media whores.
3. Open disclosure of campaign financing - no restrictions.. internet database.
4. Do not repeal the electoral college - this would make all elections fought in the big media centers, create a bigger blue/red divide - the current system tempers the excesses of this in a lot of ways.
5. Federalism - bring back the Federal government to what it should be - limited and let the states decide. Eductation is of course the first, but also agriculte and all this other stuff that has been hijacked by the federal government under the commerce clause. I think the reason for the cynicism and 'corruption' in DC is due to the fact that the federal goverment has so many fingers in so many pies, that one has to game the system. Push it down to the states, it owers the stakes and the overall stench.
6. Repeal motor voter. Mandatory photo ID and proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. No registration the same day, and a national database to prevent voters from voting in multiple jurisdictions.

 
At 5:47 PM, Blogger sophia said...

DO AWAY WITH YOURSELF YOU PIECE OF SHIT!

 
At 8:21 PM, Blogger sophia said...

DON'T LIKE IT, GO BACK TO CANADA YOU LOSER!!! OH YEA I FORGOT YOU MARRIED A LOSER AMERICAN TO STAY IN THE US!! DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT IT IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT!!!

 

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